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Events & Items of Interest, January 14, 2021

Social Media About Stonework

Again, from a Stone Trust friend who keeps an eye on relevant social media posts… Thanks very much to Jim for keeping us all informed.

Publications about stonework by First Nations people. The link takes you to the Facebook page of the Saugeen Amphitheater Restoration Project post by Dean McLellan.

An article from BBC News about a the retreat a veteran of the war in Afghanistan built–with the help of Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) wallers–to support the well-being of former soldiers dealing with PTSD:  Mental health: Ex-soldier builds castle to help people.

People in the Stone Trust walling community also aspire to bring veterans into the circle of dry stone wallers. Let us know your thoughts.

The Vermont Mandolin Trio

Who knew that Stone Trust instructor, and professional member Jamie Masefield, accomplished dry stone mason, is also an accomplished musician?

The information came to us via a conversation between executive directors as we support each other in implementing our respective strategic development and fundraising plans. Elizabeth Frascoia, Executive Director of the Governor’s Institute of Vermont and a musician in her own right, mentioned that she had noted an article about Jamie in the Vermont Standard--noting it because of conversations we had during course work with Common Good Vermont. How we learn about the people who populate our communities!

The Vermont Standard article–Vermont’s “Mandolin Trio” will appear at Artistree next week–is no longer available. We did find internet links dating back to 1993 and into January 2022. Here’s one for your listening pleasure.

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont

Have you heard of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont? It is a nearly 40-year-old nonprofit that helps Vermont high schoolers pursue their passions. Students say that participating in one of these residential summer Institutes helps them see themselves differently – they often emerge more confident, more capable, and more connected. GIV offers 1- to 2-week programs in topics like Arts, Engineering, Environmental Science, Health & Medicine, and more…. and operates on a sliding scale so that any family can send their child, no matter their finances. Students can learn more and apply today at!

Latest Episodes from Nature Revisited: The Podcast

NewEpisode 59: Philadelphia’s Rail Park

The Rail Park is a new park in progress in Philadelphia, revitalizing three miles of unused rail lines into a usable, beautiful, public space for all. Situated on two obsolete train lines that served the Reading Terminal, the first phase of construction is complete—filled with pathways, greenery, and amazing city views. In this episode, we speak with Executive Director Rebecca Cordes Chan about the pertinent facts and history of the rail park, how the vision of the park is being realized, and how the project is progressing.

Episode 60: Jonathan Segal – The Journey To There

Jonathan Segal is an avid traveler and naturalist, drawn to remote locations and aboriginal cultures. His various explorations include travels to Costa Rica, the Peruvian Amazon, the Pacific islands, the Red Sea, Nepal, Bhutan, and Papua New Guinea. In this episode of Nature Revisited, Stefan sits down with an old friend and asks what compels him to go to these places, what he has learned, and what these cultures that exist off the beaten path have to offer all of us.

Why listen to Nature Revisited?

Our friend Stefan van Norden discovers compelling stories about people connecting themselves and others to the natural world in which we live. Over the course of the past two years, he has interviewed a remarkable collection of luminaries across a range of human endeavor. Stefan’s guests reflect deeply on topics ranging from the famous gardens of Monticello and Brandywine to portraying nature in paint from the confines of a prison cell. From fly fishing to homesteading to the Appalachian Trail to poetry and philosophy in nature, you can hear thought-provoking conversations from people viewing life on Earth through focused and sometimes unexpected lenses. Each reminds us that we are part of nature.

If you haven’t already listened, we also recommend Episode 47: The Stone Trust. Or listen again!

We hope you’ll listen, too.

Scott Farm and Landmark Trust USA

If you’ve been to the Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, Vermont, you’ve been to our host site, the Scott Farm, a historic property preserved by Landmark Trust USA. The Landmark Trust USA is a nonprofit organization that preserves historic properties and makes them available as short-term vacation rentals. Consider a stay!

Together we share the mission of preserving and revitalizing our historic landscapes and cultures.

The Scott Farm viewed from road