The land is full of stories, and we invite you and your family to join us at the ‘Peaceable Kingdom’ in Starksboro, the home of Thacher and Olivia Hurd, for a summer morning of storytelling and exploration.
This landscape inspired Thacher’s father, Clement Hurd, an artist who is perhaps best known for his illustrations of the children’s classics “Goodnight Moon” and “The Runaway Bunny”, and his mother, Edith Thacher Hurd, who set her books “Little Dog, Dreaming”, and “The Black Dog that Went Into the Woods” right here. Thacher has written and/or illustrated over 30 childrens’ books, including “Art Dog”, “Mystery on the Docks”, “Mama Don’t Allow”, and some that were directly inspired by the Starksboro landscape: “Blackberry Ramble”, “Tomato Soup”, and “Pea Patch Jig”. We’ll listen to some of these stories, learn how they came about, and take a short walk to see the hidden cabin where Thacher does some of his writing. Perhaps you’ll leave with your own story to tell! Light refreshments will be served.
Illustration by Thacher Hurd