On Aug. 29 Roger Kuhns will present “An Evening with Jens Jensen” at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. The program begins at 7 pm and is hosted by the Baileys Harbor Historical Society, the Ridges Sanctuary, and the Friends of Toft Point.
Jensen was the founder of The Clearing in Ellison Bay when in his seventh decade he sought a location that reminded him of his native Denmark for a folk school for adults. He frequently took Clearing classes to Toft Point where his students had picnic lunches with Emma Toft. Jensen was a landscape architect and designed many Chicago area parks and private estates for the likes of Armour, Florsheim, Henry and Edsel Ford. He embraced the use of native plants and believed that environments have a profound effect on people.
Kuhns depicts Jensen when he is 86 years old and gives a very personal, moving, and engaging glimpse of this amazing person. Kuhns has researched Jensen’s life and philosophy extensively and his depiction of Jenson is filled with direct quotes from the architect’s writings. A free-will donation will benefit all three hosting organizations.