Friends of the Blue Hills http://friendsofthebluehills.org Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:56:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Sept 27, 2014 – Quincy Quarries Geology Walk, Taken for Granite http://friendsofthebluehills.org/quincy-quarries-geology-walk/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/quincy-quarries-geology-walk/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:24:50 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6789 Saturday, Sep 27th, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Join a DCR Ranger and Les Tyrala, a registered geologist, for this co-sponsored geology walk with the Friends of the Blue Hills. We will explore the geology and quarry history to understand why the granite of Quincy was so valuable. Additionally, we’ll look at the local glacial features and appreciate why we have Boston Harbor and its islands. Sturdy footwear is required and the ability to climb rugged, narrow trails. 1.5 hours.

Space is limited; registration is required. Email raymond.f.mckinnon@state.ma.us for meeting place and directions.

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Saturday, Sep 27th, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Join a DCR Ranger and Les Tyrala, a registered geologist, for this co-sponsored geology walk with the Friends of the Blue Hills. We will explore the geology and quarry history to understand why the granite of Quincy was so valuable. Additionally, we’ll look at the local glacial features and appreciate why we have Boston Harbor and its islands. Sturdy footwear is required and the ability to climb rugged, narrow trails. 1.5 hours.

Space is limited; registration is required. Email raymond.f.mckinnon@state.ma.us for meeting place and directions.

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Enter the Houghton’s Pond Trail Race (You still have time to train!) http://friendsofthebluehills.org/houghtons-pond-trail-race/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/houghtons-pond-trail-race/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:35:30 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6759 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 [...]]]> 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 Trail Race follows a 6.2-mile route through the Houghton’s Pond section of the DCR Blue Hills Reservation. The 2014 course will be the same as in 2009-2013.

REGISTRATION RULES:

As conditions for our DCR race permit, we have agreed to the following
–Registration is limited to 250 runners
–Runners must pre-enter. There will be NO race-day registration

Last year, we reached the registration limit a few days before the race. Please register early and don’t be shut out!

Runners who register by September 13 are guaranteed to receive our distinctive Houghton’s Pond Trail Race T-shirt, which is definitely a “keeper”.

Part of the proceeds from the race will be donated to the Friends of the Blue Hills, to help support its trail maintenance program and other advocacy efforts to preserve the Blue Hills Reservation.

Please contact John Goldrosen with any questions, concerns, and suggestions.

John Goldrosen, Director
Houghton’s Pond Trail Race
October 5, 2014
trailrunning@colonialrunners.org

Photo credit: Amanda Szymczuk, Quincy

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Your Ticket to Dinner at the Top! http://friendsofthebluehills.org/big-blue-raffle/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/big-blue-raffle/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 22:44:00 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6731 Win a chance for 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’ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/celebrate35/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/celebrate35/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:54:42 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6502  

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 $15 each or 3/$35.  To purchase tickets, please click the below link, fill [...]]]>  

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 $15 each or 3/$35.  To purchase tickets, please click the below link, fill out the initial form and press ‘confirm.  Then press ‘proceed to payment.’  At the PayPal page that you will see you can log in – or if you don’t want to log into PayPal, just click ‘Pay with a debit or credit card’.  Then fill out your credit card information on the secure PayPal form.  You do not need to register with PayPal to make the payment.

Purchase Raffle Tickets

The raffle drawing will take place at the Friends of the Blue Hills Annual Celebration on October 9.

(Date to be mutually agreed upon and must be scheduled within one year of the drawing.  Restaurant will provide options for appetizer, entrée, and dessert.  Friends of the Blue Hills will provide non-alcoholic beverages. Guests must be at least 18 years old.  Other restrictions may apply.)

 

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

Thursday, October 9     7:00 – 9:00 pm     Fuller Village, 1372 Brush Hill Road,Milton

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 Reservation.

We will also be honoring our 2014 Community Partners:

Dedham Savings Bank

The Eustis Family

Milton Junior Woman’s Club

Steve Valero and the Blue Hills Hiking Club

Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres from Off the Vine Catering, cash bar, silent auction, and much more! Tickets are $35 each if purchased by October 3, and $40 each at the door. Order tickets today.  To purchase tickets, please click the below link, fill out the initial form and press ‘confirm.  Then press ‘proceed to payment.’  At the PayPal page that you will see you can log in – or if you don’t want to log into PayPal, just click ‘Pay with a debit or credit card’.  Then fill out your credit card information on the secure PayPal form.  You do not need to register with PayPal to make the payment.

We look forward to seeing you on October 9!

Thank you to our generous event sponsor: Dedham Savings Bank
Contact Anne Comber at 617-696-8248 for more information about sponsorship options.

Purchase Event & Raffle Tickets

 

 

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Annual Celebration 2014 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/annual-celebration-2014/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/annual-celebration-2014/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:47:37 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6041 See below to become a SPONSOR, purchase TICKETS to the event and RAFFLE tickets. Use the form below to make a secure donation with your credit card or bank account at PayPal – even if you don’t have a PayPal account.

