The Top Ten, Jan. 1, 2021


Happy New Year!

This week our Top Ten list includes some activities from all over: Massachusetts to Vermont to New York. Lucky for you, you don’t have to travel anywhere if you don’t want to, as we include a healthy portion of virtual events, like an online interactive mystery, a movie about a museum, a virtual farm tour and more.

Of course, if you feel like getting some exercise, we have information on winter hiking essentials, a new moon hike at Merck Forest and Farmland Center and the opportunity to learn how to ice skate courtesy of the town of Hoosick. And if you ache from your exertions, indulge in a virtual yoga class from YMCA 360 to help you wind down.

Keep on staying safe and enjoy the week!

Winter hiking essentials The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has put together a great poster on 10 winter hiking essentials you can view at https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/winterhikingessentials.pdf. For more general information on hiking, get the low-down at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28708.html.

‘Museum Town’ Nearby North Adams, Massachusetts is the location of MASS MoCA, the museum that has transformed the post-industrial city into a mecca for contemporary art. The independent theater Images Cinema in Williamstown, Massachusetts is currently streaming “Museum Town” with narration by Meryl Streep and appearances by artists including James Turrell and David Byrne. Buy tickets for $12 and stream it at https://kinomarquee.com/film/museum-town/5fb5975908f8e10001fed231?venue_id=116

Virtual tree farm tour Christmas is over, of course, but Cornell Cooperative Extension has a free virtual tour of Brown’s Christmas Tree Farm in Warrensburg that describes how the farm plants and cares for between 600 and 1,000 new trees each year. Watch it at https://youtu.be/sLRquWHxyII.

Poetry Vermont Humanities presents “Words in the Woods.” Enjoy the fall colors of New Discovery State Park in Marshfield, Vermont, and the poetry of Judith Chalmer that was recorded when foliage was near its peak. Chalmer reads from her latest collection entitled “Minnow.” Watch it at https://www.vermonthumanities.org/digital-judith-chalmer/

Listen to some audio shorts at Vermont Folklife Center.

Winter lights As we work our way through the darkest time of the year, have a listen to some audio shorts from the Vermont Folklife Center about what it means to share light with others. Vermonters from a variety of backgrounds provide their own unique perspectives on the festivals, feasting, dance, song and bonfires that emphasize, above almost anything else, the persistence of light. Follow @vermontfolklife on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or visit https://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/lights to listen.

Learn to skate The town of Hoosick is sponsoring a six-session workshop to help you learn how to ice skate. Sign-up will be on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, including a sign-up form (you’ll have to click on “Discussion” and then head to the comments section for the form), visit https://www.facebook.com/events/512119416371401.

Redwood heroes Redwood forests are one of the most ancient ecosystems on Earth. In this online program via Zoom on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m., participants will explore these ancient giants, the science of the redwood ecosystem and the history of the preservation of redwoods, particularly the women who defend redwoods from commercial logging. The event is sponsored by the Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock, Vermont, and is open to all. Call 802-457-3277 to register and receive a Zoom link.

Merck will offer a new moon hike on Jan. 9.

Second Saturday hike Head over to Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert, Vermont on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. for a moderate hike – or snowshoe, depending on snow cover. Bring a headlamp, as the new moon will be on its way and trails will be dark, and dress for the cold with appropriate footwear. For more information and to register, visit https://www.merckforest.org/event/moon-walk-january/

Manhunt at ATF Buy a ticket and receive a box that contains a variety of objects and an invitation to solve a mysterious puzzle. Sound cool? The Adirondack Theatre Festival is hosting virtual live performances of this interactive mystery on Tuesday-Saturday, Jan. 12-16 and 19-23 at 8 p.m. Learn more and reserve your tickets at https://www.atfestival.org/what-is-it/

Do some gentle yoga.

Weekly wind-down yoga YMCA 360 offers a free 13-minute yoga class that will help you wind down after a busy week (or after the busy holidays). Tune in at https://ymca360.org/on-demand/category/238/videos/84.

See you next week!