Events

Feb
25
Sun
Norfolk, CT–A WINter Weekend in Norfolk!
Feb 25 all-day

Two days of fun for all, indoors and out…restaurant crawl, live music, art exhibits, winter sports and hiking (on feet, snowshoes or skis), stained glass window tours, kids’ activities and more.

When you get here, find maps and event lists around town, plus a WINter information center at 10 Station Place.

Sunday, February 25
8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Pancake breakfast
Church of the Immaculate Conception, 4 North Street; 860-542-5442
Free (reservations requested)

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ice skating, games, refreshments
Town rink, 23 Mountain Road
Free

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
House tours: Number 29 and Number 247 Litchfield Road
Free

12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Open sugarhouse
Great Mountain Forest sugarhouse, 201 Windrow Road; 860-542-5422
Free

12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sculpture by Karen Rossi
Artisans Guild, Station Place; 860-542-5055
Free

12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Special exhibition: Frozen in Time
Norfolk Historical Society Museum, 13 Village Green; 860-542-5761
Free

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
House tour: 47 Greenwoods Road East
Free

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Tours of stained glass windows
Church of Christ Congregational, 12 Litchfield Road; 860-542-5721
Free

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Explorations, an exhibition of paintings by Tom Hlas
Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East; 860-542-5075
Free

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Open house
Norfolk Curling Club, 70 Golf Drive; 860-542-1100
Free

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Snow date for Music Among Friends

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sledding and cocoa for all ages (bring your own sled)
Behind Church of Christ Congregational, 12 Litchfield Road; 860-542-5721
Free

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Snow date for Out on a Limb: What Black Bears Have Taught Me about Intelligence and Intuition

4:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Paintings by Alicia Mordenti
Infinity Gallery (Infinity Bistro), 20 Greenwoods Road West; 860-542-5531
Free

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Sessions: live casual music by Steve Dedman
Infinity Bistro, 20 Greenwoods Road West; 860-542-5531
Free

Feb
26
Mon
Stockbridge, MA–Advancing Season Extension: Innovative Strategies and Resources @ Berkshire Botanical Gardens Education Center
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Cost: NOFA Member – $15; General Public – $20; * Add $5 for walk in registration on day of event

Join NOFA/Mass and Berkshire Agricultural Ventures for this workshop spotlighting innovations in season extension and connect growers with appropriate grants, loans, and technical assistance providers in the Northeast. Topics include planning and installing a Climate Battery (an innovative heat transfer system) under a greenhouse, using renewable fuels to heat greenhouse benches via hot water cycling, and efficient and effective methods for constructing and moving caterpillar tunnels. Participants will also receive an update from NRCS representatives on application process and status of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other resources available to support farmers in extending the harvest season.

Mar
1
Thu
Washington, CT–Beyond NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to the James Webb Space Telescope @ Gunn Memorial Library
Mar 1 @ 6:30 pm

(Snowdate: Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 6:30pm)

Ray Reich, a Washington resident and former Gunnery physics and astronomy teacher, will give a presentation on the Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope was launched in 1990 and has revolutionized not only the scientific understanding of the Universe but revealed for the first time what our Universe actually looked like. Hubble has been transforming astronomers’ understanding of the cosmos and answering some of the most intriguing questions in astrophysics. It has been bringing gorgeous images and discoveries of the universe into laypeople’s lives and has allowed people to participate in the excitement of discovery ever since. With the astonishing success in the last twenty-seven years of photographs and data returned by Hubble, NASA is prepared to launch, in 2019, it’s successor – the James Webb Telescope. A nearly $9 billion dollar project, Webb will be the premier observatory of the next decade. It will complement and expand Hubble’s discoveries, study every phase in the history of the Universe to the evolution of our solar system. Ray will share some of Hubble’s photos and discoveries and highlight some of the details and expectations of the new iconic Webb telescope.

All programs are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Mar
3
Sat
Monterey, MA–Bidwell House Museum History Talk by Berkshires Historian and Author, Bernard Drew: “East Rock is Falling” @ Monterey Community Center
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am

FREE event

Look past the snowy landscape and join Bernard A. Drew as he describes his research up mountaintops and around slopes, into basements, archives and newspaper files to pull together stories about East Mountain and environs in Great Barrington for his most recent 216-page book, East Rock Is Falling.

Great Barrington’s East Rock was never in danger of falling, despite a joshing Boston Post reporter’s sensational article in 1906. The town’s eastern hills do, however, brim with dozens of true, if forgotten, stories; stories of geologist James Dwight Dana’s quartzite-schist discovery; George H. Kirchhoff’s prize Holstein Friesians; Jason Cooley’s faithful horse and Almira Cooley’s tasty baking; Henry F. Walling’s tripod signal tower for the area’s first USGS topographic map; counterfeiter Gill Belcher’s secret cave; H.F. Keith’s proposed observation tower; John Devanny’s firestone quarry; Eugene E. Peirce’s Bung Hill triangulation point for town boundary surveys; G-Bar-S Ranch skiers; and Civilian Conservation Corps trailblazers.

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

Stockbridge, MA–Brewing With Botanicals @ Berkshire Botanical Gardens Education Center
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Learn how to brew beer with botanicals! In this beginner level class, we introduce you to the art and science of homebrewing. We will lead you through a full brew day as we discuss the four main components of beer: malt, yeast, hops, and water; the brewing process; and how to avoid and troubleshoot the most common problems. You will even get to taste complimentary samples of Beerology’s home-brewed beer!

