Twenty Years of Adams Farm

Friends of Adams Farm are delighted to welcome all to this 20th anniversary celebration of Adams Farm. Admission is free and there is something for everyone! Please mark you calendars and plan on joining us for part or all of Saturday September 30 (rain date Sunday October 1).

Check back often, as the schedule of events may change.

Please note: Space is limited on the walks. Free tickets will be given out 45 minutes prior to the start of each.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Dog Meetup – You’re invited to bring your dogs and come and join us at 9 a.m. for a fun trail walk around the farm. We will be meeting at the gate by the volleyball court, and heading down the trails in a clockwise direction. Please allow an hour for this walk and remember to bring water for you and your dog.
Dogs must be leashed in the car park area.
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Bird-watching Walk
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Labyrinth Walk – Discover the labyrinth at Adams Farm by taking a walk with Cheryl Lathrop, a member of the Friends of the Labyrinth at the United Church.  A labyrinth is a meditative tool used for contemplative walking that consists of a long path that continuously doubles back on itself, bordered in this case by stones.  We’ll take a short walk to the labyrinth, located just off the main trail in the woods, learn about how labyrinths were created, and take a walk through the labyrinth before returning to the barn.
10:00 a.m.Touch a Truck! – Get up close and personal with a fire truck and police car from the Town of Walpole.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Plant Identification Walk with Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary – Enjoy a walk with Sanctuary Director Doug Williams at Adams Farm learning to identify the main plants that you stumble across (trees, shrubs, and ferns) and their distinguishing characteristics. You will also discuss what their presence may indicate about the character or history of the land; an enjoyable discussion while walking the trails.
10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Hayrides
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department K9 Demo – A handler from the K9 unit will demonstrate how our dog friends are specially trained to assist in the apprehension of a suspect.
11:00 a.m.Geocaching Walk
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Tree Identification Walk
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.Lunch – sponsored by the Lion’s Club, lunch will be available for a nominal fee.
Noon – 12:30 p.m.Labyrinth Walk – See Labyrinth Walk at 10 a.m. for a description of this event
Noon – 4:00 p.m.Live music – Jeannie Gagné Band
12:30 p.m.Geocaching Walk
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Animal Exploration with Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary – Join educators and naturalists from Oak Knoll as they present a general animal exploration talk with fun biofacts! They will bring a variety of animals and rotate them during this time frame. Stay as little or as long as you like – and of course, ask lots of questions!
1:00 p.m.Dog Photos 
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Intro to Adams Farm Walk – Join this walk to learn a little about a lot: history of the farm, butterfly garden, community garden, walking trails, and more!
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Tree Identification Walk
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.4H Dog Obedience Demo
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Labyrinth Walk – See Labyrinth Walk at 10 a.m. for a description of this event
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Exploring Isn’t Always About Identification with Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary – Join Sanctuary Director Karen Stein as we hike Adams Farm with an eye for exploration – colors, textures, places to play. Learning to enjoy nature starts with finding the joy in being in nature and with a few simple things you can make any hike fun for everyone!
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Wine & Cheese Event, with Founder’s Speech – Mingle with other Adams Farm admirers and enjoy live guitar music by Steve Marchena. At 5:00 p.m., founder Cliff Snuffer will provide a brief look-back on how the farm came to be as well as provide citations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.Astronomy Talk – weather-dependent; if very cloudy, the event will not take place. Bob Borosky, an expert in the night sky, stars and constellations, will tell us all about what is up above us! It takes a 1/2 hour for a human’s eyes to adjust to the night sky, so plan to arrive early enough to let this happen. If arriving late, please park far away from the main parking lot so headlights don’t disrupt the adjustment of people’s eyes. Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on to enjoy this event.

The Walpole CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), a volunteer group headed by Roger Turner and John Lightbody, will be on hand throughout the day with personnel and equipment, assisting at the event and demonstrating the team’s capabilities in deployment, support and communications in the event of a town emergency.