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Public Calendar For Prospective Members of Women Outdoors Western Massachusetts

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Tusi and Nira

Nira at niraharper@gmail.com   &    Tusi at ritachild@hotmail.com

July, August, September 2022

Wednesday Hikes. Nira and Noor will lead Wednesday hikes or walks, usually at 1:00 or 1:30 pm. Details will be posted over the listserv.

Sat. July 2. Hike a section of the M&M on Mt Tom, off Rt 141 near Easthampton/Holyoke .

Mt Tom's got a number of great hikes, the M&M especially (section to be determined). Meet at 1:30 at the parking area nearish to the visitor center, at the end of the road coming in from the Mt Tom entrance on Rt. 141.

Sun. July 3. Bike Ride.  We’ll do a moderate 15 – 18 mile ride with hills tbd. 

Mon. July 4. 4th of July Gathering.  Please join us in Paula's backyard on Water Street in Leeds for a potluck, swimming in the river and/or game for a friendly 4th of July good times with old and new friends.  Potluck will be at 2 pm (I am so looking forward to having Women Outdoors potlucks again because we have so many great cooks).  Drop by anytime between 1 pm to 5 pm.  Watch for a soon to come Women Outdoors email giving you all the details before you register.  Accommodations can be made for those of you with disabilities and you can contact Paula to see if your specific needs can be accommodated  (an email will be provided in the upcoming detailed announcement).  Thank you so much Paula for providing your lovely back yard for our get together. RSVP to 

Sat. July 9. Hike a section of the M&M on Mt Tom. off Rt 141 near Easthampton/Holyoke, 

(Holyoke/Easthampton). I'll again lead a Saturday hike on Mt Tom, a different section of the M&M trail. Meet at 1:30 at the parking area nearish to the visitor center, at the end of the road coming in from the Mt Tom entrance on Rt. 141. 

Sun. July 10.  Workshop/Walk, Yiddish Book Center & Hampshire College.

10:30 am, meet at Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St, Amherst, MA(near Atkins Mkt.) to attend a 1 hour Yiddish Song Workshop, “Lonmir Zingen!” Learn to sing simple songs with focus on by women poets. Registration $12 at www.yiddishbookcenter.org. No prior knowledge of Yiddish required.

At noon, bring lunch, we will eat outside after the workshop. 

At 1:00 pm, Celia will lead a 90 min. walk around the Hampshire College campus, next door, including stops at architecture of interest, the college farming garden, and outdoor art installations.  Celia will share brief info at walking stops.      

Join us for any or all of the event.  

Tues. July 12. Full Moon & Poetry Hike.  Mt. Sugarloaf, Sunderland, MA. Moderate uphill for ½ hour followed by *poetry* and moongazing.  Hike down in dark.  

Sat. July 16. Bike & Swim. Meet at Cushman’s Market in No. Amherst to bike an 11 mile hilly loop (some dirt road) from Cushman’s.  Swim at Puffers Pond afterwards.  

Sun. July 17.  Paddle Ct River. Meet in Sunderland for a 2 hour up and back paddle on the Connecticut River. 

Thur. July 21. Hike at High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary. This Mass Audubon Sanctuary in Shelburne offers great views and wildflowers galore. Hikes of varying lengths (longest is 1.2 miles) and difficulty. Dogs are not allowed on Mass Audubon properties. We'll carpool/caravan from Northampton at 9:00 a.m. or meet us there at 10:00. Picnic (BYO) or lunch stop on return trip (i.e. Shelburne Coffee Roasters, Hager Farm Market). Rain date: Fri, July 22. 

Sat. July 23. Outdoor Potluck.  5:30 – 8:00 pm in Easthampton. Bring a lawn chair, a potluck dish, your own plate and utensils.  I’ll have seltzer.  Feel free to bring other beverages (beer and wind ok). 

Tues. July 26. Writing & Walking. Meet at 11:00 am at Silvio Conte Reserve in Hadley for an easy approx. 2 hour walk with stops to write.

