Great Barrington Heritage Day – June 18, 2016

Great Barrington Heritage Day celebrates the Housatonic River and watershed, as well as the region’s agriculture, industry and culture — showcasing the spirit of independence that has made Great Barrington so vibrant for more than 250 years.

What’s Happening?

  • 9am: Explore our Watershed with Christine Ward, Rachel Fletcher, and Dennis Regan. Climb our Hills into History / Walk Along the River’s Edge / Paddle Through Time. Includes: 3.5 mile loop hike to Lake Mansfield, River Walk tour, canoe paddle to Sheffield covered bridge. Registration at the Mahaiwe Theater, 8:45am.9:30 – 11am: “An Alternative History Tour of Downtown Great Barrington” with Bernard A. Drew. A 1.5 hour sidewalk tour looking at aspects of town history not widely known. Meet at the Mahaiwe Theater.Mahaiwe Theater is co-hosting in Great Barrington Heritage Day
  • 9am – 11:30am: Bike Tour with Chris Rembold. Historic highlights of Great Barrington and Housatonic village (get a map of the ride here). 2.5 hours, 13 miles, rolling terrain, quick stops at sites of interest. start and end at the Mahaiwe Theater.
  • 10am; 11am; 12pm; 1pm – Truman Wheeler Farmstead, home of the Great Barrington Historical Society. Guided one hour tours of the house and farm of Revolutionary War patriot Captain Truman Wheeler. 817 South Main Street (Rt. 7) Great Barrington.
  • Classic Movies at the Mahaiwe Theater
    10am – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) (g)
    4pm – King Kong (1933) (pg-13)
    7pm – Pretty Poison (1968) (r)
  • 5pm-7:30pm: Restaurant Specials, Food for Sale, Music, and Tastings. Downtown Great Barrington.
  • 12pm and 1pm: Behind the Scenes of the Mahaiwe Theater with Maia Robbins-Zust and Paul Kakley.
  • 1pm: “How to Find Iron Industry History in the Woods” with Bernard A. Drew. Moderate 2+ hour hike from Fountain Pond on Threemile Hill Trail, with some bushwhacking on an old charcoal road. Meet at Fountain Pond, Rte. 7, Great Barrington.
  • 12 noon: Lunch Talk at the Great Barrington Farmers’ Market with Alice Maggio, Susan Witt, Harry Conklin and others. The Story of Indian Line Farm: the birthplace of Community Supported Agriculture and an unconventional approach to land tenure. Church Street, downtown Great Barrington.
  • 9am – 11am: Photo Walk at Great Barrington Fairgrounds with Bruce Panock and Lynnette Najimy. Two professional photographers will share their expertise as well as some of the history and lore of this historic site. Geared towards the amateur photographer.
  • 12 pm: Guided walking tour of the Du Bois Homesite with David Glassberg and Camesha Scruggs. Explore the life and legacy of Great Barrington’s native son, W.E.B. Du Bois, Route 23, Great Barrington.
  • 1pm: River Walk tours to the W.E.B. Du Bois River Park. Enter upstream at 195 Main Street.
  • 2pm: Onstage Story Circle at the Mahaiwe: Guided reminiscences with Barby Cardillo.
  • 10am: Great Barrington’s Urban Forest with Massachusetts Certified Arborist Tom Ingersoll. Take a tour of downtown Great Barrington’s urban forest, past and present. Meet at the Mahaiwe Theater.

Get a Button! — access to all Great Barrington Heritage Day events! Buttons are available at the Mahaiwe Theater, 14 Castle Street, 413.528.0100 ($5 suggested donation)
Reservations are encouraged as some events have limited capacity.