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Storywalk® with grandkids on the SNETT Bellingham

Enjoying the storywalk® along the SNETT in Bellingham

Publicizing my latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are, has been taking up a lot of my energy, so it was wonderful to get out on the trail with local grands over the weekend to help them enjoy the temporary Storywalk®  posted along the trail at the SNETT in Bellingham near the Center Street entrance to the trail. New storywalks® will be posted each month

Renata, from the Franklin & Bellingham Rail trail committee, is responsible for getting new storywalks® up each month, and helped lead a group of folks along the trail

This handicapped accessible portion of the rail trail is busy these days, and got busier shortly after we’d finished reading the story when a group of folks hit the trail with the Franklin & Bellingham rail trail committee. Fortunately the trail is quite flat, wide, with extra space on each side of the stone dust trail where we could step off safely as groups of folks passed by. Most walkers wore masks, which we really appreciated.

New tree identification signs along the trail

The grands are both able to read these days, so it was fun to see them taking in the story page by page then rushing on to the next page of the story. They also took in the new signs posted by the rail trail committee, in cooperation with DCR, to identify various tree species along the trail. We got a little practice with our Latin as we walked.

Gorgeous foliage seen from the opening to the trail at Trolley Crossing Farm

Trolley Crossing Farm, which abuts the trail, has a produce stand next to the trail and local pumpkins were available.

They got pumpkins
After posing–one more shot with the pumpkins

The snag–you have to carry them back to the car with you.

Handy pumpkin carrier!

My grands used some ingenuity to figure out a handy way to carry their small pumpkins, or as one said, her “pumpkinette.”

Tyler ready to get some footage for our new cable TV show

I had been on this same trail just the other day to tape another episode of our new Cable TV show, “Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are.” We wanted to highlight the storywalk® and learned about more railroad history from the rail trail committee member who walked with us that day.

Grabbing some shots of the Trolley Crossing Farm vegetable stand

It’s fun to travel, but it’s also wonderful to slip in short walks right around the corner from where we live. We are so lucky to have this great trail, still under development, available to visit whenever we want. Happy trails!

Marjorie

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.

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New Storywalk® in Foxboro

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Celebrating the completion of the YMCA in Foxboro’s Storywalk®

My friend Nicole is a force of nature when it comes to getting things done and encouraging folks to get outdoors. A part-time employee at the Y, she worked recently with the Hockomock Invensys Foxboro YMCA, as well as several other funding agencies to create a Storywalk® on the grounds of the YMCA off Mechanic Street in Foxboro, MA. Continue reading

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8 Arch bridge is open–Holliston Upper Charles Trail

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Newly renovated 8 arch bridge, and Bogastow Brook

It’s been a long time in the making, but the 8 arch bridge in Holliston, a key link in the Upper Charles Trail in Holliston, is (mostly) finished, and is safe for travelers to use. Continue reading

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A little reading along the trail–StoryWalk® at the Fish Hatchery in North Attleboro

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Pretty pond to walk around at the fish hatchery–the pond is actually Bungay Brook, dammed at this spot to creatr the pond

The rain held off so Christine and I enjoyed the cooler breezes as the weather changed and headed out to the Fish Hatchery in North Attleboro, after enjoying lunch together at the Unlikely Story bookstore in nearby Plainville. Continue reading

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Taking books outdoors with StoryWalk®s

I met Nicole Vachon recently and we quickly “got” each other. She wanted to get out the word about the StoryWalk®s she had created locally. I wanted her to share “lessons learned”. So here we have a Guest Post from Nicole, with lots of links to more information. Here’s hoping this will encourage you to go out to create your own StoryWalk®! (Marjorie)

By Nicole Vachon

“Endangered Species: Fish, Birds, and Reading”

When I saw a StoryWalk® at the Burrell Elementary School in Foxborough, MA, where my children attended school, I loved the innovative and delightful way children—and adults!—could enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Igo and Taylor elementary schools in Foxborough also have Story Walk®s, newly installed this summer! Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. Continue reading

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