Originally published in
The Weekly Packet, August 15, 2013
Mountain Day celebrates Blue Hill Mountain under fair skies
For the first time since Blue Hill Heritage Trust began celebrating Mountain Day four years ago, “perfect” weather graced the event, said BHHT board chairman Mary Barnes.
“We’ve seen a steady stream of people,” she said during the event on Saturday, August 10. The day-long celebration included a morning hike, a yoga event at the summit, live music, food and more. Most of the events took place in Hayes Field.
The event was started a few years ago as a way to “generate activity on the mountain,” said Barnes, and to “get people outside and to enjoy the landscape.”
Activities included crafting and decorating walking sticks, a scavenger hunt, a story walk and checking out bugs with Lynn Havsall.
Bonnie Copper, who oversees the children’s programming for BHHT, handed out BHHT’s new “passports.” The passports list 10 of BHHT’s trails that have letterboxes on them. Letterboxes are small boxes, usually somewhere in the center of the trail, that have a stamp and some ink in a container. Kids can stamp their passport. After eight of the 10 stamps, children can bring in their passport and receive a certificate from BHHT.
“We’re hoping it gets kids on trails,” said Copper.