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Tuesday, February 02 2016

February Events at Discovery Center

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

Art, music, wildlife, the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls has it all!  This month's highlights include celebrations of Black History Month and extra hours during school vacation week.  All programs at the center are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and the facilities are accessible.

Art Display:  Portraits of African Americans, Past & Present
February 5th through the end of March, in the Great Hall

Turners Falls RiverCulture presents an exhibition featuring near life size paintings by Louise Minks and fabric sculptures by Belinda Lyons Zucker.

Fridays, February 5th, 19th, & 26th, 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.  This month's topics are Winter Birds on the 5th, Bobcats on the 19th, and Owls on the 26th.

Artist Reception & Lecture
Sunday, February 7th, from 1PM to 3:30PM

In conjunction with the ongoing exhibit Portraits of African Americans, Past and Present, there will be an opportunity to meet painter Louise Minks and fabric sculptor Belinda Lyons Zucker.  In addition, at 2:30PM, Tim Neumann of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) will give a lecture entitled, “A Web of Community: Slavery in a Rural New England Town”.

Great Falls Coffeehouse with David Fersh
Friday, February 12th, from 7PM to 9PM

Each month, the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local musical talent. Refreshments are available and the museum and museum store are open during intermission.  This month David Fersh offers a concert version of his recent album Songs of Peace, Protest & Spirit.

Who do you love?  Valentines for Wildlife
Saturday, February 13th, from 10AM to 2PM

An activity for all ages!  Come make Valentines to give to the ones you love, keep for yourself, or to give to your favorite wildlife biologist---all in honor of your favorite animal.

Canal Stroll Along Migratory Way
Sunday, February 14th, from 1PM to 3PM
Meet at Main Entrance

Dress warm in layers, with winter boots, for this moderate walk along Migratory Way.  This event is intended for adults and sturdy young hikers with an adult.  It will cover about 2.5 miles.

Expanded Hours & Activities for School Vacation Week
February 15th through 19th, from 10AM to 4PM

Stop by for investigation stations on planting seeds on Monday, making your own nature journal on Tuesday, exploring mammal adaptations to winter on Wednesday, indoor birding on Thursday, and bobcats on Friday.

The Nolumbeka Project’s Full Snow Moon Gathering
Saturday, February 20th, from Noon to 3PM

Jennifer Lee (Metis/Narragansett, Pequot) will share her personal journey as a Native American descendant and her explorations of history and culture.

Build a Blue Bird House
Saturday, February 27th, at 10:30AM

Help the blue birds in your neighborhood get ready for spring nesting by building a birdhouse with specifications just for them.  This event is free but please register to reserve your space by calling (413) 863-3221.

From Africa to Hip Hop
Saturday, February 27th, from 4PM to 6PM

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 celebration.


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 or by phone at (413) 863-3221.  More information can also be found on their website:

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