 

SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS:

$3,500-$5,000 35th Anniversary Champion: At this level, you will receive (i) six tickets to the Annual Celebration; (ii) name or company logo on the website and on all four newsletters; (iii) name [...]]]> Please join us at our Annual Celebration!
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7-9 p.m.
Fuller Village, 1372 Brush Hill Road, Milton

See below to become a SPONSOR, purchase TICKETS to the event and RAFFLE tickets. Use the form below to make a secure donation with your credit card or bank account at PayPal – even if you don’t have a PayPal account.

 

SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS:

$3,500-$5,000 35th Anniversary Champion: At this level, you will receive (i) six tickets to the Annual Celebration; (ii) name or company logo on the website and on all four newsletters; (iii) name or company logo on promotional materials displayed prior to the event; (iv) recognition at the event; and (v) private two hour sunset hike in the Blue Hills led by a distinguished naturalist.

$1,000-$3,499 Skyline Trail Supporter: At this level, you will receive (i) four tickets to the Annual Celebration; (ii) name or company logo on the website and on all four newsletters; (iii) name or company logo on promotional materials displayed prior to the event; and (iv) recognition at the event.

$350-$999 Great Blue Hill Guardian: At this level, you will receive (i) two tickets to the Annual Celebration; (ii) name on the website and on all four newsletters; and (iii) recognition at the event.

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35th Year Celebration Testimony http://friendsofthebluehills.org/love-blue-hills/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/love-blue-hills/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:10:25 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6681 I have lived in Jamaica Plain for 7 years, and I would not have survived city living if it wasn’t for the Blue Hills.  I run on the trails as much as possible, and I remember, when my father was sick and dying, I would go there for solace and peace.  Thank you, thank you for all that you do to make the Blue Hills a beautiful and amazing place!

Jesse Robinson

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I have lived in Jamaica Plain for 7 years, and I would not have survived city living if it wasn’t for the Blue Hills.  I run on the trails as much as possible, and I remember, when my father was sick and dying, I would go there for solace and peace.  Thank you, thank you for all that you do to make the Blue Hills a beautiful and amazing place!

Jesse Robinson

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Join us for the 35th Year Celebration Parade at the Cool Summer Fest http://friendsofthebluehills.org/parade-blue-hills/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/parade-blue-hills/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:19:17 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6656 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 [...]]]> 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 M. Menino YMCA-Hyde Park.

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Believe it or not.. we’ll have faeries at the Summer Fest July 26 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/children-summer-activities/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/children-summer-activities/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:26:40 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6614 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:

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:

DRX-AFC Logo-URGENT-CARE-2013 BHB LOGO

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Cleaning the Park by Updating the Bottle Bill http://friendsofthebluehills.org/ma-bottle-bill/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/ma-bottle-bill/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:29:43 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6610 The Friends of the Blue Hills is working with a statewide coalition to update the state bottle bill. Updating the bottle bill would increase recycling and help clean up the Blue Hills – and all our parks. The current return bottle law has been successful for those containers that it covers. Eighty percent of the bottles and cans covered under the current bottle bill are recycled. But since the bill passed in 1982 we’ve started to use many new kinds of bottles that are not covered under the law, like water and sports bottles. Only 20 percent of these new [...]]]> The Friends of the Blue Hills is working with a statewide coalition to update the state bottle bill. Updating the bottle bill would increase recycling and help clean up the Blue Hills – and all our parks. The current return bottle law has been successful for those containers that it covers. Eighty percent of the bottles and cans covered under the current bottle bill are recycled. But since the bill passed in 1982 we’ve started to use many new kinds of bottles that are not covered under the law, like water and sports bottles. Only 20 percent of these new containers end up recycled.

That means we see a lot of water bottles and sports drinks littering the Blue Hills parking lots and trails, but very few of the bottles that can be redeemed. We are working to update the bill to include water and sports drink bottles by helping to pass a ballot initiative this fall.

Click for an update on our work to update the bottle bill.

Photo credit: Lisa Irwin, Weymouth

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Advocating for Park Resources http://friendsofthebluehills.org/state-budget/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/state-budget/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:24:45 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6600 The Friends of the Blue Hills is part of a statewide coalition of environmental groups called the Environmental Collaborative.  As part of this coalition, we advocate for statewide policies that help the Blue Hills, such as increased funding for environmental agencies.  We are particularly interested in making sure the agency that manages the Blue Hills (the Department of Conservation and Recreation) has adequate funding.

Here’s an update on the 2014 budget.

 

Photo credit: Alison Fox, Canton

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The Friends of the Blue Hills is part of a statewide coalition of environmental groups called the Environmental Collaborative.  As part of this coalition, we advocate for statewide policies that help the Blue Hills, such as increased funding for environmental agencies.  We are particularly interested in making sure the agency that manages the Blue Hills (the Department of Conservation and Recreation) has adequate funding.

Here’s an update on the 2014 budget.

 

Photo credit: Alison Fox, Canton

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