Events

May
25
Thu
Lenox, MA–Touchstones at The Mount: Kate Bolick in Conversation with Ariel Levy @ The Mount
May 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick is back with another season of Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount. Join Kate on May 25th for an intimate conversation with author Ariel Levy about her new work, The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir.

Lenox, MA–Touchstones at The Mount: Kate Bolick in Conversation with Ariel Levy @ The Stable at The Mount
May 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

COST: $18 general; $15 Mount members

413-551-5100

Journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick is back with another season of Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount. Join Kate on May 25th for an intimate conversation with author Ariel Levy about her new work, The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir.

Ariel Levy joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, and received the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism in 2014 for her piece “Thanksgiving in Mongolia.” She is the author of the book Female Chauvinist Pigs, and was a contributing editor at New York for twelve years.

Kate Bolick is the author of the New York Times bestseller Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a freelance writer for various publications, including The New York Times, Vogue, and The Wall Street Journal.
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Stockbridge, MA–FOUR FREEDOMS FORUM: Freedom of the Press? American Journalism Today @ NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
May 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Free speech and a free press are core American values—imbedded in the Constitution’s First Amendment by our nation’s founders—and the United States has long served as a strong advocate for those principles. In light of recent events, American journalism faces one of its greatest challenges. Join us to discuss the role of the press in our times, and share your thoughts on one of the most compelling issues of our day. Noted commentators will offer observations and inspire community discourse, with a reception and refreshments to follow. Free.

413-298-4100

May
27
Sat
Lanesborough, MA–Memorial Day Weekend Festivities for the 80th Season of Bascom Lodge! @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
May 27 all-day

Free and Open to the Public! Incantation Workshop – Music & Puppet Performance – Beekeeping Demo–Family fun filled day with local artisans!

Beekeeping Demo 12-1 pm

Richard Clapper from the Northern Berkshire Beekeeper’s Association will discuss the joys and challenges of beekeeping and the workings of the hive. Equipment and resources to get started beekeeping will be reviewed.
Nutshell Playhouse 1-2 pm

The Nutshell Playhouse returns to entertain us with their music and cast of puppet characters

Incantations and Song Magic 2:30 – 4:30

Mt. Greylock is the highest mountain in Massachusetts and J.K Rowling has designated it as the home of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardy!!

In this two hour family and children workshop we will determine if we are Thunderbirds, Horned Serpents, Pukwudgies or Wampuses and then create incantations, chants or poems based on our character. What is the sound at the heart of the snake horn fragment? Our creations can be performed or kept secret.

Rhythm instruments provided or found outdoors.

Let’s see what we got in the way of Defense and Magic.

To register by Saturday, May 27th e-mail: spiesarts@gmail

Free with dragon heartstring.

soundingtheriver.blogspot.com

Washington, CT–Brown Bag Book Club: “Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII” by Chester Nez @ Institute for American Indian Studies
May 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

To honor those who have served and those who still serve, IAIS’ book club will read Chester Nez’s memoir retelling his time as a marine in WWII. During the war, the Japanese had managed to break every type of coding used by the United States to send messages. It was only the code developed by Navajo Marines that remained unbroken. Without this contribution, victory in the South Pacific could not have been assured. With actual Navajo code and photos from the war, this book gives readers an insight into the conflict that only one who experienced it could provide. Purchase your copy in our Four Directions Gift Shop today!
Included in the price of admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors; $6 Children; IAIS members free.
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May
28
Sun
Monterey, MA–Concert and Opening Reception. Amazing Stories from Centuries Past @ The Bidwell House Museum
May 28 @ 3:00 pm

Diane Taraz sings her own songs and others from the folk tradition that tell the true stories of people and events from early America. Enjoy songs about love affairs gone wrong; women warriors in disguise; loves lost to war, shipwreck, and rattlesnakes; and a variety of ballads and ditties that capture amazing history that deserves to be re-lived. Diane wears the clothing of the time and accompanies her singing on an instrument similar to the now-extinct English guitar played by Colonial ladies. Reception and refreshments to follow, celebrating the completed restoration of the museum.

Event free for members. Non-members: $15.

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com
www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

A Colonial History Museum
National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

 

May
29
Mon
Lanesborough, MA–“Moonshine Holler”, folk music @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Moonshine Holler performs lively American roots music and dance featuring mountain blues, breakdowns and ballads, with flatfoot dancing to boot, highlighting old-time music’s multi-cultural roots on more instruments than they can juggle, including fiddle, banjo, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica and ukulele. The duet has performed at festivals and concert venues large and small across the country and abroad. Sometimes rowdy, sometimes reverent, always a ruckus – they entertain with humor and heart.”

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A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.

FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET / ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK SIGNS AND BASCOM LODGE SIGNS 9 MILES
TO THE SUMMIT.

May
31
Wed
Lenox, MA–Spring Birding Walk @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
May 31 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

 

Instructor: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader

Audience: Adult

Members & Nonmembers: Free, Registration not required.

Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring and fall migrations. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.

These programs are offered free of charge thanks to the Lenox Cultural Council and generous donor sponsorship.

