Entering the month of December while it is near the end of the year, I celebrate holidays and count blessings of staying healthy and appreciating my friends, my wildlife family and the natural land which is providing everything for our earth. But for me not even one day goes by without thinking about the 280,000 our fellow citizens who left this world (the fact is that these lives could have been saved), and their families who had to bid farewell to their loved ones. We keep hanging on to cherished sweet memories. Nobody could ever take away these sweet memories.
The curtain of year 2020 will be drawn closed soon. I would like to put together and present Music in the Woods memory—-the only concert we had for this year—with pictures and paragraphs that were written by our own guests.
The final music note. I would like to introduce a new music piece “Over the Rainbow” recently recorded at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport by Yo-Yo MA.
-Shalin Liu, Founder and Manager with Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary team
Dear September: A memoir story of 2020 Music in the Woods concert with Lee Dionne, Brigid Coleridge and Julia Yang from Merz Trio
Sunday Sept. 13th @ 2:00pm – Located in the Tree Room of the Trailhead House
The Merz Trio was formed in January 2017 when pianist Lee Dionne and cellist Julia Yang were members of Ensemble Connect, a fellowship program in New York City run jointly by Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School.
They joined with violinist Brigid Coleridge, who had collaborated with Dionne several years earlier at the Vermont-based Yellow Barn music festival and was in New York at the time as a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
They are currently the Graduate Piano Trio in residence at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
The Trio has gained recognition as Winners of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Competition and Gold Medalists of the Fischoff and Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competitions. They are currently the Graduate Piano Trio in residence at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Gestillte Sehnsucht Op. 91. No 1
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello Op. 63
La Plus Que Lente
Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello
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Georgia and I would like to thank you for sharing this afternoon’s outstanding concert. The Merz Trio was amazing. We feel so blessed and refreshed. We need experiences like today’s concert now more than ever. These are difficult times. There is nothing more beautiful than combining the arts with nature. This afternoon’s concert was the perfect elixir. Hiking, and being in the woods, has been our salvation during the pandemic. I often have a melody in head and a camera in my hand. Georgia and I feel so grateful for having Summer Star so close by and the access you generously provide to the arts and nature. Take care, stay healthy and we look forward to seeing again you soon.G. Anderson
Thank you so much for hosting the wonderful chamber music concert! It was such a beautiful day in a beautiful setting. I so hope to return again soon for a walk and for another concert.J. Hilton
Thank you very much to everyone who attended, and thank you everyone for your continued support!
Dear All Visitors,
As of recent, the public health department has announced that COVID cases are on the rise here in Massachusetts. Along with this, the winter season is quickly approaching. To protect our visitors & their families health and safety, we have decided to make the following decisions:
- Starting Oct. 13th the Trailhead House will be closed
- Our parking area and trails will continue to be open during regular hours (Dawn until Dusk)
We are hoping that even with these changes and current world events, the Summer Star forest and nature trails will continue to bring joy to anyone who visits.
Thank you everyone!
We visited the Wildlife Sanctuary last Saturday and you graciously gave us a tour of the Trailhead House and an introduction to the marvelous paintings of Teri Malo. We are most appreciative of the time you took to share your thoughts on nature and the habitat as well as the inspiration for the building. It was all inspiring and uplifting to hear of the care being taken to protect there and the environment. We enjoyed hearing of the owl in the Healing Cage at Tufts and the rehabilitative care that is being done there.
It was all most encouraging and we are greatly in support of your efforts and goals. Thank you again for making our visit and hike a delightful experience.
Warm regards,P. O’Brien & P. Paglia
A Poem About the Linden Tree
This past Tuesday my friends and I had the good fortune to be greeted by you at the Summer Star Sanctuary. During this time of so much uncertainty, being in your presence and experiencing the natural space beyond the Trailhead House was truly a balm for the soul. Our experience was enhanced by the exquisite exhibit of Teri Malo, the background story of the Centerpiece Rock, and the berm landscape on the Earth Roof.
