Whats Going On
Join Williams biology professor and landscape historian Henry Art on Sunday October 26 at 1 PM for a hike on Pine Cobble. This well-known area is a favorite hiking destination, and the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation’s largest preserve. This moderate hike will explore the lesser-known Chestnut and ’98 Trails and the mountain’s unusual geology and botany. An extended hike to Eph’s Lookout will be offered to anyone interested. The hike is free and open to the public.
Meet at the Chestnut Street trail head off North Hoosac Road. For directions and a topo visit: Chestnut Trail
Hikers on the Chestnut trail
Do you enjoy working with hand tools? Are you interested in preserving our cultural history? If so, we invite you to join the WRLF and the Williamstown Historical Museum on November 1 in this hands-on project to restore an antique horse-drawn work sled donated to the WRLF by Henry Flynt. These sleds were used to bring logs and firewood and sap collection barrels out of the woods in the winter. We hope Mr. Flynt will be on hand to give us a brief history of the sled.
On Saturday November 1 from 10-4 Art Evans will lead the planing and shaping to start the restoration of this local artifact.
All are invited to share in a light lunch, and to watch a film called Ben’s Mill, about the construction of a similar sled in Vermont in the 1970s.
To register, call 458-2494 or email [email protected]
A lumber delivery using a similar sled
Sheep at Sheep Hill poster with full information
Following the success of Goats in the Woods at Pine Cobble, sheep have returned to Sheep Hill in as a lead up to demonstrations, dinner and a speaker on Saturday September 27th.
Learn how grazing can be a part of conservation management, and enjoy a succulent lamb dinner prepared by Wild Oats. Speaker Gary S. Kleppel, Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of Biodiversity, Conservation & Policy Program at the University of NY at Albany and an expert in emerging and sustainable agriculture will be the speaker. Pasture walks, weaving and spinning demonstrations and fiber information, too!
Old and New England Lamb Supper – Sheep Hill, September 27th, 2014 $25 per person
New England Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and Yam Crust Root Vegetable Guinness Stew (vegetarian) Creamy Autumn Corn Porridge with Manchego (aka Polenta) Garlic Kale and Carrots Dijonaise Wild Oats’ Pain l’Ancienne Honey, Apple and Sheep’s Milk Tart
Come see the sheep anytime!