A special heads up on tonight's NQTA's Holistic Gathering
Tracy Alden will have her a full array of natural well wellness products for sale, 2 yoga masters talking on the benefits of yoga, unveiling of the Makerspace which is now going live with wonderful artisan programs and the inspiring doctor Nitya talking of her expertise on getting everyone healthy in a holistic way and of course the brand new Red Apple 5 map ready for your pick up
Starts at 6 o'clock on the 3rd floor at OIC
** Hey Hikers
Tomorrow we will be hike Round Top Trail at Bearsden. It is a moderate 4 mile hike uphill and along the Millers.The trailhead is the main parking lot at Bearsden. As always, we will meet at the Y at 9.
Just a reminder, the NQTA Holistic Gathering is tonight at 6 at the OIC.
PS. if it is raining tomorrow , check in the morning if we cancel
Celtz relaxing after today's stewardship on Kendall Brook and all cleaned up for tonight's Gathering
Monday August 12th at 6 o'clock at Orange Innovation Center 131 W Main St.
The mountain tops indicate the edited flyer information the other information is to go out as the Gathering notice.
⛰ Hello all forest peeps,
Please join us at NQTA's upcoming Gathering and if possible please bring a Delicious Dish or dessert to share for our communal meal that we start our Gatherings with.
NQTA in the last several years started working with towns, land trusts and private businesses along our implementation vision goal of the now 240 mile Q+M Experience with 40 overnight shelters.
With the shared common vision of building accessible trails with utilization in accordance with Q+M's mantra of 'Sociability and Accessibility for All' along this Q+M Experience corridor.
NQTA then turned our attention to veteran and 1st responder outreach a personal mission of mine as a former
10th Special Forces soldier and this initiative has grown expeditiously.
NQTA in it's unfolding role as community organizational hub now turn our attention in bringing in the holistic healers and herbalist of the North Quabbin and Franklin County region.
This region is rich with this talent base and this August 12th Gathering highlights exactly that point.
Tracey Dawn Alden, Reiki and Sound therapist will be here with an introduction and will have her wonderful handmade body and wellness products set up and available for purchase.
Caitlin Smith, chiropractor masseuse and Stephanie Simon Montachusetts Wellness director and both Yoga Masters will be our guest speakers on the benefits of Yoga 101 and Caitlin the new OIC Wellness director will be unveiling the initial conceptual plans of this unfolding space.
After the main meal we will take a walkabout directly next door for the unveiling by directors Bri Drohen and Alec McLeod of the incredible new Makerspace, come see the amazing new artisan opportunities for the community.
Members of Blue Dragon Apothecary will be introduced and speak for a moment on their specialties.
🦅New Veterans Administration contact Sarah McNary will be introduced and speaking of the new holistic initiatives now available.
Also the awareness of the House of Representatives Lamb Act, again directly going to the new holistic initiative.
Dr Nitya Eisenheim,Naturopathic doctor
I will work with you to address chronic pain, fatigue, digestive issues, early stages of Lyme disease, autoimmune diseases by using lifestyle and dietary counseling, along with herbal medicine, homeopathy, visceral manipulation and craniosacral therapy to come up with a unique treatment plan. I love working with adolescents and teens, but see clients of all ages. I also teach seasonal botanical medicine classes and facilitate dietary support groups, as I believe in the power of healing within a community.
I sincerely believe that this new partnership is on the leading edge of this national initiative in the awareness of what the enhancement of quality of life the holistic healers, herbalists and outdoor therapy can do for our communities.
So come join us Monday August 12 for this free and openly encouraged family event for all in our community.
Truly upward and Onward,
Bobby Curley nqta.org
In photo in order of appearance NQTA Celtz, VA Sarah McNary,
Dr. Nitya Eisenheim, Herbalist Laura Torraco, Allied Forces Foundation Pete Quintanilla, NQTA vet Alex Graziano
Some fun, educational and motivational facts for Saturday mornings NQTA's event at Winchendon Community Park.
(See attached flyer for details and park location).
Winchendon Community Park is a peninsula, with beautiful meadows and tree covered gentle forest trails and surrounded by the coolness of Whitney Pond.
This event starts with 2 yoga masters and we are getting together and selecting a choice location for comfort for the yoga folks from 10 o'clock to 11.