“Come to me, friend, here you will find rest”—- this line from the Linden Tree Poem (in the Boulder Room) rings so true. Every time I visit your Sanctuary my mind finds rest from the cacophony of the world beyond your refuge.
With deep gratitudeB.
A northern saw-whet owl is recovering at the Wildlife Clinic of Cummings School of Vet Medicine at TUFTS University in North Grafton
A northern saw-whet owl was admitted to TUFTS Wildlife Clinic on October 20th 2020 after being found on a sidewalk, not flying. On examination, veterinarians determined that the owl had signs of head trauma and an injury to one eye, likely due to being hit by a car. The owl is being treated with pain medicine and a topical medication for the eye
Photo Credit: Dr. Maureen Murray. To learn more about these rare species, click here
Trailhead House of Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary Re-opens on Saturday August 1st, 2020
Dear visitors and friends,
Summer Star will partially re-open our Trailhead House —carefully following the Public Health Safety Measures— on Saturday, August 1st, starting at 11am, and will be closed at 3pm, Saturday through Tuesday.
It has been four months passed by.
We seemed never ready to recognize, to experience the sorrow, the despair, the disappointment, the pain, the loss, and the loneliness from the attack by the coronavirus—in such unthinkable way. We were expected to digest, to fight back, to protect, and to accept. We felt the emotions and we learned our lessons.
We tried our best.
Let us meet again at the Gallery and on the trails, to find back those moments of beauty, tranquility, and intimacy that nature has shared with all of us.
Shalin Liu, The Founder and Manager, and the Summer Star team
July 28, 2020
Artist Bio: Teri Malo
Teri Malo grew up around dairy farms and woodlands in Central Massachusetts. Her interest in nature reflects her childhood playing outside both in the woods and on the farms, and helping with the family’s part-time business raising chrysanthemums and lettuce. A sense of wonder and delight permeates all her responses to nature, as seen in her paintings.
Ms. Malo graduated from Emmanuel College and received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, where her passions centered on printmaking.
Ms. Malo’s most recent work focuses on elemental themes from nature – water, air, granite, and forests. Using photography to record her daily walks, Malo pieces together composite views of her favorite places, capturing the essence of each location. Sometimes the result is a “view” in its entirety, while at other times the paintings are more like a pieced quilt of close-up details recomposed into a more abstract memory painting. The paintings utilize techniques borrowed from her studies in printmaking, watercolor and oil painting.
Ms. Malo’s works are in a number of collections, including the DeCordova Museum, Newport Art Museum, The Blackstone Group, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Baystate Medical Center, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Parmenter Hospice, Bryant College, Otis Elevator, and numerous private collections.
Linden Street Gallery at Summer Star Wildlife Presents:
Into The Woods
An Art Show by Teri Malo
August 1st, 2020 – January 31st, 2021
Boylston, MA— The Linden Street Gallery at Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary announces the opening of its latest art exhibit—Into the Woods, a collection of paintings by Teri Malo. The exhibit opens on August 1, 2020 and will be on view until January 31, 2021.
Teri Malo thinks of painting as discovery and summary. All of her impressions from time spent in the woods – the sounds, the scents, the air and temperature, the patterns of light, the shapes of leaves and gestures of trees are reassembled two-dimensionally to form multiple perspectives on a sense of place across time.
Ms. Malo graduated from Emmanuel College and received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, where her passions centered on printmaking. Ms. Malo’s most recent work focuses on elemental themes from nature – water, air, granite, and forests. Using photography to record her daily walks, Malo pieces together composite views of her favorite places, capturing the essence of each location. Sometimes the result is a “view” in its entirety, while at other times the paintings are more like a pieced quilt of close-up details recomposed into a more abstract memory painting. The paintings utilize techniques borrowed from her studies in printmaking, watercolor and oil painting. Ms. Malo’s works are in a number of collections, including the DeCordova Museum, Newport Art Museum, The Blackstone Group, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Baystate Medical Center, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Parmenter Hospice, Bryant College, Otis Elevator, and numerous private collections.
