-- Heritage Walks List 2014 --

| Saturday 9/20 Walks
| Sunday 9/21 Walks
| Saturday 10/4 Walks
| Sunday 10/5 Walks

For more information, please contact:
Diane Cote, Walks Coordinator, (413) 394-9773


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014


1. No. Egremont, MA - 9:00 AM

MEET THE HISTORIC RESIDENTS OF NO. EGREMONT'S RIVERSIDE CEMETERY

Join local historian Gary Leveille, from the Friends of Egremont History, for a meet-and-greet of the many colorful and interesting "long-term guests" residing at No. Egremont's Riverside Cemetery. Walk is ~0.3 mile--1.5 hours.

Registration is requested, email--garyleve@aol.com. From the intersection of Rts. 23/41 + Rt. 71 in Gt. Barrington, turn onto Rt. 71 W and drive north for 3.1 miles to the Riverside Cemetery on the right side of the road (just past the Old Egremont Country Store in No. Egremont).


2. Ashley Falls, MA - 10:00 AM

HOUSATONIC RIVER CANOE PADDLING TOUR

This paddling tour, led by Dennis Regan & Alison Dixon, from the Housatonic Valley Assoc. is on a section of the river that is predominantly flatwater flowing in wide meandering bends. It passes though a rural, scenic area with pastures, woodlands, and views of surrounding mountains. A short portage is necessary about 3 miles from the start.

Canoes & equipment will be provided, or you can use your own canoe/kayak--just let us know.

NOTE: Bring lunch & drink, sun screen & hat. Dress for the weather. Wear lightweight pants – preferably quick drying material--NOT denim. Bring a light jacket and a rain jacket, if the weather is looking showery. Additional information will be sent upon required pre-registration.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED--call 413-394-9796 or email--dregan@hvatoday.org. Limited to 15 participants.

Meet at the Housatonic River access on the west side of Rannapo Road Bridge. Limited parking along road. Rannapo Road is off Route 7A, in the village of Ashley Falls. We will organize the vehicle shuttling from starting and ending points.


3. Pittsfield, MA - 10:00 AM

HIKE & EXPLORE THE FORGOTTEN TRAILS AROUND BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

This hike will showcase trails often forgotten about in the Berkshires that are on BCC property. Craig Ptak, BCC Recreational Facilities Supervisor, will guide us
on this hike through the open fields and forests that surround BCC. Tom Tyning, from the BCC environmental science dept., will also accompany the group to talk about flora specific to the area.

This is one of a series of hikes that will be presented from fall 2014 through spring 2015 by a collaboration of area hiking groups (Berkshire Knapsackers, Berkshire County Hiking Group, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Gt.Barrington Trails & Greenways, Mass DCR and the Appalachian Mt.Club) who have been working on a program entitled Appalachian Trail Highlights.

Hike is 3 miles--3 hours. Meeting location: Berkshire Community College Athletic Club parking lot at 1350 West St., Pittsfield. Call Craig if you have any questions. BCC main number Mon-Fri 413-499-4660.


4. Pittsfield, MA - 10:00 AM

HISTORIC COLONIAL THEATRE TOUR

Journey through the history of the gilded age Colonial Theatre as our historians, Bob Boland and Bill Munn, share the story of the 1903 world-class theatre, movie house, National Historic Treasure appointment by Hillary Clinton, restoration, and 2006 grand re-opening.

Tour is 1 hour. Registration is requested,email--brian@berkshiretheatregroup.org or phone 413-448-8084, ext.31. Located at 111 South St., just north of the intersection of Rts 7 & 20 in the center of Pittsfield. There is a municipal parking lot just before the theatre, as well as on-street parking. Wear sensible shoes for standing and stair climbing through 3 levels and backstage areas. We do have elevator access.


5. New Marlborough, MA - 10:00 AM

HIKE TO A 19th CENTURY WATER-POWERED MILL SITE: LOWER CARROLL MILL SITE

Join a guide from the New Marlborough Land Trust to explore the lower Carroll Mill--the ruins of a factory that produced newsprint for the New York Times and
other papers. A walk through woodland and along the edge of the Konkapot River. The terrain is hilly but accessible to hikers.

NOTE: Bring drink and snack and wear good-support footwear.

Walk is 3 miles-1.5 hours. Registration is requested--call Martha @ 413-229-8633 or email--nmlandtrust@gmail.com. Parking is available at the New Marlborough town garage on the Mill River-Southfield Road, 1/2 mile beyond the center of Mill River village and just past a cemetery on the right. To reach the trailhead, walk back from the garage and then through to the rear of the cemetery. Join your guide at the trailhead by 10:00. A sign at the entrance to the cemetery will point you in the right direction.


6. Stockbridge, MA - 10:00 AM

EXPLORING THE BERKSHIRE BOTANICAL GARDENS

The tour will take visitors through the 15 acres of gardens, focusing on seasonal highlights. Our collection of gardens includes mixed border gardens, perennial gardens, a terraced herb garden established in 1937, a rose garden, a pond garden and instructional vegetable and fruit gardens. Participants will be welcome to stay to wander on their own after the guided tour.

Walk is 0.5 mile--1 hour. Registration is requested, email--info@berkshirebotanical.org or phone 413-298-3926. Meet at the Berkshire Botanical Garden Visitor Center at the intersection of Rts. 183 & 102 in Stockbridge.


7. Norfolk, CT - 10:00 AM

AN INTERPRETIVE WALK THROUGH FEATURES OF THE PLEISTOCENE LANDSCAPE OF THE GREAT MOUNTAIN FOREST

Join Starling Childs, adjunct professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science, for a hike through the ancient landscape of the Norfolk woods, exploring the glacial terrain of eskers, erratics and kettle holes. Please wear hiking boots/sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack.

Walk is 2.25 miles--2 hours. Registration is requested, email--jean@greatmountainforest.org or phone 860-824-8188. From Rts. 7 & 44 in Canaan, CT, follow Rt. 44 east to Norfolk. From the Norfolk town green, at the junction of Rts. 44 & 272, drive south on Rt. 272 and take the first right onto Mountain Road. Follow Mountain Rd. for 1/3 mile then take first left onto Westside Rd. Follow Westside Rd. for 1 mile then take first right onto Windrow Rd. Follow Windrow Rd. for ~ 1 mile (the road turns to gravel after 1/2 mile). Parking is on the left at the kiosk near the forestry office at 201 Windrow Rd.


