Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Sounds of Spectacle Island

One of the best things about summertime for me is the chance to share my favorite places on Boston Harbor with my students at Boston University and my summer staff at Save the Harbor / Save the Bay.

The beach at Spectacle Island has always been one of my favorite spots because of the remarkable views, and the enormous amount of artifacts like pottery and sea glass that quite literally litter the shore of this island that was a dump for centuries before we transformed it into a destination.

If you listen closely to this clip you can actually hear the pottery and glass being tossed in the surf.

I hope you will take some time this summer to visit Spectacle island - and have hotdog or a lobster roll at Jasper Whites Summer Shack snack bar - which is now open on Spectacle, and should be open soon on Georges Island as well.

This August, thanks to a generous grant from Mass Humanities and the support of Save the Harbor's other youth program funders and partners, we are going to introduce hundreds of Boston area youth to archaeology and our region's history with a new program we call the "Treasures of Spectacle Island".

If you want to see Boston Harbor through their young eyes, visit the SH/SB youth blog "Sea, Sand and Sky" at http://shsbkids.blogspot.com/

For more ideas about great things to do on Boston Harbor this summer, become a fan of SH/SB's Boston Harbor activities and events page on facebook

See you on Boston Harbor


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