Friday, October 29, 2010

Kids Festival at Wollaston Beach

On Saturday, October 23, some of the Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay staff and I went to the Wollaston Beach Kids Festival. We could have not asked for more beautiful weather! We were instantly greeted by friends of Wollaston beach staff and lots of excited children. We sat up our table and touch tank which held Lucy the Lobster. All of the kids and parents loved looking and learning about the lobster. Michelle and John showed me how to tell the difference between a male/female lobsters. I also learned that lobsters can grow back their limbs!

What I loved most about the event was watching how much the children loved seeing and touching the lobster. Though some were scared at first they all were so excited to see a lobster so close! Having never really seen a lobster so close I was surprised at how big they are…especially their claws! At the festival there was, music, pumpkin painting, cooking decorating and of course pizza! All of us had so much fun and was happy that we had such beautiful weather.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay at the Boston Local Food Festival

On Saturday, October 2, 2010, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay tabled at the first-ever Boston Local Food Festival, presented by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston.

The brisk but sunny autumn day gave families, tourists, students, and locals the perfect opportunity to enjoy an afternoon at the harbor. The Fort Point Channel was lined with white tents filled with representatives from various organizations who reached out to visitors with new information about sustainability and some even offered delicious, organic food. Save the Harbor had a special guest at its tent – a locally caught, pound-and-a-half lobster!

Save the Harbor went all out for the kids to have a fun, hands-on experience with a member of the Harbor’s marine life. Kids looked on with fascination as Michelle Palermino, Senior Marine Coordinator, picked the lobster up from its temporary home, a plastic tank filled with water, and stroked its tail. Some kids were scared of the crustacean, while others were eager to carry the lobster right from the get-go.

Save the Harbor also took advantage of its position along the channel and set up a fishing station right along the channel, directly across from its tent. At the fishing posts, interns from this past summer fished and crabbed with kids. It was a great day for crabbing. The kids caught three crabs in less than an hour!

All in all, it was a great day for people from all walks of life to get together to enjoy a beautiful day at the harbor! The Boston Local Food Festival was the perfect way to usher in the autumn season with a mix of education, food, and a lot of fun!

- Catalina Tresky