, Kingston, NH

October 25, 2012

HPL Friends News

By Janet Eagleson
Carriage Towne News

---- — HAMPSTEAD — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take part in the search for the Grail? You’ll have a chance on Tues., November 13, when “Grail Mania” comes to the Hampstead Public Library thanks to the Friends of the Library and the NH Humanities Council.

Diana Durbin will tell the story of Perceval, a young knight, as he travels through a strange kingdom of mysterious warriors and damsels. On his way he meets King Arthur, Merlin the Wizard, and other famous Arthurian characters. He enters the mysterious Grail Castle where he is befriended by the sorceress Morgana who helps him to unravel the meaning of the Grail. And members of the audience will have the opportunity to portray these fascinating characters and act out the story as told by Diana Durbin.

Durbin is the author of the book titled, “The Return of King Arthur”. She speaks and runs workshops about the Arthurian and Grail stories and what they really mean. She is also a published poet and a performer, both in England and here in New Hampshire. In this program she will talk about the evolution of the Grail story and discuss its relevance to our lives today.

“Grail Mania” will take place at the library on November 13th at 7:00 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join Diana Durbin and the Friends of the Library for this exceptional program. Refreshments will follow the program and members of the Friends and the audience are invited to stay for the regular monthly meeting of the Friends.

FANTASTIC RAFFLE - The raffle basket for October into November is very unusual and special. Ruth Paul, VP of the Friends of the Library, will knit an item for the winner. If you win you get to choose the item – sweater, baby item, afghan, socks, whatever you want – and then you get to choose the yarn, the color and the pattern. In addition to the item Ruth will knit for you the basket holds a scarf, knitting needles, yarn, and directions to make another scarf plus more yarn and a pattern to make a shawl. This is the most unique raffle item the Friends have ever offered. Buy your tickets at the front desk of the library. They are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The winner will be drawn before the start of the program on Nov. 13th. The basket is already on display on the library’s front desk.