Newport Polo Match

Race to the Newport International Polo Grounds with the Boston and Rhode Island communities as Newport takes on Boston – its closest polo rival in the first of the City Series match. There’s a spot for everyone in the family in our private Northeastern section. Dress to impress, enjoy refreshments, and take in a riveting summer day.

Thoreau’s Walden: Nature, Technology, and Attention

What does Henry David Thoreau’s retreat into the natural world at Walden Pond have to do with our modern culture of distraction and technological immersion? We learned how Thoreau’s interest in the peace of nature was fueled by his distress at the information culture of the 19th century when the telegraph brought news to Americans at a startlingly brisk pace and the railroad moved goods across the country with breathtaking speed. Thoreau is one of our earliest writers about technology overload, and wrote powerfully about the need to rest the mind and retreat from eternally asking, “What news?” We took a look at how Thoreau also understood the possible interweaving of technology into nature, as in his fascination with the telegraph wires and trains that ran right past Walden pond.