Windsor Grown Festival: Explore all that Windsor has to offer

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WINDSOR — Tucked into the hills of the Northern Berkshires is Notchview, a 3, 100-acre property managed by the Trustees of Reservations, most known for its skiing.

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Friends of Windsor President Patty Crane and Notchview Engagement and Site Manager Andrea Caluori are going to use it as a platform to showcase the Berkshires, and its value of local community in the inaugural Windsor Grown Festival.

The day will include local history and wildlife walks, art workshops for kids, exploration of a new trail, a geocache program, as well as a full day of local music starring the Misty Blues Band, Moonshine Holler, One Part Luck and Windsor native Benny "Fingers" Kohn.

The festival will focus on local vendors and their connection to the land around them.

"This seems like a great way for the property to give back and have a presence in the community," Caluori said. "It just seemed like a natural fit to partner with 'Friends of Windsor.'"

"[The festival] evolved naturally to showcase the community and the landmark signs," Crane said, referring to the 2015-initiated Windsor Landmarks Project, which has installed 24 signs to indicate "long-forgotten" historical sites — four of which appear on Notchview's property. "We've been reaching out to the wider area and specifically to the local community, with a focus on Windsor-grown vendors. The reality of how people make a living and life here is somewhat connected to the place."

Crane and Caluori expect a large crowd, noting that the property has the parking space to regularly accommodate crowds of 300 to 400 during the ski season.

"I've had some people from Pioneer Valley coming in from Route 9 who saw our banner and were curious about the event, the artists and [the] vendors," Calouri said. They have also been keen on using social media to publicize the event, noting that each vendor, sponsor and performing artist has their own social media that they've been using to get the word out.

They've even enlisted the help of Instagram videographer Kyle Dempsey, who has a following of 250,000 and is preparing a video showcasing the area, its people and landmarks, to be unveiled at noon at the event, which will include shots captured by a drone.

The event is rain or shine.

"There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing," Crane said.

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