FOR THOSE WHO THINK THEY NEED TO suppress their gardening instincts during the winter, a visit to the Stanford Community Farm on Searsville Road will surprise them. The gardeners participated in a pruning demonstration last week and currently are planning to spiff up the greenhouse. Anybody interested in joining the members can show up during workdays held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Other workshops and projects are planned throughout the season. Tools are provided. Novices will find the garden beginner-friendly. "Anything will grow out there," said DOUG WYAND, an administrative associate with the university libraries. He's got Swiss chard and sweet peas still thriving in containers on his plot. Soon he'll be putting up frames for his raspberries and blackberries.
PROGRESS REPORT ON ONE OF STANFORD'S more celebrated bronze crowd pleasers, who has been making the rounds of East Coast hot spots under heavy security while his home base is kept warm. Auguste Rodin's The Thinker has been on loan since the summer of 1998 to Rockefeller Center in New York City and to a Washington, D.C.-based exhibition on the influence of the French on American sculpture, says BERNARD BARRYTE, associate director of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. In the spring, the pensive one will be carted off (in air-suspended splendor inside a custom carrier) to the North Carolina Museum of Art, where he'll be part of a Rodin show in the spring. He's scheduled to return to his spot in front of Meyer Library next fall, where he can chill for a spell. "We're not going to lend it for a long time," Barryte says. In The Thinker's absence, another Rodin work, Whistler's Muse, has been keeping watch.
Lisa Trei is currently on leave.
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