Enjoy a day of fierce and fun competition at Ride The Dragon on Nashawannuk Pond in Easthampton! Teams will compete in dragon boat tug-of-wars throughout the day. There will be music from DJ Rockin' Reenie, food vendors, raffles, children's activities, dragon boat rides and more.
Funds raised at this event will support the Paradise City Dragon Boat, a team of cancer survivors and supporters, and the Nashawannuck Pond, the co host of this year's event.
The event runs from 9 AM to 3 PM with competitors kicking off the day as teams go head to head in the boats. From noon to 1 PM there will be rides in the dragon boats, performances and food vendors serving up lunch and frozen treats. We will wrap up the day with a medal ceremony for the top crews at 3 pm.
If you're interested in forming a 6-person team to compete in the event please contact Karen, our Team Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Easthampton Rod & Gun Club has announced the date for the 2018 35th Annual Junior Trout Fishing Derby on Nashawannuck Pond. This year the derby will be held on Saturday, May 19th, 6AM - 2PM.
This annual tradition is well loved by families - a time when children are introduced to the outdoors, nature, wildlife and sport fishing. For more information, please follow the Easthampton Rod & Gun Club (Facebook page). More info. should be announced soon.
MARCH 12, 2018
For Immediate Release
Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee
Easthampton City-Wide Clean Up Day To Use Technology To Track Litter
Easthampton, MA - The annual Easthampton City-Wide Clean Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018 (rain date, May 6), from 8AM - 12PM, beginning at 50 Payson Ave. The event is organized by the Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee in partnership with the Friends of the Manhan Rail Trail and Easthampton City Arts+.
Volunteers are asked to sign up for a 3 or 4 hour shift online and will check in at the Municipal Lot at 50 Payson Ave. on the day of the event. Bring gloves, contractor bags, rakes, brooms, weeding tools, etc. Wheelbarrows are appreciated if mulching.
Don’t forget to bring your phone! This year the the clean up will include the use of Litterati, an app which allows users to geo-tag the location and type of litter they find. Using hashtags and uploading images of the litter to a database, a map is created of the local community, showing where significant sources of litter are found. This data can be used to help change behaviors. More information on Litterati may be found on their website: http://www.litterati.org.
To sign up online to volunteer, visit http://www.nashawannuckpond.org and learn more.
ABOUT NASHAWANNUCK POND STEERING COMMITTEE
The Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee is an advisory committee to the City of Easthampton. Their mission is to make recommendations regarding the health of the pond, to educate the public about the need to keep the pond healthy, and to build community awareness by organizing events like WinterFest, Ride The Dragon, Story Walk at Nonotuck Park, City Wide Clean Up Day, and other projects.
Easthampton, MA - On Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 the 5th Annual Easthampton WinterFest will be held in locations throughout the city. The day long festival is coordinated by the Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee and is a fundraising event created to bring public awareness about ongoing efforts needed to keep Nashawannuck Pond healthy for generations to come. All activities are free to attend. Donations are gladly accepted and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Activities include an Historical Ice Harvest on Nashawannuck Pond by noted historian, Dennis Picard. Participants can try their hands at using a pond saw to "harvest" blocks of ice as they learn about Easthampton's part in the area's ice industry. Wagon rides by Blue Star Equiculture, Nature Hikes at Arcadia, snow sculpting and carving and a Meet & Greet with Hilltown Sled Dogs are also planned as well as a Community Bonfire with music by the Mill River Rounders. Indoor activities include a Craft & Vendor Fair with over 80 vendors, a kid’s magic and comedy show, the movie “Frozen” on the big screen, and the annual Chili Cook Off. Art and Valentine workshops will be at MAP Gallery, the library and Big Wheel Press and WinterFest On Tap features Standing Bear Band at Abandoned Building Brewery. A scavenger hunt and city-wide snow sculpture contest is in the planning stages! Bring the kids, grandparents, friends and out of area visitors and make it a day in
Easthampton. After WinterFest, be sure to stay for ArtWalk.
More information about sponsorship and volunteering will be available on the pond's website: www.nashawannuckpond.org. For up to date information, join our mailing list, follow Nashawannuck Pond on Facebook and our Facebook events.
"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Easthampton City Arts/Easthampton Cultural Council), a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."
Long-time arts enthusiast and active volunteer in our community, Marcia Morrison was recently interviewed by Amy Landeau on Under The Surface, a Valley Free Radio production. From Bear Fest to Art in the Orchard, Cultural Chaos to WinterFest, Marcia gives both newcomers and long time residents a look behind the scenes of many of our cultural events.