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Date/Time: Sunday 5/12/2013 10:00:00 AM
Contact: Michael Schuttenberg
|WALK TO ARBORETUM - LILAC SUNDAY - Boston, MA - 5/12, 10am|
The Arnold Arboretum's famed lilac collection is projected to be in peak bloom on Lilac Sunday--Mothers' Day (all moms are welcome!). Michael will lead a walk to the arboretum along most of the Emerald Necklace, with several new features this year:
1. NEW STARTING LOCATION
2. Additional section of Emerald Necklace on the route
3. New information/research on the mysterious and ancient Japanese temple bell located on the route---FINALLY, the mystery of its history, usage, inscriptions, acquisition, location, and temporary disappearance a few years ago has been solved
4. The long-discussed project to "re-airify" the Muddy River near Fenway Park in front of the Landmark Center is underway in its preliminary stages--you may have heard, or heard about, the unfortunately-scheduled test explosions in that area last week---and we'll get to peruse the project.
Meet at the NEW Hostelling International Boston Hostel at 19 Stuart Street, Boston (Chinatown/Theatre District area; it's located next to Jacob Wirth's Restaurant, directly across street from Tufts Medical Center) at 10:00 a.m Sunday morning. Meet inside the spacious reception/lounge area; beverages and snacks available for purchase.
This will go RAIN or SHINE.
Starting at the hostel, the full route will be about 6 miles, following Boston's famous and historic Emerald Necklace--this year including the Commonwealth Mall with its interesting statuary-- to the Arboretum where we will spend time viewing and smelling the lilacs, bonsai collection, and a few other lovely spots. There may also be musical performances the group might enjoy on this special day. After the arboretum, walkers are free to stay longer, leave, or join those of us who may head to a local restaurant nearby for some nourishment.
We will always be in the cities of Boston or Brookline, so public transit bailout points will be nearby along the way.
The meeting point can be most easily reached by public transit using the Green Line's Boylston stop (two blocks away), the Orange Line's Chinatown station (two blocks or so), or the Silver Line's Chinatown or Tufts' Station (each a couple of blocks away); Red Line's Park St or Downtown Crossing are also convenient. Parking downtown is difficult at all times, perhaps less so on weekends. A good option is to park out near the arboretum, then take the T in from Forest Hills; your vehicle will then be near the end of the walk. If you'd care to do a somewhat shorter walk, there are many possibilities of meeting up with the group further along the route, such as Jamaica Pond (only a mile or so from the arboretum). Contact Michael offline for further info and queries.
Click here for more information about Lilac Sunday.
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