Dennis Picard, who has been demonstrating the ice harvesting trade for more than twenty years at museums and environmental education centers, will speak on ice harvesting and the natural ice industry in New England. The commercial harvesting of ice from New England’s ponds and lakes for export began in the first decade of the 19th century. By the end of that century ice harvesting was the 9th largest industry in the United States. He will share the interesting tale of this once massive enterprise.
Cost to attend is $26 with an advance reservation and for members and $32 the day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.