Memorial Day weekend, 2012, found me in Duxbury, Massachusetts, to experience the Duxbury Bay Maritime School’s annual Opening of the Bay fundraiser and celebration of the summer season.
DBMS (a BoatingLocal sponsor) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people of all ages enjoy Duxbury Bay and experience the joys of boating and the ocean. Located some 35 miles south of Boston, the school offers rowing, sailing, paddling and ecology programs to anyone seeking access to the water. It also runs special outreach programs for inner-city kids and people with cognitive and phsyical disabilities.
The annual Opening of the Bay event helps raise critical funding for the school’s many programs, but it’s also lots of fun (maybe they should call it a “fun-raiser”). This year’s event saw sunny skies for most of the day and temperatures in the 80s—which meant no lack of volunteers for the dunk tank and plenty of people interested in the free stand-up paddleboarding lessons. Other highlights included live music by several bands, displays by local businesses and organizations, kids’ activities and harbor tours.
Last but not least, attendees could also tour the sloop Providence, a replica of the American privateer once skippered by John Paul Jones. The 110’ sloop had made the trip from Rhode Island under its new captain, Thorpe Leeson and his crew, who spoke to visitors about the original ship’s illustrious history, as well as some of the replica’s more recent adventures.
You can check out all the fun and learn more about DBMS and its many programs by watching the accompanying video or by visiting their website HERE.