9-11 am Pre-Conference AM Adventures are concurrent sessions held in the greater Shelburne Falls area before the TEDxShelburneFalls 2013 A Sense of Place conference on October 12, 2013. AM Adventures are only available to paid conference attendees, so secure your ticket early. Transportation is not provided to Adventures. There is very limited availability as we try to keep the gatherings to a manageable size, so register early for one AM Adventure per person only.
Post-Conference Sunday Adventures are longer hikes or activities in the greater Shelburne Falls area taking place the day after the conference. Transportation is not provided to Adventures.
You may register for Adventures when you purchase you ticket to the conference. If you do not see the Adventure you are interested in listed at the ticket portal it is because the session has sold out. Check back again as additional adventures may be added.
AM Adventures, Oct. 12
9-10:30 am Mahican-Mohawk trail riverside vista hike (20 max.) DeerfieldRiver.org Deerfield River Watershed Association’s in-demand hike leader Polly Bartlett guides a 3 mile moderate hike on the historic Mahican-Mohawk Trail on Franklin Land Trust & Shelburne State Forest properties in Shelburne Falls. Parking is at the turn-off across from Mohawk Self Storage on Rt. 2. map (Shelburne Falls, Shelburne side) printable trail map
9-10:30 am American Chestnut Assoc. breeding orchard tour (30 max.) ACF.org American chestnut trees were gone from our forests by 1940. Brian Clark, Partner at Clark Bros. Orchards LLC shows us how breeding trials are getting closer to reintroducing a disease-resistant tree back into our landscape. map Go up the access road (north) 1500 feet through woods, to a pole shed and 30 acre clearing. Park below the poke shed. (Ashfield/Hawley line)
9-10:30 am South River State Forest invasive bugs & forestry tour (40 max.) Explore a state forest you probably never even knew existed – in the Bardwells Ferry parcel of the South River State Forest! MA Department of Conservation staff will guide us through through a timber harvest conducted in the recent past & show us the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid destruction that has begun. The colors should be amazing! Be sure to note the gorgeous blue boundary line paint installed by TEDxShelburneFalls’ Curator Stacy Kontrabecki how many years ago?! map (Conway)
9-11 am Benson Place pollinator, art & ecology tour (40 max.) BensonPlace.org Commercial lowbush blueberry farm promoting pollinator practices & past property and subject of landscape artist Robert Strong Woodward, accomplished painter, 1885-1957. You will feel like you are in another world at Benson Place! You are – Burnt Hill has been managed and burned since pre-colonial times. directions Do not use GPS; you will get lost. (Heath) printable trail map
9-11 am High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary interpretive hike MassAudubon.org/HighLedges (20 max.) MA Audubon Society land manager Ron Wolanin guides us through an enjoyable and easy-moderate hike/walk through Audubon property once owned by Dutch & Mary Barnard. TEDxShelburneFalls’ Curator Stacy Kontrabecki’s favorite hike of all time – and she’s a forester! map (Shelburne, Patten District) printable trail map
9-11 am Historical Catamount Hill outing (Max. 25) Catamount Hill Association shows us what the 18th century hilltop community was once like. Now largely included in Catamount State Forest, the people are gone but the history and artifacts of this community remain. Museum installation with Docent/Board Director Prentice Crosier & field visit to historic properties on the Mount included. Wear walking shoes. Adventure begins at G. William Pitt House Museum. (Colrain)
10 – 11 am Bridge of Flowers botanical tour (10 max.) BridgeOfFlowersMass.org Head Gardener Carol LaLiberte DiLorenzo guides us through the historic 400 foot. garden-on-a-trolleyway installed in 1928. Even in October, there are sights to see in the garden. Carol can answer your most burning questions about her craft. Meet on the Shelburne side of the bridge by the water fountain. map (Shelburne Falls village)
10-11:30 am Ashfield Stone factory tour (30 max.) AshfieldStone.com Quarrying and fabricating landscape and architectural products from local mica garnet schist stone in Ashfield since the late 1980’s, the company’s state-of-the-art factory went online in Shelburne in 2008. map (Shelburne)
10-11 am Lamson & Goodnow cutlery factory tour (25 max.) LamsonSharp.com Silas Lamson was one of Shelburne Falls’ earliest TEDsters. He innovated the scythe handle with his ergonomic curved snath in 1834. In 1837 his sons started the knife factory with a partner. Lamson & Goodnow is the country’s oldest cutlery manufacturer. Brian Hayes, President of the company,shows us how they still tool their wares by hand. map (Shelburne Falls village)
10 am – 5 pm Ashfield Fall Festival AshfieldFallFestival.org TEDxShelburneFalls’ Curator Stacy Kontrabecki’s favorite country fair ever! If you can’t get in to another Adventure, this fair will not disappoint. Go! map (Ashfield center)
Sunday Adventures, Oct. 13
8 am – 9 am Vigorous Buckland Hills Run Join Janice Sorensen for a vigorous and beautiful 4.7 mile run UP and through the hills of upper Buckland. Enjoy the vistas and farmlands that highlight some of the many reasons so many choose to live here in Western Massachusetts. Run has a 751 ft elevation gain. Meet at the Mary Lyon Church parking lot, 17 Upper St Buckland, MA 01338.
9:45-noon General Totman Memorial Orchard American chestnut tree & forestry hike (40 max.) A small American chestnut breeding orchard tour in the Bardwells Ferry parcel of the South River State Forest. Explore a state forest you probably never even knew existed! We will hike up the forest road through a timber harvest conducted in the past 6 years or so. Members of the American Chestnut Foundation & the MA Department of Conservation will interpret. The colors should be amazing! Be sure to note the gorgeous blue boundary line paint installed by TEDxShelburneFalls’ Curator Stacy Kontrabecki how many years ago?! map (Conway)
9:45 am-2 pm Fire Tower to High Ledges vigorous hike (40 max.) Hike a round trip 5 miles from the village center and back 1/3 of the hike is a strenuous uphill climbing Mt. Massamett to the historic stone firetower where we have a 360 view of the fall foliage. The hike continues along the ridge to the gorgeous High Ledges. Our guide is TEDxShelburneFalls 2013 speaker Earl Uprichard. Meet at Mocha Mayas in the village. (Shelburne) printable trail map
2-5 pm Wilder Homestead Colonial Day Buckland Historical Society farm and forest museum’s annual shin-dig! Living exhibit of life in colonial Buckland. Hearth cooked food, cider pressing, shoemaking, quilting, spinning, livestock/plowing, music & activities. Just walking through the colonial house and barn will make you feel like a pioneer! Please show your TEDxShelburneFalls nametag at the event to waive the $3/pp standard admission. map (Buckland, Rt. 112/129 Ashfield Rd.)