Robinson Jeffers Fall Festival Oct 4-6, 2019
Oct
4
to Oct 6

Robinson Jeffers Fall Festival Oct 4-6, 2019

SUNSET CELEBRATION AT TOR HOUSE GARDENS

Friday 10/4 - 5:00 to 7:00. Tor House Gardens, 26304 Ocean View Ave, CarmelAerial acrobatics by Erin Jane Carey, poetry reading by Taelen Thomas, and accompaniment on the Steinway by Melinda Coffey Armstead. Additional Piano Interludes by Pauline Troia. Hawk Tower will be open, fine wines and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and, weather cooperating, the sun will slowly sink beyond the Sea Gate.
        $25 for Sunset Celebration. Reservations suggested. Pay at the gate or purchase online.

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Saturday, October 5  THE ROBINSON JEFFERS FESTIVAL 

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF THE BUILDING OF TOR HOUSE

Presentations will take place at The Carmel Woman’s Club, San Carlos and 9th in Carmel.

Doors open at 8:30 AM. Continental Breakfast available to attendees.

MORNING PROGRAM – 9:OO AM TO 12:00 PM

Introductions by Alan Stacy and James Karman, Tor House Trustees

Aaron Yoshinobu, Professor, Texas Tech University

BITTER EARNESTNESS OF AN OUTCROP: TOR HOUSE ON ITS 100TH BIRTHDAY

Joanna Macy, Scholar, Activist and Author

AN APPRECIATION OF THE POET AS PROPHET

Tim Hunt, Editor of the 5 Volume Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, Educator, Poet

WINDOWS OPENING WEST OVER SALT WATER: JEFFERS & TOR HOUSE, 1919

Jeffers Poems about Tor House, read by local student poets

LUNCHEON 12:00–1:30 PM An opportunity to enjoy lunch on your own in Carmel.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM – 1:30 PM TO 4:30 PM

Deborah Sharp and Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, Tor House Trustees and Docents

A READING OF THE SELECTED LETTERS OF UNA AND ROBINSON JEFFERS

Gere DiZerega, Medical Researcher: USC, Jeffers Scholar, Tor House Trustee; and Emily Williams, co-author of National Park Service Proposal.

A JOURNEY TO MAKE TOR HOUSE A NATIONAL LANDMARK

RE-INTRODUCING THE TOR HOUSE PRESS

Robert Zaller, Distinguished Historian and Jeffers scholar

THE POETRY OF PLACE

Melinda Coffey Armstead, Pianist and Taelen Thomas, Interpretive Performer, Poet

STILL THE MIND SMILES, PIANO AND POETRY

Jeffers Poems about Tor House, read by local student poets

$60 for Saturday Programs. Reservations suggested. Walk-ins welcome.
Presentations will take place at The Carmel Woman’s Club, San Carlos and 9th in Carmel.
Doors open at 8:30 AM.  Continental Breakfast available to attendees. 

Sunday October 7  ANNUAL JEFFERS POETRY WALK . 

Meet at 9:00 AM at Carmel River State Beach parking lot, Scenic and Carmelo, Carmel Point.  Bring along favorite Jeffers-related poems, beverages and a brown bag lunch for a noontime picnic. No charge.  Reservations suggested

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Annual Garden Party, First Sunday in May
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Annual Garden Party, First Sunday in May

Tor House Garden Party

Sunday, May 5th, 2-5pm

Garden party is a celebration of Springtime: the season of new beginning in nature and in the arts - all the many arts that, over the years, have flourished at this special place. First, the poetry of Robinson Jeffers and of those he inspired. As in the past, docents will be available to explain the collections and to read Jeffers poetry in the very places where his words were first imagined. The visual arts must yield second place. Kris Nardello, of Santa Cruz, once again will demonstrate, at the Garden Party, the wheel and the art of spinning. Besides weaving, plein air painters will attempt to capture the beauty of the gardens in full springtime bloom. Visitors are welcome, this one day during the year, to take photographs. And then there is music: Among the many musicians will be, as last year, students of Rose Marie Dunsford. The plaintive cry of Ed Jarvis’ bagpipes will waft over the party. And, of course, the culinary skills of docents and professional chefs will make for a truly memorable “English” Spring Garden Party, tea and punch, sweets and savories assured. Admission to the event is $15 per person. Children must be over the age of ten. Please, no pets of any age. Weather is changeable in May, so be prepared for bright sun, ocean mists, or gentle breezes..

