Upcoming Events at Summer Star

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary ®


Summer Tracks with David Brown

SUNDAY, July 22, 2018
1 PM – 4 PM

Tree Room, Trailhead House
Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
690 Linden Street
Boylston, MA 01505

This is a free event, but registration is required. Please email us at info@SummerStarWildlife.org to register

Finding, identifying and interpreting wildlife evidence is not just a winter activity. Much animal ‘sign’ is available during the other seasons as well. Not only tracks in mud but also feeding sign, scat, chews, scrapes, burrows and much other evidence can be found, often hiding in plain sight. All it takes is a little practice to train your brain to see what others miss.

This program will begin indoors with a slide presentation showing the variety of wildlife sign that can be found at natural areas like Summer Star. Then we will take a walk through the sanctuary to find some evidence of our own, identifying it and then interpreting it for insight into the secret lives of animals whose invisible presence is all around us.

For the outdoor walk wear long pants and sleeves. Since some movement will be off-trail, rugged, water-resistant footwear is recommended. Also bring insect repellent and water to drink.

David Brown has presented several wildlife programs at Summer Star over the past several years. He is a lifelong naturalist and a professional animal tracker of over 30 years’ experience. Two of his books on tracking as well as a set of identification cards will be available at the program.

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary ®

and the Berlin Public Library


Creature Teachers

*Please register for this all ages event with the Berlin Public Library by either calling (978) 838-2812 or emailing sfoster@cwmars.org*

Wednesday, august 1, 2018
10:30 AM
Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
690 Linden Street
Boylston, MA 01505


Summer Star Wildlife 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. These forty-five acres of natural land are home to plants, streams, glacial boulders, and wild animals large and small.


The Berlin Public Library provides materials and services to support community residents in pursuit of their personal, recreational, educational and occupational interests. Special emphasis is placed on current popular materials in a variety of formats. The Library serves residents of all ages, recognizing that each group has its own distinct needs and interests: preschoolers, school-age children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. All staff are trained to assist you with reference questions, and to help you locate the materials you need.

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary ®


Music in the Woods
with the Parker Quartet


Photo Credit: Luke Ratray Photography

Daniel Chong, violin

Ken Hamao, violin

Jessica Bodner, viola

Kee-Hyun Kim, cello


“Fiercely committed performances”  – Boston Globe


Sunday, August 5, 2018
2:00 PM

Tree Room, Trailhead House
Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
690 Linden Street
Boylston, MA 01505



Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary


Exploring New England Landscapes: Seasonal Pathways Across Time

From the Rockport Art Association & Museum

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Exhibition Description:

Linden Street Gallery’s mission is to instill an appreciation for the reflective and contemplative experiences of nature by engaging its visitors through gallery exhibition. The Gallery nourishes the spirit by celebrating the interdependencies between humans and the natural environment. The exhibition entitled “Exploring New England Landscape: Seasonal Pathways Across Time,” honors the Gallery’s mission by offering visitors the grand feeling of walking along pathways, through the tall trees, past the diverse plant species toward the impressive display of paintings by long past Cape Ann artists to celebrate the connection of people and the natural environment as a remarkable experience. With doors open, collections out and interpretation provided the selected artworks from the Rockport Art Association & Museum’s permanent collection invites visitors to encounter, engage and contemplate New England landscapes of spring, summer, winter and fall. Well-known artists such as Aldro T. Hibbard, William Lester Stevens and Marguerite S. Pearson are a few Cape Ann masters from the early twentieth century represented in this exhibition. They dedicated their lives to the pursuit of painting and exploring natural landscapes and many other themes. More than one hundred years later, some of these masterpieces depicting iconic landscapes are as relevant today as they were back then. The familiarity with nature represented in this collection of artworks can still be experienced when driving through New England mountains in winter, when walking along rivers and streams during the fall, when crossing open fields in the spring and when climbing rolling hills in the summer. This exhibition is about the interconnection of art and nature, and the importance of bringing the outside inside invoking a multitude of individual meanings and experiences during the rotation of seasons.

