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Family Fall Foliage Hike - Saturday, October 22nd

Calling all families! Fall Foliage is here, let's go take a look!

Join us for a family-friendly, short hike to the Lookout Tower on Mt. Sugarloaf near Sunderland, MA.

The sun will be warm and the trees in foliage color as we hike about 2 miles round-trip, to the Lookout Tower and back. This is an easy, family-friendly hike. This is also the last day that the tower is open for the year. And restrooms... oh, what a relief! After the hike, those who choose can head over to nearby Mike’s Maze for more fun or snacks!

Berkshire Bash (Annual Meeting) Tickets Now Available

Tickets are now available for this year's Berkshire Bash.

Please join all Berkshire Chapter members and friends at our annual dinner meeting! The 2016 Berkshire Bash takes place on Saturday, November 5, at the Summit View in Holyoke. Tickets are $20 each, and admission includes a buffet dinner and our featured speaker, Ed Webster. There will be a cash bar. We will also have a short business meeting with the election of our Executive Committee members for the coming year.

Nominees for 2017 Executive Committee

This year's Executive Committee nominees are as follows:

Chapter Officers

Ed Webster to speak at this year's Berkshire Bash

We're excited to announce that award-winning mountaineer and author Ed Webster will be the speaker at this year's Berkshire Bash - our chapter's annual meeting and dinner. The 2016 Berkshire Bash will take place the evening of Saturday, November 5, at the Summit View in Holyoke. Please save the date, and watch out for further details and ticket information in September.

WEST RIVER PADDLE, HIKE AND FARMHOUSE! Sept 23-26 (2016)

- Join us for our ANNUAL WEST RIVER PADDLE & HIKE FARMHOUSE WEEKEND!

Why not stay high and dry 20 minutes away from Jamaica, VT in the charming "Inn Hoch" N. Landgrave Farmhouse. For over 30 years the Berkshire AMC has rented this charming farmhouse near the West River for great times, excellent food and fine friendly folks. Paddle the West River on Saturday (Sunday paddling still a "Q") and hike the nearby AT on Sunday.*
Arrive Friday nite and stay thru Sunday. Our Oh-So-Reasonable Price includes:

Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:00am to Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:00am

Outdoor Festival at Noble View Outdoor Center

Registration is now open for the Outdoor Festival, a celebration of all things outdoors at Noble View Outdoor Center. Enjoy guided hikes, nature walks, and workshops on the beautiful 350 acre property. It promises to be a memorable event and a great opportunity to explore this amazing and popular facility that has been connected to our chapter since 1930.

Register using our online system

Date: 
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Centennial Summit Hikes

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Date: 
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 9:00am

Chapter Potluck: August 20 in Northampton

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We invite you to join us at our next chapter potluck, on Saturday, August 20, 2016, 6:00PM - 9:00PM at the Unitarian Society in Northampton.

Meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts, learn news about our club, have a tasty meal and hear a wonderful local speaker: former Berkshire Chapter Chair and newsletter publisher Jon Hanauer. Jon will do a photo presentation entitled "Outdoors Across America."

Paddlers in Massachusetts! Help AMC Create the First Campsites on the CT River

AMC is working with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to create primitive campsites in Montague and Whately, MA as part of the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail, http://www.connecticutriverpaddlerstrail.org. Volunteers are needed to help us build the campsites during the weeks of July 4 and July 11. We are also in need of volunteers to help maintain the two campsites once they are built. Any interested maintainers are invited to attend a campsite maintenance training on Saturday, July 9th.

Mourning the passing of Gary Forish

We are saddened to announce that Gary Forish passed away recently. Gary’s family has asked us to share the below information.

There will be a celebration of life service for Gary at 10:30am on Monday, June 6. The service will be at Central Baptist Church in Westfield. There will then be an ash spreading ceremony at Noble View Outdoor Center in Russell, at 1:00pm. All are invited to attend, and to speak and share a memory of him if you wish.

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