Laurel Park Arts

Laurel Park Arts is the cultural initiative of the Laurel Park Association, a non profit organization that offers artistic, educational, spiritual, and cultural programs to residents of Northampton and Western Massachusetts in the historic buildings and grounds of Laurel Park. A central feature of the park is its tabernacle, a beautifully restored, covered outdoor theater and music venue.

LPA runs programs in Laurel Park with the gracious cooperation of Homeowners At Laurel Park (HALP). For questions about living in Laurel Park, email

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Chautauqua Saturday begins at 10 am with Master Naturalist Ted Watt (from the Hitchcock Center in Amherst) leading a walk in the woods entitled "Seeing the Forest AND the Trees". Meet a few minutes beforehand at Normal Hall. Coffee will be served! 

At 11 am in the open air Tabernacle, a Panel Discussion, titled “Our Local Forests: Conservation, Preservation, and Forest Health,” will include Bob Zimmermann (President, Broad Brook Coalition), Mark Wamsley (Land Conservation Manager, Kestrel Land Trust) and Ken Gooch (Director, Forest Health Program, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation). Simultaneously, Laurel Park resident and Duncan Dancer Laura Pravitz will lead “From Seed to Forest,” a tree-inspired movement experience and other activities for children.

At Noon, the Art Exhibition “Hearts, Minds, Materials” will open with live music featuring tree related ragtime piano with Dick Moulding in Normal Hall. Leslie Starobin’s striking color photographs will be displayed with Carolyn Webb’s wood sculpture and prints on Japanese paper, as well as Peter Dellert’s collages made with bark and leaves.

Lunch may be purchased at 12:30 pm, in Normal Hall, with hearty soup options, breads, and mini apple pies for dessert (or to take home). Children eat for free! – more –

At 1:15 pm, Laura Pravitz will resume tree-themed movement activities for all ages.

From 2 – 2:30 pm, wood sculptor and naturalist Holland Hoagland ( will speak about “The Art of Seeing Figures in Wood.”

At 2:30 pm, Russell Powell (author, Apples of New England) and Bar Lois Weeks (New England Apple Association Director) will present “Our Culinary Forests: The Eternal Struggle to Tame the Wild Apple Tree,” featuring heirloom apple tastings!

Finally, At 4 pm, an Open Studio in Parker Memorial Chapel will display Russell Powell’s paintings, with refreshments of cider, apples, and cheese!

Laurel Park Arts (LPA) is the cultural initiative of the Laurel Park Association, a non-profit organization continuing the tradition of Chautauqua since 1872, offering artistic, educational, spiritual, and cultural programs to residents of Northampton and Western Massachusetts in the historic buildings and grounds of Laurel Park.

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LPA’s Chautauqua 2017 opens Friday evening at 7 pm. Sabrina Hamilton (Artistic Director of the Ko Festival of Performance) will facilitate "Tree Stories and Poems by the Fire", with stories and poems about trees at Laurel Park’s stone Friendship Fireplace. The makings for s’mores will be provided! Laurel Park residents, author Ernie Brill and actress Joanna Rush, will offer tree-themed readings.

All are invited to participate.

If you have a story or poem about trees you;d like to share (written by you or someone else), contact her ASAP at 

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to Aug 31

Laurel Park Summer 2017

The LPA board is taking this summer to review our organizational structure, to ensure our financial viability well into the future. To keep our energy focused on this crucial task, we will have limited programming over the summer.

We will have Sunday Services in July and August, as we have every summer since 1872.

Our Annual Meeting will be in September (date TBA), and our annual Chautauqua celebration will be in October. Dates and details to be posted!



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to Apr 29

Tai Chi class offered in Normal Hall

Beginner Adult Tai Chi; Yang Style will be offered FREE to ALL LP residents.  Friends and those out of Park can attend for $5 per class which will be donated to the LPA fund. This is not a martial art form but a soft flowing form using breath awareness.

