Welcome to Springtime, dear Mill River Lovers,
We hope you’re enjoying this amazing spring weather by the riverside as the marsh marigold flowers die back and the riparian woodlands come alive with spring flowers! Two more Mill River events are happening over the next two weeks, one on the Hidden Mill River and a final springtime event for Devil’s Den to Lickingwater.
First Event: Monday, the 13that the Forbes Library in the Coolidge Museum from 6:30-8:30 PM, Rediscovering the Hidden Mill River, hosted by Forbes Library, MRGI, and Historic Northampton.
6:30-7:00 Informal discussion focused on a plan for part of the Hidden Mill designed by Tasuku Kamei, MA, University of Massachusetts Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.
7:00-8:00 Presentations and Discussion by Laurie Sanders, Historic Northampton; John Sinton, Mill River Greenway Initiative; Wayne Feiden, Northampton Office of Planning and Sustainability; Dylan Gaffney, Forbes Library
8:00-8:30 Two short films on the 1936 Flood
More details will be at https://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/5394570
Second Event: Tuesday, May 21 at Jones Library in Amherst, 43 Amity St. from 6:30-7:30 PM(co-sponsored by the Jones Library and Levellers Press) John Sinton will present “The Mill River: History, Transformation, and Why it Matters,” an illustrated talk based on Devil’s Den to Lickingwaterthat will focus on the history of the Mill River after the English occupied the Pioneer Valley. Sinton will present an overview of the social and industrial history of the Mill River and its region, an explanation of the environmental transformations that changed the face of the landscape, and the reasons why the Mill River matters. https://www.joneslibrary.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=7854
See you on the river!
John, Gaby, and Neal