 

Jun
3
Sat
Canaan, CT – Conn. Trails Day Event: Educational Walk, Great Mountain Forest / Iron Trail @ Great Mountain Forest’s Childs Center
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Challenging (Steep/choppy terrain with periodic obstacles) No Dogs Permitted
Take a hike to the summit of Canaan Mountain to see views of the Housatonic Valley, which was the heart of the Salisbury Iron Works 100 years ago.

Questions and to register: contact Jean Bronson, (860) 824-8188, jean@greatmountainforest.org.    Leader(s): Brandon Coleman

Any change notices will be posted by the leader on the CFPA Facebook wall www.facebook.com/CTForestandParkAssociation by the morning of the event.

Total Distance 3 miles

Meeting Place: Great Mountain Forest’s Childs Center at 200 Canaan Mountain Road in Falls Village (Canaan). GPS 41.965260 -73.271243

Rain cancels.
Pre-registration is REQUIRED–Leader Phone Number: 860-336-8601, email: brandon@greatmountainforest.org

 

Cornwall, CT – Educational Walk–Old Growth White Pine Forests–Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s “Conn. Trails Day Event” !
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Moderate (Gently rising/temperate terrain with occasional obstacles) No Dogs Permitted. CFPA Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System
Discover the very diverse impact of nature and man upon three old growth white pine forests in Cornwall. Cathedral Pines, decimated by tornado and now recovering. Ballyhack, left “forever wild” and Goulds, thinned to promote health of remaining trees. Discover wildflowers, birds and butterflies while walking through these preserves. Travel four miles by car to get from one preserve to another. Bring water and snacks.

Leader(s): Ron Hummel

Total Distance (miles): 3.0
Meeting Place: Cathedral Pines, parking area. Follow Route 4 north. Right turn onto Pine Street, follow to end. Left onto Valley Road, first left onto Essex Hill.

GPS 41.835728 -73.326340

Rain cancels.
Pre-registration is RECOMMENDED. Leader’s Phone Number: 860-672-2325…E-mail: gobibear@icloud.com

 

Great Barrington, MA–Celebrate National Trails Day At River Walk: Hikes, Paddle, History Walk, Children’s activity and Community Potluck Picnic
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

 

Meet at the Dubois River Garden Park (corner of Church and River Streets in Great Barrington) to explore the natural landscape through a variety of activities including hiking, paddling, history walk and a riverside activity for children.

9 am-1:30 pm–River Walk Self-guided Tour   / all welcome/ no registration necessary

Come experience the wonder of our own National Recreation Trail. Learn about how trail design and ongoing habitat reclamation are helping to filter  the storm water as it flows to the Housatonic River. Kids can actively experience the Water Cycle with a great game that helps them know where water comes  from and where it goes!

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9 a.m.–Exploring GB National Trails Paddle & Hike– Pre-registration Required / space limited

Discover two National Trails with this ambitious excursion. Canoes will be provided for a lovely Housatonic River paddle that will bring us to Kellogg Rd and the Appalachian Trail. We’ll put down our paddles and hoist on our packs for a gently upward 1.7 mile A.T hike up June Mountain to Home Road. Transport will be provided back to River Walk and the potluck picnic. You must pre-register: info@GBLand.org.  Your hosts will include Christine Ward (GBLC), Dennis Regan (HVA) and Adam Brown (ATC).

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10 to 11:30 am–Water Cycle Activity for Families– / all welcome/ no registration necessary

Come have some fun with this family water-cycle activity called “The Incredible Journey”. Children will become a drop of water and travel along the River Walk to different stations, creating a bracelet that will tell the story of their journey.

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10:30 a.m.–Stories of Work and Life on the East Bank of the Housatonic River–pre-registration appreciated.

Join Bernie Drew for a trip into history. We will learn about the first Bridge Street bridge, the old Log Homes property, 19th century land development, the rubberwear factory across from St. Peter’s Center and particularly the home of Jason and Almira Cooley, whose house is still there. The Cooley’s had more than one restaurant in town. Jason sometimes went down the hill and paddled a small boat across the river to the other shore to go to work. The journey begins at the Du Bois River Garden Park on River Walk and takes us across the river, then north on East Street, west on Cottage Street and south on Main Street. We will travel back to our starting place along River Walk. Register: info@GBLand.org

Potluck picnic at 12:30.

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Sponsored by Great Barrington Land Conservancy with Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Greenagers, Housatonic Valley Association, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the GB Historic Society.

Stockbridge, MA–Cemetery Walk & Historic Talk “Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Stockbridge Mills”–Presented by the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives @ Stockbridge Cemetary
Jun 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Although today Stockbridge appears to be a quiet village surrounded by farmland, in earlier times it was a thriving industrial community. On Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., volunteers from the Stockbridge Library’s Procter Museum & Archives will explore this aspect of the town’s life in a cemetery walk: Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Stockbridge Mills.

Stockbridge was home to many active mills from the 1740s to the 1900s. Come explore the many water-powered industries throughout the town. You’ll be surprised at how many mills were built and what products they made.

The walk gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street (Route 102, Stockbridge), and takes an hour.

