Music & Art in the Forest Though the Years


Sunday, October 1st 2023

At the Emerson Brook Forest Center, 57 Emerson Brook Forest Rd, Gilsum, NH

Music & Art in the Emerson Brook Forest Open House

Join The Sustainability Project on Sunday, October 1st, from 10am – 2pm for our Annual “Music and Art in the Forest” Open House Celebration at the Emerson Brook Forest Center, 57 Emerson Brook Drive, in Gilsum.

This year’s event features local craft and art exhibits, as well as play and nature activities. The event begins with a welcome and Abenaki Blessing by Ko’asek Abenaki Chief Paul Bunnell. From 10:30-noon participants can choose to partake in several activities including: a slow moving sensory mindfulness exploration of the forest with certified Forest Therapy Guide, Brian Bishoff; learning about core routines for connecting with nature led by Lenoir Law and Valerie Piedmont; or sparking an imaginative flow of nature-based writing Diana Damato.

Throughout the day, participants are invited to share spontaneous music, poetry and movement, while we offer ongoing tours of TSP’s multi-purpose building under construction. The structure, inspired by nature, enables TSP to host an array of inclusive, multigenerational, nature-based programs, workshops and retreats. It will also house the museum quality artwork of Susan O’Hara as well as a rotating exhibit of local artists and nature-focused educational displays. Due to construction, our wheelchair accessible trails are limited but visitors are welcome to explore the Center’s gardens and trails as much as they are able.

Bring a picnic lunch for a noon time concert with Bruce Elliot on Sax. At the end of the day there will be a tour of the Clay Heads exhibit at Valerie’s nearby house, which is accessible by a ramp.

While there is no admission fee, donations to support The Sustainability Project’s endeavors are gratefully accepted. The Sustainability Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, promotes a love of nature, environmental stewardship, caring communities and ways of living that deepen our understanding of the interconnected web of life. For more information email info@emersonbrookforest.org or call 603-209-7272.