AMC is excited to work with the Massachusetts Walking Tour on a two-week paddle/concert series on the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. AMC has worked with the MA Walking Tour over the years to hike/promote the New England National Scenic Trail and the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway. The Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail is a series of primitive campsites and river access points spanning from the headwaters of the Connecticut River in New Hampshire to the Long Island Sound in Connecticut. AMC has been leading the effort to expand the number of Paddlers’ Trail campsites in Massachusetts and Connecticut. So far AMC has built 4 new primitive campsites on the trail in Montague, Whately and Northampton, MA and East Haddam, CT.
This year’s tour will include 11 free community concerts performed in towns along the CT River. Carrying approximately 40-50 lbs of gear and instruments, the Massachusetts Walking Troupe, including tour founders Raianne Richards and Mark Mandeville and veteran members Mark Kilianski (guitar, banjo) and Amy Alvey (fiddle), Vito Caccavelli (guitar) and Kristen Sykes (Ukulele and Director of Operations for the AMC) will be paddling down the CT River Paddlers Trail and hiking into towns along its western bank using recreational trails and exploring Mass Audubon and DCR properties. In addition to evening concerts, the troupe will also be organizing a series of short group hikes wherein the community will be invited to meet up with the Massachusetts Walking Tour as they travel between towns. All daily routes and concerts can be found at www.masswalkingtour.org and on Facebook.
Since 2010, Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, founders of the MA Walking Tour, have organized over 100 coffeehouse-style concerts which showcase local musicians and artists across the state – creating a quality evening program for all ages and an opportunity for talent young and old.