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Grants Submitted!

Please send us all the best possible luck you can for getting our grant support from the Local Cultural Councils in the towns of Sheffield, Egremont, Dalton, Tyringham, Washington, Great Barrington, Lee, Adams, Cheshire and North Adams. These are the towns which the Appalachian Trail snakes through in Massachusetts. For many years the MWT has been funded mainly by this program which is administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and implemented by volunteer councils in every town. We sent in our applications along with support letters from the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Berkshire Chapter of the AMC. Fingers Crossed!

 

Photos from the 2019 Trek

Raianne Richards, Mark Kilianski, Amy Alvey, Vito Caccavelli, Mark Mandeville

The 10th Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour has succeeded in organizing eleven free community concerts from Holliston to Swansea and leading daily group hikes through properties covered in Marjorie Turner Hollman’s Easy Walks in Massachusetts. Special thanks to all who attended and each who walked with us. Check out images from this year’s tour.

Stay tuned as we begin to discuss logistics for our 2020 trek of towns along the Massachusetts section of the Appalachian Trail.

Seeking Local Performers!

Are you a performing artist in one of the walking tour towns? We would LOVE to include you in our program. Please email us to reserve a local artist slot at one of the programs. 2 songs or 10 minutes. All ages welcome. masswalkingtour@gmail.com

2019 MWT Poster

This year’s Massachusetts Walking Tour poster has been completed and the dates/venues announced!

10 year Anniversary Special Concert FEB 23

MWT Tour veterans Hoot and Holler and have decided to brave the New England winter weather and head north. For one night only (until June!) the MWT ensemble will reunite showcasing original tunes from both duos as well as some favorite songs from the tour. We hope you will mark your calendar and join us on Saturday February 23 at Gateway City Arts. Doors open at 7 pm.

Tickets are available now online.

2019 Mass Walking Tour – Our 10th year!


The 2019 trek is already underway, as we find ourselves partnering once more with author Marjorie Turner Hollman to visit towns included in her books Easy Walks In Massachusetts. We’ll be giving special focus to the Ten Mile River Watershed, and visiting 10 towns from Holliston to Seekonk. More details to come! Can you believe 2019 will be our 10th Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour?

We will be updating with more info soon. Here is our tentative schedule for 2019 along the 10 mile river watershed:

June 17 – Holliston Public Library – Holliston 
June 18 – Millis Public Library – Millis
June 19 – Federated Church of Norfolk – Norfolk 
June 20 – Boyden Library – Foxborough 
June 21 – South Common – Mansfield
June 22 – LL Bean – Mansfield  **special appearance and easy walks book signing event 11am-1pm**
June 23 – Wrentham Senior Center – Wrentham 
June 24 – Telford Park – Plainville
June 26 – First Congregational Church – North Attleboro 
June 27 – Attleboro Public Library – Attleboro 
June 28 – Seekonk Meadows – Seekonk 
June 29 – Christ Church – Swansea

Dan Blakeslee Does It Again!

Since our founding, artist Dan Blakeslee has annually depicted our trek through the artwork found on our posters. Here is the 2018 poster image! Dan is also MWT alumni, having toured with us in 2012. You can hear audio from that Walking Tour here.

Details soon to come for CT Paddlers Trail Trek

Mark and Raianne are hard at work with help from Kristen Sykes (AMC) organizing this years trek of the western banks of the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. The troupe will be visiting towns from Northfield to Longmeadow, utilizing the river by canoe and stopping off to highlight a variety of recreational greenspace on foot.

MWT Recognized in Congress!!

We extend our 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 fullCongressional Record from September 28, 2017.

MWT 2018 by Boat!

Our exciting plans for the 2018 Walking Tour is to explore the Pioneer Valley by utilizing the MA section of the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. The one catch is we will be traveling mostly by boat.  More details to follow!