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Monday, July 27 2015

Art, Nature, Music & More at Discovery Center

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) press release:

The Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls is open 7 days a week, from 10AM to 4PM, and they have many fun and interesting events scheduled throughout the month of August.  All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted and the facilities are accessible.

2nd Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival
Saturday, August 1, from 11AM to 7PM, at  Unity Park Waterfront

The festival is a celebration of Native American art, music, and culture. Our Great Falls Discovery Center DCR park interpreter, and Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Staff, will present information on migrating fish in the Connecticut River and Native American fishing.  Stop by our table to learn more and to make fish prints.  Take in the great live music, storytelling, and games at the festival, and visit our museum.  A full day of fun!  The schedule is available at or

Art Display
August 2 through 30, in the Great Hall
In this exhibit, titled "Great Gods and Little Fishes", new paintings by Charles Shaw will be available for viewing.

River Rambles:  Canal-side Rail Trail Nature & History Walks
Sundays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, from 10AM to 11:30AM, meet outside main entrance

 Join a DCR Park Interpreter as we leisurely explore level, paved bike trails and village sidewalks to learn about plants, animals, and mill history.

Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, & 25, from 10:30AM to 11:30AM, meet in the Great Hall

Come learn about 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.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6, with a parent or guardian.  Topics for this series are August 4 Dragonflies, August 11 Rabbits, August 18 Snakes, and August 25 Coyotes.

Watershed Wonders: Camouflage
Friday, August  7, from 2PM to 3PM

A story hour with crafts and games focusing on the many wonders of life in the Connecticut River watershed. For ages 6 to 8, with a parent or guardian.

Bike Path Bingo! Canal-side Rail Trail Nature Walk for Kids
Saturday, August  8, from 10:30AM to 11:30AM

Kids, grab your parents, bug spray, and sunscreen, and then go exploring with a DCR Park Interpreter.  All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to find out just how much you can see.

The Great Falls Coffeehouse:  Mark and Beverly Davis—Classic Guitar Duo
Friday, August 14, from 7PM to 9PM

Each month Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local musical talent. Refreshments are available and both the museum and the museum store are open during intermission.

Artist Reception:  Great Gods and Little Fishes by Charles Shaw
Saturday, August 15, from 1 to 3PM, in the Great Hall

Join us for a celebration of the newest paintings by Northfield artist, Charles Shaw.  They are created through a direct process, exclusively from plaster and recycled materials.

Water Under the Bridge Bike Tour
Saturday, August  22, from 10AM to Noon, meet at the main entrance

Join us for a leisurely 2-hour bike tour along the Canal-side Rail Trail that highlights the history of bridges in Turners Falls and Montague City.  Come learn about the many challenges associated with getting over the Connecticut River in our villages.  Bring your bike, water, bug spray, helmet, and sun block.

About the Discovery Center
The Great Falls Discovery Center is located at the Connecticut River Gateway State Park, 2 Avenue A, in Turners Falls.  They can be reached by email at or by phone at (413) 863-3221.  More information can also be found on their website:


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