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Week of May 12 to May 19, 2022

Nipmuc Cultural Celebration Announced

All are invited to a celebration to learn about Nipmuc history, culture, land-use, and living presence in Petersham

Petersham, MA -- Several local organizations have united to offer a free event that aims to celebrate and highlight Nipmuc history, culture, land-use, and living presence through music, crafts, storytelling, and more by Nipmuc citizens.

The event will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Petersham North Common, 1 North Main St. Petersham, and will educate our community about the history of the Nipmuc in the region of the Quabbin, uplift Nipmuc Culture, and celebrate that the Nipmuc community has returned to their homeland in Petersham/ Nichewaug. Presentations and demonstrations will include traditional Nipmuc flutes, hide-tanning, woodworking, and more. Presenters include:

  • Hawk Henries will present a Flute Making Demonstration
  • Andre Strongbearheart Gaines will present Wampum, Wood Crafts and Hide Tanning
  • Sierra Henries will present Birch Bark Art
...And more!

Crafts, jewelry, art, musical instruments, and more will be available for sale.

Everyone is invited! Advance registration is helpful, but not required. The registration link can be found at

The event offers a chance to bring Nipmuc and non-Nipmuc people together, to increase cultural understanding, create a deeper sense of place, illuminate our shared history, and support Nipmuc artists and humanists.

This event is presented by Nipmuk Cultural Preservation, and was made possible by grant funding from the Petersham Cultural Council to Petersham Antiracism Coalition and the Massachusetts Cultural Council Festivals Grant to the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust with additional support from Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust.

Magician Illusionist Ben Pratt Returns To Park Theatre

Ben Pratt amazed a sold-out show last fall at The Park Theatre. By popular demand, he returns this Saturday, May 14

JAFFREY, New Hampshire (May 9, 2022) The audience from the sold-out show last fall was amazed and thrilled by magician-illusionist-comedian Ben Pratt. His "Houdini" style escape from a straight-jacket stunned the theatergoers. By popular demand, Ben Pratt returns to The Park Theatre this Saturday, May 14. There is only one performance at 7:30pm.

Ben Pratt is a 4-time award-winning comedian and magician, including runner-up in New England's Got Talent. He grew up in a tiny town in New Hampshire with a population of fewer than 1,000 people. Far away from any big city or access to any magical props. Ben has performed all throughout New England and beyond, including Las Vegas. From the moment he walks into a room ready to perform, to the moment he leaves, he will always leave people begging for more.

Tickets for the family-friendly show are $20. It is presented in the 77-seat Michael B. King Auditorium at The Park Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at, by visiting the box office or calling the box office hotline (603) 532-8888. All major credit cards are accepted.

The Park Theatre performing arts center is located at 19 Main Street in downtown Jaffrey, NH. The facility is fully accessible.