Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Night Cafe - Sarah Stockwell-Arthen & Gene Hall

Village Church, Cummington
The next cafe features Sarah Stockwell-Arthen and Gene Hall - two singer/songwriters inspired by this place, this Earth where we all live...and by us. In their words: "a mood and a vibe of opening out of the murk and mire, funny that life is funny, we are too, and ourselves as sacred as all the earth is, so from the sacred to the profane." - Sarah. and Gene: "original songs from the heart about our Earth and living on it." Once again brought to you by the friendly folks at the Village Church who believe that music can be a powerful force for building community. As always, snacks are provided, BYO drinks, and donations are appreciated. We are proud to receive support from Cultural Councils in: Cummington, Ashfield, Chesterfield, Goshen, Plainfield, Williamsburg, Windsor and Worthington.


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Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Poetry & Trees: Hike Along the Rivulet

William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Join us for poems, hiking, & history along the Rivulet Trail. This hike is in collaboration with Hilltown Land Trust. Hike along the Rivulet trail and through old growth forest at the Bryant Homestead! This hike focuses on the history of Bryant's life and his love for nature and the land. We will learn more about Bryant, his life, and how the beautiful landscape surrounding the Homestead inspired his poetry and work. Bring a favorite poem to share afterwards in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day! Cost: Member: FREE; Nonmember: $5; Hilltown Land Trust Members: Free. Contact: 413.200.7262 rniswander@thetrustees.org

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May
8
11:30 AM11:30

Community Luncheon: Honoring Our Veterans

Town Hall
This month, for Older American's Month, the CoA will be honoring our veterans. Someone from the VA in Leeds will be in attendance to hand out gift bags to veterans, as well as offer information on services for vets and their families. The program will include an Honor Roll of Windsor’s 66 veterans. A brief ceremony, complete with Taps, will take place outside the Town Hall at the Veterans Memorial.  Lunch menu: Meatloaf ( including vegan), potatoes, green beans, salad, dessert. Open to all Windsor residents, with a special invitation to our veterans. Cost: $5 per person; FREE for veterans.

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Night Cafe - One Part Luck!

Village Church, 32 Main Street, Cummington
One Part Luck (John Bye and Peg Cowen) is back at the cafe with some new songs, some guest performers and their collection of fun, smart, sweet and sad original songs. The group features banjo, bass, guitar, harmonica, ukulele and various percussive devices! It's all about gorgeous harmony, gratitude and a good time. Once again brought to you by the friendly folks at the Village Church who believe that music can be a powerful force for building community. All concerts are open to the public of all ages and free of charge. BYOB, snacks provided, tips appreciated. Call John Bye at 413-634-5398 for more information.

Friday Night Cafe is grateful for the support of the Cummington, Ashfield, Chesterfield, Goshen, Plainfield, Williamsburg, Windsor and Worthington Local Cultural Councils, town agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


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May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Family Hike & Picnic: Spring

Notchview
A seasonal hiking series for families & caregivers with kids ages 6-10. What is Notchview's forest like during the spring?  What is in bloom?  Who do you see?  What are the trees like?  What sounds do you hear?  Find out at our seasonal hike & picnic! We'll go exploring the woods, look for wildlife, and learn about the plants and trees that call Notchview home.  Afterwards, we'll return to the lodge to make and draw in our nature journals and share what we learned and experienced.  Each hike ends with a woodland-inspired story and light snack of juice and cookies. Please bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with the group or order one through Notchview from our local general store for an additional $15. Cost: Member Family: $12; Nonmember Family: $20. Please register at least 2 days in advance, either online HERE or by calling or emailing: 413.200.7262 acaluori@thetrustees.org

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May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Mother's Day Tea at the Homestead

William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Enjoy a lovely mother's day tea in the historic rooms of the Bryant Homestead! Sip brewed tea with family and friends, listen to a costumed reading of Bryant's poetry, and tour the house's rooms featuring rare and interesting objects from Bryant's era (such as his mother's very own diary from 1794!) A wonderful and unique way to celebrate mom! Cost: Member Adult: $15; Member Child: $5; Nonmember Adult: $25; Nonmember Child: $10. Registration required at least 3 days in advance: either online HERE or by phone or email: 413.200.7262
acaluori@thetrustees.org

