Events

Jun
19
Tue
Lenox, MA– Birding at the Mount with Mass Audubon Staff @ The Mount, Edith Warton's Home
Jun 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Instructor: Sanctuary Naturalist
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including woods, wetlands, and meadows. You’ll learn skills for birding by sight and song as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, bald eagles, vireos, and wood warblers.

Jun
20
Wed
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Jun 20 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Lenox, MA–Berkshire Views Hiking Series: Lenox Mountain @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Audience: Adult
Members: $8.00 Nonmembers: $12.00

Ascend Lenox Mountain with an experienced guide and enjoy several vistas including the sweeping summit view. We’ll hike via Trail of the Ledges and/or Overbrook Trail on a three-mile round-trip trek through northern hardwood and hemlock forest for an elevation gain of 840 feet. Along the way we’ll look for signs of wildlife and learn about plant communities and human history at Pleasant Valley. Cost includes price of admission.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jun
23
Sat
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Jun 23 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Gt. Barrington, MA–Housatonic Flats Birding Hike with Berkshire Natural Resources Council Staff
Jun 23 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Difficulty: Easy

Description: Terrain is flat, level ground along the Housatonic River. Please bring water and a snack.

Directions: From Great Barrington: From the Price Chopper, head north on Route 7 for less than half a mile. Parking will be on the left.

Email Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 with any questions
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Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Jun
24
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Guided Canoe Adventures on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Want to learn more about the Housatonic River and the creatures that call this spectacular river home? Then come on a guided canoe trip on Sunday mornings June-August. Children that are under 100 pounds are welcome to sit in the middle of the boat. This trip is best for paddlers with some experience and stamina. A short half mile walk on the road and then through a field are required to get to where the boats are located. Paddlers should be comfortable walking on uneven ground, sitting for an hour at a time and paddling upstream against a mild current. Pre-registration is required. Private tours are available at different times for groups of 8 or mor

Cost–
Member Adult: $15; Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: $25; Nonmember Child: $15;

Contact Information
413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Jun
26
Tue
Lenox, MA– Birding at the Mount with Mass Audubon Staff @ The Mount, Edith Warton's Home
Jun 26 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Instructor: Sanctuary Naturalist
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including woods, wetlands, and meadows. You’ll learn skills for birding by sight and song as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, bald eagles, vireos, and wood warblers.

Jun
27
Wed
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Jun 27 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Becket, MA–Moonlight Canoe Trip with Mass Audubon Staff @ Buckley Dunton Lake
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Instructor: Sanctuary Naturalist
Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00
Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

Twilight is an amazing time to listen and look for wildlife. Herons, loons, beavers, owls, and other wildlife are all possible at Buckley Dunton Lake in October Mountain State Forest. We’ll stealthily explore the coves and inlets of this beautiful lake, then hitch our boats together to enjoy snacks and beverages while we listen for nocturnal wildlife sounds.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jun
29
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Firefly Watch with Audubon staff @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Instructor: Dale Abrams – Education Coordinator
Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Experience a magical summer light show, and help us track firefly numbers and diversity through the Firefly Watch program. Learn about fireflies and how best to view or gently catch (and release) these mystical glowing lights of summer! We’ll take an evening walk in the meadows for firefly viewing, and also keep our eyes open for stars, planets, and twilight birds and mammals!
Suggested contribution $4/person or $10/family
Directions to the meeting place will be provided upon registration.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jun
30
Sat
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Jun 30 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Jul
1
Sun
LENOX, MA–Canoeing the Housatonic River with Mass Audubon staff
Jul 1 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: New Lenox Road, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00
This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Sheffield, MA–Guided Canoe Adventures on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Want to learn more about the Housatonic River and the creatures that call this spectacular river home? Then come on a guided canoe trip on Sunday mornings June-August. Children that are under 100 pounds are welcome to sit in the middle of the boat. This trip is best for paddlers with some experience and stamina. A short half mile walk on the road and then through a field are required to get to where the boats are located. Paddlers should be comfortable walking on uneven ground, sitting for an hour at a time and paddling upstream against a mild current. Pre-registration is required. Private tours are available at different times for groups of 8 or mor

Cost–
Member Adult: $15; Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: $25; Nonmember Child: $15;

Contact Information
413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Jul
3
Tue
Lenox, MA–Birding at the Mount with Mass Audubon @ The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
Jul 3 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free
Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including woods, wetlands, and meadows. You’ll learn skills for birding by sight and song as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, bald eagles, vireos, and wood warblers.

