The Princes of Deerfield will have its world premiere in Spring, 2024. You can watch the sneak preview above.
The Great Greenfield DinoFest
Local Arts Local History Local Lizards (er . . . actually dinos are ancestors of birds :))
Our 7th Annual Festival Took Place on December 16 & 17, 2023! Thank you to everyone who participated & stay tuned for next year!
DinoFest, presented by Piti Theatre and PVMA, is a celebratory in-person and online series of performances, films, interactive exhibits and activities for children and more celebrating our local dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts and related history. Why? Because this is where the first scientific study in the world of dinosaur footprints took place! You can learn more on PVMA's award winning website "Impressions from a Lost World" . . . This year DinoFest will be a combo of in-person and streaming events.
Schedule: Saturday, December 16
10:15 am: Doors Open @ The Garden Theater, 361 Main Street,
10:30 - 11:45: Documentary Preview Screening: "The Princes of Deerfield" expands the lens of DinoFest to look at local history in Deerfield in the late 1700's. The film blends documentary with a story that imagines a group of children in Deerfield gathering at the former barn of Lucy Terry and Abijah Prince. Lucy Terry is known as the first African American poet and we know she was popular among the children of Deerfield in part due to her storytelling abilities. Actors from the ages of 6 - 12 from around the region join Piti's team as actors alongside Djeli (The Polar Express, The Bronx is Burning) and Amina Jordan-Mendez. Recommended ages 7+. Join us across the street afterwards for a reception in the community room of the new Greenfield Public Library.
12 – 12:30: Reception
12:30 – 1:15: Story Wizards: Dino Drama - Story Wizards is Piti Theatre's latest family audiences show where the story is created (and performed) by the audience with Piti's actors. In this special version, we will be asking for dino-themed characters and places. Learn more and watch a clip. Recommended for ages 6+.
Christopher Janke's sculptural performance about the Connecticut River, lollipops, and deep time is appropriate for all brave ages, lasts about 30 minutes, and includes a conceptual gift bag for the future. Following the show, special guest Richard Little, Professor Emeritus, Greenfield Community College make a short presentation about Armored Mud Balls in the area. Professor Little will also be available to answer questions and bring some of his mud balls for display before the show beginning at 6:30. Local Access to Valley Arts (LAVA), 324 Main Street, Greenfield.
Schedule: Sunday, December 17
Previous DInoFest Webinars
Why is the Connecticut River Valley so full of dinosaur footprints?
Presentation and Q&A by Steve Winters, Professor of Earth Science, Dept. of Environmental Science, Holyoke Community College
How were the skin and feathers of these fabulous dinosaurs preserved?
Presentation and Q&A by Dr. Paul Olsen, Storke Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
What can experiments with living animals tell us about extinct ones?
Presentation and Q&A by Dr. Stephen Gatesy, Professor of Biology, and Morgan Turner, PhD Candidate, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Brown University
Artist Will Sillin discusses his Triassis-Jurassic museum murals
Ed Gregory shows his collection of Connecticut River Valley dinosaur footprint and other trace fossils
Harry Sharbaugh on fish fossils from the region
Mark Agostini on Joseph Barratt and his amazing ichnological gravestone and 3-D imaging
Interview and Q&A with Ed Friedman
Ed Friedman is Chair of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, a Maine environmental group. Merrymeeting Bay is home to the Sea Lamprey which has been described as a "living fossil" as well as to the Atlantic Sturgeon - another pre-historic species that dates back to the time of the dinosaurs. Friedman is an organic farmer and beekeeper who has been involved in the environmental movement for five decades. He has worked from the arctic to Antarctica for among others, the US Fish & Wildlife Service and counts as a high point, the privilege of conducting research on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 2010 he helped obtain the first smart meter opt-out program in the country from the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
DinoStory, Song & Mask-Making Time
Kay Lyons, regionally-loved Children’s Librarian from the Greenfield Public Library lead dinosaur storytime & songs followed by a dino mask making workshop. If you don't live in the Greenfield area and would like to participate, here are the suggested mask making materials:
- a paper plate
- markers or crayons
- a hole punch
- plain or stretchy string or yarn
If you do live in the area and would like to pick up a "mask kit" from the Greenfield Public Library, you can do that on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 10 - noon or Thursday, Dec. 4 from 4 - 6. Go to the children's area to pick up your kit!
Media From Previous DinoFests
DinoMedia: Enjoy DinoFest content at Your Leisure
Thank You Funders!
"Night at the Deerfield Museum" is part of the Exanding MA Stories Initiative of Mass Humanities funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council
"Night at the Deerfield Museum" video project is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.
DinoFest 2022 is also supported in part by grants from the Greenfield and Leyden Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.