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May
12
1:00 PM13:00

Mother's Day Tea at the Homestead

William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Enjoy a lovely mother's day tea in the historic rooms of the Bryant Homestead! Sip brewed tea with family and friends, listen to a costumed reading of Bryant's poetry, and tour the house's rooms featuring rare and interesting objects from Bryant's era (such as his mother's very own diary from 1794!) A wonderful and unique way to celebrate mom! Cost: Member Adult: $15; Member Child: $5; Nonmember Adult: $25; Nonmember Child: $10. Registration required at least 3 days in advance: either online HERE or by phone or email: 413.200.7262
acaluori@thetrustees.org

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May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Night Cafe - The Old Fashioneds!

Village Church, 32 Main Street, Cummington
The Old Fashioneds consist of three young women with a banjo, a guitar, a fiddle, and a whole bunch of harmony. Featuring Chenda Cope, with one foot in Brooklyn and another Cummington, the group carries the torch of traditional music, keeping it fresh and alive in the process! Once again brought to you by the friendly folks at the Village Church who believe that music can be a powerful force for building community. All concerts are open to the public of all ages and free of charge. BYOB, snacks provided, tips appreciated. Call John Bye at 413-634-5398 for more information.

Friday Night Cafe is grateful for the support of the Cummington, Ashfield, Chesterfield, Goshen, Plainfield, Williamsburg, Windsor and Worthington Local Cultural Councils, town agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


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May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Sheep & Wool Festival!

William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Join us at the two-day long Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair  in Cummington for our ongoing demonstration of 19th century natural wool dyeing!  Learn about the history of wool dyeing in early America with nature-based materials.  We'll talk about the history of wool in New England, its uses and showcase the different materials utilized during Bryant's era! We'll also share an example of a knitting pattern from Mrs. Bryant's Book of Receipts (vintage knitting? so cool!) This demonstration is FREE and included in the Fair's admissions.  All fair attendees are welcome to visit the Bryant Homestead for free during Memorial Day weekend (we're just up the road from the fairgrounds!). FREE. For more info: 413.200.7262 acaluori@thetrustees.org

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May
25
1:00 PM13:00

Herbal Remedies Series: Spring

Notchview
Each season, come and learn how to make simple home remedies and concotions from local plants that grow in your backyard! Each workshop will take place at Notchview and focus on what is available each season. This workshop is the first of four we will host throughout the year.   Registration in advance required 1 week before workshop. Taught by a local herbalist. Cost: Member: $9; Nonmember: $15. Register online HERE. For more info: 413.200.7262 acaluori@thetrustees.org

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May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Copy of Sheep & Wool Festival!

William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Join us at the two-day long Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair  in Cummington for our ongoing demonstration of 19th century natural wool dyeing!  Learn about the history of wool dyeing in early America with nature-based materials.  We'll talk about the history of wool in New England, its uses and showcase the different materials utilized during Bryant's era! We'll also share an example of a knitting pattern from Mrs. Bryant's Book of Receipts (vintage knitting? so cool!) This demonstration is FREE and included in the Fair's admissions.  All fair attendees are welcome to visit the Bryant Homestead for free during Memorial Day weekend (we're just up the road from the fairgrounds!). FREE. For more info: 413.200.7262 acaluori@thetrustees.org

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Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

FOR KIDS: Earth Day Hike & Story!

Notchview
Come celebrate Earth Day at Notchview! Join us for a short 0.5 mile hike/walk along one of Notchview's beautiful trails followed by a reading of The Lorax in the lodge, along with juice and cookies! For kids ages 6 and up. Please bring snowshoes or traction devices in the event we still have snow and ice. Strollers are not recommended. Cost: Member Adult: FREE; Member Child: $3; Nonmember Adult: FREE; Nonmember Child: $6. Contact: 413.200.7262 acaluori@thetrustees.org

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Apr
15
12:00 AM00:00

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“At winter's end, woodland hollows and low areas flood, creating temporary isolated vernal pools that provide critical breeding habitat for several amphibian and invertebrate species, such as Wood Frogs, Spring Peepers, Fairy Shrimp, Spotted Salamanders, and Caddis Fly larva.” —Mass Audubon

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Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

CoA Meeting

Town Offices
Our Berkshire County “Age Friendly” group will be presenting a newly created 12-minute video at 10 AM sharp. All are invited to attend. We need new members! Come hear what we’re up to and consider joining us to help make Windsor a better place for our elders to live, and thus better place for us all.

