Lunchtime Lyceum Program Set
Massanutten Regional Library has announced guest speakers and topics for its Lunchtime Lyceum Programming for the next three months. The winter program centers on local authors and their works. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own lunch and enjoy the presentation. Massanutten Regional Library will provide beverages. These events are free and open to the public.
Master Naturalist Jim Lawson will kick off the lunchtime series on Monday, January 28, 1 PM at the Main Branch, Downtown Harrisonburg. His topic will be “Legends of the Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah River.” The Virginia Master Naturalist Program and the James Madison University’s Lifelong Learning Institute have worked together to establish a local Master Naturalist Program providing opportunity for local citizens to become part of a well-informed corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources.
Lynchburg author Carolyn Tyree Feagans will speak on Monday, February 4, 1PM at Main. She writes historical novels of families of Shenandoah National Park and The Blue Ridge. Set primarily in the ‘30’s, ‘40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, Feagans’ books humanize history through its characters. One of her popular topics, the creation of Shenandoah National Park by the forced removal of 500 mountain families and a unique case of eminent domain, is told from the point of view of one young boy.
In 1980, when Lynn Coffey moved to the tiny mountain area of Love, Virginia, she realized the Appalachian culture was slowly ebbing away. Eager to preserve the details, she started a newspaper called “Backroads,” which has since evolved in book form. Coffey will be at Massanutten Regional Library Main, 1 PM, February 11, to share her discoveries of the Appalachian culture.
A retired game warden, Frank Mundy has put his work experiences in book form. Author of Game Warden Entertainment and Game Warden Entertainment: The Next Book, Mundy will speak at Main on February 25 and March 4 at 1 PM. The first session will center on his two published books, and with the March 4 session, Gundy will advise his audience on publishing their own stories.