Throughout the Nelson Sestercentennial, and beyond, there will be programs for Nelson School students relating to Nelson’s History. While these programs are not open to the general public, we think people will want to know about them.

Thursday, May 4

Albert D. Quigley, self portrait

During the school day, the students of the Nelson School will visit the Nelson Library and Town Hall. They will have a tour of the library which is located where Albert Quigley’s house once stood. They will then proceed to the Nelson Town Hall. At the Town Hall, the children will hear fiddle tunes that Quig was known to play, and will hear about his fiddle making, the dances at the Town Hall, and Quig’s life in music.

The program will conclude with a dance called by Allison Smith and played by Hunt Smith, Harvey Tolman, and Ellen Bowman (who was a former Nelson summer resident and as a child was the subject of a Quigley portrait).

Thursday, November 9

New Hampshire Folksinger Jeff Warner

The day before his Nelson Town Hall Concert, folksinger Jeff Warner will do a special program for kids at the Nelson School.

Jeff teaches American history and culture through traditional songs, stories, children’s games, step dancing (clogging) and the exploration of local history and family folklore.

He familiarizes children with a variety of traditional folk instruments, including banjo, concertina, guitar and accessible “pocket” instruments, such as spoons, bones and Jew’s harp.

He helps students understand the lives of ordinary working Americans throughout our history as a nation.

And they have fun singing together.

Jeff is a resident of New Hampshire, and brings specialized knowledge of regional folk music to his program.