Parking is available at the old Town Hall, across from the gate, or on the street.

A $5.00 donation is suggested.

This is the first of four monthly walks of the Stockbridge Cemetery, June through September. Each monthly walk has a different theme. All walks take place on the first Saturday of the month, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the Stockbridge Library at 413-298-5501 or ksmarshall03@gmail.com.

Jun
4
Sun
Washington, CT–Are You Part of Nature or Apart from it? Lessons from Lake Waramaug Observed & Native American History
Jun 4 @ 2:00 pm

In this PowerPoint presentation, author/artist Charles Raskob Robinson and IAIS’s Director of Research & Collections Lavin, Ph.D. team up to discuss the history of Lake Waramaug and its denizens, and how it reflects the history of our world in general.

Five Ice Ages, five Mass Extinctions, and our present immersion in the Sixth Mass Extinction caused by human activities are mirrored over all the Earth. According to research by the American Museum of Natural History, the Sixth Mass Extinction’s rate of species extinction is greater than that of the previous five.

Western thought often views humankind and civilization as separate from and adversaries of Nature. In contrast, Native Americans traditionally see themselves as part of Nature. How we as a nation view our relationship to Nature could well determine our collective fate. What may we learn from Native American history, culture and thought that might undo or diminish the onslaught of the Sixth Mass Extinction and the degradation of our natural environments? Come join in the conversation and learn for yourself!
Mr. Robinson’s beautifully illustrated book Lake Waramaug Observed is available for purchase in the Four Directions Gift Shop, and the author will sign books after the presentation.
Light refreshments will be served.
Included in the price of admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors; $6 Children; IAIS members free.
Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, PO Box 1260, Washington, CT 06793
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Lanesborough, MA–“The Birds of the Berkshires”, talk and slide presentation @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Ed Neumuth from the Hoffman Bird Club returns with a presentation on the birds of the Berkshires with particular emphasis on the “avian specialties” – the rarities of Mount Greylock.
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A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET / ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK SIGNS AND BASCOM LODGE SIGNS 9 MILES
TO THE SUMMIT.

Jun
5
Mon
Lanesborough, MA–Early Morning Birding with the Hoffman Bird Club @ Mount Greylock Visitor's Center
Jun 5 @ 6:00 am

meet at the Greylock Visitor Center in the parking lot at 6 a.m.

Ed Neumuth will instruct how to identify birds visually and by listening to their songs. The event will end with breakfast at Bascom Lodge–The birding event is FREE and Open to the Public, but there is a Charge for breakfast.

Jun
6
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Jun 6 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00.

Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

June 6, 4:00 pm. – Retail and restaurant historian Jan Whitaker will showcase “Opulent Emporiums: The Gilded Age of Department Stores,” recreating the ultimate shopping experience that began in Paris in the 1850s and spread world-wide thanks to the Industrial Revolution, a new middle class and the elevator. With floor upon floor of merchandise, shopping became an entertainment.

Jun
8
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Presentation on Birding in the Housatonic Watershed
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Get ready for birding on the river with this evening slide presentation by Jonathan Pierce, an avid bird watcher. Discover which birds you will likely see along the Housatonic River and hear their songs. We’ll even take a look to see which birds are out singing behind the Merwin House.

FREE event!

Location–
Housatonic Valley Association
Merwin House
14 Main Street, Stockbridge MA 01262

for info, call 413-298-7024 or Email: adixon@HVATODAY.ORG

Jun
9
Fri
Stockbridge, MA–The River Art Project: Celebrate the River and Art @ Stockbridge Station
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

About the River Art Project at Stockbridge Station–
We face a time when our efforts to protect the environment and our rivers is more important than ever and water and air are of prime concern. Artist and gallerist Jim Schantz has organized an art exhibition for this summer that will honor the river. The River Art Project is an exhibition that features several nationally recognized painters who work with the river as their subject matter including; Bart Elsbach, Mary Sipp Green, Stephen Hannock, Scott Prior, and Jim Schantz.

The exhibition will take place June 9- September 4, 2017 at the Stockbridge Station gallery space.

The central mission of this exhibition project is to raise awareness of the beauty and importance of the river environment and offer opportunities to educate on how we can protect this valuable resource. The four month exhibition will include an educational component to present programs with environmentalists who can speak about protecting our water and air, and offer ways to be proactive in this regard. Additionally, half of the net proceeds of the sale of each painting will be donated equally to the Housatonic Valley Association and Riverkeeper. These organizations are actively working to protect and preserve the Housatonic and Hudson Rivers.

Jun
13
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Jun 13 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00.

Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

June 13, 4:00 pm. –  Steven Pullen will return us to the time when “Grandpa was a Groomsman and Grandma was a Housemaid: Two British Servants in America.” From 1913 to 1925 emigres William and Mary Pullen worked for three of America’s wealthiest families. Their story includes a fabulous race horse that defied expectations, winning 23 world records, trained by William.

