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clegg - Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 2:12 P
October Events
October 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

A Museum about the Connecticut River’s Natural, Cultural, and Industrial History


All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted, such as a suggested donation. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.

Open Hours

October 1—14: Open 7 days a week 10:00 am — 6:00 pm



October 17 –31: Open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 am—4 pm



October 1-7 Great Hall History Exhibit: DCR

125 Years of Stewardship and 15 years of Discovery

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is celebrating 125 years of Stewardship. In 1893, DCR’s foundation began with the creation of a regional system of parks to preserve our natural resources for the public as the city of Boston continued to expand. In October 2003, the Great Falls Discovery Center opened its doors for the first time in a public open house. We welcome you all to the Great Hall once again, this week to view the history of Massachusetts State Parks and to celebrate 15 years of Great Falls discoveries here at the center.



October 9 – 28

Great Hall Art Exhibit: Migrations

Art in celebration of the Third Annual Migrations Festival. Join us on October 27th 5:00-7:30 pm for the Festival.



Saturday, October 6

10:30-11:30 am

Leaf Peeping Bike Path B-I-N-G-O

Kids - grab your parents and we’ll go exploring! All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to see just how much you can see! For this special edition of bike path bingo, we focus on the amazing New England fall color right outside our doors. Meet at the main entrance to the Center. Please bring water and wear layers and sturdy shoes.



Three Fridays in October

10:30–11:30 am

Kidleidoscope Story Hour

10/12: Squirrels; 10/19: Bear; 10/26: Bats

Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.



Friday, October 12

7:00–9:00 pm

Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: The Nite Caps

Classic roots country music and Western swing. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and museum store open during intermission.



Sunday, October 14

1 pm

Naming the Land: History of the Pioneer Valley Association

A talk with Mike Jackson

“Pioneer Valley” is a phrase invented to entice urban residents in their new motorcars to vacation in rural Western Massachusetts. A Montague Cultural Council grant program.



Saturday, October 20

2-6 pm

Great Falls Harvest Festival (aka Pumpkin Fest)

Discover us on Avenue A! We are joining the fray of harvest fun once again this fall. Kids and families— make fall seasonal animal crafts at our outdoor tables near the corner of Avenue A and 2nd Street from 2-6 pm. Enjoy our museum exhibits during our special extended open hours from 10 am to 6 pm.



Saturday, October 27

1-5 pm

Monarch Butterfly StoryWalk® — Gotta Go! Gotta Go!

As part of our Third Annual Migration Festival celebration, we are reprising our monarch butterfly StoryWalk®. Join us for a migratory journey at the Discovery Center, as we read together the story of “a teeny-tiny creepy-crawly bug” (a Monarch butterfly caterpillar) in Gotta Go! Gotta Go! The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.



Saturday, October 27

5:00-7:30 pm

Third Annual Migrations Festival

We would be honored for you to join us at the 3rd Annual Migrations Festival, a celebration of human and natural biodiversity. Come enjoy art, music, dance and traditional food offered by the diverse local people of the upper Connecticut River Valley. Free and open to all. Sponsored by DCR, Montague Catholic Social Ministries, RiverCulture, and the people of Turners Falls.



Wednesday, October 31

Annual Rag Shag Parade, All along Avenue A

Special Halloween open hours until 6 pm because we have candy! The Turners Falls VFW invites all ghouls, goblins, and ghosts to a parade along Avenue A. Meet at Food City Parking lot at dusk for the parade.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 1:25 P
June Events Gfdc
June 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center’s current seasonal hours: Open Every Day - 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm.
Extended Summer hours begin June 23 – open 7 days a week – 10 am to 6 pm.

All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.

June 2—June 30
Great Hall Art Exhibit: Flora and Fauna Quilts
Leslie Cook and Anneke Corbett celebrate Nature’s bounty through traditional and contemporary quilts.

Saturday, June 2
10 am-2 pm
13th Annual Family Fishing Day
Join us for a day of FREE fishing fun! Adults and children of all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is held rain or shine. Parking is free at each site. Ride the FREE Fish Bus shuttle between sites!
At Barton Cove Campground: Barton Cove Road in Gill
· Free fishing from 10:00am to 2:00pm!
· Fishing equipment provided - limited supplies available. Bring your own pole if you have it.
· No fishing license needed.
At Great Falls Discovery Center: 2 Avenue A
· Fly lure tying demonstrations.
· Fly fishing casting demonstrations.
· CATCH THE FISH BUS HERE! Free shuttle bus provided to and from Barton Cove every half hour, or as needed from 10 am to 1 pm.
At Turners Falls Fishway: 15 First Street
· Fish printing - The art of Gyotaku, from noon to 2:00pm.
Thank you to all of our partners for making this event possible: MassWildlife, Western Mass Fly Fishermen, First Light, Turners Falls Fishway, Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center, and volunteers!

Sunday, June 3
1-3 pm
Artist Reception Great Hall Exhibit: Flora and Fauna Quilts
Two New England quilters Leslie Cook and Anneke Corbett, practicing different forms of the art, celebrate their love and vision of Nature’s bounty. Leslie’s elaborate traditional hand appliqué complements Anneke’s more contemporary wildlife images.

Friday, June 8
7-9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Sue Kranz and Friends
Original songs, covers, and a sampling of songs from various traditions accompanied with flute and guitar. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.


Saturday, June 16
6-8 pm
The Ninth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour
The annual bipedal concert tour promoting local arts and culture. Since 2010, co-founders Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards have organized an annual non-profit bipedal concert tour of Massachusetts in support of arts and culture for towns throughout the state. Each free community concert collaborates with local artists, musicians, educational programs, trail managers and land trust groups to highlight both artistic diversity and recreational land use. With each visit, a community has pulled together and taken part in a dialogue which serves to strengthen local investment in the arts. From June 15 - 27, 2018, the Massachusetts Walking Tour visits towns along the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail - hiking and paddling to eleven community concerts. Free. Sponsored by the Montague Cultural Council. For more information visit www.masswalkingtour.org.

Sunday, June 24
10:30-11:30 am
Bike Path B-I-N-G-O!
Kids - grab your parents and we’ll go exploring! All ages are welcome as we
practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to see just how much you can see! Meet at the main entrance to the
Center. Please bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes.

Friday, June 29
10:30-11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour—Eagles
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.

Saturday, June 30
1-2 pm
Friends Annual Meeting with Guest Speaker
Dale Monette on the Secret Lives of the Quabbin Reservoir
Meet the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center and learn how you can become a friend too! Then join us for a special presentation from Dale Monette on the Quabbin Reservoir. Free. ?

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--Janel Nockleby
Visitor Services Supervisor
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Greenway State Park
Mass Parks, Department of Conservation & Recreation
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Current office hours Wednesday through Sunday 8 am to 4:pm
janel.nockleby@state.ma.us
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Tue, May 8, 2018, 11:18 A
May Events
May 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center


The Great Falls Discovery Center’s current seasonal hours: 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm.

