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Thursday, April 13, 2023
First Annual Spring Ladybug Trail Walk Saturday
Sunday, April 2, 2023
First Annual Ladybug Trail Spring Walk - Saturday, April 15
The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit, 501©3 organization made up of more than 360 business owners, community leaders and residents working to stimulate economic development downtown and create a positive impact throughout the area. Learn more about the Partnership at www.franklindowntownpartnership.org.
|First Annual Ladybug Trail Spring Walk - Saturday, April 15|
Monday, March 27, 2023
The 1st Annual Ladybug Trail Spring Walk is scheduled for April 15
The Franklin Downtown Partnership’s 1st Annual Ladybug Trail Spring Walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 15 (rain date April 16).
Celebrate spring by coming to downtown Franklin and walking the Ladybug Cultural & Historical Trail.
Stop by the Franklin Historical Museum or Escape Into Fiction for a Ladybug trail map and ladybug merchandise.
For more about the Downtown Partnership -> https://www.franklindowntownpartnership.org/
|Ladybug Trail Spring Walk scheduled for April 15|
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Liturgy of Easy Walks: a conversation with Marjorie Turner Hollman - 03/28/22 (audio)
FM #764 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 764 in the series.
This session shares my conversation with local area author Marjorie Turner Hollman. Our conversation was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.
We had an easy conversation catching up with Marjorie since we had last talked in Sep 2020. Marjorie has just released a new book now, My Liturgy of Easy Walks. More of a memoir than an easy walk guide, she gets into the back story on how and why she developed easy walks in a series of essays as she recovered.
Let’s listen to my conversation with Marjorie which runs about 20 minutes.
Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-764-liturgy-of-easy-walks-with-marjorie-turner-hollman-03-28-22
The new book page on Amazon -> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0989204391/
Marjorie’s webpage which among other things features her books https://marjorieturner.com/
‘Easy Walks, Massachusetts, RI and Beyond’ group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/616401235386068/
The video links to our walk and conversations around the Sculpture Park in Franklin
https://youtu.be/IBYcPoNICv0 and Choate Park in Medway https://youtu.be/aGrspVpaMs4
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|Liturgy of Easy Walks: a conversation with Marjorie Turner Hollman|
Friday, March 18, 2022
Shamrock Walk for Refugees - Saturday, Mar 19, 2022
- Check-in begins at 8 AM, with walking starting at 9 AM. If you have friends that are still thinking about walking, there will be same-day registration (starting at 8 AM)!
- EVERYONE, young or old is invited to register! There is no set distance, but expect to walk 30-60 minutes TOTAL!
- The event will take place at the Franklin High School Outdoor Track off of Oak Street. Please park as close to the track as possible – there will be shamrock signs to help you navigate to the track.
Register or donate via the website, https://walkforrefugees.org/
Shamrock Walk for Refugees Organizers (Team Franklin NST)
|Sign up for the Shamrock Walk for Refugees - March 19|
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|Shamrock Walk for Refugees - Saturday, Mar 19, 2022|
Saturday, December 25, 2021
FBRTC Group Walk - Walk off the cookies, Dec 26 - 9 AM
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
"Walk off the Cookies" - Sunday, Dec 26
'Walk Off The Cookies' with us on Sunday (12/26). Link in bio!
Meet at 9 AM at the Center St parking area in Bellingham. https://t.co/wGqnwp8vp6
|"Walk off the Cookies" - Sunday, Dec 26|
Friday, November 26, 2021
Learn how to find an "Easy Walk" with a free online class
"Getting outdoors is not just for those who can climb mountains. Finding Easy Walks, that is, not too many roots or rocks, relatively level, with something of interest along the way can offer great joy, regardless of our mobility or lack thereof. Come join us to get encouragement to be more active, learn some simple steps to make yourself safer outside, and much much more.About the Leader: Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors and has completed four Easy Walking guide books including her newest book Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! A freelance writer, she has appeared on Boston’s WCVB Channel 5 TV news magazine show, Chronicle, the Boston Globe, local radio and cable TV shows, and been published in local, regional, and national publications."
|Learn how to find an "Easy Walk" with a free online class|
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Franklin Bellingham SNETT announces a group walk - Oct 16
Our calendar has been updated. Check out all the events planned. Group hike and community table at the @franklinfarmersmarketma are just a few.Stay tuned for more info on a new story walk too. Link to event page ->https://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/events/
|Franklin Bellingham SNETT announces a group walk - Oct 16|
Friday, May 21, 2021
"Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are" with Marjorie Turner Hollman Friday May 21st at 12:30
Meeting ID: 822 6661 4353
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Thursday, May 13, 2021
"Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are" via Senior Center Zoom session - May 21
|Marjorie Turner Hollman|
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Sign up for the group walk on the SNETT - Jan 24, 2021
Masks are required for anyone 2 years old and up. Leashed dogs are always welcome.
In case the parking area at Center St is full, please proceed to Fox Run Rd for additional trail parking (marked).
|Sign up for the group walk on the SNETT - Jan 24, 2021|
"Please make sure you take home everything you bring on the trail. That includes dog poop bags. Thank you."
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Walk Off Those Cookies! - Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee - 10 AM
|Walk Off Those Cookies! - Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee - 10 AM|
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Easy Walks - Choate Park, Medway (YouTube)
Monday, November 16, 2020
Watch "Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are: Episode 4" on YouTube
|A photo of the Dean College dance group performing in 2015|
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
“Easy walks are for anyone who for whatever reason can’t just hit the Appalachian Mountain Club trails"
"Bellingham writer Marjorie Turner Hollman’s first two books, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts,” were essentially guidebooks, providing readers with information on where to find walking routes.
But her most recent book, “Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are,” which she self-published this summer, takes a more holistic view. Instead of listing locations of walks Hollman has taken and liked, it instructs readers on how to discover favorite walking routes of their own.
Hollman initially became an expert on local walks through her column in the Bellingham Bulletin and later her website, www.MarjorieTurner.com, encouraging residents who live within the Blackstone Valley region to discover the many options for outdoor exploration.
Hollman’s particular area of interest is what she designates “easy walks.” Thirty years ago, she suffered partial paralysis as a result of surgery for a brain tumor, and walking has been a critical part of the healing process — “physically and mentally,” she said — in the decades since. But her mobility remains somewhat limited, and as she honed her skills at finding walks appropriate for her abilities, she realized they would appeal to others as well."
|Marjorie Turner Hollman|