2006-06-08 / About Town

Annual meeting set for library Friends

The speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Jamestown Library will be Curt Columbus, the artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company.

The program will be held Wednesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. A short business meeting will precede the program and the friends want to extend an invitation to the entire community to hear and meet Columbus, who joined Trinity Rep this January.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Musical performance planned for children

Musician and author Mifflin Lowe will perform a show at the

Jamestown library called "Beasts by the Bunches," based on his latest children's book published recently by Doubleday.

The musical performance will be on Tuesday, June 20, at 7 p.m. in the library's meeting room.

Lecture on how Colonists destroyed the land June 14

Nearly 400 years ago, European colonists arrived in New England, and with backbreaking labor, set about transforming a bountiful land into one of scarcity.

In his talk, "Life on Coastal Lands in Colonial New England," John McNiff, National Park Service ranger at Roger Williams National Memorial, describes how Southeastern New England Native Americans' low-intensity farming, fishing, hunting, and managing the landscape produced an abundance of food, while Europeans' high-intensity farming and other land-use practices usually ended up with a shortage, wreaking havoc on deer and bear habitat, destroying salmon runs, and setting the stage for forest fires.

McNiff will present his program at the North Kingstown Free Library, 100 Boone St., on Wednesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. The presentation is free, but seating is limited, so reservations are required. Contact the North Kingstown Free Library at (401) 294-3306.

The talk is sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant, the URI Cooperative Extension/Nutrition and Food Sciences Department, and the North Kingstown Free Library.

Preservation society plans annual meeting

The Preservation Society of Newport County invites all members to attend its annual meeting on Thursday, June 15. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., in Newport.

The agenda will include reports on the recently-completed fiscal year from the president, CEO and treasurer, election of trustees, presentation of annual awards, and a reception following the meeting.

All preservation society members are welcome.

Secret gardens on tour this month

Newport's annual Secret Garden Tour will take place June 16 to 18 in gardens around the historic Point District.

Hours are Friday and Sunday from noon to 5 and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

Participants will receive a selfguided tour map and tickets are available at the desk at 33 Washington St. Aticket, at $20 in advance or $25 on tour days, is good for all three days. Parking is available at the Newport Visitors Center.

Visit www.secretgardentours. org for tickets or more information.

Proceeds will benefit arts education.

Book group takes on Wilde's portrait of Dorian Gray

The Evening Book Discussion at the Jamestown library will be held on Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m. with the book "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde.

Published in an early form in Lippincott's Magazine in 1890, Wilde's novel had six additional chapters when it appeared in book form in 1891.

According to the MerriamWebster Encyclopedia of Literature, Dorian Gray is a wealthy Englishman who gradually sinks into a life of dissipation and crime. Despite his unhealthy behavior, his physical appearance remains youthful and unmarked by dissolution. Instead, a portrait of him catalogues every evil deed by turning his once handsome features into a hideous mask. When Gray destroys the painting, his face turns into a human replica of the portrait, and he dies. Gray's final negation, "ugliness is the only reality," neatly summarizes Wilde's aestheticism, both his love of the beautiful and his fascination with the profane. Publication of the novel scandalized Victorian England, and "The Picture of Dorian Gray" was used as evidence against Wilde in his 1895 trial for homosexuality. The novel became a classic of English literature.

Copies of the book may be obtained by placing reserves on the books owned by CLAN libraries throughout the state. The discussion will led by Richard Tyre.

The meetings are free and open to the public.

Storyteller performs for children June 10

Musical storyteller Christopher Kavi Carbone will offer a celebration of music and song for children and their families, which will take place at the Jamestown library on Saturday, June 10, from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

This free program is for children of all ages and their families and will take place outside, weather permitting. Bring a blanket to enjoy this al fresco performance.

In the case of bad weather, the program will be held in the library meeting hall.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Jamestown Library.

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