The entire theme of this year’s Massachusetts Walking Tour has been 10 years, and the Ten Mile River Watershed. The musicians have finally arrived at the Ten Mile River Watershed, and in fact are camping right next to the river itself as it flows through Telford Park in Plainville.
The evening’s concert began outdoors on a hot, humid evening, but during the concert we noticed people kept pointing up. The crowd exited the pavilion to see what was going on, and spied a circular rainbow right overhead.
No pictures, the cell phone camera was not up to capturing the view, so we settled for one of many folks looking up, enjoying the sight. Then it was back to the regularly scheduled concert.
Collette O’Connor was the musician who stopped her presentation to draw us all outside the pavilion to take in the rainbow, before resuming her musical offering.
We had a return musician perform. Eli Go had shared a few guitar tunes in Norfolk earlier in the tour, and wowed us in Plainville with some slide guitar.
Ric Allendorf’s warm style of music won over the crowd as he share some tunes.
This was the last night for one of the Walking Tour members. Cello spent the first week with the tour, walking, camping, and singing, most often in the background, but a few times taking center stage.
She had other commitments, so after a tearful farewell, she headed on.
The tour will feel her absence. Safe travels, and happy trails, sweet girl.
More rain is predicted, but the musicians are prepared. After a day of rest, they will head on deeper into the Ten Mile River Watershed. Next stop: North Attleboro.
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.