♦ 2012 Calendar of Events ♦

All events take place at the Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA 01245, unless otherwise noted. For more information call 413-528-6888, or email bidwellhouse@gmail.com

Saturday, May, 19, 10 -noon “Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener

Sunday, May 27, 3-5 p.m. Opening Concert and 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, 10 a.m. 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, 10 a.m. 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.

Township No. 1 Day

Saturday, July 7, 1 – 4:30 p.m. 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, 10 a.m. 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, 10 -noon “Garden Angels” CANCELLED

Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. 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, 4-7 p.m. 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, 10 a.m.  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, August 25, 10 -noon “Garden Angels” volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener –CANCELLED

Saturday, September 1, 10 a.m. 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, 10 a.m. 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, 10 a.m. 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, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 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, 10 a.m. 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 – 7 p.m. Colonial Thanksgiving Party: Benefit for the museum with live music, refreshments, and silent auction. For reservations and more information, please contact the museum