Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Kicks off the Catch of the Day Program

On Wednesday June 12, Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay casted off on its newest program, Catch of the Day, that hosts local youth groups on a guided fishing tour in Boston Harbor. 

The maiden voyage left at 12 noon from the Seaport as Save the Harbor welcomed a group from the Elevate Youth Program for a day filled with fishing, cooking and sightseeing around the Boston Harbor Islands. Along the waythe teens learned about the marine animals that live in the harbor and ways in which these animals all tie together to create the Boston Harbor ecosystem. At the end of the day, the new fishing enthusiasts had the opportunity to prepare and sample the fish they caught. Several hours later the group returned smiling, proud of all the fish they caught that day. 


The weather was perfect for spending the day on the water with Boston Fun Cruises’ Captain Charlie Gibbons as Save the Harbor staff shared facts about the history of the harbor and islandsSave the Harbor staff guided the teens through the process of learning how to fish and, by finding different spots around the harbor, nearly everyone on board got one on the line! Additionally, they got the chance to see these marine animals up close and learn ways in which they survive. Some of the marine life the kids had the opportunity to see included flounder, skates and crabs.  


Once all the fish were reeled in staff prepared the popular dish, Ceviche. Save the Harbor’s Bruce Berman demonstrated how to make the dish by combining chopped up flounder and acidic fruit. Once the two were combined, the acid started cooking the fish and turned into a delicious treat for everyone to enjoy. Those brave enough sampled the fresh fish while taking in the breathtaking views. The day ended with telling stories and playing games as the boat made its way back to the docks 


Through programs like this, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay continues serve as the Boston Harbor Connection for the region’s kids and their familiesFree programs such as the Catch of the Day, are vital to connecting those who share in the $5 billion cost of the Boston Harbor Clean-Up but often do not share the opportunities to enjoy these spectacular urban natural resourcesThrough Catch of the Day, the kids on these trips not only gat the chance for an engaging on-the-water experience but also are exposed to sustainable seafood and recipes that take advantage to the living harbor. 

Over the summer, Save the Harbor will host 19 more Catch of the Day, bringing thousands of kids and teens out on the water, many of them for the first timeSave the Harbor/ Save the Bay looks forward to leading more upcoming trips that help share the Boston harbor and connect people all across Boston.  


A special thanks to Boston Fun Cruises, Captain Charlie Gibbons and all of our Youth Environmental Education Program partners for allowing us to continue to provide free cruises and fishing trips that help make these Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands accessible for everyone. 

Join us for our next trip and experience the beautiful Boston area through one of our many programs that encourage education, advocacy and exposure to the environment. 


Thursday, June 13, 2019

A Successful Start to the Summer 2019 Share the Harbor Cruises

Last week kicked off Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s free Share the Harbor cruises with two chances to get on the water starting with an outing around Boston Light on Tuesday, and a trip to Spectacle Island on Sunday.

With a rain-free forecast and temperatures suited for a night outdoors, nearly 450 people joined in for the first Share the Harbor cruise of the summer to Boston Light aboard Bay State Cruise Company’s Provincetown II.
Tuesday’s cruise departed from the World Trade Center dock and took passengers out around Boston Light for a chance to socialize, snap pictures and learn a fun fact or two about the harbor, islands and lighthouse.

Historic commentary was provided by Boston Harbor historian David Coffin whose entertaining charisma captured the attention of everyone on board. He told tales of the golden age of piracy around Boston Harbor, shared history of the Harbor Islands as we passed, and serenaded passengers with the lighthouse hymn Lower Light.

Aboard the Provincetown II was special guest Dr. Sally Snowman current lighthouse keeper. As the first female light keeper in Boston Light’s long history, she spoke about her daily life and duties on Little Brewster Island. Guests were captivated by her description of the crashing waves, passing boats, beautiful sunsets, and marine life that she experiences each day. With her, she brought photos from the island’s past and the evolution of the Boston Light and the keeper’s house since 1716.


