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10 Year Anniversary Celebrations Overview

Dear Members and Friends of The Stone Trust,

We rang in the new year with a great sense of accomplishment because 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of The Stone Trust.  As we plan events celebrating our 10-year milestone, we take a look back with pride and gratitude, and look ahead with your support and shared enthusiasm.

Stone by stone, with the help and participation of members, supporters, and workshop participants, we expanded the number of workshops from 2 in 2010, to over 45 workshops in 2020.  The demand for a wide variety of workshops continues to grow as our mission, facilities and DSWA-GB certification process are recognized more and more. We now have 6 satellite locations, and several more in the works across the country.  We have inquiries from enthusiasts, contractors, historians, architects and more.

Stone by stone, year after year, you have made it possible.  You are the measure of our success. You have proven there is an audience that recognizes and appreciates the history, the value, the art and craft of dry stone walling.

Stone by stone, you helped build a widespread community of wallers in the US and abroad, building relationships and making friends along the way.  As part of our 10-year anniversary celebration we have planned some exciting events from May 20 to 25. There is something for everyone.

Scroll below for event details and follow the links to sign up.

Hope to see you there!

Judy Rand,
Board Member & Secretary
The Stone Trust

4.70/5.20 Curved wall & Cheek End Feature Build (Part 1)

Join us in the completion of the 900 foot Historic Dutton Farm Wall!

Wednesday – Friday May 20 – 22, 2020  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come and join us for completing the Dutton Farm stone wall, of which 900 feet have been rebuilt over the past 10 years through Stone Trust workshops. This will be run as a combined 5.20 Feature Build course for those with less experience, and a 4.70 Walling Day for those who are already Level II or higher DSWA-GB Certified. This is a spectacular opportunity to learn about building curved walls and Cheeks in a fun and supportive environment right alongside of professional wallers.

Located a 2 minute drive or 10 minute walk from The Stone Trust Center we will be the setting for the two large cheekends that tie into 70 feet of curved freestanding wall and 40 feet of curved retaining wall.

Wing walls and Cheek ends to be restored in this workshop

10 Years of The Stone Trust Celebration Evening (Part 2)

Please join us on this momentous occasion to celebrate The Stone Trust’s 10-year anniversary.

Friday May 22, 2020  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mingle with wallers, supporters and volunteers.  Meet our new Executive Director, Amy-Louise Pfeffer and toast The Stone Trust founders.  Hors d’oeuvres and camaraderie in a casual setting. Catered by Peter Havens.  $25 per person to attend, and cash bar.  A brief presentation to recognize the founders of The Stone Trust and introduce some of the current and new people leading the organization, will take place during this social gathering.

A delightful evening event!

4.70/5.20 Slate Sphere Feature Build (10th Aniv. Part 3)

Learn to work with slate and build a fantastic permanent feature!

Saturday and Sunday May 23 & 24, 2020  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Building a dry stone sphere is challenging task, much appreciated by people of all skill levels. Carefully stacked stone spheres and similar shapes have been built by a number of wallers and stone artists, sparking wonderment and joy when viewing pictures and even more so when when viewed in person. As part of our 10th Anniversary, we have decided the time is right for a stone sphere to be built at the Stone Trust Center at The Scott Farm.

Slate Sphere to be built

1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop (10th Anniv. Part 4)

Learn the basics of walling and so much more!

Saturday and Sunday May 23 & 24, 2020  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the homeowner, landscaper, mason, or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls, or to improve your skills.  Be part of our amazing 10th anniversary celebrations with this workshop and evening presentations and other events and workshops.  Details below, sign up for each section separately.

A 1.20 Workshop in progress

Rock Your 10!  (Part 5)

Share your stone work for your own 10 minutes of Fame!

Saturday May 23, 6pm-9pm.

Finishing one of the best pieces of stone work in your career is a great feeling.  The only thing left to do is to share the product of your hard work and craftsmanship with others.  Well…here is your big chance!  Each person is given 10 minutes on the big stage to share their work with fellow artists & newcomers alike. Everyone is invited to watch!  Fellow waller TJ Mora will be making his amazing paella for dinner!

Rock your 10 minutes of fame!

A Conversation with Dan Snow and Whitney Brown (Part 6)

An evening presentation

Sunday May 24, 7pm-9pm.

Join us for a delightful evening presentation in the form of a back-and-forth dialogue with two dry stone wall artisans.  This event is a joint fundraiser between the Latchis Arts and The Stone Trust.

It will be held at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro.  Space is limited and this is expected to fill up quickly.

Work by Dan (left) and Whitney (right)

Dry Stone Features Tour – Self Guided (Part 7)

Check out some of the fantastic dry stone features and walls at and near The Stone Trust.

Monday May 25, 9am-5pm.

Visit some of the best loved features like the Stone Cairn Christmas Trees built by Jared Flynn, and the, Wilder Cemetery Arch along with some others that are not normally open to the public. Grab a map at The Stone Trust and check out all there is to see both at The Stone Trust Center and nearby. The tour is free and open to everyone.

A tour map! More to come