SOLF was saddened to learn of the death of Elaine Beals on August 21, 2016. Elaine was among the founding members of the Southborough Open Land Foundation. She served on the Board of Trustees of SOLF, including holding the position of treasurer for many years. She was dedicated to the preservation of the environment and open space, reinforcing her conservation ethic as a member of the Town of Southborough’s Open Space Preservation Commission. In the 1950s and 60s, Elaine and her husband Philip purchased 190 acres of land abutting their farm to protect it from development. All of that land is now under permanent conservation restrictions. Fifty-six acres of it was gifted to SOLF in 2009, property that is now known as the Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve. In her honor, SOLF presents the Elaine Beals Conservation Award each year to a local resident who has shown outstanding leadership in environmental conservation. You may read the obituary here.
A memorial service for Elaine was held on October 22, 2016, at the Pilgrim Congregational Church, Southborough, MA.
Art on the Trails, June 3 to September 24, 2017
In collaboration with Southborough Artist Catherine Weber, SOLF is pleased to present Art on the Trails: Finding Solace in the Woods at the Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve from June 3 – September 24, 2017. Artists are invited to apply for this outdoor exhibition, juried by Southborough resident Mary M. Tinti, former Curator of the Fitchburg Art Museum. In addition to a juried exhibition, there will be an area set aside for community installations of all kinds, as space allows. Community members of all ages and talents are encouraged to submit work. For a Community Advocate article on the program, click here.