Acting out Perkins’ Garden gift

       In March, April and May, a weekly “Lunch and a Look at the Garden” educational lecture series will provide a dramatization of events related to Charles Elliot Perkins' gift of Garden of the Gods Park to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909.
       The first of the half-hour programs - starting at noon Tuesdays at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center - will be March 3. It will feature Charles Perkins' daughter Alice and show his children's perspectives on the gift.
       Each of the programs will be free, but reservations are required at 219-0108. Throughout the series, “actors portraying various individuals of that time [will] provide unique perspectives not only of the actual gift of the Park but of various popular sentiments regarding its use,” a press release states.
       The privately owned center is across from the Garden at 1805 N. 30th St.
       March programs are:
  • March 10 - Photographs - 1909 to present - changes in the landscape of the Garden.
  • March 17 - Recollections by a military colleague of Colorado Springs founder William Palmer regarding his relationship with the park.
  • March 24 - “Garden People” - various nonconformists who had their own visions for the development of the Garden of the Gods
           Following each presentation, participants are invited to stay for lunch in the Visitor Center's café (at their own expense) “to continue the conversation about the day's topic,” the release continues.

    From a press release