Join Friends for an evening performance from Wind in the Willows, the beloved children’s classic by Kenneth Grahame. Local writer and actor David Templeton will bring the work’s 7th chapter, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” to life in a live and unabridged reading. After memorizing the 3800 word tome, David will share this often missing chapter of Grahame’s timeless work in an event that the whole family will enjoy.

“The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” | Saturday, Sept. 12th | 5:30pm – 6:45pm


Broadcast live from Facebook and YouTube

While you may not find “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” in your edition of Wind in the Willows, it is arguably the most celebrated, studied and beautiful chapter of the book. As Templeton recently wrote, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, filled with references to sleeping and dreaming and waking and drowsing, is, I think, all about awakening to beauty. It’s about those transcendent moments when something jars us out of our habits and comforts and we suddenly see the world in a striking new way, then struggle to hold onto that vision as we return to our previous habits and comforts.” Indeed, in current times, this may be the most relevant part of the story.

Following the reading, stay tuned for a discussion of the work with some of Sonoma County’s literary notables.

It’s free to tune in but donations are welcome and support Friends of the Petaluma River – home of your next River adventure.