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4th Turners Falls Crabapple Blossom Festival through May 20th!

Turners is one of the most beautiful towns around in the spring. Come downtown and see flowering crabapple and apple trees lining the streets. To maximize your enjoyment, the Crabapple Blossom Festival organized by the Carnegie Library, has various events scheduled around the blossoms and Turners Falls’ nature, art, history and architecture. Check below to see what’s in store.

For more questions, contact Linda Hickman at 413.863.3214 or

This Weekend: Music and 5 K Run/Walk

The Festival begins with two musical events for children at the Great Falls Discovery center on Saturday, April 28th. From 10 a.m. - noon, will be a Children’s Songfest run by educator/musician Chip Wood. From 2 -3:30 p.m., the Pop Rockets will perform as part of a celebration for the Week of the Young Child.

Sunday, April 29th, a 5K Fun Run/Walk will start at Peskeomskut Park on Ave. A. Register before 10:30 a.m. for this Montague Parks and Recreation event.

Trees Walking Tour

Wednesday, May 2nd, at 5:30 p.m., Alan Snow of the Department of Conservation of Recreation will lead a walking tour of the trees along Ave. A, beginning at the Carnegie Library. The identification, selection, planting and care of urban trees will be discussed

Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Cinco de Mayo

Saturday morning, May 5th, from 9 a.m. to noon - a nature walk- Wildflowers and Waterfalls: Explore Barton Cove. Pre-registration is needed for the Barton Cove program with Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, 659-4461.

In the afternoon of Saturday May 5th, from noon - 4 p.m. the Friends of the Montague Public Libraries are running a Cinco de Mayo Library Festival. Activities include a used book sale, a bilingual children’s concert with Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson at 2 p.m. on the library lawn, games, and arts and crafts for children.
Visit the RiverCulture website for more info on Barton Cove, Northfield Mountain and other natural and recreational resources.

Weekend Fun: Clean-up, Historical Tours and Naturalist Bike Rides

Saturday, May 12th - Downtown Spring Clean Up from 9 a.m. - noon. Volunteers will meet at the Great Falls Discovery Center at 9 a.m.

Also on Saturday morning - a children’s planting program at the Carnegie Library from 10 - 11 a.m. with Bev Whitbeck.

Saturday afternoon, from 1 -2 p.m. - a Sense of Wonder: Spring program will be held at the Great Falls Discovery Center from 1 - 2 p.m. Also on Saturday, May 12 th, a Historical Downtown Walking Tour will begin at 2 p.m. at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Linda Hickman, author of the new Turners Falls Historical Walking Tour brochure, will lead the walk.

Sunday, May 13thth - a Fun Bike Ride and Tour will start at the beginning of the Turners Falls Bike Path in Unity Park. The ride will last 8 miles, and will mostly cover the new bike path. Naturalist Steve Winters and Librarian Linda Hickman will lead the ride and provide commentary.
Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center website here.

Children’s Festival

Tuesday, May 15th - Children’s Festival in from 9:30 a.m. - noon. Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson will perform a bilingual concert from 10 - 11a.m. during the festival, which will also include arts and crafts activities. Call Linda for location. 413-863-3214

Valley Idol!

Take a detour and check out one of the best live shows in the valley! Friday, May 18th kicks off of The Shea Theater’s annual Valley Idol fundraiser, a karaoke singing competition, offering a $1000 prize to the grand prize winner, and other cash prizes for runners-up. The competition will take place over 4 nights at the Shea Theater located on Avenue A in Turners Falls (May 18, 19, 26 and June 2). All proceeds benefit the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. 413-863-2281
Valley Idol details here!

Great Falls Art Fest, Arts and Blooms and More!

The Crabapple Blossom Festival’s ending coincides with the Great Falls Arts Fest and Arts and Blooms Walking Tours, on Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th. Details to follow in coming weeks.

During the three-week long Crabapple Blossom Festival, free self-guided historical walking tour booklets and maps featuring the locations of downtown crabapple trees, participating organizations and restaurants will be available at the Carnegie Library and the Great Falls Discovery Center. The Discovery Center is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Carnegie Library is open on Monday- Wednesday, 1 - 8 p.m., Thursday, 1 - 5 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. Children’s concerts will be held indoors in the Carnegie Library in the case of inclement weather. In the case of heavy rain, the walking tours and bike ride will be rescheduled. For information call the Carnegie Library, 863-3214 or other sponsoring organizations.
Visit the RiverCulture website for everything Turners Falls.

Grand Opening May 1st: Seth and Eva’s!

Turners Falls welcomes Seth and Eva’s, the newest shop on Avenue A! At 115 Ave. A, it is a new consignment shop showcasing the work of local artists and craftspeople as well as offering a mix of quality used goods. Inventory changes frequently and currently includes hand blown glass, rustic solid wood tables, benches, bookcases and drawings of renowned artist Jeremy Young.

If you have items you would like to consign, contact Seth and Eva at 413.512.1434 or
Checkout the RiverCulture business page here.

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Posted by RiverCulture - April 28, 2007