After all the hard work of writing a book (or in this case, writing portions and editing the whole), many might think the work is done. But no, if you want a book to be read, used, and enjoyed, people have to know it exists. And as they say, “It takes a village.”
And so the past several days we have taken the time to visit area supporters and other folks at organizations that are interested and ready to help us get out the word of the latest publication, “Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed.”
We received several grants that enabled us to have books we could share, as part of the grant, with various groups.
In many ways it felt a little like Christmas as the watershed president, Keith Gonsalves and I drove from location to location to meet with folks and present them with copies of “The Book.”
We renewed acquaintances, made some new friends, and worked out details for future events together.
The official Book Launch will be on National Trails day, June 2nd, at 65 Hunts MIlls Road, Rumford, (E.Providence) RI from 1-3PM. If you come that morning there will be a trail cleanup going on prior to the book launch.
We will offer some refreshments, then guided walks along the river, with a chance to get your own copy of the book! For more info, contact the watershed council, firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to everyone who had anything to do with the creation of this book, from back when it was simply an idea, to the middle phase when we had so much field work to do, to its completion (and all the agonizing details and combing through manuscripts to try to catch every mistake.) Eternal gratitude goes to Suzanne Stephenson, who masterfully transformed my amateur maps into masterful works of art, and corralled our manuscript into a workable document that sailed through the self-publishing process like a breeze. Co-writers Ernie Germani (Trails and Walks Rhode Island) and Bill Luther made this project a joy.
Full disclosure–there is already one known typo. I suspect there will be more when eagle eyed readers begin getting their hands on the book.
Regardless, the information is out there, the maps will get you to trail heads, and you’ll have a better idea of what is right around the corner from where you live, especially if you happen to live in Plainville, North Attleboro, Attleboro, Seekonk, East Providence, or Pawtucket.
You say you don’t live in those towns? Well, we’ve still got you covered if you live in the Blackstone Valley, at least 16 of those towns in Massachusetts, and another 15 towns in Metro west area, more or less. It’s become a scavenger hunt of sorts for me these past several years, and has been a lot more fun to partner with the watershed organization. Many, many thanks to everyone who had anything to do with creating this book. It’s out, and in the world. Please help us spread the good news!
And of course, many thanks for those who awarded us grants–This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Attleboro, Plainville and Seekonk Cultural councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are.
She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress.