WILLIAMSTOWN -- Woodworking demonstrations, cider making and other New England traditions will be on display at this year's Fall Festival at Hopkins Memorial Forest.
The annual event, which takes place from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, is free and open to all.
Forest Manager Drew Jones explained the multiple goals of Sunday's event.
"One is to get more people into the forest and educate them about the resources we have, as well as the research and education we do," he said. "Also, the Berkshire environment is a great outdoor nature area. We try to open that up to people."
Hopkins Forest is 2,600 acres, the majority donated to Williams College in the 1930s by the family of Colonel Amos Lawrence Hopkins, and is used by Williams College for research and teaching.
Attendees over 12 years of age will get a rare chance to use a canopy walkway, a platform approximately 75 feet in the air that was built for research 25 years ago.
"This is one of the only times it's open to the public every year," Jones said.
The platform was built 25 years ago for an ecologist, Jones said, who was studying how life forms vary from the forest floor to the tops of trees.
"People will have the opportunity to explore that and go up on ladders and ropes," Jones said.
Shaun Garbie, of Dalton's Berkshire Barns, will be at Sunday's event, Jones said.
"He shows some of the old woodworking techniques, and some of the work done pre-Industrial Revolution," he said. "We tend to dismiss the past, but even then there was a real science to it. And these guys are skilled at what they do."
Those looking to learn what it was like to build before power tools can use period tools to split shingles that would've been used on a roof, he said. Guests can also partake in a friendly crosscut saw competition to see who can cut through a log first.
Traditional food of the New England agrarian society will also be highlighted, he said.
"We'll make some cider using an old-fashioned press," he said. "Then we'll have a volunteer making apple butter."
Guests will get to try both themselves, Jones said, as well as freshly baked bread and locally baked cookies.
Accompanying the day's activities will be fiddle and string instrument music, he said, and children's activities will include a scavenger hunt.
Festival-goers will also be able to take home a small piece of the forest as locally nursed, native tree seedlings will be on sale, Jones said.
To reach Hopkins Forest, from Route 7 north of Route 2, take a left onto Bulkley Street and follow it until it intersects with Northwest Hill Road. Turn right on Northwest Hill Road, and the entrance is 100 yards on the left.
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