Summer hours begin May 23 – open 7 days a week.

All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.


April 6—May 30

Great Hall Exhibit: Seen/Unseen, portraits by Cindi Oldham

A conceptual watercolor portrait series, exploring the seen and unseen.


May 4th and May 11th

10:30-11:30am

Kidleidoscope Story Hour—5/4: Birds; 5/11: Fish

Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.



Friday, May 11

7-9 pm

Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Ukulele Scramble

Rare, obscure, and underperformed songs from the past 500 years. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.



Friday, May 18

7:30 pm

The Nolumbeka Project presents: River Stories—An Evening Talk

Authors Lisa Brooks (Our Beloved Kin) and Christine DeLucia (Memory Lands) will speak to the diverse intersecting histories and memories of Kwinitekw, the long river, also known as the Connecticut River, and the Great River. Co-sponsored by DCR, the Friends of the Center, and the Nolumbeka Project.



Saturday, May 19 – All Day

A Day of Remembrance of the Great Falls Massacre of 1676

· 10 am in the Great Hall: History, Archaeology, and Healing at the Falls

· 12 pm: Gathering outside, Lighting of the Fire, Invocation, Opening Words

· 1 pm: Keynote speaker Doug Harris, How the Work of a Ceremonial Preservationist Evolves with additional sharing and conversations after the talk.

Co-sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project, DCR and Jaime and Senani Babson.



Sunday, May 20

11 am - 1pm

Let the Landscape Speak

The indigenous ceremonial stone landscape is of cultural significance to the tribes of the northeast. Sponsored by the Montague Cultural Council, Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office, explains why these ceremonial features should be preserved, and how you might help protect this important landscape.


Sunday, May 27

10:30-11:30 am

Bike Path B-I-N-G-O!

Kids - grab your parents and we’ll go exploring! All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to see just how much you can see! Meet at the main entrance to the Center. Please bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes.

Saturday June 2nd Save the Date! Free Family Fishing Day is June 2nd! 10 am—2 pm.
 
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clegg - Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 10:59 A
April Events
April 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.



April 6—May 30 Great Hall Exhibit: Seen/Unseen, portraits by Cindi Oldham
A conceptual watercolor portrait series that explores what it means to be seen, yet unseen at the same time.

Three Fridays in April
10:30-11:30am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour
4/13: Ducks; 4/20: Bobcats; 4/27 Who Lives in a Tree?
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.

Friday, April 13
7-9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Lenny Zarcone
Frank Sinatra tunes, the great American songbook, jazz standards, and pop music. Long time internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter folk musician. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Saturday, April 14—Sunday, April 22
April School Vacation Week—Open Every Day All Week!
We are expanding our spring hours this week so stop by the welcome desk for Earth Week investigation stations, habitat diorama scavenger hunts, and games to explore the grounds. Bring your bike for the Canalside Rail Trail.

Saturday, April 14
10:30-11:30am
Teaching Creatures presents: Animals of Spring
Hurray for Spring! Join Rae Griffiths of Teaching Creatures as she talks about what animals were doing all winter and what they are up to now that spring has arrived. Meet in the Great Hall, as Rae brings amphibians, reptiles, and a mammal or two to help us all celebrate the new season. This program is free and for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center. Come early as seating may be limited.

Saturday, April 14
4-5 pm
Full Disclosure Festival: RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS
“from Walt, from me, to You” by Katherine Adler
Tickets are $15 for this festival happening all evening in Turners Falls. One ticket is good for the whole festival! Art includes original dance, theater, music, spoken word, and installation art in downtown Turners Falls. “from Walt, from me, to You” by Katherine Adler explores the universality and depth of one of America’s most revered poets, Walt Whitman. For a full schedule to RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS visit http://www.eggtooth.org or www.turnersfallsriverculture.org.

Friday, April 20
1—2 pm
Meet Toto the Tornado Kitten
After a terrible tornado in 2011 in Brimfield, MA, the clean-up crew found an itty-bitty kitten in the wreckage. The courageous kitten was named Toto and nursed back to health by a rescue worker named Jonathan and by others. Jonathan went on to write a children’s book about Toto’s adventure. Join the author and Toto too for a read-along of Toto the Tornado Kitten and celebrate those who help others! Sponsored by Montague Public Libraries.

Sunday, April 22
10 am -2 pm
Earth Day Open House: Put Yourself in the Big Picture
All ages are welcome to join us for activities and games to help you make a difference in the Connecticut River Watershed. Our exhibits ask: how have people helped or hurt the habitats in our watershed? What will you do to help?

Saturday, April 28
10 am—12 pm
Park Serve Day: Give a Day, Make a Difference
The Department of Conservation and Recreation invites you to the Great Falls Discovery Center to lend a hand during this day of volunteer service to our state parks. To discuss any special accommodations or needs you may have for the day, please call (413) 863-3221. To register please visit www.mass.gov/dcr.

Saturday, April 28
1:30—3:30 pm
Great Hall Exhibit Artist Reception: Cindi Oldham’s Seen/Unseen
Seen/Unseen is a conceptual portrait series that explores what it means to be seen, yet unseen at the same time. The viewer can see the subject’s likeness in their portraits while learning a little bit about each one of them by reading the narratives that correspond with them. You may learn something about them that is often overlooked, something that one can only notice when they take a second look, or something that has been right there in plain sight, yet invisible. Until now. Sponsored by The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community.

Sunday, April 29
10 am—4 pm
Celebrate Massachusetts Art Week with “Your Exquisite Corpse”
Join Nina Rossi for a collaborative and interactive exhibit based on the Surrealist game of Exquisite Corpse. Figure paintings with the Head/Shoulders and Legs/Feet executed by two different artists will be exhibited. Accompanying each figure will be a short text or poem also created by multiple writers and poets. Visitors will have opportunities to interact with the event, including a chance to have the artists and writers use them as inspiration. They may have their head/Shoulders or Legs/Feet photographed by the artists for use in the Exquisite Corpse project. Visitors can watch artists create Exquisite Corpse paintings from photo sources during event. They may contribute random text for use in the stories that complete each Exquisite Corpse.
 
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clegg - Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 10:59 A
February Events
February 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. We are open all week for school vacation week, February 17 – 25. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.

February 17—April 1
Great Hall Family Learning Exhibit
Reading the Rocky Book of the Past:
Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley
An exhibit about the 19th-century discovery of dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River Valley and local people, like Dexter Marsh and Edward Hitchcock, who played starring roles in the story. Designed for fun family learning by Deerfield’s Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), the space includes two simulated 19th century cabinets (precursors to today's museums), a “make your own collection” takeaway activity, dinosaur track reproductions and more! Be sure to come to the opening event Saturday, February 17, 1-4 pm. (During some of the larger events in the Great Hall in February and March, the exhibit might not be fully visible. Please check our events calendar or call 413-863-3221 to find out more.)

