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Turners Falls Crabapple Blossom Festival May 3rd -18th

Spring doesn’t officially start until you take in the crabapple blossoms in Turners Falls! To celebrate this seasonal splendor, the fifth annual Turners Falls Crabapple Blossom Festival, running May 3 - 18, has lined up special nature, art, history and architecture events throughout the downtown. Come get the first breath of spring in Turners Falls.

During the two-week long festival, free self-guided historical walking tour booklets will be available at the Carnegie Library, the Great Falls Discovery Center, eateries and stores downtown. The Discovery Center, 2 Ave A, is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 863-3221. 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, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For information on the festival, call the Carnegie Library, 863-3214.

Check out the fun below and mark your calendars!

May 3rd, 4th + 6th

Saturday, May 3, 8 - 9:30 a.m. - Beginner’s Bird Walk starting at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m. - Walking tour of the downtown Turners Falls’ trees. Alan Snow, Community Forester of the Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead the walk down Ave. A and discuss the identification, selection, planting and care of urban trees. The program starts in front of the Carnegie Library.

Tuesday, May 6 th, 6 p.m.- Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Turners Falls. Susan SanSoucie, library director and Turners Falls Historical Commission member, will lead a slow-paced trip in time down Ave. A. The walk will begin outside of the Great Falls Discovery Center on Ave. A, near the Gill-Montague Bridge.

May 10th + 11th

Saturday, May 10, 8 - 10 a.m.- Celebrating Migrating Bird Day at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Weather will determine the day’s offerings to include bird walks, indoor or outdoor activities on bird migration, flight, feeding, and survival. Indoor activities on bird nests, eggs, fledglings, and survival will be from 2 - 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.- Downtown Spring Clean Up. Volunteers should meet in front of the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Also on Saturday morning 10:30 a.m. - Children’s Planting Program with Ruth O’Mara at the Carnegie Library.

Sunday, May 11, 2pm - Fun Bike Ride and Tour. The 8 mile ride will cover the new bike path and Migratory Way. Librarian Linda Hickman, author of The Turners Falls Historical Walking Tour brochure, will lead the ride and provide commentary. The ride will start at the beginning of the Turners Falls Bike Path in Unity Park.

May 14th - June 15th

Wednesday, May 14 - The Turners Falls Fishway opens for the season! This facility shows you what fish look like underwater as they swim upstream via the a fish ladder, which allows fish, including shad, lampreys, and Atlantic salmon to bypass the dam and return upstream to spawn in the spring. The fish ladder is open for public viewing during the height of spawning season. The fish viewing facilities are open Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., through June 15th.

By the way, the only view of the Great Falls from downtown is off the bike path just past the fish ladder. 

May 16th + 17th

Friday, May 16, 9:30 a.m. - noon - Children’s Festival in Peskeompskut Park. Features include bilingual concert with Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson from 10 - 11a.m. as well as arts and crafts activities. In case of rain, it will be held inside the Carnegie Library. The Children’s Festival is sponsored by the Gill - Montague Community Partnerships for Children. Sensational Seasons! Buds and Blossoms science activities for families with young children with Rachel Roberts will be held at the Great Falls Discovery Center at 10 a.m. and is sponsored by the Montague Cultural Council.

Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Friends of the Montague Public Libraries Used Book Sale. Books are $2 a bag. There will also be spring arts and crafts activities from 10 am. - noon for children at the library with Children’’s Librarian Linda Hickman.

Arts Weekend Finale

Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18 - The Crabapple Blossom Festival ends with the Great Falls Arts Fest and Arts and Blooms Downtown Studio Walking Tours all day. Details to come.

Click here for a downtown map of Turners Falls and a historic walking tour download.

Click here for eating, drinking and shopping!

Posted by RiverCulture - May 02, 2008