Blackstone Heritage Corridor to Host Corridor Chats at Hopedale’s Little Red Shop Museum

Networking Event Includes Optional Paddle on Hopedale Pond and Bird Walk in the Parklands
Devon Kurtz
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May, 2019
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Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (BHC) is hosting its next Corridor Chats event on Thursday, May 2 at the historic Little Red Shop Museum (12 Hopedale Street, Hopedale, MA) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The free event will include an optional paddle at Hopedale Pond departing at 3:00 p.m. and a guided bird walk in the Hopedale Parklands departing at 4:30 p.m. The paddle is being offered by BHC’s Blackstone Valley Paddle Club, a volunteer-led program now in its 19th year, and the bird walk is being offered by BHC’s volunteer Birding Ambassadors.
BHC launched its first Corridor Chats event in March at the Hearthside House Museum in Lincoln, RI, and is a program designed to create a networking opportunity for those interested in learning more about the National Heritage Corridor and develop relationships for programming, volunteering, and more. According to Bonnie Combs, Marketing Director at BHC, the event will move around the Corridor every other month and as a result it brings different people together to explore and learn more about the history, the culture, the people and the places that inspired the Congressional designation of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.
“There were some exciting connections made at the first Corridor Chats event,” noted Bonnie Combs, Marketing Director at Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. “In addition to bringing people to some historic sites that they’ve never visited before, we also have the great pleasure of meeting new people who are interested in learning more about the work we do preserving and promoting the natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources throughout the 25 communities of the Blackstone River Valley.”
It’s also an opportunity for people to engage with BHC’s Executive Director, Devon Kurtz, along with BHC staff and volunteers from the Volunteers-In-Parks program.
“We have many programs to share news about at the May event,” Combs added. “And we are looking forward to showcasing the Little Red Shop Museum and Hopedale’s role in the industrialization of America.”
May is a busy month for the Little Red Shop Museum. The museum will hold two open houses this month, on May 5 and May 19. The LRSM will be open both Sundays from 1-4 p.m. and historic artifacts from Hopedale’s Utopian beginnings through the Draper years will be on display. The Museum’s Gift Shoppe will also be open for “many things Hopedale.”
Corridor Chats is being sponsored by Premeer Real Estate. RSVP to Bonnie Combs at [email protected] or call (508) 234-4242 and note if participating in the optional paddle or bird walk. For the paddle, arrive by 2:30 p.m. for a 3:00 p.m. launch and bring your own canoe or kayak. Life vests are required. To learn more about BHC, visit BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org.