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Music And Healthy Eating Kick Off June Events At The Library

June 1, 2011 by Special To The ...

It's officially June and there are some interesting programs upcoming at the Cheshire Public Library in the next few weeks. Below is an announcement from the library about two such events:

Prester John Duo to Perform at Cheshire Library

The Cheshire Public Library's spring Sunday Showcase series will conclude on June 5 at 4 p.m. with a free performance of the Prester John Duo. This concert is funded by the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library.
With a unique blend of acoustic folk, jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass and the avant-garde, New Haven, CT duo Prester John has a sound that is entirely their own. Formed in 2008 by underground guitar-hero Shawn Persinger, Prester John also showcases the musical talents of David Miller on mandolin and harmony vocals. Taylor Guitars’ Wood and Steel once wrote, “Persinger has defined his career by playing hard-to-define music.” One minute you’re hearing a pop/rock song in the tradition of Cat Stevens or Jack Johnson, the next you’re listening to music that could have been composed by Stravinsky or Frank Zappa. When it comes to traditional and mainstream styles Prester John’s authenticity is also difficult to match; their bluegrass repertoire sounds straight out of Appalachia (no doubt due to Persinger’s West Virginia roots) and their swing tunes recall the bygone days of The Hot Club of France. The ease and flexibility they display traversing and transcending genres is practically unheard of in this day and age (if ever). Prester John’s latest CD, “Desire for a Straight Line” focuses on the instrumental side of their repertoire. For fans of vocal tunes Prester John is already at work on an all vocal recording, that also showcases their instrumental virtuosity. "This duo started with a backlog of Shawn’s songs but the future of our sound is wide open,” says Miller. “We both have an interest in different types of music and we also have the ability to play many styles. Whether it’s the simplicity of a two and four backbeat or the complexity of an atonal melody. Nothing is dismissed.” It is that eclectic taste and skill that makes Prester John a force to be reckoned with.
For further information, call the library at (203) 272-2245 or visit our website at

Healthy Eating Focus of Talk

Cheshire Naturopath Dr. Debra Anastasio, will talk about her new book on healthy eating entitled What the Bleep $#@! Can I Eat? at the Cheshire Public Library on Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m.
What the Bleep $#@! Can I Eat? is an indispensible guide for planning healthy meals for the whole family. Dr. Anastsio exposes the harmful effects of processed and manufactured foods while teaching you how to eat real food even with limited kitchen skills or tight budget. This is way more than a cookbook, this is a guide to improving the immune system,controlling blood sugar, restoring normal digestive healthy, reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, reducing cancer risk, slowing down aging, and more!
Dr. Anastasio is a leading Naturopathic Doctor with a private practice in Cheshire, Connecticut. With more than 30 years in the medical field, she brings her wisdom of being a physician and a mother to help her patients and community with a variety of health and wellness issues. Dr. Anastasio is the Clinical Director of the New England Naturopathic Center, LLC, was a professor at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and past President and Vice President of the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association. She is also a professional member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
This program is free and open to the public. Please register on the library's website: or call the library at (203) 272-2245.

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