Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder

Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder

Do you love Laura? Did you grow up devouring her “Little House” series of books, or dressing up like characters on the television show? Do you ever wonder about the real people and events behind the stories, or what Laura thought about the world around her? Now you can ask Laura yourself! Beloved children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder is brought to life in this first-person interpretive program, featuring a visit with Mrs. Wilder circa 1894. Historian and life-long Wilder scholar Melanie Stringer presents the real Laura—pioneer, teacher, farmer, mother, journalist and author—in a first-person interpretive program designed for an interactive experience with Laura fans of all ages and interests. You’ll meet Laura Ingalls Wilder as she, husband Almanzo, and their little prairie Rose are en route to a new home in the Missouri Ozarks. Hear Laura’s real stories—both well-known and the rarely-told—as she bides some time for wagon repairs and visits with the locals. Discover new details about the real experiences you’ve read in her books. Investigate the contents of Laura’s hand-painted silk reticule or send a word of greeting to the friends she writes along the journey. Ask Laura for news of the folks in Dakota or get her advice on daily housekeeping, childrearing and education—even fashion! Did you know that Laura followed the daily news and events very closely? Did you know that she lived through several economic “panics” just as modern Americans are struggling with the current recession? How did Laura’s family cope? Ask her about it! She’ll offer a glimpse of the news and political questions she finds most pressing—in the Gilded Age of 1890s America!...
Jane Kelly, Birds of Prey

Jane Kelly, Birds of Prey

I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. The majority of my time growing up was spent outdoors. My father had a big influence on my enthusiasm for nature taking me fishing, hiking and hunting. His appreciation for birds rubbed off on me. Five and a half years ago, between November second to January first, I found ten dead barred owls all hit by cars on the shoulder of Route 101. I had a heavy heart learning the impact of humans in cars. I felt The need to help advocate for all animals, specializing in raptors. I volunteered at a wildlife center where I started in rehabilitation and eventually worked in education with raptors, mammals and turtles for three and a half years. Yearning to gain more knowledge of raptors, I took up the sport of falconry. I am fortunate to have partnered with Tim and Selvi Lampman, of Veterinary Emergency and Surgery Hospital of Brentwood, NH. Between their amazing team and state of the art hospital, injured birds receive the best care 24/7. Our goal is to provide realistic care in hopes of getting these birds back to mother earth. I am honored to be in the presence of these amazing creatures and educate all age groups in making a difference for wildlife. Please contact me at jjanekelly@comcast.net or...
Kevin Fife, Stonewall Expert

Kevin Fife, Stonewall Expert

Born and raised in Canterbury NH, Kevin is a nationally recognized master stone mason and lives in Northfield with his wife and two daughters. Kevin began building stonewalls in 1981, blending his talent as an artist with the business of landscape construction. While earning his BS at the University of New Hampshire, Kevin studied Environmental Conservation and Art. Kevin’s walls are typically dry-laid, using no mortar, and stones are carefully placed so the wall will withstand New England’s rugged climate for generations to come. Kevin gives this same detailed attention to the construction of his patios and walkways made with granite, bluestone, cobble, or brick. Kevin’s stonewalls have received international recognition, and he has completed restorative work at several historic landmarks in New Hampshire including: Canterbury Shaker Village, The Fells/John Hay Estate in Newbury, and the New Durham Meetinghouse. Kevin also restores antique Town Pounds and cemetery walls in addition to work on old house and barn...
Jim Cooke Portrays Daniel Webster

Jim Cooke Portrays Daniel Webster

Jim Cooke, Crazy Yankees, presents “Daniel Webster: I Still Live” Daniel Wbster was a frequent visitor to the Pierce Homestead during the years of that Franklin lived there, from his childhood through mid-adulthood. He is often considered as having had a major impact on young Franklin’s views.   Meet the New Hampshire farm boy who grew up to become the nation’s orator and statesman. Jim Cooke is an actor and historian who lives in Quincy, Massachusetts. Jim was born in Montpelier, Vermont during the March Flood of 1936. In the record books of Vermont weather this deluge is recalled as the “Double Flood” and is considered the greatest natural disaster to visit the Connecticut River Valley. Go figure… From age three to nine Mr. Cooke lived on his grandparents’ farm where his first three grades were at the local one-room school. Subsequently, his education has gone steadily and decidedly downhill — though he somehow managed to obtain a BA in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire and, later, an MA in Theatre from Emerson College where he taught for some years.He taught as well at Boston University and Regis College. He spent two years in the US Army at a guided missile site in rural Maryland. His two marriages resulted in five children; he has five granddaughters and lives in Quincy, Massachusetts, with two cats and a rat....
Louisa May Alcott coming in 2015!

Louisa May Alcott coming in 2015!

Marianne Donnelly’s “Beyond Little Women: Louisa May Alcott,” is a carefully researched, grant winning, chautauqua-style show about this renowned author, suffragist and abolitionist. Emphasizing her activism, bravery and unique circle of intellectuals, this deeply layered, masterfully acted performance is described by The Boston Globe as, “joyful and accurate,” and by Alcott descendants as, “Louisa would be pleased with your work!” Recently broadcast on NPR-NH after touring nationally for twenty years, this is the definitive “Louisa.”        http://coraconnection.com/md/    ...