7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
Join Kevin Gardner, author of "The Granite Kiss", as he discusses the history, technique, stylistic development and aesthetics of New England stone walls. Kevin will also explain the 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.
Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. There will be a generous question-and-answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.
Since the publication of "The Granite Kiss", Kevin has presented his program at dozens of historical societies, bookstores, and town libraries all over New England, including Canterbury Shaker Village, the NH Historical Society, Castle-in-the-Clouds, Old Sturbridge Village, Boston's Arnold Arboretum, and many more. He often brings along his collection of books about stonework, and copies of "The Granite Kiss" will be available for sale.
The program will be held on Thursday, March 26, starting at 7:30 pm at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street. The public is invited, and volunteers will serve refreshments. Donations are welcome.
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