A Midsummer New England’s Dream, Issue I: Sands of Time

Maybe because of the long and harsh winters, summer in New England is really starting to feel like a paradise to me. Be it the crashing waves along the rocky coast, parading sailboats through the lively harbors, or smoking barbecue and steaming lobsters in the breezy waterfront shacks, every sunlit moment is a beautiful work of art framed with the brightest vacation spirit. So I decided to start a series of blogs dedicated to all these wonderful summer times — in order to have something warm to read when the next northeaster hits.

And naturally, it should all start with the Revere Beach sand sculpture festival. When I moved to Boston two years ago, it was one of the first events in the city that I got to check out. It was the first time that I saw large sand castles, animals statues, and sea gods. It was also the first (although unofficial) date for me and my boyfriend. Needless to say, this festival holds a special place in my heart and has become one of our anniversary checklist items since then.

Fortunately, it doesn’t disappoint us. Every year different artists come from all over the world for the competition, bringing pleasant surprises. The theme this year is Tall Ships:

Which fits the recent Sail Boston event quite well. Here’s one that looks like Cthulhu wreaking some havoc:

Although relevance to the theme seems to be up to the artist’s own interpretation. How are elephants related to nautical life?

Still a very nice piece, however. The details on the elephant’s skin look quite realistic.

My favorite sand sculptures tend to always be the ones with some hollow twist — maybe because they do better at giving off the vibe of being difficult to create. Like this:

Very artsy and creative, isn’t it?

Sand sculptures are actually incredibly sturdy. I used to try going to the festival on the earlier days, fearing that things might collapse after taking too much sun and wind from the beach, but last year a huge thunderstorm washed off the streets right before we got there, and to my great surprise no sculptures were damaged at all — not even a single scratch. Some say that they are treated with glue after completion, which I guess makes them a bit less “real”… but at least that guarantees a perfect view for everyone, any time.

Apart from the brilliant art, the streets are of course lined up with all types of festive food, live bands, and even Ferris wheels. Grab some fried dough and old fashioned soda, cheer for the performers, take a dip in the ocean or find some sea shells and old treasures on the beach, it’s always nice to have such an entertaining getaway so close to home.

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