 

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Musical Tour of Tor House
Apr
26
3:00 PM15:00

Musical Tour of Tor House

“MUSIC AT TOR HOUSE” TOURS led by Melinda Coffey Armstead

2 hours duration (3:00 to 5:00),

Musical Tour $20

beginning in 2019: March 29, Apr. 26, May 10 & 31, June 28

Tor House became a magnet for the musical, literary and artistic aristocracy of the 1920s through the 1940s. After exploring the garden, tower and cottage the tour will conclude with an intimate concert in the cottage (on Una’s 1905 beautifully restored Steinway) celebrating the Jefferses and their famous visitors. Stories of Robin and Una, Ansel Adams, Samuel Barber, George Gershwin and others will be interwoven with live performances of poetry, music and songs (Robert Armstead, bass-baritone) from this magical period in Carmel history.

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Dark Watchers
Apr
20
to Apr 21

Dark Watchers

Dark Watchers is a full-length ambient collaboration between experimental musician Jonas Bonnetta and virtuoso violinist Edwin Huizinga, who composed Dark Watchers at Big Sur.during their residency at Big Sur Land Trust’s Glen Deven Ranch in January 2018.

Dark Watchers is a full-length ambient collaboration between experimental musician Jonas Bonnetta and virtuoso violinist Edwin Huizinga, written and recorded in situ during the pair’s seclusion at Big Sur.

Working among the coves and meadows that furrow the coast, Huizinga and Bonnetta fashion an album in which composition and field sounds dissolve into something like transcription. Crackling fire fades into a thicket of electronics, glassy piano blooms into the dawn chorus of the rare yellow-breasted chat, each delicate note plucked out and ramified into melody. Bass tones are braided into the patter of brook and tidal eddy, the harmony of light on the water decanted into the sound of Huizinga’s violin.

In Dark Watchers, the pair bend to their task like scriveners, as if the intricate arrangements of wind and surf and the convocated ghosts of the Santa Lucia mountains were notes which could be transposed, if only one might learn the tuning. Cut off from the outside world, away from the smog of social media and centrifugal mania of digital life, Bonnetta and Huizinga look for the music of tangible things.

The album is a reckoning of spaces in transition – the coast, the dusk, the final eclipse of life – and its two sides preserve the same formal tension. Side A draws on the haunted solitudes of Big Sur in the fading light, études of color rendered in circuits and strings; Side B invokes an oceanic darkness, bottomless and familiar. There, fragmentary voices rise in a murmur of half-remembered poems, rumors of speech like shapes seen through the surface of the sea. 

The poetry of Robinson Jeffers in particular hovers over the record, his work a faithful companion during its creation. Jeffers lived his life on the coast, building a home called Tor House with his own hands in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The environmental music of that house, recorded there on the anniversary of the poet’s death, is woven through the album like a soft tattoo, the composers seeking, as Jeffers put it, “the wind-struck / music man's bones were moulded to be the harp for.”

In the legends of the Santa Lucia mountains, the Dark Watchers are shadowy figures, half-glimpsed and penumbral, that stand among the high peaks that slope into the sea. They must never be looked at directly. In the instant they are seen, they disappear into the landscape of which they are a manifestation. Dark Watchers is a record of the composers’ attempt to surrender completely to the same landscape, if only fleetingly.For in that moment one might see the filaments, wavering at some hidden pitch, by which each thing is fastened to every other.

-Kevin Healey

Saturday, April 20, 2019 5-7pm

The public premiere of Dark Watchers is Saturday, April 20th, in the East Wing Library of Tor House, preceded by a garden reception and informal pre-concert music performed by Huizinga and Bonnetta in the Tor House parlor.

Tickets for the April 20th reception and concert are $75

Sunday, April 21, 2019 6-7pm

On Sunday, the 21st, Dark Watchers will be performed again at Tor House.

Tickets for the April 21st performance, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, are $50.

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Poetry Reading
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

and

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs

will read their poetry

Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m.

East Wing of Tor House, 26304 Ocean View Avenue

Carmel

Reception at 6:30 p.m.

 

Admission $15.  Tickets available on-line at torhouse.org under Events

For information:  (831) 624-4526

For information:  (831) 624-4526

                                                                                                           

In 1945 Robinson and Una Jeffers, along with many other Peninsula locals, including John Steinbeck, signed a petition welcoming back into the community the Japanese-Americans who had been interned during the Second World War.  The petition was published as an ad in the Monterey Herald in response to a hate-filled earlier ad which stated bluntly that Japanese-Americans were not welcome.  In the post-war United States, especially in Central California, such xenophobia was widespread.  As it is today.

