Friends of Winthrop Beach
The Friends of Winthrop Beach was formed in 2012 to offer free events and activities on Winthrop Beach as part of Save the Harbor’s “Better Beaches Program.” Since that time we have offered concerts, campfires, “Paint the Beach with Richard Honan,” driftwood collage workshops, puppet shows, Movies on the Beach and more. We have supported activities offered by the Winthrop Cultural Council, Parks and Recreation, the Winthrop Art Association, the I Love Winthrop Festival, the Point Shirley Athletic Association and the Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association. This year our activities include an Anti-litter campaign on our DCR and Town beaches with decoratively painted barrels and an anti-litter slogan contest. We are also spearheading a historical mural project at the new park at the Crest which will depict a Narrow Gauge railroad era locomotive appearing to emerge from the tunnel.”
Thanks to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for their support of our events. Thanks to DCR Commissioner Leo Roy for his support and encouragement of our mural project, Educator Matthew Nash who has offered Tidal Pool Exploration programs at Winthrop Beach in the summer, Nature Walks throughout the year and Birding in the winter. Matthew also offers programs at Belle Isle Marsh and Revere Beach throughout the year. Thanks to Sean Riley, the Forest and Parks Supervisor at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation who also leads educational programs on Winthrop Beach, and to Mark Peterson who helps us on “Movie Night on the Beach.” Thanks to Christina Doctoroff for her help with our barrel painting project.
We hope to offer more free events on Winthrop Beach and to partner with other groups to sponsor activities on Yirrell Beach, Revere Beach, Constitution Beach, Short Beach and Belle Isle Marsh.