Three Kings Day

The day of this writing is Three Kings Day, or the 12th day of Christmas, Epiphany. It is one of the oldest Christian feasts and celebrates the visit of the three travelers who brought gifts to the Christ Child. They were perhaps astrologers – who were highly regarded as scientists at the time and who presaged the Messiah’s arrival. Epiphany is always Jan. 6, the12th day after Christmas. For us, it closes the Christmas season. By now, we are 16 days into winter and spring is just (from today) 73 days away! And just 68 days when this (probably) gets read.

Get out the seed catalogs.

Peace Corps photos at Gibbs

Beth Connor is the special guest at an open house tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 12) in the Bryant Room from 5 to 7 p.m. Gibbs Library is presenting a selection of Connor's photos taken during her Peace Corps tour in Tanzania. She spent her four years near Changanyikeni in the remote countryside of this East African country from 1985 to 1989, a period of political and economic transition and readjustment there.

Prior to the Peace Corps, she had earned her bachelor's of fine arts in photography from the University of New Hampshire, so she used her skills to tell a remarkable and timeless story in pictures. The photos are a vivid insight into the mission of this one Peace Corps worker in a time when the Republic of Tanzania was developing. Everyone is invited to the open house tomorrow to meet the artist, peruse the storytelling photos, and enjoy refreshments. Connor’s photos will be on display through March 6.

Book group

The story of a dedicated and determined physician is told in “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World,” the book that will be discussed next week at the Book Group. Everyone is invited to participate Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Bryant Room as we discuss author Tracy Kidder’s biography of Farmer. He reveals the way Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, fought illness among the poor and also the systems that handicapped their receiving treatment.

Kathleen Gross, the group’s coordinator, pointed out that The New Yorker magazine recently included an update on Partners in Health. Everyone is welcome to join the book group for an evening or on a regular basis. For the next read, the group has chosen “Manhattan Beach,” a crime novel by Jennifer Egan. The library will have a supply of the book available for readers.

Popular show returns

An Evening of Jazz, featuring vocalist Cindy Millar, bassist Spike Hyssong, and guitarist Dick White as the trio Gardenia, will perform Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library. The show is back by popular demand to create an intimate café atmosphere with coffee, beverages and desserts. Gardenia performs timeless music of Hollywood and Broadway by composers Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and many others.

A $5 donation is suggested. The show begins at 7 p.m. Everbody is welcome.

Washington Monday Walkers

The Monday Walkers will resume their get-togethers Monday, Jan. 15. Walkers should meet at Gibbs Library at 9 a.m. Walking will take place on snowmobile trails, not public roads, so snowshoes may be a good choice. For more information, contact Peg Hobbs at 845-2900.

Library request

Desk volunteers are needed at Gibbs Library twice a month for Sunday afternoons from 2  to 5 p.m. Call the library 845-2663 to find out more about how to help.