Category Archives: Events

Tunnel Art

It was good to see so many people gathered in the tunnel for the unveiling of the new art work.

Ironwood Tree

“Pollinators” – depicting some of the life along the Mascoma River Greenway.

These are the first two pieces of the tunnel vision – more art is being planned for the tunnel and the MRG!

(Did you wonder about the inclusion of a fish on the Pollinator piece? Here is research from the University of Florida: “Scientists have discovered that fish indirectly help spread pollen among flowers near the water. That’s because they eat dragonfly larva, which live in freshwater ponds and other water bodies. Adult dragonflies are major predators of bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators. The result is a simple but unexpected cascade: The more fish, the fewer dragonflies, the more bees and butterflies, the more plant pollination, reproduction and seeds.” So it would seem that fish are actually partners in pollination, thought they themselves do not pollinate . . .and it is the dragonflies in the art work that we might question.) More

Tunnel Vision

Lebanon has a vision for those blank walls of the downtown tunnel; two new public art installations will be revealed as part of Lebanon’s Winter Celebration on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 4:15 pm in the tunnel.

Join the Lebanon Arts and Culture Commission, Lebanon Recreation Arts & Parks, and featured artists

  • “Pollinators” – AVA team: Allison Zito, Amber Geneva, Debra Jayne, Tyler Morrison, and Michael Kraatz
  • “Ironwood” – Greg Stott

More info on the Winter Celebration

25 Miles Celebrating 25 Years of the NRT!

Now that the tunnel is open, access from the MRG to the Northern Rail Trail is facilitated!

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In celebration of the Northern Rail Trail’s 25th Anniversary in 2021, Friends of the Northern Rail Trail (FNRT) invites the whole community to participate in a challenge to walk, run, or bike 25 miles (cumulative) on the Northern Rail Trail this summer! 

Students in the Lebanon and Mascoma Valley School systems will receive their cards through the schools in early June. Others may pick up a card at Omer and Bob’s bicycle shop in downtown Lebanon or at the grand opening of the Lebanon Mall Tunnel on July 8th. 

To participate, simply register online at bit.ly/fnrt-25. Once you have completed 25 miles, return your card to Omer and Bob’s to be entered in our raffle on August 26th. Prizes include gift certificates that support businesses located along our trail!

For questions, or to help support the Northern Rail Trail celebration, contact Amy Chan at amyjoywright@hotmail.com.

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Sponsors include Friends of the Northern Rail Trail, Hypertherm HOPE Foundation, and Rotary Club of Lebanon NH, USA.

Reverberations in the MRG Tunnel!

Akwaaba means Welcome; it is a twi word, spoken by the Akan tribe of Ghana. All were welcome as the Akwaaba Ensemble brought their good energy to the MRG. chanting and drumming their way though the tunnel. leading a parade of local drummers, dancers, and enthusiasts, the echoes resounding off the tunnel walls.

It was great to see so many joining in on the fun!

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You can tell from the two children on the left in the photo above, that the sound was impressive! The group paraded to the tunnel’s end and then turned and headed back to Colburn Park for more high energy music and dance!

Good Vibrations in the Tunnel . . . a Percussion Parade!

Lots of enthusiastic riders and walkers have been discovering the renewed link to downtown Lebanon and the Northern Rail Trail through the MRG tunnel. Saturday, August 14, 2021 will bring even more energy to this space as Lebanon Opera House and Nexus Music and Arts Festival invites you to participate in a FREE drumming workshop with the Akwaaba Ensemble in Colburn Park at 3 pm (a limited number of drums will be provided or bring your own) before they lead a processional through the revitalized rail trail tunnel and back into the park for a high-energy showcase of their West African drumming and dance. Sounds energizing . . . and imagine the acoustics of this percussive parade through the tunnel!

More at https://lebanonoperahouse.org/events/akwaaba-ensemble/

Tunnel Grand Opening Postponed!

The forecast for tomorrow afternoon, July 8, is RAIN! The Grand Opening of the tunnel is being rescheduled for the following Thursday, July 15, 2021. Event are likely to start at the eastern end of the tunnel (behind Village Pizza.) There is a possibility that the tunnel will be open for use this weekend – stay tuned!

Grand Opening of the Tunnel!

