Whitinsville, MA - Go pick pumpkins at an alpaca farm, go geocaching in an historic park, go earn a Junior Ranger badge and go explore the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. With more nearly 100 events to choose from, Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) proudly presents its 4th annual GO! program this September, highlighting the Blackstone River Valley as a destination for family fun and exploration. This year’s GO! program offers guided walks and paddles, bike and museum tours, festivals and other family-friendly events. GO! 2018 is generously sponsored by UniBank, Navigant Credit Union and Southwick’s Zoo.
Some of the free experiences range from a behind-the-scenes tour at Vaillancourt Folk Art, an Esmond Mill Blanket Show at the Smith-Appleby House, a Speakeasy Tour at the Hotel Vernon, and a guided tour of indigenous ceremonial stone landscapes in Upton, MA. Most GO! experiences are free while some events do charge a fee, as noted in the program. GO! activities are both indoors and outdoors, and there is something for every generation to enjoy!
For those intrigued by local history, there are numerous chances to explore including an open house at the Coronet John Farnum House in Uxbridge, MA (September 1); Harrisville History Walking Tour, Burrillville, RI, (September 5); Open House at Whitin Lassell Manor, Whitinsville, MA, (September 15), Stoneville Mill Village Tour, Auburn, MA, (September 16), Dorr Rebellion Museum Open House, Glocester, RI, (September 22); the History of Ice Harvesting, Hopedale, MA, (September 29), Chestnut Street Meeting House Open House, Millville, MA, (September 30), and a dozen other history-themed experiences throughout the National Heritage Corridor in September.
For nature lovers, enjoy guided hikes at: Neautaconkanut Hill, Providence, RI, (September 1); Goat Hill Lock, Uxbridge, MA, (September 1); Hunts Mills, E. Providence, RI, (September 9); God’s Acre, Worcester, MA, (September 11); and Turner Reservoir, E. Providence, RI, (September 30). Special nature hikes for families with young children are planned in Grafton, MA, and Upton, MA (September 9, Grandparent’s Day), and again on September 23 in Uxbridge, MA. For bird lovers, a series of volunteer-led bird walks will be offered in Uxbridge, MA, (September 1, 2 and 29) and Cumberland, RI, (September 15). Night owls might enjoy star gazing Uxbridge, MA, (September 21) or a Full Moon Paddle with the Blackstone River Watershed Association in Blackstone, MA, (September 23).
Explore the Blackstone Heritage Corridor on your bicycle with an interpretive ride on the Blackstone River Greenway, Blackstone, MA, (September 5). Join the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Bikeway Ambassadors for guided rides on the Ten Mile River Greenway, E. Providence, RI, (September 12); Blackstone River State Park, Lincoln, RI, (September 19); Blackstone River Bikeway, Lincoln, RI, (September 26); and explore Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, RI, (depart from Pawtucket, RI), (September 30). Challenge yourself with a 5, 10, 30, 45 or 60-mile ride in the 9th Annual Woony River Ride, departing from Providence, RI, (September 15). Celebrate National Bike Your Park Day on September 29 with ranger-led rides in Lincoln, RI, and Blackstone, MA.
Enjoy a favorite American pastime and help support Blackstone Heritage Corridor by attending a PawSox game at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI, on Sunday, September 2nd at 6:15 p.m., with fireworks after game. Purchase tickets for $10 each through a special link (Tinyurl.com/BHCatPawSox) and BHC receives $5 from every ticket sale. Ticketholders receive a $2 credit good for concessions or merchandise.
GO! 2018 offers a number of family-friendly activities including Whittier Farms Free Tour Friday & Apple Crisp Night in Sutton, MA, (September 7 – advance ticket purchase required); Massachusetts BOGO Weekend at Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon, MA, (September 8 and 9); 20th Annual Pet Rock Fest – A Benefit for the Animals, Grafton, MA, (September 9), Leicester Harvest Fair, Leicester, MA (September 15); Millbury Community Block Party, Millbury, MA, (September 15); Rhode Island and Connecticut BOGO Days at Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon, MA, (September 15 and 16); stART on the Street, Worcester, MA, (September 16), and Harvest and Tractor Festival at Franklin Farm in Cumberland, RI, (September 29).
For a full listing of Blackstone Heritage Corridor’s GO! 2018 program, visit BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org. Also available on the website is an interactive Google map for the entire GO! program. The map provides instant directions to each event with one click. GO! brochures are also available at any of the BHC’s visitor centers (for a list visit BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org/explore/visitorcenters), at one of the brochure kiosks throughout the National Heritage Corridor or at BHC’s office at 670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA. Follow Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. on Facebook for news and updates on GO! and more.