This Week’s Events at Manchester Community Library
Music can have a profound effect on health and well-being. It’s been shown to ease pain, induce relaxation, reduce anxiety and help heal. On Wednesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m., Manchester Community Library (MCL), guitarist Eric Despard will share his journey in becoming the first trained medical musician under the tutelage of founders Dr. Marvin McMillen and Andrew Schulman, CMM (Certified Medical Musician), author of ‘Waking the Spirit.’ Despard’s talk, ‘The Healing Power of Music: Music as Medicine,’ will include musical selections by J.S. Bach, the Beatles and more. In 2016, Despard received a call that would change his life. Schulman sought out Eric to begin personal training with him and McMillen, who is chief of Perioperative Care at Berkshire Medical Center (BCM) in Pittsfield, Mass. After working with them for many months, he began playing at the bedsides of critically ill patients in BCM’s Critical Care Unit. Lat year, he received additional training at a 50-hour workshop at BMC and continues to work towards full certification. Despard is a founding Board Member of the Medical Musician Initiative, which strives to advance the awareness of Medical Music. He is also an assistant professor of Humanities and the director of music at Southern Vermont College, and regularly performs solo and with various rock, blues, jazz and classical ensembles. The program is free.
Express yourself by participating in ‘Musical Paintbrushes: Let Your Creativity Be Inspired by Live Music,’ on Sunday, June 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. Violinist Joana Genova of Taconic Music will perform short selections from different genres; participants will create paintings to represent what they feel, inspired by the music, with the guidance of art educator/artist Carol Berry. No painting skills are necessary in this program for adults. Space is limited for this free program; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cindy at 802-549-4577 to reserve your place.
MCL’s Summer Wednesdays Series kicks off on Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. with ‘Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food.’ The history of what and how we eat encompasses everything from the prehistoric mammoth luau to the medieval banquet to the modern three squares a day. In this illustrated talk, Rebecca Rupp will explore the rocky evolution of table manners, the not-so-welcome invention of the fork, the awful advent of portable soup, and the surprising benefits of family dinners – plus some catchy info on seasonal foods. Rupp has a Ph.D. in cell biology and biochemistry and now works as a professional writer. She is the author of some 200 articles for national magazines, on topics ranging from the natural history of squirrels to the archaeology of privies, and nearly 20 books for both children and adults. She blogs on food science and history for National Geographic. This Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center. To learn more, call 802-362-2607 or visit mclvt.org.