Expected temperatures at that time 84° to 86° nice and comfy for a summer morning get your Yoga On!
NQTA is setting up a cooling station inside of the garage located at the trailhead with chairs and cold ice water available.
The forest and meadows educational gentle walkabout with a gentle pace will be completed by early afternoon with temperatures expected to be no greater than 90° at that time.
I believe we have a rather stunning collection of educational speakers key noted by doctor Nitya, from Blue Dragon Apothecary a Lyme, auto immune specialist who has led many of these plant and herbs walks and has an impeccable reputation for fascinating and educational stories.
Herbalist Laura also from Blue Dragon brings 20 years of planting and herbalist expertise and a wonderful smile and fun spirit.
Come see what treasures are hiding at WCP.
Combat vet Pete founder of the Allied Forces Foundation out of Scotland is flying in from Seattle to tell of his fascinating vet organization specializing in post 911 soldiers.
Sarah McNary representative for central and western Massachusetts Veteran Administration will be there to support Pete and let people aware of some fascinating holistic programs coming
onboard the VA.
Wow !! this is an impressive lineup of organizational leaders and plant and herbs education combined for your enjoyment and education.
So as you can see this is a Beat the Heat event that will be completed by early afternoon free and open to the public and I encourage for all to attend.
I especially hope to see NQTA's towns and land trust partners as this is just the beginning in a continuous series of events unfolding in the summer and fall months.
Please share the details of this far and wide for us
Bobby Curley nqta.org
Hello all Forest Peeps and Partners,
It's 'Rubber hits the road time'
For the last several years along NQTA's 240 mile Q+M Experience, we have been working on a tick remediation programs starring the Red Apple trail system.
In the last year new partners Utilization Committee of Winchendon, Open Space of Hubbardston, North County Land Trust, the Feldman's among others have come aboard with their trail systems being tick remediated and specialized by NQTA .
A second arm of outreach NQTA has been reaching out to the veterans, veterans services, and 1st responders.
To that end, we have Sarah McNary from the Veterans Administration who we have all been looking for to have a proper partnership within the VA and Sarah represents the authority and the knowledge to help us form this partnership.
The 3rd arm of all this is our holistic healers and Neuropathic doctors that have abilities and education to address Lyme disease, auto immune, and other issues that are a forefront in our society.
All this comes together for the 1st time this Saturday at Winchendon Community Park starting with a Yoga in the Park led by 2 Yoga instructors.
Please excuse the short notice as this has taken a lot of work to get all of the moving pieces in place but this is a first in a series of Summer and Fall events at these different properties and I ask all property managers that can make this event please come so that we can immediately start putting times into place on your properties.
Please read the flyer below.
⛰ A late breaking edition is Peter Quintanilla from the Allied Forces Foundation who will be educating us on his wonderful program for our troops straight from the Scottish Highlands.
♥️ So if you or anyone in your family would like to learn about how to come combat health issue, learn how to do herb gardening and plant identification, see this stunningly beautiful tick remediated WCP, meet some of the leading veterans organizational leaders and get a yoga class on at the beautiful WCP then come out to this free event on Saturday, July 20th starting from 10 to 11 for the yoga and 11 o'clock for the WCP educational vision walkabout.
This a free and open event for all in our community
Please share this notice to everyone that you can.
This is a short notice exercise in how the new digital outreach and partner system works so please help us spread the word.
Truly happy trails,
Bobby Curley nqta.org
Hello all forest peeps, welcome to a beautiful summer American birthday celebration and NQTA is happy and grateful to announce some wonderful additions to this Holistic Monday, July 8th Gathering at Orange Innovation Center at 6 o'clock.
In Ying and Yang harmony, the other keynote speaker is herbalist Marie Biello who is a master landscaping designer specializing in the planting of the herbs of health and will be instructing all of you garden people on the plants that you may want to grow for your own healing medicines. Maria is heading to Philadelphia in August to finish her education and we have invited Laura the new herbalist that will be taking over and hopefully also attending and speaking.
Tracey Dawn Alden, Reiki and Sound Therapist will be leading the holistic speakers. She will also have her handmade body and wellness products for purchase...
The OIC Makerspace is getting ready for its premiere and a walkabout showing the amazing artisan opportunities now available for the community will be done before our community meal time.