Mike Schilling and Jordana Starr are the husband­-wife team behind Beerology. They are both passionate about beer and cider and have been homebrewing for seven years. Mike holds an International Diploma in Brewing Technology from the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and Doemens Akademie in Munich, and is a former beer buyer for Provisions in Northampton. Jordana is on the Western Mass Beer Week planning committee and is the libations writer for Edible Pioneer Valley.

Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting.   members-$35; non-members-$45

Phone: 413.298.3926 info@berkshirebotanical

Mar
7
Wed
Stockbridge, MA–DIY Herbal Body Care: The Complete Herbal Facial
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Supply Fee: $20 (to be paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class)
Bring a small towel.

Join Jamie Samowitz, educator and herbalist, for a dive into the sensory world of herbal body care products. Working with clay, aromatic herbs, and essential oils, we will craft nourishing and soothing skin care products that are tailored to our body’s own needs. As a class we will make an herbal facial steam, a facial exfoliant, a clay mask, and an astringent toner, and will sample and go home with a recipe for a homemade face cream. We will discover the joy of working with fragrant and healing herbs and of giving ourselves the experience of a luxurious spa right in our own homes. Bring a small towel—we’re going to be applying the products during the workshop!

Jamie Samowitz is Director of Youth Outreach Education and Co-Director of Roots Rising at Berkshire Botanical Garden. She is a home herbalist and currently in training as a clinical herbalist through David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies. She enjoys foraging for wild food and medicine and sharing her love of the natural world with her students and community.

Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting.   members-$15; non-members-$25

Berkshire Botanical Garden–
5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Phone: 413.298.3926 info@berkshirebotanical

Mar
8
Thu
Westfield, MA–Wild & Scenic Film Festival–Celebrating 25 Years
Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

We’re partnering with several local organizations to host five different showings this spring of some amazing films celebrating the natural world and the activists working to protect it. Information including dates, times, and locations are listed below. For more information and ticket purchase, visit the individual links or contacts provided for each event. Hope to see you there!

March 8, Westfield, MA | 6:30pm – 10pm, “Festival Launch,” Dever Stage, Westfield State University

March 10, Great Barrington, MA | 9am – 12:30pm, Triplex CinemaMarch 23, Pittsfield | 6pm – 9pm, Auditorium 111 at Berkshire Community College

April 14, Northampton, MA | 2:30pm – 5pm, Smith College, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Northampton, MA

April 20, Huntington, MA | 6:30pm – 9pm, Gateway High School Auditorium, coinciding with the Westfield River Whitewater Races

 

Mar
10
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–Wild & Scenic Film Festival–Celebrating 25 Years @ Triplex Cinema
Mar 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

We’re partnering with several local organizations to host five different showings this spring of some amazing films celebrating the natural world and the activists working to protect it. Information including dates, times, and locations are listed below. For more information and ticket purchase, visit the individual links or contacts provided for each event. Hope to see you there!

March 10– Great Barrington | 9am – 12:30pm, Triplex Cinema, Learn more at Greenagers or Great Barrington Land Conservancy

March 23– Pittsfield | 6pm – 9pm, Auditorium 111 at Berkshire Community College, Contact BEAT

April 14– Northampton | 2:30pm – 5pm, Smith College, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

April 20– Huntington | 6:30pm – 9pm, Gateway High School Auditorium, coinciding with the Westfield River Whitewater Races

Mar
17
Sat
Lenox, MA– Bare Naked Beauty: Woody Plants in Winter @ Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Mar 17 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Audience: Adult Members: $10.00 —Nonmembers: $15.00

No leaves? No problem! You can learn to recognize the beautiful forms of oaks, maples, and other woodland trees and shrubs sans leaves. We’ll use a combination of branching patterns, bud and bark characteristics, habitat, and other helpful traits to identify woody plants in winter. We’ll start inside looking at samples of twigs and practice using a pocket guide (that everyone will take home) and then we’ll take a hike to practice our skills on live subjects in the sanctuary woodlands. Winter Tree Finder field guide available for purchase or BYO guide.

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

 

Mar
29
Thu
Washington, CT–Black Bears in Conn. @ Gunn Memorial Library
Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm

Nora Hulton, CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist, and science and math teacher at Washington Montessori School, will deliver a visual presentation entitled Black Bears in Connecticut.

The black bear population in Connecticut has continued to increase since the 1980. It’s important for residents and outdoor enthusiasts to learn real facts about black bears enabling them to stay safe, protect themselves and their property and make optimum coexistence with bears. The natural history of black bears in Connecticut, an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, and current research efforts will be discussed. Black bear artifacts will be shared with the audience. The presentation is intended for all ages. Bring your questions and your sightings!

Ms. Hulton has a degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources from SUNY Cobleskill and owned and operated her own garden center for over 20 years in Cornwall Bridge, CT. She is an avid hiker and outdoorswoman, She resides in Warren, where she is a member of her town’s Inland Wetlands Commission. Her ancestry in Litchfield County goes back over 125 years, and she is passionate about learning and sharing information on the natural history of the area.

All programs are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Please call 860-868-7586 for further information or visit www.gunnlibrary.org