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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
Now that the 2017 Massachusetts Walking Tour is finished, it is time for quiet reflection. Follow the link below for a thorough and thoughtful meditation on our time hiking the Thoreau Trail, written by a fellow hiker who spent many consecutive days traveling with our troupe.
Take a stroll back through time to 1842 and get a preview of our hike through the eyes of Henry David Thoreau. Read Thoreau’s “A Walk to Wachusett”
Joining us this year, both as a walker and a musician is Uxbridge High School graduate Vito Caccavelli – long time fan of the MWT, and next generation for our organization. Listen to his original song Dear Stranger, a tune we will be performing during this years concerts.
Saturday, June 10th, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Easy Walks in Massachusetts
Book signing with Marjorie Turner accompanied by a performance with local musicians and founders of the Massachusetts Walking Tour Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards.
Artist Dan Blakeslee has done it again – creating us a locale-specific poster for this year’s Massachusetts Walking Tour. You will soon see these up everywhere in the Blackstone Valley. Since 2010, Dan has created the artwork found on all MWT posters and the short run of live recordings made each year. In 2012, he joined the troupe as a musician and walker during our central Massachusetts loop. More of Dan’s artwork and music can be found at danblakeslee.com.