Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 1:30-3:30pm
Join us for a discussion of the book “A Year In The Maine Woods”, by Bernd Heinrich at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown. The book discussion will be followed by a nature stroll. You can read all, some or none of the book’s chapters to join in the informal discussion and walk. Light refreshments will be served. Meet inside the museum building. $4.00 activity fee. No parking fee.
Call (631) 786-4640 for more details and to sign up!
Escapist fantasies usually involve the open road, but Bernd Heinrich’s dream was to focus on the riches of one small place—a few green acres along Alder Brook just east of the Presidential Mountains. The year begins as he settles into a cabin with no running water and no electricity, built of hand-cut logs he dragged out of the woods with a team of oxen. There, alone except for his pet raven, Jack, he rediscovers the meaning of peace and quiet and harmony with nature—of days spent not filling out forms, but tracking deer, or listening to the sound of a moth’s wings. Throughout this year when “the subtle matters and the spectacular distracts,” Heinrich brings us back to the drama in small things, when life is lived consciously. His story is that of a man rediscovering what it means to be alive.