Off the Path from New York to Boston Follow reporter Davis Dunavin as he travels the road from New York to Boston, looking for unusual stories and fascinating histories.
Off the Path from New York to Boston

Off the Path from New York to Boston

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Follow reporter Davis Dunavin as he travels the road from New York to Boston, looking for unusual stories and fascinating histories.

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Herb Lore: Why it's okay to eat off the ground in New York City

Most New Yorkers might be a little skeptical about eating something they found on the street — if it's not from a food cart. But one New Yorker has made it his life's work to convince his neighbors that nature's bounty is accessible even in the heart of the city.

Herb Lore: How witch hazel made its way into everything

Take a look through your medicine cabinet — from skin cream to body wash and deodorant. Many of these products share an ingredient: witch hazel. And the witch hazel industry has deep roots in the Connecticut River Valley.

Herb Lore: The nearly 400-year-old fruit tree that keeps giving

The first colonial governor of Massachusetts planted a pear tree in the 1600s. It's now believed to be the oldest cultivated fruit tree in the Americas.

LGBTQ Stories: How "Family Week" helped gay families find acceptance

A few LGBTQ families met up on the tip of Cape Cod one summer in the mid '90s. Their fun beach week had a bigger impact than they expected. Family Week — as it's called — has helped redefine ideas of marriage and family for more than 25 years. And it still takes place every summer in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

LGBTQ stories: Andy Warhol's unlikely spirituality

One of America's most beloved artists kept a secret. Andy Warhol — pop artist and gay icon — was also a lifelong Catholic who went to mass regularly at a church in New York City's Upper East Side.

LGBTQ stories: The 'Sip-In' paved the way for gay rights

A few years before the Stonewall riots, a protest took place at another New York City gay bar, just about a block away. It didn't draw as much attention, but in its own way, it was a milestone for gay rights.

Folk Songs: Opening up traditional music to new audiences

Musician Nicole Singer, the organizer of Youth Traditional Song Weekend, which took place online this month due to the pandemic, is trying to bring young people and non-traditional audiences into folk music.

Folk Songs: Sea Shanties are the sound of New England's nautical history

Sea shanties have enjoyed some renewed attention on social media. A lot of them have strong ties to New England's maritime culture and whaling industry.

Folk Songs: Sea Shanties are the sound of New England's nautical history

Folk Songs: An 'Exceedingly Good' Night of Music

A group singalong has hopped from bar to bar in New York City for years — and in the age of the pandemic, it lives on Zoom. It's called Exceedingly Good Song Night.

Folk Songs: A folk dancing camp for the people

There's a camp in the woods of Massachusetts where traditional styles of folk music and dance from around the world are kept alive. It's the oldest continuously operated folk dance camp in the United States. It's called the Pinewoods Camp.