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Scituate readies for Heritage Days

Posted by Molly Connors  August 5, 2010 05:17 PM

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The music will include reggae and an Irish band, and food will range from a bake sale to a pig roast. Boats will be blessed, stories will be told -- just be careful where you park.

“People who park where they’re not supposed to park will be ticketed,” says Claudia Oliver, co-chair of this year's Heritage Days festival.

To help bring people to the event, there will be a “free, continuous” shuttle bus will run from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., to the parking at the Greenbush T Station on the Driftway, Scituate High School, Gates Intermediate School, and Jenkins School.

While Heritage Days offers a range of attractions, Oliver knows what she looks forward to the most each year – the live music.

“The music goes on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so there’s music all day,” says Oliver.

This year's festival runs from Friday evening to Sunday evening at Scituate Harbor. The event has been running for roughly 40 years, she says, and can draw tens of thousands of people.

While the spirit of the event has remained the same since the beginning, the festival has gotten significantly bigger in the last decade, thus increasing the pressures on the dozen-or-so people who work all year to coordinate the three-day event, Oliver said. And, as the bands get better and the police details get bigger, the costs go up, she said.

While Front Street will be packed, Oliver and others say some of the most interesting things going on take place elsewhere. The Scituate Historical Society says on its website that all its locations, including Lawson’s Tower and the Scituate Lighthouse, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Oliver says she hopes to make time for a boat ride across Scituate Harbor to visit Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, which will be open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
[You can also drive, but free ferry service is available from the Harbormaster’s dock at Cole Parkway Marina.]

She also pointed out that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will man a booth to advise people about funding that's available to people who suffered from this spring’s disastrous floods.

But overall, she says, the point is to have fun.

“There’s something for everybody,” Oliver said.

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