Playing In The Sand

“Make hay while the sun shines,” farmers say.

In Westport, we translate that as: “Go play at the beach when it’s nice out.”

Castles in the Sand — a fundraiser for Homes With Hope — drew a great crowd today. Teams, ranging from 2 or 3 people to a dozen — representing civic organizations, businesses or just friends — paid money for a pile of sand. Two hours later, they’d created clever (and very temporary) sculptures.

A group of Staples students celebrated National Train Day by building this locomotive below — hauling cargo behind it. Eric Essagof took this photo, tweeted it, and got a quick shout-out from National Train Day organizers.

Wakeman Town Farm built a hand holding a seed. There were animals, surfers and the Taj Mahal. The Saugatuck Congregational Church built, well, the Saugatuck Congregational Church.

And — this being the beach — “Jaws.”

Beth Carter sent these 2 photos:

Nearby, the 2nd annual Westport Youth Commission-sponsored volleyball tournament was underway.  The group has worked hard all year to bring police and teenagers together. This event was one result.

The cops wore orange t-shirts. The teenagers and 20-somethings wore everything else.

3 responses to “Playing In The Sand

  1. Jeff Wieser

    Great pics and story Dan. As Eeyore would say (not a subject of a sandcastle to date – – maybe next year??): “thanksfornoticingus”
    And thanks to all the builders who worked so hard to make some fabulous creations – and thanks to ALL the spectators who came to see the creations and learn a little about Homes with Hope and the 82 people who stay in our programs every night. Finally thanks to the little kids who, this year, did NOT destroy most of the castles, so that folks could enjoy them all weekend!!!

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