Thursday, July 8: 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Lebanon Tunnel (under the Mall and Village Pizza)

Celebration includes:

“The River” radio station live broadcast

Public Art proposals

Sidewalk Chalk

Scavenger Hunt

Bike Rodeo (Omer Bobs bike checks, helmet giveaway, bike registrations, safety obstacle course, e-bike loan signups)

4pm Guided bike ride for kids along MRG

5pm Hear all about the big project

5:15pm Mayor remarks

5:20pm Ribbon cutting

6:00 Group dog walk*

*if you would like to join the dog walk, please email recreation@lebanonnh.gov

~ Dogs should be comfortable on leash around other dogs and distractions.

~ Dogs should not be fearful/reactive/anxious on leash in new environments or around heavy distractions.

Most events will start at the eastern end of the tunnel, behind Village Pizza.

Farmers’ Market also on Colburn Park 4-7pm

Front Porch Concert at 7pm: Cold Chocolate

www.LebanonNH.gov/tunnel

Tunnel (in blue) runs from the MRG Pocket Park behind Goss Logan Insurance to the parking lot behind Village Pizza on the downtown Lebanon Mall.

MRG Walk and Work Days

Looking north from the MRG bridge over the Mascoma River

Free Fall MRG Walk – Friday, October 25th 10am to 11am, Mascoma River Greenway; For all ages. Stretch those legs this Fall and enjoy foliage along the MRG. Bring a water bottle, chat with other community members and make some friends! Meet at the Leb Rec Office in River Valley Community College. Register online at LebanonNH.com/Register.
Volunteer Day on the Greenway – Saturday, October 26th 9am to 12pm, Mascoma River Greenway; Interested in volunteering on the Mascoma River Greenway? Contact Krissy at flythe@lebanonnh.gov for more information.

Leb Fest MRG Bike Ride for Kids

Kids of all ages and abilities are welcome to explore the Mascoma River Greenway during LebFest,  Saturday, at 3:30 pm. The group will leave from the Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association tent (corner of the Lebanon Green closest to the fire department.) Members of the UVMBA and a police escort will be part of the trip.

Leb Fest:A Festival for Everyone: Food trucks, Music, Games, and More! Admission is FREE!

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FEATURING:
> Chili Competition feat. Local Restaurants from 2:30–4:00 PM
> Raq-on Dance at 2:15pm
> Reckless Breakfast at 3pm
> Jake Willeman & Friends at 4:30pm
> Tuck Rock Dojo at 5:15pm
> Dartmouth Rockapellas at 6pm

HEADLINE EVENT:
Brooks Hubbard Band in Concert at 7:00pm
(Concert admission is $10 and will be held in the First Congregational Church by Colburn Park)

BUY CONCERT TICKETS HERE:
https://brookshubbardatlebfest.eventbrite.com

 

Climate Strike Action – Planting the Fruits of Tomorrow Today!

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How lucky we were to have a beautiful day and so many Upper Valley Apple Corps folks and friends of Mascoma River Greenway responding to the call for volunteers.

The work was hard – gravel, rocks, boulders, hard-pack . . . all kinds of tools were needed

Different teams took on the varied parts of the project. Clearing brush, digging, struggling with boulders.

Imagine encountering this challenge and succeeding!

Rocky soil was sifted, apple trees and elderberry bushes set in place, in-filled, and topped off with cardboard mulch and compost.

Removing tape from reused boxes.


Water for plants.


Elderberries planted.


More compost! More water! More wood chips!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two organic Haralson apple trees and elderberry bushes were finally in place. Phase one accomplished!

A hearty crew set off the western end at the Price Chopper access.

Water, compost, and mulch trucked in – thanks Bart Guetti!

Eric, Barry, and Kathy planting a Red Osier DogwoodEric, Barry, and Kathy plant dogwood.


Kye, Bodhi, Barbara, and Eric planting the wetland rose bush.

Josie and Thomas planting aronia (black chokeberry)

Mulch brigade!

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An organic Golden Russet apple tree and three organic high-bush blueberries planted near the umbrella sculpture, and high-bush cranberry, aronia, button bush, wetland rose, and red osier dogwoods planted in the moist area at the base of the Price Chopper access. Mission accomplished. Thank you Upper Valley Apple Corps and friends of Mascoma River Greenway And thanks to the Robert F. Church Charitable Trust for funding this MRG Pollinator Corridor project.