Stone Hill Center’s First Winter Celebrated with Family Day

For Immediate Release

January 07, 2009

Stone Hill Center’s winter wonderland setting at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will provide the perfect backdrop for fantastic family fun on Sunday, January 25, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Help Stone Hill Center celebrate its first winter with dog sledding, snowshoe excursions, snow sculpting, sledding, and a campfire complete with hot chocolate. Activities are free and are weather and snow dependent. Lack of snow will cancel this family day. Visit www.clarkart.edu after January 21 for the latest information in case of cancellation. Admission to the galleries is also free.

Go over the meadow and through the woods by dog sled pulled by friendly Siberian Huskies from the Arctic Paws Dog Sled Team. Meet huskies Snuggles and Willow and their friends, learn the art and history of mushing, and take a turn at controlling the team on short rides on the Clark’s grounds.

Explore the woodlands and fields on snowshoes with excursions for all abilities guided by the Williams Outing Club. A limited number of snowshoes will be available free of charge. People are encouraged to bring snowshoes and/or cross-country skis.

After letting that inner artist shine with snow sculpting, work up the courage to go sledding. Bring a sled or borrow one of the Clark’s (limited availability). Warm up and top off the afternoon with a campfire complete with free hot chocolate.

This Family Day is supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.

In June 2008, the Clark opened Stone Hill Center, designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Tadao Ando. The 32,000-square-foot wood and glass building houses intimately scaled galleries open during the summer, a classroom, and the Williamstown Art Conservation Center. During winter, the building’s restrooms, lockers, and water fountain are available to visitors exploring the walking paths and hiking trails on the Clark’s campus.

A visit to the Clark is a rewarding family experience year-round with 140 acres of scenic meadows and trails providing ample opportunities for families to cross-country ski, snowshoe, sled, or spot the many birds inhabiting the area. The Clark’s grounds are open to the public free of charge. Free admission to the galleries is always offered to children 18 and under and students with valid ID.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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