8. Monterey, MA - 10:00 AM

BIDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM--HIKE THE ROYAL HEMLOCK TRAIL
IN THE STEPS OF THE EARLY SETTLERS

Join us for a guided walk on Bidwell House Museum lands and BNRC's Hudson-Howard property, tracing the route of the early settlers of Township No. 1 from Tyringham Valley to their first meeting house on the hill near the Museum. Richard Greene will lead the group on old roadways, past foundations and stone walls of long-ago homesteads, and explore flora and fauna. NOTE: Dress for the weather and wear hiking boots/sturdy footwear, as terrain is steep and rocky in a few places. Bring drink/snack.

Walk is 4 miles--2 hours. Meet at Bidwell House Museum, at the end of Art School Rd. From the center of Monterey--Take Tyringham Rd. for approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end of road; OR From the traffic light at Big Y in Lee--take Tyringham Rd and drive for 5.4 miles, then take a right onto Monterey Rd and drive for 2.2 miles, then take a right on Art School Rd. and drive for 1 mile to the end of road.


9. Ashley Falls, MA - 11:00 AM

HAWK WATCH AT BARTHOLOMEW'S COBBLE

Join naturalist Rene Wendell for a hawk watch on the panoramic summit of Hurlburt's Hill at The Trustees of Reservation's Bartholomew's Cobble property. For those that can't or don't want to hike up the 1/2 mile moderate grade trail, you and your chairs and picnic basket can ride up in the back of a pickup truck--just like when you were a kid on the farm!

Walk is 1 hour. Registration is requested, email- rwendell@ttor.org. Meet at the Bartholomew's Cobble visitor center at 105 Weatogue Road, Ashley Falls, in Sheffield, which is 1 mile west of Rt. 7A. Visit website - www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/bartholomews-cobble.html for directions.


10. West Stockbridge, MA - 11:00 AM

OLD WEST STOCKBRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS - MEET THE HISTORIC RESIDENTS OF WEST CENTER CEMETERY

Bob Salerno and Barbara Dowling, of the West Stockbridge Historical Society, will lead you through another historic section of town, including the West Center Cemetery and the church pad. Learn about where West Stockbridge really began. Wear comfortable walking footwear.

Walk is 1.5 miles--1 hour. Registration is requested, email - info@weststockbridgehistory.org or call 413-232-4270. From the center of West Stockbridge where Rts. 41 & 102 split, drive 1.3 miles west on Rt.102, then take a left onto West Center Rd. and drive for 2.8 miles to the cemetery -- OR FROM ROUTE 22/NY Thruway junction in Austerlitz--drive east on Rt.102 for 1.3 miles, then turn right onto West Center Rd. and drive 2.8 miles to the cemetery - OR FROM THE CENTER OF ALFORD--drive 5 miles north on East Rd. to the cemetery.


11. Housatonic, MA - 11:00 AM

EXPLORE PROJECT NATIVE FARM

Enjoy a walk around our 54-acre farm. Our native seed banks, demonstration gardens, meadows and restored woodlands offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience the natural heritage of the Berkshire landscape in the form of over 180 species of native perennials, shrubs, grasses, sedges and ferns. Participants will be led through native woodlands, meadows and wildlife habitats. When walking the trails around our farm, participants will be confronted with the sheer beauty of natural plant habitats, and by all the other living creatures that depend on it--birds, foxes, hawks, bees and other insects live harmoniously on our farm. Their visible health and happiness stands as a testament to a job well done in preserving what they love best - a balanced, clean ecosystem to call home.

NOTE: Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes,DEET-Free bug (tick) repellent is recommended. Walk is 1 mile--1 hour. Registration is requested, email--kleblanc@projectnative.org or call 413-274-3433. Project Native's farm is located at 342 North Plain Road /Rte. 41 in Housatonic, 3 miles north of the traffic light at the bridge crossing over the Housatonic River in Gt. Barrington, where Rt. 41 heads north off of Rt. 23/7; OR from the Mass Turnpike entrance on Rt. 41 in West Stockbridge--drive 6 miles south on Rt. 41.


12. Lenox, MA - 11:30 AM

TANGLEWOOD - BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF THE SUMMER HOME OF THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Join a Boston Symphony Association guide for a walking tour of the Tanglewood campus, the Koussevitzky Music Shed, Ozawa Hall and other music facilities. You'll learn about the historical background of Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center. Walk is 1 hour.

Registration is requested, email--BostonSymphonyAssociationOfVolunteers@BSO.org or call 617-638-9390. From the Rt.102 & Rt.183 flashing light, intersection at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, drive on Rt.183 north for 4 miles to the Tanglewood Main Gate. OR FROM Rt. 41 IN RICHMOND, across from the fire station, drive 4.5 miles east up Lenox Rd., and over then down Richmond Mt. Rd. Tanglewood is at the bottom of the mountain. Turn left and you will shortly see the Main Gate. OR FROM LENOX CENTER, drive 1.5 miles on West St./Rt.183 to the Main Gate at Tanglewood.


13. Stockbridge, MA - 1:00 PM

CHESTERWOOD: AN ARTIST'S LANDSCAPE

Explore the landscape of Chesterwood: the country home, studio and gardens of America's foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). See how French sculpted Chesterwood's grounds in this tour of the perennial gardens, woodland walks, and formerly agrarian landscape designed by the artist himself after European estates. Learn more about the mechanics and early science that went into building and living in a turn-of-the-20th century Berkshire "cottage" on this tour with Supt. of Buildings and Grounds, Gerard Blache.