Artist Descriptions:
Donald Blagge Barton (1903-1990)
, born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, painted colorful Impressionist landscapes and seascapes. In 1931, Barton exhibited for the first and only time at the National Academy of Design, where the piece he showed, entitled “Rockport,” won the Academy’s J. Francis Murphy Award for landscape painting.

Alfred Vance Churchill (1864-1949), born in Oberlin, Ohio, was a distinguished art critic, lecturer, teacher and painter. He influenced the standards of art teaching, especially as vice-president of the College Art Association.

Antonio Cirino (1888-1983), born in Serino, Italy, came to the United States at the age of two. He later studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and when the First World War broke out he served with the State Department deciphering enemy coded messages. Cirino’s first trip to Rockport was in 1921, when he helped fellow artists form the Rockport Art Association.

Bernard Corey (1914-2000), born in Grafton, Massachusetts, was a New England plein air landscape painter. His artwork deals mainly with New England scenes, painted in all seasons on location.  

Thomas R. Curtin (1899-1977), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, studied the effect of sunlight and shadows on the various New England landscapes. He devoted time to painting and living on Cape Ann and in Vermont to capture the beauty of the hills, streams and valleys in fall, winter, spring and summer.

Ken Gore (1911-1990), born in Illinois, moved to Gloucester in the 1950s, and was the President of the Rockport Art Association from 1971-75. He was a teacher and participated in many art workshops in the Cape Ann area.

Jacob Greenleaf (1887-1968), born in Reval, Estonia, became an active painter in Rockport, Massachusetts. His compositions are sincere interpretations of the Cape Ann region.

Charles P. Gruppé (1860-1940), born in Picton, Canada, ventured to Europe where he spent over twenty years living and painting in Holland to master his techniques as an impressive landscape painter. After the First World War, Gruppé relocated his family to the United States, spending several years painting in New York before settling in Rockport, Massachusetts in 1925.

Aldro T. Hibbard (1886-1972), born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, started the Rockport Art Association in his studio with fellow artists in 1921, and he was the Association’s President from 1927-40. Author John L. Cooley, friend of Hibbard, describes him as having a “soft spot in his heart for mountains and the effects of light on them. Painting their many moods in winter, spring, and fall when contrasts are sharper than in summer.”

Thaddeus S. Klodnicki (1904-1982), born in Cracov, Poland, studied art, architecture and civil engineering, and then entered the Polish Underground Army in 1940. He was taken prisoner of war in Germany in 1944. After being released, Klodnicki supported himself as an artist and moved to the United States in 1951, and became a member of the Rockport Art Association.

Marguerite S. Pearson (1899-1978), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was a prominent Cape Ann artist, teacher, member of the Guild of Boston Artists and Rockport Art Association. She studied at the Boston Museum School under the instruction of Frederick Bosley.

Marion Parkhurst Sloane (1876-1954), born in Salem, Massachusetts, studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. She became a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, the Copley Society and Rockport Art Association, and she was also an art critic for the Boston Journal.

William Lester Stevens (1888-1969), born in Rockport, Massachusetts, helped form the Rockport Art Association with Aldro T. Hibbard and friends. Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Curator, Judith Curits articulates that, “Stevens knew the only way he could paint the inherent timelessness of the natural world, was to live, breathe and experience nature in the raw.

Paul Strisik (1918-1998), born in Brooklyn, New York, was primarily a landscape painter, equally at ease in both oil and watercolor. He was the past President of the Rockport Art Association from 1967-71.

Harry Aiken Vincent (1864-1931), born in Chicago, Illinois, was a self-taught oil and watercolor painter. He was one of the founders of the Rockport Art Association in 1921, and was voted in as the first acting President from 1921-22.

Stanley W. Woodward (1890-1970), born in Malden, Massachusetts, studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He lived for many years in Rockport, Massachusetts, and the distinctive natural beauty of the New England landscape inspired his passion for painting.

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  1. I represent the Senior Group at Christ Lutheran Church in West Boylston. We have visited your beautiful site in 2015 and would like very much to come and visit again in May, 2017. Can you advise what would be the best time for our group of approximately 14 to come when you have an art exhibit. Not all of our group would be able to walk the trails but last time they sat on the deck and enjoyed the surroundings. I would appreciate hearing from you. Thank you in advance. Carol Jorgensen

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