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Bicentennial Happenings: Thoreau Celebration at First Parish

Thoreau Celebration, First Parish, Concord, May 6, 2017, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm. In honor of the Thoreau Bicentennial, this celebration at First Parish in Concord begins with a lecture entitled “Walking, Working, Waking: What was Thoreau Seeking?” by historian Jayne Gordon at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Following the lecture, guests are invited downstairs to the Parish Hall for an informal trivia night on topics related to Henry David Thoreau’s life and work. Hosting the trivia competition will be Richard Smith, Thoreau interpreter. A buffet dinner will follow. Sponsored by the Transcendentalism Council of First Parish, this event is for all ages and primarily for members and friends of First Parish, but interested parties are invited to attend, if space allows. For the trivia and dinner, advance registration is required. For more information, please contact

First Parish, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, Massachusetts 01742

I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one.”


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