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Published on May 5th, 2015 | by Deb Wolf


Walk & Roll 2015

Saturday, May 9th

All Day Poetry StoryWalk® – Enjoy “Peace of the Wild Things” by Wendell Berry and artwork by area residents in a self-guided poetry walk at North Branch Nature Center. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

1 PM History of Industry Along Montpelier’s Winooski River with Manuel Garcia – Learn about the commercial and industrial sites that once stood along the Winooski River with Manuel Garcia, long-time resident of River Street in Montpelier. Start at the porch of the Pavilion Building on State Street for this 1.5 mile walk.

4 PM Walk with Councilor Bate – Enjoy a walk through District 1 with Councilor Dona Bate. Meet on the pedestrian bridge near Elm and Mechanic Streets.

8:30 PM Walking Through the Night Sky with Dale Stafford – Dale will lead a “walk” into the night skies through stars, constellations, and planets. While there won’t be any actual walking, bring binoculars or a telescope and a small flashlight to view the stars from the North Branch Nature Center parking lot. All ages are welcome. If cloudy, will be postponed to Sunday at 8:30 PM.

Sunday, May 10th

All Day Poetry StoryWalk® – See description under May 9th.

12 Noon Walk with Councilor Watson – Enjoy a walk through District 2 with Councilor Anne Watson. Meet at Hunger Mountain Coop.

1 PM Exploring the New Cross Vermont Trail with Rose Paul – Explore the future path of the Cross Vermont Trail in East Montpelier on a lovely walk along the Winooski River. Trail narrows to a footpath in some places. Meet at the MHS parking lot, and we’ll carpool to Muddy Brook Road and walk from there. Bicyclists can meet us at 1:20 at the start of Muddy Brook Road.

Monday, May 11th

12 Noon Walk with Councilor Guerlain – Meet Councilor Theirry Guerlain at the corner of East State and College Streets for an easy walk around District 2.

1 PM Walking with Harris – Walking around town with Harris is always a delight. He’ll share some of his favorite spots, as well as some of the gems of the city. This moderate walk is open to all and will last approximately 1 . hours rain or shine. Meet at the Montpelier Senior Activities Center.

4 PM Bridges of Montpelier with Bob McCullough – Learn about the history of Montpelier’s bridges on this 2 mile walk with author and Vermont Historic Bridge Program manager Bob McCullough. Meet at the State House.

6 PM Walk with Councilor Bate – See May 9th. Meet at Dairy Lane and Clarendon.

Tuesday, May 12th

12 NOON Trees of Montpelier with John Snell Meet in front of City Hall for a walk focusing on the “urban forest” of the city, including different species, problems and opportunities, and generally enjoying the many wonderful trees we have in Montpelier.

5 PM Montpelier Schools Past and Present with Paul Carnahan – Learn the history of five of Montpelier’s school buildings in this walking tour with Paul Carnahan, co-author of Montpelier: Images of Vermont’s Capital City. This moderate 2-mile walk includes walk up East State Street. Meet at City Hall plaza.

5 PM Bike with Mayor Hollar – Meet at City Hall and take an easy bicycle ride around town with Montpelier Mayor John Hollar. Helmets required.

Wednesday, May 13th

4 PM The Tales of Hubbard Park with Joanne Garton – Hubbard Park is the forested gem of Vermont’s capital city, but it wasn’t always such an urban hideaway. Meet at Frog Pond at the top of Parkway Street to learn how the city now cares for its downtown forest and manages for its future, from its quirky outhouses to an incredible tower-top view.

Thursday, May 14th

1 PM Walking with Harris – see description under May 11th.

Friday, May 15th

3:30 PM Walk with a Cop – Join two of Montpelier’s finest – Tony Facos and Michael Philbrick – to see what the city looks like through the eyes of our police and also to share with them any concerns or questions you have.

4:30 PM Trees of Montpelier with John Snell See description under May 12th.

Saturday, May 16th

7:30 AM Spring Bird Watching with Ken Benton – Lots of migratory birds are arriving every day at North Branch Nature Center! Discover which ones with one of the Center’s expert naturalists. Bring comfortable clothing (minimal bright colors), binoculars, and gear for rain or shine.

10 AM to 6 PM StoryWalk® at Hubbard Park – Come to Hubbard Park during the day for a self-guided walk through “Mole Music” by David McPhail. Starts at Hubbard Park Drive and follows the trail to the tower. Great for all ages.

11:30 AM Grazing Picnic Food Walk with Eve Jacobs-Carnahan and Bridget Asay – Fuel yourself with food and inspiration from some of Montpelier’s great food shops as we walk from Hunger Mountain Coop to the pocket part on Summer Street, picking up recipes and food tips from local storekeepers along the way. Meet on the bike path near the Coop. Purchase food at your cost en route.

1 PM Exploring the New Cross Vermont Trail with Rose Paul – See description under May 10th.

Sunday, May 17th

7:30 AM Spring Bird Watching with Bryan Pfeiffer – Join well-known local naturalist and birder in appreciating the migratory birds arriving at North Branch Nature Center. Bring comfortable clothing (minimal bright colors), binoculars, and gear for rain or shine.

10 AM Bike to the Bakery! – Join us for a mellow group ride to Red Hen Bakery. The ride is just under 7 miles. If the dirt roads are not muddy, we will use the bike path, Junction Rd, 3-Mile Bridge Road/River Road. Everyone is welcome. Helmets required. Rain or shine. Meet at City Hall.

10 AM to 6 PM StoryWalk® at Hubbard Park – See description under May 16th.

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