Guest speaker, Erik Eckilson, will give a talk about the history of RI Mill Villages on the Blackstone River. Erik is a local river enthusiast and blogger. He took his first real canoe trip with his father in 1990 and, as a result, became hooked. Erik lives in Woonsocket and paddles regularly with the RI Canoe & Kayak Association and the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club. In addition, he has an online blog called ‘Open boat, moving water: A paddler’s journal’.