Before and after the tour, feel free to meander around the exterior grounds.NOTE--Does not include an interior tour of the museum studio or residence. An inside tour, for an admission fee, can be arranged before or after the free outside grounds Walk. Dress for the outdoors. Walk is 1.5 miles--1 hour. Registration is requested, email - gblache@savingplaces.org or phone 413-298-3579 x 25236. From Stockbridge, travel west on Rt. 102, turn left on Rt. 183. 1/4 of a mile past the Norman Rockwell Museum, turn right onto Mohawk Lake Road, then left onto Willow St., which becomes Williamsville Rd., an unpaved road just before reaching Chesterwood. Park in the lot and walk up to the Barn Gallery.


14. Gt. Barrington, MA - 1:00 PM

THREEMILE HILL TRAIL FOREST HISTORY HIKE

Join MassParks-DCR staff Adam Morris and Christine Ward of Great Barrington Trails & Greenways for a guided hike along the Threemile Hill Trail, focusing on tree & plant identification & forest history. Listen and look for birds and wildlife, and perhaps discover the rich charcoal making history of early New England. Hike one way and ride the shuttle back.

NOTE: Wear appropriate clothing for the weather & hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes. Hiking poles are recommended. Bring drink and snack. Rain will cancel this hike. Hike is 2 miles--3 hours over hilly terrain. Registration is requested, email - info@gbtrails.org or phone 413-528-2810 x 10. Meet at the trailhead gazebo located at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center on Crissey Road (located next to Mavis Tire Store) on Rt. 7 in Great Barrington.


15. Gt. Barrington, MA - 1:00 PM

A WALK TO LEVENWORTH'S 1830'S QUARRY & MARBLE SAWMILL

Sponsored by the Gt. Barrington Historical Society, join Bernie Drew, local historian & author, on an exploration of the remains of the Levenworth quarry & marble sawmill that was a thriving industry in the 1800's.Walk is on a hilly, dirt road and is 2 miles--1.5 hours. From the center of Gt. Barrington, at the traffic light between CVS Pharmacy and the stone church on Rt. 7, turn onto Taconic Ave. (also known as Alford Rd) and drive uphill for 0.7 mile and then turn left onto Haley Rd. and drive the short distance to the top where Highland Drive is on the left side. Park along the side of the road. Meet at McAllister Park entrance at edge of field just past Highland Drive.


16. Canaan, CT - 1:30 PM

GREAT MOUNTAIN FOREST HISTORY & PRESENT MANAGEMENT

Join Jody Bronson and Hans Carlson for a trail walk that passes through areas that were harvested for charcoal in the early and mid 19th century and now currently managed for wildlife & timber production. Moderately hilly. Wear hiking boots and bring drink/snack.

Walk is 2.5 miles--2.5 hours. Registration is requested, email--jean@greatmountainforest.org or phone 860-824-8188. From Rts. 7 & 44 in Canaan, CT, drive south on Rt. 7 for 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Undermountain Road and follow for 3 miles. Turn left onto Canaan Mt. Rd. and go 1.8 miles to 200 Canaan Mt. Rd. Parking area is on the right.


17. Dalton, MA - 1 to 5 PM

CRANE & CO. PAPER MUSEUM PRINTING & PAPERMAKING DEMONSTRATION

Join Peter Hopkins for a tour of the Crane Museum of Papermaking, housed in Crane’s 1844 Old Stone Mill. The 1930 museum is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is situated on the banks of the Housatonic River, which supplied the water to wash the rags and drive the machinery of the early Crane mills.

Museum is at 40 Pioneer St . At the intersection of Rt 9 in Dalton, follow the signs to the Papermaking Museum.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

18.  Stockbridge, MA - 9:00 AM

BIKING THROUGH HISTORIC & SCENIC STOCKBRIDGE, LENOX & LEE

Join leaders Buck Smith & Marie Raftery on two leisurely bike ride options offered by the Berkshire Bike Path Council & the Stockbridge Bike Committee--an 8 mile--1 hour ride OR a 24 mile--2 hour ride. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. Best to ride a road or hybrid bike.

The 8 mile route is within Stockbridge on mostly flat roads---the 24 mile route through all three towns includes flat roads & moderate hills. Both rides start from the Stockbridge Town Office Building (on right side of building), 6 Main St.


19. Cornwall, CT - 9:00 AM

LISTEN TO THE OLD GROWTH WHITE PINES AT CATHEDRAL PINES & BALLYHACK PRESERVES

Join naturalist Ron Hummel as you explore two old growth white pine forests, Cathedral Pines and Ballyhack Preserve, and hear about the human and natural history of the area. First visit Cathedral Pines which was once one of the finest stands of white pines but was destroyed by a tornado in 1989 and is now regrowing. Then take a short drive to explore the 200 year old white pines in Ballyhack Preserve. Discover and enjoy birds, butterflies and wildflowers along the way. NOTE: Wear hiking boots and bring water/snack.

Walk is 2 miles--2hours. Registration is requested, email--gobibear@iCloud.com. At the junction of Rts. 125 & 4 in Cornwall, take Pine St. into Village and follow to end. Turn left on Valley Rd. and drive 0.3 mile and then turn left on Essex Hill Rd. Drive 0.2 mile to The Nature Conservancy/Cathedral Pines parking area.


20. Becket, MA - 10:00 AM

EXPLORING THE BECKET LAND TRUST HISTORIC QUARRY & FOREST

Enjoy a leisurely hike to explore the Historic Quarry with Land Trust founders, Ken and Ann Smith. Learn about granite quarrying from the 1850-1950's. See the quarry, now filled with water, surrounded by stands of beautiful white birch trees, flora and fauna, the standing wooden derrick, winches, and other artifacts. Learn how the Land Trust saved this property for passive recreation and developed miles of hiking trails, on which we will walk to our vista bench and view our demonstration forest.

NOTE: Wear boots /sturdy footwear & suggest bringing drink/snack. Walk is 2-3 miles--2 hours. Registration is requested, email - LandTrust@BecketLandTrust.org. From the Mass turnpike in Lee (at the junction of Rt.102 and Rt. 20)--Drive about 7 miles on Rt. 20-E to West Becket, to the junction where Rt. 8 splits. Turn left onto Rt. 20-E/Rt. 8-N. Drive for 5 miles, and at the bottom of a long, curvy hill, where Rt. 8-North turns left, you will turn right onto Bonny Rigg Hill Rd. Drive about 2 miles and turn left onto Quarry Rd. for about 1 mile, to the Historic Quarry parking area on your right.


