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Thursday, March 24 2016

April 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 a performance by internationally acclaimed folk band Windbourne and a spring birding walk.  All programs at the center are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and the facilities are accessible.

Art Display:  "Vintage Powerhouse: Cabot Station - A 100 Year Retrospective"
April 2nd through May 28th
In the Great Hall

Historical photographs, dating from the early 1900s, that tell the story of the construction of the new concrete dam at Turners Falls, new power station, and power canal expansion.

History Underwater
Saturday, April 2nd, from 1PM to 2:30PM
Sponsored by the Connecticut River Watershed Council

Hear avid Connecticut River scuba diver Annette Spaulding talk about her underwater adventures and discoveries, including a Native American petroglyph that she recently found near Brattleboro and a larger one she's still searching for.  Members of the Nolumbeka Project will also be on hand to share aspects of Native American history in our region.

Great Falls Coffeehouse with Windbourne
Friday, April 8th, from 7PM to 9PM
Donations Appreciated

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 show features internationally acclaimed folk band Windbourne, which specializes in close harmony singing and shifting effortlessly between different styles of music.  As you'll hear, Windbourne plays tunes from many continents and cultures but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions.

Great Hall Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Saturday, April 9th, from 1PM to 3PM
In the Great Hall, all ages welcome.

Join us for refreshments and a look back in time!  "Vintage Powerhouse: Cabot Station - A 100 Year Retrospective" features historical photographs, dating from the early 1900s, that tell the story of the construction of the new concrete dam at Turners Falls, new power station, and power canal expansion.  At the time of its construction, and for many years after, Cabot Station was the largest hydro-electric facility east of Niagara Falls.

Early Bird Spring Birding with John Green
Saturday, April 30th, from 7AM to 10AM
Meet at the main entrance
Registration Required

Get a jump on learning about spring migratory birds with the birdsong expertise of John Green.  Mr. Green will lead a walk to discover birds along the Canalside Rail Trail, at Unity Park, and along Migratory Way.  This outing is perfect for beginning and intermediate birders.  Space is limited so please register by calling (413) 863-3221 or emailing

Park Serve Day
Saturday, April 30th, from 10AM to Noon

Join DCR staff and the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center as we prepare the center for our upcoming 2016 season.  Projects will include spreading mulch and beautifying our garden beds, trash and leaf clean-up, and other simple yard tasks that will help Great Falls really shine all season long!  Bring a friend or family member or 2, a pair of work shoes, and and a desire to get your hands a little dirty as you volunteer to make Great Falls the great state park that it is.


About the Discovery Center
During the spring, the Great Falls Discovery Center is open on Fridays and Saturdays, from 10AM to 4PM.  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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