The Active Retirement Association (ARA) is proud to present waller and author Kevin Gardner, discussing “The Age of Stone Walls.” This event, a joint program with New Hampshire Humanities, is free and open to the public. Please join us on Thursday, April 4, 2019, 10:00 a.m., at the Durham Community Church (in the Chapel, main floor), 17 Main Street, Durham, NH, to hear Mr. Gardner’s unique take on New England-style stone walls, hallmarks of the 17th-18th-century agricultural age of this region.
You will learn how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. As his presentation unfolds, Mr. Gardner occupies himself and amazes us by actually building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using small stones from a five-gallon bucket.
Kevin Gardner is a writer, teacher, tradesman, and lifelong resident of Hopkinton, NH. A stone wall builder for forty years, he is the author of The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls, as well as poetry, songs, and essays. For 25 years, he was an award-winning performance critic, feature writer, and producer for NH Public Radio. He’s also a longtime professional actor, director and teacher of theatre. Mr. Gardner is a regular Guest Director at Plymouth State University, and has been a performance evaluator for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He has taught at the New Hampton School, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and St. Paul’s School’s summer Advanced Studies Program.
This program is part of a 4-week series, “New Hampshire through the Ages,” that in turn is part of the Spring 2019 programming offered to members of the Active Retirement Association. The ARA is supported by annual dues from its approximately 380 members representing over 40 towns and cities in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. We offer lectures, discussion groups, films, cultural tours, walks/hikes, classes, special-interest groups, and much more! For additional information, visit the ARA website at www.unh.edu/ara, email [email protected], or phone Membership Director Geoff McConnell at 603-743-4494.
(ARA, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is not affiliated with any political, religious, ethnic, or special interest group.)
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