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Afternoon Music with the Sea Brass Quintet Wed. Jun 21 3PM

The Sea Brass Quintet is a dedicated group of Seacoast musicians who have performed together for the love of the sound of a brass quintet for the past 4 years.   Sea Brass Quintet plays many musical genres, from classical, Blues, Dixie and Jazz to show tunes.  It embraces a wide range of composers from Mozart, Handel, Grainger and Peuerl to more contemporary favorites such as Ellington, McKee, Lennon/ McCarthy and W.C. Handy.

Additionally, all group members play in local orchestras, dance/jazz and swing bands, along with concert bands up and down the Seacoast.

Summer is one of the band’s favorite times of year to perform – a nice day warms both  horns and hearts as they play for you!

 

Performers

John Stewart – Tuba

Holly Gagnon – Trombone Euphonium

Luanne O’Reilly– French Horn

Bernard Taylor – Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Howard Singer- Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Program

It don’t Mean A thing if it aint got that Swing Duke Ellington
Don’t Get Around Much Any more  Duke Ellington
Quintet Michael Kamen
Sweet Georgia Brown Maceo Pinkard/Joey Sellers
St Louis Blues  W C Handy
American Revolutionary War Medley Arranger Jari Villanueva
Simple Gifts Joseph Brackett.
when I’m Sixty Four John Lennon/ Paul McCarthy
Galleons and Cutlasses Kevin McKee
Sea Sketches Ian McDonald

 

Afternoon Music with the Sea Brass Quintet Wed. Jun 21 3PM

The Sea Brass Quintet is a dedicated group of Seacoast musicians who have performed together for the love of the sound of a brass quintet for the past 4 years.   Sea Brass Quintet plays many musical genres, from classical, Blues, Dixie and Jazz to show tunes.  It embraces a wide range of composers from Mozart, Handel, Grainger and Peuerl to more contemporary favorites such as Ellington, McKee, Lennon/ McCarthy and W.C. Handy.

Additionally, all group members play in local orchestras, dance/jazz and swing bands, along with concert bands up and down the Seacoast.

Summer is one of the band’s favorite times of year to perform – a nice day warms both  horns and hearts as they play for you!

 

Performers

John Stewart – Tuba

Holly Gagnon – Trombone Euphonium

Luanne O’Reilly– French Horn

Bernard Taylor – Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Howard Singer- Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Program

It don’t Mean A thing if it aint got that Swing Duke Ellington
Don’t Get Around Much Any more  Duke Ellington
Quintet Michael Kamen
Sweet Georgia Brown Maceo Pinkard/Joey Sellers
St Louis Blues  W C Handy
American Revolutionary War Medley Arranger Jari Villanueva
Simple Gifts Joseph Brackett.
when I’m Sixty Four John Lennon/ Paul McCarthy
Galleons and Cutlasses Kevin McKee
Sea Sketches Ian McDonald

Portsmouth Naval Prison Talk with Author Katy Kramer June 14, 6:30PM

Join us as local historian and journalist Katy Kramer author of “Images of America: Portsmouth Naval Prison” shares images and narrative of her many years of research in producing her definitive book.

Sometimes referred to as ‘The Alcatraz of the East’ or ‘The Castle’ for its unique architecture, the former Portsmouth Naval Prison on Seavey Island has long fascinated residents and visitors alike. Rye Public Library will host a talk by author Katy Kramer on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 about her recently published book The Portsmouth Naval Prison.  After a decade of research, Katy Kramer has written the definitive book about the prison.

Her presentation uses archival photographs gathered from museums, libraries and military facilities up and down the east coast. She will show many rarely seen photographs, recount the actual history, dispel myths, and answer any of the lingering questions that continue to swirl around this iconic building.

Counting Steps and Shuteye: Fitness Tracking Tech Tuesday May 23 at 6:30pm

Local running blogger and reviewer, Sam Winebaum, will explain the ins and outs of fitness tracking devices, such as the Fitbit with a hands-on program, Counting Steps and Shuteye:  Tracking Fitness and Cardiac Health on Tuesday, May 23 from 6:30-7:30 at the Rye Public Library.

