“Oh, Alexander Hamilton, when America sings for you
Will they know what you overcame?
Will they know you rewrote the game?”
– “Alexander Hamilton”, lyrics by Lin-Manual Miranda
Hamilton-philes will be happy this month, we’ve got several Alexander Hamilton-themed programs (both historical and pop-culture) on the June calendar, in addition to our regular month of varied programming! Here’s some of what’s in store for June:
Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement
This educational program by certified financial planner Steve Choquette continues with 2 classes in June, covering important money management concepts and issues that are important to people near retirement. Participants will gain a strong understanding of their financial options along with the pros and cons of each. Registration for each class is required.
Portrait Painting with Jack Montmeat
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Jack Montmeat is an award-winning local portrait painter and illustrator with a studio in East Lyme, CT. After receiving his BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio in 2002, as well as studying in Paris and Florence, he began painting portraits full-time. This program is sponsored by the Cheshire Art League. No registration required.
New Movie Thursday: The Upside
Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Monday, June 10, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Going on vacation soon? Chat with others before you go. Share your own travel experiences, photos from around the world and meet other travel enthusiasts. Registration is appreciated.
Author Talk: How to Survive a Brazilian Betrayal
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Lightening darkness with humor, Velya Jancz-Urban and her 25-year-old daughter, Ehris, introduce readers to their offbeat Connecticut family. This memoir takes readers along on an unconventional family’s hilariously honest, yet heart-wrenching, journey. Readers will fall in love with their spunk, feel the knockout punches of betrayal along with them, and be rooting for them to get back up off the mat. Registration is required.
The Popularity of Alexander Hamilton
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Discover the inspiring story of the Alexander Hamilton, who stood for American ideals. Bev York, historian and educator, will share an illustrated talk about his contributions, struggles, and tragic death. Registration is required. Don’t miss our Hamilton themed events all month long!
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 1:30 – 3:00pm
Join us for a one-stop-shop for your passport needs. You can fill out forms, have your picture taken and the post office will mail off your paperwork. (You are welcome to print out forms ahead of time and prefill them out to streamline the process.) Please bring two checks per application for payment and change as you may wish to use the copy machine on the lower level. Please be advised that it can take 6-8 weeks to receive a completed passport by mail. Any questions please call the Postal Department at 1-877-487-2778.
Monday, June 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Plastic pollution has become a major global problem. Join NAMEPA’s Education and Outreach Manager, Lisa Piastuch, to learn more about the plastic pollution clogging our lands and oceans and simple changes you can embrace to reduce the plastic pollution problem! Registration is required.
Meditation – the WOW Factor
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Based on his own experience as a gerontologist and someone who has been meditating for many years, Dr. Matthew Raider will talk about what keeps you young even as your body ages. He will also explore the eternal nature of consciousness and explain how you can experience it yourself. Registration is required.
Documentary: Hamilton: One Shot to Broadway
Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm
A remarkable story of how a group of inspired mavericks made an unlikely marriage of hip-hop and history to create the biggest show on Broadway…and strangely apropos to what is happening in politics today. Featuring interviews with creator and star Lin Manuel Miranda, as well as the cast and crew of Hamilton. Registration is required.
Grow Small Backyard Fruits
Monday, June 24, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Berries have high nutritional values and full of health benefits. Since some of them generally don’t require too much space and are low-maintenance, you can enjoy fresh fruit from early summer through late fall by growing them in your backyards. This talk will discuss how to select and grow easy and quick yielding berries in your home gardens. Registration is required.
Hip-Hop Hamilton & The Founding Fathers
Thursday, June 27, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Join Stephen Spignesi for an informative illustrated lecture based on his book 499 Facts about Hip-Hop Hamilton and the Rest of America’s Founding Fathers. Spignesi begins with the three Founding documents of America—the Declaration of Independence, the Acts of Confederation, and the Constitution—and then discusses what might be called the “Top 10” Founders: Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Paine, Hamilton, etc., including all kinds of fascinating historical facts and trivia about each. Registration is required.