First let me just say that it was a beautiful Mother’s Day at the Shore today. Weather was better than the meteorologists predicted, and that always influence the tenor of the Shore, especially these days.
Now, for the fun of the late afternoon. Pitching in to help build Sandy Castle 2013 – you can read all about this great humanitarian effort here.
What’s incredible about this project is that there are total strangers who quickly become a work force on the shift that you sign up to volunteer on. Some of the adults who come are there primarily to take pictures of their kids on the bucket brigade. Kids help fill the buckets, and there’s an efficient assembly line of sorts that lifts the buckets to the next tier of adults who pass it along to the upper tier sand dumpers, who then drop their buckets down a chute where the process cycles itself through again as volunteers pick up the buckets and take them back to the sand bucket fillers. Ed Jarrett, the sand sculptor who designed the project, is very hands on. He directs when breaks are to be taken and when the sand needs to be hosed down to make it more packable. It’s great physical exercise, great teamwork for the kids to participate in, and a great project to benefit Hometown Heroes – as noted here. You can find additional background in this article.