By Dean Hurley


PETERBOROUGH — Gray skies hung over Peterborough Saturday as if ‘Our Town’ knew.

Filmmaker David Lynch is receiving the 58th annual Edward MacDowell Medal in the Arts at the MacDowell Colony Sunday but is not expected to attend the midday ceremony, according to the colony.

Lynch is known for his films Eraserhead, Elephant Man and Blue Velvet as well as for being the creator of the 1990s television show Twin Peaks, which was rebooted in May as a limited Showtime series.

In his place Sunday, Lynch biographer Kristine McKenna is scheduled to speak about Lynch and his contribution to cinema.

Past recipients of the MacDowell Medal include Aaron Copeland, Robert Frost, Georgia O’Keefe, Chuck Jones, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Toni Morrison.

Husband and wife, composer Edward MacDowell and pianist Marian MacDowell, established the colony in 1907.
Medal Day is free and the one day of the year the 450-acre art colony is open to the public. Sunday’s ceremony begins at 12:15 p.m. at the colony, 100 High St. in Peterborough. After the ceremony visitors are invited to picnic on the grounds and tour the grounds to meet current artists in residence in their studios from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Residents of the region hoping to get their Lynch fix without attending the ceremony can see his classic Eraserhead at the River Street Theatre in Jaffrey tonight at 7 p.m.