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Art Display: Cantos From the Woods by David Flood 10:00 am
Art Display: Cantos From the Woods by David Flood @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm
Sculpture by David Flood and paintings by Maggie Hodges. David Flood’s work leads him into forests to encounter how the forces of nature act on the figure of wood. Lightning strikes a tree, wind or rain batter it, frost heaves its roots. Ice breaks limbs from trunks, legions of ants leave their calligraphic prints on the soft wood beneath the bark, man and machine wade through…all are alike leaving behind dead wood. This is the vineyard of creative destruction where, to begin, the act of seeing is a type of making. David has produced natural art from wood for over 25 years and maintains a studio in Ipswich, MA. Maggie Hodges recently discovered a passion for oil painting. She loves the ability to layer the paint and to create texture and depth while capturing the beauty of the world around her, especially the Hampshire Valley where she lives. Artist reception is Sunday, August 11, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
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Pocumtuck Homelands Festival: A Celebration of Native American Art, Music, and Cultures 10:00 am
Pocumtuck Homelands Festival: A Celebration of Native American Art, Music, and Cultures @ Unity Park
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  This free two day weekend long celebration at Unity Park in Turners Falls is sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project and RiverCulture. On Saturday August 3, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., families will enjoy visiting the Northfield Mountain and Discovery Center tent at Unity Park while creating a fun make and take nature-themed craft. People have gathered at the Great Falls for thousands of years, and this event is the perfect combination of live music, drumming, dancing, storytelling, native crafts and food. Rain location for the festival is at the Great Falls Discovery Center. For more information on the entire event, please visit nolumbekaproject.org.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Owls 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Owls @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
The Owls of Massachusetts 1:00 pm
The Owls of Massachusetts @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  In the Great Hall, the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum presents a live animal program featuring owls. For all ages, in the Great Hall. This birds of prey program focuses on the raptor night shift. Learn about the adaptations that make owls the supreme hunters of the night. In an exploration into the various species that call the Northeast home, you will see live owls, touchable artifacts and interactive demonstrations to make this an unforgettable presentation.
Annie Patterson & Charlie King to perform at Coffeehouse 7:00 pm
Annie Patterson & Charlie King to perform at Coffeehouse @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Annie Patterson & Charlie King to perform at Coffeehouse @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Annie Patterson, (co-creator of Rise Up Singing), a brilliant and wildly versatile singer, will join in song with musical storyteller Charlie King. Charlie has been performing songs of humor, heartache and hope for 55 years. Together, Charlie and Annie are infectious song leaders whose energy and humor empowers us and keeps us moving forward. They will perform new material as well as songs from their new CD;  Step By Step. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Suggested sliding scale donation $6–$15, free for children. Wheelchair Accessible Coffee and homemade baked goods are available. The museum is open during intermission.  
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Bat Night! 7:30 pm
Bat Night! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  Amanda Melinchuk, Bat Research Monitor with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, will share her expertise and talk about the myths and misconceptions surrounding bats, why bats are important, the bats in Massachusetts, threats to bats such as White-nose Syndrome, what you can do to help bats, and information on bat houses. Followed by Q & A. After the presentation in the Great Hall, visitors can join Amanda outside with a bat detector and look for bats right here by the Center.
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Artist Reception: Cantos from the Woods 1:00 pm
Artist Reception: Cantos from the Woods @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come meet the artists! Visit with sculptor David Flood and painter Maggie Hodges in the Great Hall. Sculpture by David Flood and paintings by Maggie Hodges. David Flood’s work leads him into forests to encounter how the forces of nature act on the figure of wood. Lightning strikes a tree, wind or rain batter it, frost heaves its roots. Ice breaks limbs from trunks, legions of ants leave their calligraphic prints on the soft wood beneath the bark, man and machine wade through…all are alike leaving behind dead wood. This is the vineyard of creative destruction where, to begin, the act of seeing is a type of making. David has produced natural art from wood for over 25 years and maintains a studio in Ipswich, MA. Maggie Hodges recently discovered a passion for oil painting. She loves the ability to layer the paint and to create texture and depth while capturing the beauty of the world around her, especially the Hampshire Valley where she lives.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Snakes 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Snakes @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
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Fairy House Day on Avenue A: Make a Winged Friend 12:00 pm
Fairy House Day on Avenue A: Make a Winged Friend @ Spinner Park
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Just down the street from the center, we are joining in the fun for Fairy House Day on Avenue A, at Spinner Park, located at Avenue A and 4th Streets. You can make a fairy house and then meet with a DCR Park Interpreter at our craft table where you can make a winged friend for the fairies—perhaps a butterfly, dragonfly, or a bat. For a full description of events all day long, look for Fairy House Day on Avenue A on Facebook.
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Art Naturally: Discover Nature Through Story and Art 10:30 am
Art Naturally: Discover Nature Through Story and Art @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  This is the third in a series of water-themed summer programs featuring stories and art, soaking up the natural world as we go. The story book pages from Water Dance by Thomas Locker are on display in the Great Hall. Try your hand at watercolor resist, and follow water through its journey between earth and sky. Join us for one session, more, or the full series. Art Naturally programs are also on September 21, and October 12. For ages 6 and up, accompanied by an adult. Teens and adults are welcome too!
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Rabbits 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Rabbits @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
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Monarch Butterfly Story Walk: Gotta Go! Gotta Go! 12:00 pm
Monarch Butterfly Story Walk: Gotta Go! Gotta Go! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
12:00-4:00 p.m. Join us for a migratory journey on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center, as we read together the story of “a teeny-tiny creepy-crawly bug” (a Monarch butterfly caterpillar), who learns to eat milkweed, take a rest in a chrysalis, meet new friends, and fly with new butterfly wings, all the way to Mexico. Everyone is welcome for the StoryWalk®. Sponsored by CFCE playgroup and Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center. If it rains, the story walk and butterfly making will be inside the center.