The Trustees 

October and November 2017

Events & Programs

Contact: Caitlin Davis, Executive Assistant 

413.200.7262 cdavis@thetrustees.org 


Volunteer Opportunities in the Berkshires

Join the Trustees: Haunted House Crews for a Cause:  Sign up yourself or your club, family, place of worship, honor society or employer as ghouls, ghosts, and other scary beings for our Naumkeag Haunted House in Stockbridge. Costumes and light dinner provided. No acting experience needed. 10/20, 10/21, 10/27 and 10/28. 5-9:30PM. For more info, contact bcruey@thetrustees.org or 413.298.3239 x3025.

SHAPING A LANDSCAPE: The Gardens of Naumkeag
Daily, October 1 to Monday October 9 12Noon & 2PM 
Naumkeag, Stockbridge
$5, in addition to property admission of $15. Members get FREE property admission.
Mabel Choate collaborated with landscape architect Fletcher Steele for nearly 30 years in the creation of the gardens and views at Naumkeag. These world-renowned gardens are a must-see site for anyone interested in modern landscape design, and everyone who sets foot in them will experience the magic captured in these uniquely historical gardens. For more information please call 413.298.8138 or email naumkeag@thetrustees.org. 

OUTSIDE IN: The Architecture and Design of Naumkeag house and gardens
Wednesday, October 4, Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7
1:30PM, Saturdays 11:30AM
Naumkeag, Stockbridge
$5, in addition to property admission of $15. Members get FREE property admission.
The landscape defines the spirit of Naumkeag, and the house draws that spirit inward. Carefully and specifically sited on the enfolding Berkshire hills, the Choate's summer retreat is more than a summer cottage, it is a collection of views and rooms, both inside the house and outside in the garden. Experience the design of Naumkeag as Mabel Choate planned for visitors to see it, weaving in and out of the house and gardens. For more information please call 413.298.8138 or email naumkeag@thetrustees.org. 

The Gilded Age in the Berkshires
Sunday, October 8 and Monday, October 9, 2:30PM
Naumkeag, Stockbridge
$5, in addition to property admission of $15. Members get FREE property admission.
Understand Naumkeag within a historical context: the rapid economic and industrial expansion after the Civil War, the rise in European immigration, and the growth of an American aristocracy amidst widespread worker poverty. Learn how the economic elite enjoyed their leisure time, how the Berkshires became a popular resort for this class, and how the Choate family fit into this picture. For more information please call 413.298.8138 or email naumkeag@thetrustees.org.

Fall Foliage & Mid-Century Architecture Tour: The Folly at Field Farm
Saturday, October 7 1-2:30PM
Field Farm, Williamstown

Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10
An incredible example of mid-century modern architecture, The Folly's playful, organic design, original furniture, and artwork purchased by the Bloedel family is not to be missed! Designed by Ulrich Franzen, this architectural gem consists of curves centered on a central silo.  

We'll start with a fall foliage walk around Field Farm followed by a tour of The Folly where visitors are transported to another era and can experience nature and art in a unique way. Come discover this house's playful design, learn about its architectural elements, and hear stories about the Bloedel's and their fascinating art collection. Bring your camera, because you'll definitely want to take pictures! For more information please call 413.458.3135 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org. 


Chainsaw Skills for Women- Level 1
Saturday, October 7 8:30AM-4:30PM
Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield
members $220; nonmembers $275
Chainsaw Skills for Women is a full day class with lecture in the morning and hands-on chainsaw use in the afternoon.
Participants will learn about personal protective equipment, the anatomy of a chainsaw, basic maintenance, and more. Hands-on practice with chainsaws will include skills such as holding a chainsaw, starting a saw, hazard identification, escape options, and field practice with bucking and limbing. For more information please call 413.298.3239x3013 or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. 

 

At the end of the program participants should be able to discuss and list all topics covered in the morning lecture and demonstrate cutting logs on the ground or elevated on saw horses.


Fall Foliage Wagon Rides
Sunday, October 8 11-3PM
Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield
Member $9; Nonmember $15; Kids FREE
Come to the Cobble and celebrate Fall foliage season at its best with a beautiful horse drawn wagon ride around our big field. Wagon rides begin at 10 am and will run every 30 minutes. Participants will hear stories about the Native Americans and European settlers of the land, as well as learning about the natural history of the property. For more information please call 413.298.3239x3013 or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. 