Jun
14
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“The Great American Eclipse”, talk and slide presentation @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

On Monday August 21, 2017 a total eclipse of the Sun will trace a path across the United States from Oregon, through Nebraska, to South Carolina. Local amateur astronomers will talk about why total solar eclipses occur, how to view them, and how to plan for this spectacular, once in a lifetime event.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET / ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK SIGNS AND BASCOM LODGE SIGNS 9 MILES
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Jun
17
Sat
Monterey, MA–Archaeology on Bidwell Grounds @ the Bidwell House Museum
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am

What treasures lie outside the Reverend’s door? Professor Eric Johnson, Director of Archaeological Services at UMass, Amherst, discusses the archaeological investigation at the 1760s homestead. How this work is done, examples from other 18th-century homes, and what he found at the museum.

Members: $10. Non-members: $15

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com
www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

A Colonial History Museum
National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Washington, CT–Brown Bag Book Club: “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West” by Dee Brown @ Institute for American Indian Studies
Jun 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

A clear and disturbing narrative of the destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century told by the ones who experienced it. Brown uses council records, autobiographies and first-hand descriptions from the chiefs and warriors who fought and lived through the battles, massacres and broken treaties.

This is the Native perspective on “how the west was won”–not the version they teach you in school.  Purchase your copy in our Four Directions Gift Shop today!

Lecture is included in the price of admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors; $6 Children; IAIS members free.

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Stockbridge, MA–TEA, TALK & BOOKSIGNING – Painting America’s Portrait: How Illustrators Created America @ NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
Jun 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Explore the ways that America’s visual storytellers capitalized on three decades of advances in corporate advertising and image reproduction technology to create highly dramatic and colorful images that envisioned the American dream. In his recent book, James Thompson begins with an account of World War I prior to America’s entry in April 1917, and describes the role of the Committee of Public Information, which recruited talented illustrators to rally public opinion and build support for the nation’s wartime goals. Tea and treats will be served and a booksigning will follow the program.
413-298-4100

Stockbridge, MA–The River Art Project: Riverkeeper Presentation @ Stockbridge Station
Jun 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

Presentation by Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper. Details to be announced.

About the River Art Project at Stockbridge Station–

We face a time when our efforts to protect the environment and our rivers is more important than ever and water and air are of prime concern. Artist and gallerist Jim Schantz has organized an art exhibition for this summer that will honor the river. The River Art Project is an exhibition that features several nationally recognized painters who work with the river as their subject matter including; Bart Elsbach, Mary Sipp Green, Stephen Hannock, Scott Prior, and Jim Schantz.

The exhibition will take place June 9- September 4,2017 at the Stockbridge Station gallery space.

The central mission of this exhibition project is to raise awareness of the beauty and importance of the river environment and offer opportunities to educate on how we can protect this valuable resource. The four month exhibition will include an educational component to present programs with environmentalists who can speak about protecting our water and air, and offer ways to be proactive in this regard. Additionally, half of the net proceeds of the sale of each painting will be donated equally to the Housatonic Valley Association and Riverkeeper. These organizations are actively working to protect and preserve the Housatonic and Hudson Rivers.
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Jun
20
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Jun 20 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

June 20, 4:00 pm. –  An avid fan since childhood and a member of the international society, Baker Street Irregulars, lecturer Jeffry Bradway will portray the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in “Killing Off Sherlock Holmes.” Popularity caused Doyle to avoid other literary work. Experience the story of the creation, death and resurrection of the world’s most famous detective.

Jun
21
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–Reading and Book Signing with: Karen Chase, author of FDR on His Houseboat, The Larooco Log, 1924-1925; and Kathryn Smith, author of The Gatekeeper. @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jun
24
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Jun
27
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Jun 27 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Jim Shulman, who with his wife Jackie initiated, directed and backed the Berkshire Carousel, opening in 2016. He will give us a ride with “The Golden Age of Carousels, 1880-1930,” when over 3,000 wooden carousels were made in the U.S. He will explain how the figures are made and how carousels operate. They reflect the artistic styles of master immigrant craftsmen.

Jun
28
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Quintessential”, music performance @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This all-male Berkshire a cappella group sings a wide variety of musical styles, including gospel, reggae, classical, American standards, classic rock and funk, as well as original liturgical and popular music.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET / ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK SIGNS AND BASCOM LODGE SIGNS 9 MILES
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Jul
1
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

History Talk: Massachusetts–New York Border “Wars” in the 1700s–Sponsored by the Bidwell House Museum @ Tyringham Union Church
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am

Gary Leveille, Berkshires historian and author, on the fifty years of boundary battles among the early Dutch and English settlers on both sides of the elusive border.

Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham.

Members: $10. Non-members: $15

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com
www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

A Colonial History Museum
National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Jul
2
Sun
Lanesborough, MA–“Duo Eamon”, folk music @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jul 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The music of Ireland, Quebec and New England for fiddle and guitar.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET / ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK SIGNS AND BASCOM LODGE SIGNS 9 MILES
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Jul
5
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–Hoosic River Revival”, talk and slide presentation @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jul 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET / ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK SIGNS AND BASCOM LODGE SIGNS 9 MILES
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Jul
6
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Historic Property Walks
Jul 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursdays in August, September and October at 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy these guided strolls on the Museum’s bucolic 36 acre site and learn about the historic buildings on its property, including Linwood House, an 1859 Berkshire Cottage, and Norman Rockwell’s own Stockbridge Studio. We’ll also explore the sculptural installations of Peter Rockwell, a noted stone carver and historian, and the artist’s youngest son.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
9 Glendale Rd / Rte 183, Stockbridge , MA 01262

413-298-4100

Stockbridge, MA–Thursday Evening Lecture and Performance Series: Inventing America: Art and Cultural Connections @ Norman Rockwell Museum
Jul 6 @ 5:30 pm

Enjoy this engaging series of talks and performances inspired by our current exhibitions and the persuasive power of visual imagery in its many forms. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. Reservations are suggested.

