Past Events

Writing New England Gothic

Ghosts, witches, antique houses that hold dark secrets – all are grist for the mill when writing New England Gothic literature. In the tradition of H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King, writers of New England Gothic fiction explore the realm of the supernatural in our own back yard.

Join author Chrysler Szarlan in a discussion of this interesting genre at the Paige Memorial Library . Chrysler Szarlan has jogged racehorses, performed as a magician’s assistant, and worked as an attorney with the Connecticut Legal Rights Project. Her debut novel, The Hawley Book of the Dead, was named an NPR Best Book of 2014. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post and London’s Sunday Telegraph. She lives in western June (Ware) Massachusetts with her family, where she is working on a new novel set in a haunted library.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017   6 – 7:30 pm

Our display was to bring attention to Judith Black’s portrayal of  Lucy Stone  Sunday, April 23, 2 PM at the Town House on the Hardwick Common.
The Stories of Seven Major League Baseball Players from One Small Central Massachusetts Town
The region’s rich baseball history going back to pre-Civil War times, presenting teams and personalities that have been part of Ware’s baseball scene over the past 150 years.

Into the narrative Katz weaves explanations of particular features of the game and their histories—such as the invention of the curveball, the birth of professional baseball, and the development of baseball’s farm system—as well as colorful anecdotes from the players’ careers.

A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Stephen Robert Katz was born in Ware and raised in Winthrop, received law degrees from Boston University and the University of London, Stephen taught international law at the University of Wales (U.K.), and then became a practicing attorney in Boston. He had a 26-year career with the United Nations, serving in Vienna (Austria) and New York, as well as in the former Yugoslavia, where he was the head legal adviser to the UN’s peacekeeping mission during the war in the Balkan region. He and his wife reside in New York City

The story of Quaboag sachem Hendrick Kequoaquau and his request for a settlement with the Massachusetts Bay government for lands he claimed were  taken from him without  payment of the “native right”. The third and last claim was restricted only to land known as Hardwick.  Mr. Don Duffy,  teacher and author, spoke of the Lamb and Company’s attempt after King Philip’s War to secure an Indian deed for land they called Wombemesiscook.   After years of inaction, a newly reconstituted Lamb and Company bumbled their way in pursuing settlement of the land in the deed which eventually resulted in the settlement of Palmer, eastern Ware, West Warren , and Hardwick.

Mr. Duffy continues to study and is now concentrating on the location of the Bay Path over Bald Peak in Monson and the connection to the main route from Pocumtuck (Deerfield ) through the Quabbin to Wickabaog and the Quaboags.


 Jackie Easter was joined by Sophie (all decked out in her Easter finery) and Steve, Sophie’s companion and faithful human.
Sophie came to show us her incredibly good manners and to inspire the good folks who  have animals and want to learn from Jackie Easter how to create a relationship which benefits both human and pet.
Easter eggs were decorated and hunted at the Paige!  It was a great time for kids and their adults.