GREENWAYS CELEBRATION of our 18th YEAR
APRIL 25, Thursday 6 PM Review the year’s accomplishments. Meet and
greet, bring a dish to share for dinner and a fun evening with
common souls! Holden Senior Center, 1128 Main Street, Holden.
HULA HOOPING PARTY!
APRIL 27, Saturday 10 to 11 AM Remember how much fun you had hooping
as a kid? Well, hula hooping is back! We will provide great tunes
and heavy adult-sized hoops that are easier to keep spinning than
the kid-sized ones. These are not your (grand)daughter's hula hoops!
If you've ever wanted to try hooping again, this is your chance. Get
your heart pumping, release stress, and have lots of laughs. No
experience necessary. Why should kids have all the fun? Come play!!
We’ll meet at the rail trail in Sterling and “hoop” beyond the Quag
bridge. Contact Dotty at
or 978-422-7716 to sign up and reserve your hoop for this program
for adults. Bring water.
SPRING WILDFLOWERS on the MOUNTAIN
MAY 3, Friday 10 AM to 12 noon. Wachusett Mountain has some
northern species of wildflowers that we don’t see in other parts of
central MA. Meet at the parking area on Westminster Rd. We’ll hike
up the Echo Lake trail and High Meadow trail to the peak. Bring your
favorite wildflower guide and a camera. Water, snack and sturdy
shoes and maybe even walking poles would be helpful. Contact
Christy Barnes, 508-755-6322
to sign up.
STATE BIKE WEEK: RIDE the LONGEST SECTION of the MASS CENTRAL RAIL
MAY 12, Sunday, Mother’s Day, 1 to 3 (or 4) PM. Join the movement
across the state! At the end of Bay State Bike Week last year,
Massachusetts was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as
the 3rd most "bicycle friendly" state. Let’s see if we can do better
this year. Ride the MCRT Rutland, Oakham, and now Barre....nine
continuous miles from Glenwood Road in Rutland downhill to the Ware
River crossing in Barre. Quit at the Barre end, or ride back east,
checking out WG's new welcome center. Come on all you mothers (and
fathers and children)! ALL are welcome. Contact Ed Yaglou,
978-355-2539 or Christy Barnes to sign up 508-755-6321,
the LOVELY BROOKS POND
MAY 18, Saturday 1 to 4 PM. Brooks Pond, in Oakham has beautiful,
fishable water and is the kind of quiet setting for turtles and
great blue herons. Its natural banks are cloaked with blueberry
bushes and native azaleas. Join us for a relaxed paddle. Bring your
family. Contact Christy Barnes at 508-755-6321
to sign up.
WALK the TRAILS of COOK CANYON in BARRE.
MAY 22, Wednesday 10 AM to 12 noon. Cook Canyon is a Mass Audubon
property that once was a summer camp. The buildings are gone, and
trees are growing in the fields. Stone walls, a waterfall, a
variety of wildlife to be seen. Bring a lunch or we’ll sit down in
a Barre café. Contact Colleen Abrams 508-829-3954,
to sign up
TRAIL CLEARING for NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
JUNE 1, Saturday 1 to 4 PM. Celebrate National Trails day by
clearing trails with Wachusett Greenways. Contact Colleen at
email@example.com to say you’ll join us for trail
clearing on the MCRT or the White Oak Trail. All ages welcome!
RIDE the MASS CENTRAL RAIL TRAIL from RUTLAND to the WHITE VALLEY
JUNE 13, Thursday 10-12. Join is for another opportunity to
ride your bike to Barre; a casual bike ride along a favorite stretch
of the rail trail and visit the newest section from Coldbrook Road
to the Ware River. Bring a brown bag lunch. Contact Colleen Abrams
to sign up, 508-829-3954,
the MASS CENTRAL RAIL TRAIL “OVER THE HILL” in HOLDEN
JUNE 21, Friday 10 AM. We’ll hike from Mill Street to Manning, then
alongside the Quinapoxet River down to Canada Mills. Distance
approximately 2-4 miles, depending on whether we drive or or hike
back. Bring a snack, water, bug spray, and sturdy shoes. Walking
poles are useful for scrambling down river banks. Contact Margaret
Lock, (978-422-9720) to register and for details.
FORAGING for WILD EDIBLES at SIBLEY FARM
JULY 18, Thursday 6 to 8 PM. Worcester County is home to over 100
species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious
and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join expert
forager Russ Cohen, author of the book
Wild Plants I
Have Known…and Eaten, on a two-hour ramble to learn
about at least eighteen species of edible wild plants.
Identification tips for each species will be provided, along with
information on edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and
preparation methods, as well as guidelines for safe and
environmentally responsible foraging. Pending favorable weather
conditions, several varieties of edible wild mushrooms may be
encountered as well. Wear clothing for ticks. Contact Christy Barnes
to sign up, 508-755-6321,
FULL MOON HIKE UP MOUNT WACHUSETT
JULY 22, Monday 7 to 9 PM Meet at the park visitor center off
Mountain Road for a hike from the Bicentennial Trail up to the top
of the mountain to the light of the full moon. Maybe owls will be
calling but certainly crickets and katydids or, perhaps, just the
wind… Contact Christy Barnes, 508-755-6321,
to sign up.
SPRINGDALE MILL CELEBRATION Saturday, September 28, 2013 11 AM to 2
PM Music…Food…Exploration for all ages.