Upcoming Events at Summer Star®

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary ®


Incidental  Mo(nu)ments

By George Herman

August 26th through December 26th

George Herman attended the Museum School in Boston in the late 1970’s, and has been painting ever since then. He has exhibited throughout New England, in New York City, and in London. His work has been selected for the Ninth Triennial at the Fuller Museum of Art, the 8th Biennial at the Fitchburg Art Museum, the AAF Art Fair in London, and, in 2015, his work was selected for the exhibit Variations in Paint at the Painting Center in New York City. His work is in the collections of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and MEDITECH of New England.

The Thoreau Bicentennial Read
at Summer Star

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This event has been booked to full capacity 

This year is the 200th anniversary of one of the most important and influential American writers: Henry David Thoreau. Berlin Public Library and Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary jointly present a unique event —the Thoreau Bicentennial Read at Summer Star.

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose and read a favorite passage of Thoreau’s writing. Writer John Hanson Mitchell, co-host of the event, will give a talk about Thoreau’s influence on his life and his books, which include Living at the End of Time, John’s account of the two years he spent in a replica of Thoreau’s Walden Pond cabin. Honored Readers including Writer, Tracker, and Naturalist David Brown, MASS Audubon’s Naturalist Joe Choiniere, Berlin Library Director Bob Hodge, Writer and co-host Ron McAdow, and Summer Star Founder and Manager Shalin Liu will lead off the readings, followed by other participants. After listening together to Thoreau’s words we will discuss thoughts and feelings related to Thoreau, his work, and this celebration of his birthday.

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Trailhead House
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 StarSummer Star Wildlife Sanctuary Presents:

Exploring Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary and the Lives of Beavers


Assistant Director of Stewardship at Sudbury Valley Trustees,

Dan StimsonDan Stimson

July 9, 10am-12:30pm

Join us for a walk along the 1.5 miles of trails at Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary. We will discuss the habitats found at the Sanctuary, as well as the wildlife that call it home! We’ll take time to explore the beaver ponds found along Wrack Meadow Brook and talk about the ways in which beavers shape their environment, and how the changes they cause affect other wildlife species.

Free event, but registration is required. Email us at info@SummerStarWildlife.org Space is limited.

Ladt Slipper
Lady Slipper

Summer Star™ Linden Street Gallery presents:


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Construction (as of art or literature) achieved by using whatever comes to hand

by Brenda Cirioni

March 4 through June 27, 2017
“Blue Door”

Artist statement: My art stems from growing up on a dead end dirt road surrounded by woods. There I experienced a deep connection with the natural world. Through mixed media painting I explore the tension between nature and the elements, destruction and regeneration, exuberance and impermanence. My art speaks about power, grace and transformation in a world of uncertainty.

The found materials in my paintings are a way to feed into this cycle of renewal. These bits of paper, wrappers, fabric, and various oddments allow me to give new life to trash that would otherwise be in a landfill. As in life, with each scrap I use – when it’s gone it’s gone.

My method of layering and juxtaposing disparate materials draws attention to the multiplicities and mysteries of nature and life.

“Old Tree”

Biography: Brenda Cirioni’s childhood shaped her worldview and her art. She came to understand the world by exploring the woods surrounding her home which was located at the end of a dirt road. Landscape is her subject matter, not to represent it but rather explore the feelings and emotions that come from being part of the natural world.

In 2012 an event triggered a memory of her home being destroyed by fire. A structure emerged in her paintings, sometimes licked by flames others engulfed in a raging fire.Viewing Cirioni’s barn paintings leaves one with a tug of incertitude–how can something so tragic also be seen as beautiful and breathtaking? Perhaps this is the exact emotion she is trying to convey. Cirioni wants us to see both the destruction and the regeneration, a celebration of nature’s insurmountable capabilities that will forever trump those of our own.

Cirioni has exhibited throughout the US. She currently has work in a traveling BYU exhibition Beyond Structure: Representations of the American Barn. She’s exhibited in Boston and Metro West galleries, Attleboro Arts Museum, Danforth Museum, deCordova Museum, Fitchburg Museum and the Berkshire Museum. Her work can be seen at Renjeau Gallery, Natick, MA, Three Stones Gallery in Concord, MA, Fountain Street Fine Art, Framingham, MA Gallery North Star in Grafton, Vermont and Portland Art Gallery, Portland ME.

Her work is in corporate collections at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Fidelity Investments and Carroon and Black Insurance Co. in Boston, as well as other institutions and private collections across the country, including the Wrigley family collection. Cirioni’s painting Dickinson’s Hope hung in the office of Governor Deval Patrick. And now resides in his collection.

Cirioni graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


  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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