As we motored towards Little Brewster Island, the captain gave passengers time to take pictures and take in the sights of the lighthouse, the ocean and the Boston skyline. Save the Harbor staff gathered everyone on board for a large group picture with the lighthouse in the background. A truly spectacular moment captured the scope of our Share the Harbor cruises.

After the photo ops, storytelling, and singing, the captain steered back towards the inner harbor for a leisurely ride back to the dock. To accompany the views off the sides of the boat, David Coffin and Vice President of Operations and Programs Chris Mancini lead forty people in a thrilling rendition of Save the Harbor’s signature sea shanty Haul Away Joe. The teamwork displayed in the song was evident through the choreography that all participants picked up easily within just a few verses.


On Sunday, June 9, 571 people took advantage sunny, warm June weather for our Share the Harbor Cruise to Spectacle Island.


After a 30-minute ride, passengers disembarked for two hours to enjoy all the activities this island has to offer. People spent the day treasure hunting, hiking, fishing, swimming and learning more about the history of this former trash heap.

In addition to all those fun activities, members of the Youth Summer Staff from Save the Harbor helped with fishing, crabbing and a touch tank. It was a successful day all around with seven crabs caught!

After the two cruises, passengers disembarked and sent on their way by a thankful Save the Harbor staff, who hopes to see everyone return for the remaining Share the Harbor cruises throughout the summer.

Save the Harbor's free Share the Harbor Cruises are made possible with Leadership Grants from the Cronin Development, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Bay State Cruise Company.

For more info on Save the Harbor follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on future events! See you all out on the harbor! 

Save the Harbor is also grateful for Leadership Grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and Yawkey Foundation
Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Boston Properties – Atlantic Wharf, The Daily Catch Seaport, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Engie, Fan Pier - The Fallon Company, John Hancock Financial Services, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, The Llewellyn Foundation, Massachusetts Environmental Trust, Massachusetts Port Authority, Mass Humanities, National Grid Foundation, P & G Gillette, Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, William E. Schrafft & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and Vertex.

Save the Harbor also appreciates Stewardship Grants from Anonymous, Forrest Berkeley &, Marcie Tyre Berkley, Camp Harbor View Foundation, Circle Furniture , Comcast, Copeland Family Foundation, The Cricket Foundation, Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trust, Enbridge, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation, Kershaw, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Lovett Woodsum Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Nicholson Foundation, RMR Real Estate Services, Rockland Trust Pavilion, Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust, Skanska, and Tishman Speyer.

Save the Harbor would also like to thank our Program Funders Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, MA Attorney General’s Office Healthy Summer and Youths Jobs Program, The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Cell Signaling Technology, East Boston Savings Bank, Highland Street Foundation/West End House, Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, George Lewis - Haven Trust, Pabis Foundation, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, and TD Charitable Foundation.
Save the Harbor would also like to extend our gratitude to our Supporters 3A Marine Service, The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Andrew Calamare & Marianne Connolly, Cresset Group, Diversified Automotive, Goulston & Storrs PC, Mass Bay Credit Union, Massachusetts Marine Educational Trust, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, UDR, and Kyle & Sara Warwick

Special thanks as well to the hundreds of individual donors for their generosity and to our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the YMCA of Greater Boston for their support. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

FREE Summer 2019 Events With Save The Harbor

Summer is finally here! Check out our FREE upcoming events and programs below.
At Save the Harbor/Save the Bay we believe the best way to "save the harbor" is to "share the harbor." We are committed to connecting as many people as possible to the harbor by offering a variety of free events throughout the summer. Boston Harbor is an incredible urban natural resource that everyone should have access to, and we hope these experiences will continue to bring everyone out on the water and to our region's urban beaches this summer and beyond!

To join us at any, or all, of these events and programs, register at the links below. Updates regarding these free events can be found on our social media outlets on Twitter and Instagram (@savetheharbor) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/savetheharbor). Use the Hashtag #sharetheharbor to be featured on our social media sites.

