About Turners Falls

Part of the Town of Montague, MA, the Village of Turners Falls is an extraordinary historic mill town that is blossoming from its industrial roots to become a hub of artistic inspiration, recreational adventure and natural beauty. The RiverCulture Project seeks to promote this rebirth of an area that is filled with history, promise, and a character all its own. Come experience Turners Falls and RiverCulture for yourself!

Crabapple Blossom Festival

The sixth annual Turners Falls Crabapple Blossom Festival

May 1st - 17th 2009! Downtown Turners Falls

The sixth annual Turners Falls Crabapple Blossom Festival runs from May 1st - May 17th. Many of the downtown streets and parks in Turners Falls are lined with flowering crabapple and apple trees. Various events are scheduled to encourage people to come and enjoy the flowers and Turners Falls' nature, art, history and architecture.

The festival is organized by the Montague Public Libraries, with collaboration and support from other partners, including RiverCulture.

The Festival's first event is a GeoTour with geologist Steve Winters starting at the Great Falls Discovery Center on Saturday, May 2nd from 1 - 3 p.m. Free copies of his Geologic Walking Tour booklet will be given to participants.

On Tuesday, May 5th, there will be a Cinco de Mayo Children's Festival in Peskeompskut Park from 9:30 a.m. - noon. Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson will perform a bilingual concert from 10 - 11 a.m. during the festival, which will also include a parade around the park and arts and crafts activities. It will be held inside the Carnegie Library if it rains. The Children's Festival is sponsored by the Gill - Montague Community Partnerships for Children.

On Saturday, May 9th, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the Friends of the Montague Public Libraries are running a used book sale at the Carnegie Library. Books are $2 a bag. Also on Saturday morning, there will be a children's Flower Planting Program at the Carnegie Library at 10:30 a.m. with Ruth O'Mara

On Sunday, May 10th, a Fun Bike Ride and History Tour will start at the beginning of the Turners Falls Bike Path in Unity Park at 1 p.m. The ride will last 8 miles, and will cover the bike path and Migratory Way. Librarian Linda Hickman, author of The Turners Falls Historical Walking Tour brochure, will lead the ride and provide commentary.

On Tuesday, May 12th, there will be a hands-on science program for young children at the Carnegie Library at 10 a.m. on Blooms, Bees, and Birds with Naturalist Dawn Marvin Ward, sponsored by the CPC.

The Turners Falls Fishway will open for the season on Wednesday, May 13th. The fish viewing facilities are open Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., through June 14th.

The Crabapple Blossom Festival ends with the Arts and Blooms Artist Studio Walking Tours, on Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. During the festival, free self-guided Turners Falls Historical Walking Tour booklets, Geological Walking Tour Booklets, and lists of area attractions will be available at the Carnegie Library and the Great Falls Discovery Center. The Carnegie Library is open on Monday- Wednesday, 1 - 8 p.m., Thursday, 1 - 5 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For information call the Carnegie Library, 863-3214.