Events of Interest

Now-January 21, 2018
“This Ever New Self:  Thoreau and His Journal”
9-5 PM Monday-Saturday; Noon to 5 PM Sundays 
The Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord
The bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth will culminate with the opening of this exhibition.  “This Ever New Self”, brings together holdings from two Thoreau collections:  journals, manuscripts, letters, books and field notes from the Morgan Library and Museum and the Concord Museum, along with unique personal items, including the green desk on which Thoreau wrote “Walden” and “Civil Disobedience. “This Ever New Self” features nearly 100 items and unites for the first time the only two photographs for which Thoreau 

Now - December 30 
Moments in Nature Photography Exhibit  by Barbara Peskin
Lincoln Library Exhibit (main gallery). 3 Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA

Monday, December 18 
Town of Acton Board of Selectmen’s Meeting
7:30 PM 
Town Hall, 472 Main Street, Room 204 
The Acton Conservation Trust will present the Board of Selectmen with a check for more than $30,000 as a gift to be applied to the costs of acquiring lots 1 and 3 at 161 Newtown Road.  A fundraising effort (The Campaign for Grassy Pond) was launched by ACT to help offset the use of free cash for this purchase and our goal was $30,000, which happily we met and even exceeded.   The amount was donated by almost 70 residents and friends, and includes a leadership pledge, made by a member of ACT, to match all donations up to a total of $15,000. 

Thursday, December 21 
Musketaquid Winter Solstice 
The Old Manse, 269 Monument Street, Concord, 
6-7:30 PM 
Warm the spirit on the longest night of the year at the candle and bonfire lit evening on the back lawn of the Old Manse,.  Sing-a-long with Voices for the Earth Chorus and dance to drum rhythms.  Hot cider and the makings of s’mores provided.  Free and open to the public. 

Thursday, December 21 
Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk /Waiting List
7 AM - 8:30 AM 
Half Moon Meadow Brook, Boxborough 
View the winter solstice sunrise through the stone structure at Half Moon Meadow Brook, and hear the legends of their origins from leader George Krusen.  The sunlight bores through the stones for a magnificent viewing.  A long time SVT favorite!  SVT members:  Free, Non-members:  $10.  Many programs fill up quickly.  Register at; for questions, call Debbie Pullen, 978-443-5588, x123

Thursday, December 21 
Fruitlands  Solstice Stroll          
4:30-6:30 PM 
Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA
Gather together with Fruitlands staff as well take a lantern tour of the walking trails.  Along the way, we will look for signs of winter in the changing landscape.  A cozy fire and hot chocolate and s’mores will await us at the end of the trail and a reading of  Susan Cooper’s poem “The Shortest Day" will cap off our observation of the Winter Solstice.   Please help us plan and pre-register online for this program,
Members $9. Nonmember $15   Contact 978-456-3924, x291;

Wednesday, December 27 
Winter Solstice Celebration Hike at Nobscot Scout Reservation sponsored by Outdoors Rx
11-11:30 AM 
1 Nobscot Road, Sudbury, MA
Keep your family healthy and active during the holiday school vacation week with Outdoors Rx.  Join for a winter solstice celebration hike.  All families are welcome with kids ages  0-13.  Wear warm layers.  For questions call/text 617-515-5785 or email  Check Facebook page for weather cancellations: Programs cancel for heavy rain/snow, thunder, or temperatures below 20 degrees.

Saturday, December 30 58th Annual Concord Christmas Bird Count
Midnight to midnight
The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on population trends.  Tens of thousands of participants know that it is also a lot of fun.  Data from over 2000 circles are entered after the count and become available to query under the Data and Research link.Find a count near you and sign up to participate. 
Please visit for more information.  For more information re: Acton area, contact Andy Magee, 978-263-0683,

Monday, January 1 
13th Annual New Year’s Day Walk at Prospect Hill Park to Boston Rock, Waltham
12:30 PM from Starbucks at 1265 Main Street or 
1 PM from  South Gate of Prospect Hill Park, near 186 Prospect Hill Road off Main St. 
Start off the New Year with a trek up Prospect Hill to Boston Rock to enjoy the expansive view into Boston.  Once at our destination, we’ll enjoy snacks, hot chocolate, and magnificent view of Waltham and the Boston skyline.  Bring your cameras and binoculars.  The climb is short but steep; Folks wanting a longer hike along the Mass Central Rail Trail and paths in Berry Park should leave from Starbucks.  Those seeking a shorter hike either along the paved (not played) occasionally steep service road or via the Wood and Boston Rock trails in the park should depart from the South Gate.  Please wear appropriate footwear. For more information contact the WLTL office at  782-893-3355 .




NEW:  Acton WildAware is a local wildlife awareness program sponsored by the Acton Natural Resources Department that runs from fall, 2015 through Fall, 2017. To participate, read monthly articles in the Beacon and Action Unlimited.  The most recent Beacon article was published on 9/28/17, “Co-existing with, protecting native snakes in region” by Paula Goodwin.  It will also be posted on the Land Stewardship Committee website,
Send WildAware your local wildlife photos; “like” and visit the Acton WildAware Facebook page; get a free button at town hall to show you are WildAware! For more info email or call 978-929-6634.

Boxborough Birders 
Boxborough Birders is a local, all-volunteer group of bird watchers with varying levels of experience. Local walks in Boxborough, Acton, Harvard, Stow, Bolton, Littleton, and occasionally beyond are organized during spring and fall migration.   Also, some of us volunteer in the historic, annual Christmas Bird Count. Our walks are free of charge and most are scheduled on weekends. Visit their website for this spring's calendar of walks, links to local birding spots, photos, and more. You can sign up there to be on our mailing list and get all the information you need. We hope you will join us out on the trail soon.

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