ARCHITECTURAL STONE CARVING AND
2nd INTERNATIONAL DRY STONE WALLING
WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS should plan on traveling to Ventura on (or before) October 16th Registration will take place at the Anacapa Brew Pub on Main Street between 7:00 and 10:00 PM. The Workshops will commence on the morning of the 17th.
ROCKNOCKERS’ RENDEZVOUS and
STONEWORK SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION
SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS should plan on traveling to Ventura on (or before) October 23rd. As always, the evening before the Symposium commences there will be a convivial get-together— the Rocknockers’ Rendezvous. This will occur concurrent with Symposium Registration at the CLOCKTOWER INN, the symposium host hotel. ROCKNOCKERS’ ALE, a special beer prepared for us by Anacapa, the local brewery, will be served.
Registration will continue at the CLOCKTOWER INN.
SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE:OCTOBER 24-28
Wednesday through Friday, individually or in groups, Symposium attendees can spend the mornings as they please
- Viewing a demonstration of skilled Stone Carving
- Viewing a demonstration of Dry Stone Walling
- Balancing stones along the promenade or watching others balance stones.
- Playing Lithibolos (stone ball bocce) or watching others play.
- Visiting Art City Studios
- Hobnobbing, Hanging about or Touring around
- Hiking or Biking
At 11:00 on Friday morning there will be a STONE FOUNDATION General Membership Meeting. Those interested in participating are invited to assemble and discuss the Stone Foundation’s activities, its administration, its future form and function.
AFTERNOONS AND EVENINGS:
At NOON, Wednesday through Friday, LUNCH will be provided at the Symposium venue followed by interesting and infor mative presentations throughout the AFTERNOON. We will disperse for supper and gather again at the venue in the EVENING for more presentations.
The LITHIC OLYMPIC GAMES. Events will take place at Art City Studios, Mission Park and elsewhere.
SPLENDID SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER:
A communal meal at a place to be determined. We feel that such a meal is a fitting close to the Symposium, but the Symposium budget cannot cover it. Therefore we invite SPLENDID DINNER DONORS to contribute to the cost of the meal. There will be an opportunity to do so on the registration form, and at registration.
COASTAL CAIRNS, a communal dry stone art project will take place at Emma Wood State Beach, a long, curving, stony beach just west of Ventura that sometimes has good surf. Its more than two mile length is covered with sea smoothed stones, large and small. It is an excellent place for two types of activities: stone balancing and cairn building.
THE PLAN: pairs of participants, selected by lot, will build—in the morning at low tide—a long line of equidistant cairns, just above the waterline, each of them five or more feet tall.
This will be a great photo-op, as the cairns are being built, but even more so later in the day when the bases are all covered by water. The next day, if the California State Park Service requires it, we will demolish the cairns so that the beach looks as it did previously unless they are amenable to let the sea do that work over time
This popular surfing beach (bring a wet-suit or rent one there) is a pleasant place from which to watch the sunset, as is the terrace of the Crowne Plaza Hotel which is right on the beach.
Studios, Gallery and a raw stone resource. This is where the stone carving workshop will take place. (Also the finals of the Lithobolos Olympic event.) More than a dozen sculptors have studios here and the owner, sculptor Paul Lindhard procures and sells stone to other sculptors. The two acre domain is thickly populated with multifarious lithic specimens. Some serious Lithobolos is played here.
Just 30 miles north of Ventura, this classy town has a lot of interesting stonework. A map will be provided to aid in locating it. Happily the Lotusland Botanical Gardens were untouched by the fire in December. An enchanting place, if you wish to visit, make a reservation well in advance.
THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
The Channel National Park is just offshore, within sight. In 2011 we visited Santa Cruz Island courtesy of the NPS, we are trying to arrange that again, hopefully on Sunday afternoon (after the CAIRNIVAL project).
This splendiferous estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan for Willian Randolph Hearst, is in San Simeon, CA 180 miles to the north of Ventura. As a visit here would consume an entire day, it would best be scheduled on the Tuesday before the Symposium, or on the following Monday.