21. Pittsfield, MA - 10:00 AM

HISTORIC COLONIAL THEATRE TOUR

Refer to Event # 4 for description of and driving directions to this event.


22. Richmond, MA - 10:00 AM

RICHMOND 250th CELEBRATION EVENT - LEARN ABOUT THE INTERESTING RESIDENTS OF CONE HILL CEMETERY

To begin Richmond's 250th Anniversary as a town, join Gloria Morse, from the Richmond Historical Society, as she introduces you to the early settlers and Revolutionary war veterans, such as Col. Aaron Rowley & Daniel Slosson and Ansel & Daniel Fox. We'll also see very old, unusual headstones carved by Johnson, Sturges and other carvers.

NOTE: Wear sensible shoes, as this walk is on a side hill. Heavy rains will cancel the walk. Walk is <0.25 mile--1 hour. Registration is requested, email--morsegloria@verizon.net or phone 413-698-2560. On State Road/Rt. 41, just 1/4 mile south of the Richmond fire station and post office, turn onto Cone Hill Road and drive about a mile to top of the hill. Park along the edge of the road or at the old landfill. Park only on one side of the road, being careful of the ditch on the roadside.


23. Windsor, MA - 10:00 AM

GHOST TOWN HIKE AT TAMARACK HOLLOW AND NOTCHVIEW RESERVATION

Hike the backcountry of the Berkshire Highlands (the headwaters of the Housatonic River) in this unique high elevation forest of Tamarack Hollow and the backside of Notchview Reservation. Look for cellar holes and other signs of the abandoned homesteads and learn about the boreal forest fauna and flora that make this area ecologically unique. Co-sponsored by Tamarack Hollow & the Windsor Cultural Council, the hike is led by naturalist Aimee Gelinas, founder of the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center.

Free Hike - but donations are accepted for Tamarack Hollow, a not-for-profit conservation organization.

NOTE: Wear hiking boots and bring drink/snack. Hike is 3 miles--3 hours. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, email - aimee@gaiaroots.com or phone 413-522-1505. More info at www.tamarackhollow.com. From Rt. 9 in Windsor center, take 8A north to Rt. 116 in Savoy. Take a right onto Rt.116 and drive 1.1 miles through the center of Savoy and take your first right turn after the center of town onto River Rd. There is a small brown house with cream trim on the corner--after this house, cross the bridge over the river and turn right up Griffin Hill Rd. (you will see a small "Tamarack Hollow" sign on the post). Continue up this road (turns to dirt) for about 1 mile until it ends at a "road closed" sign - this is Savoy Hollow Road. Turn around in the driveway of #1515 or #1516 and park along the road facing north or in the driveway of #1516. Meet at the Tamarack Hollow Trading Post. Do not use a GPS...be sure to enter Savoy Hollow Rd via Griffin Hill Rd. off Route 116 in Savoy.


24. Falls Village, CT - 10:00 AM

THE RISE & FALL OF INDUSTRY ON THE GREAT FALLS OF THE HOUSATONIC: THE AMES IRON WORKS

Contrast a shaded walk along a flat, unpaved trail beside the Housatonic River with the smoky history of the same land. Lou Bucceri, from the Salisbury Assoc. Historical Society, will share his knowledge about the factory and the people that developed and produced the most powerful cannon of the Civil War. Learn how the cannon destroyed no Confederate targets, but the man and company who created it. Afterward, take in the view at the top of the Great Falls.

Walk is 0.5 mile--1 hour. From the intersection of Rt. 7 & Rt. 112 in Falls Village, drive west on Rt. 112 to Dugway Road (opposite the Outfield Entrance to Lime Rock Park), turn right and follow Dugway Rd. approx. 2 miles. At iron bridge, turn left, then immediately turn right onto Housatonic River Rd. Drive approx. 0.5 miles to parking lot for Falls Village Dam boat launch.


25. Richmond, MA - 11:00 AM

HILLTOP ORCHARD'S HERITAGE--ANTIQUE APPLE TOUR

Explore this historic orchard on a walk to the spectacular vista at the top of the hill. Learn about the history of the orchard, from owner John Vittori, and enjoy a tree-ripe apple. Hear how the owners are preserving and perpetuating many varieties of rare heritage-antique apples. Also the home of the Berkshires' first farm winery, enjoy a free wine tasting of the Furnace Brook Winery varietals.

Walk is <1 mile--1 hour. Meet outside the orchard store on Rt. 295, Richmond (508 Canaan Rd. - just east of the NY border and 1 mile west of junction Rt. 295 & Rt. 41).


26. Stockbridge, MA - 11:00 AM

WALKING TOUR OF STOCKBRIDGE'S HISTORIC MAIN STREET

Travel back in time with Barbara Allen, curator of the Stockbridge Library Historical Museum & Archives, through 275 years of Stockbridge history, starting with the first residents, Chief Konkapot and the Mohican tribe and moving through time to discuss Cyrus Field and his trans-Atlantic cable, and Arlo Guthrie and Alice’s Restaurant. Along the way, you’ll hear about other significant residents of Stockbridge.

Walk is <1 mile--1 hour. Meet at the Stockbridge Library on the corner of Main St. and Elm St., Stockbridge.


27. Stockbridge, MA - 1:00 PM

A STROLL OVER LAUREL HILL AND THE MARY FLYNN TRAIL

Join Patricia Flinn for a tour of the Laurel Hill Association's signature property, Laurel Hill, followed by a walk on the Mary Flynn Trail, constructed in 2003 to celebrate the association's 150th Anniversary. Laurel Hill includes some up-hill walking, while the Mary Flynn Trail is handicap accessible. Wear sensible walking shoes.

Walk is 1.5 miles--1.5 hours. Meet at the Stockbridge Town Offices at 50 Main Street, near the Town Offices sign.