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Apr
7
12:00 AM00:00

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Spotted Salamander
On rainy early-spring nights when the ground is thawed and evening air temperatures stay above 40ºF, these salamanders emerge from hibernation and migrate up to a half-mile to breed in vernal pools. Unfortunately, migration pathways often cross roads and long driveways, which are major hazards. Please keep an eye out!—PC

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Mar
29
12:00 AM00:00

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If you’ve never seen the spring courtship display of woodcocks, you’ve missed out on a true natural wonder. This is the time of year you can witness their mating ritual, at dusk, out in the open fields. Move slowly toward the strange beep-like “peenting” sound of the male to watch him shoot up into the sky, almost out of sight, and then spiral back down, chirring and chipping as he goes, often landing in the exact spot he took off from. - PC

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Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

Women's Winter Breakfast Ski

Notchview
For all levels of women skiers!  This 6 week program is a wonderful way to enjoy morning skiing with new friends. The ski and program is led by women who teach and work at Notchview!  The morning starts off with a 75-90 minute ski suited to all levels followed by a continental breakfast in the lodge. Member: $9;
Nonmember: $15;  Equipment may be rented in the rental shop to be used for the morning ski at a discounted rate.  Please allow an additional 20 minutes if you need to rent and be fitted for equipment. Participants can meet staff in front of the kiosk outside the lodge.  Participants in our breakfast ski get a free day ticket to keep skiing for the rest of the day! Have you only skied once or a few times?  Looking to get involved in this group but have some questions? Any questions you may have can be sent to Engagement Manager Andrea Caluori at acaluori@thetrustees.org.  Or call 413.684.0148

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Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Night Café with JACK SWINDLEHURST!

Village Church, Cummington
Greetings. This Friday, Windsor’s own Jack Swindlehurst will take the stage in celebration of his new CD! It's been a long time coming, and Jack is really excited to share his music with you at the cafe. He will put his heart and soul into the evening. Hope you can join us. This show, as always, is brought to you by the friendly folks at the Village Church who believe music can be a powerful force for building community. Snacks are provided, BYO drinks and donations are appreciated. Come support live music in the hilltowns. We are grateful for the support of the following cultural councils: Cummington, Ashfield, Chesterfield, Goshen, Plainfield, Williamsburg, Windsor and Worthington - local agencies supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Mar
17
12:00 PM12:00

Berry-Picking Basket Workshop

Windsor Town Hall
FULL, WAITING LIST ONLY (Jennifer will take names for a waiting list and possible 2nd workshop for a fee. Call/text her to get on the waiting list. Phone numbers listed below.)
Join local expert basket maker, Jennifer Lee, as she guides you in making your own berry picking basket out of white pine bark and spruce root. Learn about local native American history and harvesting techniques of this 18th century container, indigenous to the northeast woodlands. All tools and materials provided. Please bring a towel or apron. For ages 8 and up. Free! Space is limited to 10. Pre-register at 413-768-7549 (text) or 413-684-2254 (landline). This event is sponsored by the Windsor Cultural Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council. If you were at the Windsor Grown Festival, you may have met Jennifer! She is a super-talented artist and the Windsor Cultural Council was very excited to fund this event!

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Mar
17
9:30 AM09:30

Snowshoe Trek & Track at Tamarack Hollow

Tamarack Hollow
Snowshoe in the Boreal Spruce-Fir Northern forests of Windsor and learn about the unique ecology of the upper elevations of Massachusetts featuring Balsam Fir and Spruce trees, Snowshoe Hare and Ruffed Grouse tracks and other characteristics, fauna and flora unique to higher elevations. This moderate trek is approximately 2 miles round-trip. Snowshoe rentals available at Tamarack Hollow. In the event of "little to no snow" this will be a winter ecology, tree and plant hike. Email: aimee@gaiaroots.com for registration info. Visit www.tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org

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