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21
1-2:30 pm Homeschool Science: Hands-on STEM
Sponsored by Montague Public Libraries
Topics this month: 2/7: River Otters; 2/14: Beavers; 2/21: Porcupines
The Turners Falls Carnegie Library offers homeschool science on Wednesdays with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. This month young scientists are invited to take a field trip to the Great Falls Discovery Center. Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Registration requested to ensure that we have enough supplies for everyone. Please email Angela at the library at arovatti-leonard@cwmars.org or call 413 863-3214.

Four Fridays in February
10:30-11:30am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour
2/2: Groundhogs; 2/9: Beavers; 2/16: Owls; 2/23: Coyotes
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.


Friday, February 9
7—9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Lisa Davol and Stephen Page
Traditional songs from the American songbook. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Sunday, February 11
12—3pm
Who Do You Love? Valentines for Wildlife
For all ages, stop by the Great Hall to make Valentines to give to the ones you love, keep for yourself, or give to your favorite wildlife biologist— all in honor of your favorite animal. Learn about your favorite animal’s habitat and how to help protect it. Co-sponsored by CFCE Playgroup, a free, fun, safe playgroup for Gill, Montague and surrounding area, promoting early literacy and school readiness.

Saturday, February 17
1-4 pm
Opening Event: Reading the Rocky Book of the Past
Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley
This opening event includes a variety of learning stations for all generations to enjoy: “meet” Orra White Hitchcock and try your hand at botanical drawing and painting; make an imitation fossil out of clay; see and learn about real fossils; make your own small collection of gems and shells; or relax with dinosaur books and puzzles and enjoy dino-themed refreshments. Sponsored in part by Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the members and donors of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

February 17—25
School Vacation Week: Open Every Day All Week Long
We offer expanded winter hours this week so stop by the welcome desk for investigation stations every day 10am to 4pm. Investigation station topics may include dinosaurs, mammals, and birds. Come try a scavenger hunt or a habitat game!

Saturday, February 24
10:30-11:30am
Dinosaur Story Hour
A story hour with crafts and activities focusing on dinosaurs! For ages approximately 4 – 8, with a parent or guardian. Friends and siblings welcome.

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--Janel Nockleby
Visitor Services Supervisor
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Greenway State Park
Mass Parks, Department of Conservation & Recreation
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Current office hours Wednesday through Sunday 8 am to 4 pm
janel.nockleby@state.ma.us
(413) 863-3221
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clegg - Tue, Jan 2, 2018, 11:11 A
January 2018 Events
January 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. We are open on January 1st. Join us for our first day hike! All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission. Facilities are accessible.

Coming Soon: Great Hall Art Exhibit on Montague Diversity
Stay tuned for details on our exhibits in the Great Hall gallery for this month.

Monday, January 1st
1—3 pm
First Day Hike: Canalside Rail Trail Stroll
Enjoy a leisurely two-mile stroll down the Canalside Rail Trail and get the New Year started off on a Great Falls note. This family friendly hike follows a gentle route and provides an opportunity to discover the abundant natural, historical, and cultural features that make the Great Falls Discovery Center and rail trail such an amazing State Park! Be prepared for cold weather: dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are welcome on leash. Afterward, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the Discovery Center’s Great Hall, sponsored by our Friends Group. Sign in at the Discovery Center’s Great Hall at 1:00 p.m. Hike will begin at 1:15 p.m.

Four Fridays in January: Kidleidoscope Story Hour
1/5: River Otters; 1/12: Bugs in Winter; 1/19: Rabbits; 1/26: Porcupines
10:30-11:30am
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.

Friday, January 12
7-9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Caleb Wetherbee
Traditional and contemporary folk music with songs in the vein of Fats Waller along with other solo guitar favorites. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Saturday, January 13
1-2 pm
Who’s Been Here? Let’s find out!
Join us for stories, crafts, and a tracking adventure to find out who has been outside in the snow at the Discovery Center. For ages 3-8 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome. Meet in the Great Hall.

Saturday, January 27
11 am—12 pm
Teaching Creatures presents Animal Defenses
Join Rae Griffiths from Teaching Creatures to take a closer look at live animals that have evolved unique adaptations for defending themselves against predators. This program is FREE, but space is limited so please call 413-863-3221 to reserve your spot! Sponsored by the Friends Group.
 
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clegg - Tue, Oct 3, 2017, 10:30 A
October Events
October 2017 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 7 days a week, 10am to 6pm through October 9th. Starting October 11th, we are open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission. Facilities are accessible.

October 11—28 Great Hall Art Display: Migration
Connecting through Art and Culture of the Americas
Guatemalan art display curated by local artists.

Sunday, October 1
10:30-11:30 am
Big Picture Botany - Extended Series
Back by popular demand, this series invites you to jump in at any time for one or more sessions to get to know the occasionally tasty, inevitably beautiful, helpfully medicinal, and sometimes dangerous plant world. There are as many reasons to learn to identify plants as there are curious people. We deal more with visual patterns than Latin names to spark your own connection to plant identification. Meet outside the Center.

Friday, October 6
10:30-11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour—Squirrels
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the
Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities or games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6. Siblings and friends welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, October 8
10:30-11:30 am
Introduction to Invasive Species on the Canalside Rail Trail
Join a DCR park interpreter as we learn together some of the plants that are from these parts and some of the plants that are not. The walk along the rail trail and Discovery Center grounds will be leisurely and not more than 2 miles. Dress for the weather and bring water. Meet outside the museum.

Friday, October 13
7-9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Bill Shontz ~ Sweet as Sugar Trio
Jazz to Folk, Rock n’ Roll to good old-fashioned sing-alongs. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Saturday, October 14
12-2 pm
The Great Falls Word Festival & Straw Dog Writers Guild Presents
The Easy Way to Write 30 Poems in 30 Days for fun and non-profit
In this workshop for poets and non-poets, using simple prompts, Tommy Twilite will demonstrate some of the “tricks of the trade” he used to complete his successful 2016 campaign to write “30 Poems In November” and how he helped the Center For New Americans to surpassing its fundraising goals in 2016. The emphasis of the workshop will be on having fun, and on using your creativity and positive energy to fulfill your own dream of writing 30 Poems in 30 Days. Participation is strongly encouraged.

New addtion to the calendar:
Stay tuned for more information on apple picking and fresh cider making on Saturday October 14th!

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--Janel Nockleby
Visitor Services Supervisor
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Greenway State Park
Mass Parks, Department of Conservation & Recreation
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
janel.nockleby@state.ma.us
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 12:08 P
Annual Meeting And Tour
Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center Annual Meeting presents a Museum Tour with Muralist Frank Gregory on June 24, starting at 1 p.m.

Meet the Friends of the GFDC and learn how you also can become a friend. Then join them for a special museum tour and presentation with Frank Gregory, the artist who painted all of the amazing murals in the center’s exhibits. Get the behind the scenes scoop on how the museum was born. You don't need to be a Friend to attend this rare opportunity.
 
