Past Events

The 2013 Calendar

Saturday, May, 18, 9-11am

“Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener

Saturday, May 26, 3pm

Concert and Opening Reception. Singer-songwriter Diane Taraz will perform her “Civil War Sampler”, songs from the mid-1800s, that trace the effects of the war on people of both sexes, all races and walks of life, in both North and South, as they struggled through a dark yet inspiring time. Diane tells the stories of the songs and accompanies herself on guitar and lap dulcimer. Refreshments. $15/ free for members

Saturday, June 8, 9-11am

“Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener

Saturday, June 15, 10am

History Talk: Shaker Equality of the Sexes, 1788-1890. History scholar and author Glendyne Wergland on the roles of men and women in Shaker communities and how the Shakers achieved equality. Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham. 10 a.m. $15/$10 for members. Supported in part by a grant from the Otis Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, June 22, 9-11am

“Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener

Saturday, June 29, 10am–4pm

Tyringham Garden Tour: Walls, Water and Wonderful Gardens. The museum grounds are a stop on the tour. Visit the museum’s gardens or all seven special places. $15 in advance for the whole tour. Contact 413-243-1717 for tickets. The Tyringham Garden Tour benefits the Hop Brook Community Club’s Scholarship Fund.

Saturday, July 6, 1–4:30pm

Bidwell House Museum Township No. 1 Day
A community celebration of Tyringham and Monterey history. Live music by local musicians, children’s activities, baking contest, historic craft demonstrations, author talks, more… For details and individual event times, please check this website or call (413) 528-6888. Supported in part by a grant from the Monterey Cultural Council. Free. Please note: the museum is closed for tours this day.

Saturday, July 13, 10am

History Talk: Red and White: Settlers and Indians in Early America, by John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University. Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham. 10 a.m. $15/$10 for members. Supported in part by a grant from the Otis Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, July 20, 9–11am

“Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener

Saturday, July 27, 10am

History Talk: The Garden in the Woods: Archaeology at Kampoosa Bog in Stockbridge. UMass Professor of Anthropology Eric Johnson on finds of a 4000-year-old settlement and what we know about earliest human life in the Berkshires. Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham. 10 am. $15/$10 for members. Supported in part by a grant from the Otis Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, Aug. 3

“The Twenties in the Berkshires” Garden Party for Bidwell House Museum. Live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auction at Fiddletop Estate. Party benefits the historic 1750s Bidwell House Museum. 4 – 7 p.m., Wellman Road, Monterey. 413-528-6888.

Saturday, Aug. 24, 10am

History Talk: The Hempstead and Jackson Families: Twisted Tales of Love, Loyalty, Slavery, and Subversion in Colonial New England. Prof. Allegra di Bonaventura of Yale University on the story of her book For Adam’s Sake.  Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham. 10 a.m. $15/$10 for members. Supported in part by a grant from the Otis Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, Aug. 31, 10am

History Talk: The Men Who United the States. Author Simon Winchester previewing his next book – on explorers, road builders, railroaders, the telegraph. Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham. 10 a.m. $15/$10 for members. Supported in part by a grant from the Otis Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, Sept. 21, 10am

Housatonic Heritage Walk: Bee-Hunting on Bidwell Grounds. Learn how farmers of old searched for and captured honey bees, and how you can too. Michael White will explain how to “hunt” for a bee colony and lead a guided walk on the Bidwell grounds in search of bees and other pollinators. A talk and walk, ca. 1 mile in the woods, some of it off-trail. Please wear appropriate shoes. 10 am.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 10am

Stone Wall Building Workshop with Roger Tryon. Please call 413-528-6888 to register. $15/$10 for members

Saturday,  Oct. 5, 10am

Housatonic Heritage Walk:  Flora and Fauna of the Bidwell Forests: A Walking Seminar, with Professor Tim Flanagan. Please dress for the weather and bring water.

Saturday, Nov. 30, 4-7pm

Colonial Thanksgiving Party
Benefit for the museum with live music, refreshments, silent auction and holiday cheer.

The 2012 Calendar

Saturday, May, 19, 10-noon

“Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener

Sunday, May 27, 3-5pm

Concert and Opening Reception. Singer-songwriter Diane Taraz will sing “Songs of Home and Hearth” from her early American repertoire and play her period instruments to celebrate the opening of the museum for the 2012 season. Refreshments. $15/$10 for members

Saturday, June 9, 10-noon

“Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener

Saturday, June 16, 10am

Forest Management and Forest Health, a talk and walk with Tom Ryan, Southern Berkshire Service Forester, Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation. Learn about strategies of forest management and preservation. Of particular interest to anyone considering forest management plans or who would like to find out about current approaches to forestry. Attendees can tour forest lots in various stages of re-growth as well as a recently harvested section.