Better Beaches Program Events
FREE events on our region’s public beaches, featuring aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, performing pirates and Songs and Stories of the Sea, Art on the Shore, beach games, refreshments, and more!

June 1: Southie Family Fun Day @ Carson with the South Boston MOMS Club
June 29: Kids Festival @ Wollaston with the Friends of Wollaston Beach
July 17: Family Fun Night @ Carson with the
South Boston Neighborhood House
July 20: Marine and Maritime Festival @ Constitution with The Harborkeepers
July 26: 27 Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival @ Revere Beach with the Revere Beach
Partnership
July 26: Life’s A Beach Festival with Andres Amador @ Constitution Beach with the East Boston YMCA
July 27: Family Fun Day @ Yirrel Beach with the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce
July 27: Harbor Illumination @ Nantasket with the Hull Life Saving Museum
July 28: Art on the Shore with Andres Amador @ Nantasket
July 31: Family Fun Night @ Carson with the South Boston Neighborhood House
August 1: Dorchester Beach Festival @ Savin Hill/Malibu with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester and BCYF Leahy/Holloran
August 2: Youth Beach Bash and Splash Carson
August 3: Tenean Beach Day @ Tenean Beach with the Port Norfolk Civic Association
August 10: BeachAbility @ Constitution Beach with Triangle, Inc.
August 14: OlliePalooza @ Moakley Park with the South Boston Neighborhood House
August 18: Rock the Boat with Harborside Harmonies @ Marina Bay/Squantum Point
September 14: Endless Summer @ Nantasket with the Hull Nantasket Chamber of Commerce

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Share the Harbor Cruises
FREE cruises open to the public (youth, teens, adults, and families—all are welcome!)

Boston Light Cruises
June 4
July 22
August 5
September 16

Spectacle Island Trips
June 9
August 27
August 28
August 29
October TBD

To learn more and to sign up for our Share the Harbor cruises click Here



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All Access Boston Harbor
FREE cruises for organizations serving youth and teens ages 7-17

Spectacle Island Trips
July 2, 3, 16
July 17, 18, 30, 21
August 1, 13, 14 15
August 20, 21, 22
August 27, 28, 29

George’s Island Trips
July 9, 10, 11
July 23, 24, 25
August 6, 7, 8

Schedule:
  • 9:30am arrival at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion: Boston’s Outdoor Concert Venue on Boston Harbor at 290 Northern Avenue in South Boston
  • All cruises board Bay State Cruise Company’s flagship Provincetown II and depart at 10:30am
  • Cruises return at 2:30pm
For more information, including island and trip descriptions, or to register for All Access Boston Harbor Click Here
Contact Kristen Barry at barry@savetheharbor.org with any questions.

All Save the Harbor's free youth environmental education and family programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Boston Properties - Atlantic Wharf, Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Fan Pier - The Fallon Company, John Hancock Financial Services, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, The Llewellyn Foundation, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P&G Gillette, Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, William E. & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, Vertex, and The Yawkey Foundation.

Save the Harbor also appreciates Stewardship Grants from The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation, Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Camp Harbor View Foundation, Circle Furniture, Comcast, Copeland Family Foundation, Inc., The Cricket Foundation, Cronin Group, LLC, The Daily Catch Seaport, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trust, Enbridge, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Foundation for Sustainability & Innovation, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Nicholson Foundation, RMR Real Estate Services, Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust, Skanska, South Boston, Community Development Foundation, Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, and Tishman Speyer.
Save the Harbor would also like to thank our Program Funders 3A Marine Service, Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Boston Bruins Foundation, Andrew J. Calamare & Marianne Connolly, CannonDesign, Circle Furniture, Kevin & Dee Colcord, Dark Horse Capital Partners, Diversified Automotive, Eversource, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Fort Point Framers, Goulston & Storrs PC, Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, George Lewis - Haven Trust, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Mass Bay Credit Union, Massachusetts Marine Educational Trust, National Park Service, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg, SKW Partners, Inc., Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, Storm Duds, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, UDR, Kyle & Sara Warwick, and Winthrop Parks and Recreation. Special thanks as well to the hundreds of individual donors for their generosity and to our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the YMCA of Greater Boston for their support.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Awards over $210,000 for Better Beaches Program

