Annual Maritime and Maritime Festival scheduled for August 27 – East Boston Times-Free Press
For some time now, the East Boston Harborkeepers, a group founded in 2016 to promote climate resilience, have been promoting environmental stewardship along the neighborhood’s coastline.
On Friday, August 27, port wardens will be hosting the annual Maritime and Maritime Festival at Constitution Beach from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Harborkeepers Founder and Director Magdelena Ayed said the event, sponsored by many local supporters as well as the US Coast Guard, the Save the Harbor program, Save the Bay Better Beaches and the Massachusetts DCR, will include a multitude of ‘activities throughout the day.
Ayed said there had been a slight change this year in the official name of the festival due to Coast Guard involvement.
“We are delighted to continue planning for the now called ‘Maritime Beach Festival in partnership with the US Coast Guard Sector in Boston,’ she said. “The evolution of the name of the event is due to the need to create a more homogeneous identity and brand this year through our collaborations with the office of the mayor of the civil service. We’re thrilled to have such collaborations in one of the best waterfront spaces in Boston. “
The festival will feature marine activities, art, performances, US Coast Guard demonstrations, free kayaking, face painting, sandcastle contest, scavenger hunt and more. interesting and fun to do.
“This event is really about bringing environmental stewardship to the community,” Ayed said. “We want the community to be excited about all of the efforts to improve the waterfront. As a coastal community, the festival will also provide opportunities to learn more about the maritime history of the neighborhood and our waterfront. ”
With 15 miles of coastline in Eastie, the festival is truly a celebration of the community’s maritime roots.
“We are surrounded by water and we truly celebrate the fact that we are fortunate to live in this amazing place surrounded by a beautiful clean harbor,” she said.
Harborkeepers is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote marine education, community engagement and environmental stewardship in our urban coastal neighborhoods and beyond. Hundreds of people attended the annual event in 2019, but it was postponed last summer due to COVID.