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Monday, November 09 2015

Take Advantage of Discovery Center's Expanded Hours

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

Since the Masachusetts DCR has added 3 days a week to the Great Falls Discovery Center's open hours this winter, now is a great time to check out all of their exhibits highlighting the natural, cultural, and industrial history of our Connecticut River watershed, as well as their terrific events.  All programs at the center are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and the facilities are accessible.

Food Drive
Through December 1st

DCR parks and visitor centers across the state are hosting a food drive for local food banks. Bring your non-perishable food items to the center to make a donation.

Art Display
Through the end of November, in the Great Hall

The Artists of Franklin County presents a group art exhibit, “The Nature of Life”, which showcases a mix of fine art and photography with creative reflections on nature and inspiring images of wildlife, flowers, grasslands, and waterways.  The show is curated by Ellen Blanchette and artists include Bruce Kahn, Gloria Kegeles, Ellen Blanchette, Lynn Pelland, Beth Pelton, Ginny Newton, Debbie Rittall, Diane Interlande, and Alice Thomas.

The Great Falls Coffeehouse:  Outbreak of Peace - Sarah Pirtle & Friends
Friday, November 13, from 7PM to 9PM

Each month Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local musical talent, this time presenting songs and stories for peace.  Refreshments are available and both the museum and the museum store are open during intermission.

Let’s Talk Turkey! A Story Hour for Young Children
Friday, November 20, from 10:30AM to 11:30AM

Join us for a special turkey scavenger hunt on the center grounds, and in the museum, where we will hunt and peck for turkey clues with stories and crafts all about our favorite fall bird.  This program is for children ages 3 to 6 years old, siblings and friends welcome.

Annual Beaver Moon Gathering
Saturday, November 21, from Noon to 3PM, in the Great Hall

This event is co-sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project.  A brief opening, focused on “Giving Thanks”, will begin at noon, followed by the keynote presentation by Billy "Iahteho:tas” Myers of the Kanien' ke'ha (Mohawk) Bear Clan. He will talk about the challenges faced by American Indians in the 21st century while remaining connected to their nation, history, ceremony, and commitment to the environment.

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About the Discovery Center
The Great Falls Discovery Center Winter Hours will be 10AM to 4PM, Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment on Tuesdays.  The center is located at the Connecticut River Gateway State Park, 2 Avenue A, in Turners Falls.  They can be reached by email at ct.greenway@state.ma.us or by phone at (413) 863-3221.  More information can also be found on their website:  www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Jack Murray, the agency?s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr. Contact us at mass.parks@state.ma.us.

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