Trail Mix: nature activities

Great Falls Discovery Center

2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, 413-863-3676, www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org. Open to the public Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Facilities are accessible.

∎ Artist Reception for Ed Gregory’s photo exhibit: “You’ve Seen Them Before ... But Not Like This.” Thursday, April 17, 5 to 9 p.m. (Editor’s note: the reception date differs from what was earlier reported.) Gregory’s photo exhibit features a selection of high-resolution images of typically mundane subjects that are presented in a “GraphScanic” format. The subjects are all around you. This exhibit offers a new perspective on their mostly overlooked but simple and elegant existence.

∎ Turners Falls Third Thursday: “Evolution of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge: A Pictorial Presentation by Local Historian Ed Gregory.” Wednesday, April 16, 7 to 8 p.m. As part of the Turners Falls Third Thursday event, Gregory will offer a pictorial presentation of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge through the many years of its existence.

Northfield Mountain

99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield. 413-659-3714 or 800-859-2960. Owned and operated by FirstLight Power Resources. www.firstlightpower.com/

∎ Native New England Orchids. Pink and Yellow Lady’s Slippers, the Fairy Slipper, Purple-Fringed Orchids, all these and more can be found in New England if you know where and when to look for them. Join Nancy Goodman, native orchid enthusiast and naturalist, at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center on Thursday, April 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., for an evening slideshow. Of the 59 orchid species to be found in New England, we will look at images of 43 that Goodman has found, exploring their beauty, habitats and bloom time. There will be a spring wild orchid field session on June 7. The fee is $5 and it is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Please register by calling Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center at 800-859-2960.

∎ Water Dances. On Saturday, April 26, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., come to Northfield Mountain’s Riverview Picnic Area Pavilion on Pine Meadow Road in Northfield for Water Dances. This public sound-and-light ceremony is a gesture of appreciation to the Connecticut River. A collaboration between celebration artist Phyllis Labanowski of Conway, Brazilian sound artist Ricardo Frota of Ware and those who come to dance or watch, the evening will include vibrant, multicultural percussion and illuminated hula hoops. Observers may bring snacks and arrive at the Riverview Picnic Area Pavilion (156 Pine Meadow Road) by 7:30 to watch the sunset and enjoy the transition through dusk into dark. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Bring a flashlight, lawn chair or blanket and an extra layer for possible spring breezes off the river. Event occurs even if some of the water is coming from the sky that evening, but heavy rain will cancel. Call 413-659-4461 after 5 p.m. that evening if weather is questionable. Would you like to be a water dancer? Dancers arrive at 3 p.m. on the afternoon of the event to learn simple choreography using illuminated hula hoops. Contact Phyllis Labanowski for details and to sign up by April 4. phyllislabanowski@comcast.net or 413-369-9985. All are welcome. There is no fee but donations are welcome.

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