LHA is co-sponsoring the HVA/River Art Project Reception on July 19

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
5:00-6:30 pm
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
Stockbridge Station
2 Depot Road, Stockbridge, Mass.

RSVP by July 15 to kparker [at] /


Photo workshop with Lionel Delevingne

Waiting list only: take a free photo class with acclaimed photographer Lionel Delevingne

Our free photo class is full. You can, however, sign up for the waiting list. Here are the class details:

Photography Workshop
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] 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

June 6: BNRC's Land Trust Gathering

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]

Fund a job for a Stockbridge teenager

Fund a summer job for a Stockbridge teenager

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!


TAKE THE HIGH ROAD at the Stockbridge Land Trust Annual Meeting

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 –

Laurel Hill Association Hosts “Hello, Again” Party at Taggart House

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] Please reference the number of the uncaptioned photo.

Taggart House 1Maria Carr greets guests Taggart House 2Marilou Hyson
Taggart House 33 Taggart House 55
Taggart House 6Ed Lane conversing with Caitlin Manley Taggart House 88
Taggart House 10Julie Edmonds Taggart House 13Maria Carr with Sue and Gary Gulbranson
Taggart House 1212 Taggart House 42Hilary Deely and Judy Wilkinson
Taggart House 19Caitlin Manley and Sarah Blexrud Taggart House 20Eugene Talbot (former LHA President) and Shirley Talbot with Shelby Marshall
Taggart House 2121 Taggart House 22George Manley looking dapper as always
Taggart House 23Phil Deely tells it like it is, flanked by Julie Edmonds and Shelby Marshall Taggart House 24Becky Cushing, Chuck Reich, Carol Hill Albert and Michael Wilcox
Taggart House 27Christine Rasmussen with Patrick White in background Taggart House 2828
Taggart House 26Christine (Pigott) Martin (l), Debbie Wiswesser and others Taggart House 3737
Taggart House 3838 Taggart House 41George Manley and Shelby Marshall sit in!
Taggart House 52Shelby Marshall and Chris Ferrero Taggart House 49Eugene Talbot and Shirley Talbot
Taggart House 4343 Taggart House 4444
Taggart House 45Laura Dubester between Jonathan and Ingrid Raab Taggart House 46Phil Deely
Taggart House 47Keith and Marie Raftery Taggart House 48George and Caitlin Manley
Taggart House 29Hilary Deely, Karen Marshall and others Taggart House 5353
Nancy Fitzpatrick entering Oregon.

Nancy Fitzpatrick to Speak at Laurel Hill Day August 4

"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.

Stockbridge and Food Security

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!

Earth Day Clean-up a Resounding Success!

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
Rich Bradway
Gail Beaudain and Jed Baumwell
Mary Boyce
Nancy and Peter Socha
Mark and Nancy Mills
Catherine and Leah Chester
Shelby Marshall
Cheryl Hutto
Laura Dubester
Joyce Hovey
Jim and Liz Murray
Bob Bartle
Susie Kaufman
Anna Smith
Pat Flinn
Lenore and Paul Sundberg and TEAM
Leslie Shatz
Patrick White
Sarah Boyd
Terry Wise
Jane Goodrich
Gary Pitney
Tom LaBelle and spouse
Christine Rasmussen
Stewart and Lynn Edelstein
Lionel Delevingne
Julie and Barney Edmonds
Barbara and Ed Lane
Eva Sheridan
Vicky Cooper
GeGe Kingston
Debbie Wiswesser
Sarah Horne
Stephanie Bradford

Riverbrook Residents
Berkshire Waldorf School
Red Lion Inn
Norman Rockwell Museum