Ready to “GO!” to the Blackstone Valley

GO! 2018 Leaders_ Carole Dandrade photographer

Some (but not all!) of the many volunteers and staff working to make September the month you decide to “GO!” to the Blackstone Valley

The Blackstone Heritage Corridor has been running their “Go!” campaign each September for the past three years. As they ready the start of this fourth year’s campaign, volunteers who will be running the programs throughout the Blackstone Valley gathered at Riverbend Farm in Uxbridge to receive our instructions. We received distinctive “GO!” t-shirts and hats, and got as many “GO!” brochures as we wished, to distribute throughout communities in the valley. We took a few pictures too! 

GO! cover 2018

Look for this pamphlet throughout the Blackstone Valley

The campaign happens each September, and the program pamphlet is chock full of events for all age groups, and varied interests and abilities. Biking trips, birding walks, hiking, art shows, farm tours, festivals galore, geocaching, historic tours, kayak and canoe outings, and more.

GO! 2018_Marjorie and Kathryn

Partners in crime! Kathryn and I came up with the “Make your own Storybook hikes,” and are looking forward to together offering the program again this fall

Make your own Storybook Hikes will be offered twice during the month. Something is happening every day of the month, with more options than you could possibly choose from each day.


You will be seeing these portraits of each volunteer throughout the month when that volunteer’s program is coming up

Expect to hear a whole lot more in the coming days about “GO!” events. They will be happening all month, but many locations are open for tours far beyond September, so it’s worth holding onto the brochure even after September is just a memory.


Getting ready to “GO!”

You’ll find a cool map of the Blackstone Bikeway. The map includes all sections or the bikeway that have been completed. Get addresses to each of the parking lots that provide access to the bikeway, from Worcester and Millbury, all the way south to John Street in Lincoln, RI.


Beth and Paul Milke, deadheading flowers in the garden at Riverbend farm, to help birds and insects have a better food supply. The Milkes lead multiple birding programs throughout the year, as well as during the “GO!” campaign

Creating a booklet of this type is costly–we are grateful to those who have stepped up to support this project. Sponsors include: UniBank,Navigant Credit Union and Southwick’s Zoo. Advertisers include: Anchor Subaru/Nissan, ValleyCAST, Linwood Mill, LLC,Ecotarium, Whitin Community Center, Roger Williams Park Zoo,Landry’s Bicycles, and Millbury Federal Credit Union. Kudos to each of these businesses for helping us get out the word about all these amazing programs happening in September.

Find copies of brochures at each of the businesses listed above, at local libraries, and many other locations throughout the Valley. Or you can download your copy  of the “GO!” brochure here.


beech cliffs 2018Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore 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. She is a co-author of the recent community history, Bellingham Now and Then.


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