The Great Greenfield DinoFest

Local Arts  Local History  Local Lizards (er . . . actually dinos are ancestors of birds :))

2021 Festival: Save the Date - December 11 - 12, when Dinos will go hybrid again!

Below are videos and info about our first hybrid event on Dec. 5 & 6, 2020

DinoFest, presented by Piti Theatre and PVMA, is (normally) a celebratory in-person day of performances, interactive exhibits and activities for children, dino films with live music and more celebrating our local dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts. 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 on Zoom, with Jurassic Roadshow's professional paleontologists and scientific illustrators, local knowledgeable fossil collectors (the "Track Pack"), story time with a children's librarian, an environmentalist/beekeeper from Maine and special videos prepared by local museums!

PLUS on Saturday at 10 we'll have an in-person screening at the Greenfield's Garden Cinema of an original comedy for all ages where emerging fascism meets deep time: "The Mayor of Greenpants: Dino Disaster". The film was created with Piti's Youth Troupe.

Schedule: Saturday, December 5

"The Mayor of Greenpants: Dino Disaster" at the Garden!

10 am: Doors open @ The Garden Theater, 361 Main Street, Greenfield

UPDATE: Walk-ins welcome on Saturday!

10:15 - 10:45: Film Premiere: "The Mayor of Greenpants: Dino Disaster" an original comedy for all ages created and performed by Piti Theatre's Youth Troupe with music by Northampton singer/songwriter Carrie Ferguson. Note: there is a (puppet) dinosaur attack in the movie so it may not be appropriate for the under five crowd.

11:00 - 11:30 "Critics Pick" Land of the Lost episode from the acclaimed 70's television series.

NOTE: The Garden is only seating at 50% capacity due to COVID restrictions. The film will be shown in the largest theatre so there should be plenty of room for families/groups to sit clustered together. The Garden requires masks be worn.

Saturday Zoom Program: Jurassic Roadshow!

Meet virtually with some of the most knowledgeable paleontologists specializing in dinosaur footprints and related trace fossils! Each talk will have interactive time for questions from the Zoom audience -- if it isn't up close and personal the way it is at a real Jurassic Roadshow, it's the next best thing!
Sign up for one or sign up for them all -- it's all free, but you do need to register for each event individually. Problem logging in on the day of the event? Call 413 522 8690 and we'll try to help. Normally, you should be able to join during a webinar in progress but we suggest logging in a few minutes early and waiting for the event to begin.

10:00 - 11:00 The Great Massachusetts Terrane Wreck

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

11:30 - 12:30  Incredible Feathered Dinosaurs of the Chinese Mesozoic

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

1:00 - 2:00   Exploring Fossil Footprints with Living Birds

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

2:30 - 3:30  Insects Invade Lakes in the Triassic and Jurassic

Dinosaurs weren't the only ones to leave their traces behind
Presentation and Q&A by Dr. Patrick Getty, Professor of Geology, Collin College

4:00 - 5:00 PaleoArt and the Track Pack

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

Will Sillin painting of deep time
Will Sillin painting of deep time

Schedule: Sunday, December 6th

2:30 - 3:30 pm: 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.

4 - 5 pm: 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
  • scissors
  • 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!

7:00 - 7:45: The Mayor of Greenpants: Dino Disaster Live Stream + Q&A

A humorous short film by Piti Theatre's Youth Troupe featuring a dictatorial mayor, widespread rebellion and a dinosaur on the loose!


Zoom Connectivity Best Practices!

For a more secure, faster and safer internet connection, use ethernet cable whenever possible and turn off the wi-fi on your computer and the router. Test drive before your webinar!

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This program has been supported in previous years in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Community Investment Portfolio Projects Program and the MCC's Festivals program. DinoFest 2020 is 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. 


Previous Dinofests were also funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as the Community Foundation of Western MA as well as the Community Foundation of Western MA.

Special Thanks to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association

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