The mission of the Linden Street Gallery is to instill an appreciation for the reflective and contemplative experiences of nature by engaging its visitors through gallery exhibits. The Gallery nourishes the spirit by celebrating the interdependencies between humans and the natural environment. Nestled in forty-five acres of forest, the Linden Street Gallery is located within the LEED Gold Trailhead House of Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary at 690 Linden Street, Boylston, Massachusetts. The wildlife sanctuary protects wetland and woodland habitats that provide homes for all wildlife, and there is a 1.5-mile trail loop for outdoor exploration. The sanctuary honors nature through wildlife protection, art exhibitions focusing on nature, outdoor tours, educational programs, and wildlife releases in collaboration with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. The Linden Street Gallery within the Trailhead House is open Saturday through Tuesday 11:00 am–3:00 pm. The sanctuary’s trails are open Saturday through Tuesday from dawn to 3:00 pm during the winter and from dawn to dusk the rest of the year for human guests. Limited parking is available at Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary during the hours trails are open. Admission to Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary is free.
A Great Horned Owl Admitted to Tufts Wildlife Clinic
Summer Star‘s 1.75 Miles Trails are Open and Available for Your Enjoyment
Photos taken by Nate Cooper
The trails will be open on Saturday, April 11th, from dawn to dusk, weekly Saturday through Tuesday.
The Trailhead House remains closed. We will still keep one staff member working inside the building.
To our visitors & friends, please follow these additional Public Health Guidelines:
- Please stay home and rest when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people, using elbow to cover when you sneeze or cough.
- Please wear a mask and practice 6-feet social distancing on the trail to protect everyone’s safety.
- Keep some of your books nearby, because books are always our good friends.
The health and well-being of all our visitors are of the utmost importance to us.
We can stand strong and get through this difficult time together.
— Shalin Liu, Founder and Manager, and the Summer Star Team,.
April 8, 2020
A Place Like Summer Star
Wrack Meadow Brook flowing through Summer Star Forest (Photos by Dan Stimson 2020)
Letter from Cyndi – March 23, 2020
I just want you to know that I work at the Memorial Hospital, and Summer Star has been my haven over the last few weekends. I work with a vulnerable population, and I need to keep myself healthy so that I can continue to serve them and not spread disease. After a long week in a stressful environment, I have gone out to Summer Star on weekends and enjoyed the peace and nature sounds.
These last two weekends it has been especially appreciated. On Saturday I was doing yoga and deep breathing on the trail! Now the animals will be able to truly enjoy it, and that is a good thing too.
This place is truly a treasure, and I will miss it in the next weeks. Please stay safe, and I hope that perhaps some yoga or meditation sessions could be scheduled at the Trailhead House after we get through this thing, as we will all need healing.
Thank you for your wonderful grounds and facility,Cyndi R.
Thank you very much for sending such a heartfelt letter.
I appreciate your letting me know how you are doing. I care so much for our visitors especially someone like you who has been giving so much under such unthinkable circumstances.
I am so grateful to learn that a place like Summer Star indeed touched individuals and comforted us with its quietness and generosity—so that we know we are not alone.
Would it be possible for me to get your permission to post this nice letter on our website?—you spoke for so many others! You are a thoughtful and brave beautiful human being and your letter touched my heart. Thank you for the encouragement you gave us. Stay strong and be well—-your letter helps us to continue to do our work.
March 25th, 2020
Red-Tailed Hawk Release
Winter – Spring Wildlife Tracking at Summer Star
3/29 Wildlife Tracking by David Brown will be scheduled to a different date. Please stay posted for updates!
The brief snow cover that easily reveals the passage of animals is gone, but the thaw has softened the earth and created mud, both of which record tracks. In addition animal droppings hidden beneath the snow are now revealed along with other ‘sign’ such as scrapes, chews, scent marks and burrows that can tell us not only that certain species were present but also what they were doing. This is ‘eco-tracking,’ relating the animal sign that is found and identified with its habitat: why was it here and what was it doing?
