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‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,’ live and word-for-word

September 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

- Free

Join Friends of the Petaluma River for an evening performance from ‘Wind in the Willows,’ the beloved children’s classic by Kenneth Grahame. Local writer and actor David Templeton will bring the work’s 7th chapter, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” to life in a live and unabridged recitation/performance. After memorizing the 3800 word tome as a project during the early days of quarantine, David will now share this mysterious chapter of Grahame’s timeless work in an event that the whole family will enjoy.

Broadcast live from Facebook and YouTube.

While you may not find “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” in every edition of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ – some publications actually leave it out because of a certain magical twist the story takes – it is still arguably the most celebrated, studied and beautiful chapter of the book. As Templeton recently wrote, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, filled with references to sleeping and dreaming and waking and drowsing, is, I think, all about awakening to beauty. It’s about those transcendent moments when something jars us out of our habits and comforts and we suddenly see the world in a striking new way, then struggle to hold onto that vision as we return to our previous habits and comforts.”

Indeed, in current times, this may be the most relevant part of the story.

Following the reading, stay tuned for a discussion of the work with some of Sonoma County’s literary notables.

It’s free to tune in but donations are welcome and support Friends of the Petaluma River – home of your next River adventure.


September 3
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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