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Library Soirees Kick off With Photographer Nathan Williamson

Crozet Library’s Soiree Series will begin its fall and winter programs Wednesday, September 10, when National Geographic photographer Nathan Williamson will present images from Africa to the Amazon.

The free soirees are intended to be evenings of informal conversation with guest speakers representing the arts, culture, business and community interests. The public is invited to sip coffee or tea and enjoy the exchange of ideas. Speakers begin at 7 p.m. at the library at 2020 Crozet Avenue. No advance registration is required.

Free Union-based Williamson will present recent work filming National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay’s project to protect wild lands of Gabon. Videos will feature the lions of the Serengeti using remote imaging and low angles to get unobtrusively close to the lions.

On Thursday, Ocober 9, Joel Kavarsky, Crozet author of  The True Geography of our Country, Jefferson’s Cartographic Vision, will describe the importance of maps to Thomas Jefferson, who had a primary goal of deepening geographical knowledge.

On Thursday, November 13, Col. Edwin Dooley, co-author of Claudius Crozet: French Engineer in America, 1790-1864, will focus on tunnel-builder Claudius Crozet’s contributions to engineering education at West Point and his role in founding the Virginia Military Institute.

On Wednesday, January 14, the Crozet duo Terra Voce, cellist Andrew Gabbert and flutist Elizabeth Brightbill, will explore musical expressions. They delight audiences with virtuosity in a conversational style.

On Thursday February 5, Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northrup will visit.  Northrup’s 34-year career as a park ranger has included time at Grand Canyon, Grand Teton and Great Smokey Mountains National Parks, among others.

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