28. Monterey, MA - 1:00 PM

EXPLORING NEW ENGLAND ROOTS AT GOULD FARM

Join Robert Rausch, Gould Farm's Forest Steward, on a hike around the farm, where you will learn about its founding as one of the first therapeutic communities in the nation 101 years ago. Explore the landscape predating the farm as we pass old charcoal pits, stone walls and old homestead foundations. Learn about our forest history, including our "model forest" status. After the walk, you are invited to tea in the main house.

NOTE: Wear boots/sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack if desired. Walk is 2 miles--2 hours. From Rt. 102 in Lee--take Tyringham Rd (located at the traffic light at Big Y ) and drive 5 miles south, then turn right on to Monterey Rd. and drive 4 miles to Rt. 23 in Monterey center. At Rt. 23, turn right, and go about 2 miles, then turn left onto Curtis Rd. and drive 1/2 mile to Gould Rd. Turn left on Gould Rd. and continue to the 2nd driveway on the right, to the harvest barn--Park and follow the signs. OR From Rt. 23 in Monterey Center--Drive 2 miles west on Rt. 23 and turn left onto Curtis Road and drive 1/2 mile to Gould Rd. Turn left onto Gould Rd. and continue to the 2nd driveway on the right, to the harvest barn--park here.


29. Lenox, MA - 1:00 PM

A WALK BACK IN GILDED AGE HISTORY AT KENNEDY PARK

Enjoy a moderate hike in historic Kennedy Park, a Lenox treasure tucked away in the middle of town. There are views of the mountain ranges in New York, Connecticut and our beloved Mount Greylock, which can be seen on a clear day. The park originally was the site of the Hotel Aspinwall, touted as the Hotel Beautiful, when it served clientele seeking its fine service and the bucolic charms of the Berkshire cottage era. This 400-room leviathan was built in 1901, and burned down in 1931. You will see remnants of this magnificent expression of early 20th century Lenox, as Jan Chague, from the Lenox Historical Society, will share with you the history of the Park's earlier life. The trails meander around ponds and a unique balanced rock.

Hike is 5 miles--3 hours. NOTE: Rain will cancel this hike. Registration is requested--call Jan at 413-637-1818. Meet at the Kennedy Park parking area on West Dugway Rd. off Rt. 7/20 (West Dugway Rd. is a short distance north of the Arcadian Shop, and it is also the road to take to the Audubon's Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary).


30. So. Egremont, MA - 1:00 PM

HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL: FROM RT 41 TO JUG END VISTA

Join Silvia Cassano, from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Christine Ward, from Gt. Barrington Trails and Greenways, on this casually paced, moderate to difficult hike to beautiful views of the Housatonic River Valley. Learn about the importance of open space preservation and land conservation in the Berkshires, and learn more about this National Scenic Trail. Hike through pastureland then enter the forest, and ascend steeply up this Taconic peak to an elevation of 1,750 ft. On a clear day, Mt. Greylock can be seen.

NOTE: Wear hiking boots, bring drink/snacks. Recommend hiking poles. Hike is 3 miles--3.5 hours. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and limited to 12 participants. Email - silcassano@gmail.com or phone 802-673-6990. Hike starts at the ATC's Kellogg Conservation Center on Rt. 41 in So. Egremont. From Gt. Barrington--Take Rt. 7 south from Gt. Barrington and then bear right, on Rt. 23/41 west to So. Egremont. After passing the post office, take a left turn on Rt. 41 south. The ATC Conservation Center is 0.7 mile south of So. Egremont on Rt. 41, on the right. OR From Connecticut--Take Rt. 7 north from Canaan, CT. Before entering the center of Sheffield, take a left onto Berkshire School Road and drive until it ends at Rt. 41. Turn right/north onto Rt. 41. and continue 2.7 miles, where the Kellogg Conservation Center sign and big barn is on your left.


31. Falls Village, CT - 1:30 PM

AMERICAN CHESTNUTS: LOST & FOUND

Join Ellery Sinclair for a walk into a 300-planting american chestnut orchard at Great Mountain Forest. Includes a presentation about the dramatic, sudden loss of this major tree of the eastern hardwood forest and the ecological impact. Hear about the efforts of the American Chestnut Foundation to restore this iconic tree to the American landscape. Cider and chestnut cookies will be served and take a short walk to see an "American Chestnut" cabin.

Walk is 1/4 mile--1 hour. Registration is requested - call 860-824-7454 or email - WML61@comcast.net. Rain cancels this walk. On Rt. 7 in Falls Village, turn onto Under Mountain Rd, which is 1 mile north of the Rt. 7 & Rt. 63 junction (or coming from the north, Under Mountain Rd. is 4 miles South of Canaan). Drive 3 miles on Under Mountain Rd. to the grove, located on the left and it will be posted with signs for the walk. If coming from Rt. 63, take the south entrance to Under Mountain Rd. and drive 1 mile to the grove.


32. Dalton, MA - 2:00 PM

TOUR HOLIDAY BROOK FARM: SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT ON A DIVERSIFIED FARM

Join Dicken Crane for a walking tour across the farm fields and pastures into managed wood lots. Focus will be on sustainable management, the benefits of diversity to develop resilience, and on how agriculture and forestry work to sustain a family farm. Offered in collaboration with the Pittsfield Agricultural Commission.

Walk is 2 miles--2 hours. Driving east on Rt. 9/8A in Dalton, the farm is on the left (100 Holiday Cottage Rd.), 1.5 miles east from Dalton center .


33. Pittsfield, MA - 2:00 PM

HERMAN MELVILLE'S BERKSHIRES: THE INSPIRATION FOR MOBY DICK

Join a guide from the Berkshire County Historical Society at Arrowhead Museum, who will lead you on a stroll through the field and woods behind Arrowhead. You will get a glimpse into Herman Melville's (author of Moby Dick) life here in the Berkshires and why this place was so important to him. NOTE--Does not include a tour of the house museum interior, which can be had for a fee 1 hour before or after the heritage walk.

Walk is <1 mile--1 hour. Registration is requested--call 413.442.1793 or email - director@berkshirehistory.org . Meet inside the admissions barn/store. From the intersection of Rt. 7 and Holmes Rd. in Lenox, drive 1.5 miles east on Holmes Rd. to Arrowhead Museum at 780 Holmes Rd. (on the left).


