The Groton Greenway River Festival is a free, all-day community festival to celebrate the Nashua River held since 1989. The festival is hosted by the Groton Greenway Committee and volunteers that include local environmental activist Marion Stoddart. Marion is a true local hero for her leadership in the cleanup of the Nashua River. In the 1970s when the Nashua River was polluted by effluent from paper-making and tanning mills, Marion Stoddart had a dream for a clean Nashua River and that dream was shared by her friend, Native American Onkwe Tase. Onkwe Tase and Marion are still friends and Onkwe Tase has led drumming and dancing at the festival since its inception more than 10 years ago. He and his group are perennial favorites of Festival participants and connect us to the Nashua River's legacy and recent history.

Held on the bank of the Nashua River at the Petapawag Boat Launch on Nod Road, River Festival 2013 will include the famous make-your-own cardboard canoe races, recreational canoeing all day courtesy of Nashoba PaddlerLLC, nature displays, children's crafts, and music and lunch. The River Festival is looking for additional volunteers. We have many fun ways you can help in any capacity. Volunteering is a great activity for individuals, families, student organizations and others to participate and meet other people who care deeply about the Nashua River. To volunteer in planning or for opportunities at the event, please contact Celia Silinonte, River Festival volunteer coordinator by calling 978-448-0515 or email :silinonte54@charter.ne]silinonte54@charter.net. The best way to stay informed and updated is to like the River Festival on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/GrotonGreenwayRiverFestival.