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Rock Into Recovery
Saturday 9/28/2013
(official date)
Waltham Common Massachusetts USA

The Grateful Friends - "Good Lovin'"
Rock Into Recovery from 2012
The Waltham Common
Video by Dan from Maine
Event Hosted by The Edinburg Center of Lexington, MA


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Helping those between 'Rock' and a hard place
Boston Herald Newspaper Article 9/22/12 PDF
Written by Jed Gottlieb


Rock Into Recovery is a celebration for everyone working through a range of challenges including emotional distress, mental health conditions, and addiction. We believe that change for the better is possible and that people can and do recover.

On Saturday September 28, 2013 (official date) from 12 PM till 4 PM, The Edinburg Center will host our 4th annual big event on Waltham Common, Massachusetts. Fun for the entire family and everyone is invited from Park Street to the park bench. The event is free! Food available for purchase.

Join us in September for a relaxing and exciting afternoon of live music, celebratation, hope, festival, good food, friends, and fun. See you then!

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Musical Guests

The Grateful Friends
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The Grateful Friends
Delivering magical shows including classic hits and inspired jams.

Larry Mancini - guitar & vocals
Mark Munzer - keyboards & vocals
John Brigham - bass & vocals
Tony Ryon - drums
Todd Lena - guitar & vocals

The Grateful Friends
The Grateful Friends at Rock Into Recovery, Waltham Common 9/24/2011.
Enjoy a couple live recordings / Sound Engineer - Roger Merritt

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"Dear Mr. Fantasy"

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"Second Set"

Rock Into Recovery was created by Todd Lena in February 2010.

Todd LenaHe envisioned it as a celebration for people in recovery from mental health conditions and substance abuse. Todd knew first-hand what it was like to find himself confused and isolated by an untreated mental health condition and a co-occurring addiction. He was grateful to all of the people who had supported him in his recovery and began to talk to them about his idea of Rock Into Recovery.

The Second Annual Rock Into Recovery was held on Saturday, September 24, 2011 on the Waltham Common. As many as 500 people came to learn more about the reality of recovery while listening to the music of The Grateful Friends, Ramblin’ Dan Martin and RuthAnna Welch. Peer-run organizations and programs from as far away as Taunton (SERLC), Worcester (CMRLC), and Lawrence (NERLC), Boston (MBRLC & the Transformation Center) were on the scene providing information and referrals, as well as representatives from club houses, the Veteran’s Administration, CBFS programs, and NAMI. Even the mayor of Waltham, Jeannette McCarthy, stopped by to wish us well and enjoy the event.

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Rock Into Recovery Planning Group and Friends at Waltham Common.

Locally made arts & crafts were sold and The Edinburg Center’s Creative Writing group held a poetry reading in between musical acts. In the spirit of just plain fun, a magic show, balloon animals, face painting, washable tattoos, and other surprises were offered free to children and adults alike. The Edinburg Center’s day treatment program, Transitions, set up a food tent to sell low cost barbequed food, as well as desserts, snacks and beverages. We were delighted that so many people showed up to share in the hope and exhilaration of the recovery journey. We look forward to next year’s Rock Into Recovery and hope to see all of you there! (full story can be found at

SAMHSA tells us that RECOVERY is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential.

See more about Rock Into Recovery and music videos at our About Us page.

Find out more how you can help The Edinburg Center by making a donation at our Sponsors page.

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Thank you to The Edinburg Center for your leadership and help restoring individuals, families and communities with kind and powerful programs like Rock Into Recovery.

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Thank you!

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