Saturday, June 23, 10-noon

“Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener

Saturday, June 30, 10am

History Talk: The Unredeemed Captive: Her Journey and My Own. John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University looks back at his prize-winning 1994 book about the 1704 attack on Deerfield and the fate of captive Eunice Williams. At Tyringham Church. $15/$10 for members. Supported in part by grants from the Monterey, Otis and Tyringham Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency

Saturday, July 7, 1–4:30pm

Township No. 1 Day: A free community celebration of Tyringham and Monterey history.  Live music by local musicians, children’s activities, baking contest, historic craft demonstrations, author talk by local historian Bernard Drew, antiques appraisals by Charles Flint, more… For details and individual event times, please check this website  or call (413) 528-6888. Supported in part by a grant from the Monterey Cultural Council and the Tyringham Cultural Council. Free. Please note: the museum is closed for tours this day.

Saturday, July 14, 10-noon

“Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener

Saturday, July 21, 10am

The Tyringham Shakers, a talk by Steven Paterwic. Mr. Paterwic will tell the story of how the Shakers came to be at Tyringham and the expansion of the settlement to several hundred members and 1500 acres of land. He will also tell about the sudden end, who survived the community and where they went. Mr. Paterwic is a frequent presenter at Shaker seminars and forums; he is the author of numerous articles on the Shakers, including the most detailed study of the Tyringham settlement. At Tyringham Church. $15/$10 for members. Supported in part by grants from the Monterey, Otis and Tyringham Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, July 28, 10am

History Talk: Colonial English: Old Words and New in 18th Century Massachusetts. Carey McIntosh, Prof. Emeritus of English, explores how the language of the settlers reflects their rural culture and the social changes of the 1700s. At Tyringham Church. $15/$10 for members. Supported in part by grants from the Monterey, Otis and Tyringham Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, August 11, 10-noon

“Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener

Saturday, August 11, 4-7pm

Colonial Garden Party Gala: Benefit for the museum with live music, refreshments and auction. For reservations and more information, please contact the museum

Saturday, August 18, 10am

History Talk: ‘I workt al day’: Working Lives in Colonial New England. Prof. Allegra di Bonaventura of Yale University on her research into pre-Revolution America, using diaries, court records and other original sources to explore the daily lives of the early settlers. At Tyringham Church. $15/$10 for members. Supported in part by grants from the Monterey, Otis and Tyringham Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, September 1, 10am

History Talk: Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation. Author Eric Rutkow tells the story of the role that New England trees played in bringing about American independence, based on his new book American Canopy (Simon & Schuster, 2012). $15/$10 for members. Supported in part by grants from the Monterey, Otis and Tyringham Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, September 8, 10-noon

“Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener

Saturday, September 15, 10am

Furniture Restoration Workshop. Professional restorer Graham Dean will offer guidance on the “dos and don’ts” of antique furniture maintenance and repair. $15/$10 for members

Saturday, September 22, 10am

Housatonic Heritage Hike: Royal Hemlock Trail, in the Steps of the Early Settlers. A guided walk on Bidwell lands as well as the BNRC’s Hudson-Howard property, tracing the route of the early settlers of Township No. 1 between the first meeting house on the hill near the Bidwell House Museum and the Hop Brook Valley. Rob Hoogs and Richard Greene will lead the group on the old roadways, past foundations and stone walls of long-ago homesteads, and explore flora and fauna along the way. This is a moderately strenuous four mile hike, down the hillside on old roadways and logging trails to Tyringham and uphill on the return, 2 to 3 hours. Please dress for the weather and bring water. For updates and details, please check www.heritage-hikes.org

Saturday, September 29, 10-noon

“Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener

Saturday, October 6, 11am

Pumpkin Fest. Family event with fun activities for families and children: pumpkin picking and decorating, face painting, stories, s’mores, harvest food, and more. Hosted by the Garden Angels and Ruth Green.
Please note: the museum is closed for tours this day.