Begins Weds. 5/10 at 6:30pm.  An hour long class in Normal Hall. 

Goal of this is to establish by weekly classes, repetition and review, as well as adding to the form each week, a solid foundation upon which the rest of the form is built.

Arrive 5 minutes prior to class to get set so we can start on time; late arrivals will break the Chi flow we are trying to establish.

Wear shoes or sandals that go all the way around your foot for safety; socks or barefoot is also fine but know the floors are wood.

Bring your favorite beverage and a snack is ok.

Chairs will be st up so you can rest as needed through the class, then re-join.

Please no one for observation only.

If you are interested kindly contact Elizabeth Nett, also letting me know if you would be bring an out of park friend, so we can get an idea if there is any interest. First class is a try out t o see how you feel.

Minimum of six is needed to run this class.


978-602-7108  call or text cellphone

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to Aug 28

Sunday Services in the Tabernacle

Laurel Park has offered Sunday Services in the Tabernacle and Normal Hall every summer since its founding in 1872.

This year our first service is hosted by Northampton Friends Meeting, on Sun. July 24th.

Services start at 10:00 am and are in the Tabernacle unless otherwise noted.

Please visit the Inter-Faith Spiritual Program page for details and the complete 2016 schedule.

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4:30 PM16:30

Chautauqua Day Live Music in the Tabernacle!

The Tabernacle is a lovely, relaxed place to hear all kinds of live music. This year we bring you an eclectic assortment.

Come early and get dinner from Holyoke Hummus, who will have their fancifully painted truck parked by Normal Hall from 3:30-5:30!

5:00 American Harmony, directed by Nym Cooke, sings shape note music. 

6:00 Radio Free Earth brings socially conscious "neo-retro" funkiness to the stage

7:00 Laurel Park's own Mark Herschler combines gorgeous classically informed guitar work with soulful, heartfelt bluesy songs.

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4:00 PM16:00

Walking Tour with Artist In Residence Gary Orlinsky

LPA's 2016 Artist In Residence is sculptor Gary Orlinsky. Gary has spent his residency creating ephemeral sculptural works in response to the natural environment of the Nine Acre Woods.

Meet Gary at 4pm on the porch of Normal Hall, and he will lead a walking tour to view his work. This is a woodsy trail, with some moderately steep bits. The whole walk is about a half mile.

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3:00 PM15:00

Spotlight on the Artists of Laurel Park

Laurel Park is home to artists and musicians ranging from hobbyists to well recognized professionals. Nona Hatay is curating a show that will display the range of artists and craftspeople who call Laurel Park their home.

Normal Hall opens at 3 for a reception, with refreshments and a craft activity area.

Holyoke Hummus will park their delicious menu and fabulous truck right by Normal Hall from 3:30-5:30!

The art will also be on display during Friday's Sing-Along and Sunday's Historical Talk.

Artists of Laurel Park at our 2014 Chautauqua show.

Artists of Laurel Park at our 2014 Chautauqua show.

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to Jul 17

Chautauqua weekend

Save the date! This year's Chautauqua Weekend will start with a Rise Up Singing sing-along, art in Normal Hall and the Chapel, live music in the Tabernacle, and a historical lecture. 

Chautauqua weekend 2014, featuring Miss Megnificent on stilts at the kids crafts area

Chautauqua weekend 2014, featuring Miss Megnificent on stilts at the kids crafts area

Saturday features an artist reception in Normal Hall from 3-6pm. Art activity for kids, arts and crafts for show and sale, a chance to meet and chat with the artists.

Holyoke Hummus will be on hand 3:30-5:30 with their amazing truck and delicious menu! 

Live music on the Tabernacle stage from 5-8pm.