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clegg - Thu, May 12, 2016, 11:50 A
May Events
May 2016 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center



The Great Falls Discovery Center’s current spring seasonal hours are
Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm through mid-May.



All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.

Facilities are accessible.



Great Hall Art Display: April 2—May 28

Vintage Powerhouse: Cabot Station - A One Hundred Year Retrospective



Friday, May 13

(7—9 pm)

The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents—Moonshine Holler

Moonshine Holler plays American Southern roots music, old time
Appalachian ballads and blues. Each month the Friends of the Great
Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local musical
talent. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open during
intermission. Suggested donations.



Saturday, May 14

(10:30 -11:30 am)

The Great Migration Challenge

Birds, fish, and butterflies are on the move. Where are they going?
Where have they been? What do they need while they stay with us here?
This story hour with crafts and activities focuses on the many wonders
of life in the Connecticut River watershed. For ages 6 – 8, with a
parent or guardian.



Saturday, May 21

(10 am—6 pm)

Ceremony at 1 pm

Nolumbeka Project: A Day Of Remembrance:

Commemoration of the 340th Anniversary of the Great Falls Massacre

Join the Nolumbeka Project for a Day of Remembrance to honor 12,000
years of Native culture and history at The Great Falls
(Peskeompskut). We are allowing time for visitors to tour this
battlefield area near what was once Great Falls (Peskeompskut) for
personal reflection and historic perspective. Ceremony begins at 1
pm. Key ingredients of the day will include Elder Teachings by Native
American Grandmothers Jeorgina Laroque and Nancy Andry, a look back to
the lasting significance of the Reconciliation Ceremony, guest
speakers, musical offerings, and special tributes to Monique Fordham
and George Nelson. For more information about the day please visit
the Nolumbeka Project’s Facebook page.



Saturday, May 28

(10:30 —11:30 am)

Kidleidoscope—Bird Beak Buffet



Come learn about our neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut
River watershed. This program includes a story, interactive games,
and a craft to introduce you and your child to wildlife along the
river. Today’s topic is about how different birds eat different food
with different beaks. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6. Siblings
and friends welcome.
 
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clegg - Tue, Feb 16, 2016, 12:48 P
February Schedule
February 2016 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center’s winter seasonal hours are Wednesdays through Sundays 10 am to 4 pm, and Tuesdays by appointment.

All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.
Facilities are accessible.

Great Hall Art Display: Portraits of African Americans, Past and Present
An Exhibition by Louise Minks (painting) and Belinda Lyons Zucker (sculpture)
February 5 through the end of March


Three Fridays in February
10:30 — 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope— 2/5: Winter Birds 2/19: Bobcats 2/26: Owls
Come learn about our neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River watershed. Each program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce you and your child to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6.

Sunday
February 7
1— 3:30 pm with lecture at 2:30 pm
Artist Reception: Portraits of African Americans, Past and Present
Turners Falls RiverCulture presents an art exhibit featuring near life size paintings by Louise Minks and fabric sculpture by Belinda Lyons Zucker. Tim Neumann, of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, will give a lecture, “A Web of Community: Slavery in a Rural New England Town” at 2:30 pm.

Friday
February 12
7—9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse— David Fersh offers a concert version of his recent album “Songs of Peace, Protest & Spirit.” Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local musical talent. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open during intermission.

February 13—21
10 am – 4 pm
School Vacation Week— Open Every Day All Week Long —
We are expanding our winter hours this week so stop by for investigation stations on planting seeds on 2/15, making your own nature journal on 2/16, exploring mammal adaptations to winter on 2/17, indoor birding on 2/18, and bobcats on 2/19.

Saturday
February 13
10 am-2pm
Who do you love? — Valentines for Wildlife
For all ages, come make Valentines to give to the ones you love, keep for yourself, or give to your favorite wildlife biologist—all in honor of your favorite animal.

Sunday
February 14
1—3 pm
Canal Stroll along Migratory Way— Dress warm in layers with winter boots for a moderate walk along Migratory Way for about 2.5 miles. For adults and sturdy young hikers with an adult. Meet at main entrance of the center.

Saturday
February 20 12—3 pm
The Nolumbeka Project’s Full Snow Moon Gathering— Jennifer Lee (Metis/Narragansett, Pequot) will share her personal journey as a Native American descendant and her explorations of history and culture.

Saturday
February 27
10:30 a.m.
Build a Blue Bird House— Help the blue birds in your neighborhood get ready
for spring nesting by building a birdhouse with specifications just for them. Please register to reserve your space. Call 413-863-3221. Free.

Saturday
February 27
4— 6 pm
From Africa to Hip Hop— Hear the history of music from New York spoken word poet Bob McNeil. His lecture will celebrate music through essays, poems, stories and quotes, as part of Turners Falls RiverCulture’s Black History Month.

--Janel Nockleby
Visitor Services Supervisor, DCR Mass Parks
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Gateway State Park
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
janel.nockleby@state.ma.us
Office Hours: Wednesday through Sunday
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Thu, Jan 30, 2014, 5:30 P
February Calendar
February 2014

In the Great Hall

19th and 20th Century Photographs: Children of the Swift River Valley in the Great Hall


Sat., Feb. 1 (10:30 – 11:30 am) Winter and Spring Pre-school Series: Groundhog Weather School!

Will the groundhog see his shadow this year? How long until Spring? Join Janel Nockleby for stories, crafts, and activities to find out more about this hibernating mammal and its mysterious forecasts. For ages 3 – 6 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome.


Sat., Feb. 8 (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Opening Reception for Children of the Swift River Valley Exhibit

Family-friendly exhibit of historic photos focusing on the children of the Swift River Valley before it was flooded. This exhibit is presented by the Swift River Valley Historical Society and will be open Fridays and Saturdays through the end of March. Please join us!

Fri., Feb. 14 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Great Falls Coffeehouse Presents: Fire Pond

Eveline MacDougall and Douglas Reid present a wide variety of music: old-time fiddle tunes, swing, roots music, Celtic, Eastern European, folk, gospel, and originals. The Valentine's Evening show at the Discovery Center will feature many types of love songs (love for the earth, love for each other, good jokes, family, chocolate, & community)! The concert will be geared for people of all ages & all walks of life.



Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.


Sat., Feb. 15 (1:00 – 2:00 pm) Watershed Investigators: Bears!

It’s the time of year when bear cubs are being born in their dens and adult bears are thinking about coming out of hibernation. Come learn all about bears and what they have been doing all winter. “Watershed Investigators” is a kid-oriented program that focuses on hands-on discovery of local nature. Join refuge staff as we explore different ways to look at the natural world around us. Methods of discovery may include crafts, games, stories, and exploration. This program is geared towards grades 2-5, but everyone is welcome.

Thurs., Feb. 20 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Greenfield Garden Club Presents: The Smith College Botanic Garden: Past, Present and Future.

