County Fare | Arbor Quest finds oldest trees in Monterey

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The Monterey Arbor Quest, which sought to locate what might be the oldest tree in Monterey, came to an end July 27, at the Monterey Fire Co. steak roast after nearly three months, beginning with the Arbor Day celebration April 28. Many emails and coupons were received; 51 oldest live tree entries were submitted by 25 applicants, with a whole lot of tree measurements.

As reported in the August edition of The Monterey News, the Quest winner, Lyman Thomson, and the runner-up, Dick Tryon, received their recognition and awards for aged sugar maple trees on their properties estimated at 322 and 321 years old, respectively.

Tryon was given a copy of "The Man Who Planted Trees" by French author Jean Giono, which was inscribed in honor of Tryon's wife, Barbara, who recently died.

Thomson received two passes, each for two adults and two children, donated by Chesterwood in Stockbridge, which is exhibiting "One Impulse from a Vernal Wood," a wood sculpture by artists Rick and Laura Brown, placed in a wooded area of the grounds.

Film to examine sculptor's life

Andrew DeVries, whose work is located in several public installations, including the Library of Congress, is marking his 40th year as a sculptor in 2019. To commemorate this notable achievement, a documentary film that examines his creative process and his life will air on WGBY, Western Massachusetts' public television affiliate, twice this month.

The film, titled "21st Century Artist," focuses on five years of DeVries' life as a sculptor and the fulfillment of one of his dreams: a 15-foot bronze statue called "Other Side of Eden" that he completed in 2017 for a collector in Michigan. It will be shown by WGBY at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22.

The documentary was created by independent filmmaker Sheri Miller Badau and made its debut last February on the PBS affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., which is DeVries' hometown.

DeVries, who lives and works at his studio in Middlefield, established his own gallery, DeVries Fine Art International, in Lenox in 2002.

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"Other Side of Eden," an image of a male figure running through a wall, is a 15-foot bronze replica of one of DeVries' earliest works. It took him three years to construct the replica. It is one of the largest works that the 62-year-old DeVries ever has constructed during his distinguished career.

DeVries uses a foundry at his home base, River Studios in Middlefield, to pour the liquid bronze that he uses to create his sculptures. He managed to finish "Other Side of Eden" while rebuilding his foundry, which was destroyed by an explosion in November 2016. With help from community donations, DeVries was able to reopen his foundry in 2018.

Marathon walk for Jimmy Fund

Pittsfield and Lenox residents will join 9,000 expected participants in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk taking place Sept. 22 in Boston.

Shaun Tierney, Joan Wrinn, Nancy Kahn, Sean Rozak and Emma Rozak, all of Pittsfield, and Jennifer and Mark Birrell, of Lenox, will walk one of the four designated distances along the historic Boston Marathon course. Choices include a 5-kilometer, 10K, half-marathon (13.1 miles) or marathon (26.2 miles).

Money raised from the walk will support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event has raised more than $135 million over 30 years.

All walkers must raise a minimum of $325, except for walkers age 12 and younger, whose fundraising minimum is $125. Pacesetters are extraordinary fundraisers who raise $1,500 or more, or $500 or more for those age 12 and younger. There is also a Virtual Walker option for those unable to attend the Sept. 22 event but who still want to support the cause.

To register for the walk, support a walker, or to volunteer, visit JimmyFundWalk.org or call 866-531-9255. Registrants can enter the promo code NEWS for $5 off the registration fee.

Walkers who do not have a team to join and want to walk with others from their town are welcome to contact the Jimmy Fund Walk to connect them with other walkers in their area.


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