The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Oxen Logging Demonstration & Parade


WHAT: Oxen Logging Demonstration & Parade
WHEN: January 23, 2018 11 am
WHERE: Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St, Northampton, MA

For the first time in more than a century, a team of oxen will be hauling logs in downtown Northampton. On Wednesday, January 24, forester and oxen driver Tom Jenkins of Blue Dog Forestry will bring his oxen "Rock" and "Star" to Historic Northampton for an outdoor demonstration on oxen logging. After the 45-minute presentation, Rock and Star will drag logs from Historic Northampton down Bridge Street to 33 Hawley Street, which for more than a century operated as a lumber yard and is now the site of the Northampton Community Arts Trust, http://www.northamptonartstrust.org/

Everyone is invited to join the parade and follow the oxen down the street. At the end of the parade, warm cider and hot coffee will be served at the Arts Trust building.

"The oxen move pretty fast," said Jenkins, a descendant of the Clapp family, one of Northampton's early English settlers. "The 'parade' will probably take less than 15 minutes," he said. Jenkins works as a private forester and has been logging with oxen for more than a decade.
The logs are from two white pine that were taken down earlier this month at Historic Northampton. The trees, which were about 40 years old, were removed in preparation of solar panels being installed on the roof of the museum's Damon Education Center.

The program is free and all ages are welcome.
Sponsored by: Greenfield Savings Bank, Northeast Solar, Blue Dog Forestry, Woodstar Bakery & Northampton Community Arts Trust.
For more information, please contact Laurie Sanders at 413-584-6011 or lsanders@historicnorthampton.org
Photo courtesy of the Hilltown Land Trust.

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