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Library’s Sundays at Two series to open January 12 with wine history

The Lancaster Community Library’s 25th annual lecture and entertainment series will open January 12.

The Lancaster Community Library’s 25th annual lecture and entertainment series will open January 12.

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LANCASTER—The Lancaster Community Library’s 25th annual lecture and entertainment series will open January 12.

Offered at 2 p.m. at the library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock, reservations are not required for these free programs which conclude with refreshments, said committee chairman Gloria Wallace. They are held in the second floor meeting room which is accessible by elevator as well as stairs. A Loop Amplifier for the hearing impaired has also been added to the meeting room.

On January 12,  Allison Burns will present “Vine to Glass: An Exploration of the Modern Wine Trade.” Wine is a drink that lets consumers travel around the world with every glass. However, deciding which wine to buy can be overwhelming.

For the past 300 years, each century has ushered a new scientific understanding in wine production that changed wine from a local drink to a globally traded commodity. The modernization of wine produced new wine-growing regions, established what we now know as classic styles and ultimately affected the price.  In this talk, she will examine factors that influence wine prices, demystify wine labels and encourage consumers to explore the world of wine with confidence.

On February 2, Glenn Birch & Friends will present  “Stories and Songs.” Their captivating songs and compelling stories will feature original songs on historical themes with strong Virginia connections. Songs about devastating hurricanes, battles and shipwrecks as well as songs about making quilts will be included in their entertaining folk music and stories program.

On February 9, VMFA director Alex Nyerges will present “The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Arts for Virginia.” He will explore the growth of the institution, its future after that transformation and why “it’s your art.” Since the expansion of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the addition of the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Wing in 2010, attendance has increased to record highs. Programs, exhibitions and the permanent collection have been transformed with the introduction and near completion of VMFA’s 2016-20 Strategic Plan.

World-class exhibitions have included Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso; Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing; Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; and Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China.

On February 23, Stewart Lamerdin will present “The R/V Virginia: A Nod to the Past—An Eye to the Future.” His talk will provide a brief history of the use of research vessels throughout the world while beginning to define what makes a research vessel a research vessel. Once defined, Lamerdin will look at the rich history of research vessels operated by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, culminating with the newly constructed R/V Virginia.

On March 1: Sonya Waddell will present “Focus on Growth: Virginia and the Northern Neck, 2020.” Coming from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, she will discuss Virginia’s robust economy as it continues to perform, providing economic benefits throughout the Commonwealth including the Northern Neck and Eastern Shore.

The audience will receive an overview of the state of the national economy and monetary policy with an added focus on Virginia and our region of the state. She  also will examine the disparity in economic conditions across the state, most particularly the challenges and opportunities facing more rural areas such as the Northern Neck versus the larger urban areas of Northern Virginia, Richmond and Norfolk/Hampton Roads.

On March 8, Rich Magnani will present “My Work Experience in Afghanistan.” Magnani served as chief of party (COP) on the USAID-funded Regional Agribusiness Development—North in Mazar-e-Sharif from March 2015 to January 2019 and continued to support the project until it closed in May 2019. The goal was to increase farm productivity and to lower production costs to more effectively compete in the international markets.

In addition to describing his work, Rich will share insights about the people, their culture, tribalism, security and the influential role of the poppy.