A super group of people like you helped make it possible for outdoor adventurers like me to ride the Accessibility Trail here in Mt. Tom State Reservation, Holyoke, MA. Thanks to people like you a smooth and fun-to-ride trail now extends along Lake Bray to the new 55 foot bridge behind me that they built. I’d love to be able to chair-ride with friends all the way around Lake Bray. With help from you and your friends, me and mine, we can make it happen. Want to know more? E-mail me at

What Mt. Tom Means to us:

Sophie Theroux, Artist:

Mount Tom is one of the Pioneer Valley’s striking ridge-lines and is seen for miles around.  I cherish its vistas, seasonal color changes, miles of hiking, diversity of animals and plants, and a place for family and friends.  I also go to the mountain for inspiration but may put paints and brushes aside just to listen, wonder and take in the magic of the mountain.  This painting expresses my feelings. 

My biography:  Born and raised in Leeds, MA, roaming its woods to view May Flowers with Grandma, the annual flush of Mountain Laurel, planted the seed of painting scenes from nature. After two years of community colleges and transferring to Amherst College, I received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Environmental Studies. 

Elbert Bowler, website author, illustrator:

Mother Raven feeding her Clutch was inspired by Mount Tom and the near nine mile ridge-line that makes up the spine of Holyoke and borders four other cities.  My background is in media advertising and graphic design.  Drawing studies  for personal enjoyment became the focus of independent and academic studies in later life.  Recent contact with creative people led to the belief that others would contribute inspirations to help build awareness of the entire Mount Tom Range.   

Whether an artists, sculptor, photographer, videographer, writer, poet, composer or musician, spread the word.  E-mail, NeVar, at with your creative offering about Mount Tom.