Lowell Walks: Fall 2016 Schedule

Here is the Lowell Walks schedule for Fall 2016. Please note that these walks start at different places and times. Also included are like events that might be of interest to Lowell Walks participants:

Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 6 p.m. – Lowell Walks: Downtown Lowell First Thursdays – begins at National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street. DH will lead a 90-minute walk along the downtown canals, discussing the history of the canals and the mills constructed alongside of them. The tour will end at Swamp Locks, just in time for the lighting up of the canals.

Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 10 a.m. – The Pawtucket Power Walk – begins at Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Led by Lowell National Historical Park’s Ranger Ken, this 3-mile (roundtrip hike) will follow the Riverwalk and the Northern Canal Walkway to the Pawtucket Gatehouse overlooking Pawtucket Falls.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon – Hawk Valley Farm – Part of Lowell National Historical Park’s “Bringing the Park to the People” and co-sponsored by Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, this event will explore Pawtucketville’s Hawk Valley Farm and will include a walking tour led by LP&CT’s Jane Calvin. Hawk Valley Farm is at the end of Varnum Terrace, which is off of Varnum Ave, opposite West Meadow Road.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. – Lowell Walks: Building Community – Panel discussion led by Richard Howe on how community events like Lowell Walks bring people together and create a stronger sense of community. We’ll also review the Summer 2016 Lowell Walks experience and begin planning for the 2017 season.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10 a.m. – Lowell Walks: How Entrepreneurs turn Cities into Communities – begins inside Mill No. 5 (250 Jackson Street). Led by Franky Descoteaux and Lianna Kushi, the former and current executive directors of EforAll Lowell/Lawrence, this tour will explore Mill No. 5 and downtown Lowell to learn about entrepreneurs, old and new. Gather on 4th floor of Mill No. 5 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 from noon to 4 p.m. – Mill City Grows’ 5th Annual Harvest Festival at North Common.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. – Lowell Walks: Back Central Street – begins at Rogers School, 43 Highland Street. Led by Richard Howe, this tour will explore the Back Central neighborhood and will end at Rotary Park Garden, where gardeners will host a Lowell National Historical Park “Bringing the Park to the People” event.

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 10 a.m. – Lowell Walks: Lowell Cemetery tour – begins at Knapp Avenue entrance of historic Lowell Cemetery (next to Shedd Park) for this free 90 minute walking tour. The same tour is also offered on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 1 p.m.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 – Lowell Celebrates Kerouac – evening kickoff of four days of activities celebrating the life and works of Jack Kerouac. Visit the LCK website for full schedule.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10 a.m.  – Lowell Walks: Concord River Greenway – begins at Lowell Cemetery, inside the Lawrence street Gate. Led by Jane Calvin of Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, this 90-minute walk will explore the Concord River Greenway which runs along the Concord River in Lowell.

Please check the richardhowe.com calendar to the left for more information about these and other events.