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! Read more..
2021 AT Hike Postponed
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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. Read more..
Meet the Co-Founders
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 Congress 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 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…
If you are a musician, poet, storyteller, interpretive dancer, or “other,” please contact us to find about performing.
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