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Welcome to the Friends of Northampton (MA) Trails and Greenways, a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to improving the expanding rail-trail network in Northampton,
Massachusetts.

Awards ceremony and gallery opening on Friday, October 12th: come join the festivities!

Please join us for the Rail Trail Photo and Video Contest awards ceremony and gallery opening
This Friday, October 12th, 2012, Trailside Gallery, 14 Strong Avenue, Northampton, MA

5:30 pm Awards Ceremony
5:00 to 8:00 Gallery Opening, food and drink available

A picture is worth a thousand words, so the saying goes. That was the inspiration that led The Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways to announce a photo and video contest this year. “We thought that artists could best capture the images and stories of the trail that would in turn inspire more people to explore them,” says Julia Riseman, co-organizer of the contest. The year-long Photo and Video Contest will conclude when the winners are announced on October 12, at 5:30 pm at the Trailside Gallery on Strong Ave., Northampton as part of Arts Night Out. The festive night will include a viewing of the winning videos.

Riseman was struck by the variety and quality of the submissions. “This contest is a wonderful way to bridge our vibrant arts community with the beautiful and growing trail network,” she said. “Part of our mission as an organization is to encourage greater use of the trails. I think these photographers and videographers did a fantastic job.”

There are many reasons why photographers are drawn to the expanding set of interconnected rail-trails in the valley. These include the great variety of scenic views, ideal spots for close-up wildlife viewing, some quintessential New England vantage points, beautiful native flowers and plants, historic bridges, and ever changing colors and light throughout the year.

This exhibit will remain open for public viewing throughout the month of October. Thanks to our sponsors: Trailside Realty, Trailside Gallery, Valley Advocate, Alexis Design, Pivot Media, Eastmont Custom Framing, Friends of the Manhan Rail Trail and the Pioneer Valley Chapter of MassBike.

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