December Programs At The Essex Library

December 3, 2009

As we write this, author Eugenia West is in our Program Room speaking about her new book Overkill to a full crowd. Tomorrow night, kicking off our 2nd annual Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, partner Jim Childress will be presenting his talk: The Architecture Of Gardens: Man-made Nature. If you haven’t already reserved a seat, you’ll have to wait until January’s lecture because we are overbooked. The Series will continue with Art & Architecture historian Chuck Benson who will be coming in from Colorado to speak about Edwin Lutyens on January 8th at 7 p.m.

Here’s what we have for you for the rest of December:

The Italian Farmer’s Table With Chef/Authors Matthew Scialabba and Melissa Pellegrino
Sunday, December 6th at 3 p.m.
This sumptuously illustrated cookbook features authentic recipes from over thirty “agriturismi “(working family farms that provide room & board to travelers) in northern Italy, where the cuisine served epitomizes the farm-fresh movement underway in the United States, the UK, and beyond. Visitors to “agriturismi,” who come from all over Europe and North America, indulge in such delights as fresh ricotta cheese made the same morning, prosciutto from free-range pigs, and organic vegetables picked minutes before serving. Professional chefs who are fluent in Italian, Matteo and Melissa have transcribed more than 150 authentic northern Italian recipes from these family farms–few of which are found in cookbooks available outside of Italy.  Come and taste some of the delicious cuisine, and hear their stories. Books available for signing, and what a great holiday gift they’ll make.

Bargain Bottles: Fine Wines Under $15
Sunday, December 13th 4:30 p.m.
Love fine wine, but hate high prices? Join Shore Discount Liquors’ wine expert Steve Hargraves for an educational evening of wine tasting and sample wonderful wines from around the world, all at $15 or less a bottle. Reservations are required, as seats for this event are limited.

Opera at the Library presents: “The Magic Flute”
Sunday, December 13th at 1 p.m.
A delightful and family-friendly version of Mozart’s classic opera fantasy, abridged and performed in English. This is truly a treat for all ages, thanks to a glittering Met cast that includes Essex’s David Pittsinger, and a colorful production that includes enormous puppets, directed by The Lion King’s Julie Taymor. If you’ve been looking for an appealing introduction to opera for yourself or your children, this is the one.

Save January 7th at 7 p.m. in your calendar for Korky Vann – the Queen of Saving Green’s presentation. This popular columnist/blogger has the inside scoop on how to save $$$$ on everything you buy, from food to clothes to those big-ticket budget busters. We have programs aplenty scheduled in January for your entertainment and erudition. Watch our newsletter-Librar-E-Lations and our website for more information and a complete calendar of events.