34. Lenox, MA - 3:00 PM

EXPLORE THE IMPRESSIVE GARDENS & LANDSCAPE OF THE MOUNT--HOME OF AUTHOR EDITH WHARTON

Explore the impressive gardens and grounds of The Mount, the 1902 home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton, and today a 49-acre National Historic Landmark. Along with a tour of the restored formal gardens, led by site interpreter Anne Schuyler, participants will have the opportunity to view the historic stables and walk the newly cleared woodland paths. Wharton designed the gardens, with input from her niece, the celebrated garden designer Beatrix Jones Farrand.

NOTE--Does not include a tour of the house interior. Walk is 0.5 mile--1 hour. Registration is requested--email- aschuyler@edithwharton.org . Tour starts at the ticket office at The Mount at 2 Plunkett St. Heading north on Rt. 20 from Lee, just 1 mile past Laurel Lake (and just before the Cranwell Resort), take a left turn onto Plunkett St. and follow for 1 mile. The Mount is located on the left, just before reaching the intersection at Rt. 7, Lenox. See website www.EdithWharton.org for more driving directions.


35. East Canaan, CT - 3:00 PM

FAMILY FARM TOUR AT FREUND'S FARM - A WALK AMONG THE BOVINES IN THE PASTURE

Amanda Freund will start the tour in the farm yard and talk about what we grow, what's in season and what's fresh on the farm that day (raspberries, pumpkins, tomatoes, corn). We'll head over the Blackberry River, visit CowPots and the baby calves and then walk through the pastures. The terrain has a moderate hill, not steep, but uneven ground. Boots are encouraged, especially as these are cow pastures. We'll walk around the perimeter of the 200 acres of pastureland grazed by our 270 cows and make a stop at our 3 acre pond.

Walk is 1 mile--1.5 hours. Located on Rt. 44 in East Canaan, Freund's Farm is 3 miles east of junction of Rt. 7 & Rt. 44 in No. Canaan. Tour will begin and end at the greenhouse that is connected to the market.

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36. Hinsdale, MA - 9:00 AM

WALK THE OLD MILL TRAIL ALONG THE EAST BRANCH OF THE HOUSATONIC RIVER

Take a pleasant stroll with Dennis Regan, from the Housatonic Valley Assoc., along the Housatonic River on the Old Mill Trail which connects Hinsdale and Dalton. This is a fairly level trail that follows the remnants of an early mill operation that once powered a thriving woolen mill in Dalton. We will also examine parts of the water-powered mill operation.

NOTE: Wear boots and suggest bringing drink/snack. Walk is 3 miles--2.5 hours. Registration is requested--call 413-394-9796 or email - dregan@hvatoday.org. Meet at the Old Mill Trail parking area along the Housatonic River at the intersection of Old Dalton Road and Rt. 8 in Hinsdale.


37. Monterey, MA - 10:00 AM

HIKE AT MT. HUNGER PRESERVE

Join Adam Brown for an interpretive hike at this 385-acre gem of the Monterey Preservation Land Trust. The property boasts newly rehabilitated trails, historic features, and a variety of natural landscapes.

NOTE: Wear boots/sturdy footwear as the walk will be on uneven, wooded trails that may be rocky or muddy. Walk is 1.5 miles--1 hour. From the center of Monterey--take Tyringham Rd. for approximately 1.5 miles (3 mins). Turn right onto Mt. Hunger Rd. and drive uphill 0.8 miles to parking area on the left. OR From traffic light at Big Y in Lee--take Tyringham Rd. and drive for 5.4 miles, then take a right onto Monterey Rd. and drive for 2.2 miles, then take a left on Mt. Hunger Rd. and drive uphill for 0.8 miles to parking area.


38. Becket, MA - 10:00 AM

EXPLORING THE BECKET LAND TRUST HISTORIC QUARRY & FOREST

Refer to Event # 20 for description of and driving directions to this event.


39. Lenox, MA - 10:00 AM

HIKE AT BNRC's YOKUN RIDGE NORTH TRAIL TO LENOX VISTA & BROTHER'S TRAIL

Join a guide from Berkshire Natural Resources Council, for a moderate hike from Olivia’s Overlook to a hidden vista which overlooks downtown Lenox and Under Mountain Road. For an extended hiking option, interested hikers can hike the Brothers Trail, BNRC's newest trail on the Yokun Ridge Reserve back to Olivia's Overlook. Bring drink/snack and wear boots/sturdy footwear.

Walk is 4 miles--2.5 hours. Registration is requested--call 413-499-0596 or email - dbruce@BNRC.net. From the Rt.102 & Rt.183 flashing light, intersection at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens--drive on Rt. 183 north for 3.9 miles, then take a left onto Richmond Mt. Rd. (at the Entering Lenox sign). Drive uphill for 1.4 miles to the BNRC sign for Olivia's Overlook. Park here. OR FROM Rt 41 IN RICHMOND, across from the fire station--drive 3 miles east on Lenox Rd. to the BNRC sign at the top of the mountain. OR FROM LENOX CENTER--drive 1.5 miles on West St./Rt. 183 to Richmond Mt. Rd on the right (just past Tanglewood main entrance). Drive uphill for 1.4 miles to the BNRC sign for Olivia's Overlook.


40. Pittsfield, MA - 10:00 AM

HISTORIC COLONIAL THEATRE TOUR

Refer to Event # 4 for description of and driving directions to this event.


41. Dalton, MA - 11:00 AM

TOUR HOLIDAY BROOK FARM: SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT ON A DIVERSIFIED FARM

Refer to Event # 32 for description of and driving directions to this event.


42. Dalton, MA - 11:15 AM

THE BOULDERS NATURAL & CULTURAL HISTORY HIKE

Hike "The Boulders", a 600 acre conservation property under the collaborative efforts of Crane & Co. and the Dept. of Fish and Game. Learn about the natural and cultural history of the land and how to identify trees and plants. Hike with naturalist Aimee Gelinas, founder and director of the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center.

NOTE: Wear hiking boots and bring drink/snack. Co-sponsored by the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center in Windsor & the Dalton Cultural Council. FREE event - but donations are accepted for Tamarack Hollow, a not-for-profit conservation organization.

