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‘Look at the butterfly!’
‘Actually that one’s a cow …’

I have to wonder what kind of shapeshifter is visiting the Naumkeag Pumpkin Show tonight. Families are talking on the garden path, and the only living creature I can hear is answering in a low, guttural ‘baaa,’ from the sheep grazing in the fields.

But we’re surrounded by creatures made of fire. They’re carved into pumpkins — a kingfisher, a luna moth — and they’re resting in the trees like magic lanterns.

Around sunset the garden transforms into a harvest festival in the golden hour. Later on you can catch the light show in the dark. But right now it’s quiet, and I can imagine a will o’ the wisp changing shape like a flame, or Queen Mab riding on a milkweed seed on the wind.

The sun sets over Naumkeag at the annual pumpkin show.
Photo by Kate Abbott

The sun sets over Naumkeag at the annual pumpkin show.

Events coming up …

Find more art and performance, outdoors and food in the BTW events calendar.

A boy and a lamb walk by the pasture at Hancock Shaker Village.
Apr 17 2024 @ 11:00 am
Hancock Shaker Village welcomes visitors to meet their newest farm babies – lambs, piglets, calves, chicks and kid goats, and enjoy events and activities throughout the Village.
Wildflowers bloom on Stone Hill with the Clark Art Institute in the distance. Press photo courtesy of the museum
Apr 17 2024 @ 1:00 pm
Celebrate spring and Earth Day at the Clark with an art-making activity that incorporates indigenous pollinator seeds that you can take home and plant.
A local exhibit of poems celebrate the Hoosic River on the suspension bridge at Tourists Welcome in North Adams.
Apr 17 2024 @ 6:00 pm
The Hoosic River Watershed Association invites everyone in the communities along the river to celebrate the waterway and write haiku inspired by the river and its surroundings.

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