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Walkabouts are ready to walk! Join us

Get those walking shoes ready: The Market’s Walkabouts kick off their second season on Saturday, May 7, in downtown Farmington.

Did you miss last year’s walks? Or only made a few? No problem. Everyone is invited to get off on the right foot this year. In fact, Beaumont Health, the group’s sponsor, is providing a special gift just for joining: an odometer, something every walker should have. With it you’ll be able to tell just how far you’ve gone.

Beaumont also will be providing incentive gifts throughout the walking season, just as it did last year.

Sandy Boland, organizer of the group, says they will meet at the Market’s West Entrance, right across Market Place from Dagwood’s, at 10 a.m. Saturday. You can sign up with Polly Varhol, keeper of the weekly walking log sheets, stretch a little, check out that free odometer, and then stride off on the first walk.

This week, May 7, a guest walker from Beaumont will lead us to the historic Salem United Church of Christ. A church member will welcome us inside this simple but beautiful church, founded in 1902.

On May 14, our guest walker will be Susan Arlin, executive director of the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, who will accompany us to the Chamber’s offices. The Chamber is hosting a health fair at the Market on May 21 (more info to come).

On May 21, our guest walker will be Kim Riley, Market volunteer and daughter of the late George F. Riley, after whom downtown’s Riley Park was named. The park, which has become central to many city events, including the Market, was built thanks to a donation by the Riley Foundation. Kim and Suzanne Clinton, the Walkabouts’ historian, will give a brief history of the park before our one-mile walk.

On May 28, we will be honoring our veterans by walking to the Blue Star Memorial downtown, where Suzanne will talk about the National Garden Club’s Blue Star Memorial Program. Pam Wright and Betti Pool of the Farmington Garden Club will be our guest walkers.

The Walkabouts will meet every Saturday except June 4, when Art on the Grand takes over downtown, and July 16, when Farmington’s Founders Festival takes place.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday. Please invite family and friends to come to Market and join the Walkabouts.

Happy Walking!

Suzanne, Sandy and Polly