This evening will feature two guest speakers. First, Cynthia Boettner of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge will present an update on new invasive species to the Franklin County area, and the things that can be done to prevent their spread. Following her, Mr. Michael Marcotrigiano, Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Botanic Garden at Smith College in Northampton will give a talk highlighting the past, present, and future of the Smith College Botanic Garden. Smith College contains over 8,000 taxa of plants that are housed within its outdoor gardens, glass houses, and Arboretum. Public is welcome!


Sat., Feb. 22 (10:30 – 11:30 am) Winter and Spring Pre-school Series: Where Are All the Animals Hiding?

Winter is a time for staying snug and warm for animals too! Join Janel Nockleby to investigate the secret hidden animal homes of the season through stories, crafts, and activities. For ages

3 – 6 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome

The Great Falls Discovery Center is open om Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Call 1-413-863-3221 for info and/or field trip options for schools, senior centers or other area organizations
 
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clegg - Thu, Jun 6, 2013, 5:41 P
June Calendar of Events
June 2013

In the Great Hall:
Paintings and Photography by Nicole Werth

June 2, 2013 - June 30, 2013


Sat., June 1, 2013 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) 8th Annual Family Fishing Day
Adults and children of all ages can join refuge staff, staff from the state of MA, educators from Northfield Mountain, and volunteers in a day of fishing fun! Activities include: a live sturgeon exhibit, hands-on fly fishing demonstrations, fly-tying lessons, fishing at Unity Park, fish printing, aquatic insect investigations, raffles, and more! All equipment is provided and no fishing licenses are required to participate.
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Sun., June 2, 16, 30, 2013 (8:30 am - 9:30 am) Canal-side Nature Walk
Meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 8:30 am. We will leisurely explore level, paved bike trails and village sidewalks to learn about plants, animals, and mill town history. Topics may include birds, fish, invasive species, wildflowers, and cultural or industrial history. Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, bug repellant, and sunscreen.
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Tues., June 4, 11, 18, 25, 2013 (10:30 am - 11:30 am) Kidleidoscope
Kidleidoscope is a kid-friendly, environmental experience for very young children. Each topic is based on the theme “we share our home” and includes a story, interactive game, and craft
activity to help you and your child understand the natural world around us. Recommended for ages from 3-6 years who must be accompanied by an adult.
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Sat., June 8, 2013 (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm) Artist Reception
Join us in the Great Hall to welcome painter and photographer Nicole Werth, and to view her exhibit, “Plants and Animals of the Connecticut River Valley: An Exploration of Native and Non-native Species from Canada to Connecticut.” Refreshments will be served.
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Sun., June 9 & 23, 2013 (2:00 pm - 3:00 pm) Habitat Highlights Museum Tour
Explore the center’s Connecticut River watershed dioramas in a guided tour of the special habitats along the river. Each habitat plays a vital role in creating a home or rest stop for the thousands of animals and plants that depend on the watershed. From bogs to estuaries to floodplains and more, we will explore the different types of homes that rivers create.
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Fri., June 14, 2013 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) The Great Falls Coffeehouse Presents: Mandeville & Richards
Lovers of Americana and old country music will enjoy Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, a folk duo from Massachusetts, whose combinations of familiar melodies and poignant lyrics are backed with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar, and banjo.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.
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Sat., June 15, 2013 (10:30 am - 11:30 am) Bike Path Bingo! Canal-side Nature Walk for Kids
Kids, grab your parents, bug spray, and sunscreen, and then we’ll go exploring! All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to see just how much you can see!
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Thurs., June 20, 2013 (6:45 pm) Museum Tour with Mural Painter Frank Gregory & Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center Annual Meeting
Meet the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center and learn how you can become a friend too! Then join us for a special museum tour with Frank Gregory at 7 pm, the artist who painted all of the amazing murals in the Great Falls Discovery Center exhibits. Get the behind the scenes scoop on how the museum was born! Light refreshments provided.
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Fri., June 21, 2013 Summer Evening Hours Start Today on the Solstice!
The center will be open every Friday and Saturday until 8:00 pm until September.
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Fri., June 21, 2013 (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm) Watershed History: The Grand Trunk Hotel
What was so grand about the Grand Trunk Hotel in Turners Falls? Right next to where the center is today, the hotel was built in 1872 and taken down in 1968. We’ll use our imaginations, old photographs, and testimonials to piece together the story of grand old days in Turners Falls.
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Sat., June 22, 2013 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm) Watershed Investigators: Creepy, Crawly, Insect Investigation
“Watershed Investigators” is a monthly kid-oriented program that focuses on hands-on discovery of local nature. Join refuge staff as we explore different ways to look at the natural world around us. Methods of discovery may include crafts, games, stories, and exploration. This program is geared towards grades 2-5, but everyone is welcome.
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Fri., June 28, 2013 (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm) Watershed Poets
Join us to take a new look at the natural world around you. Watershed Poets explores the plants and animals of the Connecticut River watershed as seen through the eyes of local poets. We will investigate birds, wildflowers, trees, the poetry of field guides, and the wonders of the watershed. Enjoy a lively discussion of works by poets such as Emily Dickinson, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, Wallace Stevens, and more!
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Sat., June 29, 2013 (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm) Water Under the Bridge Bike Tour
Join us for a leisurely two-hour bike tour along the Turners Falls Bike Path that highlights the history of the bridges in Turners Falls and Montague City. Come learn about the many challenges associated with getting over the Connecticut River historically in our villages. Bring your bike, water, bug spray, helmet, and sun block.


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clegg - Wed, Feb 13, 2013, 10:07 A
School Vacation
Wondering what to do school vacation week? Come visit the Great Falls Discovery Center! We will be open Tuesday through Saturday of the break. We have two children's events happening during that week. The first is a three day build a duck program for children in grades 3-6 with one of our spectacular volunteers who also happens to be a retired art teacher! Kids will learn various art techniques, take a closer look at ducks in nature, and create their very own unique duck. This program will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-3 pm. Pre-registration is required. The second program is for younger children 3-6, though all are welcome, and will take a look at wildlife tracks. Children will use their detective skills to figure out which animals have been paying a visit to the Great Falls Discovery Center! This program will be Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. We hope to see you stop in!
 
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clegg - Thu, Aug 23, 2012, 2:34 P
September Events Calendar
September 2012
In the Great Hall: Photographs by Peter J. Crowley
September 1-30, 2012

Sundays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) Refuge Rambles: Connecticut Watershed Habitat Discoveries

Stop by the Great Falls Discovery Center to view the Connecticut River watershed exhibits and talk with a park interpreter about the many special habitats along the river and its tributaries. Each Sunday afternoon in September we will focus on a different type of habitat in the watershed of the largest river in New England. We will have informal conversations with photos, field guides, anecdotes, and examinations of the different qualities of water’s homes – from bogs to estuaries to floodplains and more.

Tuesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012 (10:30 am - 11:30 am) Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope is a kid friendly, environmental experience for very young children. Each topic includes a story, an interactive game, and craft activity to help you and your child understand the natural world around us. Recommended ages from 3-6 years and must be accompanied by an adult. Topics for this month include snakes, raptors, bats, and squirrels.

