Walks and Talks: Land trust to host farm walk Saturday

Journal Inquirer, Manchester, Conn.
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Apr. 8—MANCHESTER — The community is invited to a free walk Saturday at 1 p.m., to view the former 102-acre Lombardo Farm that the Manchester Land Conservation Trust has been raising funds to buy.

Walkers will hear about the trust's plans for this open space and about the importance of its conservation.

There are two options: a half-mile and 1 1/2 -mile walk, both with easy pace and fairly flat but bumpy terrain.

The walk will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels.

Meet at 330 Bush Hill Road, where land trust volunteers will help with parking and directions. Social distancing will be required, per CDC guidelines.

The Lombardo family farmed the acreage from the 1950s-70s. The property has returned to forest, meadows, vernal pools, and ponds.

To make a donation toward the purchase, mail checks to 20 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT 06040.

For information, go to: manchesterlandtrust.org

Asian diversity and cookie talk

SPRINGFIELD — Pittsburgh-based artist, author, and activist Jasmine M. Cho will give a virtual talk Diversity Speaker and Performance series.

Cho, a self-described "cookie activist," puts faces on cookies she bakes to elevate representation for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She is also a Food Network champion and the founder of an online bakery, Yummyholic.

In 2019, Cho gave a TEDx talk on her cookie activism that immediately went viral and has since reached over 47,000 views.

Expanding to traditional fine art while pursuing art therapy studies, Cho wrote, illustrated, and published her first children's book, "Role Models Who Look Like Me: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Made History."

To register for the online event, visit:

stcc.edu/diversity

Lyricism and social activism

HARTFORD — The Amistad Center will host a virtual discussion about the lyricism and social activism in the poetry of Jayne Cortez and her work with her husband, artist Melvin Edwards, to advance the Black Arts Movement on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Discussion leader will be Tobias Wofford, professor of art history at Virginia Commonwealth University.

To register, visit:

zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CFgSC9xpTN6-63VGPoD5hA

The Easter Island statues

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Museums will continue its virtual Museums a la carte lunchtime lecture series Thursday, April 15, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

The subject will be Easter Island and its giant statues.

The cost is $4.

Amy S. Dane, lecturer and photographer, will be the presenter.

The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program.

For information and to register, call 800-625-7738 or go to:

SpringfieldMuseums.org

Virtual author talks

HARTFORD — The Mark Twain House & Museum will sponsor several virtual talks and author conversations.

—David Crow, author of "The Pale-Faced Lie," will have a conversation with local playwright Jacques Lamarre today at 8 p.m.

Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Crow and his three siblings idolized their dad, a self-taught Cherokee who loved to tell his children about his World War II feats. But as time passed, Crow discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies, even murder.

Through sheer determination, Crow managed to get into college and achieve professional success, and to find the courage to refuse his father's criminal demands.

—A virtual panel discussion, "Hal Holbrook Remembered: Part 2," will take place Tuesday at 7 p.m.

A panel of Twain scholars — Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Mark Dawidziak, Cindy Lovell, and Steve Courtney —folks who worked most closely with Holbrook over the years and who knew him best will chat about their relationship with Holbrook, his contributions to Mark Twain studies, and share personal insights of the man they called both friend and colleague.

—Horror novelist Stephen Graham Jones will talk about his bestseller "The Only Good Indians" on Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m.

The story follows four American Indian men in a desperate struggle for their lives that stems from a disturbing event from their youth.

Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 or so novels and collections, novellas, and comic books.

Jones will have his conversation with storyteller Joe R. Lansdale, who has written novels and stories in many genres, including Western, horror, science fiction, mystery, and suspense.

These programs are free to attend, although the Twain House would appreciate contribution of a fair ticket price.

For information, call 860-247-0998 or visit: marktwainhouse.org