Frequently forgotten in the bright city lights, the night sky has remained a source of inspiration, imagination, and fantasy. On June 14, in Halibut Point State Park, escape with the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club at 9 p.m. to gaze at the stars and other celestial beings. Telescopes will be available, and local astronomers will be present. So, bring your kids and a blanket and let your mind drift off into the cosmos. Call 978-546-2997 for more information.
Continuing on with your rediscovery of Mother Nature and join Adam Morris and Christine Ward as they lead an invigorating ID hike along the Tree-mile Hill Trail near Fountain Pond the morning of June 15. Listen for wildlife and investigate the diverse species of plants and trees over 1.5 miles of the trail (a shuttle will be provided for a ride back). A perfect family activity and it’s completely free! Bond with your beau, your brats, and your buddies, all while basking in Beartown State Forest. To register, please call the Berkshire South Community Center at 413-528-2810.
To cap off the events, don’t miss the summer solstice lecture in Western Gateway Heritage State Park June 15, beginning at 2 p.m. Titled “Yours Truly, Earth”, this year’s lecture centers around the golden record that was attached to the Voyager spacecraft. A sort of time capsule, on it is recorded 115 images, a variety of natural sounds, greetings in a multitude of languages, musical selections from different cultures and eras, along with other representations of the people on Earth. Come learn about this special, hope-infused piece of history, and listen and look at its portrayal of Earth and its people. Appropriate for adults and children high school and up.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of everyday life. But this week, turn off your cell phones and turn on your senses. The world is a wonderful, magical place, if we only take a moment to notice.
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March posted on Apr 23
Girard’s Sugarhouse in Simsbury, CT. The sugarhouse was built in 1887 and produces around 250-300 gallons of syrup annually. Photo by Michael Girard March’s contest winner was Michael Girard who photographed his family’s sugarhouse in Health. Michael Girard has been a sugarmaker since 1961 when he …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February posted on Feb 25
February’s contest winner was Amanda Bettle, who photographed sheep at The Natural Resources Trust of Easton. This photo features Dog, a former 4-H show animal and sole male sheep among the nine ewes in the Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT) flock. It is the mission …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January posted on Jan 26
January’s contest winner was Renee Finnegan, who photographed a pensive Highland cow at Oak Meadows Farm & Garden in Rutland. Glenn and Mary Kauppila have been farming 100 acres of land in Rutland for approximately 15 years. With the help of their three adult children, they …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January