June 4 – River Walk – 10 – 2 p.m.
Join the library, the Open Space Committee and the Old Bridgewater Historical Society to amble along River Street, enjoying the beauty of the Town River (Nuckatessett) as it winds its way through town. Keith House, Memorial Hall, Pratt’s Landing, War Memorial Park on the site of an early mill and later the Ames Shovel Factory.
June 5 – Howard Lecture: “A Life of Principle: Thoreau’s voice in our time”
At 7 p.m. at West Bridgewater First Church, Library Director, Ellen Snoeyenbos, introduces three aspects of Thoreau’s philosophy and why they are relevant in the 21st century
Essay Contest – deadline: June 30
High school students are invited to write a personal essay (between 500-750 words) on “Why Thoreau matters today.” Mansfield Bank, in collaboration with the Friends of the Library, are sponsoring this as the winner will receive a check for $200, the runner-up will receive $100. Essays will be read at the Pratt’s Landing Sing Along Concert on August 12. Click here for more info.
Photography Contest – deadline: June 30
Photographers of all ages are invited to submit photographs to the library that exemplify some thought or message that was a key to Thoreau’s philosophy. Submit a photograph at least 8 x 10″, framed and ready to be hung. The Friends of the Library will be granting $75 for the winner, $50 for second prize and $25 for third prize. (Photo credit: Jane Murphy)
Some possible ideas for photos of Nature or Civil Disobedience:
“In Wilderness is the Preservation of the World….”
“I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness…”
“Nature… invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.”
“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.”
“The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free. They are the lovers of law and order who observe the law when the government breaks it.”
“Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.”
“Disobedience is the true foundation of Liberty.”
August 12: Pratt’s Landing Sing Along Concert 4 p.m.
This will be the climactic ending of the summer events. Bring your lawn chairs, your bug spray, your musical instruments (if you choose), and your singing voice.
Musicians, Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, will lead us in singing songs from the American song book. Pratt’s Landing, a recent acquisition by the Town of West Bridgewater, is a beautiful river front setting.