413-298-4100

Jul
8
Sat
North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Monterey, MA–Township No. 1 Day @ the Bidwell House Museum
Jul 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A free community celebration of Tyringham and Monterey history. Colonial re-enactors, live music by local musicians, children’s activities, historic craft demonstrations, author talks, more… For details and individual event times, please check www.bidwellhousemuseum.org or call.
Free. Please note: the museum is closed for tours this day.

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com
A Colonial History Museum
National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s
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Jul
11
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Jul 11 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Who was the first to take aerial photographs, shoot the Paris sewer system under electric light and take a celebrity portrait of Sarah Bernhardt? Scholar Eduardo Cadava will tell us by focusing on “Felix Nadar: 19th Century Parisian Portrait Photographer, Actor, Caricaturist, Inventor, Balloonist,” based on this creative jack-of-all-trades’ memoir When I Was a Photographer.

Jul
13
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Thursday Evening Lecture and Performance Series: Inventing America: Art and Cultural Connections @ Norman Rockwell Museum
Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm

Enjoy this engaging series of talks and performances inspired by our current exhibitions and the persuasive power of visual imagery in its many forms. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. Reservations are suggested.

413-298-4100

Jul
15
Sat
North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Tyringham, MA–History Talk: Native Americans in South County–Sponsored by the Bidwell House Museum @ Tyringham Union Church
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am

Rene Wendell, Land Steward for the Nature Conservancy, will talk about prehistoric evidence of Native American life and discuss the first contacts of white settlers with the Mohican tribe in South County. He will bring native artifacts from his personal collection.

Members: $10. Non-members: $15. 10 a.m.

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com
www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

A Colonial History Museum
National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

Jul
16
Sun
Lanesborough, MA– JAZZ SUNDAY @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SUNDAY JAZZ DINNER The Wes Brown Trio with singer Jill Connoly returns for an evening of energy packed standards, ballads and blues. Performance in the lodge’s dining room throughout dinner (7:00 to 9:00 pm)

See “menu page” for the evening’s pricing and menu options.
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Jul
18
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Jul 18 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Who was the Irish Bridget? Scholar Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan will have the answer when she presents a talk based on her book, The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930. The speaker will show photographs and read personal letters to give insight into the impact these young women had on Irish-American life.

 Stockbridge, MA–Beginner’s Paddling Trip on the Housatonic River with the staff of the Housatonic Valley Association
Jul 18 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: the Glendale Dam, Stockbridge

Trip Length: 1-2 miles Level: Beginner
Want to paddle, but never been in a canoe? This is your chance!
Learn how to safely enter and exit a canoe, the basic strokes, and
how to paddle safely. Led by HVA volunteer, Charles Murray, an
experienced canoeist and ACA certified instructor.

FREE! Registration is required, space is limited.
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own
boat. Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

TO REGISTER, call 413-298-7024 or Email: PADDLE@HVATODAY.ORG

Offered in collaboration with the Housatonic Heritage Area.
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Jul
19
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Monika Sosnowski”, talk and photography presentation @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET / ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK SIGNS AND BASCOM LODGE SIGNS 9 MILES
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Stockbridge, MA–The River Art Project: What is the Quality of our Rivers? @ Stockbridge Station
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

About the River Art Project at Stockbridge Station–

We face a time when our efforts to protect the environment and our rivers is more important than ever and water and air are of prime concern. Artist and gallerist Jim Schantz has organized an art exhibition for this summer that will honor the river. The River Art Project is an exhibition that features several nationally recognized painters who work with the river as their subject matter including; Bart Elsbach, Mary Sipp Green, Stephen Hannock, Scott Prior, and Jim Schantz.
The exhibition will take place June 9- September 4,2017 at the Stockbridge Station gallery space.

The central mission of this exhibition project is to raise awareness of the beauty and importance of the river environment and offer opportunities to educate on how we can protect this valuable resource. The four month exhibition will include an educational component to present programs with environmentalists who can speak about protecting our water and air, and offer ways to be proactive in this regard. Additionally, half of the net proceeds of the sale of each painting will be donated equally to the Housatonic Valley Association and Riverkeeper. These organizations are actively working to protect and preserve the Housatonic and Hudson Rivers.

So little fresh water on our planet is available to use yet everything we do in our watershed can impact our waterbodies. Find out more about the water quality of our rivers and the life that lives within it. Discover what simple things you can do to help keep our rivers and lakes healthy. Presented by Alison Dixon, HVA’s Berkshire Outreach Manager.