Saturday, October 13, 10am

Housatonic Heritage Hike: Archaeology on Bidwell Grounds: Native Americans, the First Meeting House and the Knox Trail. A guided walk and talk exploring the traces of inhabitants and travelers of the area from earlier centuries. Local historian George Emmons will tell the story of the Native People, the early settlement of the area by the British and the trip through the Berkshires by General Knox. Please dress for the weather and bring water. For updates and details, please check www.heritage-hikes.org

Saturday, November 24, 4–7pm

Colonial Thanksgiving Party: Benefit for the museum with live music, refreshments, and silent auction. For reservations and more information, please contact the museum

  The 2011 Calendar

Saturday, May 15, 8am-noon

“In Search of Spring Migrants” Bird Walk with Gil Schrank. Meet at the Museum, bring binoculars, water and lunch. 8 am—noon

Sunday, May 29, 3pm

Concert and Opening Reception. Revolutionary-War-era songs performed by singer-songwriter Diane Taraz on guitar, lap dulcimer and a capella, to ring in the new season. Refreshments. 3pm.

Saturday, June 11, 10am

Arbor Building Workshop with Ruth Green and Michael Banner. 10am.

Saturday, June 25, 10am

Splitsville: Tyringham and Monterey in 1847” History talk by Clint Elliott about the rift that caused the division of the town. Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham. 10am

Saturday, July 2, 1pm-4:30pm

Bidwell House Museum Township No. 1 Day: A community celebration of Tyringham and Monterey history. Live music by local musicians, children’s activities, pie-baking contest, antiques appraisals featuring Charles Flint of Charles Flint Antiques; “Royal Hemlock Trail Walk” led by Dr. Richard Greene; author talk by local historian Bernard Drew; “Historic Stone Walls” talk and walk by Land Planner Rob Hoogs, more… For details and individual event times, please check www.bidwellhousemuseum.org or call (413) 528-6888 .Supported in part by a grant from the Monterey Cultural Council and the Tyringham Cultural Council. 1 – 4:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday, July 9, 10am

Birth and Childhood in Early America.” A colonial history talk by Yale Prof. John Demos. Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham. 10 am

Saturday, July 16, 10am

Adult Life in Early America.” A colonial history talk by Yale Prof. John Demos. Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham. 10 am

Saturday, July 23, 10am

Early Berkshire Homes and their Restoration.” A talk by Michael White of Michael White Contractors, Mill River, MA. 10am.

Saturday, July 30, 10am

Old Age and Death in Early America.” A colonial history talk by Yale Prof. John Demos. Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham. 10 am

Saturday, August 13, 4-7pm

Caribbean Garden Party for Bidwell House MuseumLive music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auction. Party benefits the historic 1750s Bidwell House Museum. 4 – 7 p.m., Art School Road, Monterey. 413-528-6888 .

August 20 – Sept 12

Special Exhibition: Setting the Table in Early America: Redware in the Bidwell House Museum”

Saturday, August 20, 10am

Pottery Demonstration and Workshop” by Pied Potter Rick Hamelin. 10am. Free. Supported by a grant from the Tyringham Cultural Council Followed by the opening of the exhibition “Setting the Table in Early America.”

Saturday, August 27th 10am

Redware Pottery in the Bidwell House Collection”. A talk and tour by Steve and Lorraine German of Mad River Antiques, North Granby, CT. 10am

Saturday, September 3rd 10am

Redware Exhibit Tour. 10am.

Saturday, September 17th 10am

Housatonic Heritage Walk: The Flora and Fauna of the Bidwell Forest,” a walking seminar with Professor Tim Flanagan . For details, please check www.heritage-hikes.org . 10 am.

Sunday, September 18th 1pm

Housatonic Heritage Walk: “ A Forgotten Colonial Road in Beartown”. A hike with historian Bernard Drew. For meeting place and details, please check www.heritage-hikes.org . 1 pm.

Saturday, September 24th 10am

“Scarecrow Workshop” led by Maureen and Michael Banner. Supported by a grant from the Monterey Cultural Council. 10am.

Saturday, October 1st 10am

Housatonic Heritage Walk : “ Archaeology on Bidwell Grounds: Native Americans, the First Meeting House and the Knox Trail”. Led by George Emmons. 10 am.

Sunday, October 9th 11am-2pm

Pumpkin Fest Family event with fun activities for children of all ages. Hosted by the Garden Angels and Ruth Green. 11am-2pm.

Saturday, November 26th 4-7pm

Colonial Thanksgiving Party Benefit for the museum with live