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Exhibit: 25 Years of Cider Days, Great Hall 10:00 am
Exhibit: 25 Years of Cider Days, Great Hall @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – Nov 6 @ 4:00 pm
Over twenty-five years, CiderDays has evolved to a three day, county-wide festival celebrating the apple in all of its forms and providing sessions on every aspect of apple usage. The Great Falls Discovery Center hosts an exhibition of historic cider presses and images that honor the orchards, producers and enthusiasts who have advanced the art of cidermaking. Sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. November 1-3, 2019. For a full schedule visit: ciderdays.org.
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Deer 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Deer @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Nov 1 @ 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, activities, 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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From Apple Trees to Cider, Please—An Apple Story Walk 1:00 pm
From Apple Trees to Cider, Please—An Apple Story Walk @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Nov 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
From Apple Trees to Cider, Please—An Apple Story Walk 1:00-3:00 p.m., Great Hall In honor of Franklin County Cider Days and its 25th anniversary, November 1-3, we’re taking a walk. As you stroll along the Discovery Center’s grounds, you’ll enjoy the picture book From Apple Trees to Cider, Please, by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky. For children ages 4-8 and their friends, siblings, and families. Also, stop by the center for activities and crafts all about apples. For more information on the Franklin County Cider Days visit www.ciderdays.org. This program is rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the story walk will be indoors inside the center.  
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An Evening of Abenaki Stories, Music, and Language with Jesse Bruchac 6:30 pm
An Evening of Abenaki Stories, Music, and Language with Jesse Bruchac @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  Storyteller, author, musician, and Abenaki language teacher, Jesse Bruchac weaves the telling of traditional stories with flute music and playful language games to share a glimpse of Northeastern Native American culture with audiences of all ages. According to Jesse, “Native languages offer speakers a window into an indigenous worldview.” He is one of the last fluent speakers of Western Abenaki and works vigorously to revitalize the language. He is an accomplished musician, producing several albums of Abenaki music. These include collections of traditional songs of drum and rattle and Native American flute music. Sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project, DCR, and Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center.
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Art Exhibit: Junior Duck Stamps—Connecting Youth with Nature Through Science and Art 3:00 pm
Art Exhibit: Junior Duck Stamps—Connecting Youth with Nature Through Science and Art @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Nov 8 2019 @ 3:00 pm – Jan 2 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Young students from Kindergarten to High School submit artwork for a statewide art contest. In the process, they gain awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife. Come see the top Massachusetts youth entries for the 2019 Junior Duck Stamp competition!
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Bobcats 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Bobcats @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Nov 8 @ 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, activities, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
Joe Graveline & Nina Gross to perform at Coffeehouse 7:00 pm
Joe Graveline & Nina Gross to perform at Coffeehouse @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Joe Graveline & Nina Gross to perform at Coffeehouse @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Joe Graveline & Nina Gross to perform at Great Falls Coffeehouse Joe’s original music is accompanied with a guitar style which expands and challenges; folk, pop, and the blues. Nina, a musical artist and poet, brings a special touch to the music with her skilled viola style and vocal talents. Together; they will create a unique musical experience combining guitar, viola and experienced vocals. Doors open at 6:30 pm. ~ Suggested sliding scale donation $6–$15  ~ Free for children. Coffee and refreshments available. Museum open during intermission.  ~   Wheelchair accessible Donations help the Friends of the Discovery Center provide free programming for the public
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CANCELLED – Live Birds of Prey Program with Tom Ricardi 1:00 pm
CANCELLED – Live Birds of Prey Program with Tom Ricardi @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Nov 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
We will try to reschedule this program.  Apologies for the inconvenience.  CANCELLED – Come see the raptors up close and personal! Meet in the Great Hall for a free program for all ages. See birds of prey presented by Tom Ricardi, a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. Tom provides an educational presentation on their lives and habitats as well as conservation. You may see a golden eagle, a turkey vulture, a peregrine falcon, and hawks and owls.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Ducks 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Ducks @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Nov 15 @ 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, activities, 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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Full Beaver Moon Gathering: A Talk on Traditional Native Finger Weaving by Mashpee Wampanoag Elder Marlene Lopez, Rabbit Clan Mother 1:00 pm
Full Beaver Moon Gathering: A Talk on Traditional Native Finger Weaving by Mashpee Wampanoag Elder Marlene Lopez, Rabbit Clan Mother @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
For hundreds of years, the Mashpee Wampanoag people have been finger weaving. Marlene Lopez has been finger-weaving and keeping this art alive by teaching others the knowledge that she has learned for 30 years. The designs are those of the Eastern Woodland and Plains people of Turtle Island during the 18th century. The style of weaving is called warpface. The designs are variations of the diagonal, Chevron, Arrowhead, diamond, flame and lightning. The items woven with these designs are ceremonial sashes, belts, garters, armbands, headbands, and hair-ties. Co-sponsored by DCR and Nolumbeka Project. Free admission. All welcome.
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Go Green on Black Friday 1:00 pm
Go Green on Black Friday @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Would you rather connect with nature and local history than compete with the Black Friday shopping crowds? Then come join us for a leisurely walk along the Canalside Rail Trail in Turners Falls. This walk is approximately 3 miles long, on a level paved surface making for an easy stroll appropriate for adults and children ages 8 and up.  Be prepared for cold weather, dress in layers. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. The walk will begin at the front entrance to the Great Falls Discovery Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Inclement weather or icy trail conditions will cancel. Call (413) 863-3221 for more information
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