Roger will be performing one of his new feature shows for 2018 entitled “An Evening with Jens Jensen” on Thursday, July 19th at the Riveredge Nature Center. The show begins at 7:00pm and is open to the public. You can purchase tickets for this performance at http://www.riveredgenaturecenter.org/events/.
What would it be like to sit down for an evening with one of your heroes?
Jens Jensen, the father of native plant landscape architecture and the founder of Door County’s The Clearing Folk School, was a pillar in the landscape architecture and environmental movements in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In this performance piece, Roger Kuhns takes on Jensen’s personality, mannerisms, accent and ethic to convey to the audience the innovative and conscientious nature of the man. It is a very personal, moving and engaging glimpse of this amazing person.
In the show, Jensen is in the twilight of his career and at 86 years old he was still spry and driven to help people realize the importance of respecting nature.
Jens Jensen was born in Dybbol, Denmark in 1860. He came to America as a young man and became the father of landscape architecture using native plants in landscaping design. Jensen was responsible for many of Chicago’s parks and was a leader in the preservation and environmental movements. He worked with famous architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and his clients in his private practice included Henry Ford. In 1935, he founded The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay and inspired a generation of landscape architects, along with many others who attended the folk school. Jensen died there in 1951.
Roger Kuhns presents the geology of the Niagara Escarpment and Door County Peninsula with a monologue performance for class participants at The Clearing in Ellison Bay, WI. Sign up online at www.theclearing.org.
Join Roger Kuhns for a day at The Clearing Folk School in this informative, interactive and fun workshop on the latest on climate change science and policy that puts science into action. Visit website for course details and prices
Join Roger Kuhns for a day at The Clearing Folk School potluck where he will be presenting a short perspective on Jens Jensen in the character of Jensen – it’s fun and informative.
Join Roger Kuhns at Citizens’ Climate Lobby Northeast Regional annual meeting for the Saturday night event – a story, music and performance event delving into our environment, politics and pricing carbon and the people who are tirelessly working towards legislation to accomplish these goals of protecting our future.
An Evening with Jens Jensen: Join Roger Kuhns over a DCHS dinner for a celebration of the life and accomplishments of the father of natural landscape architecture and the founder of The Clearing, Jens Jensen. Kuhns takes on the character of Jensen to tell stories about the renown personality of Door County.