Riverfest - Dance, Music, Art and History, June 18

06/18/2017 11:00 am
06/18/2017 7:00 pm

Come to the riverbank by foot, or paddle, bring a picnic, and enjoy an aft�ernoon 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. 11am - 4pm

The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years: Celebrating the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth, author Robert Thorson will introduce and read from his new book which focuses on Thoreau’s delight with and understanding of his three rivers, and why it’s important for us today. 1-1:45pm

Global Water Dance: To raise awareness of our limited water, 4 dances will be performed on the grounds of the Old Manse followed by a short blessing of the water ceremony at the Old North Bridge. 2-3pm

Create Your Own Fish and Turtles: Join OARS to learn how 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. Email OARS or call 978-369-3956 for more information. 1 – 3pm

Wetland Wildlife: Join Mass Audubon naturalist for a family-friendly visit with native turtles as you investigate water samples from our local rivers looking for the invertebrates that live there. 1–3pm

“Stone Wall Secrets”: Stone wall expert and children’s book author Robert Thorson will explain to young and old why the fieldstone wall behind the Old Manse is the most important one in America. He will explore what its stones can tell us about the past. 3 - 3:30pm

Music at the Old Manse: Guitarist Steve Rapson and Harp player Hatrack Gallagher play and sing beautifully together. 3 - 5pm

Old Manse Open House: Enjoy free admission for a tour of the Old Manse, a property of the Trustees of Reservations and the historic home of Emerson and Hawthorne, situated on the banks of the Concord River. Free Tours at 6 & 7pm

Complete list of Riverfest events taking place throughout the watershed on June 17-18 is at