For more details and registration (optional) call (413) 551-5111

Jul
4
Wed
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Jul 4 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Jul
5
Thu
Lenox, MA– Evening Paddle on the Housatonic River with Mass Audubon @ decker boat launch
Jul 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00
Evening is the perfect time to look for wildlife. We’ll leisurely explore the rich wetlands of the Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in the hours before dusk, find a cove to come together and enjoy refreshments while we listen and watch for wildlife. Kingfishers, herons, muskrats, beavers, and other wildlife are all possible sightings.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jul
6
Fri
Lenox, MA–Berkshire Views Hiking Series- Lenox Mountain: Taconic Range Views with Mass Audubon @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jul 6 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Audience: Adult Members: $8.00 Nonmembers: $12.00
Ascend Lenox Mountain with an experienced guide and enjoy several vistas including the sweeping summit view. We’ll hike via Trail of the Ledges and/or Overbrook Trail on a three-mile round-trip trek through northern hardwood and hemlock forest for an elevation gain of 840 feet. Along the way we’ll look for signs of wildlife and learn about plant communities and human history at Pleasant Valley.

Cost includes price of admission.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Lenox, MA–Firefly Watch with Mass Audubon @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jul 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Experience a magical summer light show, and help us track firefly numbers and diversity through the Firefly Watch program. Learn about fireflies and how best to view or gently catch (and release) these mystical glowing lights of summer! We’ll take an evening walk in the meadows for firefly viewing, and also keep our eyes open for stars, planets, and twilight birds and mammals!
Suggested contribution $4/person or $10/family
Directions to the meeting place will be provided upon registration.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jul
7
Sat
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Jul 7 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

North Adams, MA–Thrushes & Warblers on Greylock Summit, with Mass Audubon @ Mt. Greylock
Jul 7 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Audience: Adult Members: $12.00 Nonmembers: $17.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
The summit of Massachusetts’ highest peak is the ideal place to find birds nest in spruce-fir and high elevation forests. Target species will include blackpoll warbler and Swainson’s thrush.

This trip involves a 2- to 3-mile hike on a moderately steep trail.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Lenox, MA–Canoeing the Housatonic River with Mass Audubon @ decker boat launch
Jul 7 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Lenox, MA– Pleasant Valley Wildlife Ramble with Mass Audubon Staff @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $5.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $6.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Explore the lower trails at Pleasant Valley with an experienced guide. We’ll search for evidence of (and hopefully see!) many wild birds and mammals as we hike along the rich pond and stream ecosystems that form the heart of the sanctuary. Along the way we’ll also learn about plant communities and the dynamic history of Pleasant Valley.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jul
8
Sun
Lenox, MA–Canoeing the Housatonic River with Mass Audubon @ decker boat launch
Jul 8 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Sheffield, MA–Guided Canoe Adventures on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Want to learn more about the Housatonic River and the creatures that call this spectacular river home? Then come on a guided canoe trip on Sunday mornings June-August. Children that are under 100 pounds are welcome to sit in the middle of the boat. This trip is best for paddlers with some experience and stamina. A short half mile walk on the road and then through a field are required to get to where the boats are located. Paddlers should be comfortable walking on uneven ground, sitting for an hour at a time and paddling upstream against a mild current. Pre-registration is required. Private tours are available at different times for groups of 8 or mor

Cost–
Member Adult: $15; Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: $25; Nonmember Child: $15;

Contact Information
413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 8 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Jul
10
Tue
Lenox, MA–Birding at the Mount with Mass Audubon @ The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
Jul 10 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free
Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including woods, wetlands, and meadows. You’ll learn skills for birding by sight and song as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, bald eagles, vireos, and wood warblers.

For more details and registration (optional) call (413) 551-5111

Stockbridge, MA–HVA Beginner’s Paddle: Glendale Dam
Jul 10 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

July 10, 2018      from  4:30 – 7 pm         trip length 1 – 2 miles
In partnership with: THE HOUSATONIC HERITAGE AREA  & HOUSATONIC VALLEY ASSOC.

