A Four part series on Tuesdays 1/29, 2/19, 3/19, 4/16, All lectures begin at 7:00 pm
All lectures are free and open to all. Please register to reserve your place.
Guilford Free Library – 67 Park Street, Guilford, CT 06437
Tuesday, January 29, 7:00pm
Tom Andersen, author of This Fine Piece of Water: An Environmental History of Long Island Sound, presents Adrian Block Quadricentennial.
Learn about Block’s voyage and discovery in 1613 of Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River. It is an adventure tale of mutinies, gun battles, burning ships, fierce economic competition and encounters with Native Americans.
Tuesday, February 19, 7:00pm
Bart Mansi, Bud Harris & Frank Camarota discuss the Realities of Commercial Fishing
If you’re considering quitting your day job because you think it would be romantic and exciting to become a commercial fisherman from Guilford, this is a must lecture that should not be missed. Bart Mansi, Bud Harris, and Frank Camarota will talk about the trials and tribulation of dealing with severe weather, failing equipment, and surprises the sea delivers. You won’t believe what their trawlers haul in!
Tuesday, March 19, 7:00pm
Andy Weaver: A Half Century as a Lobsterman on Long Island Sound
Andy Weaver, a Madison resident who has fished and lobstered in Long Island Sound for a half a century, will amuse you with many of his antidotes and challenges of hauling in lobsters as a commercial lobster man. Andy started using wooden pots which now have become collectables as coffee tables and finally switched to wire pots which have a longer life span. Andy maintained a contact with many of the personnel that keep the Faulkner’s light on. What is the present state of the Connecticut lobster industry? Why are prices of lobsters so low in Connecticut if the local catch has fallen so dramatically?
Tuesday, April 16, 7:00pm
Michael McBride, Museum Curator of the Henry Whitfield State Museum
Michael McBride will do a costumed presentation as a 19th century light keeper on Faulkner’s Island. Step back in to history as the challenges in keeping the light on and maintaining a domicile in the harshest of conditions are brought to light.