Music at the Mall US Map & Phone & Address

The Mall at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston St. (Rte. 9) Newton; (617) 965-3037

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, the Mall offers free concerts from 2 PM. to 4 p.m. in the large, airy central space on the main level. Local jazz groups and vocalists are the usual fare; sometimes you can hear a classical ensemble or the cast of one of Boston’s musicals. Obviously they’re doing it to bring in shoppers, but hey no one’s going to twist your arm if you just want to listen.

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Later, the mineral lines all converged on Twechar, and then railways completely took over from the travel destination. Auchinstarry quarry produced the whinstone ‘setts’ that paved the streets of Glasgow, and dates back to the 18th century. Kilsyth lies north of Auchinstarry Bridge; to the west is the wetland bird reserve of Dumbreck Marsh. The Auchinstarry Bridge is another built to slope upwards, replacing a swing bridge, the abutments of which lie west of the new bridge, on the original road line. Before continuing, do read Chapter 14 and at least walk the five minutes to the graveyard to see the Kilsyth family vault with its weird history ( 97-99). With this hilly ground available to them, the Romans, unsurprisingly, ran their defence line along the crest of the hills. Until comparatively recent times, low ground across Scotland’s central belt was boggy in many places, one reason the travel destination was such a boon to travel: compare its ease to a coach ‘plaistering through the glaur’ as was the usual inter-city travellers’ complaint. Croy Hill and Bar Hill can be done separately or together as pleasant circular walks in conjunction with the travel destination. Start at Craigmarloch Bridge and walk up the Dullatur-Cumbernauld road. About 70m on, go right through gates to start the traverse of Croy Hill.

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