The Gleason Public Library hosts regular events open to the public. These events range from performances to author readings. Click here for our full calendar of events.
The Amazon Today with Peter Alden
Tuesday, January 22, 7 p.m. (snow date 1/31) at Union Hall FRS
Due to high interest, this talk will be held at Union Hall FRS in Carlisle.
100 years after Teddy Roosevelt's "River of Doubt" journey in the Amazon, much is the same, much is different. Peter Alden, a Concord birder, naturalist, and expedition leader to 100 countries, has led groups to the Amazon basin about 40 times. He was a study leader for a Road Scholar group 1000 miles up the Amazon to Manaus in December 2012. On Tuesday, January 22, at 7 p.m., he will discuss The Amazon Today as part of Carlisle’s town-wide read of The River of Doubt.
Peter has taken many of the first eco-tourists to remote jungle lodges in the Colombian, Ecuadorian, Brazilian, and Peruvian Amazon since the 1970s. Today he gives dozens of lectures and joins local naturalists ashore from cruise ships that ply Caribbean, Galapagos, Latin American, Antarctic, and African waters. He has also worked on private jets flying over vast areas of the Amazon gauging what man has altered as well as savoring the vast tracks of a watery green wilderness remaining.
Provided he returns from crossing the Bermuda Triangle on the Day of the Apocalypse and two crossings of Drake's Passage to and from Antarctica in January 2013, he will present an illustrated program on the Indians, recent immigrants, cities, villages, river cycles, boats, forests, wildlife, issues, and prospects of the world’s largest rain forest.
Call the Library at 978-369-4898 to reserve your spot for this free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.
An Afternoon with Teddy Roosevelt
Wednesday, January 23, 1:30 p.m. at St. Irene
One man. One hour. One unforgettable show. In Teddy Roosevelt: Mind, Body and Spirit, actor and author Ted Zalewski brings to life, one of America’s greatest presidents. Combining history, drama and fun, TR gives voice to many of Roosevelt’s own words, writings, and beliefs. Cowboy, soldier, naturalist, historian, father, statesman and winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace, Theodore Roosevelt lived a life that inspires us still. Get ready for a ‘bully’ time with Teddy Roosevelt: Mind, Body and Spirit!
Ted Zalewski has brought his presentations to audiences in 35 states across America, as well as the dedication of Mt. Rushmore, the celebration of the National Park Service in Yellowstone, and even the White House. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois in Chicago, Loyola University, and an advanced, combined degree from the Harvard School of Education and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA); and has been a faculty member of Lesley College; the University of Massachusetts, Boston; and Urban College, Boston.
This lively event will take place Wednesday, January 23, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Irene Church. Call the Library at 978-369-4898 to reserve your spot for this free program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.
Brazilian Cuisine with Tony DiRomualdo
Saturday, January 26, 12 Noon at Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street
Join Carlisle resident Tony DiRomualdo for a gastronomic tour of Brazil. Brazil represents a unique mix of agricultural bounty, ethnic influences and diverse food traditions stretching from the exotic grains and fruits of the Amazonian rainforest to the seafood stews of the Northeast coast and the cosmopolitan sophistication of Rio and Sao Paulo fine dining to the beef rich grasslands of the South. This program will explore the cultural and gastronomic underpinnings of the cuisines of Brazil, delving into influences from its indigenous peoples, Portuguese explorers and settlers, West African slaves working the sugar plantations and more recent immigrants from Germany, Italy and Japan. See classic ingredients and learn about how they’re used, then taste specially prepared Brazilian specialties.
When not working professionally as a business researcher, writer and advisor, Tony enthusiastically pursues his passion for food, wine and cooking by exploring first-hand the different food cultures and cuisines of the world through taste, sight and smell.
This cost of this program is $10, with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Space is limited to 50 attendees. Registration is suggested so we know how many samples to prepare. To register, or to learn more, call 978-369-4898.