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December Art Show: “Trio – Ceramics, Wood, and Paint” @ Brewster Ladies' Library
Dec 1 – Dec 31 all-day

For the month of December in 2017, the Brewster Ladies’ Library is pleased to present “Trio – Ceramics, Wood and Paint,” an art exhibit inspired by our peninsula. This art show features the work of Brewster residents Annie Gerrity, Joe Swaluk, and Joan Swaluk.

Digging clay and making pots at Point of Rocks Beach is a fond childhood memory for ceramic artist Annie Gerrity, and this responsive medium has fascinated her ever since. Annie attended Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Craftsmen and Penland School of Crafts. She founded Ann Elizabeth Designs, a limited edition pottery studio in Williamtown, MA. Her work was sold in Craft Galleries throughout the US. Annie continues to create one-of-a-kind tiles as well as large scale murals. Her largest mural to date measures 5’ X 15’. Three years ago Annie moved to Brewster and began painting and sculpting. Her sculpture was featured in the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s “Looking Forward” exhibition in December 2016. Clay’s capacity to be transformed and it’s unpredictable results continue to gratify and challenge her. Creating pieces that nourish the soul and express her love of nature – especially Cape Cod – are the goal of this artist.

Joe Swaluk has been sculpting fish out of wood professionally for over 35 years. He is a signature member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists. His work has been shown in wildlife art and natural history museums throughout North America. Joe’s goal has always been to arouse awareness of the beauty of fish.

As a member of a family of artists, Joan Swaluk joined them upon retirement and has taken lessons with several artists on Cape Cod. She loves the translucency and flow of watercolor as well as the “forgiveness” and challenge of acrylic paint. Currently, her focus is on portraying light in her subject. Nature provides most of her inspiration.

The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception at the Library on Saturday, December 9th from 3 to 5 PM.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Brewster Ladies’ Library. Please call the Library at (508) 896-3913 before coming, due to the exhibition room sometimes being in use for a program and not open for viewing.

Afternoon Book Group – Empire Falls @ Brewster Ladies' Library
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

We will be discussing Empire Falls by Richard Russo.  “In a warmhearted novel of sweeping scope, Russo animates the dead-end small town of Empire Falls, Maine, long abandoned by the logging and textile industries that provided its citizens with their livelihood. Miles Roby surveys his hometown with bemused regret from the Empire Grill, owned by a local magnate but run by him ever since he was called home from college to take care of his ailing mother. His daily parade of customers provides him with ample evidence of both the restrictions and forced intimacy of small-town life and has left him with a deep appreciation for irony: his ex-wife’s new paramour, “the Silver Fox,” has suddenly become a loyal customer and is constantly challenging him to an arm-wrestling contest; his father, always a day late and a dollar short, has talked a senile priest into running off to Key West for the winter (where they tie for first place in the local Hemingway look-alike contest); and the diner owner’s daughter, apprised of Miles’ impending divorce, is forever trying to engulf him in a teary embrace. ” – Booklist.  All are welcome!

After School Maker’s Club @ Brewster Ladies' Library
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come to the Library for a STEAM-related Maker’s activity! This after-school program occurs on one Tuesday every month from 3:00pm-4:00pm, and allows kids to get creative while engaging in fun, hands-on learning. There will be a different, fun theme each month!

The Maker’s activity is designed for elementary school-aged children.

Knit and Crochet @ Night @ Brewster Ladies' Library
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join a casual group of knitters and crocheters sharing skills and learning from each other.

All skill levels are welcome.

Cast-A-Ways: Knit & Crochet @ the Brewster Ladies’ Library @ Brewster Ladies' Library
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please join a casual group of knitters and crocheters sharing skills and learning from each other.

All skill levels are welcome.


Story Hour @ Brewster Ladies' Library
Dec 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am


Come listen to stories, sing songs, and make a craft each week at the library. Recommended for children 2 and up.

Brewster Writers @ Brewster Ladies' Library
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brewster Writers, a writing group co-sponsored by the Brewster Cultural Council and the Brewster Ladies’ Library, meets bi-weekly in the Library auditorium on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm. The group welcomes writers in all genres and at all levels who wish to share their work in a supportive setting. Members will share copies of 2-3 pages of their own writing in order to receive responses and comments from other writers. Our goal is to encourage the writing community in Brewster and its surroundings.

Toddler Town @ Brewster Ladies' Library
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Library hosts Toddler Town on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium, beginning September 28th. This is a social activity in which children ages birth to 3 are invited to engage in free play and movement.

Baby Story Hour @ Brewster Ladies' Library
Dec 14 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Baby Story Hour is back! The Brewster Ladies’ Library will hold this reading series for babies on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:00 PM, beginning October 5th. Babies will enjoy a combination of stories and songs each week. This program is designed for young children who have not yet learned to walk. Children of walking age are welcome to attend our regular story hour on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM.

For more information about this program, call the Library at 508-896-3913.

Kids’ Holiday Party @ Brewster Ladies' Library
Dec 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come get festive at the Library! We’ll be making holiday cards and munching on cookies. Kathy Hatch will be here to get us in the spirit with some fun holiday songs. All ages are welcome.

This event will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11 AM at the Brewster Ladies’ Library.