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Friday, May 24, 2002


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RiverFest at the Old Manse Saturday June 1

The Concord River has long been a witness to history and recreation. On its banks American militiamen stood firm against British Regulars and in its waters people have found relaxation, swimming and boating. History and recreation will join together on Saturday, June 1, as The Old Manse celebrates RiverFest. RiverFest is a celebration of our Concord, Assabet and Sudbury Rivers as part of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. The event is co-sponsored by Minute Man National Historical Park, Eastern National, the Minute Man National Park Association and the Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council.

The Old Manse, a property of the Trustees of Reservations, stands hard by the banks of the Concord River next to the North Bridge. Built c.1770 by William Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson's grandfather, the house witnessed the battle at the North Bridge on April 19, 1775, and was home to generations of Emersons and Ripleys, as well as to Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife Sophia.

In conjunction with RiverFest, The Old Manse will celebrate the dedication of its new boathouse, a reconstruction of the original boathouse which stood in the 1890s. Events will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the dedication ceremony taking place at 1 p.m. Visitors can inspect the new boathouse and learn the history of the original while enjoying interactive Living History with folks from across the 19th century. Henry D. Thoreau will even be on hand to talk about his adventures with Nathaniel Hawthorne and his boat in the 1840s. A variety of historical children's games will be available. Admission to these RiverFest events is free.

Additionally, The Old Manse will be open for its regular guided tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for tours are $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $5 for children, with special rates for families. For more information, call The Old Manse at 978-369-3909. The Old Manse is located at 269 Monument Street, Concord.

RiverFest, a celebration of our wild and scenic rivers, to be held June 1

After 13 years of tireless effort on the part of community activists from eight area towns and politicians from all levels of government, legislation was signed in 1999 naming 29 miles of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers part of the national Wild and Scenic River System. This designation highlights the remarkable and outstanding resources of these rivers, which are to be treasured and protected.

To celebrate these rivers in our communities, the first RiverFest will be held on Saturday, June 1. Up and down the rivers, from dawn to dusk, festivities will take place. Canoe trips, bird hikes, jazz concerts, scavenger hunts and art exhibits are among the dozens of events planned. From Billerica to Framingham, including the towns of Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Sudbury, and Wayland, Saturday, June 1 will be a day full of fun for the whole family. Over 25 local organizations have joined with the Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council to plan events in their communities highlighting the river resources.

Each of the 25 local organizations participating in RiverFest, and the River Stewardship Council, are committed to promoting the protection of our rivers. Working together, they have created a slate of events for the community to enjoy, highlighting the unique cultural, historical, literary, natural and recreational resources of our rivers.

With the Wild and Scenic Designation, our very own Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers have joined the ranks of New Mexico's fabled Rio Grande and the dramatic Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho. When a river is designated, it is nationally recognized as having outstanding resource values. The Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers not only provide serene open space for nature lovers to paddle or birders to walk beside, their rich waters provide opportunities for an afternoon of fishing and they provide habitat for a diversity of plants and animals species. These rivers and surrounding land have inspired writers, past and present, with their beauty. And, they flow by sites of significant events in our national history.

The Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers, as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, are now afforded additional protection to ensure long term preservation of river resources for present and future generations. All federally-assisted projects, including wastewater discharges, water treatment plants and certain highway projects, may be evaluated to ensure that there are no adverse impacts to the rivers.

RiverFest is an invitation to everyone in the community to spend a day enjoying the pleasures of these rivers. There are events for everyone. There are opportunities for those who want to actively explore the flowing waters and many others for those who want to enjoy the rivers from the banks. For a full listing of RiverFest events, call 617-223-5225 for a brochure, or visit

Public invited to CCHS Senior Project Fair

Concord-Carlisle High School will hold its sixth Senior Project Fair on Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. in the high school library.

Senior Project, "A Bridge to the Future," is an opportunity for high-school seniors to work on a self-developed, intensive project in one of four areas: traditional academic, artistic or creative, service oriented, or career exploration. Students are paired with a faculty member as they work in one area or combine several. They expand their research skills, learn to manage their time, and reflect in a journal upon what they are learning. They also learn skills necessary to present their work effectively in a half hour to a panel of evaluators.

At the fair all students will display their projects and be available to discuss and answer questions about their experiences. The Senior Project Fair is an opportunity for relatives, friends, faculty, and community members to learn about the achievements of 23 seniors and congratulate them on their successes. The evening program will include several brief presentations and performances by students in the auditorium.

The fair is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

'Dirty Pictures' in Concord

"Dirty Pictures: Photographs that document the impact of the built environment and natural beauty of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers, 1950­2000" is a RiverFest exhibit sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Concord Art Association. The collection is on display May 30 to June 8 at the Concord Art Association, Loring Coleman Gallery, at 37 Lexington Road in Concord. The exhibit features renowned local artists, activists and organizations involved with the watershed.

The RiverFest Open House and public reception is on Saturday, June 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. The program honors activists whose efforts have preserved the SuAsCo watershed and starts at 5:30 p.m. For information, call 1-978- 287-0627 or 1-978-369-2578.

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