Inviting guest speakers to Derry to celebrate the work of America's foremost poet is a tradition at the farm. Lectures are held in the Farm's barn theater beginning at 2:00 pm and are open to the public free of charge.
Programs are made possible by grants from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and are sponsored by the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Robert Frost Homestead Trustees, and the Friends of the Robert Frost Farm.
The Frost Farm, a national historic landmark, is located on NH Route 28, 1-3/4 miles south of the traffic circle in Derry, NH.
For more information, call (603) 432-3091.
Programs are free (except appraisals) and open to the public.
The Robert Frost Farm
SUNDAY JULY 12th 2 PM "Robert Frost, Light and Dark"
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: J. T. Turner, actor, director, voice-over talent, seminar leader, and public speaker will conduct our opening presentation of the season as he portrays Robert Frost in his highly acclaimed one-man show which was three years in the making. Turner’s script amplifies the situations in Frost’s poems by relating them to the poet’s life, which was often not only dramatic, but tragic, as well. Join J.T. Turner as he brings America's great poet to life, and hear the stories behind his work. Hear how Frost relates stories of his life, the tragedy as well as the humor, as he reads some of his most popular poems, including, Mending Wall, Birches, Nothing Gold Can Stay, Late Walk, Desert Places, Road Not Taken, and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Mr. Turner’s portrayal of Robert Frost is a deeply moving tribute to the poet… and an unforgettable performance you won’t want to miss!
SUNDAY JULY 26th 2 PM "Football, Baseball and Robert Frost"
RICK HOLMES, historian, author and Robert Frost scholar will chronicle Robert Frost’s love of sports beginning in his sand lot baseball days in Salem, NH in the1880’s all the way up to his being a relief pitcher in the All-Star games at the Breadloaf Conferences during the 1950’s. Special attention will be given to the years 1900 to 1911 when Frost lived in Derry and coached sports at Pinkerton Academy. Holmes’s talk is the result of many years of research from which he has unearthed a wealth of new information not included in any biography of the poet. Rick has written 6 books on local history and authored over 400 articles published in area newspapers. He was the chairman of the Derry Heritage Commission for several decades and the founder of the Derry History Museum. He is currently the town’s official historian. Rick has twice represented the town in ceremonies in Northern Ireland to honor James McGregor, founder of Derry, Londonderry and Windham. In 2015, Rick was honored by the N.H. Humanities as one of the “40 over 40” who have done the most to promote the State's cultural heritage.
SUNDAY AUGUST 2nd 2 PM "Home Thoughts, from Abroad: Another Look at North of Boston"
DONALD SHEEHY, author, editor, English professor and Frost scholar will discuss the first American edition of Robert Frost’s North of Boston published 100 years ago by Henry Holt. During his presentation, Dr. Sheehy will explore how Frost, while living in England and homesick for New England, reinvented himself and, in so doing, revolutionized American poetry. After completing a PhD at the University of Virginia in 1986, Dr. Sheehy taught at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and at Penn State University before moving to Edinboro University where he is a full professor in the Department of English and Philosophy. His work on Robert Frost has appeared in such journals as American Literature, The New England Quarterly, The South Atlantic Review, and Texas Studies in Language and Literature. He has had featured essays in The Cambridge Companion to Robert Frost and Robert Frost in Context and was General Editor of Frost: Poems, Life, Legacy, a multimedia CD-ROM. His current project, The Letters of Robert Frost, is being published in five volumes by Harvard University Press. He is also at work on Frost: The Figures of the Poet, a book-length biographical and critical study.
SUNDAY AUGUST 23rd 2 PM "Discovering New England Stone Walls"
KEVIN GARDNER, will cover a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls, The Granite Kiss (Countryman Press), touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics. Other topics may include: differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders, restoration tips, and information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation, and analysis. A generous question-and-answer period will follow his presentation. Kevin is a writer, teacher, tradesman, and a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, NH. For nearly forty years he has been a stone wall builder in a family business. From 1985 to 2010, he was also an award-winning performance critic, feature writer, and producer for NH Public Radio. Additionally, he is a longtime professional actor, director, and teacher of theatre who has taught at the New Hampton School, the NH Institute of Art, and at St. Paul’s School.
SUNDAY August 30th 2 PM "Two Roads: A film by Gregory Ekmekjian”
GREGORY EKMEKJIAN, producer and director of the film “Two Roads” brings his production to the Frost Farm audience. Inspired by Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” the film is about a young man’s journey to find his destiny. In various settings and through numerous life experiences that always seem to return the main character to the same place, the film outlines Mick’s process of self-discovery and self-realization and reflects the journey of life and the decisions and choices that we need to make in order for us to realize our authentic selves and our true purposes in life. Gregory expressed an early interest in visual storytelling which led him to pursue a degree from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television Production Program. He has written and directed several narrative and documentary films as well as numerous multi-camera television productions. He also established Watchman Productions which develops and produces independent films. He marked his directorial debut with the short film “Adult Behavior” written by Loren Marsh before producing and directing “Two Roads.” In addition to filmmaking, he also gages his creative energy in other mediums as a freelance nature photographer and a musician.