Jun 062014

The cardboard canoe boatyard at the 2013 River Festival

The cardboard canoe boatyard at the 2013 River Festival

The Groton Greenway Committee is proud to present Groton River Festival at the Petapawag Boat Launch on Sunday, June 8, starting at 11 in the morning. This is a rain-or-shine event with barbecue and other food available from the Groton Firefighters Association. All are welcome and all activities are free, thanks to our generous sponsors. Activities include arts and crafts, live music, canoeing, nature exhibits, live animals, and an opportunity to make your own canoe for the cardboard canoe race.

Parking is provided at Deluxe Corp, 500 Main Street, Groton, with a Buckingham Bus shuttle to the festival entrance on Nod Road at the Petapawag Boat Launch. The site is the perfect place to picnic, enjoy the river, and participate in the festivities.

Be sure to arrive early to participate in a naturalist led bird walk or watch or take part in a karate lesson and demonstration.

The River Festival Committee is presenting music under the big tent:

Snow Crow Dan Fassett and friends perform their unique and upbeat fusion of blues, bluegrass and folk with a big helping of humor. This group will get your toes tapping.

The Pebble Bottom River Kids Extremely popular with Festival goers, this is a charming, homegrown group of youngsters who sing under the creative direction of John Wiesner.

Nugumij Drummers and Morning Star Singers, United Native American Cultural Center. The UNACC is a non-profit group based in Devens that practices Native culture through music, dance, and storytelling and is committed to inclusiveness and authenticity. Audience participation and dancing are welcome. Onkwe Tase and UNACC have attended all Groton River Festivals since 1989.

Simply Dave A local jazz band, new to River Festival this year.

River Festival Schedule

11:00-11:30 Family Karate Lesson — Luth Family Karate Main Tent

11:00-12:15 Birding Walk — Jerry Wooding Main Tent

11:00-3:30 Free Canoeing — Nashoba Paddler, LLC Boat Launch

noon-1:30-2:30 Boat Tours to Fitch’s Bridge — Ducks Unlimited Sign up at the Groton Greenway Table

12:00-12:45 The Pebble Bottom River Kids Main Tent

1:00 – 1:45 Snow Crow Main Tent

2:00 – 2:45 Nugumij Drummers and Singers along with The Morning Star Singers — UNACC Main Tent

3:00-3:30 Simply Dave Main Tent

3:30-4:00 Cardboard Canoe Construction Registration starts at 3:00 at Brick Shed

4:00 Cardboard Canoe Race Boat Launch

The River Festival seeks to educate about the Nashua River and animals who live in and near the river. Many local groups will be displaying, with hands-on activities and animal exhibits.

At one time designated one of the ten most polluted rivers in the United States, the Nashua River is greatly changed for the better and the Squannacook River has also benefited from years of attentive stewardship, including by the NRWA and local greenway committees.The Groton Greenway Committee has advocated for trail extensions, Conservation Commission funding, restrained timber harvests, and assisted riverfront landowners interested in preserving portions of their holdings.

The Groton Greenway encourages public access to and enjoyment of our beautiful waterways and is extremely proud of the role that the rebuilt Fitch’s bridge plays to connect West Groton and Groton trails. Ducks Unlimited will provide boat rides from the festival to see the new Fitch’s bridge.

Donations for funding of future festivals are gratefully received at the entrance or may be sent to Groton Town Hall for the Greenway Committee River Festival Gift Account.