Chocorua Lake Conservancy 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting
Saturday, August 18, 3PM
What do natural places mean to us? As humans we can tell the story of natural places through image, metaphor, poetic words—through the arts—and also through maps, charts, data, and the many branches of science.
On Saturday, August 18 at 3PM, join the Chocorua Lake Conservancy for a special annual meeting at Runnells Hall (25 Deer Hill Rd, Chocorua) honoring the CLC’s 50th anniversary and its Timeless Chocorua capital campaign.
After a brief update on CLC activities over the past 12 months, we will enjoy presentations exploring both the poetry and the science of the Chocorua Lake Basin. Peggy Johnson, Marion Posner and Louise Taylor will share a brief selection of stories, poems and images from the delightful and varied memories they have heard this summer during the Chocorua Story & Memory Booth project, a collaboration between the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts and the CLC. They will also bring a few voices from years past into this rich tapestry.
Prof. Rick Allmendinger will then offer a talk, “Timeless is Relative: The Glaciated Landscape of the Chocorua Lake Basin.” As timeless and unchanging as Chocorua Lake may appear to us in our lifetimes, new, high-resolution topographic imaging of the basic reveals that the lake was once nearly twice as large and 50 feet deeper than it is today. Topographic imaging with airborne laser scanners (known as LiDAR) produces data with sub-meter resolution, exposing stone walls, old cellar-holes, and long-abandoned logging roads in the woods. These same data allow us to piece together the evolution of the basin from a time when nearly a mile of ice covered the region to present day. The story Rick will describe, a splendid example of natural climate change, unfolded as humans were discovering the New World for the first time.
After the presentations, meeting attendees will be invited for refreshments and visiting from approximately 5PM to 6PM.
About the Presenters:
Rick Allmendinger is a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Cornell University who mapped glacial and bedrock geology for the US Geological Survey early in his career before discovering the wonders of South American geology. He has vacationed at the family property on the Little Lake all his life, but it took lasers to get him interested in the glacial geology of the region! In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, hiking, photography, map-making, and writing apps for mobile and desktop computers.
Peggy Johnson loves her work as a librarian at Cook Memorial Library, and as music director at Melvin Village Community Church and of Sandwich Singers. She is a poet, artist and book designer and maker, and this summer is celebrating 50 years as a resident of the area.
Marion (Flood) Posner has U.S. and British family. She worked in Great Britain as an educator until settling with her family in Tamworth where she and her husband created a small school (Tamworth Learning Circles) a children’s theatre company (Snapdragon), and designed and run ‘Walking Through History’ trips in Europe. She is an actress, storyteller and writer.