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 laurelparkec@gmail.com

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CHAUTAQUA 2017: A CELEBRATION OF TREES

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 (www.holhoaglandart.com) 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.

Earlier Event: October 13
CHAUTAQUA 2017: A CELEBRATION OF TREES