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Finding open doors to Easy Walks

Enjoying time outdoors with Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards of the Massachusetts Walking Tour, one wonderful partnership among others I have been blessed with on this journey!

In my quest to help get out the word about the newest trail book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are, I have reached out to various sources to arrange interviews. I will be on Stephanie Chandler’s Non-fiction Author’s Association podcast Wednesday, Oct. 14th at 1PM EST. Along with the podcast interview, Stephanie invited me to contribute a blog post about my journey. Here’s the post “Strategic Partnerships”--enjoy!

“The thing about strategic partnerships is…at least for me, they didn’t start out feeling very strategic. It helps if you find something to write about that you really love. In fact, it’s recommended, since you will be spending a lot of time with your topic, so you better have some pretty positive feelings about it, or else you are going to become unhappy very quickly. I really love to spend time outdoors. Even so, writing books about Easy Walks was not my plan, especially when I found myself unable to walk because of serious illness.” To read more: https://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/strategic-partnerships-by-marjorie-turner-hollman/

Marjorie 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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French River, Webster and Dudley, MA

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Views of the French River from the trail

In this time of “all things virus-related” worries, we decided to explore a small trail in Webster last weekend along the French  River, the French River Greenway, site of the former Perryville Cotton Mill. Continue reading

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Massachusetts Walking Tour gets to Plainville

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Walking Tour musicians take the stage outside, with the Ten MIle River nearby

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. Continue reading

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Walking Tour 2019 Concert #3, Norfolk

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The Unlikely Strummers, one of the local musical groups, fill the stage of the Federated Church of Norfolk

Now that the Massachusetts Walking Tour has started, it feels like the pace has picked up considerably, even though it’s mostly a walking pace. But night after night we have great music, surprising stories, and sweet moments. Continue reading

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Massachusetts Walking Tour 2019, Tenth Anniversary-The Fun Begins!

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In Blackstone at the end of the 2017 walking tour

We partnered in 2017 with the Massachusetts Walking Tour, a group of musicians determined to walk and present free music concerts in every town in Massachusetts. We met lots of wonderful folks, heard great music, and explored a lot of very local trails. While summer is still here, 2018, we are already looking ahead to June, 2019, when the Walking Tour will return to Easy Walks territory.  Continue reading

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Making Friends Along the Trail

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Liz Harkins with Mike Spurling, her crack camera crew, stop for just a moment so I could get their picture

I met Liz last year when we were publicizing the Massachusetts Walking Tour, which came through Milford on its tour of the Blackstone Valley and nearby towns. She works for the Milford Cable TV station and conducted an interview with the folks of the Walking Tour, and with me as well.

She got really excited when she learned about the Easy Walks in Massachusetts trail books I author. We kept talking about doing some kind of video taping along the trail to help publicize my books and to help viewers understand what a gift we have right in our own backyards in this area. Continue reading

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Walking the SNETT in Blackstone

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Water views along the SNETT in Blackstone

Last summer the Massachusetts Walking Tour used the SNETT trail to travel between Bellingham, Franklin and Blackstone, avoiding a lot of road walking by using this still being developed trail system. I was able to confidently assure the group about much of the trail, but the section in Blackstone near Farm Street was not an area I had visited. Continue reading

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Progress on the SNETT Lake Street to Prospect Street, Bellingham-Franklin

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Lake Street Entrance to the SNETT-older, town-made sign on the right, and newer, DR sign at trailhead on the left

The SNETT is within walking distance of where I live in Bellingham, and thus I’ve been able to keep a pretty close eye on any progress, or lack thereof, in making this section of trail more useable. Continue reading

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End of first leg of the Massachusetts Walking Tour

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Saying goodbye for now…

After nearly a year in the planning, the ten days of the Massachusetts Walking Tour’s visit to the Blackstone Valley and the Upper Charles River watershed is done. Now I’m hearing from those who missed the concerts in their towns, who had hoped to participate but were prevented for various reasons. Continue reading

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Too much to say–The Walking Tour’s visit to Bellingham

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The Walking Tour hanging out at High Street Fields in the shade

I’ve been hoping the Massachusetts Walking Tour would come to Bellingham for over three years now. The past year has been an intense time of planning, working together with Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards. And the reality has been as fun as I could have hoped. Continue reading

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