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Time to Walk in Framingham

by Bea Hait

Along with 78 other volkssport walking clubs in 42 states, Walk ’n Mass Volkssport Club is hosting a “Time to Walk” event on Saturday, 12/13/14 to commemorate a sequential date number that will not be repeated in this century. At the magical time of 10:11 on 12/13/14, let’s see where and how many folks will be walking along the designated 5km and 10km routes.

The start and finish point is Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis Street in Framingham. Register for guided groups (fast and slow paced) between 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. A special commemorative patch is available for purchase for $6 the day of the event. A limited number of patches will be available; no reorder. The walk is FREE if no patch or IVV credit is desired.

Both the 5km and 10km routes feature the following sights: Amazing Things Arts Center located in the historic downtown Hollis Street Firehouse, Jack's Abby Brewing, the Dennison Manufacturing Complex, residential streets, Butterworth Park and Memorial Building (Town Hall). Participants continuing on the 10km route will pass Danforth Museum, Metrowest Medical Center-Framingham and Cushing Memorial Park. 

Both routes are mostly flat, and the 5km is entirely on paved surfaces while the 10km has a very short unpaved stretch. These trails are suitable for baby strollers but difficult for wheelchairs due to missing curb cuts at some intersections. Leashed pets are welcome and clean-up laws apply.

Plan to make a day of it in Framingham! Holli Andrews, executive director of Framingham Downtown Renaissance, is providing a guide to the plethora of restaurants in the downtown area that offer a global dining experience featuring cuisines from Egypt, Brazil, Vietnam, India, Dominican Republic, China, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador—and Boston! The historic train depot has been newly renovated as the Deluxe Depot Diner. Check for details on the Winter Wonderland holiday promotion that will be in full swing from Dec. 6 to Dec. 24 with a bazaar, window decorating contest and much more.

At 2:00 p.m. there is a performance at Amazing Things Arts Center (our start point) by Boston-based Back Bay Ringers: an advanced, auditioned community handbell ensemble founded in 2003 that has developed a reputation for excellence. Tickets $15 (seniors $14; members $12; child under 12 $8). At 8:00 p.m. the Arts center presents Bruce Katz Band CD Release Gig, a group of musicians who combine blues, soul-jazz, and New Orleans-inspired roots music. Tickets $20 (seniors $19; members $17; children under 12 $10). See full details and purchase tickets at

For further information contact Beate (Bea) Hait at 508-429-3564, or visit the club web site at