You may well have biked, hiked, or run the Upper Valley rail trail. Locomotives no longer chug along this path, and the rails and ties are long gone. But it’s a trace of the trains that changed this region. Our contributor Naomi Elias brings us this conversation with Jay Barrett, who talked to us about enginemen, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s America, and “foamers” (people who foam at the mouth when they see a locomotive). You can hear his lecture about the rise and fall of trains in the Upper Valley this Thursday, February 7th, at 7pm, at the Orford Historical Society.
Plus: If you wander into the Hopkins Center this Wednesday evening, your ear will catch the wild sounds of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. This hit Italian band is visiting New England for the first time and they’re bringing the ancient traditional music of Italy’s warm Adriatic coast to the frozen Dartmouth campus. Our contributor Carene Mekertichyan talks with the leader of the group, Mauro Durante, who gives us a sneak peek at their performance — this Wednesday, February 6th, at 7pm in Spaulding Auditorium at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center. For tickets, visit the Hopkins Center website.