NQTA for the past 4 months has been reworking the Red Apple farm trails, our laboratory trails and we will be premiering our new Red Apple trail system map that is now the standard bearer for all NQTA maps going forward and will also have all NQTA maps available.
So please bring those Delicious Dishes and Desserts and come out and celebrate this wonderful alignment of Holistic Healers on Monday, July 8th at 6 o'clock.
Truly happy trails
Bobby Curley nqta.org
NQTA after a 4 month tick remediation and complete stewardship overhaul of the Red Apple trail system will also be unveiling a brand new NQTA specialized map of the Red Apple trail system now broken down into family and action adventure hikes.
So come learn and be educated for yourself and your families on what holistic wellness can do for you from Cranial Sacral therapy to Acupuncture to Chinese medicine and herbs.
Tracy Alden, Reiki specialist will also be there with her essential oils available for you to shop.
Happy trails to All, get that repellent on and get out and enjoy this beautiful weather and summer trails, the blossoms are at full bloom.
Bobby Curley nqta.org
Hello All forest peeps,
Monday June 10th at 6 o'clock at Orange Innovation Center 131 West Main Street in Orange up on the 3rd floor is June's monthly Gathering time.
Please bring those Delicious Dishes.
As you all know we have been reaching out for the trail inclusion of the veterans not only on our Freedom Chair accessible trails but getting vets of all types from challenge mobility, limited mobility, PTS and any vets wanting to enjoy the true benefits of health of body and mind that the North Quabbin natural resources and trails has to offer.
During this outreach it has become plain to me, NQTA Vet and 1st Responder Ambassador Roy and the rest of the NQTA team that the 1st responders deal with the same critical mind and body traumatic issues that our vets deal with. Roy has reached out and NQTA is very proud to introduce Bob Loomer Fire Chief and longtime leading educator in this responder issue.
Chief Loomer will be NQTA's main June speaker.
I'm copy and pasting a little bit of Bob Loomer's sparkling resume in this area.
Bob has been involved in the fire service, starting in 1968 as a high school volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Maynard, before spending 39 years in the career fire and rescue services, during the same period, serving as an Instructor with the Massachusetts Fire Academy. Over the years Bob rose through the ranks, eventually serving as the Fire Chief in Wayland, Massachusetts, before retiring from the career fire service in 2012.
Chief Loomer began his parallel career as a Fire service instructor/educator in 1977. Over the years his students have included both new recruits and veteran officers.
In 2012 Chief Loomer was chosen to serve as the Coordinator for the Massachusetts Chief Fire Officer and Senior Fire Officer programs for the state’s fire academy. As an instructor Bob’s teaching focused has on leadership development, supervision and management, communication skills; budget and financial skills, as well as, human resource management, community and intergovernmental relations. Retired Chief Loomer continues to remain active as a teacher and fire and emergency services consultant
So as you can see we are bringing in one of the leading state 1st responders on the cause-and-effect a career as a 1st responder can have and how we have as trail partners a common goal of 'Trail Utilization' and we all can begin the process of inclusion to these folks that are on the daily battle line in our society.
I ask for all that have family or have had a career as a first responder such as emergency nurse, doctors, EMT's, fire and police to attend and to give 1st hand experience from yourself or your family as this is an open Gathering of education and information on these critical people in our society that assist us every day.
Our guest speaker during Delicious Dishes time will be Lori Mars, Cranial Sacral therapist who has spoken before and an education on her unique therapeutic abilities.
There has also been quite a bit of new tick remediation taken place on select NQTA trails so come on out and learn about new trails adventures for the families and individuals affected by this Lyme disease.
So let's get those summer Delicious Dishes together and we will see you on Monday June 10th at 6 o'clock at OIC.
Bobby Curley nqta.org
North County Land Trust (NCLT) has started a Gofundme for the customization and completion that NQTA is crafting for them at their beautiful serene wildlife viewing habitat the Underwood Property in Hubbardston.