Sun. Aug. 7. Bike Ride.  We’ll do a 15-18 mile ride with hillls tbd.

Thur. Aug 11. Paddle on Swift River.Co-leaders Nira Harper and Lisa M invite you to paddle the beautiful green waters of this not-so-swift river. We will coordinate carpooling where possible once we know how many are going. Meet at the boat launch on Cold Spring Rd in Belchertown at 10:00. Bring a snack and wear your swimming attire if you want to take a dip. Possible lunch stop at El Comalito on return trip.  Rain date: Fri, Aug 12. 

GoogleMaps https://www.google.com/maps/place/Swift+River+Boat+Launch/@42.2430342,-72.3377812,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e6c716987376b7:0x92130f927509d7a1!8m2!3d42.2430302!4d-72.3355925

Sat. Aug 13. Seaside Walk and Meal at Bloodroot Restaurant. Co-leaders Celia Lang and Lisa McDaniels invite up to 6 women to carpool (masks required) to Bridgeport, CT to enjoy lunch at the legendary, feminist Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant & Bookstore, followed by a walk on the (paved) Bridgeport Seaside Beach Path. Easy walking right along the Long Island Sound! We will meet up at 10:30 a.m. at Lisa's house in Easthampton and carpool from there. Return to Easthampton by early evening. The plan is to eat outdoors; consider whether you would be ok eating indoors if it rains. 

Sat. Aug. 20.Hike at Mt. Tom. Meet at 11:30 am at Bray Lake parking lot for a moderate hike with some steep sections to Dry Knoll.  Bring food, water, bug spray.  Allow for a few hours.  You can pay for parking at Yodel before or upon arrival if you don’t have a state park reservation pass.  

Sat. Aug. 20. Outdoor Potluck.  5:30 – 8:00 pm in Easthampton. Bring a lawn chair, a potluck dish, your own plate and utensils.  I’ll have seltzer.  Feel free to bring other beverages (beer and wind ok). 

DATE TBD. Play on Rock Climbing Wall + Potluck Cookout.  4:00 – 8:00 pm. Meet at Karen’s at 21 Fairfield Ave, Haydenville for a late afternoon of rock climbing on her hand built wall, followed by a potluck cookout and outdoor fire.  RSVP Karen at karenlav44@gmail.comor 413-537-4788.

Sun. Aug. 21. Swift River Paddle. We’ll paddle the not so swift, cool waters of the Swift River in Belchertown. 

Sun. Sept. 4. Bike Ride. We’ll do an 18 mile moderate ride with hills.  Start time depends on the temperature.  

Sat. Sept. 10.Backyard Fun. Gather at 5:00 pm at my home: 27 Heatherstone Rd in Amherst. Potluck, charades or other games, s’mores, firepit, and laughs.  

Sun. Sept. 11. Hike to Norwottuck, Horse Caves & Rattlesnake Knob.  Meet at 10:30 am at the Notch Visitor Center of Mt. Holyoke State Park, 1500 West St. Amherst. Hike is moderate difficulty with some steep parts, 3.9 miles. We’ll hike at an easy pace.  

Sun. Sept. 18. Bike Ride.  We’ll do an 18 mile moderate ride with hills.  Start time depends on the temperature.  

Sat. Sept. 24.Mt. Holyoke Hike via Ridge. Meet at hike parking lot on Rt. 47 in Hadley.  Hike up to Halfway House, down the road to the trail up to the ridge, hike to Mt. Holyoke Summit House, down via Taylor. Moderate to difficult hike.  Fast paced - I have to be at work at 11:00!  

Sun. Sept. 25.Will Bike 4 Food.  We’ll be biking in this fundraiser for our 7th or 8th year! If you’d like to ride or to support us and our neighbors who experience food insecurity, go to http://engage.foodbankwma.org/site/TR?fr_id=1040&pg=entry.  

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