Friday, Sept. 7, 21, 28 2012, and Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, (6:30 pm – 9:00 pm) Turners Falls RiverCulture History Program

RiverCulture hosts a series of talks on four immigrant groups that settled in Turners Falls during industrialization (German, French Canadian, Irish, and Polish/other Eastern European). Includes panel discussions, music, exhibits with story boards and photos, and recordings of oral history. Check www.greatfallsma.org for more details.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Artist Reception: Peter J. Crowley

Join us in the Great hall in welcoming our new artist of the month. Peter J. Crowley, a photographer from Connecticut, will be displaying his photographs throughout the month of September. Join us on this Saturday for a reception with this fine art photographer! Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Watershed History: The Grand Trunk Hotel

What was so grand about the Grand Trunk Hotel in Turners Falls? Come to the Great Falls Discovery Center to find out! We’ll explore the site of the old hotel, right next to the Discovery Center, that was built in 1872 and taken down in the 1960s, and then we’ll use our imaginations, old photographs, and testimonials to piece together the story of grand old days in Turners Falls. For more information call (413) 863-3221 or visit www.greatfallsma.org.

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) Blame it On Tina preforms at the Great Falls Coffeehouse

Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7:00. Refreshments will be available. Museum and Museum Store are open during intermission. Donations ($6-$12 suggested at the door) help the Friends support free nature programs at the Center. The Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center host local bands, singers, and individual musicians in the Great Hall on the second Friday of each month, except for December.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 (10:30 am - 11:30 pm) Watershed Investigators: Dinosaur Dig!

Become an archeologist for the day and help the staff at the Great Falls Discovery Center
unearth some dinosaur fossils! Orientated for ages 7-10 but all are welcome!

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) Watershed History: The Patch

A small patch of land sits in the middle of the Connecticut River at Turners Falls – sandwiched between the power canal on one side and the largest river in New England on the other. The history of “The Patch” is the story of industrialization, immigration, fish, birds, rocks, resilience, and more. We’ll explore some of these stories during a leisurely stroll through the little neighborhood with eight streets and paths through the woods and amazing views. We will meet at the corner of Avenue A and Eleventh Street in Turners Falls, near the canal side bike path to start our journey. For more information call (413) 863-3221.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) Third Thursday Evening Program: Forest Management

Forest Management: An exploration of our culture's perceptions of the relationship of people to the rest of the natural world, and the impact of those perceptions on our approach to environmental issues. Join Helen Johnson, a service forester with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation as we dive into the subject of forest management.


Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm) Watershed History: Brick By Brick the Bickyards of Montague City

Come learn about brick manufacturing in Montague City and Turners Falls and the architectural styles and designs with brick in Turners Falls. Just how did they build a planned industrial community in Turners Falls so quickly in the 1870s? With a very local, fireproof, and cheap approach – bricks from the clay of the Connecticut River. For more information call (413) 863-3221.

Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 (10:30 am - 11:30 am) Discovery Hour: “In the Woods”

This months story “In the Woods” will help us learn about things that can be found in the woods. Touchable artifacts, stories, games, and art will help us explore!

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm ) Source to Sea

The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual one-day coordinated cleanup of the rivers, streams and banks that make up the vast Connecticut River system. On a fall Saturday, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat. They work hard. In 2011, about 1,500 volunteers pulled over 51 tons of trash from about 60 miles of river banks and waterways. Volunteers use human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment and food waste to tires, televisions and refrigerators. We will be meeting at the Great Falls Discovery Center on September 29th to do our part. Help spread the word and bring a friend. See http://ctriver.org/p...a_cleanup/index.html for more information about the cleanup initiative
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 27, 2012, 11:00 A
Book signing
If you happen to be in Greenfield on Wednesday afternoon stop by World Eye Book Store on Main St. Author Matt Rigney will be signing copies of "In Pursuit of Giants: One Man's Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish." The book store will be donating 10% of today's sales of the book to the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center in support of free programming at the GFDC.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jun 1, 2012, 10:11 A
Family Fishing Day
June 2, 2012
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Family Fish Day

The Great Falls Discovery Center's Seventh Annual Family Fish Day event takes place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Registration is at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Free raffle for everything from fishing gear to fishing trips! No need to bring any equipment, we have it all. Learn how to tie flies, cast fly fishing rods, and go fishing at Unity Park. There will also be face painting and fish printing! Also new this year, tour the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge's mobile visitor center the Watershed on Wheels Express. Investigate interactive kiosks about the Connecticut River watershed and explore the habitat immersion trailer. This event happens as a result of generous donations from local businnesses with help from local volunteers as well as the State of MA, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, State of MA, Department of Conservation Recreation, and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Come celebrate!


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clegg - Wed, May 2, 2012, 11:15 A
May events
Great Falls Discovery Center is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
Starting May 14th, the Center will be open 7 days a week, from 10 am to 4 pm.
All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.

In the Great Hall: Paintings by Heather M. Craig May 1-30, 2012


Saturday, May 5, 2012 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Artist Reception: Heather M. Craig

Join us in welcoming Artist Heather M. Craig to the Great Falls Discovery Center. You will get the opportunity to meet the artist and explore her new exhibit. Refreshments served.

Friday, May 11, 2012 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) GFDC Friends Coffeehouse Series: The Harmaniacs

The Harmaniacs are an eclectic harmonica trio, from western Massachusetts. Coming from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, the Harmaniacs play everything from swing to the Beatles to waltzes from Finland, switching lead, bass and chord roles. Doug Tanner, Rob Fletcher, and Steven Retchin are "The Harmaniacs."

Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments are available. The museum and museum store will be open at intermission. Donations help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center ($6–$12 suggested). The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host local bands, singers, and musicians in the Great Hall on the second Friday of each month.


Saturday, May 12, 2012 (10:30 am – 11:30 pm) Second Saturday Family Series: What is an oil spill?

Let’s take a look together at some sources of water pollution and their effects on wildlife. Through hands-on experiments we will learn about the difficulties of cleaning up these problems. Afterwards, participate in a fun craft.

Thursday, May 17, 2012 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Linking Landscapes for Massachusetts Wildlife: Turtles and Road Ecology
Join us for a chat with David Paulson of Mass Wildlife. He'll explore how roads are maintained with wildlife in mind, especially turtles!
Programs are generally geared towards adults, but families are welcome to attend.


Friday, May 25, 2012 (10:30 - 11:30 am) Fourth Friday Young Children's Story Hour: Frogs

Spring peepers may be the smallest frog in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, but did you know their call can be heard from over a mile away? Join us for some frog-tastic stories accompanied by a frog themed craft. This event is geared towards children ages 3-6.


Saturday, May 26, 2012(10:30 am - 2:00 pm) Investigation Station: Rocks & Fossils

The Pioneer Valley is known for its unique geological features. Come visit the museum and stop by our front desk to view some examples of rocks and fossils you can see in our area such as armored mud balls and dinosaur prints.

