The thing about the Massachusetts Walking Tour is that they, well, walk from town to town, kind of like those troubadours of old, only these talented musicians are not that old.
We headed over to Riverbend Farm the afternoon they were arriving for a concert that night,
and caught up with them heading north on the tow path towards the farm, an easy walk, indeed.
Instruments are strapped to their packs, tents and other gear are on their backs as well.
There were smiles as we greeted them on the trail,
but don’t expect them to slow down too much–they have things to do once they arrive at their destination.
They took a moment to get a group photo on the wall just outside the visitor’s center, then it was on to the tasks still waiting to be taken care of.
Each afternoon the group strolls into town and gets set up for another concert in their ten-day tour of the Blackstone Valley and Upper Charles watershed. Tents needed to get set up. Hiking clothes are set aside and concert clothes are donned, hair brushed, instruments tuned, community performers organized, and they grab snacks prior to the show.
The weather was iffy, so a decision was needed–indoors or outside? Because of threatening clouds, and hungry mosquitos, plus better acoustics indoors, they opted to head into the upstairs of the barn at Riverbend Farm Visitor Center.
Park personnel stood out in the field to point folks to the indoor venue, and before long the building was full.
Mark and Raianne work really hard to provide venues for local artists to get a chance to share their music. The concert in Uxbridge was no exception–one musician after the next stepped up and shared music they cared about. Family members cheered the young musicians on.
The rain held off, and the Walking Tour musicians presented yet another evening of great music,
stunning harmonies and just plain fun.
I met the group the next morning as they headed north toward Upton, via the tow path and onto the east bank of the Blackstone River from Rice City Pond.
We stopped for yet another photo near the stone arch bridge at Hartford Avenue,
a great spot for photos any time of year.
After carefully crossing the bridges to Rice City Pond, we headed up the east bank of the Blackstone River, and they headed north, while I turned back for my car. Tonight–Upton Kiwanis Beach 6PM, tomorrow Hopedale–concert at the Unitarian church–once again, 6 PM. And the Walking Tour just keeps on walking…
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