2021 AT Hike Postponed
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MWT Rescheduled to 2022 on the AT

Sad but true. We are heeding the sage advise of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to defer out tour for one more year. We did get a nice support letter (see below) though indicating the readiness of the ATC to help us get the word out for next year. Please find your own trails in the meantime and if we can pull together any small events we will let folks know. We miss everyone!


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) wishes to express its support for Massachusetts
Walking Tour’s (MWT) Appalachian Trail Community Concert Tour once the ongoing COVID-19
pandemic is deemed under control by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The ATC is currently discouraging long distance travel on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in order to
minimize the spread or contraction of COVID-19 among A.T. travelers and Trailside community
members. Many A.T. Communities have expressed concern in anticipation of a busy 2021
thru-hiking season, which poses risks to community members who have not yet been
vaccinated against COVID-19. Furthermore, many communities have expressed a lack of
resources and readiness should an outbreak occur.
MWT is an incredible opportunity for local artists, trail volunteers, and community members to
gather in support of conservation and art throughout the state. The musicians carry all supplies
and instruments with them on their trek in a true mark of strength and dedication to their craft.
When the CDC deems the COVID-19 pandemic under control, ATC is excited to support MWT’s
11th annual tour in 2022.

Julie Judkins
Director of Education & Outreach
Appalachian Trail Conservancy

AT Trek Rescheduled to 2021 and Join us May 13 for a Zoom Concert with AMC

First of all it was a really tough decision to postpone and reschedule the whole tour to June 2021. We are very grateful to all the venues who have accommodated us so far and to the Local Cultural Councils who have offered us extensions on our grant funding. THANK YOU! We really want to have the most full and fun experience for all while visiting the Appalachian Trail here in Massachusetts.

Wednesday May 13 at 7pm the AMC Berkshire Chapter has invited us to do a meet and greet/interview/live concert via Zoom to give us the chance to introduce ourselves to the Western MA community. Participation is open to all. Please Register Online for the Free Zoom meeting in advance. And Yes there will be Ukulele.

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Meet the Co-Founders

Massachusetts Walking Tour Co-founders Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards

Since 2010, co-founders Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards have organized an annual non-profit bipedal concert tour of Massachusetts in support of arts and culture for towns throughout the state.

Both artists are products of central Massachusetts mill and factory towns, and for all their national exposure as performing songwriters, they are passionately dedicated to the region and what it has to offer. Each summer since 2010 they have organized the “Massachusetts Walking Tour” where they hike the roads and trails of the Commonwealth, more than 100 miles in less than two weeks, in support of the arts in local communities along the way. Each evening they stop over in yet another Massachusetts town, putting on a free concert there, along with local performers and fellow artists who accompany them on their journey. These annual two-week treks also raise awareness of the trails and greenways in Massachusetts, using music to make important connections.

Massachusetts Walking Tour Recognized in CongressOur sincerest gratitude to Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey for choosing to officially recognize the Massachusetts Walking Tour before congress for our annual commitment to promoting trails, arts and culture throughout the state. We are now a permanent part of the congressional record. View the full the Congressional Record from September 28, 2017.
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Since 2010, co-founders Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards have organized an annual non-profit bipedal concert tour of Massachusetts in support of arts and culture for towns throughout the state. Each free community concert collaborates with local artists, musicians, educational programs, trail managers and land trust groups…

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If you are a musician, poet, storyteller, interpretive dancer, or “other,” please contact us to find about performing.

For questions, interviews, or feedback, also see our Contact page.

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