Sherwood Forest values spontaneity. If the rare “Blue Ghost” fireflies are visible in DuPont Forest, a caravan of cars will leave at dusk. If a houseguest from Scotland has special talents, he’ll find himself headlining the soup supper, playing bagpipes and explaining how they work. If someone finds a box turtle, it is marked and becomes part of a regional study. (The finder gets to name the turtle). And no one is completely surprised when a Korean potter takes center stage at the Barn to demonstrate his art, accompanied simultaneously by an interpretative dancer, his wife.

This community is full of surprises.