By Ron McAdow, Executive Director
Serendipity landed me in this vicinity way back in 1971, and the unique characteristics of this region attracted me to stay here. One thing I like about eastern Massachusetts is that many of our fellow residents, past and present, valued conservation and have protected land for nature. We have environmental values but we also appreciate culture; we have arts and environment. Some of our talented neighbors have one foot in each world. May I introduce you to a few of them?
Old Frog Pond Farm
is a unique and lovely place in Harvard. Each weekend through Columbus Day their sculpture walk is open 1:00 – 5:00pm, featuring the work of ten New England artists. Here’s how you get there
, the environmental arts wing of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, offers a year-round chorus and journal group, summer and winter solstice events, quarterly potlucks, and winter and spring programs that build towards the Musketaquid Earth Month Exhibit and Musketaquid Earth Day in April of each year.
The Three Rivers Chorus
describes itself as “Metrowest Boston's auditioned, mixed chamber chorus dedicated to great singing and beautiful waterways. Rooted in the classical choral tradition, its repertoire spans many times, places, and styles. Chorus members enjoy the lively rehearsals, musical challenges, and unusual programming that Artistic Director Ellen Oak provides. In its concert and community performances the chorus seeks to collaborate with other regional groups in new ways and celebrate life along the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.” If you’d like to learn more, here’s the contact page
In the visual media, there are the Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers
, “an informal group of nearly one hundred talented advanced amateur and professional photographers from the western suburbs of Boston, brought together by their passion for capturing the beauty and power of nature through photography. The group was established in 1995, and regularly exhibits its members' work throughout eastern Massachusetts and on the Internet.”
Sometimes art and culture meet right here at SVT’s Wolbach Farm. Cecilia Sharma’s watercolor workshops
are very popular. The invitation: “Come and enjoy individual hands-on instruction with an emphasis on developing textures, washes, shapes and creating the illusion of light. This workshop will include painting demonstrations that will teach you how to explore your own personal painting style. Beginners are welcome!”
Debbie Costine and the Gerwick Puppets
have developed wonderful nature-themed puppet shows. I’m proud to have had a longstanding personal connection with them! Later this fall Debbie will be here at SVT to lead a children’s story walk
; “a fun nature exploration walk for children on Wolbach Farm’s Lewis Trail with a story that progresses along the path. Descriptions will help children look for the setting where the next scene in the story happens. It could be a rotting stump or a hole in the base of a tree or a log beside the trail. Appropriate for children four and up and their grown-up.”