Historian at Salon … beach cleanup … readings plus music

Judy Palm

Sunday Salons in Portsmouth:

Taking a page from Parisian society of a couple of centuries ago the Portsmouth Historical Society is continuing it’s Sunday afternoon Salons. Every Sunday at 2 p.m. you may meet at the Discover Portsmouth Center, corner of Middle and Congress Streets, and for $10. ($8 if you’re a member) attend one of these performances:

October 5 — Lively Boys! Lively Boys!
J. Dennis Robinson, a Seacoast historian, examines the “bad boy” in literature from Mark Twain to Bart Simpson.

October 12 — A Short History of the Art, Song and Theatre Music in America
With Angelynne Hinson and Alexandra Borrie and a few of their friends explore the music of Copland, Ives, Barber, Kern, Bernstein and Sondheim.

October 19 — The Remarkable Life of Celia Laighton Thaxter
By means of a slide show presentation and stage performance you will discover the forces that shaped the life  and works of Celia, examining her life on White Island and fame as a writer.

October 26 — Poems of Place
Mimi White, Portsmouth’s Poet Laureate Emeritus and fellow seacoast poets will read poems of New Hampshire and the sea.

The Blue Ocean Society

This Society, operating out of Portsmouth, was founded by two women in 2001 and has done many projects to help clean up our beaches. They are constantly in need of volunteers to  help with various projects. A few of the projects for October are listed below. They would love your help, and you will enjoy the days. You can read more about the Blue Ocean Society in the July 2007 issue of Rye Reflections.

October 18 — A Jenness Beach Cleanup is scheduled at 10:30. Everyone is welcome and the Society will provide you with any materials you may need to clean up the beach. They request that you sign up online at:

October 19 — You may join the Society for the second annual Fall Foliage Cruise and fundraiser aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton from 1:25 to 4:15 p.m. You will cruise to the Isles of Shoals and enjoy the wildlife of the area, There will be a narrated tour, cash bar and snack bar. Your may reserve online at

Surprised By Joy

October 26 — A public performance of Surprised By Joy will be held at the Portsmouth Public Library at 2 p.m. in the Levenson Room. This will be a reading of 25 poems tracing life’s journey from childhood to maturity. Some poems are new and some old. There will a musical accompaniment by Kristen Miller on the cello. Miller will perform between readings, and some of the musical interludes will be her own compositions. Admission is free, and a reception will  follow the readings.

Standing: Bill Burtis, Pat Spalding, Roland Goodbody and Gerry Duffy Seated: Elizabeth Knies, Anne Rehner, and Kristen Miller. (Photo by Gina Carbone)

October, 2008