About NeVar

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In the future this website's mascot and spokes-raven, NeVar, will tell stories about the Mt. Tom Range, particularly the Mt. Tom Area.

Ravens have been followers of our kind longer than recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To Indigenous Americans ravens are revered noble spirits: intelligent, adaptable, sociable.

And so the common raven was chosen to tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke, Massachusetts, should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Mountain Park

Mountain Park Gate
The historically famous Mountain Park has come back to life as a summer outdoor musical amphitheater. Opening in 1894 as a summer retreat and evolving into one of New England’s most beautiful and loved amusement parks, Mountain Park drew huge crowds. It was the place to be with family and friends. One is urged to read about this history in books like that of Jay Ducharme who was an employee of Mountain Park and is an fan of amusement parks. The above picture is landscaping just outside the entry gate. ┬áImage courtesy of friends of the Mt. Tom Range.