Saturday, May 26, 2012(1:00-2:00 pm) Movie: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Silent Spring author Rachel Carson, whose “warnings sparked a revolution in environmental policy and created a new ecological consciousness.”
 
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clegg - Fri, Jan 20, 2012, 5:10 P
Febuary Schedule of events
February 3-29, 2012 2012: In the Great Hall-Painting by Camilla Roberts

Feb. 4, 2012 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artist Reception

Meet this month's artist Camilla Roberts in person from 1-3 pm. Refreshments served and tips shared.

Feb. 11, 2012 (10:30 - 11:30 am) 2nd Saturday Family Series –Animal Tracks Investigation Walk

Come take a walk around the Discovery Center and learn how to identify different animals by their tracks. See what's been here when we're not around. A fox? A racoon? Dress warm!

Feb. 16, 2012 (7:00 am - 8:30 pm) Goji berries!

Join us for a chat with Rachel Levin from the Department of Biology at Amherst College. We'll explore goji berries and their relatives!

Thursday night series is generally geared towards adults, but families are welcome to attend.

Feb. 24, 2012 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm) Fourth Friday Story Hour-Owls

Come listen to a wonderful story about Owls, and then stay for a craft activity. This is meant for our very young audience.

Feb. 28 2012 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm) Investigation Station-Winter Buds

Can you tell what kind of tree it is by looking at its buds when there are no leaves? Come investigate winter buds.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jan 6, 2012, 5:51 P
Ray Mason performing at the Discovery Center
GFDC Coffehouse
Friday Jan 13, 2012, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ray Mason performs at 7 pm on Friday, January 13, at the Great Falls Coffeehouse. Ray will be performing solo with his 1965 Silvertone guitar. Although Ray is local to the valley, he has been touring far and wide since the 1960’s with big-name bands such as The Band, NRBQ, They Might Be Giants, Graham Parker, Warren Zevon, Laura Cantrell, Junior Brown, Fred Eaglesmith, his own band The Lonesome Brothers, and many more talented musicians and bands. Ray has released 12 CDs to date; some will be available for sale on the night of the performance. “It’s rock with the roll, just one man and his guitar”.

The coffeehouse takes place in the historic Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center at 2 Avenue A, in downtown Turners Falls. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Coffee and homemade baked goods are available. The museum and museum store are open during intermission. Suggested sliding scale donation $6–$12, free for children. Donations help the Friends of the Discovery Center provide free nature programming for the public. The Discovery Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information, please call the Discovery Center at (413) 863-3221.
 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 28, 2011, 4:54 P
November events
November, 2011

Nature Printing, Weaving, and Surface Design by Leonore Alaniz in the Great Hall all of November

Nov. 11, 2011 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Friends’ Coffeehouse- Last Night’s Fun Stop by and enjoy Celtic music from Last Night’s Fun, a local band. Come and get your jig on! Refreshments are available!

Nov. 12, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm) Nature Printing! Join Great Falls Discovery Center featured artist, Leonore Alaniz, and learn about the history of nature printing and the Renaissance technique of imprinting plants, feathers and shells onto paper and fabric with water soluble, non-toxic inks!

Nov. 17, 2011 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Mineral Collecting. Fascinated by minerals, but don’t know much about them? Maybe you’re just curious about the difference between minerals and gems? Join artist Fred Wilda of the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club for a presentation about his interesting collection! Fred also does water color paintings of minerals, and has published his work in mineral books and magazines! This program is adult oriented, but families are welcome to attend.

Nov. 25, 2011 Center Closed

Nov. 26, 2011 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Investigation Station: All About Turkeys! Learn about the different parts of a turkey! Investigate wild turkeys and their re-introduction to Massachusetts! Come and join us for a turkey craft!
 
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clegg - Fri, Sep 30, 2011, 5:25 P
October events
In the Great Hall

October 1-31, 2011 Northeast Fall Photography by Eric Valentine

Interested in what draws people to New England in the fall? Come check out Eric Valentine's photography exhibit as he brings an Oregonian’s eye to the Northeast.

Oct. 1, 2011 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artist Reception

Come meet Oregon photographer, Eric Valentine, our featured artist, in the Great Hall of the Discovery Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Oct. 8, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm) Catch a Falling Star: Family-science fun…hunting for micrometeorites!

Would you like to catch a falling star (a micrometeorite, that is!) and put it in your pocket? Come to the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 10:30 am and Holyoke Community College geology instructor Steve Winters will show you how!

Scientists estimate that about 22,000 tons of micrometeorite materials fall to the Earth every year. Most falls in the ocean, but some falls on land, and much of it ends up in our rivers. Our New England rivers (especially the Connecticut, New England’s longest) have collected, funneled, and preserved tons of micrometeorites over the years, and they’re just waiting for you to come find them and take them home!

Steve will guide you through family-science fun sifting through river sand with a magnet looking for tiny metallic beads—the most common form in which we find this special kind of cosmic dust. Sand, magnets, and microscopes will be provided.

“Catch a Falling Star!” is sponsored by the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center.

Oct. 14, 2011 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) GFDC Friends present Coffeehouse Series featuring Zydeco Connection

The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host local bands, singers, and musicians in the Great Hall on the second Friday of each month. Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Come catch the Louisiana blues beat with Zydeco Connection--dancing encouraged!

Oct. 15, 2011 (10:00 am-2:00 pm) WoW Express at the Great Falls Discovery Center

Come celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with the Silvio O. Conte’s new Watershed on Wheels! Walk through an immersion trailer; try your hand at identifying 40 different critters to identify; test your grip compared to an eagle’s talon; play a web of life Jenga type game, and learn about your watershed! Cake offered to celebrate the Refuge System!

Oct. 20, 2011 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Where do the birds around Turners Falls spend their winters?

Come join Scott Surner from the Hampshire Bird Club help kick off our fledgling group of birders! Scott will share some remarkable information about bird migration and highlight what we can look forward to when spring comes our way. And where do the birds that we see here in the Turners Falls area go in the winter anyway? And, how about the birds that stay local? Why is that? Are you interested in birding? Would you like to learn the answers to these questions and more? Come to this program and let's learn together and get this group flying.

Oct. 22, 2011 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) Visit the Investigation Station at the Front Desk-

All about pumpkins!

This months’ investigation station be set up at the front desk will cover all aspects of pumpkins. A craft activity will also be available for younger visitors.

Oct. 28, 2011 (10:30 - 11:30 am) Fourth Friday Young Children's Story Hour

Join us the fourth Friday story hour featuring animals of the night in honor of Halloween. Have your little one wear a costume if they would like. There will be a craft activity and prizes! This hour is especially for children ages 3-6.


