Tom and Steve Eastman-Remember When

Tom Eastman (left) with his late brother Steve Eastman, co-founder of The Mountain Ear, discuss the 30th anniversary of the Ear on Valley Vision's "Remember When" August 2006. Tom will be presenting “Through the Ears: Recollections of Tom Eastman” at the Conway Public Library on Monday, April 15. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Whether you are a native of the Mount Washington Valley or have moved here in recent years, you probably remember or have at least heard about the publication The Mountain Ear. Its entertaining articles about local history, town characters, athletes, leaders, events and more filled the weekly news journals from 1976 to 2014.

With the help of Sarah Eastman, a gorgeous, nostalgic display of Mountain Ear covers entitled “Through the Ears” is on the walls of the Ham Room of the Conway Public Library through the month of April.

As a girl who spent the majority of my life in the Mount Washington Valley, it is incredible to walk back in time through the cover photos, featuring family friends (both living and deceased), memorable events, and even a shot of my own mother with a group of fellow dancers in a local production of “A Chorus Line.”

As a bonus, the community is very fortunate to have Tom Eastman, an employee of the Ear for 28 years, and brother to the late Steve Eastman who (with Jane Golden) co-founded, owned and ran the award-winning publication, lead a talk about the history of the Mountain Ear.

“Through the Ears: Recollections of Tom Eastman” will take place on Monday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. All are welcome to attend. Eastman will cover the development, notable featured articles and the brilliant masterminds behind the success of the Ear, as we always called it for short.

Conway Public Librarian Kathy Keene has organized a wonderful addition to this month’s morning book group discussion. All are welcome to attend, even if you haven’t read the book.

Winner of the 2017 Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction, author Laurel Davis Huber, will be presenting commentary and research behind her well-received novel, “The Velveteen Daughter,” on Tuesday, April 16, at 10:15 a.m.

“The Velveteen Daughter,” the true story of the lives of Margery Williams Bianco, author of “The Velveteen Rabbit,” and her daughter, Pamela, a world-renowned child-prodigy artist, is unveiled in the author’s captivating debut novel which has captured the hearts of readers.

Huber weaves together the lives of the Biancos and luminaries, such as Picasso, Gloria Vanderbilt and Eugene O’Neill, as mother and daughter struggle to navigate complicated lives riddled with depression, celebrity and the temptations of the glamorous art world in Europe and the United States.

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