//Here at North County Land Trust (NCLT), we believe when it comes to having limited mobility, it's the abilities that count. This is why NCLT is working to do everything we can to open up our natural spaces to those who may have mobility challenges. At our Underwood Conservation Area in Hubbardston, MA, NCLT is partnering with North Quabbin Trails Association (NQTA) to introduce a Mobility Friendly trail. While this trail will not be ADA compliant, it is designed to accommodate rugged wheelchairs (such as the GRIT Freedom Chair), those with braces/canes, families with small children, seniors, and anyone else who needs wider, level trails with frequent resting stops. The trail aims to enhance access to this serene wooded property, while maintaining a natural feel with an improved, natural surface. Our Mobility Friendly trail will follow fairly level terrain and will be improved enough to create a safe walking path. Three benches will sit along this 1/3 mile trail.
NCLT’s mobility friendly trail project cannot move forward without your support! We need to raise $2,500 by April 1st in order to make this project happen. We are currently raising funds to help support the initial building of this trail- this includes helping us pay for a specialized trail building team and their tools, helping cover staff time, and funding our future stewardship of this trail. Our vision doesn’t stop with the building of this trail in the Spring- we look forward to seeking the community’s input on how they would like to see the trail made more accessible. We're exploring guide ropes and tactile indicators for folks who are vision impaired, increased signage and guided walks through the area, audio tours, and much more. Any money raised beyond the initial goal will contribute to North County Land Trust’s mission to make our natural spaces more accessible to everyone in our community. Please help us continue this journey and donate to our campaign! And thank you to our members for their continued support!
Our partner in this project, NQTA, is a veteran-led regional trail association, who, as one part of its mission, seeks to expand trail access for wounded veterans. NQTA has been working with GRIT Freedom Chair: a Massachusetts-based company who designs specialized, non-motorized wheelchairs for outdoor adventures.
The GRIT Freedom Chair, originally designed for people with disabilities in globally remote locations, allows people of varying mobility issues to go beyond the pavement, often under their own power. For many, including wounded veterans, this can be life transforming. Our Mobility Friendly trail at Underwood Conservation Area will be compatible with this type of chair which is now available as a benefit through the Veterans Administration for qualified veterans. You can learn more about the GRIT chair at goGRIT.com.
Want to see a GRIT Freedom Chair in action? We invite all to the opening day of our first Mobility Friendly trail on May 3 (Rain Date, May 10). We'll have a GRIT chair on site. You can even try it out for yourself! And you can also meet the team and enjoy light refreshments.//
Please visit the link below to contribute to the fundraiser. Thank-you!
Underwood Mobility Friendly Trail
Old 78 Farm Fall Festival
Rain or Shine
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October 6: The festival is almost here and preparations are nearly completed. Thanks to an amazing crew and volunteers, the 9th Old 78 Farm Fall festival will be bigger and better than ever. Tickets are still available at our facebook event page for the advanced price of $10, a $5 savings over the gate price. This is a rain or shine event, so feel free to come with rain gear, including your easy up, and celebrate with us.
The 9th Annual Old 78 Farm Fall Festival will take place this year on October 6th at the Old 78 Farm at 823 Orange Road in the small "Right to Farm Community" of Warwick, MA. This family-friendly event brings the feel of a large music festival to a small town in the Massachusetts hills of the North Quabbin. Just as you'd expect, this event features craft vendors, amazing food, and award-winning local and nationally-known musical acts to delight everyone.
The Old 78 Farm Fall Festival is also proud of its commitment to the local community. Many of the craft vendors live in or around Warwick selling things such as handmade crystal-wrapped jewelry, recycled/reclaimed clothing, recycled glass candle holders, hula hoops, and other hand-crafted gifts. For the first time, we will be welcoming The Coloring Club from Northampton. During the day, Pixie Belle the Clown will be on hand to amuse the many children who join in the day's festivities with face painting and balloon creations. In the evening, the stage lights up to showcase music meant to keep you up and dancing late into the night.
Our loyal festival friends have come to expect food that is primarily grown on the property or from local farmers, including barbecue by championship team I'm a Hog for Q, Baby. There will also be amazing dishes from the Old 78 kitchen including squash soup, chili, quick breads, and hand-cut french fries. Don't forget to buy a jar of dilly beans, pickled beets or relish, because the canned goods sell out fast! And who could resist Grandma Lynn's pies, baked from scratch!