Want to be prepared for other paddle trips – experience canoeing – gain confidence? This is your chance! Join us to learn how to safely enter and exit a canoe, learn the basic strokes and how to steer and paddle safely. Led by Housatonic Valley Assoc. volunteer, Charles Murray, an experienced canoeist and ACA certified instructor. Suitable for families with children ages 10yrs+.

Registration is required, space is limited. Call 413-298-7024
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own boat.
Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

Jul
11
Wed
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Jul 11 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Lenox, MA–Evening at the Beaver Ponds with Mass Audubon @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jul 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife that frequent our wildlife sanctuary ponds. Learn about the lives of beavers, their amazing recovery story, and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction to the area.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jul
12
Thu
Lenox, MA– Evening Paddle on the Housatonic River with Mass Audubon @ decker boat launch
Jul 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00
Evening is the perfect time to look for wildlife. We’ll leisurely explore the rich wetlands of the Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in the hours before dusk, find a cove to come together and enjoy refreshments while we listen and watch for wildlife. Kingfishers, herons, muskrats, beavers, and other wildlife are all possible sightings.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jul
13
Fri
Monterey, MA–Berkshire Views Hiking Series: Ledges Trail at Beartown, with Berkshire & Taconic Views @ Beartown State Forest
Jul 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Audience: Adult Members: $8.00 Nonmembers: $12.00
An experienced leader will guide you around Benedict Pond and up the Ledges Trail, a short but steep stretch of the Appalachian Trail, to a spectacular view of the southern Berkshire Hills and the distant Catskill Mountains.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jul
14
Sat
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Jul 14 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Tyringham, MA–Canoe Upper & Lower Goose Ponds with Mass Audubon @ goose pond
Jul 14 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Sanctuary Naturalist
Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00
Explore the coves and marshes of one of the Berkshires’ most beautiful lakes. Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of eagles, herons, and kingfishers.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 14 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Lenox, MA– Pleasant Valley Wildlife Ramble with Mass Audubon Staff @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $5.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $6.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Explore the lower trails at Pleasant Valley with an experienced guide. We’ll search for evidence of (and hopefully see!) many wild birds and mammals as we hike along the rich pond and stream ecosystems that form the heart of the sanctuary. Along the way we’ll also learn about plant communities and the dynamic history of Pleasant Valley.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Lenox, MA–Firefly Watch at Cold Brook with Mass Audubon @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary,
Jul 14 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Experience a magical summer light show, and help us track firefly numbers and diversity through the Firefly Watch program. Learn about fireflies and how best to view or gently catch (and release) these mystical glowing lights of summer! We’ll take an evening walk in the meadows for firefly viewing, and also keep our eyes open for stars, planets, and twilight birds and mammals!
Suggested contribution $4/person or $10/family
Directions to the meeting place will be provided upon registration.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jul
15
Sun
Lenox, MA–Canoeing the Housatonic River with Mass Audubon @ decker boat launch
Jul 15 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Sheffield, MA–Guided Canoe Adventures on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Want to learn more about the Housatonic River and the creatures that call this spectacular river home? Then come on a guided canoe trip on Sunday mornings June-August. Children that are under 100 pounds are welcome to sit in the middle of the boat. This trip is best for paddlers with some experience and stamina. A short half mile walk on the road and then through a field are required to get to where the boats are located. Paddlers should be comfortable walking on uneven ground, sitting for an hour at a time and paddling upstream against a mild current. Pre-registration is required. Private tours are available at different times for groups of 8 or mor

Cost–
Member Adult: $15; Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: $25; Nonmember Child: $15;

Contact Information
413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Jul
17
Tue
Lenox, MA–Birding at the Mount with Mass Audubon @ The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
Jul 17 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free
Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including woods, wetlands, and meadows. You’ll learn skills for birding by sight and song as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, bald eagles, vireos, and wood warblers.

For more details and registration (optional) call (413) 551-5111

Jul
18
Wed
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Jul 18 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Jul
19
Thu
Lenox, MA– Evening Paddle on the Housatonic River with Mass Audubon @ decker boat launch
Jul 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00
Evening is the perfect time to look for wildlife. We’ll leisurely explore the rich wetlands of the Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in the hours before dusk, find a cove to come together and enjoy refreshments while we listen and watch for wildlife. Kingfishers, herons, muskrats, beavers, and other wildlife are all possible sightings.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jul
20
Fri
Lenox, MA–Berkshire Views Hiking Series- Lenox Mountain: Taconic Range Views with Mass Audubon @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Audience: Adult Members: $8.00 Nonmembers: $12.00
Ascend Lenox Mountain with an experienced guide and enjoy several vistas including the sweeping summit view. We’ll hike via Trail of the Ledges and/or Overbrook Trail on a three-mile round-trip trek through northern hardwood and hemlock forest for an elevation gain of 840 feet. Along the way we’ll look for signs of wildlife and learn about plant communities and human history at Pleasant Valley.

