CAMBRIDGE — Panhandlers and street musicians are a pretty common sight in Harvard Square. But on a recent afternoon, two characters stood out from the crowd milling around the information kiosk: a kilt-wearing knife juggler and a young woman in a prim long dress with a pretty bonnet tied with a bow under her chin.
I can’t really explain the knife juggler, but Caitlin Johnston had assumed the character and attire of Alice Longfellow and was about to lead a one-hour walking tour of Cambridge. “Alice is fascinating,” said Johnston. “She was the only child of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who didn’t marry. She spent her life studying and working for historic preservation.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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