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Hope is the thing with feathers
by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Hope is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul, 
And sings the tune without the words, 
And never stops at all, 

And sweetest in the gale is heard;          
And sore must be the storm 
That could abash the little bird 
That kept so many warm. 

I’ve heard it in the chillest land, 
And on the strangest sea;        
Yet, never, in extremity, 
It asked a crumb of me.

[Photo: T. Crane]

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Once or twice and maybe again, who knows,
the timid nuthatch will come to me
if I stand still, with something good to eat in my hand.
The first time he did it
he landed smack on his belly, as though
the legs wouldn't cooperate. The next time
he was bolder. Then he became absolutely
wild about those walnuts.

But there was a morning I came late and, guess what,
the nuthatch was flying into a stranger's hand.
To speak plainly, I felt betrayed.
I wanted to say: Mister,
that nuthatch and I have a relationship.
It took hours of standing in the snow
before he would drop from the tree and trust my fingers.
But I didn't say anything.
Nobody owns the sky or the trees.
Nobody owns the hearts of birds.
Still, being human and partial therefore to my own
though not resentful of others fashioning theirs—
I'll come tomorrow, I believe, quite early.

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Winter Solstice Celebration

William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Join us as we welcome Yuletide - the turning of the sun - at the Bryant Homestead!  We'll have a small bonfire to burn the Yule log, share some of our favorite 19th century winter poems and learn about the history of the Christmas tree.  Afterwards, enjoy hot cocoa and a 19th-century baked treat in the dining room (or stay at the bonfire!). Feel free to bring your favorite poem, too! Suggested Donation $5. For more info: 413.200.7262 acaluori@thetrustees.org

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by Sara Teasdale, 1884 - 1933

Crisply the bright snow whispered,
Crunching beneath our feet;
Behind us as we walked along the parkway,
Our shadows danced,
Fantastic shapes in vivid blue.
Across the lake the skaters
Flew to and fro,
With sharp turns weaving
A frail invisible net.
In ecstasy the earth
Drank the silver sunlight;
In ecstasy the skaters
Drank the wine of speed;
In ecstasy we laughed
Drinking the wine of love.
Had not the music of our joy
Sounded its highest note?
But no,
For suddenly, with lifted eyes you said,
“Oh look!”
There, on the black bough of a snow flecked maple,
Fearless and gay as our love,
A bluejay cocked his crest!
Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty?

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This little troll-house is part of a small and very special troll village on the lovely Kinder Loop Trail at Notchview. The village magically appears in winter, and this year winter has come early! Be sure to stop by and venture out. The trail is a short, flat loop that’s easy to navigate on snowshoes or skis. Rentals are available. Oh….and don’t forget to bring the kids:)

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Notchview Christmas Tree Sale!

Notchview Visitor’s Center
Come out to beautiful Notchview to choose and cut your own Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir or Spruce grown exclusively at the reservation!  A fun family outing and special way to find your holiday tree while supporting stewardship and conservation at Notchview. Members: $30/tree; Non-members: $35/tree. For more info: 413.200.7262 acaluori@thetrustees.org

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When several ice crystals stick together, they form a snowflake. As snowflakes spiral and fall through the air, they each take a different path to the ground. These different journeys affect the snowflake’s shape and size, giving each its own unique identity. While you may never find an identical pair of snowflakes, researchers say they can all be grouped into one of 35 different shapes.

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Downy Woodpeckers are regulars at our Windsor birdfeeders, mainly attracted to nut- and seed-filled suet. They’re North America’s smallest woodpecker. They use their long, pointed beak like a little jackhammer to drill into trees for insects and larva, their favorite wild food. A pad of spongy, pliable material between their skull and bill protects their brain from the shock of constant hammering. Special feathers around their nostrils keep them from breathing in the wood chips they make while drilling. [P.C.]

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Fire and Ice

          by Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)

Some say the world will end in fire,  
Some say in ice.   
From what I’ve tasted of desire         
I hold with those who favor fire.        
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate             
To know that for destruction ice        
Is also great          
And would suffice.

[Photo: P.Crane]

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Friday Night Cafe with Lonesome Brothers

Cummington Village Church, 32 Main St. Cummington
The one, the only... Lonesome Brothers will bring good humor, good music, and a good time to the cafe on the day after Thanksgiving. Jim and Ray have been lonesome together for over 30 years, and that's gotta count for something! We count ourselves lucky to have them. It's "hick-rock" at its finest. Come shake off the turkey and support the boys and the cafe. As always, snacks provided, BYO drinks, donations appreciated. Brought to you once again by the friendly folks at the Village Church who believe that music can be a powerful force for building community. Free. Tips welcome.

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A Thanksgiving Tasting at the Homestead

William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Thanksgiving was a big deal in the 19th century and New Englanders prepared a variety of delicious and interesting dishes to celebrate the holiday.  Ever wonder, "What did they eat back then?"  Find out what Americans in the mid-late 1800's enjoy eating and preparing for Thanksgiving with a historical food specialist.  We'll talk about the different recipes and common dishes from the Civil-War era Thanksgiving table and even taste a few of the dishes in the dining room of the Homestead.  Participants will be given recipes to take home and try out on their Thanksgiving dinner guests this holiday season.  Member: $20.00; Nonmember: $25.00. Contact: 413.200.7262 acaluori@thetrustees.org

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Notchview's Pre-Season Kick-Off!

Notchview Reservation
It's that time of year again when we're all excited for winter to arrive and the ski season to begin!  Come to our 2nd annual pre-season kick-off!  We'll bring the chili and you bring the beer!  A great time to hang out with winter friends and get ready for another fun season at Notchview. Remember you can renew your membership and get your early bird season pass discount at Notchview, too! FREE. Contact info: 413.200.7262

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Community Luncheon

Town Hall
November Menu: Roast turkey is provided, with potluck side dishes and desserts. Please call Leslie Reed at 684-0147 by Nov. 12 to let us know you're coming and what dish you will bring. Free and open to Windsor residents of all ages.. Bring your beverage of choice in your container or water is available. All welcome!

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Plant, Tree & Wild Edibles ID at Tamarack Hollow

Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center
Learn about the unique high elevation spruce-fir boreal forest and how to identify plants, trees and wild edibles along the way. 2-mile round trip moderate hike.  Co-sponsored with Mass Audubon. Email  aimee@gaiaroots.com for registration info. http://www.tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org

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