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Early for The Trail Walk

by Bobby Blair
February 25, 2018

The lights on the Arch Street bridge were lit up as I strode over from School Street for the walk up to the Phipps Hill Tunnel.

The lights on the Arch Street bridge were lit up as I strode over from School Street for the walk up to the Phipps Hill Tunnel.

Charlie Roberts and his shy son Wiliam were busy preparing their fire pit. We spoke of the coming sap flow and warm weather. Charlie operates his small unique business which can be found here: http://maplearchfarm.com/

Mike O'Brien and Eli Schachter prepare their pit to light the way for the hundreds expected for the annual event.

Other pits along the way had not yet been manned. I had never walked the trail up to the tunnel and it was a shorter distance than I imagined.

True to his nature Chairman of the Trail Committee, Robert Weidknecht could be seen doing double duty as a fire pit keeper as well as cleaning out the channels on either side of the trail.

On the west side of the Tunnel Sec. of the Friends of Holliston Trails, Ed Daniels could be found firing up a generator for light in the tunnel.

Scouts got a flame roaring for their own pit and will soon be serving hotdogs in the tunnel as the crowds start to arrive. I ran into Ben Clarkson who owns the Littlefield Tavern at 1919 Washington Street. George Washington supposedly drank a beer at the home (now a private residence). We spoke about my circa sign project and the spire atop the Andrews School. Clarkson is a history buff. Darkness was now setting in and I was headed back to Mudville. Folks along the way greeted me by name, but with it so dark I couldn't really tell who they were. An unexpected treat along the way was the table of John Cronin who is running for selectman this spring and collecting signatures on his nomination papers. Cronin held the flashlight as I scribbled my John Hancock.

I slid down the gangway along side the Arch Street Bridge and headed to School Street. Had I stayed longer I may have been able to judge whether the crowds were smaller or larger than previous years. Lets just say the trail was getting crowded as I headed home at 6:15 pm.

More on the festivities after dark on Monday's edition of HollistonReporter.com.

 

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Comments (2)

Thank you to all the Rail Trail commitee and volunteers who made last night a very special evening. It was a perfect night for strolling the beautiful trail and all the hard work paid off in making it a success. Thank you

- John,Celia,Emilee,Rebecca and Oliver Gagnon | 2/25/18 9:34 AM

Thank you for the pictures of the Trail. Having grown up in Holliston in the 50's, the pictures reminded me of walking the railroad tracks to the blue berry patch, riding my bike through the Arch going to the lake.

- Tom Shirley | 2/25/18 9:03 AM

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