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June 16 – Jamaica Plain – 6th Massachusetts Walking Tour- FREE Concerts and Hikes along Emerald Necklace and Bay Circuit Trail
June 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: June 16, 2015 – guided hike at 5 concert 6-8 pm
Venue: Jamaica Plain Boathouse 507 Jamaicaway – Jamaica Plain MA 02130
Local artists: PATRICK COMAN, JULIET OLIVIER AND HERON RUSSELL
Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards Step Out on the Trail for 6th year – Connecting Boston’s Emerald Necklace to the Bay Circuit Trail (“Outer Emerald Necklace”)
With the support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Club Passim’s Iguana Music Fund, National Park Service, Appalachian Mountain Club, Bay Circuit Alliance and NEMO (New England Mountain Equipment) local musicians Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will once again traverse Massachusetts on foot for their 6th Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour. The Tour will run June 16 – June 30 and will start in Jamaica Plain and end in Duxbury/Kingston covering over 100 miles.
The concert tour features the music of Mandeville and Richards as well as Berklee College of Music alumni Amy Alvey and Mark Kilianski (Boston based duo Hoot and Holler). After each days hike the troupe will perform free community concerts at two Boston locations and the remainder in Bay Circuit towns. The 2 hour program will include local musicians and artists from each town while promoting community-based cultural organizations and local support for the arts. Posters for the event are hand drawn and designed by visual artist and musician Dan Blakeslee.
This year’s walk will utilize Boston’s Emerald Necklace and the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway. The Bay Circuit Trail vision began in the 1920’s and was thought of and often referred to as Boston’s “outer emerald necklace” by founders such as Frederick Law Olmsted and Benton MacKaye. The Bay Circuit Alliance was formed in 1990 to promote and protect the trail and in 2011 the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Trustees of Reservations took up the mantel of leading the Alliance.
This year’s MWT route strives to connect the two greenways as was envisioned by its founders. Towns along the trail slated for MWT events include Jamaica Plain, Cambridge, Framingham, Sudbury, Ashland, Sherborn, Medfield, Walpole, Sharon, West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Pembroke and Duxbury. The public is encouraged to join in the daily hikes, with all routes available for PDF download at www.masswalkingtour.org. Several sections of the trail are accessible by commuter rail T in the Metrowest area.
Each of this year’s concerts will feature the songs of Mandeville, Richards, Alvey and Kilianski with arrangements on guitar, banjo, harmonica, tin whistle, ukulele and fiddle accompanied by a brief talk on the philosophy behind the Walking Tour. Events will also feature performances by local musicians/artists from the surrounding towns. The artists will have CDs available for purchase at each event and donations can be made to www.masswalkingtour.org/donate.html.
For a full list of concert dates, day by day hiking routes, to make donations, or for more information about the
6th Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour, visit www.masswalkingtour.org
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