Hundreds Join In 10th ‘Celebrate Our Waters’ Event

By: Alan Pollock

Topics: Groundwater protection , Waterways , Community events

Pleasant Bay Community Boating offered free sails around Pleasant Bay as part of the event.  ALAN POLLOCK PHOTOS

ORLEANS — Hundreds of people made the most of the last two days of summer this weekend, taking to ponds, beaches and nature trails for the 10th annual Celebrate Our Waters event.

Newbies try their balance on stand-up paddleboards in Pilgrim Lake, thanks to an introduction by SUPfari Adventures.

Newbies try their balance on stand-up paddleboards in Pilgrim Lake, thanks to an introduction by SUPfari Adventures.

Organized by the Orleans Pond Coalition, the weekend offered dozens of opportunities to explore paddle sports, history, outdoor activities and nature appreciation. The event is part of the Coalition’s mission to engage the public in protecting watersheds, estuaries, ponds and lakes.

 

Artist John Murphy paints en plein air at Pilgrim Lake.

Artist John Murphy paints en plein air at Pilgrim Lake.

Kayakers paddle through Town Cove, led by experts from Goose Hummock.

Kayakers paddle through Town Cove, led by experts from Goose Hummock.

Youngsters explore simulated “sea life” in the touch tank at Rock Harbor.

Youngsters explore simulated “sea life” in the touch tank at Rock Harbor.

The “family fun tent” at Rock Harbor was home to activities for children and informational tables for adults.

The “family fun tent” at Rock Harbor was home to activities for children and informational tables for adults.

Model boat enthusiasts square off in a regatta at Crystal Lake.  

Model boat enthusiasts square off in a regatta at Crystal Lake.  

A large crowd started the day Saturday with a yoga session on Nauset Beach, offered by Orleans Yoga.  JUDITH BRUCE PHOTO

A large crowd started the day Saturday with a yoga session on Nauset Beach, offered by Orleans Yoga.  JUDITH BRUCE PHOTO