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7:00 PM19:00

Where There Are Voices: A Performance in Progress

Rooted in the poems from her book, Haiti Glass, Lenelle Moïse’s Where There Are Voices combines urgent poetry, ritual theatre and layered song to reflect on environmental disaster, dignity and death-defying love. Catch this 60-minute work-in-progress presentation at the Laurel Park Tabernacle where Moïse has been the 2015 LPA Artist-in-Residence. Written and performed by Lenelle Moïse. Set design by Vanessa Vargas. More information here:



Lenelle Moïse is the author of Haiti Glass (City Lights Publishers), an award-winning playwright and a Poet Laureate emeritus of Northampton, MA. Influenced by bebop and the polyrhythms of Vodou, she writes playful, spinal poems about identity, memory and magic. Moïse performs with theatrical heat, humor, music, movement and feminist verve. She has been featured Off-Broadway, at the United Nations and at theatres, colleges and conferences across North America. Curve Magazine calls her work “piercing, covering territory both intimate and political…vivid and powerful.” Visit for more.


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6:00 PM18:00

Laurel Park Association Annual Meeting

Join us at 6pm for pizza, then stay for the meeting, starting at 6:30.
Agenda items include:
Reviewing programs of the past season.
Planning the 2016 season.
Approving a budget for 2016.
Voting in a new Board of Trustees (nominations will be take from the floor).

Everyone is welcome to attend! If you enjoyed our programs this season, or have an interest in Laurel Park's history and common buildings, please consider joining the board!

If you're not currently an LPA member, you may join by paying $10 dues at the meeting. This will give you a year of membership with voting privileges, and some discounts on rentals and programs next season.

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10:30 AM10:30

Kirtan with Jeff Martell and Libby Volckening.

Aug. 23, 10:30 am: Kirtan with Jeff Martell and Libby Volckening.  PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE!

"Kirtan is Bhakti, or devotional yoga, and is the call and response chanting of the Names of God (and Goddess) and mantras mostly in Sanskrit. The practice of Kirtan is both meditative and energizing and is accessible to anyone with a desire to practice. Come and sing with us!"

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4:00 PM16:00

Shiprock & Anchordog In Space: A Rock Opera for All Ages

In Laurel Park's Tabernacle. Evan Curran has spent two weeks working with children in a camp setting to put together this musical show about the further adventures of two dogs (Shiprock and Anchordog). everyone is welcome to come watch the results!

Check out this video of last year's performance, Shiprock and Anchordog Meet the Dinosaurs. It's 100% fabulous, whether or not you have a kid in the show.

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to Aug 30

Sunday Service series

Every Sunday in August there will be a religious/spiritual offering, as befits this 143 year old campground founded to host religious revival camp meetings. We are no longer Methodists, but wish to provide a space to honor and celebrate all forms of spiritual enrichment.

All are welcome!

8/9: Authentic Movement as a Spiritual Practice. 10am in Normal Hall.

8/16: Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence. 10am in the Tabernacle.

8/16: A Course in Miracles - introductory talk. 2pm in Normal Hall.

8/23: Kirtan with Jeff Martell and Libby Volckening. 10am in the Tabernacle.

8/30: First Churches of Northampton. 10am in the Tabernacle.

Please see the Interfaith Spiritual Program page for details.

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7:00 PM19:00

Outdoor Movie Night! Twilight of the Mississippi

Come see the compelling documentary "Twilight of the Mississippi" outside in the beautiful Tabernacle. Meet the director for a Q&A after the film.

Twilight of the Mississippi is a haunting look into the troubled environment and psyche of the American Heartland. It follows the quixotic journey of the Unseen Ghost Brigade, a theater-troupe that built a raft and traveled down the Mississippi River in 2010. The story plunges into the marginalized communities of America, a dense-patchwork of endangered worlds, with the river cutting through the middle of them all. Winona LaDuke, the National Park Service, industrial farmers, fishermen, spiritualists, anarchists, river rats, a black shaman, and the Army Corps of Engineers: here are the stories, the secrets, and the dark comedy of America's River.

Official Trailer HERE! 

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to Jul 26

2015 Chautauqua Weekend

Chautauqua 2015 is on July 24, 25 & 26!

