New Roads and Old Rivers w/ Randy Harelson

WHEN: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 6:00PM - 8:00PM
WHERE: Blithewold's Living Room

New Roads & Old Rivers with Randy Herelson *Presentation will begin at 6:30 pm

      Randy Harelson will present a slide talk on his latest book, New Roads and Old Rivers: Louisiana’s Historic Pointe Coupee Parish (LSU Press,Fall 2012) at Blithewold. Randy’s talk will engage anyone who knew him when he lived in Rhode Island and worked at Blithewold, but folks who don’t know Randy will enjoy learning about the landscape of Louisiana and its differences and similarities to our own coastal location. Come take an armchair holiday to Louisiana. New Roads and Old Rivers captures the vitality of the old French settlement founded by Capuchin missionaries around 1720.

     Randy Harelson is an artist, writer, horticulturist, and educator. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he graduated from LSU with a degree in education with emphasis on art and English. After graduation Randy moved to New England in 1974, where he taught in Attleboro, Massachusetts public schools, and wrote and illustrated his first books. The Kid’s Diary of 365 Amazing Days was published by Workman in 1979 and sold 185,000 copies. From 1985-88 Randy worked on staff at the Children’s Museum of RI. In 1989 he was offered the job of designer and assistant horticulturist at Blithewold. For four years Randy helped Julie Morris with the design and care of Blithewold’s gardens and, beginning every summer, planned and executed the “Christmas at Blithewold” exhibits and programs. In 1992 he moved to Seaside, Florida, and opened an independent nursery he named The Gourd Garden and Curiosity Shop. The nursery won the S. J. Blakely Award for state-wide excellence in 2003. Randy sold his business in 2005, and moved home to Louisiana the following year. Since then he has been writing and illustrating books on his home state, and restoring the old LeJeune House and gardens in New Roads.


This is a FREE event, please call to reserve your seat at 401-253-2707 x21 or register here. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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