THE SCHEDULE

WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS should plan on traveling to Ventura on (or before) October 16th.

SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS should plan on traveling to Ventura on (or before) October 23rd.

ARCHITECTURAL STONE CARVING
AND MALLORCAN DRY STONE WALLING WORKSHOPS, October 17-23
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, October 23
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 same place on Wednesday morning, the 24th.

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE, October 24-28:

THE FORMAT will be similar to that followed during the 2011 Symposium:

MORNINGS:
Wednesday through Friday, individually or in groups, Symposium attendees can spend the mornings as they wish—viewing demonstrations; watching the Dry Stone Walling Competition, playing Lithobolos, engaging in discourse with other participants, touring around, or hanging about, hiking, biking, building or balancing stones on the beach in front of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, playing golf, surfing, reading, visiting Santa Barbara, whale-watching, whatever.

At 11:00 on Friday morning there will be a Stone Foundation General Membership Meeting. Those interested 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 informative presentations throughout the AFTERNOON. We will disperse for supper and gather again at the venue in the EVENING for more presentations.

SATURDAY:
The LITHIC OLYMPIC GAMES events will take place at various locales around town. Maps and schedules will be provided.

SUNDAY:
CAIRNIVAL, 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 (and fishing—perch, bass, cabezon and corbina). 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—at low tide—a long line of equidistant cairns, each five or more feet tall just above the waterline. This will be a great photo-op, particilarly later when the bases of the cairns will be covered by water. The next day, if the California State Park Service requires it (uncertain at this point) we will demolish the cairns so that the beach looks as it did previously. Otherwise, the sea will eventually bring them down.

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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

VENTURA BEACH
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.

ART CITY
http://artcitygalleryandstudios.com/ventura/
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.

SANTA BARBARA
http://www.lotusland.org/
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
https://www.nps.gov/chis/index.htm
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).

HEARST CASTLE
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearst_Castle
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.