What about the music? This year's line-up features more first time bands than ever, and a few return performances. Greenfield's Colorway will make their debut, as will bluegrass band, August First. Also from Greenfield, blues and rock stylists, The Medicinal Purpose, will be making their first trip to Old 78. Award winning blues and soul artist, Dave Keller from Montpelier, Vermont will be returning for the first time since the inaugural Old 78 so many years ago with an energetic solo set. Rebel Alliance (MA) will arrive with their reggae rock jams for the fourth year in a row, and rice - An American Band (MA), the truly home grown band coming directly from Old 78 Farm itself will also make their fourth appearance. Also gracing our stages for the first time will be Northampton's Old Flame. Billboard AAA Top 40 Artists, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, will bring their full band. For the first time, Long Arm Rex from Boston, will appear. They won the Pioneer Valley Battle of the Band competition for Strangecreek Campout, and their sound encompasses elements of rock, jam, and reggae.
In the past, other bands such as Bella's Bartok, Outer Stylie, Adam Ezra Group, Secret Sage, The Mary Jane Jones, Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute), Roots of Creation, Way Up South, Rhythm Inc., Llama Lasagne, DeadBeat (Grateful Dead tribute), and After Fab (Beatles tribute) have graced the stage, and the list keeps growing.
RICE - AN AMERICAN BAND
rice - an American Band was born in the summer of 2014 and has been evolving ever since. Featuring a revolving cast of players from around the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, the band concentrates on original music while sprinkling in various eclectic covers.
JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT
Devastatingly powerful vocals and retro-rock guitar, with lyrics that run the gamut from vulnerable to all-out venomous, siblings Jocelyn & Chris Arndt are creating a new generation of authentic album rock. The brother and sister duo perform at venues and festivals coast to coast, backed by a killer band and non-stop, full-throttle stage presence. They create live shows that are unforgettable. "In the last year Jocelyn & Chris have released an album which featured the single Red Stops Traffic. That song reached the Billboard AAA Top 40 for several weeks, and the video has over 100K views. Their current Album, "Go," held the #2 position on the Relix Jamband Top 30 for three consecutive months. The band played the Strangecreek and Mountain Jam festivals before embarking on their most ambitious nationwide summer tour.
LONG ARM REX
Long Arm Rex is a female-fronted reggae-jam band based out of Boston, MA that focuses heavily on the groove, incorporating elements of dub, psychedelic rock, pop and ska. Since hatching from its shell in 2014, this 5-piece powerhouse has continuously made it their mission to bring you a unique, rexified spin on modern reggae.
Combining the best of rock, reggae, improvisational jam and a whole host of other musical genres, Rebel Alliance is sure to surprise and please - wherever you see them. With musical backgrounds and tastes that are quite broad, each member of The Reb (as they are called by "in the know" persons) has much to bring to the party, and much to add to the song.
Old Flame is a machine of resistance. Born in the Western MA DIY scene, the indie-rock band spins grit and honey-rasp vocals into a psychedelic post-punk nostalgia with an afterglow of raw blues. Since forming in 2017, Old Flame has been nominated by The Deli Magazine as "New England Artist of the Month" and released "Wolf In The Heather" EP. The album documents the rise of the Trump presidency, and was lauded by The Valley Advocate for its "acid-tongued lyrics that rail against corporate capitalism and capture the spirit of proto-punk in a bottle; a rollicking anarchistic flair for damning it all to hell." In the words of 'Ear To The Ground Music': "Love this sound, retro and brand new all at the same time. Tows the line of vintage & psych rock. Addictively good." Old Flame recently completed a cross country tour to Red Gorilla Music Festival in Austin, TX, and released their second EP, "Hush Money," which debuted at The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA, on March 27th.
THE MEDICINAL PURPOSE
The Medicinal Purpose is a sound and a feeling born of a singular devotion to create and capture emotions through the blues, soul, and rock and roll. Brother Sal (guitars, lead vocals), Chris Ball (bass, vocals) and Jimmy Robitaille (drums,vocals) write and record their material together as a unit. All veterans of studio and stage, the band puts on a powerful, unique, real performance every single night - never leaving audiences unfulfilled.
Dave Keller is one of the finest soul and blues men of his generation. His CDs have earned him national acclaim from the media (USA Today, Downbeat, Living Blues) and legendary musicians (Taj Mahal, Ronnie Earl), plus enough awards and nominations to fill a good-sized trophy case. Dave Keller’s devotion to his art is mirrored in the devotion of his ever-widening community of fans. "Everywhere I go, I see people who are hungry for connection. For something real. I think I give them that."