Hike is 4 miles--3 hours. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, email - aimee@gaiaroots.com or phone 413-522-1505. More info at www.tamarackhollow.com.

In Dalton, at the junction of Rt. 9/Main St.--High St.--Rt. 9/8A north, turn onto High St., which will turn into Gulf Rd. within 1 mile. There is a parking area on the right once you enter the woods (at the Appalachian Trail junction sign).


43. Stockbridge, MA - 1:00 PM

CHESTERWOOD: AN ARTIST'S LANDSCAPE

Refer to Event # 13 for description of and driving directions to this event.


44. So. Lee, MA - 1:00 PM

"LOOKING FOR LEVI" - A BEARTOWN STATE FOREST HISTORY HIKE

Join DCR MassParks Adam Morris & forester Conrad Ohman for a guided hike through the forest and along portions of Beebe Trail. We'll look for clues along the way to help understand more about Levi Beebe “The Weather Oracle" who once lived in the Beartown Mountains. Along the way, we will identify trees and plants, listen and look for birds and wildlife, and will locate cellar holes, foundations, bridge abutments, and perhaps a sawmill site. Come discover the rich history of early New England.

NOTE: Wear hiking boots/sturdy footwear for hilly, steep terrain hiking. Bring drink/snack. If it is raining, the hike will be cancelled. Hike is 2 miles--3 hrs. We will meet at the north entrance sign to Beartown State Forest in South Lee on Beartown Mountain Rd. From RT 102 in South Lee, just a bit east of the fire station, cross the bridge over the river (at the sign for the Silver Leaf Resort) onto Meadow St., then immediately then take a right turn onto Pine St., which turns into Beartown Mt. Rd. Drive 1.5 miles uphill on this rugged, but passable road, to the State Forest entrance sign.


45. Norfolk, CT - 1:00 PM

STAINED GLASS WINDOW TOUR AROUND NORFOLK

Join Ann Havemeyer, from the Norfolk Historical Society, for a stained glass tour of Norfolk--including the Tiffany windows at the Congregational Church and the windows at the Library, Episcopal Chapel and Catholic Church.

Walk is <1 mile--1 hour. Registration is requested,email - norfolkhistorical@sbcglobal.net or phone - 860-542-5761. Meet at the parking lot behind Battell Chapel, 12 Village Green, Norfolk, CT.


46. Dalton, MA - 1 to 5 PM

CRANE & CO. PAPER MUSEUM PRINTING & PAPERMAKING DEMONSTRATION

Refer to Event # 17 for description of and driving directions to this event.

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47. Lanesborough, MA - 9:00 AM

CONSTITUTION HILL DISCOVERY HIKE - OR, A FEW MINUTES WITH JOSH BILLINGS

Join historian and naturalist Mike Whalen as we explore the fascinating cultural and natural history of Constitution Hill. This 252-acre preserve is maintained by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council and encompasses the broad sweep of the town's lively heritage from colonial times to the present. The birthplace of 19th-century humorist Josh Billings, the hilltop acquired its iconic name in 1788 as the site of a famous bonfire celebrating the state's successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

This hike will feature a visit to the historic Constitution Oak tree and offer significant evidence of early agriculture and the hill's important connection to the local iron industry. Today, Constitution Hill is known for four-season recreation and bird-watching; yet it retains much of the rugged charm that has always distinguished its unusual place in the annals of local lore.

NOTE: Wear boots/sturdy footwear and be prepared for a variety of trail conditions. Bring drink/snack. Rain cancels. Hike is 2 miles--3 hours. Registration is requested..email - hikewithmike@live.com or phone 413-499-9935. Take Rt 7 to the center of Lanesborough. At the brick Newton Memorial Town Hall building, turn west onto Bridge St. and continue uphill to the end of the road (it becomes a gravel road at the top). Meet at the open parking area with kiosk map-board.


48. Salisbury, CT - 9:30 AM

HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL TO RAND'S VIEW

Join Silvia Cassano, from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, on this hike to “one of the best views on the A.T.” This hike starts with a climb, then has gradual ascents and passes Billy’s View at about 2.5 miles. Continue on to Rand’s View. Eat your lunch and take in the spectacular fall views to the Taconic Range from this bucolic and peaceful location.

NOTE: Bring lunch & drink, & wear hiking boots/sturdy footwear. Hike is 6.6 miles--approx. 4.5 hours. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and limited to 12 participants -email silcassano@gmail.com or phone 802-673-6990. From the center of Salisbury, head north on Rt. 41/44. Within 0.25 mile, bear right onto Rt. 44 East and follow for 0.7 miles to the trailhead pulloff which is on the right, along a stone wall. Parking is limited (or park in town, 0.7 miles from the trailhead, and walk to the trailhead).


49. New Marlborough, MA - 10:00 AM

HIKE TO A 19th CENTURY WATER-POWERED MILL SITE IN COOKSON STATE FOREST

Venture into the Cookson State Forest via the Land Trust suspension bridge. Visit sites of a cheese box and a wood-shingle factory, the west side of mysterious East Indies Pond, and over 1000 Acre Lake earthen dam. This hike is relatively level, although there is a hilly portion and some rough walking.

NOTE: Bring drink and snack and wear good-support footwear. Walk is 5 miles--2 hours. Registration is requested-- call Martha @ 413-229-8633 or email to - nmlandtrust@gmail.com. From the Southfield Store, drive south on Southfield Rd.-Norfolk Rd. heading towards Norfolk, Conn. In 2.5 miles take a left onto Hotchkiss Road for .06 miles to the boat ramp area entry on the right. Join your guide in the parking lot by 10:00. A sign will be posted on Hotchkiss Rd. at the boat ramp entrance.


50. Pittsfield, MA - 10:00 AM

FAMILY FARM TOUR AT BRATTLE FARM

Join Donna Chandler for a tour of the farm and visit the farm animals--turkeys, ducks, chickens, donkeys, cows, sheep, goats and pigs. Offered in collaboration with the Pittsfield Agricultural Commission.

