Events at Hale
Whether you’d like to go on a night hike, get into trail running, meditate by the pond, learn to paint, or take a canoe out at sunset, you’re sure to find something to do at Hale.
See below for hiking, music, and poetry. Additionally, join us for:
- Feb. 16—Hale Runners Symposium. To mark Team Hale‘s eleventh year crossing the famous Boston Marathon Finish Line, we’ve gathered an inspiring group of athletes to reflect on why they run. Free; Online. Learn more.
- Mar. 20—Spring Equinox Hike. Celebrate the new season’s arrival with an early evening hike to Storrow Pond and Rock Shelter. Free. Register today.
- Apr. 30 & May 20—Adult Mountain Biking Clinics. You may ride, but do you practice? Group clinics for ages 18+ focus on technical skills, drills, and having fun! Free, but registration is required for both MTB Essentials and MTB Wizardry.
- Coffee & Conservation—At these regularly scheduled Wednesday morning sessions, Executive Director Eric Arnold discusses the latest developments in Hale’s conservation efforts, what partnership with Dover and Westwood looks like, and how Hale is amplifying the impact of the towns’ investment through private philanthropy.
- Volunteer Days, Senior Soirées, Story Walks® and more also happen throughout the year.
Contact Jocelyn if you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for your organization. You can learn more about sponsorship levels and submit your donation by mail using Hale’s Event Series Sponsorship Form, or click the button below to make your contribution right now.
Westwood Community Trails
Sponsored by Westwood's Department of Public Works and its Recreation Department, guided by its Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee, and administered by Hale, Westwood Community Trails invites residents to explore the town’s trails and learn more about their importance to the community. Monthly guided hikes (typically on Saturday mornings) last about two hours, vary in distance and topography, and explore a number of areas at Hale and beyond. No registration is required, just show up! To learn more, email coordinator Rich de Reyna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sat. Feb. 4—February's hike will be around Noanet Pond. We'll meet at Old Stone Road in Westwood for this 3-mile hike over mostly flat terrain.
- Sat. Mar. 4—We're headed to Martha Jones in March. We'll meet at the Martha Jones School lot in Westwood for this 2-mile hike over mostly flat terrain.
- Sat. Apr. 1—In April, we'll explore Dedham Forest. Park at 960 Washington Street in Westwood for this 3-mile hike over mostly flat terrain.
- Sat. Apr. 22—To honor Earth Day, we'll get our steps in while cleaning up Currier Reservation. We'll meet on Downey Street in Westwood for this 2-mile project on mostly flat terrain.
- Sat. May 6—We'll hike around Hale's historic Storrow Pond in May. Meet at Old Stone Road in Westwood for this 2-mile trek over mixed terrain.
- Sat. June 3—In June, we'll explore Lowell Woods, starting from the end of Sandy Valley Road in Westwood. This relaxing 3-mile hike is on mostly flat terrain.
- Sat. Jul. 1—We're headed to Needham Forest in July. Meet at the Horsford Ponds Trailhead on Central Avenue in Needham for this 3-mile hike over mixed terrain.
- Sat. Aug. 5—Hale's Sen Ki area is the only portion of the property currently protected by a conservation restriction (in partnership with the Westwood Land Trust). This 3-mile hike over mixed terrain will visit its pine groves, hardwoods, and outcroppings. Meet at 1255 High Street in Westwood, and please remember that dogs are not permitted at Sen Ki.
Music at Hale
If you enjoy live music, support local singer-songwriters with friends and family at Hale. Join the dedicated fan base of these 21+ acoustic shows (held once per season) in rustic venues that include the ACLC Barn and Powissett Lodge.
- September 10, 2022—The 2022 Steam Kettle Music Festival featured The Kemp Harris Group, Late Night Thoughts, Sympli Whitney Productionz, The Old North, The Remedies, Wild Sundays, Ariel Strasser, Cold Car, Three at Home, TIMKO & Co., and the Zack Bolles Band
- August 11, 2022—Ariel Strasser, Tom Burris, and artists from Cold Car and Just Another Guru
- July 14, 2022—Three at Home, Steve Robb, and Erin Ash Sullivan
- June 9, 2022—Tim Van Ness, Cold Car, and Just Another Guru
- December 7, 2019—Cold Car with Ken Carter, Just Another Guru
- June 27, 2019—John Hanson, Calvin Mausteller, Zack Bolles
- August 2, 2018—Cold Car, Jenne Halstead, Conor Ryan Hennessy
- May 17, 2018—Deb Todd Wheeler, Late Night Thoughts, Lisa Bastoni
- February 8, 2018—Chris Trapper, Sophia Jane
- October 26, 2017—Colin O’Dwyer, Emily Theis, Just Another Guru
- August 10, 2017—Zack Bolles, Sara Colb, Josie Lowder
- July 13, 2017—Ken Carter, Lynn Bailey and Sean Witty, Andrew O’Keeffe and Hayes Cummings
Poetry at Hale
On the first Wednesday of every month, each Poetry Night at Hale begins with an open mic and ends with a set by a featured poet. Whether you choose to share your own poetry or simply appreciate the work of others, it’s always an exciting night of spoken word. Poetry Nights at Hale are ideal for ages 16+ but younger poets are welcome if they’re accompanied by parents or guardians. Poetry Nights at Hale and other programs coordinated by Hale’s artist-in-residence are made possible by the generosity of The Margaret Stewart Lindsay Foundation.
- March 1 , 2023—Sarah Audsley is the author of Landlock X (Texas Review Press, 2023). A Korean American adoptee raised in rural Vermont, Audsley has received support from The Rona Jaffe Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Banff Centre’s Writing Studio, and the Vermont Arts Council. Her work appears in New England Review, The Cortland Review, Four Way Review, The Massachusetts Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Pleiades, and elsewhere. A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and a member of The Starlings Collective, she lives and works in Johnson, VT. You can learn more about Sarah at https://sarahaudsley.com/.
Past Featured Poets
- February 2023—Michael “Warrior” Bonds
- January 2023—Kayla Kennedy
- July 2022—Katya Zinn
- June 2022—Will “Will C.” Chalmus
- May 2022—Isabel Cristina Legarda and Bianca Thompson
- April 2022—Dariana Guerrero
- March 2022—Lexi Wight
- February 2022—Art Collins
- January 2022—Kayla Kennedy
- December 2021—Douglas Bishop
- November 2021—Will “Will C.” Chalmus