Riverfest - Yoga, Music, Art and History at the Old Manse, June 23

06/23/2019 11:00 am
06/23/2019 6:00 pm

Come to the riverbank by foot, or paddle, bring a picnic, and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment at the historic Old Manse (269 Monument Street).
Interested in renting a boat? Contact the South Bridge Boat House.

Robbins Open House: Learn Concord’s early African-American history at the Robbins House, built for the son and daughter of slavery survivor and Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins in the early 1800s. River stories from Thoreau's journal notes and from townsman John S. Keyes about John Garrison, the fastest Concord River ice skater, will be on display! 11am - 4pm

Big Trees of Massachusetts Meet at the Old Manse for a talk about Big Trees and then measure the Swamp White Oak by the river. Kevin Martin, boatbuilder and author of Big Trees of New Hampshire, will show how big trees are measured for circumference, height, and crown spread. Total Big Tree Points are determined and we will compare that tree to others of its type listed in the state, if there is interest and time allows, we can drive a short distance away and measure the largest pine in the area at the Hapgood Wright Town Forest. 12:30pm

Plein Air Painting: Join or watch talented artists as they paint “En Plein Air” (French for painting outdoors) on the grounds of the Old Manse. Learn how painters ply their craft, ask questions and revel in the magic. For more information, Email Richard. 1 - 6pm

Concord River Through Time Join us for a talk tracing the long history of habitation, conflict, and creativity on the Concord River. We’ll consider the draw of the river for Native peoples and European settlers alike, the river’s role in the first battle of the American Revolution, and the river as a source of inspiration for a new generation of writers including Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorn. Co-sponsored by Minute Man National Historical Park and The Old Manse/The Trustees. Meet at the Old North Bridge. 1:30pm

Create Your Own Fish and Turtles Join OARS to turn a recycled soda bottle into a colorful fish. Or paint a turtle! Younger children can celebrate the rivers by creating their own watersticks. And, get your face painted! Email OARS or call 978-369-3956 for more information. 1 – 2:30pm

Makers' Challenge William Emerson built the Old Manse in 1770 with limited tools and big plans. What will you build during our simple makers’ challenge? Visitors will use small materials and big ideas to approach architectural creation through papercraft. Appropriate for all ages. 1 – 3pm

Wetland Wildlife Join Mass Audubon naturalist for a family-friendly visit with native wildlife, birds and reptiles that live along the banks of the rivers and depend on a healthy habitat. 1 – 3pm

Celebrate our Earth with Music Guitarist Paul Goldman will lead a children's sing-along with songs we all know and some of his own. Come sing, dance, play instruments, or just listen. 2 - 3pm

Outdoor Yoga Yoga Join Ashley Nichols for a gentle/slow flow vinyasa style yoga class accessible to all ages and skill levels. Bring your own mat. If rain, the yoga will be held under a tent with a gorgeous view of the Concord River. 2 - 3pm

RIVERUKE! Come celebrate the joys of rivers in song. Bring your uke, a stand, and a seat; please download and print chord charts & words here. All are welcome! No Uke? come and sing with us or just enjoy the sounds as you explore the river banks at the Old Manse. Contact to come. 3 - 4:30pm

Highlights of the Old Manse: Join a guide for free 20-minute highlight tours. Discover where Emerson wrote Nature, the Hawthorne’s newlywed year and the story of the Patriot Preacher. Space is limited; first-come, first-serve. 5, 5:30, & 6pm

Complete list of Riverfest events taking place throughout the watershed on June 22-23 is at