I’m looking forward to my speaking event at the Jaffrey Civic Center Friday (October 1). I hope you’ll check it out in person or by zoom!
Everyone has a story! The Monadnock region is full of remarkable people with unique stories and experiences. The Jaffrey Civic Center is excited to announce that, starting this fall, it will be hosting a monthly speaker series on the first Friday of each month, October to May, titled “Stories to Share.” Each program will begin at 5:00 PM, with a reception starting at around 6:15, with light refreshments. The series, which begins on Friday, October 1, is made possible through generous support from our Exclusive Platinum Sponsor Belletete’s, Inc.
Our first speaker will be Jaffrey resident Tory McCagg. Her talk is titled Growing Chaos, Healing Soil, Sowing Hope: Life at Darwin’s View. Tory will discuss her memoir and the path she took which led her to her unique lifestyle. She will share how things are going these days at Darwin’s View and what she envisions for the future. The talk will also focus on her life choices and their parallels to the world at large while emphasizing the themes of change, adaptability, and hope.
Tory McCagg holds an M.F.A. degree from Emerson College, where her thesis and novel, Shards, won the Graduate Dean’s Award. In 1999, “Roots”—an early chapter from her novel Bittersweet Manor—was a semifinalist in the New Millennium awards VIII contest. In 2015, Bittersweet Manor was awarded a silver medal for Contemporary Fiction by Independent Publishers. In June 2020, she published her memoir, At Crossroads with Chickens: A “What If It Works?” Adventure in Off-Grid Living and Quest for Home.
Tory is also an accomplished flutist. She and her husband Carl live at Darwin’s View where they practice an experimental life off-grid and on the land.
In the upcoming months, our speakers will be Bob King on November 5, who will speak of the wonders of waterpower, the burgeoning renewable energy sector, related policy, and how all of this won’t solve the ecological crisis by itself.”
On December 3, by Heather Ames will discuss connecting adoptees with their heritage as a way to strengthen their identity.
Joe Steinfield, who writes monthly columns for the Keene Sentinel and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, will be the moderator. These programs are free of charge, however, to help support this event and others like it, donations are appreciated. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.
To register for the in-person event go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/share-your-story-with-tory….
If you prefer to participate via Zoom, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/virtual-story-to-share….