An indoor slide and cast presentation of about an hour will acquaint you with some of this sign. Following a lunch break, we will walk the trails of Summer Star for another hour or so looking for, identifying and interpreting wildlife sign while discussing the ecology of the Summer Star landscape.
Tracker-naturalist David Brown has been studying wildlife evidence for 30 years and is the author of two books on animal tracking as well as a set of portable identification cards.
March 29, 2020 Sunday, 11am to 1:30pm
Trailhead House, Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
690 Linden Street, Boylston MA 01505
Phone Number: 508-869-3434
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Linden Street Gallery Art Show: Tom Murphy Brings Yellowstone to Summer Star
Deer Track —
The Deer are Making use of the New Boardwalk in Summer Star Forest
Credit: Dan Stimson, Sudbury Valley Trustees
Below are comments from guests who have attended events at Summer Star recently:
Lancaster Garden Club visit on Sunday, August 11, 2019
Shalin, I cannot tell you how much I appreciated our tour at Summer Star.
Mr. Brown was a walking encyclopedia of information on trees and nature, and the balance of things. Loved his style and approach. Never walked through the woods with that kind of appreciation before, but then I love a lot of information and history to understand things.
And your love and care for the center and the sanctuary shows in all that do and the way you do it.
Thank you so so much for a perfect morning. Everyone I talked to was very impressed and appreciative. Thank you again.
Music from Summer Star Forest Series on Sunday, September 15, 2019
Please pass on my Congratulations and a warm “Thank you” to Shalin Liu and Stephanie Woolf for, yet again, another great musical experience at yesterday’s concert!
This is our third concert at Summer Star. My only regret is that we have a commitment on October 27th and won’t be able to attend our fourth.
Now for a bit on music trivia. I thought I recognized the musical style from Mai Nguyen’s amazing performance of Ian Clarke’s “Zoom Tube”. Sure enough, there was a connection between Ian Clarke and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. They performed this piece together in 2009. Who knew?
Again, thank you for continuing this series and we look forward to enjoying more in the future.
Boylston Garden Club visit on Sunday, September 29, 2019
Fourteen members of Boylston Garden Club visited Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary on a gorgeous day of September 29th. Dan Stimson, Assistant Director of Stewardship at SVT, was the guide leader taking the group for a whole 1.5 miles trail loop hike. We received a lovely card from Boylston Garden Club with a butterfly spreading wide its wings when opened.
Dear Shalin, Dan, and Craig,
Many thanks for a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Summer Star. Club members were thrilled to learn about the facility and enjoy the hike of the trail. Your generosity, time, and hospitality are most appreciated.
We are all very grateful. Warm regards
Comment from Tuesday, November 5, 2019
It’s not often that we get to work on a roof garden! Thank you for everything. Summer Star is always a fun and rewarding place to work and you make us feel so welcome and appreciated.
–Julianne and Sandra Master Gardeners
Scenes from the New Year at Summer Star. Photo by Liam Hart
Mission: This forty-five acres of natural land is home to plants, streams, glacial boulders, and wild animals large and small. It is our mission to protect and care for wildlife habitats, trails, forests, streams, and wetlands.
The sanctuary is a place of tranquility and self-reflection. It loves rocks, trees, and birds. In that loving, we find nourishment for our spirits and our souls.
Summer Star is open to the public free of charge. Please enjoy the beauty of nature, and in return kindly pay respect to all wildlife who have been keeping this land safe and peaceful for generations! Our goal is to bring new experiences and discoveries of the wonders of local wildlife and the joyful spirit of nurturing forestland to underprivileged children, senior citizens, and to all families in the community.
The sanctuary organizes a variety of events and projects to promote public awareness of science, nature, wildlife, and the environment, and aids in animal rescue and release in collaboration with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Throughout the year, the sanctuary also hosts various courses, lectures, conferences, and artistic and cultural events.