Naumkeag Pumpkin Trail
Friday, October 13, Saturday, October 14, 5-7PM
Naumkeag, Stockbridge
Member Adult $9, Nonmember Adult $15. All kids FREE.
Follow the Naumkeag Pumpkin Trail for a magical treat. In the pumpkin-lit gardens you will meet nocturnal woodland creatures from our local forests who will emerge to share their stories. Learn fun facts about some of your favorite local critters. This is a non-scary event for all ages! Costumes welcome. Flashlights are encouraged. The trail is not stroller friendly and does have uneven footing. Children FREE. For more information please call 413.298.3239x3013 or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. 


Mid-Century Modern Architecture Tour: The Folly at Field Farm
Saturday October 14 1PM
Field Farm, Williamstown
FREE for Berkshire County Residents
FREE Folly Tour on Columbus Day for Berkshire County residents!

An incredible example of mid-century modern architecture, The Folly's playful, organic design, original furniture, and artwork purchased by the Bloedel family is not to be missed! Designed by Ulrich Franzen, this architectural gem consists of curves centered on a central silo.  On the tour, visitors are transported to another era and experience nature and art in a unique way. Come discover this house's playful design, learn about its architectural elements, and hear stories about the Bloedel's and their fascinating art collection. Bring your camera, because you'll definitely want to take pictures! For more information please call 413.458.3135 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org. 


Haunted House at Naumkeag
Friday, October 20, Saturday, October 21, Friday, October 27, Saturday, October 28 6:30-9PM
Naumkeag, Stockbridge
Member $15, Nonmember $25

Naumkeag's Haunted House returns with more scares, bigger haunts and new surprises that are not for the faint of heart! This year, we're moving things into the mansion itself in addition to a new, frightening path through our historic gardens. Don't miss the Southern Berkshire's only Haunted House! Recommended ages 12 and up. For more information and all updates and weather-related changes, check our Trustees West Region Facebook page.


Notchview Megatransect!
Saturday, October 21, 9AM-12PM
Notchview, Windsor
Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $5
Join us for an ultra-hike across Notchview! A great way to see the property and learn about Notchview’s history and landscape. Not for the faint of heart – although it’s a little over a mile, certainly not a stroll in the park but a fun adventure for those that love to hike! For more information please call 413.200.7262 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org. 


Full Moon Hot Toddy Hike
Saturday, November 4 7-9PM
Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield
Members $5; Nonmembers $10
Join us at Bartholomew's Cobble for a short hike up Hurlburt's Hill to watch the moonrise with warm Toddies and a blazing fire. Meet at the Visitor's Center at 7 pm; must be 21 or older to be served toddies. For more information please call 413.298.3239x3013 or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org.

Live Action Clue
Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 7-9PM

Naumkeag, Stockbridge
Member $40, Nonmember $50, refreshments included.
Join us for an evening of murderous fun, based on the classic board game of Clue. Imagine arriving at Naumkeag for a dinner party, only to discover the dead body of the Choate's beloved butler Osborne. As you explore this Gilded Age summer home, figure out who killed Osborne, with what weapon, and in which room. Participants are assigned characters in advance, on teams of 6-8 players each. Pre-registration is required; if you want to build your own team, or for more information, call 413.298.3239 x3016 or email mmoulton@thetrustees.org. 


Chainsaw Skills for Women-Level 2
Saturday, November 11 8:30AM-4:30PM
Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield
Members $220; Nonmembers $275
This workshop will build on the information taught in Chainsaw Skills-Level 1 and requires participation in either Level 1 or permission of the instructor. During the workshop, students will learn how to successfully fell and limb standing trees. For more information please call 413.298.3239x3013 or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org.

Pre-Season Kick-Off!
Saturday, November 18 7-9PM
Notchview, Windsor
FREE
We'll bring the chili & ski movies and you bring the beer! Hang out with friends in the lodge, watch old ski films and get ready for the ski season ahead - winter is coming! BYOB 

Don't forget you can purchase your ski pass at the lodge and get a pre-season discount! For more information please call 413.200.7262 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org. 


Story Book Walk
Friday, November 24 10AM-3PM
Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield
FREE
Buck the Black Friday trend and get outside to enjoy the beautiful ledges trail at Bartholomew's Cobble. At various stops along the way, read pages of a beloved children's story in our magical woods. For more information please call 413.298.3239x3013 or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org.

Green Friday Hike at Notchview!
Friday, November 24 10-11AM
Notchview, Windsor
Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $5
Join us on our newest kids' trail for a woodland walk at Notchview where we'll enjoy s'mores at the top!  A sweet and fun hike for kids and kids at heart - a wonderful way to keep up the Thanksgiving spirit with family and friends while enjoying the outdoors!  We'll meet at the Budd Visitor Center at 10am followed by a walk across the field to enter the trail.  No need to register! For more information please call 413.200.7262 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org. 