Cost includes price of admission.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Lenox, MA–Evening at the Beaver Ponds with Mass Audubon @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife that frequent our wildlife sanctuary ponds. Learn about the lives of beavers, their amazing recovery story, and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction to the area.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jul
21
Sat
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Jul 21 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Lenox, MA–Canoeing the Housatonic River with Mass Audubon @ decker boat launch
Jul 21 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Lenox, MA– Pleasant Valley Wildlife Ramble with Mass Audubon Staff @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $5.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $6.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Explore the lower trails at Pleasant Valley with an experienced guide. We’ll search for evidence of (and hopefully see!) many wild birds and mammals as we hike along the rich pond and stream ecosystems that form the heart of the sanctuary. Along the way we’ll also learn about plant communities and the dynamic history of Pleasant Valley.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Monterey, MA–A Guided Walk: Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape @ The Bidwell House Museum
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm

Join guide Rob Hoogs to explore a new interpretive trail as you retrace the steps of the Native Americans—specifically the local Stockbridge Band of the Mohican Tribe—who lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years. Adults $15, Seniors $8 and children are free. This fee includes a guided house tour either before or after the guided walk

Call the Museum to pre-register, 413-528-6888.

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

 

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Jul
22
Sun
Lenox, MA–Canoeing the Housatonic River with Mass Audubon @ decker boat launch
Jul 22 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Sheffield, MA–Guided Canoe Adventures on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Want to learn more about the Housatonic River and the creatures that call this spectacular river home? Then come on a guided canoe trip on Sunday mornings June-August. Children that are under 100 pounds are welcome to sit in the middle of the boat. This trip is best for paddlers with some experience and stamina. A short half mile walk on the road and then through a field are required to get to where the boats are located. Paddlers should be comfortable walking on uneven ground, sitting for an hour at a time and paddling upstream against a mild current. Pre-registration is required. Private tours are available at different times for groups of 8 or mor

Cost–
Member Adult: $15; Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: $25; Nonmember Child: $15;

Contact Information
413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Jul
24
Tue
Lenox, MA–Birding at the Mount with Mass Audubon @ The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
Jul 24 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free
Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including woods, wetlands, and meadows. You’ll learn skills for birding by sight and song as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, bald eagles, vireos, and wood warblers.

For more details and registration (optional) call (413) 551-5111

Jul
25
Wed
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Jul 25 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Lenox, MA–Evening at the Beaver Ponds with Mass Audubon @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jul 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife that frequent our wildlife sanctuary ponds. Learn about the lives of beavers, their amazing recovery story, and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction to the area.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jul
26
Thu
Becket, MA–Moonlight Canoe Trip with Mass Audubon Staff @ Buckley Dunton Lake
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

Twilight is an amazing time to listen and look for wildlife. Herons, loons, beavers, owls, and other wildlife are all possible at Buckley Dunton Lake in October Mountain State Forest. We’ll stealthily explore the coves and inlets of this beautiful lake, then hitch our boats together to enjoy snacks and beverages while we listen for nocturnal wildlife sounds.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jul
27
Fri
Egremont, MA–Berkshire Views Hiking Series- Jug End, with Berkshire Hills & Valley Views @ appalachian trail
Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Appalachian Trail at Jug End, Egremont
Audience: Adult Members: $8.00 Nonmembers: $12.00
Hike a short but steep stretch of the Appalachian Trail to a spectacular view of the southern Berkshire Hills and Taconic Range with one of our experienced guides. Get a close look at the pitch pine and scrub oak plant community on the rocky outcrop called Jug End.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Lenox, MA–Evening at the Beaver Ponds with Mass Audubon @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife that frequent our wildlife sanctuary ponds. Learn about the lives of beavers, their amazing recovery story, and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction to the area.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Jul
28
Sat
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Jul 28 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Becket, MA–Canoeing October Mountain State Forest: Buckley Dunton Lake @ Buckley Dunton Lake
Jul 28 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) Members: Adult $20.00, Child $20.00
Nonmembers: Adult $30.00, Child $30.00

