FLOATING FROM PAST TO FUTURE: Henry David Thoreau and his boat, the Musketaquid, again
“…We seemed to be embarked on the placid current of our dreams, floating from the past to future as silently as one awakes to fresh morning or evening thoughts. We glided noiselessly down the stream…” Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack River
“October is the month for painted leaves. Their rich glow now flashes around the world. As fruits and leaves acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky.”—Henry David Thoreau, Autumnal Tints
In this 50-minute program, living history performers Richard Smith and Rob Velella will explore the relationship of Thoreau and Hawthorne using their original words to convey their thoughts on their 19th century world, their contemporaries like Alcott and Emerson, and one another.
Henry David Thoreau was known to have grown the sweetest, juiciest watermelons in Concord. Every year, he shared his harvest with friends and family. As we continue this tradition, enjoy a slice of melon with historian Richard Smith who will portray Thoreau at the Thoreau house replica, located next to the parking lot. This program is for visitors of all ages.
Since 1997, over 400 area children have participated in the Walden Pond Junior Ranger program. The program introduces children to the outdoors, the ideas of Henry David Thoreau, creates friendships, and brings families together. Activities include hiking, natural history, wildlife and tree identification, ponding, journaling, and cultural history.
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord
Writer/editor Richard Higgins weaves together selections from Thoreau’s writing with his own photographs, Thoreau’s sketches, and photographs by the great landscape photographer Herbert Wendell Gleason to explore the writer’s passion for trees, how he saw them and his imaginative response to them.
Join local historians Tom Blanding and Richard Smith for this popular annual program to commemorate Martin Luther King, and the legacy of Thoreau’s essay, CivilDisobedience, first published as Resistance to Civil Government in 1849.