The program will cover the latest research and devices for tracking workouts of all sorts, as well as cardiac fitness, and the role of sleep in recovery from the day’s stresses and strains. The program will be both from the perspective of competitive endurance athletes and those of us who work on our fitness and well-being at more mellow paces.

Counting Steps and Shuteye: Fitness Tracking Tech Tuesday May 23 at 6:30pm

Local running blogger and reviewer, Sam Winebaum, will explain the ins and outs of fitness tracking devices, such as the Fitbit with a hands-on program, Counting Steps and Shuteye:  Tracking Fitness and Cardiac Health on Tuesday, May 23 from 6:30-7:30 at the Rye Public Library.

The program will cover the latest research and devices for tracking workouts of all sorts, as well as cardiac fitness, and the role of sleep in recovery from the day’s stresses and strains. The program will be both from the perspective of competitive endurance athletes and those of us who work on our fitness and well-being at more mellow paces.

Great Grains; Let’s Eat! with Chef Oonagh Williams Thurs. May 11 at 6:30pm

Renowned Chef Oonagh Williams brings her delicious, entertaining and informative presentation, “Great Grains:  Let’s Eat!” to the Rye Public Library on Thursday, May 11 from 6:30-7:30.  Chef Oonagh will explain what great grains are, why they are good for us and how to cook with them.  See and smell amaranth, millet, sorghum and teff and learn how you can use them in cooking aa well as the nutritional benefits of each.

Join us to sample Chef Oonagh’s signature gluten free, made-from-scratch, almond cake.  She will also create a simple summer salad with quinoa, summer vegetables and lemon herb vinaigrette for all to eat.  Recipes for both will be given to all participants.

Great Grains; Let’s Eat! with Chef Oonagh Williams Thurs. May 11 at 6:30pm

Renowned Chef Oonagh Williams brings her delicious, entertaining and informative presentation, “Great Grains:  Let’s Eat!” to the Rye Public Library on Thursday, May 11 from 6:30-7:30.  Chef Oonagh will explain what great grains are, why they are good for us and how to cook with them.  See and smell amaranth, millet, sorghum and teff and learn how you can use them in cooking aa well as the nutritional benefits of each.

Join us to sample Chef Oonagh’s signature gluten free, made-from-scratch, almond cake.  She will also create a simple summer salad with quinoa, summer vegetables and lemon herb vinaigrette for all to eat.  Recipes for both will be given to all participants.

A Poetry Interlude: The Language of Healing Tues., April 25 at 5:00 pm

During National Poetry Month local luminary Mimi White, poet and  Portsmouth Poet Laureate Emeritus, will host a program on Tuesday April 25th at 5pm offering the reading and discussion of poems that nurture, soothe and offer hope.  Participants are invited to bring along selections of their own to share.  The Library invites all ages to enjoy a relaxing evening of expressive insights.  We hope you can join us.

Seacoast Tibetan Prayer Flag Project at RPL April 8-24

Please visit RPL before April 24 to take part in this exciting project!  For two weeks [April 8-24, 2017 -culminating with Earth Day 2017] a forty-foot long [and growing!] strand of  colorful and individually meaningful pennants in the style of Tibetan prayer flags is on display and accepting new additions.  The concept was initiated by students at Gateway  Taiji studio in Portsmouth, and the Library is happy to be the flag’s first stop as it begins to travel to various Seacoast locations.  In Tibetan tradition,  flags whose colors symbolize sky, air,  fire, water, and earth are printed with mantras encouraging peace, compassion, strength and wisdom.  Strings of these flags are hung in the open to allow their message to be blown by the wind and spread to all. While it is here in Rye, our visitors are encouraged to craft their own addition to this growing Seacoast strand and its positive message to the universe.

 

Clutter Control 101: Downsizing Your Stuff-Thurs Apr. 20, 6:30PM

Did you know that 40% of Americans can’t fit a car into their garage because it is filled with STUFF?

Dave Downs brings his comical Clutter Control program to Rye Public Library on Thursday April 20th at 6:30 PM.  The Friends of the Rye Public Library invite you to kick off your “spring cleaning” with some advice and laughter with this fun program.

Dave’s purpose is to inform and motivate the audience. Participants leave the program with new ideas, methods and helpful hints. They will know that if they are thoughtful about what they keep and what they discard, they will start to reverse the tendency to bury themselves in “treasures!”