There is a modern day treasure hunt underway on Boston area beaches.
Three hundred one-inch cobalt blue marbles are washing up on shore from Nahant to Nantasket and if you find one, you could win 40,000 points from JetBlue Airways.
Crewmembers from JetBlue and volunteers from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay released 100 marbles during a South Boston clean-up this summer and 200 more were subsequently released on North and South Shore beaches. The marbles are in celebration of Save the Bay’s 25th anniversary – and yes they are environmentally friendly: They are made of recycled glass, which was made from sand.
As of Labor Day 66 people have found marbles – a whopping 20 percent of those released.
"(The contest is) a great way to encourage people to take a fresh look at our region’s great public beaches,” said Bruce Berman of Save the Harbor. “They are the real treasures here.”
On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Save the Harbor held a drawing at their office on Boston’s Fish pier to pick the first three of what will be five winners to receive JetBlue points. Helen Anderson found her winning marble on Carson Beach at K Street. Caitlin Cooper and her mother Michelle found theirs on Wollaston Beach in Quincy and Susan Hardiman found hers at Malibu Beach in Dorchester.
There are more than 200 marbles still out there so get looking: The “Simply Marble-ous” treasure hunt doesn’t end until Columbus Day – and Save the Harbor will pick two more winners to receive the JetBlue points after the contest ends.
For more information on the treasure hunt and other beach events, go here.
And to Save the Harbor’s Facebook page.
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