Refreshments served before and after lecture

Jul
20
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Thursday Evening Lecture and Performance Series: Inventing America: Art and Cultural Connections @ Norman Rockwell Museum
Jul 20 @ 5:30 pm

Enjoy this engaging series of talks and performances inspired by our current exhibitions and the persuasive power of visual imagery in its many forms. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. Reservations are suggested.

413-298-4100

Jul
22
Sat
North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Jul
23
Sun
Lanesborough, MA–“JoAnne Spies and the Elemental Orchestra”, music @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Original songs, poems, and stories that focus on the four elements with weavings of history of literary visitors to Mt. Greylock. Guitar, ukelele, and tank drum as well as the Elemental Orchestra will join in rhythm and sound explorations.
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THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET / ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK SIGNS AND BASCOM LODGE SIGNS 9 MILES
TO THE SUMMIT.

Jul
25
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Jul 25 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

The Berkshires’ Gilded Age was punctuated with prominent cottagers and visitors with supposed sterling reputations. But were they immune to moral missteps and other indiscretions? Depending upon your perspective, says historian Robert Asplund, these “Cads, Trollops and Traitors” may be considered heroes, libertines or loyal statesmen. Come and draw your own conclusion.

Jul
26
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps on Mount Greylock”, talk and slide presentation @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Presented by DCR Park Naturalist Mike Whalen–A lively interactive presentation featuring cultural artifacts and recollections of the 1930’s federal work program that invented a modern wilderness park landscape. Participants are encouraged to share their own keepsakes and memories of Mount Greylock. This 1-hour program is FREE and open to the public.==

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET / ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK SIGNS AND BASCOM LODGE SIGNS… 9 MILES
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Stockbridge, MA–Presentation: Turtles of the Housatonic River Watershed
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

From the tiny, 3-inch, bog turtle to the large snapping turtles, we
have six turtle species residing in our watershed. Learn more about
each of the turtles, their different habitats, what is impacting our
turtle populations and what we can do to help from our local reptile
expert, Tom Tyning. There will be an emphasis on the wood turtle, a
species of concern, which Tom has been studying for many years.

FREE!

Presentation location–
Housatonic Valley Association
Merwin House
14 Main Street, Stockbridge MA 01262

for info, call 413-298-7024 or Email: adixon@HVATODAY.ORG

Offered in collaboration with the Housatonic Heritage Area.

Jul
27
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Thursday Evening Lecture and Performance Series: Inventing America: Art and Cultural Connections @ Norman Rockwell Museum
Jul 27 @ 5:30 pm

Enjoy this engaging series of talks and performances inspired by our current exhibitions and the persuasive power of visual imagery in its many forms. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. Reservations are suggested.

413-298-4100

Jul
29
Sat
Lenoxdale, MA–Beginner’s Paddling Trip on the Housatonic River with the staff of the Housatonic Valley Association & Search for Turtles with Tom Tyning
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Trip Length: 3-4 miles Level: Beginner

Paddle upstream from Woods Pond and back, enjoying the
Housatonic River as we search for painted and other turtle
species basking along the river’s edge and learn about these
ancient reptiles that are struggling to maintain their populations.

FREE! Registration is required, space is limited.
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own
boat. Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

TO REGISTER, call 413-298-7024 or Email: PADDLE@HVATODAY.ORG

Offered in collaboration with the Housatonic Heritage Area.
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North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Tyringham, MA–History Talk: Travels with Satan: My Fifty Years as a Witchcraft Historian–Sponsored by the Bidwell House Museum @ Tyringham Union Church
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am

A talk by John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University and award-winning author. His book Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England (1982) won the Bancroft Prize. He published The Enemy Within: A Short History of Witch-Hunting in 2008.

Members: $10. Non-members: $15

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com
www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

A Colonial History Museum
National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

Jul
30
Sun
Lanesborough, MA–“Morrighan’s Flight”, Foot stomping Celtic music by this local band @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Aug
1
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Aug 1 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

William Henry Vanderbilt died in 1885, leaving to his four sons and four daughters a fortune of $200 million (today $230 billion). Historian Dr. Gary Helm Darden is “Keeping Up with the Vanderbilts: Architectural Rivalries,” noting that the siblings commenced an unparalleled American building spree – urban palaces, country estates and summer villas.

Aug
3
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Historic Property Walks
Aug 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursdays in August, September and October at 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy these guided strolls on the Museum’s bucolic 36 acre site and learn about the historic buildings on its property, including Linwood House, an 1859 Berkshire Cottage, and Norman Rockwell’s own Stockbridge Studio. We’ll also explore the sculptural installations of Peter Rockwell, a noted stone carver and historian, and the artist’s youngest son.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
9 Glendale Rd / Rte 183, Stockbridge , MA 01262

413-298-4100

Stockbridge, MA–Thursday Evening Lecture and Performance Series: Inventing America: Art and Cultural Connections @ Norman Rockwell Museum
Aug 3 @ 5:30 pm

Enjoy this engaging series of talks and performances inspired by our current exhibitions and the persuasive power of visual imagery in its many forms. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. Reservations are suggested.