PIONEER VALLEY & HILLTOWNS

Volunteer Opportunities in Pioneer Valley and Hilltowns

 “Time travel” with The Trustees, and take our visitors on the voyage with you! Become a National Historic Landmark Greeter at Mission House (Stockbridge) or Tour Guide at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead (Cummington) and share the stories and magic of these special places. No experience necessary. Training provided. Fridays through Sundays. Flexible. Fun. Social. Rewarding. Visit www.thetrustees.org/volunteer or contact tbeasley@thetrustees.org or 413.213.4248 for more information.  

Hilltown Paint Out
Sunday, October 1 10AM-3PM
William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10
Plein air painters of all levels are invited to paint the scenic landscapes at The William Cullen Bryant Homestead. All work produced by registered participants of the paint out will be on display at the Bryant Homestead during the month of October. Painters may arrive anytime between 10am-3pm to paint.  Local painter Paula Gottlieb will be offering a plein air water color demo at 11am!

Please register in advance. For more information please call 413.200.7262 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org. 


William Cullen Bryant: Poet, Editor & Conservationist
Sunday, October 8 to Sunday, November 26
Sundays Saturdays 1PM, 2PM & 3PM
William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10
Learn the story of Bryant’s upbringing at this beautiful hilltown home and his career in New York City as editor of the New-York Evening Post. Experience the incredible landscape that inspired Bryant to return in 1865 and spend his summers in Cummington. Guides lead visitors through the historic house, highlighting the unique objects that once belonged to William Cullen Bryant and his family, while telling stories of this remarkable man and his important contributions to American poetry, politics and conservation.  Tour takes approximately 45 minutes. For more information please call 413.200.7262 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org. 


Rivulet Spirals - Art Opening 
Saturday, October 14 11AM-1PM
William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
FREE
Join us for our opening of a new art installation along the Rivulet Trail!  Meet the artist, enjoy light refreshments and take in fall's colors as we hike the Rivulet and learn more about this beautiful installation inspired by Bryant's poetry and cherished childhood landscape. 

More about the artwork:

Todd Lynch's Rivulet Spirals are inspired by William Cullen Bryant's poem, Life.  It is an installation of an ephemeral woven branch sculpture in the form of two interwoven spirals. The form is inspired by patterns of hydrology and the meter and content in the poem. The piece consists of found branches and plant material collected from on-site and crafted into the spirals that will run the length of a fallen tree along the Rivulet Trail. For more information please call 413.200.7262 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org. 


Homestead Haunted House
Friday, October 20, Saturday, October 21, Saturday, October 28, Sunday, October 29 6-10PM
William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10
Are you in for a good scare?  Come for a spine-chilling weekend at the Homestead and see what ghoulish spirits lurk about this 200-year-old house!  Edgar Allen Poe meets Washington Irving in this creepy haunted house that takes you through the eerie servant's quarters, third floor and back staircases.  All American literature's scary stories come to life in this bone-chilling experience! You never know who...or what...you'll encounter! Reservations are strongly encouraged.  Tickets may be purchased online or by contacting Andrea Caluori at acaluori@thetrustees.org.  

Due to the terrifyingly fun nature of this program, we recommend ages 13 and up. Wear walking shoes as the haunted house starts outside and moves through the house.  


Mystery Magic at the Homestead
Friday, October 27 7-8:30PM
William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington

Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25
You heard the stories from last year’s show…come and see for yourself the mysteries of mind reading by Magician Melies! A delightfully spooky and fun evening filled with mystery, mind-reading, and a spirit séance! We guarantee you'll leave mystified!  You never know who...or what...will make an appearance at the Homestead!

Intended for adults. Cash bar available. 2 hours. Please reserve your tickets in advance through online registration or by contacting Andrea Caluori at acaluori@thetrustees.org


About The Trustees: The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of irreplaceable scenic, cultural, and natural significance for the public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the world’s oldest land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation non-profits. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 113 spectacular reservations including working farms, historic homesteads and landscaped gardens, community parks, barrier beaches, mountain vistas and woodland trials located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. An established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and worldwide, The Trustees have also worked with community partners to protect an additional 34,000 acres. With hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, camps, concerts and events annually designed to engage all ages in its mission, The Trustees invite you to Find Your Place and get out and experience the natural beauty and culture our state has to offer. For more information, visit: www.thetrustees.org.