Community

A Cultural Haven

Artists, musicians, writers, wood artisans, potters, painters, and photographers, are but a few of the people who have chosen The North Quabbin Region as their home. On any given weekend, there are cultural events too many to count, including community band concerts in many of the towns (Petersham boasts one of the oldest, continuously running brass band concerts in the country), art shows and exhibits, and unique events such as the annual Northern Tier Geo-caching Tournament why is it unique?, The Annual Garlic and Arts Festival, celebrating local arts and agriculture in the context of a sustainable festival that pays tribute to the great local cuisine, lots of music and almost no trash, the River Rat Race, Thanksgiving Harvest Festival, the Starry, Starry Night New Year’s Eve Celebration, and a multitude of Autumn festivals and activities, showcasing some of the most breathtaking Fall scenery in the country.  The 1794 Meeting House in New Salem holds a concert series seasonally, attracting a wide range of popular talent.

Riverfront Development

In late 2013, Greenworks, together with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Town of Orange, brought together every mill owner who has holdings in the form of underutilized properties on the Millers River in Orange. It was a rare public-private sector dialogue on the future of Central Massachusetts.

Ted Carman, renowned mill developer and architect of a portion of Massachusetts housing policy, detailed how towns like in our region could leverage State and Federal funds and accrue tax benefits.

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Youth Exploration & Adventure Summer Program

Greenworks established the Youth Exploration and Adventure Summer Program for North Quabbin, which Peak Expeditions operates.

Imagine this: a teen has just spent 400 hours on coursework, housework & Tumblr. Suddenly, he or she is immersed in a non-stop week of caving, climbing, paddle-boarding, power kiting, and hiking led by certified guides. It’s a cutting edge week of extreme – but safe – wilderness sports and hands-on outdoor activities. There is a technology component as well; students use iPads to help identify rock formations in 3D, or strap GoPros to their helmets to film live podcasts.

The summer program is a template for an after-school youth adventure club. Activities include mountain biking and high- and low-challenge courses, as well as investigations into water ecology, alternative energy, use of digital media, invasive species, and water quality testing. Members of this club will have access to Peak Expeditions’ professional resources including boats and climbing gear.
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