Jaffrey Civic Center

(a designated 501(c)3 non-profit)
40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452

Virginia Eskin Presents "Nature in Music"
Concert Series at the Jaffrey Civic Center

Renowned pianist and lecturer, Virginia Eskin will present a series of three concerts dedicated to nature topics on August, 8th, 15th and 22nd at the Jaffrey Civic Center. The concert will be held on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm in the Auditorium Gallery. The August 8th concert will focus on mountains, ghosts, and gnomes. August 15th will focus on bugs, bees, butterflies and flowers and August 22nd will focus on gardens, fountains, goldfish and the elements. Tickets are $5 per concert in advance or $10 per concert at the door.

All proceeds from the concert will go exclusively toward the Jaffrey Civic Center Elevator Fund. Virginia has toured across the United States and Europe, and has played with such acts as the Boston Pops as well as countless solo performances. Currently, she is a music professor at Keene State.

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a silent auction and exhibit of paintings and figurines by the late artist, Rosemary Tracey Newman formerly of Harrisville, NH, and Hammonton, NJ. The event will be held in the Auditorium Gallery from Friday, September 1st - Tuesday, September 26th. All of Ms. Newman's work will be for sale via silent auction and proceeds from the show will go toward the Jaffrey Civic Center Elevator Fund. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 1st from 5pm - 7pm. Bids for the work will open at 5 pm and will close on the last day of the exhibit on September 26th.

Free and Open to the public.

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Jaffrey Historical Society opens two exhibits in
August at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Historical Society presents two new exhibits at the Jaffrey Civic Center during the month of August. The Display Case Gallery will host an exhibit of W.W. Cross - The Rise and Fall of a Major Spoke in Jaffrey's Industrial Wheel. The Auditorium Gallery will host an exhibit of historic Jaffrey postcards titled, Dear friend... Jaffrey postcards to Here and There. Both exhibits will open on August 4th and run through the end of August. There will be an Opening Reception held on Friday, August 4th. Admission is free and open to the public.

Project Shakespeare and
Jaffrey Civic Center celebrate partnership

The Jaffrey Civic Center and Project Shakespeare are delighted to announce a new collaboration to begin in the Fall of 2017. The Jaffrey Civic Center will work to support Project Shakespeare theatre students by providing rehearsal and class space to the home school community. Home school classes for Project Shakespeare students will begin in the Fall at the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey. The JCC joins the United Church of Jaffrey in partnering with Project Shakespeare in support of their homeschool initiatives. Additonal information about home school classes will be available in the Fall or through contact with Deborah Thurber at projectshakespeare@gmail.com.

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The Jaffrey Civic Center Hosting Mixed Media Exhibit Titled, "Avian Nature", by Karena Ness.

There will be an Opening Reception for the show on Friday, August 4th from 5pm to 7pm. Karena Ness grew up in a rural North Dakota surrounded by open sky and fields. She moved south to further explore her understanding of painting while earning her M.F.A. in Painting through Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2006, Karena moved to New Hampshire where she has made her home and continues to discover, experiment and share her love of art forms through exhibiting and teaching.

"The creation of 'environment' in regards to my artistic practice has always relied upon an imaginary realm of exploration. I explore the reactive qualities of paint as layers are spilled, stamped, troweled, and hand-painted. The subtle effects created by 'paint being paint' spark and fascinate, leading my imagination down its own path, composing and directing the final character or identity of the painting. I articulate suggestions of the natural world, ambiguous silhouettes and most recently, bird imagery. These birds are not predetermined, rather they appear to land unintentionally. They entail no formal classification yet offer an identity within the spaces they inhabit. My paintings are not specific to or representative of any one of these ideas, instead they become a compilation, defined within ones own imagination."

The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

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Jaffrey Civic Center receives grant from
New England Grassroots Environment Fund

The Jaffrey Civic Center has received a SEED grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund to build a pollinator garden on the front lawn of the Civic Center. The grant will cover the costs related to the purchase of materials to build a raised bed pollinator garden. The garden will enhance the natural landscape of the existing grounds and hopefully increase community awareness of the environmental issues related to the lack of pollinators in the region. Kin Schilling, founder of The Cornucopia Project in Peterborough, and staff from the Civic Center worked together to design the garden and identify local community resources for purchasing materials and creating the garden structure. The Civic Center is seeking volunteers who would like to get more involved and who can help water and weed the garden. Please contact Regina Vorce at the Civic Center for more information about our garden.

About the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund energizes and nurtures long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and sustainable communities using stories, tools and dollars to fuel local activism and social change. Since 1996, the Grassroots Fund's core grant making program continues to fund nearly 150 grants annually, giving more than $4 million in 20 years to more than 2,000 community groups and initiatives covering more than 60 percent of New England's cities and towns. For more information, please visit www.grassrootsfund.org or call 603-905-9915.