Herons, loons, beavers, and other wildlife are all possible sightings on this large, secluded lake in October Mountain State Forest. Explore the coves and inlets of this beautiful lake and we’ll go ashore to eat a snack, visit forest plant communities, and search for signs of animals such as
porcupines and moose.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Lenox, MA–Learn the Ferns with Mass Audubon @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Audience: Adult
Members: $10.00 Nonmembers: $15.00
Are ferns a mystery to you? Travel with botanist and fern expert Joe Strauch, on a journey into the fascinating world of ferns, to learn clues that reveal their true identity. We’ll learn how to identify a fresh assortment of local ferns, then head outside to test our new skills. Easy-to-use
Fern Finder guides will help you identify the 50 species in Berkshire County. Cost includes a copy of the Fern Finder. Bring a hand lens if you have one.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Lenox, Ma–Paddling on the Housatonic River:  In Search of Turtles
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lenox, Ma–Paddling on the Housatonic River:  In Search of Turtles

Trip Length: 3 – 4 miles Level: Beginner (6+yrs)

Paddle downstream 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. This paddle trip is suitable for families with children 6 yrs and older.

Registration is required, space is limited. Call 413-298-7024
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own boat.
Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

In partnership with: THE HOUSATONIC HERITAGE AREA

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Get on the river! The best way to enjoy this gorgeous body of water is through a paddling trip.  Housatonic River paddle trips are suitable for most skill levels (see individual descriptions) and are an ideal way to see the river.

CALL 413-298-7024 TO REGISTER or EMAIL
Registration is required as space is limited. Canoes and equipment provided. Trip information provided upon completion of registration.
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Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Jul
29
Sun
Lenox, MA–Canoeing the Housatonic River with Mass Audubon @ decker boat launch
Jul 29 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.
Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

Sheffield, MA–Guided Canoe Adventures on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Want to learn more about the Housatonic River and the creatures that call this spectacular river home? Then come on a guided canoe trip on Sunday mornings June-August. Children that are under 100 pounds are welcome to sit in the middle of the boat. This trip is best for paddlers with some experience and stamina. A short half mile walk on the road and then through a field are required to get to where the boats are located. Paddlers should be comfortable walking on uneven ground, sitting for an hour at a time and paddling upstream against a mild current. Pre-registration is required. Private tours are available at different times for groups of 8 or mor

Cost–
Member Adult: $15; Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: $25; Nonmember Child: $15;

Contact Information
413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Jul
31
Tue
Lenox, MA–Birding at the Mount with Mass Audubon @ The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
Jul 31 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free
Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including woods, wetlands, and meadows. You’ll learn skills for birding by sight and song as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, bald eagles, vireos, and wood warblers.

For more details and registration (optional) call (413) 551-5111

Aug
1
Wed
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Aug 1 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Becket, MA–Faye Driscoll @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 1 @ 8:15 pm

Faye Driscoll returns to the Pillow for the second consecutive summer with the next installment of the Thank for You For Coming trilogy. Play, described as “captivating and complex” (Portland Mercury), investigates the ritual of storytelling, focusing on the shadows, gaps, repetitions, and stutters between what we say and what we do while we say it.

In this peculiar and enthralling collage of gesture, image, voice, and persona, performers ventriloquize, shape-shift, and speak through and for each other.

A New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) award-winning choreographer and alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Driscoll is lauded by The New York Times for making “utterly original work” that “doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before, nor can you imagine thinking up.”

performances also at 2:15 on 8/4, 5

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Aug
2
Thu
Becket, MA–Faye Driscoll @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 2 @ 8:15 pm

Faye Driscoll returns to the Pillow for the second consecutive summer with the next installment of the Thank for You For Coming trilogy. Play, described as “captivating and complex” (Portland Mercury), investigates the ritual of storytelling, focusing on the shadows, gaps, repetitions, and stutters between what we say and what we do while we say it.

In this peculiar and enthralling collage of gesture, image, voice, and persona, performers ventriloquize, shape-shift, and speak through and for each other.

