Healing Arts Walk & Food Drive

Beginning Wednesday June 20, I will be leading a 3-day, 45-mile walk for food to benefit local area food pantries and the Food Bank of Western Mass. The walk coincides with the start of the Unifier Festival on Friday June 22.

To make a one time donation to the Food Bank of Western Mass, go to https://www.foodbankwma.org/donate/one-time-donation/

Here are the three local food pantries where donations can also been made. The Easthampton Community Center, 12 Clark St., between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weekdays. The second night’s drop-off point will be at the Westfied Food Pantry, 101 Meadow St., Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12 noon, Thursdays 5:30-6:30 p.m., and Fridays 10:00 a.m.-12 noon. Donations to Our Community Pantry can be dropped off at 220 College Highway, Southwick, Mondays 3-5 p.m., Wednesdays 10-2 p.m., and Thursdays 5-6 p.m.

Here’s the schedule of the walk, and the public is invited to join in any part of the walk.

Unifier Healing & Expressive Arts Daily Walking Schedule

Day One, June 20, Amherst Town Commons to Southampton Fire Station via the Easthampton Community Center. 

08:15 a.m. Depart Amherst Town Commons

09:00 a.m. Norwottuck Rail Trail, South Maple St. crossing, 2.5 miles

10:20 a.m. Calvin Coolidge Bridge area, 6.1 miles


10:50 a.m. Main & Pleasant St., 7.5 miles

12:50 p.m. Easthampton Community Center, 12.2 miles

Lunch Break

01:30 p.m. Depart Easthampton Community Center to pick up Manhan Rail Trail again

03:00 p.m. Arrive at Southampton Fire Station, 16.6 miles

Day Two, June 21, Southampton Fire Station to Granville Public Library via the Westfield Food Pantry

08:15 a.m. Depart Southampton Fire Station

09:45 a.m. Cumberland Farms, 1134 Southampton Road, Westfield 3.5 miles 

10:45 a.m. Friendly’s Restaurant, 21 Southampton Road, Westfield, 6.3 mies 


11:45 a.m. Westfield Food Pantry, 101 Meadow St., Westfield, 7.9 miles

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

12:30 p.m. Depart Westfield Food Pantry

01:30 p.m. Granville Road & Loomis Sts., 10.8 miles

03:30 p.m. Granville Public Library, 17.3 miles

Day 3, June 22, Granville Public Library to Camp Timber Trails, Tolland, MA

08:15 a.m. Depart Granville Public Library, Route 57

10:15 a.m. Route 57 & Beach Hill Road, 5 miles


11:30 a.m. Schoolhouse Road, Tolland Town Hall, 8.3 miles

01:15 p.m. Camp Timber Trails, 1266 E. Otis Road, Tolland, 13.7 miles

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