Folksmarchers come to Caz

Folksmarchers will celebrate the Christmas season beginning in Cazenovia this year, with walks held Dec. 10 and 11.

A folksmarch is either a five- or 10-kilometer walk one does at his own pace.

"Folksmarchers walk for the healthy benefits of exercise and the social aspects," said Linda Showens, a Folksmarch organizer. "Many lasting friendships have been formed over the years between people who just met on the trail."

Check-ins will be held between 2 and 5 p.m. Friday Dec. 10 at Dave's Diner at Common Grounds. They will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Lincklaen House, with music provided by the Cazenovia High School Chamber Choir from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Marchers are invited to enjoy a 5k folksmarch around Cazenovia to to take the "woodsy 10k Link Trail."

Folksmarchers ask for voluntary donations of school supplies every August from walkers. Every January they donate hats and mittens, many of them knitted by walkers, to needy children. They have cleaned a highway for a season and donated to the food bank.

People who have never been part of a folksmarch before and decide to try it will receive a pin free; a specially designed pin is the reward for every walker.

December's Cazenovia pin has a Christmas theme. The fee to participate is $3.50 for adults and $1 for children. A "passport" costs $2 and allows participants to record walks and places them on the mailing list for a monthly newsletter.

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