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13th Annual RiverFest, June 20th through 22nd, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 8:44 pm on June 13, 2014
Framingham, MA - Sudbury River - 13th Annual RiverFest, June 20th - 22nd, 2014

13th Annual RiverFest, June 20th - 22nd, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Celebrate our Wild and Scenic Rivers at the 13th Annual RiverFest, June 20th through the 22nd, 2014 -- a rare opportunity to enjoy a full weekend of activities free of charge! RiverFest, which celebrates the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Wild and Scenic Rivers, includes 45 events in nine communities and is open to all who want to experience the beautiful rivers flowing through our communities.

RiverFest Events on Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Framingham:

  • Discovery Walk: 10 a.m. -- Join the Framingham Conservation Commission on a discovery walk on the Carol Getchell Trail. We'll "go there and back again" and look for tracks and emerging plants along the banks of the Sudbury River as spring turns toward summer. Meet at the end of Little Farms Road. Please call 508-532-5460 or e-mail mnw@framinghamma.gov to register and for directions and trail conditions.
  • Self-Guided History Walk: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Join the Friends of Saxonville for refreshments and a self-guided history walk in Saxonville, the oldest part of Framingham. Meet on the historic Danforth Bridge for your map. For more information, contact Lynne at lynne@damianosphotography.com
  • Family Walk Along the River: 1 p.m. -- Join the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Rx walk especially for families with young children starting at the Danforth Bridge. For more information, contact Libby at lsdeegear@outdoors.org

In the MetroWest area, from Framingham to Lowell, events will be hosted on and along the rivers highlighting all the things that make these rivers so special. The offerings are diverse, suitable for young and older people, those who are adventuresome and want to be on the water, as well as ...[read more]


Riverfest: Paddle Down The Sudbury River

Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff at 9:07 am on June 10, 2011

RiverFest 2011FRAMINGHAM, MA - This weekend, June 11th and 12th, 2011, The Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild & Scenic Rivers Stewardship Council is holding "RiverFest" its annual celebration of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. The following 3 events are taking place in Framingham.

Paddle The Sudbury River

Saturday, June 11th at 8:30AM - Join Bill Fadden and the Framingham Conservation Commission for a scenic 2 mile paddle on the Sudbury River. *** UPDATED: Although the RiverFest website indicates canoes will be put in at Little Farms Rd, others are putting in at the Central St. / Kellog St. canoe drop at the bottom of the hill by the Learning Center for Deaf Children and paddling to the reservoir in Saxonville *** The Little Farms Rd. landing is located just north of the Cameron School, off Elm Street.  Participants are encouraged to ...[read more]


Discover Saxonville on June 10th & 11th

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 6:15 pm on May 31, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Discover Saxonville on the weekend of June 10th and 11th. This year the Friends of Saxonville are inviting you to re-discover the restored Danforth St. Bridge, the Sudbury River, and historic Saxonville as part of National Parks Service’s Regional Riverfest!

On Sunday, June 11, Friends of Saxonville joins in the Celebration with its annual Discover Saxonville event. The day begins with a 7:00 am. Bird Walk along the Carol Getchell Nature Trail hosted by Michele Grzenda of the Framingham Conservation Commission. At 9:00 a canoe and kayak trip leaves Kellogg Street and travels the Sudbury River to Centennial Place. At 10:30 inside the historic Athenaeum, guests may see the presentation “Stormwater Matters”,then at 11 a.m. take a guided walking tour through Saxonville’s Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The walking tour finishes with a lunch party, complete with balloons, hot dogs, chips and drinks...plus free ice cream social, raffle, student art exhibit and storm drain activities from 12-2 upon the newly restored Old Danforth Street Bridge.

At 2:00 pm, there will be an official dedication of a newly installed kiosk, designed by Framingham landscape architect Julie Ferrari and built by Keefe Tech, displaying interpretive panels and offering a water/storage resource for the Nature Trail and planned park surrounding the bridge and trail area.

A twilight fundraiser, “A Sunset Celebration in Saxonville”, featuring music by Late Night Radio, wine, hors d’oevres, student art exhibit and desserts, will take place from 6-8 pm upon the Old Danforth Street Bridge, a unique location where preserved history meets with a nationally recognized “Wild and Scenic” river environment.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday June 10:

  • 1-3 p.m. River Kayak Scavenger Hunt

Sunday June 11:

  • 7:00 a.m. Bird Watch - Carol Getchell Nature Trail
  • 9:00 a.m. Canoe Kayak Trip from Central Street at Kellogg Street
  • 10:30 a.m. "Stormwater Matters" presentation at the Athenaeum
  • 11:00 a.m. Historic Walking Tour - departs from Athenaeum
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch Party on the Old Danforth Street Bridge, including an Ice Cream Social, Raffle, and Storm Drain Activities
  • 2:00 p.m. Dedication of the new Information Kiosk at the bridge
  • 6-8 p.m.Twilight Wine & Cheese Fundraiser - Old Danforth Street Bridge

All event proceeds benefit Friends of Saxonville.

For more information and/or for fundraiser tickets ($25/evening) phone Charlene at 508-330-3252 or visit www.saxonville.org

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Nature Trail Boardwalk Bash

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 9:13 pm on April 14, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Friends of Saxonville are organizing a work party to rebuild the boardwalk along the Carol Getchell Nature Trail. Fall flooding caused some of the boardwalks to leave their supports and be displaced.

Volunteers are needed to help on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to put the boardwalks back in place.

To register, or for information, please call George Dixon at 508-877-7268 or David Longden at 508-877-7034 or visit www.saxonville.org

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Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 10:44 pm on May 14, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Saxonville offers lots to see and do in the first part of June!

On National Trails Day, on June 4th, tour the Cochituate Rail Trail from 10 - 11:30 a.m. and learn about its natural and historic features. Park at 500 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham. Check in across the street at the Cochituate Brook Reservation, (the grassy cleared area between Crispus Attucks bridge and Suburban Shell Gas Station).

From 4 - 5:30 p.m. view a slide presentation at Eastern Mountain Sports, Rt. 9 E, Natick. Visit www.crtrail.org for details.

On June 7th (rain date June 9th) Art conservator Rika Smith McNally will be professionally restoring our WWII Memorial located in front of the Athenaeum Hall on Concord St. Her work is sponsored by the Framingham Historical Society & Museum, Perini Corp., and MetroWest Homes. For information, contact Charlene Frary at 508-877-3556 or CFraryRltr@aol.com

On June 8th at 7 p.m., Cable station Channel 9 will re-broadcast Framingham Trivia - The Saxonville Edition as taped at the Friends of Saxonville's annual meeting.

On June 11th, Discover Saxonville - A Day in Pinefield, from 10 - 3 at Pinefield Shopping Center. See framingham.com calendar for details and www.saxonville.org.

Also on June 11th, take part in Riverfest Activities: a 7 a.m. Birdwalk on the Carol Getchell Nature Trail, a 10 a.m. Canoe ride from Central St. to Saxonville, and a 1 p.m. Kayak ride along the Oxbow section of the Sudbury River. For details, go to: www.sudbury-assabet-concord.org.

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