A New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) award-winning choreographer and alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Driscoll is lauded by The New York Times for making “utterly original work” that “doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before, nor can you imagine thinking up.”

performances also at 2:15 on 8/4, 5

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Aug
3
Fri
Becket, MA–Faye Driscoll @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 3 @ 8:15 pm

Faye Driscoll returns to the Pillow for the second consecutive summer with the next installment of the Thank for You For Coming trilogy. Play, described as “captivating and complex” (Portland Mercury), investigates the ritual of storytelling, focusing on the shadows, gaps, repetitions, and stutters between what we say and what we do while we say it.

In this peculiar and enthralling collage of gesture, image, voice, and persona, performers ventriloquize, shape-shift, and speak through and for each other.

A New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) award-winning choreographer and alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Driscoll is lauded by The New York Times for making “utterly original work” that “doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before, nor can you imagine thinking up.”

performances also at 2:15 on 8/4, 5

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Aug
4
Sat
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Aug 4 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Becket, MA–Faye Driscoll @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 4 @ 2:15 pm

Faye Driscoll returns to the Pillow for the second consecutive summer with the next installment of the Thank for You For Coming trilogy. Play, described as “captivating and complex” (Portland Mercury), investigates the ritual of storytelling, focusing on the shadows, gaps, repetitions, and stutters between what we say and what we do while we say it.

In this peculiar and enthralling collage of gesture, image, voice, and persona, performers ventriloquize, shape-shift, and speak through and for each other.

A New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) award-winning choreographer and alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Driscoll is lauded by The New York Times for making “utterly original work” that “doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before, nor can you imagine thinking up.”

 

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Becket, MA–Faye Driscoll @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 4 @ 8:15 pm

Faye Driscoll returns to the Pillow for the second consecutive summer with the next installment of the Thank for You For Coming trilogy. Play, described as “captivating and complex” (Portland Mercury), investigates the ritual of storytelling, focusing on the shadows, gaps, repetitions, and stutters between what we say and what we do while we say it.

In this peculiar and enthralling collage of gesture, image, voice, and persona, performers ventriloquize, shape-shift, and speak through and for each other.

A New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) award-winning choreographer and alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Driscoll is lauded by The New York Times for making “utterly original work” that “doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before, nor can you imagine thinking up.”

performances also at 2:15 on 8/4, 5

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Aug
5
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Guided Canoe Adventures on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Want to learn more about the Housatonic River and the creatures that call this spectacular river home? Then come on a guided canoe trip on Sunday mornings June-August. Children that are under 100 pounds are welcome to sit in the middle of the boat. This trip is best for paddlers with some experience and stamina. A short half mile walk on the road and then through a field are required to get to where the boats are located. Paddlers should be comfortable walking on uneven ground, sitting for an hour at a time and paddling upstream against a mild current. Pre-registration is required. Private tours are available at different times for groups of 8 or mor

Cost–
Member Adult: $15; Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: $25; Nonmember Child: $15;

Contact Information
413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Becket, MA–Faye Driscoll @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 5 @ 2:15 pm

Faye Driscoll returns to the Pillow for the second consecutive summer with the next installment of the Thank for You For Coming trilogy. Play, described as “captivating and complex” (Portland Mercury), investigates the ritual of storytelling, focusing on the shadows, gaps, repetitions, and stutters between what we say and what we do while we say it.

In this peculiar and enthralling collage of gesture, image, voice, and persona, performers ventriloquize, shape-shift, and speak through and for each other.

A New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) award-winning choreographer and alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Driscoll is lauded by The New York Times for making “utterly original work” that “doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before, nor can you imagine thinking up.”

 

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Aug
8
Wed
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Aug 8 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Aug
11
Sat
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Aug 11 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Aug 11 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Aug
12
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Guided Canoe Adventures on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Aug 12 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Want to learn more about the Housatonic River and the creatures that call this spectacular river home? Then come on a guided canoe trip on Sunday mornings June-August. Children that are under 100 pounds are welcome to sit in the middle of the boat. This trip is best for paddlers with some experience and stamina. A short half mile walk on the road and then through a field are required to get to where the boats are located. Paddlers should be comfortable walking on uneven ground, sitting for an hour at a time and paddling upstream against a mild current. Pre-registration is required. Private tours are available at different times for groups of 8 or mor

Cost–
Member Adult: $15; Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: $25; Nonmember Child: $15;