413-298-4100

Aug
5
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Aug
6
Sun
Lanesborough, MA–“The Greylock Glen”, talk and slide presentation and history @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Ralph Brill presents the History of The Glen as well as his proposal for it. A Glen development was initiated more than forty years ago. What happened? What can happen? What will Happen? Come join the conversation.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Aug
8
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Aug 8 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Architectural historian Frances Morrone returns to Ventfort Hall to roll out the red carpet on “The Plaza: New York’s Legendary Hotel.” Built during the Gilded Age, an era of extravagant gestures, the hotel, with every architectural detail designed in the grand manner, was the address of diplomats, actors, royalty, the rich, the famous and, of course, Eloise.

Aug
9
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Landscapes for the People”, photography presentation @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Unknown Elder: George Alexander Grant–First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service

Ren and Helen Davis, authors of Landscapes for the People, will share information about George Alexander Grant’s life, and show a selection of stunning black-and-white photographs taken of the national parks during his 25+year carreer.

Copies of Landscapes for the People, as well as Our Mark on This Land: A Guide to the Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in America’s Parks, will be available for purchase.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Aug
10
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Historic Property Walks
Aug 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursdays in August, September and October at 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy these guided strolls on the Museum’s bucolic 36 acre site and learn about the historic buildings on its property, including Linwood House, an 1859 Berkshire Cottage, and Norman Rockwell’s own Stockbridge Studio. We’ll also explore the sculptural installations of Peter Rockwell, a noted stone carver and historian, and the artist’s youngest son.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
9 Glendale Rd / Rte 183, Stockbridge , MA 01262

413-298-4100

Stockbridge, MA–Thursday Evening Lecture and Performance Series: Inventing America: Art and Cultural Connections @ Norman Rockwell Museum
Aug 10 @ 5:30 pm

Enjoy this engaging series of talks and performances inspired by our current exhibitions and the persuasive power of visual imagery in its many forms. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. Reservations are suggested.

413-298-4100

Aug
12
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Aug 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Aug
13
Sun
Lanesborough, MA–“Mushrooms of the Berkshires”, talk and slide presentation @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

John Wheeler, local wild mushroom enthusiast and founding member of the Berkshire Mycological Society will speak to the joys of mushroom identification, seasons, and typical habitats of our local fungal treasures.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Aug
15
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Aug 15 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Dr. Margot MacIlwain Nishimura, Deputy Director for Collections at Newport Restoration Foundation, will open the door on storied “Rough Point, Mansion and Museum: Doris Duke’s Newport Legacy” and its extraordinary treasures. Overlooking fabulous gardens and the ocean, the English manorial-style mansion is furnished with first-rate art and antiques.

Aug
16
Wed
Lee, MA–Paddling and Exploration of the Housatonic River with Housatonic Valley Association Staff
Aug 16 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

Trip Length: 6 miles Level: Intermediate

Discover the river’s ecology as we paddle a beautiful stretch of
the Housatonic River from Lee to South Lee with views of Beartown
Mountain. Some paddling experience preferable. We’ll stop along
the way to explore the invertebrates, look for signs of wildlife as we
learn about the constantly changing ‘riverscape.”

FREE! Registration is required, space is limited.
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own
boat. Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

TO REGISTER, call 413-298-7024 or Email: PADDLE@HVATODAY.ORG

Offered in collaboration with the Housatonic Heritage Area.

Lanesborough, MA–“Wintergreen”, folk music @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Aug
17
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Historic Property Walks
Aug 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursdays in August, September and October at 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy these guided strolls on the Museum’s bucolic 36 acre site and learn about the historic buildings on its property, including Linwood House, an 1859 Berkshire Cottage, and Norman Rockwell’s own Stockbridge Studio. We’ll also explore the sculptural installations of Peter Rockwell, a noted stone carver and historian, and the artist’s youngest son.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
9 Glendale Rd / Rte 183, Stockbridge , MA 01262

413-298-4100

Stockbridge, MA–Thursday Evening Lecture and Performance Series: Inventing America: Art and Cultural Connections @ Norman Rockwell Museum
Aug 17 @ 5:30 pm

Enjoy this engaging series of talks and performances inspired by our current exhibitions and the persuasive power of visual imagery in its many forms. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. Reservations are suggested.

413-298-4100

Aug
19
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Aug
22
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Aug 22 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Ventfort Hall’s resident historian, Cornelia Brooke Gilder will tell all with “Friends and Fireworks: Edith Wharton Enters Berkshire Society.” As Nini quotes in her new book Edith Wharton’s Lenox, “As a hostess, designer, gardener and writer, Wharton set high standards that delighted many…But her perceptive and sometimes indiscreet pen also alienated…” others.

