In his eulogy for his friend Henry Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson lamented that “instead of engineering for all America, he was the captain of a huckleberry-party.” In 2017, 200 years after Thoreau’s birth, it sure seems like America right now could use a few more huckleberry parties…
So, in Henry’s honor, I’m holding a roving huckleberry party. I will walk from:
- New York City to Concord, Massachusetts – 235 miles in 13 days
- Starting on the Spring Equinox, March 20th, on Emerson Hill on Staten Island – the only other place Henry lived outside of his beloved Concord. (He was there in 1843, to tutor Emerson’s nephew)
In each town and village where I stop, I’ll perform Captain of a Huckleberry Party and will
- Recite Thoreau’s poems
- Sing his favorite songs
- Make a joyful noise that would make Henry smile
Over the 13 days that I’ll be walking, I will carry Thoreau’s maxim –
“In the long run, we find what we expect; we shall be fortunate then, if we expect great things”
and I hope to inspire a new generation of Americans to take up Thoreau’s practice of enlivened observation of Nature and enlightened citizenship.
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