Contact Information
413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Aug
15
Wed
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Aug 15 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Aug
18
Sat
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Aug 18 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Aug
19
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Guided Canoe Adventures on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Want to learn more about the Housatonic River and the creatures that call this spectacular river home? Then come on a guided canoe trip on Sunday mornings June-August. Children that are under 100 pounds are welcome to sit in the middle of the boat. This trip is best for paddlers with some experience and stamina. A short half mile walk on the road and then through a field are required to get to where the boats are located. Paddlers should be comfortable walking on uneven ground, sitting for an hour at a time and paddling upstream against a mild current. Pre-registration is required. Private tours are available at different times for groups of 8 or mor

Cost–
Member Adult: $15; Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: $25; Nonmember Child: $15;

Contact Information
413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Aug
22
Wed
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Aug 22 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Aug
25
Sat
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Aug 25 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.

Gt. Barrington, MA– Family Paddling Trip on the Housatonic River
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Gt. Barrington, MA-- Family Paddling Trip on the Housatonic River

Get on the river! The best way to enjoy this gorgeous body of water is through a paddling trip. Housatonic River paddle trips are suitable for most skill levels (see individual descriptions) and are an ideal way to see the river.

CALL 413-298-7024 TO REGISTER or EMAIL– PADDLE@HVATODAY.ORG
Registration is required as space is limited. Canoes and equipment provided. Trip information provided upon completion of registration.
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Trip Length: 6.6 miles Level: Beginner (10+yrs)

Get your family out for a day of river exploration! We’ll paddle from Bridge Street, Great Barrington to the Covered Bridge in Sheffield stopping for lunch on a sandbar where the Green River joins the Housatonic. This meandering stretch of the Housatonic River is mostly calm with occasional quickwater and downed trees to negotiate. Suitable for families with children 10+yrs.

Registration is required, space is limited. Call 413-298-7024
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own boat.
Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

In partnership with: THE HOUSATONIC HERITAGE AREA

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Aug
26
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Guided Canoe Adventures on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Want to learn more about the Housatonic River and the creatures that call this spectacular river home? Then come on a guided canoe trip on Sunday mornings June-August. Children that are under 100 pounds are welcome to sit in the middle of the boat. This trip is best for paddlers with some experience and stamina. A short half mile walk on the road and then through a field are required to get to where the boats are located. Paddlers should be comfortable walking on uneven ground, sitting for an hour at a time and paddling upstream against a mild current. Pre-registration is required. Private tours are available at different times for groups of 8 or mor

Cost–
Member Adult: $15; Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: $25; Nonmember Child: $15;

Contact Information
413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ever wanted to explore the Housatonic in a Canoe? Come to the Cobble and rent a boat, or two, for you and your friends and family.

We have the paddles and the lifejackets, so just bring your sense of joy and adventure for this wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Boats are available for 2 hours, on a first come first serve basis.

For questions during normal business hours, please call 413-298-3239 x3013, during the weekend please call 413-229-8600.

Telephone: 413.229.8600 E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

413.298.3239 x3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Aug
29
Wed
Tyringham, MA–Self Tour at The Trustees of Reservations’ Ashintully Gardens @ Ashintully Gardens
Aug 29 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October.

Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander through an intimate environment of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a gurgling stream.

What makes Ashintully Gardens a special place?
The 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. Mr. McLennan’s emphasis on elegant form and proportion in music is expressed through his garden design, which helped Ashintully earn the Hunnewell Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The gardens blend several natural features – a stream, native deciduous trees, a rounded knoll, and rising flanking meadows – into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. Among the formal you’ll find are the Fountain Pond, Pine Park, Rams Head Terrace, Bowling Green, Regency Bridge, and Trellis Triptych. Urns, columns, and statuary ornament the garden, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs, and grassy terraces connect various parts of the garden.

A short trail up the hill leads to the ruins of the a Georgian-style mansion. In 1903, Robb and Grace de Peyster Tytus discovered the Tyringham Valley on their honeymoon. Soon after purchasing the 1,000 acres that they named Ashintully (Gaelic meaning “on the brow of the hill”), they built a Georgian-style mansion on the hill. The prominent home came to be known as the Marble Palace among local residents because of the way the pure white sand that was used for the stucco reflected the sunlight. In 1952, it burned down after being inhabited by two generations of the Tytus-McLennan family, but its Doric columns remain as testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills.

Trails–A half-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the Marble Palace. Moderate walking. From these ruins, visitors can take in a distant view north through the Tyringham Valley.