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

Annual Garden Party, First Sunday in May

Tor House Garden Party

Sunday, May 6th, 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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Poetry Reading
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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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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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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