Laurel Hill Assocation is honored to be hosting the Homage to the Afterlife event on Saturday, November 2 from 4pm to 8pm. This event is being planned by a group of individuals who have been meeting regularly throughout the past year. Theye've envisioned a network of resources for those seeking care and information about end-of-life choices and reflections. The event is family-friendly and will be held at the Rostrum in Laurel Hill Park, behind the Stockbridge Town Hall.
This event has six components. Feel free to come for the whole event, or use the below schedule as a guide:
4:00 PM Art show and Gong Bath
4:30 PM Introduction and Ancestor Altar Ritual
5:15 PM Keynote Speaker Amy Cunningham - an Earth-friendly Funeral Director's views on the "Abiding Soul and Role of Reflective Ritual"
6:00 PM Closing Statements and Gong Bath
6:30 PM Lantern Walk through the Woods to Mary Hopkins Bridge. Pat Flinn will tell the story of Stockbridge Lantern Walks
7:00 PM Live Astronomy Event with Rick Costello on Park Street
What is it?
It's an art installation, gong bath experience, lantern walk through the woods and ceremonial altar to honor our ancestors and loved ones (bring something to add to the altar), and includes special guest - Amy Cunningham - speaking on Abiding Soul and Role of Reflective Ritual. (meet Amy through this wonderful Death et seq podcast.)
What to Bring
It's getting cold this weekend. Wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear.
If you have chairs that are easy to carry, bring those along too for your comfort.
For the Ancestor Altar, please bring pictures or mementos of family members, friends or pets that you've lost and would like to honor.
The sun sets at 5:45pm; bring a flashlight to get to your car at the end of the event.
LHA and Nejaime's Wine Cellars present a Holiday Wine Tasting at Taggart House Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 pm. This community event is open to the public to benefit Laurel Hill Association of Stockbridge, the oldest existing village improvement association in the nation. Join us at Taggart House, 18 Main St. Stockbridge. Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Tickets $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
LHA is honored to be co-sponsoring the Housatonic Valley Association's River Arts Project. All LHA friends are invited to attend. Here's the details:
Celebrate the Beauty and Preservation of the Housatonic River Valley with the Housatonic Valley Association and our partners...
- Berkshire Natural Resources Council
- Egremont Land Trust
- Great Barrington Land Conservancy
- Laurel Hill Association
- New Marlborough Land Trust
- Sheffield Land Trust
- Stockbridge Land Trust
- The Trustees of Reservations
Friday, July 19, 2019
wine and hors d'oeuvres
5:30 pm – Remarks by Massachusetts Representative Smitty Pignatelli, Chairman, Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture
River Art Project
2 Depot Road, Stockbridge, Mass.
RSVP by July 15 to kparker [at] hvatoday.org
hvatoday.org / riverartproject.com
PAINTING BY ANN GETSINGER WATERSHED, 2019, OIL ON LINEN, 36" X 48"
Our free photo class is full. You can, however, sign up for the waiting list. Here are the class details:
August 31, 2019
Sponsored by the Laurel Hill Association's Educational Committee.
Renowned photographer, Lionel Delevingne will lead a free photography workshop intended to explore, enjoy and share with others the beauty and solace of the Laurel Hill Association's trails through the camera/iphone. Time will be spent both photographing on location and reviewing the results of each participant's work for a learning experience. Our intention will be to shift our perception from the commonplace, to your unique experience of the world within.
Note the class is limited to six participants and is fully subscribed. You can add yourself to the waiting list (at this writing there is no one on this list) by sending lionel an email at lionel [at] laurelhillassociation.org. A confirmation email will be sent if a current attendee cancels. If you've already signed up, a few days before, you must re-confirm or your place may be given to someone on the waiting list.
The class will meet at the Stockbridge Town Hall Parking lot by the big rocks at the entrance to Laurel Hill Park.
"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens."
– Carl Gustav Jung
Photo of Ice Glen Trail by Lionel Delevingne
It's time for our BNRC's Local Land Trust Gathering! Save the date – Thursday, June 6 from 3 to 5 PM – at the Barn at Mass. Audubon in Lenox.
This is an opportunity for us all to get to know who is working in the next town over, and to ask whatever questions you may have. We often discuss issues around stewardship, conservation funding and partnering. The attached agenda is there to give us some ideas and structure, but if you have something else you want to discuss, please shoot me an email.
Please RSVP to Narain at: nschroeder [at] bnrc.org.
Give thanks to all we have in Stockbridge through a donation to the Laurel Hill Association. Your donation will support a part-time summer job for a Stockbridge teenager — watering the flower pots and gardens we plant in Town. Our goal is to raise $1,000, to provide a great experience to a local youth and of course, to keep our flowers fully hydrated!
Learn about the work of the Stockbridge Land Trust at its annual meeting on Saturday, September 29th, at 10 a.m. The meeting will take place at the Chestnut Preserve on Route 7, south of the town center. There is ample parking at the site and there will be light refreshments. (Rain date: Sept. 30th, 10 a.m., Chestnut Preserve.)
TAKE THE HIGH ROAD is the meeting's main topic. Jenny Hansell, president of Berkshire Natural Resources Council, will speak about BNRC's ambitious program to create a "High Road" – a hiking path that will traverse Berkshire County. The mission of BNRC is the same as that of the Land Trust, but its geographic scope is broader: the whole of the Berkshires.
Since its founding in 1987, the Stockbridge Land Trust has worked to preserve Stockbridge's open spaces, forests, farmlands, wetlands, waterways, and other natural resources. Learn about the properties the Land Trust protects by visiting its website – www.stockbridgelandtrust.org.
Over 100 guests attend celebration of Stockbridge
Laurel Hill Association had the pleasure of hosting “Hello, Again,” a festive event on September 15, 2018. The party provided a way for LHA to thank the community for its support of the organization and to share news of future initiatives. Over 100 attended the event, which was held at Taggart House on Main Street.
The co-chairs of the event were Phil Deely and Julie Edmonds, who joined George and Caitlin Manley and LHA President Shelby Marshall in hosting the event.
Laurel Hill Association would like to thank The Red Lion Inn, Nejaime's, Berkshire Distilleries, and especially Taggart House owners George and Caitlin Manley for their generous support of the event.
Help write captions! Fill in the blanks by emailing Patrick at treasurer [at] laurelhillassociation.org. Please reference the number of the uncaptioned photo.
|Maria Carr greets guests||Marilou Hyson|
|Ed Lane conversing with Caitlin Manley||8|
|Julie Edmonds||Maria Carr with Sue and Gary Gulbranson|
|12||Hilary Deely and Judy Wilkinson|
|Caitlin Manley and Sarah Blexrud||Eugene Talbot (former LHA President) and Shirley Talbot with Shelby Marshall|
|21||George Manley looking dapper as always|
|Phil Deely tells it like it is, flanked by Julie Edmonds and Shelby Marshall||Becky Cushing, Chuck Reich, Carol Hill Albert and Michael Wilcox|
|Christine Rasmussen with Patrick White in background||28|
|Christine (Pigott) Martin (l), Debbie Wiswesser and others||37|
|38||George Manley and Shelby Marshall sit in!|
|Shelby Marshall and Chris Ferrero||Eugene Talbot and Shirley Talbot|
|Laura Dubester between Jonathan and Ingrid Raab||Phil Deely|
|Keith and Marie Raftery||George and Caitlin Manley|
|Hilary Deely, Karen Marshall and others||53|
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