August First began as a shared dream between Nicole D'Amico, lead vocals/ukulele, and Rick Schiffman, lead guitarist/vocals. The two had spent the past 2 yrs playing in Boston-based band, Root Nine, and started their musical journey by collaborating on a song. Both have a deep love and passion for music of Jerry Garcia but not wanting to limit themselves to a specific genre, style, or even the artist himself, they decided to create this passion project towards the end of 2015. In summer of 2016, Nicole ran into her friends, Steve Lavalle and Brian Young at a Dead and Co. The three of them grew up spending time together and seeing live music together. Steve expressed interest in wanting to play more music and Nicole extended the invitation to come play with her and Rick. By Fall of 2016, Brian jumped on the mandolin, and the harmonies naturally followed suit. Bassist, Dan Crea came on board early 2017. His sound was an instant fit, and the 'Blues Grassicana' sound, grounded in traditional songs, originals, bluegrass, blues, classic rock, and blended with sweet harmonies that defines August First, came to life.
Hailing from Northampton, Mass and exuding the progressive, energetic and rootsy/indie leanings of the Pioneer Valley (home of And The Kids, The Sun Parade and Sebadoh) Colorway has put out two full length albums of finessed rock and roll (the latest release mastered by engineering god, Bob Ludwig). The band strive to make every live show a new experience where revelatory moments aren't sacrificed for the sake of a cookie cutter set devoid of rough edges. Bandleader/ vocalist/guitarist F. Alex Johnson gobbles up every inch of real estate on his guitar neck while bassist Matt Clegg and drummer, Riley Godleski, hold down the fort with equal parts grace and ferocity.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 D.O.S. Children under 12 are free. Gates open at 11am and music starts at noon and plays continuously until 11pm. Please, no pets. This is a working farm, and we do not want to compromise the health and safety of our animals. Thank you.
The Old 78 festival organizers are always looking for volunteers from now until the festival ends; pre-festival set up (getting the grounds ready), day of the event (front gate, security, etc.), and clean up. Volunteers will have the opportunity to attend the festival free of charge. Email or call the farm if you are interested in being part of this grassroots event. Save the date, and come out and enjoy a day of music and good company!
We are happy to announce the return of OIC (Orange Innovation Center), Montague Webworks, and the towns of Athol, New Salem, and Orange as valued sponsors for this year's festival. We are welcoming some some new sponsors this year, Berkshire Brewing Company and SLAP (Steele Lighting & Production). We are always looking for sponsors for our festival; please email or call the farm if you are interested in a sponsorship package.
This year's festival is supported in part by grants from the Athol, Orange, Petersham, and New Salem Cultural Councils, four local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Old 78 Farm Fall Festival
October 6, 2018
823 Orange Rd, Warwick , MA
Old 78 Farm
Hello all NQTA peeps,
Please take a look at this opening at the Petersham art gallery for Sunday from 4 to 6.
Friend Gail Oswald has made many journeys with our trail group and her paintings come live from the trails that you have all been out on.
NQTA collectively will be purchasing her beautiful picture of Snaky Vista that you see below in the attachment that was a vital relocation that we did off the Tully Trail transmission lines and has created a beautiful alternative track line for a hike to enjoy and Gail certainly caught the magic of this new vista area.
So please come and join us in support and celebration of Gale's beautiful work of the trails of the North Quabbin region.
NQTA members will get a special 40% discount as a thank you for sharing good times and photos. They just have to let folks at the art center know that they are NQTA members!!
Gail Oswald: Quabbin Landscape Paintings
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
4 - 6 PM
Opening Reception with the Artist
Petersham Art Center
Bobby Curley 🦋
NQTA is proud to promote the Hunt Farm Open Barn on August 11. We are assisting in the parking detail and we will have a tent set up for our maps and Mary Canning's bee products.
I invite all NQTA members to come to this free, exciting and educational program.
This is a rain-or-shine event, so please dress appropriately. Dogs and cows don't mix, so please do not bring any pets; even Celtz can't come.
We openly welcome people of all challenges and will have a special area for parking and NQTA folks there to assist you. We're proud to partner with Hunt Farm for this community event!
