2023 RiverFest Events

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Stories, Dance, Art, and History at the Old Manse

Saturday, August 5, 10:00 am

Come to the riverbank by foot, or paddle, bring a picnic, and enjoy a day of entertainment at the historic Old Manse at 269 Monument St. Rain or shine.

Plein Air Painting

Saturday, August 5, 10:00 am

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, contact .

The Nature of Stories: The Story of a Butterfly

The Trustees

Saturday, August 5, 10:30 am

An elementary school class goes to a butterfly sanctuary and learns about these beautiful pollinators. After the storytime, you will make butterflies out of recycled materials.

North Bridge: History and Memory

Saturday, August 5, 11:00 am

Meet a Park Ranger at the benches by the North Bridge for this 30 minute program. Learn about the momentous battle at Concord’s North Bridge, where the British Army suffered its first casualties of the war, and the legacy of this event in American History.

Family Arts & Crafts

Saturday, August 5, 11:30 am

Create your own turtle, make a colorful journal, and more environmentally friendly art projects.

Our Rivers Have History!

Saturday, August 5, 12:30 pm

Native Americans and early settlers used the rivers, in 1775 the American Revolution began along our rivers, and famous authors were inspired to write about our rivers. Join us for a storytime and activity.

This is one of our Junior River Ranger programs, designed for children 6-12. Explore and learn about our rivers with us or on your own and complete the Junior River Ranger Booklet to earn a Junior River Rangers badge and certificate.

Our Rivers in American History

Saturday, August 5, 3:00 pm

Ron McAdow’s readings and commentary will show why “Literature” is considered one of the unique properties of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. Henry Thoreau’s writing is foremost, but Emerson, Hawthorne, and lesser known authors have embedded our rivers in America’s literary culture.

Ron authored guidebooks to principal rivers in eastern Massachusetts. The Concord, Sudbury, and Assabet Rivers was published in 1990. His recent books are guides: Imagining the Past at Mount Misery and Concord Village. His unique edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature was released in the fall of 2022.

In addition to being a author of books and guides, filmmaker, and educator, Ron served for ten years as Executive Director of Sudbury Valley Trustees, a regional conservation non-profit.

Garden and Meadow Pollinators by the River

Saturday, August 5, 4:00 pm

Join Margie Coffin Brown for a guided walk through the Buttrick Gardens. Initially constructed in 1910 by the Buttrick family and conveyed to the National Park Service in the 1960s, the historic gardens and adjacent meadows contain an array of mid-summer pollinator plants. Learn more about plant characteristics and appeal to bees, butterflies, birds, and other species. Bring binoculars and we will have some to share. For more information, call 617 620 2942. Meet in front of the North Bridge Visitor Center (174 Liberty St.)

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The Old Manse, 269 Monument Street, Concord

Location: Old Manse, Concord