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Mariposa hosts Autumn Afternoons

Thursday, October 11, 2012

PETERBOROUGH – The fifth season of the Mariposa Museum’s Autumn Afternoons begins with “A Time to Dance,” presented by author and photographer Richard Nevell at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Nevell will screen two films, “Country Corners” and “Full of Life A-Dancin’,” that capture the importance of traditional country dancing in New England and Southern Appalachia, respectively, from Colonial times to the present and illustrate how dancing fostered a sense of community in rural America.

On Oct. 24, for the presentation “Textiles and the Stories They Tell,” Terry Reeves, education director at the museum, will share examples of textiles from the Mariposa’s collection to explore how the design elements, the use of fabrics, colors and the subject matter tell the stories of other cultures.

On Nov. 7, in her program “Baked Beans and Fried Clams – How Food Defines a Region,” editor and journalist Edie Clark will offer a celebration of baked beans, fried clams, fish chowder, Indian pudding – classic foods distinctive to New England. Drawing from such diverse resources as Fannie Farmer, Julia Child and Haydn S. Pearson, she will lend perspective on how contemporary life has distanced us from these regional classics.

On Nov. 14, storyteller and historian Jo Radner will present “Braving the Middle Ground Stories of Pre-Revolutionary Northern New England.” She will tell the tales that defined New Englanders in the 17th and 18th centuries, shaping their identities and view of the world.

All presentations begin at 2 p.m. and are followed by refreshments. The programs on Nov. 7 and 14 are free. The Oct. 17 and 24 programs are $5, or free for members.

For more information, visit www.mariposa
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