Massachusetts Walking Tour is here! 1st night-Webster


The five–the “other” Mark, Amy, Raiane at Lake Chaubunagungamaug

We’ve been working for almost a year and it’s finally begun. We’ve brought the Massachusetts Walking Tour to the Blackstone Valley, so let the walking begin.


The first hour of each concert is presented by local musicians. These girls offered tight harmonies and skilled guitar work

A good sized crowd came out on a cool! evening (amazing since the past few days were in the 90s!) so we were looking for jackets as the sun went down. But the music was warm, the reception was enthusiastic, and the fun has just started.


Another local act warming up the crowd for the Walking Tour folks

Each evening’s concert is going to be different, so besides the Walking Tour band; Mark, Raianne, the “other” Mark, Amy, and Vito, you’ll be seeing photos of very local folks who hail from each town visited, or from very nearby.


And the third act-

This is grassroots music at it’s best.


Mark and Vito hanging out before the show

If you’ve followed the Walking Tour in past years you know there were only four members of the troupe, but this year a fifth member, Vito, was added. A music student of Mark’s, Vito wanted to join the tour, and was promised he could on one condition–that he successfully finish high school. As you can see from the photos, he did, and he is part of the tour. Congratulations Vito–good luck and have fun!


The lake–with the boat ready to transport the Walking Tour across the lake after the show

We were perched on the shores of Lake Webster, or as others know it–the answer to a trivia question–what’s that lake with the longest name? Yup, that’s where we were–go look it up. The spellings vary according to where you see the signs about town in Webster, so I’ll let you figure it out, but it’s a long name, for sure.


The mallards hung out throughout most of the concert, enjoying the tunes…

What is in no doubt is that this a pretty spot, with sandy shores that are nice for swimming. A popular boating spot as well.


Hiking boots off, ready to board

Adding to the fun, at the end of the evening the members of the Walking Tour packed up and were aided on their travels by neighbors who transported them across the lake to head them on their way east, onto Douglas. The biggest challenge in getting into the boat was getting those hiking boots off to wade over to the boat. Once accomplished, everyone was ready to go and headed off.


On to Douglas

There will be another concert tonight at the Historical Society, E. N. Jenkes Store in Douglas right on Rt. 16. Look for the big “Farmer’s Market” banner in the downtown, and we’ll see you there at 6 PM.

DSC00665.JPGHappy Trails!

Marjorie Turner Hollman

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! Marjorie is a Certified Legacy Planner with, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project.


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