Amid the rural setting, snuggled in scenic beauty, bustles the Hobart Book Village.
Under the tutelage of Don Dales, the bookstores came together and formed the Book Village in 2005. Since then, the village has offered several options to satisfy readers’ thirst for knowledge and entertainment.
“Today, there are a total of five bookstores covering every subject imaginable,” said Dales, who owns the bookstore Mysteries & More. “We also work together to host events and workshops. Soon, the famous Winter Respite Lectures will begin.”
The destination of Hobart Book Village attracts not only readers and learners, but also book creators and home decorators. The open doors of businesses, including Paper Moon Book Binding, the Sheep’s Nest, Second Wind Furniture and the MURAL Art Gallery, make for a variety of shopping in Hobart.
MURAL on Main Art Gallery, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is hosting a Community Art Show through Dec. 15. A mixture of paints, graphics, mixed media and sculpture will be on display.
New this winter is HobARTS Workshop. Dales and Amy Morris, owner of Paper Moon Book Binding, established the HobARTS Workshop as a craft activity space. Beginner friendly classes will be held throughout the winter.
“The Nov. 15 and 22 Fridays, I’ll teach a paper and gem class, from 6 to 7 p.m.,” Morris said in October. “Participants learn how to use decorated paper, small glass tiles and special glaze to make jewelry, magnets, and more.” A consumable book class will be offered Jan. 10. Pre-registration is required. For more information on HobARTS workshops, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Facebook.com/hobartsinthebookvillage.
At Adams’ Antiquarian Book Store, the 11th annual Winter Respite Lecture Series will be launched Sunday, Nov. 24. Beginning at 3 p.m., Robert Steed will speak on “Verdi & Wagner 200th Birthdays: Talk and Excerpts from Their Music.”
“On Dec. 8, Deirdre Larkin will host ‘Jane Eyre and You, and Me: Confessions of a reading woman, part I,’” said Bill Adams. “The Winter Respite attendees soon discover the best part: Diana serves refreshments.” Bill and Diana Adams own and operate Adams’ Antiquarian Book Store.
Complementing the winter respite activity that saves people from cabin fever, Diana Adams coordinates her culinary skills with the lecture topic. “I created a volcano cake when geologist, Professor Robert Titus lectured,” she said. “We had tombstone-shaped cookies for the cemetery talk and bells for the telephone lecture.”
“We skip January because of weather. And, on Feb. 16, Jim Meagley will continue with his ever-popular series of Hobart History,” Bill Adams said. “Although the winter lectures bring in an eclectic array of speakers, the Hobart History lecture is especially well-liked.” The daylight basement at Adams’ Antiquarian Book Store was recently renovated for the overflow audiences. “We will set up a screen in the basement from which the audience can watch the lecture via video,” said Bill Adams.
The Adam’s Antiquarian Book Store is considered one of the oldest buildings in Hobart. However, walking down into the basement of the classic Greek revival house built in the 1830s, it lacks the typical narrow darkness of old homes. The stairway is cordial. The basement has doors on two walls that open out into a view of the East Branch of the Delaware River. Geese float on the water. For the history buffs, Adams retained the exposed original foundation and hand-hewn beams, charred by fires from the past.
Hobart resident and artist Kelly Chien uses video technology to assist with the Winter Respite Lectures overflow. Chien also uses the equipment to host community movies once a month on a Friday at the Hobart Community Center. The family movie nights are free.
Adams’ Antiquarian Bookstore features 17th- through the 20th-century texts on theology, Greek, Latin and English classics, history, art and signed editions. Across Main Street, you can find Hobart International Bookport, owned and managed by Elda Stifani. Books by world renowned authors, French and Italian literature, and audio-books fill the shelves.
Three more stops on Main Street, and you can find Mysteries & More, Blenheim Hill Bookstore and Liberty Rock Bookstore. Thrillers, suspense and science fiction make for adventurous reading from Mysteries & More bookstore.
Libby the cat will greet you at the door of Liberty Rock, owned by John Mahoney, who continues to stock the 5,000-square-foot store with books. Part of the space is devoted to an art gallery.
Barbara Balliet and Cheryl Clarke, owners of Blenheim Hill, have sections on gardening and biographies.
If you are a bibliophile or have one in your life, stop in Hobart, where you’ll be sure to find the perfect book.