Yes, the Massachusetts Walking Tour continues to walk, and arrived in Mansfield in the company of several fellow walkers who joined the troupe for the entire day. Participants range in age from about 4 to folks in their 80s at the concerts, and walkers are aged about 9 to folks in their 70s. Children with special needs have taken part in the festivities, and been fully included.
And lots of regular folks have joined in to listen, sing along, and even dance.
This has been a wet kind of week, and yes, the musicians have walked through the rain. The visit to Mansfield had had an outdoor concert planned, and with the damp weather continuing, the concert was relocated to the Qualters Middle School in Mansfield. We worried that people might not figure out where the concert was, but about 40 people found us and joined in the fun.
Musicians came from quite a distance to provide entertainment. (Toronto, Philadelphia, and the Cape!).
Competing concerts the same night in the area may have suppressed turnout,
but of those who came, all left with smiles.
The next morning, after camping at a host family’s yard in Mansfield, the Walking Tour joined me at L.L. Bean in Mansfield to offer music at the “Easy Walks in Massachusetts” book signing event.
The group arrived with backpacks and instruments at hand, and offered a few tunes to those who came for the book signing, as well as store staff, and other surprised shoppers.
We handed out lots of postcards with the touring schedule and invited everyone to join us for the remaining programs.
Once the event was done, the musicians headed out to Wrentham to their next host family.
They stopped for a few pictures with the L.L. Bean staff and grabbed some s’mores that the store was offering as a fun event. A few folks even tossed some beanbags at the corn hole game.
Thanks to John Smith, event organizer at L.L.Bean in Mansfield, who worked hard to help make this event work so well at the store, and who will be helping lead the “Easy Walk” in Wrentham Sunday afternoon. The walk will be just prior to the concert. And thanks to the Mansfield Cutural Council for fuding the visit in Mansfield, and Mansfield Parks and Rec who made sure we had a place to hold Mansfield’s Concert! Check upcoming details at Massachusetts Walking Tour
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, and Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Her memoir, the backstory of Easy Walks, is My Liturgy of Easy Walks: Finding the Sacred in Everyday (and some very strange) Places.
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.