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Holly Jolly Holiday

Posted by Ardyce on 20th November 2012

December 6, 2012
6:00 pm

December 6, 6:00 PM
Join Linda at the Pember Library for a childrens’ holiday craft followed by Tales ‘n Tunes performing “Holly Jolly Holiday,” a  festive combination of music and storytelling  excitement that will spark kids’ imaginations and get everybody in a holiday mood.
Do you hear sleigh bells jingling?
Come and sing along!

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It’s Not About the Hike

Posted by Ardyce on 16th October 2012

November 8, 2012
6:00 pm

Nancy Sporborg & Pat Piper will be at the Pember Library Thursday, November 8 at 6:00 PM to discuss their book and their experience. The book is It’s Not About the Hike.

Here’s how they describe their experience:

We all have our own mountains to climb. Your mountain may be a 4,000-footer in the White Mountains. But it could also be going to college, getting a job, bringing up children, caring for aging parents or dealing with an illness. Maybe your mountain is reorganizing a business, tackling a difficult project, losing weight or starting an exercise program. It’s your own personal mountain and it is hard.

It’s Not About the Hike is a presentation that will bring you into your heart, lift your spirits, and inspire you to climb that next mountain in your life. It is not a presentation of “look at these two women…see what they did.” It is a presentation of “look inside you…you can do it too.” You will want to go back and hear it again and again, bringing friends and family to share the experience.

This hour-long program highlights the journey of two 50 plus year old non-hikers who one day decided to climb the 67 mountains in New England over 4,000 feet. Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper are two ordinary women who went on an extraordinary journey over the mountain summits and into their hearts. This is the story of what they found inside themselves as they hiked over 1,600 miles to the tops of over 244 mountains through all four seasons.

This presentation is for everyone — hikers and non-hikers, people who are sedentary or active, outdoor enthusiasts and indoor homebodies, 10 year olds and 90 year olds and everyone in between. The presentation is NOT about the hike; it is an inspirational and motivational program about pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones, overcoming our fears, finding our passions and living our lives to the fullest.

This talk is a multi-media presentation including movies, music and photographs. It is both humorous and touching, as the speakers share about their personal lives in a way that makes the message and learning universal.

The book, It’s Not About the Hike, will be offered for sale after the presentation. The book contains 360 pages, over 245 color pictures, and 60 inspirational hike reports for $34.95. If you enjoy the presentation, you will love the book!

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CANCELED: Pember Presents: David Pitkin

Posted by Ardyce on 24th July 2012

UPDATE: I’m sorry to report that Mr Pitkin won’t be able appear at the Pember. I’ll let you know if he’s able to reschedule.

Join us at the Pember Library Wednesday, August 1, at 6:00 PM as David J. Pitkin discusses New York State legends, folklore and ghost stories. Pitkin tells us he has recently collected a super strange story from Middle Granville, that will be featured in his next (2014) book of NYS Ghosts.

Retired teacher and author David J. Pitkin has sought solutions to mysteries throughout his life. In the 1960s he became fascinated with the workings of the unconscious mind and on the growing evidence for ghosts and hauntings: consciousness surviving body death. Since hearing a ghost (later identified as a suicide from 1940) walking in a haunted barn in 1968, and visiting the “Riley House” in Saratoga Springs, NY, in 1978, he has experienced a number of paranormal phenomena. Over the years, he has collected over 800 folktales of hauntings and apparitions, in the Caribbean, Canada, the U.S., and is now interviewing and investigating haunted houses around the world. Many of these early experiences are detailed in his haunted house books, Ghosts of the Northeast, and his recent works: Haunted Saratoga County, New York State Ghosts, Vol.1 and NY State Ghosts, Vol. 2.

Pitkin’s 2002 book “Ghosts of the Northeast”

Conducting ghost research for forty years at many reputedly haunted sites in New York State, New England, and Canada, he has become a philosopher lecturing on death, near-death experiences and survival of death. A resident of Chestertown, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains, Pitkin lectures widely on parapsychology and metaphysical themes, including ghost stories from his books on haunted houses. His goal is to enlighten others, but not frighten them.

Following eight years of travel and research, Pitkin published New England Ghostsin 2010. This is a collection of over 135 New England tales gathered in the six states of that area.  He is currently working on a third volume of NY State stories, a single volume of stories from Warren County, NY, where he lives (scheduled for publication in autumn of 2012).

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Pember Presents: Joyful Traditions!

Posted by Ardyce on 9th November 2011

November 20, 2011
2:00 pm

This program was scheduled for last December and we are finally able to bring it to you!

Join us at the Pember Library November 20 at 2:00 PM for Joyful Traditions: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents and Treats. In this slide-accompanied lecture, food historian Peter G. Rose delves into the early history of the life of Saint Nicholas; explains the various changes in his veneration; and relates how he was brought to America by the Dutch in the 17th century, and again, transformed into Santa in the 19th century. The talk encompasses such subjects as literature, religion, the fine arts, and Dutch food ways to describe the extraordinary story of Saint Nicholas’ generosity, which has had a lasting impact on American culture.

Ms. Rose is an author, columnist, lecturer, and food historian. She has lectured on a variety of topics related to Dutch-American culinary history at, among others: The Smithsonian Institute, the National Gallery of Art, the Culinary Institute of America, New York University, and the New York Historical Society, as well as many other historical societies and libraries in New York State.


This Speakers in the Humanities event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Pember Presents: lecture ~ Union Civil War ironclad USS Monitor

Posted by Ardyce on 21st October 2011

October 23, 2011
2:00 pm

As part of the region’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, on Sunday, October 23, at 2 PM, the Pember Library will be presenting a program on the revolutionary Union Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. The Monitor fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia on March 9, 1862, in the world’s first battle between armored warships. Steve Muller, an expert on the Monitor from Troy, N.Y., will give an illustrated lecture on the Monitor, covering the design and construction challenges in building the warship, its actual performance, and its influence on the design of other ironclads during the Civil War. Mr. Muller will also be selling his book, “Troy, New York, and the Building of the USS Monitor” afterward.

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