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The Blue Hills: Archaeological Wonder of Epic Proportions

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Joe Bagley, Boston City Archaeologist Friends of the Blue Hills Keynote Annual Celebration October 9, 2014

In 2002, I found myself on the shores of Naskeag Point, Maine overlooking Mt. Desert Island on my first archaeological dig. I was mere months from beginning college at Boston University’s Archaeology program hoping, desperately, that I would enjoy the experience of spending a day leaning over a hole in the ground digging up bits of broken things. One lunch break, our crew was brought to the nearby beach for a demonstration. I was handed truncated deer antler and a chunk of blue stone [...]

Photo Contest Winners

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Congratulations to everyone who submitted photos to the 35 Years and Counting Photo Contest.  There were so many stunning photos!  (See all the photos.)

And kudos to Michael Greene from Quincy who received the judge-awarded prize (see photo left) and to Elle Pinault from East Providence, RI who won received the most votes and was awarded the “People’s Prize.”  (See Elle’s photo below.)  Both winners were presented with a $250 gift certificate to LLBean at our Annual Celebration.

 

 

 

Photos Quite Worth Mentioning

Congratulations to all the photographers who were awarded Honorable Mentions in the Celebrating 35 Years Photography Contest! (Photos in no particular order.)

Above: Sharon Kotz (Arlington), “Trail Rest”

Above: Andrew Tang, Somerville, “Skyline”

Above: Paul McDermott (Walpole) “Sunset through the Pines”

Above: Roberta Peach, Dedham “Fall at Houghton’s Pond”

Alexandria Duncanson, Portland “Summer Saunter”

Above: Alexandria Duncanson, Portland “Ponkapoag Meadowhawk”

Yes on 2 Campaign Kick-off Meeting October 1

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What: Yes On 2 Campaign – kick-off organizing meeting

Where: Milton Public Library,

Keyes Community Room (downstairs)

When: Wednesday, October 1, 7:00-8:30 PM

Contact: Tucker Smith 978-866-6695 tsmith@groton.org

It’s time to get litter out of Milton’s parks, waterways, and streets. Voting “Yes On 2” will update the Bottle Bill.

Members of the public and local organizations are invited to this meeting to learn about and plan a course of action for the 5 weeks leading up to Election Day, November 4.

This is a non-partisan collaboration of citizenry who care about litter in our town and the Commonwealth. Bring your [...]

Win Dinner at the Top of Great Blue!

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Win Dinner at the Top of Big Blue Catered by the “Best Restaurant on the South Shore.”

As part of our 35th year celebration, we are raffling a private catered dinner for six at the top of Blue Hills Observatory! Imagine treating a lucky group of friends and family to an elegant meal with incredible 360 degree views of the Boston skyline and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.

Steel & Rye, the hottest new restaurant in Milton just named by Boston Magazine as the Best Restaurant on the South Shore, will be catering the dinner. Raffle tickets are [...]

What Will You Find at the Auction?

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When you attend our Annual Celebration, October 9th, what will you find at the silent auction?  … you’ll find a great way to support the Blue Hills by bidding on items you want!  Purchase your tickets today!

 

 

Take a look….

 

 

 

Attractive sportswear for men and women — Patagonia

Sundae Party for 10 Gift Certificate — J.P. Licks

Blue Hills Ski Area  Season Pass — Blue Hills Ski Area

Beer Lovers Basket — Blue Hills Brewery

Dozen Gourmet Cupcakes — Babycakes

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Boots N Brews

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Join us for Boots N Brews, a hike and beer tasting, on Saturday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. (Note: New Location!) Hike is full.  But you can still email us to be on the wait list. The hike is designed for young adults who would like to explore the Blue Hills Reservation, meet other members and sample some delicious beers!   After a 2 hour hike along popular Blue Hills trails, hikers who are 21 years and older will have the opportunity to visit nearby Blue Hills Brewery for a private beer sampling and tour of the facility at 12:30. Meet [...]

Join us at our 35th year Annual Celebration

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Save the Date: October 9

Help us Celebrate our 35th Year!

Friends of the Blue Hills Annual Celebration

Thursday, October 9, 7-9 p.m.

Fuller Village, 1372 Brush Hill Road, Milton, MA

Please join us for the Annual Celebration of the Friends of the Blue Hills on Thursday, October 9! We will be celebrating the Blue Hills, our members and friends, and everything we have accomplished together over the past 35 years! Our keynote speaker is Joseph Bagley, the City Archaeologist of Boston, who will discuss how the Native American tribes were the original stewards of the Blue Hills [...]

Enter the Houghton’s Pond Trail Race (You still have time to train!)

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Registration is now open for the Eleventh Annual Houghton’s Pond Trail Race, which will be held on Sunday, October 5 at 9:00 AM.  We’re grateful to Colonial Runners for donating part of the proceeds from this race to the Friends of the Blue Hills!

REGISTER ONLINE and review information about the race. There is no service fee for online registration! A mail-in application form will be posted in about a week on the Colonial Road Runners website, www.colonialrunners.org. Or, email John Goldrosen and her can send you one either as an email attachment or by mail.

The Houghton’s Pond [...]

Join us for the 35th Year Celebration Parade at the Cool Summer Fest

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Join us for the 35th celebration parade at the Cool Summer Fest  with the Kickin Brass Band!  Bring your family and friends and come early to make your own instruments and decorations and at noon we’ll parade around Houghton’s Pond!

The Cool Summer Fest at Houghton’s Pond runs from 10am to 3pm. You’ll can learn to fish, play water games, make crafts, see live wild animals and even get your face painted.

More on the Cool Summer Fest and schedule of events.

Thanks to our Sponsors: Blue Hills Bank, Doctors Express, Mass Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Thomas [...]

Believe it or not.. we’ll have faeries at the Summer Fest July 26

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Say hello to Autumn the Faerie at the Cool Summer Fest on July 26th at Houghton’s Pond!  Feel free to bring the Harry Potters, Superheros and Princesses in your own family to join the fun!  Throughout the day everyone will enjoy water games, fishing, face painting, live animals – and more!  You can even participate in the parade at noon around the pond with the Kickin’ Brass Band.

More details on this fun children’s summer activity.

For a Cool Summer Fest schedule.

 

The Cool Summer Fest is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors:

How Many Deer are there in the Blue Hills?

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The deer population in the Blue Hills is ten times the desired levels for this region, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife

Last month, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Department of Fish and Wildlife released the results of the first site-specific study of deer population in the Blue Hills.

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife deer density goal for the Blue Hills is 6 – 8 deer per square mile. The DFW’s conservative estimate of deer density in the Blue Hills Reservation is 85 deer per square mile.

The estimated deer population is about 10 [...]

Want to hike the Blue Hills, but don't know where to begin? Click here for recommendations to the best hiking near Boston. If you're interested in hiking Boston and Boston hiking, the Blue Hills Reservation offers great hikes near Boston. If you want to go hiking around Boston, be sure to check our suggested Boston hikes in the Blue Hills. The Blue Hills also offers a good place to find a South Shore MA mountain biking trail and you'll enjoy great Boston birding and birding near Boston. You'll also find a great swimming hole south of Boston at the Blue Hills Reservation and in general, great family fun South Shore.