Cummington: Hilltown Chautauqua to host 'Earthcare' festival


"Earthcare," a two-day arts festival and symposium on the human place in nature in a time of climate change, will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9 to 11, at the William C. Bryant Homestead, 207 Bryant Road.

The festival includes talks by nationally known speakers on environmental and sustainability issues, poetry readings, watercolor exhibition, music, dance, workshops, and nature walks.

Actress Kaiulani Lee will perform "A Sense of Wonder," her one-woman play on the life of pioneer environmentalist Rachel Carson, author of "Silent Spring."

The "Earthcare" festival is the first offering by the Hilltown Chautauqua of western Massachusetts, a new organization that presents magazine-format programs on pressing issues in American life, with speakers, panels, debates and performing artists.

A pre-festival concert and barbecue supper will take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the Homestead.

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