Monday May 14, 2012


‘Such healthy natural tumult as proves the last day is not yet at hand," Henry David Thoreau wrote in "A Week on the Con cord and Merrimack Riv ers," describing a windy day voyage on the Concord River with its blowing reeds, "ducks by the hundred," muskrats, mice, moles, titmice and cranberries. Windy tumult is what we’re into, too.

Healthy bodies in a healthy environment -- what could be more fitting for the month of May? The first North Berk shire BIKEfest will be held May 13-19, followed May 26 by the Hoosic River Watershed Association’s 21st annual River fest, celebrating a three-state re source, the Hoosic River. And the Massachusetts Muse um of Contemporary Art opens its "O, Canada" exhibit that evening.

BIKEfest, presented by Bike North Berkshire and touted as "the largest series of biking events in the commonwealth for Bay State Bike Week," is a series of fun and educational events designed to promote safe biking for recreation, for physical fitness and for environmentally friendly transportation. It will raise awareness of bicycling in this lovely land.

The highlight will be a free Bike Rodeo, Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MASS MoCA, with safety checks, education, obstacle course and prizes. (Rain date May 20.) The bike week includes films, exhibitions and lectures, in cluding special offers from 25 North Adams and Williams town merchants when riders show their bike helmets. Fur ther information is available at