For Immediate Release:
July 3, 2018
Contact: Trinity Foreman
“A Passion for Birds” and “The Incredible Complexity of Trees”
Performances by Henry Lappen
Nantucket, MA – The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is hosting a performance entitled, “A Passion for Birds” by Henry Lappen to be held at 2:00 pm on July 10, 2018 at the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club and at 5:00 pm on July 12, 2018 at the First Congregational Church at 62 N. Centre Street.
In “A Passion for Birds,” Lappen, an environmental educator and journalist, will encourage audience participation to explore how birds adapt to their environment and how that impacts the ways that birds appear. Masks and audience participation are central to the performance. The show incorporates Lappen’s love of birds with his comedic training. The cost is $10 for MMA Members and $15 for Non-Members. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Nantucket Cultural Council which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Lappen will also speak at the MMA Summer Science Speaker Series on July 10th at 7:00 PM at 33 Washington Street. The talk, “The Incredible Complexity of Trees,” will focus on the inner workings of trees, including everything from hormones to sap, to a tree’s hydraulic systems. In addition to his work and interests, Lappen e serves as the chair of the Amherst, MA Public Shade Tree Committee which, “preserves, protects, and promotes town shade trees” in order to “provide beauty, shade, breathable air, pure ground water, stable soil, and habitat for wildlife.”He has spoken out on a number of issues surrounding trees, including trees versus solar panels, arguing that trees and solar panels can coexist and it is not necessary for property owners to cut down trees in order to use the sun as a power source. Trees are an important part of the ecosystem and contribute to the quality of human life as well. They capture and store carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, that is contributing to climate change, making them natural protectors of our planet and cleaners of the air that we breathe. They also help to prevent erosion and flooding, and they actually cool the air around them, as well as provide shade and habitats for bugs and animals.
The Maria Mitchell Association hosts the summer Science Speaker Series each Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00 PM, in addition to a few other special evenings. Speakers include astronomers, authors, environmentalists, biologists, researchers, and others. For a full schedule and description of each speaker, please visit our website at mariamitchell.org. The event is free for MMA Members and $10 for Non-Members.
The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a newly opened research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. This year celebrates Mitchell’s 200th birthday with special lectures, events, classes, and exhibits all year-long, culminating in the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium in October 2018 in Boston.