Friday evening July 24 7PM: Outdoor Film: Twilight of the Mississippi  Q&A after the film with Ashfield based director Augustin Ganley! All in our beautiful Tabernacle.

Sat July 25 2:30 - 9:00pm

Grounds open at  2:30PM

2:30-4:00  Artist Valerie Gilman demonstrates building a sculptural portrait in Parker Chapel
3:00  Music for kids -  In the Nick of Time!
4:00  Arts & Crafts: Bookbinding and paper flowers with Sarah Jane

4:30  Valerie Gilman talks and shows photos of her work
5:00  Magician Ed Pop entertains kids of all ages in the Tabernacle
6:00  Performance by LPA's 2015 Artist in Residence  Lenelle Moise -
7:00  Sonic alchemist Wishbone Zoe
8:00  And the Kids: "accessible unconscious existential indie glitter popsicle crisis music"

Sunday July 26 11:00am A talk by Steve Strimer of Historic Northampton:

Rediscovering Florence's Abolitionist Past: Houses, Heroes & Their Stories. 

The talk will be followed by a walking tour of Laurel Park and the Nine Acre Woods, led by long-time resident Kate Richardson.


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3:00 PM15:00

Village Harmony comes to the Tabernacle

Village Harmony, the acclaimed teen world music singing ensemble, presents its third summer concert program, led by Patty Cuyler, Avery Book and Megan Henderson The concert program includes an eclectic mix of traditional and composed music, with folk songs from South Africa, Caucasus Georgia, Russia, and Albania, American shape-note, gospel quartet and labor songs, and a brilliant rendition of 17th-century Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi's Beatus Vir.

Admission for all concerts is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and will be sold at the door. For more information please call 802-426-3210.

The concert begins at 3:00pm, and is followed by a community potluck dinner in Laurel Park's Dining Hall.

Village Harmony Teen Ensemble performs in Northampton July 18

 The talented teen singers of Village Harmony summer camps have been traveling and performing in New England and an ever-widening swath of the globe since 1990, participating in cultural exchanges and delighting audiences with their heart-felt renditions of folk music from around the world. Each summer Village Harmony sponsors ten separate ensembles in New England, the Midwest and abroad. The 25 teenagers in this group hail from nearly all the states in New England, plus California, Arizona, Colorado, Maryland and Illinois, and three students from France and the Republic of Georgia.

This group developed its unique sound with help from a team of three experienced choir directors. Patty Cuyler, a long-time Vermont resident now based in Chicago, is an energetic, dynamic workshop leader and choral conductor, and has been co-director of non-profit Village Harmony since 1996. Megan Henderson is a pianist, singer and composer from Boston currently on the faculty of the Brookline Music School. Burlington resident Avery Book, who has been singing with Village Harmony since he was a teenager himself, recently founded the Burlington Solidarity Singers, a group of singers and song leaders that lead and adapt songs for Vermont social and environmental justice organizations.

 Village Harmony’s many recordings and songbooks will be available for sale at the concert.


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3:00 PM15:00

Sacred Harp Singing School and Concert with Tim Eriksen


Renowned Sacred Harp singer and musician, Tim Eriksen will be hosting a singing school in Normal Hall. Open to the public, and no experience necessary, this is a fun way to get introduced to Sacred Harp music by a master. 

The Details:

3:00-5:00 pm: Shape Note Singing School

5:30-6:30 pm: Potluck Dinner, featuring pulled pork sandwiches and peanut noodles from The People's Pint!

7:00 pm: Concert by Tim. $10 requested donation

Ages: All ages welcome. 

Please note, you do not have to attend the singing school to join us for the concert.

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2:00 PM14:00

Spring Festival

Join us for our first event of the season! We will be hosting Ephemeral Stringband to play an acoustic set, morris dancers and a May Pole. Baked goods and beverages will be available for purchase. A great, family and young child friendly way to ring in the season!

Admittance: Free, $2 donation/person recommended

Duration: 2:00-4:00 pm

Age Appropriate For: All ages

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