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Season 1 Episode List

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Hancock Shaker Village

 

Hancock Shaker Village
Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA

Set on 1,200 acres in the scenic Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, Hancock Shaker Village is an outdoor history museum. The village's twenty original buildings, gardens, and working farm are dedicated to preserving and interpreting Shaker Life. Members of this religious group resided in Hancock from 1793 to 1960. In this week's episode, Susan Tilton Pecora will show how she captures the beauty of the Round Stone Barn. Susan will also share her thought process for choosing a subject and creating a watercolor painting.

 


 

Ashuelot Covered Bridge

 

Ashuelot Covered Bridge
Bolton Road (South of Route 119) in Upper Village of Ashuelot, Winchester, NH
(Directions)

One of New Hampshire's most elaborate covered bridges, the Ashuelot Bridge is 169 feet long with sidewalks on both sides. This wooden truss bridge was built in 1864, using an intricate pattern of lattice that can be appreciated either from a distance or close up. In this week's episode, Susan Tilton Pecora will tell viewers what makes this bridge so special to paint. Susan will also share some interesting tips and techniques.

See also: New Hampshire Bridges 
 


 

Grist Mill at Old Sturbridge Village

 

Grist Mill at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

In the early nineteenth century the land on which Old Sturbridge Village now stands was a prosperous farm, including sawmill, grist mill and millpond. First opened to the public in 1946, over the years OSV has undergone expansion and refinement. Cultivating historical authenticity, today the farm looks much as it did in the 1830s. In this week's episode, viewers will learn some interesting watercolor techniques from Susan Tilton Pecora, as well as how the grist mill works!
 


 

Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, MA

Bridge of Flowers
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Directions)

Over 500 varieties of flowers, vines, and shrubs adorn this 400-foot trolley bridge. Built in 1908, the bridge was used by the trolley until 1928. Today, the Shelburne Falls Woman's Club tends the unusual garden, which blooms from April through October. In this episode, we travel to the village of Shelburne Falls with Susan Tilton Pecora to capture the beauty of the Bridge of Flowers on paper using the artistry of watercolor.
 


 

Emily Dickinson Homestead, Amherst, MA

 

Emily Dickinson Homestead
280 Main Street, Amherst MA

Dickinson was born in this brick house on Main Street in Amherst in 1830, lived there all her life, and died there in 1886. One of American's pre-eminent poets, Dickinson wrote over 1800 poems and letters. The homestead that inspired this great poet, is the inspiration for this week's episode of Reflections Through Watercolor. Viewers will learn from watercolorist Susan Tilton Pecora how to approach a big structure and not be intimidated by its size.
 


 

Clarkdale Fruit Farms (part 1), West Deerfield, MA

 

Clarkdale Fruit Farms
303 Upper Road, Deerfield, MA

In a two-part episode of Reflections Through Watercolor with Susan Tilton Pecora, we travel to Clarkdale Fruit Farms in West Deerfield, Massachusetts to capture the natural beauty of an orchard. Sometimes a subject matter lends itself to several smaller images rather than one large painting, and this is one of those times. Susan begins a montage of smaller subjects in Part 1 and finishes the series in Part 2. Clarkdale Fruit Farms offers abundant subject material for the artist-with more than a dozen varieties of apples, 10 varieties of pears, 40 varieties of peaches, and grapes, too.

 


 

Clarkdale Fruit Farms (part 2), West Deerfield, MA

 

Clarkdale Fruit Farms
303 Upper Road, Deerfield, MA

In a two-part episode of Reflections Through Watercolor with Susan Tilton Pecora, we travel to Clarkdale Fruit Farms in West Deerfield, Massachusetts to capture the natural beauty of an orchard. Sometimes a subject matter lends itself to several smaller images rather than one large painting, and this is one of those times. Susan begins a montage of smaller subjects in Part 1 and finishes the series in Part 2. Clarkdale Fruit Farms offers abundant subject material for the artist-with more than a dozen varieties of apples, 10 varieties of pears, 40 varieties of peaches, and grapes, too.
 


