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Throwback to Listen’s Lebanon Thanksgiving in 1988; plus, free Upper Valley meals on Thursday

We’re off on Thursday, so I’m posting this #valleynewsthrowback here on UV INDEX one day early.

This year, there are at least three free and public Thanksgiving meals happening in the Upper Valley on Thursday: Listen is hosting one at Sacred Heart Church in Lebanon (starting at noon), and there are also meals at Vermont Law School in South Royalton 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) and the White River Junction VFW (noon-3 p.m.).

Full details on free meals and local turkey trots in this recent Out & About column.

And on to the #tbt!

Listen, a social-service organization based in Lebanon, N.H., held its first community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 24, 1988, at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Lebanon volunteers Susan Truman, left, and Pam Bennett join others in saying grace before the dinner begins. Seventy-five people ended up taking advantage of the dinner. Listen was prepared to serve up to 150 people, so the abundant leftovers will be distributed to area social service agencies for their weekly community dinners. (Valley News – Bill Conradt) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Listen, a social-service organization based in Lebanon, N.H., held its first community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 24, 1988, at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Volunteers Alan Emery and Friddie Labrecque, 8, of Enfield, N.H., carve up turkey in preparation for the feast. Seventy-five people ended up taking advantage of the dinner. Listen was prepared to serve up to 150 people, so the abundant leftovers will be distributed to area social service agencies for their weekly community dinners. (Valley News – Bill Conradt) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

 

Ed Koren, the ‘New Yorker’ cartoonist who served as Vermont’s cartoon laureate, releases new book

Courtesy photograph.

According to a news release:

In his newest collection, In the Wild, released on October 22 by Button Street Press, the acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist illustrates country life, exurbanites and the ironies of living in the boonies. His cartoons have Vermonters looking at city folk, and city folk looking at Vermonters.

 

Koren’s humor, his humanoid , fuzzy, puzzled and brave creatures will delight the reader, country dweller or not. In this latest collection of cartoons on country life, drawn from his porch in Vermont, nothing is sacred: vegetarians, parenting, animals, gourmands, country stores…all are examined with the unique perspective and creativity of this brilliant observer (and artist) of “the wild.”

Koren, who served as Vermont’s second cartoon laureate from 2014-17, has several appearances scheduled for the Twin States; the two in the Upper Valley are at:

  • The Norman Williams Public Library with The Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m.
  • The Norwich Bookstore on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

The current cartoon laureate is Alison Bechdel. She was chosen, in part, by the Center for Cartoon Studies in WRJ.

 

#MorphyWatch2018: OK, we really mean it this time — it’s open

Terry Berry, Greenhouse staff, checks the plant temperature and answers questions in September 2016. (Robert Gill/Dartmouth College)

At laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaast!

After having a bit of a diva moment/being a little bit camera-shy, Dartmouth’s corpse flower, Morphy, officially opened this afternoon. Hooray! Blessed be the stink.

As a result, Dartmouth College Life Sciences Greenhouse will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and on Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you can’t make it, you can at least watch the live cam here.

#MorphyWatch2018: JK, it’s not open yet

Morphy, the corpse flower or titan arum, getting ready to bloom at the Life Sciences Greenhouse at Dartmouth. Photo taken on 10/23/18 by Robert Gill, Dartmouth College.

Although the Dartmouth Colleges Life Sciences Greenhouse said Morphy was starting to open earlier today, staff just announced that the corpse flower has yet to open. Le sigh. STOP TOYING WITH US, MORPHY.

Morphy the Dartmouth corpse flower is starting to open; yee-haw

UPDATE: MORPHY YOU ARE KILLING US

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The Dartmouth College Life Sciences Greenhouse reports that Morphy started to open this afternoon!

Here’s all the background you need to know.

Once Morphy is fully open, which takes a couple hours, it’s expected to close again within a few days. The greenhouse has posted extended hours and will be open until 7 tonight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Morphy, the corpse flower or titan arum, getting ready to bloom at the Life Sciences Greenhouse at Dartmouth. Photo taken on 10/23/18 by Robert Gill, Dartmouth College.