The evening will feel like a step back in time offering attendees the sense that they are interacting with Thoreau himself. â€œWalkingâ€ is the source of the famous quote â€œIn wildness is the preservation of the world,â€ and given that it addresses the relationship between civilization and wilderness, â€œWalkingâ€ has become one of the most important essays in the environmental movement.
Thoreau will be portrayed by historic interpreter Richard Smith, who arrives dressed as Thoreau and remains in character throughout the program. Richard Smith is an historian who has portrayed Henry David Thoreau for almost 10 years. He has offered dozens of â€œLiving Historyâ€ appearances as Concordâ€™s self-proclaimed mystic, Transcendentalist and natural philosopher.
This program is presented as part of NRWAâ€™s Outdoor Wellness Walking program which is funded in part by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund. Additional funding for this presentation came from the Groton Trust Fundsâ€™ Lecture Fund. The NRWA River Resource Center is located at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. To pre-register, please contact Pam Gilfillan, NRWA Development and Outreach Associate, at (978) 448-0299, or email PamG@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Please join us for a memorable evening!