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.
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.
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.
This is grassroots music at it’s best.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com