Sarah A. Bevilacqua
Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
413.863.3676
 
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clegg - Fri, Sep 2, 2011, 4:42 P
This weekend at the GFDC
Stop by the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, in Turners Falls on Sunday, September 4, from 2:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m.and learn about brick manufacturing in the town of Montague and architectural styles and designs using those bricks. This program is in conjunction with the September’s Artist Exhibit in the Great Hall by Anne Harding. Harding is displaying knitting based on brick designs in Turners Falls and brick photography in the Great Hall starting September 1st. An open reception for the art work will be held on Saturday, September 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 22, 2011, 3:12 P
Block Party using GFDC grounds
Saturday, August 13 (2:00 pm – 8:00 pm) Turners Falls Block Party!

Join us on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center for activities, displays, and crafts about the natural world during this town-wide celebration of Turners Falls.

The grounds will also feature paper making presentation be Southworth Paper and many or the vendors from the Wednesday Great Falls Farmers Market.

This will be the first year that the Turners Falls Block Party has extend all the way to the park grounds.
 
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clegg - Thu, Jul 21, 2011, 4:45 P
August Events at GFDC
In the Great Hall
Photography by Rollin Atkinson

August 1 – 31, 2011


Tuesday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (10:30 am – 11:30 am) Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope is a kid-friendly, hands-on environmental experience for very young children presented in a fun, age-appropriate manner. Each topic includes a story, interactive games and activities, and a craft to help you and your child understand the world around us. Programming recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Each session will have a theme: squirrels (8/2), bees (8/9), bats (8/16), moose (8/23), and butterflies (8/30). Call 413.863.3221 or visit: www.greatfallsma.org for more details.

Saturday, August 6 (8:00 am – 9:30 am) “Know Where You Live” Nature Walk

“That’s In My Backyard?” Come explore plants and history with us on the bike path. Meet at the Discovery Center. All ages and interests welcome. Flat terrain along the canal-side bike path.

Saturday, August 6 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Artist Reception

Join us for a reception recognizing Rollin Atkinson, whose work is featured in the Great Hall for the month of August. Light refreshments available.

Sunday, August 7 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm) Watershed Poets and Watershed Wildflowers

Join us at the Great Falls Discovery Center for a FREE program. Obsessing about wildflowers is quite natural for poets. Come learn about the wildflowers of the Connecticut River Watershed and the poets here who have loved them. Hear from poets Emily Dickinson, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, and more! Weather permitting we may stroll along the Canal-side Bike Path to view wildflowers and write about them ourselves. We will consider ways to honor our own favorite wildflowers through words and through conservation. For more information call (413) 863-3221

Friday, August 12 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm) GFDC Friends presents Coffeehouse Series

The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host local bands, singers, and musicians in the Great Hall on the second Friday of each month. Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Tonight, Al Canali & Small Change will help us beat the heat with cool swing, jazz, country, folk, a capella, and a few other genres that defy categorization.

Saturday, August 13 (10:30 am – 2:00 pm) Second Saturday Children’s Series: Dinosaur Footprints

If you were around millions of years ago, you'd have to watch out for towering dinosaurs as they walked this earth. Stop by the Great Hall today between 10:30 and 2:00 to check out some dinosaur footprints and explore a creature from a distant past!

Saturday, August 13 (2:00 pm – 6:00 pm) Turners Falls Block Party!

Join us on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center for activities, displays, and crafts about the natural world during this town-wide celebration of Turners Falls.

Sunday, August 14 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm) Watershed Poets and Watershed Birds

Join us at the Great Falls Discovery Center for a FREE program. How many ways can you look at a blackbird? Wallace Stevens found thirteen. Emily Dickinson knew that the oriole was “a Pleader – a Dissembler – an Epicure – a Thief.” Obsessing about birds is quite natural for poets. Come learn about the birds of the Connecticut River Watershed and the poets here who have loved them. Consider ways to honor your own favorite avian friends through words and through conservation. For more information call (413) 863-3221.

Thursday, August 18 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm) Turners Falls: A Planned Industrial Community- History of its Early Development (1866-1914)

Join Refuge staff as we take a virtual walk through Historic Downtown Turners Falls with Frank Abbondanzio of the Town of Montague. Learn about the power of the Connecticut River on the location and formation of manufacturing and milling within the community. This program is free and is adult-oriented, but families are welcome to attend.

Saturday, August 20 (8:00 am – 9:30 am) “Know Where You Live” Nature Walk

“They Live Here Too” Come explore animals and insects with us on the bike path. Meet at the Discovery Center. All ages and interests welcome. Flat terrain along the canal-side bike path.

Saturday, August 20 (11:00 am – 2:00 pm) Canoe Trip on the Connecticut River Water Trail

Join us for a FREE canoe trip, sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, starting in Montague City and following the Connecticut River Water Trail, a protected section of the river.

For ages 10 and up, more details to follow. Please call (413) 863-3221 for more details and to reserve your spot! It will be a leisurely paddle downstream viewing our unique natural history.

Friday, August 26 (10:30 am – 11:30 am) Fourth Friday Young Children’s Story Hour

Trees are amazing plants! Come check out some creative ways to study them!

Story hour is especially for children ages 3-6. After the story, you can join us for an activity or craft.

Saturday, August 27 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Investigation Station

Why are Monarch butterflies orange? Why do stink bugs stink? Investigate these questions and more in the Beetles and Butterflies station.

Visit the Investigation Station on the 4th Friday of each month (located at the front desk). A variety of topics are covered throughout the year.

Sunday, August 28 (8:00 am – 9:30 am) Canal-side Bike Path Nature Walk

Start the day off right with an early morning nature walk! We will leisurely explore level paved bike trails and village sidewalks. Meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 8 am. Learn about plants, animals, and mill town history along the Canal-side Bike Path of Turners Falls. Topics may include birds, fish, invasive species, wildflowers, cultural or industrial history, and more! Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, bug repellent, and sun screen. For more information, call (413) 863-3221.
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clegg - Sat, Jul 9, 2011, 2:21 P
Special events
On Friday, July 22nd, 2011 starting at 1:00 pm, join the Boston Museum of Science in the Great Hall for a live animal program featuring reptiles! What makes a reptile a reptile? Are snakes slimy? Come find out when the Museum's live animal center visits the Great Falls Discovery Center! Call the Discovery Center (413.863.3221) for more information.

On Saturday July 30th, 2011 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm, join Refuge staff with water chestnut removal in and around Barton Cove. Water chestnut is an invasive aquatic plant that can choke out other native plants, making boating, swimming, and fishing difficult. Please call the Discovery Center (413.863.3221) to register and for more information.

All programs at the Discovery Center are free unless otherwise indicated. Summer hours are 10 am - 4 pm, 7 days a week. Visit www.greatfallsma.org to view our calendar and stay up to date with what's happening at Great Falls Discovery Center! Or join us on facebook: Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center

Silvio O. Conte NFWR
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA
413.863.3221
 
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Discovery Center Calendar
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Session
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Asparagus Festival 2022
Sat, June 4
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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Thu, June 9
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Mohawk Trail Concerts
Sat, June 18
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Montague Common Hall
Mowhawk Trail Concerts
Sat, July 9
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

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Basket Weaving Workshop
Sat, August 13
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Sun, August 14
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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