Visit Hunt Farm on Facebook for more information.
Published on the 50th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp's death, Duchamp's Last Day offers a radical reading of the artist's final hours. Just moments after Duchamp died, his closest friend, Man Ray, took a photograph of him. His face is wan; his eyes are closed; he appears calm. Taking this image as a point of departure, Donald Shambroom examines its context―the dinner with Man Ray and another friend, Robert Lebel, the night Duchamp died, the conversations about his own death at that dinner and elsewhere and the larger question of whether Duchamp's death can be read as an extension of his work.
Shambroom's research into this final night and his analysis of the photograph feeds into questions about the nature of artworks and authorship, which Duchamp raised in his lifetime. In the case of this once long-lost photograph (reproduced for the first time here), who is the author―Man Ray or Duchamp? Is it an artwork or merely a record? Duchamp's Last Day is filled with intricate details from decades of research into this peculiar encounter between art, life and death.
Donald Shambroom (born 1950) is a visual artist, writer and curator whose work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 1973, after graduating from Yale University where he studied philosophy and painting, Shambroom moved to Boston to pursue his career as a painter. His work has been shown at Francis Naumann gallery and Half Gallery in New York, and at Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston. For the past decade, he has lived and worked on the banks of the Millers River in north central Massachusetts.
We had a wonderful and fun-filled day of hiking at Red Apple Farm with Shoulder to Shoulder, a military family support group through Jewish Family and Children's Services. NQTA provided the trail guides for the beautiful trails at Red Apple Farm, and the complimentary doughnuts were enjoyed by all. Please enjoy this small clip from the beginning of the day.
Hello all Forest Peeps,
Monday March 12th 6 o'clock at Orange Innovation Center 3rd. floor 131 West Main Street is the time and place for this month's Gathering.
Please bring those "Delicious Dishes" as always and I thank you for these Delicious Dishes for the past several years as they have made for a wonderful communal meal time together.
To continue the Hot Streak of quality speakers at our Gatherings for the past couple of months NQTA proudly presents--
Guest Speaker Bri Pena:
Bri is Mount Wachusett Community College's Career Developmental Coach. Last month's Guest Speaker Doctor John Henshaw is the Director of this program for the free Robotic and Advanced Technical training. He introduced us to this program.
Bri is the 'boots-on-the-ground' representative and lead contact to start the implementation process.
I will be reaching out to the Vet Organizations for the youths in their twenties and our own NQTA Youth Community leader Ally will be bringing in the youths of high school age to attend and take advantage of this wonderful program.
Bri will be there to set up campus visits and give detailed information to begin the implementation process (an NQTA favorite word ) for the youths in the Quabbin Region age 17 to 29.
All are welcome and encouraged to come learn more about this exciting program.
I am personally grateful and proud to announce that Red Apple Farm owner and leading North Quabbin entrepreneur Al Rose will be this month's Educational Speaker
Al's educational talk will focus on the history of the lineage of the generational changes to Red Apple Farm.
It will emphasize the business change from patriarch Bill Rose to Al's vision of the development of the business model "A Country Experience" for Red Apple farm.
Al has been a personal friend (and fellow A.T thru hiker) and has allowed NQTA in so many ways to develop as a outdoor trail organization.
The NQTA custom-designed Red Apple trail system is a personal laboratory of tick eradication, blazing, proper mapping and trail development.
I encourage all entrepreneurs both young and old to come and learn from Al on how we can utilize the natural resources of our North Quabbin for both community and financial betterment and sustainability.
The Red Apple Farm is also one of the area's leading youth employers during it's seasonal cycle.
⭐ And finally, NQTA is now in its Membership Cycle Time.
I have been so grateful and humbled by all of your support in the past and ask for your continued support. Our growth has created the need for General Trail Liability Insurance and funds to help with the daily cost of running a larger and more social community active organization.
Of course as part of your membership many new NQTA Custom Designed Maps will be coming out this year starting with the new Poplar Mountain Ridge Loop Trail now available.
All maps will be available at this Gathering to get everybody caught up.
Please go to nqta.org for more membership information ⭐
Thanks again for all of your support.
See you on March 12th with those Delicious Dishes.
Upward and Onward
Man in Motion
Maine to Georgia '85'