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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • The great conservation debate: Revisited

  • Three giants of the American conservation movement—Gifford Pinchot, John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt—will be celebrated at Grey Towers on Saturday, Sept. 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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  • — Three giants of the American conservation movement—Gifford Pinchot, John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt—will be celebrated at Grey Towers on Saturday, Sept. 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
    The evening's centerpiece will be a staged reading of excerpts from Stephen Most's play Forces of Nature, in which the aforementioned trio addresses conflicting opinions on the issue of preservation versus conservation with regard to our natural resources.
    Their debates proved pivotal in shaping the American landscape and the ways in which U.S. citizens have lived for over a hundred years. Mr. Most's play is also a reminder of Mr. Pinchot's national impact, which makes it especially fitting to present this work at Grey Towers, Mr. Pinchot's family home.
    A full-scale 2013 production of Forces of Nature is in the works to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the day in 1963 when Grey Towers was donated to the public, a ceremony made especially significant by the appearance of President John F. Kennedy to make the dedication.
    This year's September 8th event is a fund-raiser for next year's local presentation of the play in its entirety. Produced by the Grey Towers Heritage Association and the U.S. Forest Service, as well as numerous community sponsors, the staged reading, directed by Earl McCarroll, will feature Milford's John Klemeyer as Pinchot, Lee Stetson of Yosemite Valley, California, as Muir, Joe Wiegand of Illinois as Roosevelt, and John DiLeo as the narrator.
    Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served around the Finger Bowl (Grey Towers' unique outdoor dining table) beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the performance to follow at 7:15. Tickets for the event are $75. To request an invitation, please contact Grey Towers Heritage Association at 570-296-9625 or info@greytowers.org.

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