Sue and I headed off at 8:15am Saturday morning 04/28/12 to Concord, MA for their Musketaquid Earth Day celebration. We stopped in at her friend Ellie Bemis home before heading over to the bridge where the water ceremony was to take place.
The wind was really strong and made the air quite chilly; we were both bundled up pretty tightly against it. It must have been really bracing for the woman who acted the part of the water spirit as she had to wade along the shore chest deep in the river to the gathering area next to the bridge.
From there, we walked downtown to the Emerson Umbrella Center For The Arts to see how Sue's photograph of the heron looked. We were surprised at seeing two of Ellie's works showcased as well.
We walked back downtown and sat on a bench and watched the parade go by before heading off to Authors Ridge at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where most notable are the grave sites of Emerson and Thoreau, among others. Sue pointed out the Bemis family grave sites that were also up on Authors Ridge as well as a huge monument at the bottom of the hill that was to distant relatives of hers, all brothers killed during the Civil War. From there, we headed off for a late lunch at The Cracker Barrel off of I495 on the way home.
And then, somewhere along I495, we decided that we'd take a side trip to Newburyport, MA and Plum Island. Though all of the beaches at Plum Island were closed due to some bird nesting going on, we were able to walk out along two of the boardwalks and up and down one of the beaches.
It was late afternoon by the time we got home, so I poured us some wine and we played a couple sets of backgammon between taking a dinner break for pizza. And to top off the relaxing day, we watched the first two episodes of season 2 of Downton Abby before turning in for the night.