Registration is requested--phone 413-822-1516 or email - wchandl1@berkshire.rr.com. Meet at the Brattle Farm farmstand at 600 Williams St. From the intersection of Elm St. and Williams St., take a right and drive for 1/10 mile to the red farm house on the left, with small sign out front. OR From Lenox, at the intersection of Rt. 7 and Holmes Rd, turn onto Holmes Rd. and drive for 3 miles to the intersection at Williams St. Turn right on Williams St. and drive for 9/10 mile to the red farm house on the right with a small sign out front.


51. Pittsfield, MA - 10:00 AM

HISTORIC COLONIAL THEATRE TOUR

Refer to Event # 4 for description of and driving directions to this event.


52. Hancock, MA - 10:30 AM

HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE WATER POWER, RENEWABLE ENERGY & ARCHAEOLOGY TOUR

Join Todd Burdick on this “green tour” of the Hancock Shakers’ 19th century water power technology and other examples of renewable energy evident at the Village of yesterday and today. See a demonstration of the 1858 water power turbine, and a moderate hike to the Village’s archaeological site to view ruins of Shaker buildings and dams.

NOTE--Does not include admission to tour the entire Village.

NOTE: Wear sturdy footwear and clothing for walking through fields and woods. Walk is 2 miles--1.5 hours. Registration is requested-- call 413-443-0188 or email - info@hancockshakervillage.org. Meet at the Visitor Center, main entrance, on Rt. 20, Hancock, which is 5 miles west of Pittsfield center; OR FROM RT 41-- drive to the end of Rt. 41 and take a left turn on to Rt. 20, where you will come to the entrance within a couple of minutes.


53. Washington, MA - 11:00 AM

THE SECRETS OF MUDDY POND & THE BUILDING OF THE 1ST RAILROAD MOUNTAIN CROSSING IN THE U.S.

Join David Pierce, President of the Friends of the Keystone Arches, Inc. on a hike around Muddy Pond, on the watershed divide of the Berkshires, which presented unique challenges to Whistler’s father as he engineered the world’s first mountain railroad through it! It was here that the railway age began in earnest and the canal era came to an end. Mostly level walk.

NOTE: Wear boots/sturdy footwear & bring snack/drink if desired. Heavy rain will cancel this hike. Walk is 2.5 miles--1.5 hours. Registration is requested--email... dpiercedlp@aol.com or call 413-354-7752. From the Mass turnpike in Lee (junction of Rt. 102 and Rt. 20)--Drive about 7 miles on Rt. 20-E to West Becket, to the junction where Rt. 8 splits. Turn left onto Rt. 20-E/Rt. 8-N. Drive for 5 miles, and at the bottom of a long, curvy hill, take a left turn onto Rt. 8-North. Drive 10 miles to the Washington Town Hall and take a right turn onto Summit Hill Rd. Within a short distance, you will cross the railroad in a deep cut on a narrow bridge. The hike begins here. Park along the road. OR FROM DALTON--follow Rt. 8 south (approx. 9 miles) and turn left onto Summit Hill Rd. in Washington. Within a short distance, you will cross the railroad in a deep cut on a narrow bridge. The hike begins here, park along the road.


54. Stockbridge, MA - 11:00 AM

A STROLL OVER LAUREL HILL AND THE MARY FLYNN TRAIL

Refer to Event # 27 for description of and driving directions to this event.


55. Lee, MA - 12:30 PM

HIKE AT BNRC's BASIN POND RESERVE

Today Basin Pond is a quiet little beaver pond and wetland; but attempts in 1886 and 1968 to dam the pond led to loss of life and heavy property damage. This interpretive hike is led by a guide from Berkshire Natural Resources Council.

NOTE: Wear boots/sturdy footwear, walking stick and bring drink/snack. Walk is 3 miles--2 hours. Registration is requested--call 413-499-0596 or email - dbruce@BNRC.net. From the Mass turnpike in Lee (junction of Rt.102 and Rt. 20), drive 4 miles on Rt. 20E, turn left on Becket Rd (across from LuJohn's Auction Gallery). Drive uphill 0.3 mile to the BNRC sign/parking area for Basin Pond, on the left or a little further up the road is a bigger parking area.


56. Dalton, MA - 1:00 PM

TOUR HOLIDAY BROOK FARM: SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT ON A DIVERSIFIED FARM

Refer to Event # 32 for description of and driving directions to this event.


57. Washington, CT - 2:00 PM

STEP BACK IN TIME: A NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE WALK

Dr. Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections, will lead a walk along the museum’s nature trails, enjoying the forest environment and ending at a replicated 16th century Algonkian village. She will provide a glimpse into the history and culture of the local Pootatuck tribal peoples, pointing out medicinal plants and their uses, and discussing the community life and spirituality of those early inhabitants. Wear clothing/footwear for outdoors walk.

Walk is < 1 mile--1 hour. Registration is requested--call 860-868-0518 or email - cpeschel@iaismuseum.org. From Rt. 67 driving towards Roxbury--turn onto Rt.199. Follow for approximately 2 miles and turn onto Curtis Road (IAIS has a sign at the top of Curtis Road). Continue down Curtis till the end, IAIS is the last driveway on the right. Go into the museum giftshop to register.


58. Monterey, MA - 2:00 PM

BIDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM TO STEADMAN POND HIKE

Join Rob Hoogs, from the Bidwell House Museum, and Adam Brown, from the Monterey Preservation Land Trust, on this hike in search of old roads and cellar holes on Berkshire Natural Resource Council’s Hudson-Howard property and Monterey Preservation Land Trust lands.

NOTE: Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots/sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack. Walk is 3 miles--2 hours. Meet at Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Rd. From the center of Monterey-- take Tyringham Rd. for approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to end of road; OR From the traffic light at Big Y in Lee-- take Tyringham Rd. and drive south for 5.4 miles, then take a right onto Monterey Rd. and drive for 2.2 miles, then take a right on Art School Rd. and drive for 1 mile to the end of road.


59. East Canaan,CT - 3:00 PM

CT FAMILY FARM TOUR AT FREUND'S FARM - A WALK AMONG THE BOVINES IN THE PASTURE

Refer to Event # 35 for description of and driving directions to this event.

 

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