Today at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, we celebrated the Grand Opening of the Marian E. Gallaher M.D. Amphitheater designed by Siteline Architecture.
The event was held from 11:00 AM until noon in the outdoor amphitheater at the Madelyn Helling Library at 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.
The ribbon cutting took place at 11:00 AM followed by a dedication from amphitheater benefactor, Jackie Wilson. Attendees were treated to the summer’s first Musical Mondays at Madelyn’s concert featuring Beaucoup Chapeaux, courtesy of InConcert Sierra. Light refreshments were provided by the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries.
As well, the following poem was read by Nevada County Poet Laureate Molly Fisk:
Surrounding: A Rogue Sonnet
An ancient shape, a partial bowl to hold
the sound of words and notes a moment
before releasing them past attending ears
into a wider circle of pines and oaks
and cedars, sound borne on the wind,
over Hirschman’s Pond, the hills: Cement
and Wet, the little mountains: Round and Banner,
and then higher into Sierra crags and the flyway
traced by Sandhill Cranes yet at the same time
lower, skimming the rivulets and creek beds,
finding the river, dropping into hidden tunnels
and mining shafts where history’s buried
next to luck, the song now echoing so faintly only
the earth’s bones and the closest stars can hear it.
- Molly Fisk