 

Norman Rockwell's Studio, Stockbridge, MA

 

The Norman Rockwell Museum
Route 183, Stockbridge, MA
(Directions)

The artist's studio was moved to this 36-acre site overlooking the Housatonic River Valley, along with his equipment, furnishings, and library. The museum houses the world's largest collection of Rockwell's work-574 original paintings and drawings. Rockwell lived in Stockbridge for the last 25 years of his life.
 


 

Historic Deerfield, MA

 

Historic Deerfield
Routes 5 & 10, Deerfield, MA

Located in the western Massachusetts village of Deerfield, Historic Deerfield affords visitors and quests an opportunity to get a glimpse at life during the 18th and 19th century of New England. An outstanding collection of New England art and history awaits you as you tour one of the 14 museum homes or take in a special exhibit at the Flynt Center of Early New England life. You will be immediately impressed with the quality and ingenuity of the objects made or used by our ancestors.
 


 

Ripley's Maple Corner Farm, West Granville, MA

 

Ripley's Maple Corner Farm
794 Beech Hill Road, Granville, MA

There are many Sugarhouses throughout New England. Susan's personal favorite is Maple Corner Farm in Granville, Massachusetts. Located about 1½ miles west of Blandford Center off Rt. 23, this sugarhouse captures the essence of what being a native New Englander is all about. Maple Corner Farm has been sugaring since 1840 and is now into its 7th generation of operation.

Maple Corner Farm, Leon and Joyce Ripley
(413) 357 - 8829
Maple products available all year
Sugar house tours, cross country skiing and snow shoeing available.

See Also
Maple History
Sugarhouse Directory and Maple Sugar Suppliers

 


 

Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT

 

Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT

A 1901 country home and farmstead, Hill-Stead museum is home to one of the finest Impressionist art collections amassed by an American patron and includes works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Cassatt.

The grounds are immaculate, featuring beautiful fields, stone walls and a gorgeous Beatrix Farrand designed sunken garden. The garden is home to a summer-long poetry and music festival that has featured world class artists for twelve seasons.

Directions: From I-84 East or West take exit 39. Continue straight onto Route 4 West. At the first full traffic light, turn left onto Route 10 South (Main Street). At the next light, opposite Miss Porter's School, turn left onto Mountain Road. The museum's entrance is ¹/2 mile on the left.

 


 

Talcott Mountain State Park, CT

 

Heublein Tower
Simsbury, CT

Located atop Talcott Mountain in Simsbury, CT, is where you will find this week's subject, Heublein Tower. Built in 1914 by Gilbert Heublein as a summer home and retreat, this structure is truly an architectural marvel. Mr. Heublein modeled this structure after buildings in his native homeland of Bavaria. Standing 165 feet tall and 1,000 ft. above the Farmington Valley, one can see for several hundred miles in all directions.

The property on which the tower is located totals approximately 350 continuous acres along the mountain ridge and is part of Talcott Mountain State Park. You can access the tower via a foot trail. The trail itself is about 1.5 miles long and it takes about 30 - 40 minutes to reach the tower. The tower is now owned by the state of Connecticut.

See Also: Friends of the Hueblein Tower

 


 

Holyoke Heritage Park Merry-Go-Round, MA

 

Heritage State Park Merry-Go-Round
Holyoke, MA

The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round has been a source of pride to the City of Holyoke since it began to take on riders in 1929. However, when its original home, Mountain Park, closed in 1987, many thought it was an end of an era. But thanks to a very dedicated group known as the Friends of the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, the ride lives on, attracting over 50,000 visitors annually.

The Merry-Go-Round reopened to the public in 1993 at Heritage Park in downtown Holyoke, in a gorgeous pavilion similar in design to that of it's original home at MT. Park and has been source of enjoyment for children of all ages, ever since.

Web Page: http://www.holycham.com/visitors/merry_go_round.html