Ruth and I have just returned from The Clearing Folk School near Ellison Bay, Door County where, at their annual awards picnic, I was honored to receive the Clearing’s 2016 White Cedar Teaching Award. I have taught life story writing there for 27 years, with another workshop scheduled for October 28 (see below for details). I was truly surprised and pleased to receive the award.
The award presentation included this information about why the teaching award was named after the white cedar tree:
The white cedar, or arborvitae, which means tree of life, is a remarkable tree. At the Clearing, and along the entire span of the Niagara Escarpment—over 600 miles—white cedar grows on and in what appears to be solid limestone, gaining a toehold where it can, harvesting moisture when it can, defying the laws of both gravity and gardening. It does so into great age, often several hundred years, occasionally over a thousand years. The white cedars that grow along the Niagara Escarpment, including those at the Clearing, are the oldest trees in eastern North America—a remarkable feat considering the challenging environment in which they grow.
The White Cedar Award is given to those Clearing instructors who have been devoted to teaching, devoted to their students and devoted to the Clearing for many years. Just as the white cedar represents the best of the Clearing’s natural landscape, those instructors who receive the White Cedar Award represent the best of the Clearing’s human and cultural Landscape.
I’ve found The Clearing Folk School one of the finest places I’ve known as a place to teach and to learn.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: When you think you are getting old, think of the age of many white cedars.
Workshop: Writing From Your Life: Offered at The Clearing, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 28. Call 920-854-4088 to learn more and to register.
September 15, Midwest Master Gardeners, Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells. Dinner Speaker, Whisper and Shadows.
September 18, 1-5, Markesan Heritage Days, Markesan, WI. Speaking at 2:00 p.m. Books will be available.
September 20, Albertson Memorial Library, Albany, WI. 7:00 p.m. Barns of Wisconsin.
September 21, Stonefield Village, Casville, WI. 11:00 a.m. Telling Your Story: Why important and how to do it.
September 29, Whitewater Library, 6:00 p.m. Roshara Journal.
October 2, Mystery to Me Book Store, Madison. 2:00 p.m. Roshara Journal.
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:
Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)
Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)
The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows.)
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. and Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Jerry’s newest books, Roshara Journal (with photos by Steve Apps) and Telling Your Story—a guide book for those who want to write their stories—are also available.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street