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Photos: The beards of town meeting season

  • Mel Gendron listens to the presentation by the Dunbarton School board at the school meeting on Saturday, March 16, 2013. More than 500 people packed the Dunbarton Elementary School gym to attend the meeting.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Mel Gendron listens to the presentation by the Dunbarton School board at the school meeting on Saturday, March 16, 2013. More than 500 people packed the Dunbarton Elementary School gym to attend the meeting.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Gerry Fleury, vice chair, speaks about the sewer commission during Pembroke's  town meeting at the auditorium in Pembroke Academy on Saturday morning, March 16, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Gerry Fleury, vice chair, speaks about the sewer commission during Pembroke's town meeting at the auditorium in Pembroke Academy on Saturday morning, March 16, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Tilton moderator Chuck Mitchell explains the moderator's rules of order prior to the start of Tilton's town meeting at Winnisquam Regional High School on Saturday, March 16, 2013.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

    Tilton moderator Chuck Mitchell explains the moderator's rules of order prior to the start of Tilton's town meeting at Winnisquam Regional High School on Saturday, March 16, 2013. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

  • Jason Hanks sits in the crowd at the Tilton town meeting; Saturday, March 16, 2013.  <br/> (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

    Jason Hanks sits in the crowd at the Tilton town meeting; Saturday, March 16, 2013.
    (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

  • Dunbarton's Michal Dailey listens to the presentation at the Dunbarton school meeting on Saturday, March 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Dunbarton's Michal Dailey listens to the presentation at the Dunbarton school meeting on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Joseph Eisenberg stands against the back wall of the Warner town hall during the town meeting; Wednesday, March 13, 2013. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Joseph Eisenberg stands against the back wall of the Warner town hall during the town meeting; Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Mel Gendron listens to the presentation by the Dunbarton School board at the school meeting on Saturday, March 16, 2013. More than 500 people packed the Dunbarton Elementary School gym to attend the meeting.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Gerry Fleury, vice chair, speaks about the sewer commission during Pembroke's  town meeting at the auditorium in Pembroke Academy on Saturday morning, March 16, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Tilton moderator Chuck Mitchell explains the moderator's rules of order prior to the start of Tilton's town meeting at Winnisquam Regional High School on Saturday, March 16, 2013.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
  • Jason Hanks sits in the crowd at the Tilton town meeting; Saturday, March 16, 2013.  <br/> (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
  • Dunbarton's Michal Dailey listens to the presentation at the Dunbarton school meeting on Saturday, March 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Joseph Eisenberg stands against the back wall of the Warner town hall during the town meeting; Wednesday, March 13, 2013. <br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

Are beards at home at town meetings the same way the wearing of flannel and public displays of knitting are? Can one judge a town’s style by what is observed at town meeting? These are questions that we feel need to be asked this season. In the meantime we can observe and report the hirsute hankerings of men across the region.

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