About Town: Enjoying the Great Outdoors

One with nature; all with Zerban

Good Morning and welcome to Mid May. Can you believe this month is half over?

It’s quite nice to see all the prom preparations, and the college students returning to Concord for the summer. Many congratulations to the newly minted college graduates who finished up degrees this spring. It’s quite an accomplishment, and you should all feel very proud of yourselves.

As the weather improves, it is wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors.

First, the lady slippers are likely blooming and you can see clusters of them if you stroll up Thoreau's Path on Brister's Hill, which is accessed through the Hapgood Wright Town Forest. It is owned and managed by the Walden Woods Project (www.walden.org)

Even if you get there a few days before they’re in full bloom, you will enjoy the journey, which features many of Thoreau’s famous quotes embedded into the scenery. The walk and parking are also accessible for our friends  with disabilities. 

Another great walk to take on is Saturday, May 19 at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday morning, May 19, from 9:30- to 11:15 a.m.

These are led by Concordian and naturalist Cherrie Corey. Saturday’s walk is part of a continuing series of monthly walks Cherrie organizes that explores the landscape, plants and seasonal wonders of Great Meadows NWR .

Nature -  being nature - does not set its itinerary in stone, but Cherrie expects to come across spring blooms, duckling flotillas, gosling parades, snakes, turtle and a cacophony of birds. Bring binoculars and cameras. Great Meadows also provides parking and access for our friends who have a little trouble on their feet.

No pre-registration required, but a $5 per person donation will be appreciated.

Cherrie’s walk is co-sponsored by Musketaquid Arts and Environment and Friends of Assabet River NWR.

Meet at Great Meadows
(Monsen road, off Rte. 62, driveway on left where road curves right)

For questions, email cherrie.corey@verizon.net or call 978-760-1933
978.369.4289/office,978.760.1933/c or check out her website.

Other Concord news. the Democratic Town Committee is given its unanimous support to Rob Zerban, a Democrat who is running against U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan, a Republican who has served Wisconsin’s First District for seven terms.

Why is this news for the Concord Patch? Gail Kearns, a passionate member of the Concord Democratic Town Committee, received a mailing from Zerban’s campaign. She did a little research and liked what she saw. She mailed the donation card, which came with the mailing, back to the campaign office with a note stating how she’d love to support him financially,and that she admired his philosophy - especially his ambition. However, Gail wrote, all of her funds earmarked for the election are going straight to Elizabeth Warren.  She wished him the best, adding that she too would like to see Ryan unseated.

Gail never expected to hear anything more from her little note, but less than a week later, she received an email directly from Zerban. He thanked her for the kind words and was OK knowing Gail’s money was going to Warren. Gail was so impressed with his courtesy and disposition, she decided to do whatever she could for him. So, when the Democratic Town Committee met next, she told her fellow committee members about her correspondences with Zerban and asked that they, like she, raise awareness of his campaign whenever possible. A vote was taken and everyone was on board with Gail’s idea.

Don't forget that Stefanie Cloutier's collaboration of MOMologues 3, a one-night-only benefit for Operation: Military Kids,  is tomorrow night, May 16 in Norwell. Operation Military Kids is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort to support children and youth affected by military deployment. In Massachusetts alone, there are 13,000 military kids – Operation Military Kids’ goal is to connect military children with local resources to foster a sense of community support and well being.

For more information, go to www.momologues.com. For tickets, visit companytheatre.com.

Also, thank you the the scores of you who made the May 3 Thursday Author Series such a success. Nancy Slonim Aronie was a delight and inspiration. We were so fortunate to have her with us. Many thank yous also to the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library who make these enrichment programs possible. 

Stay tuned for Stef's article on Thursday

Do you have something you would like to share? Contact me at mcb23@comcast.net or Stefanie at stefanieac@comcast.net and we will be happy to help you spread the good news. And follow us on Twitter: Stefanie is @stefanie3131 and I am @cosmo1162.


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