 

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo and Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muh, with 62 other poets, speak to this issue In the just published Ink Has No Borders:  Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience, co-edited by local poet, author and teacher Patrice Vecchione.  “I can think of no better way to honor the legacy of Una and Robinson Jeffers, than to host these two fine poets, who give voice and face to those whom our society tries to marginalize,” said Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, Vice President of Tor House Foundation.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo  is a poet (Cenzontle and Dulce), essayist, translator, and immigration advocate. When he was five, he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with his family, settling in California, and became the first undocumented student to earn an MFA at the University of Michigan. He is a founding member of the Undocupoets campaign.

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Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, a graduate of Stanford University, is a poet and scholar. She is the first editor of the pathbreaking Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia.  Her collections of poetry include A Most Improbable Life and The Runaway Poems: A Manual of Love. 

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Poetry Reading
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading

Donald Levering, winner of the 2017 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry, will present a poetry reading on Saturday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Parlor of the East Wing of Tor House.  Admission fee is $15. 

Donald Levering’s most recent book, Coltrane’s God, published by Red Mountain Press, was Runner-Up for the New England Book Festival contest. His previous book, The Water Leveling with Us, placed second in the National Federation of Press Women Creative Verse Book Competition in 2015. He is a former NEA Fellow, a finalist for the 2016 Dana Awards, Runner-Up for the 2016 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, Finalist for the 2016 New Letters Award, and First Runner-Up in the 2015 Mark Fischer Prize. He has been a Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence, a judge for the New Mexico state finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition, and a volunteer with Earthwatch. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, the painter and poet Jane Shoenfeld.

         

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Oct
13
to Oct 15

Robinson Jeffers Fall Festival 2017

Save the Date for the Annual Robinson Jeffers
Fall Festival, with Three Events October 13, 14, & 15

Friday evening Sunset Celebration $20.  Saturday Forums $65. Both Events $80 per person. Sunday Poetry Walk is free.  Walk-ins welcome.

Reservations are not required. Please bring cash, check, or credit card and pay at the door. Call 831-624-1813 if you would like more information about the events.


10/13 Friday 5 - 7 PM Tor House Sunset Celebration

Fine Wine and delectables; poetry, music and performances; stunning Pacific Sunset. Special performance readings by Lili Bita, Taelen Thomas, and Joyce Henderson
 

10/14 Saturday 8:30 AM-5 PM Fall Festival "Jeffers Talks". 

A day of talks at the Carmel Woman's Club, San Carlos and 9th, in Carmel, across from the Sunset Center.

"Robinson Jeffers and the Anthropocene" presented by:

  • Aaron Yoshinobu - "Jeffers and Deep Geology"

  • Brian Calvert - "Jeffers, Grief, and Ecocide"

  • Dana Gioia: "Jeffers and California Literature"

  • David Ohanesian - "A Phoenix among the Unicorns"

  • James Karman - Jeffers and Deep Time, an Introduction to Afternoon Talks

  • Robert Zaller - "Jeffers and the Anthropocene"

  • ShaunAnn Tangney - "Why Beauty Matters: Inhumanism and Justice"

  • Joyce Henderson - A Dramatic Reading of Jeffers' Poems


10/15 Sunday 9AM-1PM Annual Poetry Walk at Carmel River Beach

Docent-led walk on beautiful Carmel River Beach with poetry readings. Bring your favorite poems to share and a bag lunch for communal picnic. 

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May
7
2:00 PM14:00

Garden Party

Join us for the annual Tor House Garden Party - Carmel's unique springtime celebration of poetry, flowers and history.

Tor House will open its doors and gardens to the public allowing you to stroll the gardens at their spring peak, climb Hawk Tower to enjoy the magnificent view of Carmel Bay and Point Lobos, and see the house and tower rooms that Robinson Jeffers and his family loved so much.

Tea and wonderful sweet and savory treats will be served in the Jeffers’ dining room, and there will be punch and more sweets and tea sandwiches available in the garden.  

Entrance to the Garden Party is $15.00. No advance reservations are necessary.  No one under 12, please.

There is no better way to taste the atmosphere of early 20th century Carmel or appreciate the poetry of Robinson Jeffers than to come to Tor House, set on the shore of an ocean and an outcropping of land that gave Jeffers constant inspiration. 

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