Category Archives: Nelson Life

February First Tuesday Tea

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Tea Time photo copyright SONY DSC
February 6th we will have our First Tuesday Tea at the home of Hope and Rick Lothrop. There are still spots to sign up to host. March, April and June are all still open. Below is the link if you’d like to sign up to host tea.
We’re using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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Dawn Garrett-Larsen

Shape Note Singing

Our Shape Note sings in February will be held on the following dates:

Thursday February 1 at 7:00 PM
Sunday February 11 at 2:00 PM
Thursday February 15 at 7:00 PM

All Nelson Sings are held in the meeting room in the lower level of the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library, 1 Nelson Common Road, Nelson, NH 03457. Loaner books are available and all are welcome. No experience necessary.


A scholarship in the name of Albert D. Quigley, Artist, Musician and Framemaker (1891-1961), has been established with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide assistance to students from the Monadnock Region who will pursue post-secondary education in the visual arts. Recipients will be selected based upon creativity, passion for and commitment to the arts, and financial need.

As many of you know, Albert D. Quigley grew up in Frankfort, Maine and came to Nelson, NH, after his service in WWI. ‘Quig’, as he was known, quickly became an integral part of the fabric of the town and its rich history of artists and musicians as he played fiddle for contra dances, painted landscapes and portraits of the region’s towns and people, and made frames to hold his and other regional artists’ paintings.

The generosity of companies and individuals in our region who have made donations to support the work of The Albert D. Quigley Exhibit Committee have made this scholarship possible. The Quigley Committee consists of artists, writers, and educators from Nelson and beyond, who joined together to mount an exhibit of Quigley’s work at the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene, compose a comprehensive 184-page full-color catalogue, and create a scholarship in his memory.

Quig was not a wealthy man. Access to formal artistic training was not possible except for the few scholarships he was awarded in his lifetime––an Expeditionary Forces scholarship to study painting at the Isadora Duncan Pavilion outside Paris, just after WWI, and a Bartol Scholar award to attend classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston when he was living in Nelson. For much of his life, Quig bartered his paintings for legal services to purchase his home in Nelson and for medical and dental services. Many of the paintings in our catalogue were created as part of this exchange system; we feel that there is no one who would support our scholarship more than Albert D. Quigley himself.

Proceeds from the sales of the Quigley catalogue will continue to enhance the scholarship fund and ensure its success in helping young artists in the Monadnock Region long into the future.

Soon we will be entering into the holiday season. This catalogue will make a terrific gift for young and old alike. Purchases can be made through the committee in Nelson (contact:, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene, and at local bookstores.

Donations to further increase the scholarship fund are also welcome. Please think of the Albert D. Quigley Scholarship Fund when you consider making a charitable gift (contact:

Students in the Monadnock Region interested in this scholarship can apply on-line through the NH Charitable Foundation in Concord, NH, at

Teri Upton, Chair
The Albert D. Quigley Exhibit Committee