Landaff Days, a Reading by Don Wharton at Drerup Art Gallery 12/5

November 28th, 2012 by Elizabeth

 PLYMOUTH, N.H. —The Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University will present Landaff Days, Sketches from New Hampshire’s North Country, a reading by former PSU President Don Wharton at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, at the gallery.

Don Wharton

Wharton and his wife Carol live in the picturesque town of Landaff (pop.415). The forests, fields, mountains, weather, wildlife and people are the particular subjects of his sketches of rural life “north of the Notch.” He writes of a very special landscape and environment­, “at once inviting and challenging, beautiful and fierce.”

Wharton says Landaff “is a microcosm of the larger natural world, having its own beauty, rigors and mystery.” He writes with humor, empathy, realism and wonder as he explores and illuminates life in the North Country in Landaff Days.

Don Wharton grew up in Spring Creek, Pennsylvania, along the Brokenstraw River in the Allegheny foothills, where he first developed his love of nature and devotion to rural life. An academic career that began in his home state eventually took him to Vermont, North Dakota and New Hampshire, where he served as president of Plymouth State University from 1993 until his retirement in 2006. He also served on the Board of Trustees of The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests from 2003 to 2012, including three years as chair.

The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is located in the Draper & Maynard building on North Main Street in Plymouth. Gallery Hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.­–4 p.m.; Wednesday until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1­–4 p.m.  The gallery is closed Sunday and PSU Holidays. Gallery events are open to the public free of charge.

For information call the gallery at (603) 535-2614 or logon to

General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU,


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