EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 24, 2012

Learn all about stone walls in Derry


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — DERRY — Derry Public Library will host Kevin Gardner and “Discovering New England Stone Walls” on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m.

Gardner, author of “The Granite Kiss,” discuss the history and creation of these rocky reminders of days gone by. He is a writer, teacher, tradesman and a lifelong resident of Hopkinton.

For more than 30 years, he has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures.

He also has published poetry, songs, and essays, including “Radical Resilience: American Families from 1850-2001” (with Brenda Foley) and “Land of Stone”, an examination of several historic sites in the Monadnock Region. He is at work on a second book, “Barns Beyond Hope,” a series of stories and essays about surviving remnants of New England’s agricultural landscape.

Since 1985, Gardner has also been a performance critic, feature writer, and producer for NH Public Radio. His pieces on arts, history and culture have been aired on National Public Radio and the Christian Science Monitor broadcast network.

His informal talk covers a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls. Touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics as well as other topics, Gardner will explain how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls while building a miniature wall or walls of his own on a table 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.

All Library programs are free to the public. No registration is required. Contact Sherry Bailey, Adult Services Librarian, at 432-6140 for more information.