Tavern Village Tales
Village Tales captures the essence of life
in a small hamlet of an old New England town and
a sense of its place locally and in the wider
world beyond its borders. ~Elizabeth P. Straw,
Tales is a New England journey across three
centuries -- in one place.
Place laps pleasantly
against the soles of the feet, like walks on roads
known for a very long time. It's absorbed through
the skin, a knowing of one's surroundings -- the
feel, sights, sounds, and smells -- on an intimate
level, and somehow, their knowing back. One fits
the land known as home like bark fits trees: no
matter where you go, you are bound to bear the
shape of it.
by Sylvia Merrill Beaupré
Excerpts from the
longs in vain to make the village his. A man arrives
with nothing more than a jug and an axe, and leaves
the legacy of an inn. Men of war and men of peace
make the village their home and leave their mark,
along with women who raise the children and step
out into the world. Special animals, from spotted
salamander to hobbled calf, color village history.
A mysterious drowning and the vagaries and vicissitudes
of Mother Nature take their toll.
Photo: Tavern field, Roger Cody, 2011
trees - pine, hemlock, maple, beech, and oak -
have re-pinned many of the fields to earth, but
the stones the settlers hauled to the edges still
punctuate the landscape in irregular walls. Whether
bane or bounty, the woods have always been an
integral and meaningful part of the village. Here,
pride of place meant the way one felt not only
about people and buildings, but also about the
of New Hampshire, Sylvia Merrill Beaupré
graduated from the University of New Hampshire.
In 1980, she and her family settled in her childhood
home in Weare. Inspired by her memories and the
town's rich history, she wrote Common Ground,
a chapbook of poems about a New England village,
a theme that has reverberated throughout her writing
for various Weare Historical Society publications
and local newspapers.
was selected as a finalist for Hunger Mountain's
Ruth Stone Prize in Poetry and White Eagle Coffee
Store Press' Long Fiction Contest International.
Her novel excerpt reached semifinalist status
in the Boston Fiction Festival's first contest.
NH Writers Project selected her poem, "What
More Could Be Desired, for its Poetry in Windows
contest; the poem appeared at the entrance to
the Red River Theatres in Concord, NH.
stories have appeared in the Northern New England
Review, Entelechy International: A Journal of
Contemporary Ideas, Pandora, the anthology
Love Free or Die (May 2014), and at NH.com/NH
writers. Her poems have been published by Red
Booth Review, Spillway, Chautauqua, The Granite
Review, South Boston Literary Gazette, Byline,
Fearless Books' The Light on Ordinary Things,
November Third Club, Ad Hoc Monadnock Online,
Earth's Daughters, Yankee Magazine, American
University Journal of Gender and the Law,
the anthology Hunger Enough: Living Spiritually
in a Consumer Society, and others.
is a member of the New Hampshire Writers' Project,
the Academy of American Poets, and "The Fridays,"
a local writers group that has been meeting weekly
for many years. She belongs to the New Hampshire
Historical Society, the Weare Historical Society,
and the South Weare Improvement Society.
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