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Laurel Hill Association Hires Program Manager

Laurel Hill Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Kristen Perlman as Program Manager to help the organization continue to meet the growing needs of the Stockbridge community. Kristen is a communications and development professional with a passion for nature and philanthropy. After spending 17+ years in marketing and communications at large financial firms in the NYC region, Kristen and her husband moved to the southern Berkshires in 2017 to purchase and manage a small inn. In addition to managing marketing and guest experience for the inn, Kristen oversaw development and donor communications efforts for a local nonprofit organization in 2019. She holds a BA in Economics/International Careers from Lehigh University.

"Laurel Hill Association's 460+ acres of land preserves and recreational trails are an integral part of Stockbridge's heritage," said Kristen. "I am excited to have the opportunity to help LHA continue its long tradition of enhancing the quality of life and the environment in Stockbridge by supporting existing programs and exploring new and unique ways for LHA to serve the community."

"We are excited to add Kristen's leadership and technical skills to our team of dedicated volunteers as we move forward with achieving our strategic goals," said Shelby Marshall, Laurel Hill Association's President.

LHA closes trails accessed from Park St. and Ice Glen Road

The Town of Stockbridge has requested that LHA close Ice Glen, the Mary Flynn trail and the Laura's Tower trail, and we have complied.

The town has put barriers at the footbridge at the end of Park Street and at the entrance to Ice Glen via Ice Glen Road.

The closure was a result of heavy demand. Unfortunately, there isn't enough parking to accommodate the increased usage while maintaining social distancing as required due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beyond that, Stockbridge first responders expressed concern that an accident on either the Ice Glen or Laura's Tower trail would be exceedingly difficult to access, especially since they must prioritize ambulance availability for the sick.

We believe the Town of Stockbridge acted with an abundance of caution and showed good judgment in making this request. While it saddens us to have to close trails used by locals and visitors alike for nearly two centuries (Ice Glen's trails are mentioned in Melville's Moby Dick), we recognize that concerns about our visitors' and first responders' safety must be paramount.

 

Stockbridge Earth Day 2020 Roadside Litter Pick-Up

Greetings all –

Here's a way we can be personally distanced and come together. We invite you to celebrate Earth Day 50 by picking up litter in your neighborhood. Even in these challenging times, we welcome your participation this year if good for YOU!

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Please feel free to complete your volunteer work anytime between now and then, and bear in mind it's been a warm spring, so the earlier you get out, the less spring vegetation you will encounter!

Being outdoors collecting accumulated litter can be a safe and positive activity IF you are not sick and take the recommended precautions. Your emotional comfort is important as well. We want to share the following common sense reminders from the Stockbridge Board of Health:

  • Stay 6' apart from any team member(s) (no carpooling!)
  • Wash your hands – pre and post pick-up
  • Wear gloves and don't touch your face
  • Throw away disposable gloves or let your work gloves sit for 2 days after use
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds after you remove and throw away or set aside your gloves.
  • And the usual – watch out for poison ivy, ticks and traffic!

We can all feel good about how our individual and collective actions make a difference.

Please let us know if you are on board. You can reply to earthday [at] laurelhillassociation.org. Please let us know where you will pick-up litter. For logistical and supply reasons, you need to provide your own gloves and plastic bags.

We will invite you to celebratory coffee and tea at Stockbridge Coffee and Tea when we can all be together safely.

Feel free to contact any of us.

  • Marie Raftery (kraftery [at] roadrunner.com - 298-4910)
  • Laura Dubester (lauradubester [at] gmail.com - 298-5504)
  • Lis Wheeler (jlab [at] roadrunner.com - 298-5368)
  • Deb Wiswesser (dwiswesser [at] yahoo.com)

Thank you so much – On behalf of Laurel Hill Association, Marie, Laura, Lis, Deb

LHA Board Approves Updated Bylaws

At its March 18, 2020 meeting of the Board of Trustees, The Laurel Hill Association of Stockbridge unanimously adopted updated bylaws. The Board would like to thank trustee Mark Siegars for shepherding this effort. You can read the bylaws here.

Homage to the Afterlife: Saturday Nov. 2, 4-8pm at the Rostrum

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.

See Facebook for more details.

General Timeline

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.

Tickets: Holiday Wine Tasting at Taggart House: Dec. 5th 5:30pm

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.

You can buy tickets from EventBrite by clicking here

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] hvatoday.org
hvatoday.org / riverartproject.com

PAINTING BY ANN GETSINGER WATERSHED, 2019, OIL ON LINEN, 36" X 48"

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
9am-12pm
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

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] bnrc.org.

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!

Visit laurelhillassociation.org/donate.

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