When I first created the Eagle Street Beach as my "community sculpture" in 1999, I thought it was a one-shot experiment. I never dreamed that it would go on for 15 years and become a North Adams "institution." How time flies!
Last Friday was another great day, thanks in part to almost perfect weather. Hundreds of kids and their families came out again, and then, when the skies turned pink and the moon appeared, how much fun it was to be sipping margaritas on the sand and listening to singer Lita Williams.
My first thanks goes to Specialty Minerals for donating what I'm told was 480,000 pounds of sand, delivered and picked up by the city's great public services crew. (For their efforts, the city gets to keep and use all that sand.) And how much fun it was to see the kids having creative fun in the sand!
The SteepleCats' Slider gave away 250 tickets, the Baptist Church gave away 500 ice cream cones, Mildred Elley school gave out 300 sand buckets/shovels, Adams Community Bank handed out fans and sunglasses, and we gave away 60 Jack's certificates for hot dogs, along with special prizes for sand sculptures -- gift certificates from Supreme Pizza, Mia's Exchange, The Party Place and Desperado's.
For an event of this size, there are always some expenses. Substantial cash donations were made by Adams Community Bank, Smith Watson CPAs and Greylock Federal. And volunteers pitched in -- thanks to Keith Bona, Don Dix and people like Edward, Bill and Keaton, who just showed up and offered to spread the sand for two hours. Additional support was given by A-1 Septic, Walmart and Aubuchon Hardware.
A magical day like this is what makes living in a small town, willing to try new ideas, so much fun!