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, March 20, 2019

Northampton Neighbors and Senior Center presents “Up in the Air: Adventures in Urban Bird-Watching and Cluster Ballooning” with Greg Saulmon and Mark Karpel

WHAT:  Greg Saulmon and Mark Karpel will share their experiences and knowledge about two quite separate, but fascinating, objects that fly!
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 5:30 - 7:30 PM
WHERE: Northampton Council On Aging, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA

Greg, an avid birder and Holyoke resident, will describe the amazing variety of birds that populate our urban areas, with striking photographs he has taken of birds in downtown Holyoke and Springfield. “Many people see Holyoke and Springfield as cities racked by poverty, crime and drugs,” Greg notes, “but their neighborhoods also offer some of the most unique birding opportunities you’ll find anywhere.” Can that help change the conversation about our urban centers? Come and find out.

Mark will take us on a hair-raising ride in a gas-filled cluster balloon. “Trying to get airborne…is reckless, irresponsible, and sometimes fatal, unless it’s done right.” We’ll follow sky-struck amateurs, glory-seekers, skilled balloonists and scientists through eighty years of audacious adventures.

Greg Saulmon is an accomplished photographer whose work has been shown in galleries and museums in Holyoke, Northampton and Brattleboro. He maintains a website:

Mark Karpel takes breaks from his psychology practice to write about people who think big and get carried away. He drove the chase van for the first cluster balloon flight across the English Channel.

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