Aug
23
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Berkshire Highlanders”, bagpipe music @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Aug
24
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Historic Property Walks
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursdays in August, September and October at 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy these guided strolls on the Museum’s bucolic 36 acre site and learn about the historic buildings on its property, including Linwood House, an 1859 Berkshire Cottage, and Norman Rockwell’s own Stockbridge Studio. We’ll also explore the sculptural installations of Peter Rockwell, a noted stone carver and historian, and the artist’s youngest son.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
9 Glendale Rd / Rte 183, Stockbridge , MA 01262

413-298-4100

Stockbridge, MA–Thursday Evening Lecture and Performance Series: Inventing America: Art and Cultural Connections @ Norman Rockwell Museum
Aug 24 @ 5:30 pm

Enjoy this engaging series of talks and performances inspired by our current exhibitions and the persuasive power of visual imagery in its many forms. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. Reservations are suggested.

413-298-4100

Aug
26
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Aug
27
Sun
Lanesborough, MA–Oakes Smith, folk music @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Aug
29
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Aug 29 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Master Restorer Frank MacGruer is a principled advocate when it comes to “Antique Furniture. Use, Care & Restoration. Surface, Substance & Science.” He will take on the subject with photographs of repair work in progress, before and after restoration work, examples of finish problems and solutions, maintenance products and tools of the trade.

Aug
30
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Austin Thomas”, artist talk @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Aug
31
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Historic Property Walks
Aug 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursdays in August, September and October at 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy these guided strolls on the Museum’s bucolic 36 acre site and learn about the historic buildings on its property, including Linwood House, an 1859 Berkshire Cottage, and Norman Rockwell’s own Stockbridge Studio. We’ll also explore the sculptural installations of Peter Rockwell, a noted stone carver and historian, and the artist’s youngest son.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
9 Glendale Rd / Rte 183, Stockbridge , MA 01262

413-298-4100

Sep
2
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Sep
3
Sun
Lanesborough, MA–“Marafanyi”, music and drumming @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lara Gonzalez & Yael Shacham fuse original songs and spoken word with traditional West African rhythm and dance, showcasing indigenous instruments. The ladies of Marafanyi will be joined by special guests.

For Workshop Info. and Pricing check the “Workshops” page of our website: http://www.marafanyi.com/

FREE Performance after workshops from 6 pm – 7 pm , on the porch of the Lodge

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Sep
5
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Sep 5 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Ulysses Grant Dietz, Curator of Decorative Arts, Newark Museum, will put the sparkle on “Elegance and Aspiration: Money, Taste and Jewelry in America’s Gilded Age,” focusing on the meteoric rise of jewelry wearing after the Civil War. He will also explore the aspirational symbolism of jewelry, an aristocratic model for a nation without a social hierarchy.

Sep
7
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Historic Property Walks
Sep 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursdays in August, September and October at 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy these guided strolls on the Museum’s bucolic 36 acre site and learn about the historic buildings on its property, including Linwood House, an 1859 Berkshire Cottage, and Norman Rockwell’s own Stockbridge Studio. We’ll also explore the sculptural installations of Peter Rockwell, a noted stone carver and historian, and the artist’s youngest son.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
9 Glendale Rd / Rte 183, Stockbridge , MA 01262

413-298-4100

Sep
9
Sat
Monterey, MA–Gravestone Art in Monterey’s Old Cemeteries @ the Bidwell House Museum
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am

A talk and walk with Historical Archaeologist Bob Drinkwater, an expert on New England tombstone carvers. Drinkwater will give a brief history of gravestone art and then lead a tour of Monterey’s historic cemeteries. Drinkwater is a charter member and past president of the Association for Gravestone Studies. He holds an M.A. in Anthropology from UMass, Amherst.
Members: $10. Non-members: $15.

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com

A Colonial History Museum
National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

Sep
10
Sun
Lanesborough, MA–“The Industrial Revolution in Berkshire County”, talk and book signing @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Industrial Berkshire County was once home to an industrial base that helped a young nation meet its needs in textiles, paper, glass, iron and a variety of other products. Author of Berkshire County’s Industrial Heritage, John Dickson, will discuss through historic photos the impact of the 19th century mills and factories that tell a story of enterprising young men and women – owners and immigrant labor – harnessing the power of the streams and rivers to make products and profits and to make a living for their families.

Copies of Berkshire County’s Industrial Heritage will be available for purchase.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

 

Sep
13
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Boreal Forest Ecology Slideshow and Summit Walk”, talk and slide show @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Learn about the ecology of high elevation Boreal forests of Western MA found only at elevations over 2000 ft, such as Mt Greylock Summit and at Tamarack Hollow in Windsor, MA. Take a short, easy plant/tree ID walk at the summit and then learn more about the indicator species of this forest type such as Balsam Fir, Red Spruce, Clintonia Borealis and Bunchberry in an informative slideshow narration in the lodge led by naturalist and cultural educator Aimee Gelinas M.Ed.

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THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.

THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Sep
14
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Historic Property Walks
Sep 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursdays in August, September and October at 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy these guided strolls on the Museum’s bucolic 36 acre site and learn about the historic buildings on its property, including Linwood House, an 1859 Berkshire Cottage, and Norman Rockwell’s own Stockbridge Studio. We’ll also explore the sculptural installations of Peter Rockwell, a noted stone carver and historian, and the artist’s youngest son.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
9 Glendale Rd / Rte 183, Stockbridge , MA 01262

413-298-4100

Sep
16
Sat
HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 2017
Sep 16 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS” EVENT

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