Laurel Hill Association's annual meeting will be held Wednesday, February 20 at 7pm at the Stockbridge Library. All members are welcome.
Give thanks to all we have in Stockbridge through a "Giving Tuesday" 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 on Tuesday, 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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"From Boston to Oregon, My Walk Across America." That's the theme of this year's Laurel Hill Day talk by featured speaker Nancy Fitzpatrick, to be held August 4 at 2:00 pm at the Rostrum in the center of Laurel Hill Park.
Fitzpatrick, a resident of Stockbridge for 60 years, walked from Boston, Massachusetts to Newport, Oregon over the course of several trips between February 2011 and October 2016. How many miles did she walk? How many pairs of shoes did she wear out? What logistics and tactics were required? What was it like walking through Gary, Indiana and the south side of Chicago? Any grizzly sightings in Yellowstone? Was it scary? Was it fun?
What is America like in the small towns between the coasts? How does our town fit into the whole scheme of things? Fitzpatrick will tell you all this in one short talk on August 4, 2018!
Fitzpatrick moved to Stockbridge with her family in 1957. She graduated from Smith College and served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela. She worked in her family's businesses, principally The Red Lion Inn, until retiring in June 2017. She has been involved with many Berkshire organizations, including Chesterwood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, IS183, Tanglewood, the Creative Economy Council, and MASS MoCA.
For over 160 years, Laurel Hill Day has been a highlight of late summer Stockbridge. We're so honored that Nancy will join us this year to continue this tradition. Please join us, too.
Let's face it, we're blessed to live and/or spend time in Stockbridge. It's truly a wonderful life. Yet right here, there may be pockets of food insecurity and hunger among those struggling to get by, on fixed incomes, etc. We'd like to take a moment to provide information to those in need.
The Western Mass Food Bank hosts a Brown Bag Stockbridge food distribution site for elders at Heaton Court, 5 Pine St. in Stockbridge from 11:00 am to noon on the second Wednesday of every month. You can get more information at (413) 298-4170 or by clicking the link above. Note there are restrictions based on income; visit the website or call for clarification.
Open to anyone is the Great Barrington Mobile Food Bank, located behind the CHP Health Center at 444 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington on the first Tuesday of every month from noon to 1:00 pm. There are no eligibility requirements to receive food from the Mobile Food Bank. Anyone in need of assistance can attend. It's a good idea to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to distribution time or around 12:30 pm when the initial queue subsides, and to bring boxes or bags to carry your food.
Food security is a real issue for all too many Americans, including many right here in the Berkshires. Your support of this organization can make a difference in meeting the most basic of needs. Thanks!
Here are the totals from Earth Day!
Approximately 60 Stockbridge neighbors walked the roads to pick up litter and celebrate caring for our Town and Mother Earth. Collectively, we walked more than 70 miles. Some said they picked up less trash and others found more than last year.
Individuals, families, Laurel Hill Board members, Norman Rockwell Museum staff, Berkshire-Waldorf School students, Red Lion Inn staff and the "Interlaken Gang and accompanying pets" were among the participants. Non-treasures collected included cans, beer and soda bottles, nips, kleenex, cigarette butts, coffee cups, broken plastic and glass, food wrappers, scratch tickets and plastic bags. Also, mylar balloons, a live snake and dead beaver, and a pregnancy test (couldn't read the results!).
Around 20 volunteers came together at Stockbridge Coffee and Tea on Saturday afternoon for a well-earned beverage and a wonderful time with friends.
Suggestions for the future — adding a fall collection; placing trash cans on roads where it would be easier for walkers to dispose of trash; guiding some walkers to places with more trash as needed; researching alternatives to plastic bags – something recyclable or compostable.
You can't say thank you often enough, so once again, THANK YOU!
On behalf of Laurel Hill Association
Laura and Marie
Earth Day Team
Keith and Marie Raftery
DeDe and Marc Rathbun
Gail Beaudain and Jed Baumwell
Nancy and Peter Socha
Mark and Nancy Mills
Catherine and Leah Chester
Jim and Liz Murray
Lenore and Paul Sundberg and TEAM
Tom LaBelle and spouse
Stewart and Lynn Edelstein
Julie and Barney Edmonds
Barbara and Ed Lane
Berkshire Waldorf School
Red Lion Inn
Norman Rockwell Museum
Laurel Hill Park behind the Town Offices on Main Street is the Association's signature property. It was the site of the first meeting in 1853. Twenty-five years later in 1878 it was gifted to the Association by the Sedgwick family—our first property. Every August, we celebrate Laurel Hill Day at the Park, the anniversary of that first meeting.
An early description of the Park states that it "...had splendid rocks soaring into the air, and a hillside pink with laurel in the spring." Sadly, the Laurel has almost disappeared, and the rocks have been obscured by overgrowth. This year we will undertake a major project to restore these natural features, add interpretive signs, and renovate two of the Park's man-made features—the Rostrum, and the Butler Seat at the summit.
We are excited about revitalizing the Park, and hope you will agree by approving the Community Preservation Commission funding recommendation at the Town Meeting in May.
Earth Day Litter Pick-up in Stockbridge – Many Hands Make Light Work
Help make Stockbridge clean and beautiful by joining your neighbors in picking up the winter's accumulation of trash around your own neighborhood.
Earth Day Litter Pick-up will take place from Monday April 16 – Sunday April 22!
Garbage bags and gloves can be picked up at the Stockbridge Transfer Station anytime beginning on Tuesday April 17. You can bring what you collect to the transfer station.
To let us know that you are on board, please contact:
kraftery [at] roadrunner.com
lauradubester [at] gmail.com
Last year, more than 60 Stockbridge neighbors walked our roadsides to pick up litter to celebrate caring for our Town and Mother Earth. Collectively, we walked more than 70 miles.
Individuals, families, Waldorf School sophomore class, Laurel Hill Board members, Norman Rockwell Museum, Interlaken Gang, and accompanying pets were among the participants. Some joined for coffee/tea at Stockbridge Coffee and Tea shop in the afternoon. Non-treasures collected included cans, bottles, kleenex, cigarette butts, coffee cups, broken plastic and glass, food wrappers, scratch tickets and plastic bags.
Laurel Hill Associastion will host a reception for volunteers at Stockbridge Coffee and Tea at 3 pm on Saturday, April 21. Come and enjoy a coffee on us as our thank you for helping clean up Stockbridge!
Photo: Lionel Delevingne