- Wednesday, September 18th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: John Galluzzo, author of “Half an Hour a Day Across Massachusetts”
In 2009, Massachusetts naturalist and historian John J. Galluzzo set out to take a half an hour walk every single day in a different place, no matter what the weather was like, no matter what state his health was in. In 2011, he took things 351 steps further. Staring down classic New England snowstorms he set out in January on a new project, determined to walk for a half an hour in every town and city in Massachusetts on protected open space. He stormed the beaches of Cape Cod with the same ferocity with which he scaled the mountains of BerkshireCounty. Through rain, heat, mud and mosquitoes, he checked off towns and counties as he took note of wildlife sightings, all the while wearing his way through numerous pairs of shoes. Along the way, personal tragedy struck, within sight of his goal. The debate raged in his head – continue to the end, or drop the project to start again another year? Join John as he marches his way through the BayState, proving once and for all that a nature trail, or at least a nature experience, is never that far away for residents of Massachusetts.
Thursday, October 17th, 11 am:
Author Stephen Brumwell discusses his latest book, “George Washington: Gentleman Warrior”.
Award-winning British author and historian Stephen Brumwell comes to Falmouth to discuss his research on the man who was voted “Britain’s Greatest Foe”. Brumwell’s book has won the prestigious George Washington Book Award for 2013. In it, he shows a sometimes overlooked side of Washington—the feisty young frontier officer and the tough commander of the ragtag revolutionary Continental army. Washington ironically also relied upon English models of ‘gentlemanly’ behavior and British military organization to forge an army and to establish his leadership of it. Brumwell paints a fresh picture of a man who fused this gentlemanly behavior and warrior leader to ultimately lead his army to victory.
Saturday, October 19th, 3 pm:
Author Anthony Sammarco discusses his new best seller, “The History of Howard Johnson’s: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became an American Icon”.
Howard Johnson created an orange-roofed empire of ice cream stands and restaurants that stretched from Maine to Florida and all the way to the West Coast. Popularly known as the “Father of the Franchise Industry,” Johnson delivered good food and prices that brought appreciative customers back for more. The attractive white Colonial Revival restaurants, with eye-catching porcelain tile roofs, illuminated cupolas and sea blue shutters, were described in Reader’s Digest in 1949 as the epitome of “eating places that look like New England town meeting houses dressed up for Sunday.” Boston historian and author Anthony M. Sammarco recounts how Howard Johnson introduced twenty-eight flavors of ice cream, the “Tendersweet” clam strips, grilled frankforts and a menu of delicious and traditional foods that families eagerly enjoyed when they traveled.
Noted Boston historian Anthony Sammarco, himself an author of over 60 books, will be in Falmouth to talk about the empire created by Howard Johnson and what it meant to Americans.
Wednesday, October 23rd, 7:00 pm
Author Bob Halloran discusses his new book, “Impact Statement: A Family’s Fight for Justice against Whitey Bulger, Stephen Flemmi and the FBI”.
No one can deny that mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi are two of the most brutal killers in American history—not even the two gangsters themselves. However, of the various murders for which Bulger has been convicted, the jury has denied the Davis family closure for the slaying of Debbie Davis, Flemmi’s beautiful young girlfriend who went missing in 1981, and whose remains were found nearly twenty years later under the Neponset River Bridge in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Now serving a life sentence, Stephen Flemmi testified in 2003 in graphic detail how he lured Debbie to a house in South Boston where Bulger jumped from out of the shadows and strangled her to death. Flemmi then extracted her teeth and buried her body by the Neponset River while Bulger watched. Bulger wanted Debbie dead, Flemmi claimed, because she knew that the two men were meeting with an FBI agent named John Connolly. That, and he might have been a little jealous of the time Flemmi and Debbie were spending together. Throughout his trial, Bulger stubbornly insisted that he never would have committed the dishonorable act of killing a woman. In the end, it was one stone-cold murderer’s testimony against another’s.
In Impact Statement, veteran journalist Bob Halloran of WCVB, Channel 5 in Boston, looks at the devastating impact Bulger and Flemmi have had on the Davis family, whose longstanding relationship with the two mobsters cost them a father, two sisters, and a brother. Through up-to-the-minute coverage of Bulger’s criminal trial and extensive interviews with Debbie’s brother Steve Davis, a one-time protégé of Flemmi’s and now an outspoken advocate for the victims’ families, Halloran has pieced together this unique and compelling story of a family’s ongoing quest for justice.