On Saturday, June 8, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) awarded more than $210,000 in Better Beaches Program grants. These grants will allow 37 organizations in nine communities to fund nearly 150 free events on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket in 2019. 

Funds to support the Better Beaches Program come from DCR, JetBlue and the proceeds of the Harpoon Shamrock Splash fundraiser. Since Save the Harbor/Save the Bay began the Better Beaches Program partnership with the Department of Conservation & Recreation in 2008, they have awarded almost $900,000 in small grants to support nearly 500 events on the region's public beaches for kids and families in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull. 

This year’s grants will see the return of many well-attended events from previous years, along with some newly funded events. Grants support concerts, kayaking, family beach festivals, youth beach parties, songs and stories by the sea and art on the shore along with several other beach related activities. All events funded by these grants are free to the public and are hosted in the region’s beachfront communities of Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull, bringing more than 1 million people to the beach. 

“Each year we look forward to these great events that get people excited about going to the region’s public beaches,” said Save the Harbor President Tani Marinovich. “The beaches are our most important natural resources, but also serve as a cultural resource that helps connect communities and bond neighborhoods.” 

“Contained within the state parks system are incredible ‘close to home’ beaches that provide excellent recreational opportunities for visitors and their families to enjoy,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy. “The Baker-Polito Administration works incredibly hard at fostering strong partnerships with stakeholders like Save the Harbor/Save the Bay in an effort to increase access and provide unique programming at state beaches and other natural resources.” 

With the support of The Boston Circus Guild and JetBlue, this year’s line-up also includes 10 free Life’s A Beach Festivals, featuring trapeze artists, acrobats and jugglers, as well costumed storytellers, performing pirates, a community art project by Save the Harbor’s artist in residence Robin Reed and mandalas in the sand by intertidal artists Andres Amador. 

"At JetBlue, we are committed to our community and fun is one of our core values,” said Donnie Todd, Corporate Social Responsibility Liaison for JetBlue, who led a team of over 30 participants in this year’s Shamrock Splash. "More than 3,000 JetBlue crewmembers call Boston home, we cherish our harbor and proudly support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they do on the region's public beaches. Service and giving back are in our DNA at JetBlue and our mission to inspire humanity is what guides us as a company. Between the Corporate Social Responsibility team’s work and our Crewmembers’ passions, the common theme is good – JetBlue For Good." 

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay would like to thank the Baker- Polito Administration and Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs, Representative RoseLee Vincent and Senator Brendan Crighton, and the legislative and community members of the Commission, as well as and our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation for making this great program possible. 

Rep. Roselee Vincent of Revere, who Co-Chairs the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, said “Free beach events and programs like those put on by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and their partners are important to all the region’s residents, including those lucky enough to live in Revere, home of America’s first public beach.”  

Save the Harbor also thanks our Better Beaches Program sponsors, Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, and the Boston Circus Guild, and the hundreds of participants and donors to the Harpoon Shamrock Splash, which has raised more than $250,000 to support free beach events since it began in 2011.  

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay recognizes The Boston Foundation, the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, National Grid, Comcast, Beacon Capital Partners, New England Picture, Mix 104.1, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, The YMCA of Greater Boston, The Daily Catch, Baja Taco Truck, and the Blue Sky Collaborative for their support. 

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay visit www.savetheharbor.org. You can find out more about this year’s Better Beaches program on Save the Harbor’s blog, The Harbor Current, at blog.savetheharbor.org and by following @savetheharbor on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.