National Sand Sculpting Festival – Revere, MA 2014

20 07 2014
 CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Grains of sand transformed into large sculptures as artists took over Revere Beach in Massachusetts on July 18. brucekgarber photographed some of the outstanding sand sculptures at this year’s National Sand Sculpting Festival. The 2014 theme for the festival was Thank you for your service, he explained. One of the highlights of the festival is watching artists sculpt the centerpiece.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producerLink to CNN iReport:
Photo CNN iReport Photo Essays_2014-07-19Revere Beach is located six miles north of downtown Boston.In 2004, the first New England Sand Sculpting Festival was held on the beach.The annual contest soon offered cash prizes that attracts famous sculptors from all over the world. This year’s competition is taking place right now from Friday July 18 to Sunday July 20, 2014.The rules:
– The plot size is 18 ft x 18 ft.
– Only sand and water are allowed.
– Sculptors receive approx. 12 tons of sand.
– Sculptors work from 8 am to 5 pm.
– Sculptors are given 45 mins. for lunch.
– No work will be allowed during lunch break.
– There are a total of 30 hours of competition.
– Only the master sculptor may work in the plot.
– Assistance may help remove forms.
– All forms must be removed prior to judging.
– All “pounded up” sand must be altered by hand.Judging Criteria:
– Overall Impact.
– Quality of Carving.
– Usage of Sand
– Degree of Difficulty.
– Originality.
– Artistic Impression.Prizes:
– 1st Prize: $5000.00
– 2nd Prize: $4000.00
– 3rd Prize: 3000.00
– Peoples Choice: $1000.00Best of Luck to all of the Artists.
The Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival 2014 winners are:
- Peoples Choice-Pavel Myinkov: Time is Running Out.
- 4th Place: Melineige Beauregard: Eternal Love.
- 3rd Place: Dan Doubleday: Snail Trail.
- 2nd Place: Jobi Bouchard: War-My Heart Tells Me Otherwise.
- 1st Place: Rusty Croft- Double Vision photo image: Joe Siciliano
credit, link and photos for the winners here:

My CNN iReport Assignment Report:


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Center piece of the festival – “Thank You For Your Service”

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Music In The Sand

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Nice To Meet You

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Nothing & Everything Traditional About This Sand Castle by: Walter McDonald of South Padre Island, Texas

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Time Is Running Out by: Pavel Myinkov of Moscow, Russia

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War-My Heart Tells Me Otherwise by: Jobi Bouchard of Montreal, Canada

Time-Lapse of the 2014 Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival Center Sculpture by @reveretv

The Charles W. Morgan Ship and The USS Constitution, Old Ironsides

20 07 2014

The Charles W. Morgan Ship

We had the opportunity to visit the last wooden whale ship in the world as it was dock by the USS Constitution, Old Ironsides in Charlestown, MA. We spent some time on Old Ironsides as well.

Morgan’s visit after recently undergoing a five-year, multimillion-dollar restoration. The stop in Boston will be celebrated with free tours, family activities.

Known as a “lucky ship” for surviving countless storms and “hostile natives,” Morgan is the last wooden whale ship in the world of an American whaling fleet that once had more than 2,700 vessels. The ship was first launched from New Bedford, Mass., on July 21, 1841—she turns 173 years old on Monday—and was typically manned by a crew of about 35.

Usually the main attraction at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, Morgan set sail in May to visit historic ports in New England. After Charlestown, she’ll head to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy via the Cape Cod Canal.

Links for more information:

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The Charles W. Morgan from aboard The USS Constitution

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The Charles W. Morgan

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The USS Constitution, Old Ironsides and The Captain W. Morgan in port side by side

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SUn set next to The USS Constitution, Old Ironsides



Music, Wigs and Hula Hoops…

18 07 2014

Meet my new friend Nikki Hunt.

We had the opportunity to see Nikki Hunt and her band Nikki Hunt Band perform live last weekend. We were out with a small crew of friends for dinner and drinks at Rick’s Cafe in Naples.

During the summer they have live acts and they are always different.

Well this weekend Nikki Hunt and her band were on the schedule.

All I will tell your here is that we had a lot of fun! The way Nikki mixes Music, wigs and hula hoops is quite entertaining. I would suggest if you have the opportunity to catch her show, you should.

To learn more about Nikki, her band, music and hula hoops check out her on line presents and blog. You can find the links here:

Hope you like the video Nikki. I shot a few clips of your performance and pulled this together.


Nikki Hunt – Music, Wigs and Hula Hoops



Nikki Hunt – Music, Wigs and Hula Hoops



Nikki Hunt and Bruce – Music, Wigs and Hula Hoops


On A River

18 07 2014

We had the opportunity to spend a day on a river in a boat with friends. It was so relaxing. The sky and clouds looked so nice.

It all started with dinner, friends and cherrystones on the grill. Have you every had cherrystones on the grill? So good!

The next morning we went to the boat. Even thought it’s a fast boat we just cursed down the lazy river taking in all of the sights. In the morning we saw an owl in the tree. It looked like a white owl but were not certain. A second owl came slightly into view hidden behind a branch and some levees.

Got to love New England.  Took a few photographs along the way. I hope you enjoy them.

On a boat and Clouds

On A Boat

River Speed SLOW

River Speed SLOW

Stairway for two

Stairway For Two


Reflecting on the river

Reflecting On The River

Owl in a tree

Owl In A Tree


Cherrystones Pn The Grill

Street Art

25 06 2014

There was a downtown festival were I had the opportunity to watch and enjoy these artists. Remember when you were young and drew all kinds of things on the sidewalk with chalk to only watch the rain wash it away? Well these people are taking drawing on the sidewalk to a different level. Here’s part of that day I preserved in photos.


Street Art Montage – note, the baseball player statue is a real person.




The artist and her art.





The artist and his art





The artist and her art





A Day In Boston Harbor

10 06 2014

I had the opportunity to spend a day in Boston Harbor on a boat with some friends. It was a picture perfect day with calm seas and big white puffy clouds. A great day for photographs. Here are a few photos from that day. I hope you enjoy them.

The photographs are mine. I gave credit and a link to the information noted.


Roseway, gaff-rigged schooner

Roseway is a wooden gaff-rigged schooner launched on 24 November 1925 in Essex, Massachusetts. She is now restored and listed as a National Historic Landmark.



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Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party was a key event in the growth of the American Revolution.



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Boston Skyline

Boston,  the capital of the U.S. state of Massachusetts and the largest city in New England, is home to 251 completed high-rises, 27 of which stand taller than 400 feet (122 m). The majority of the city’s skyscrapers and high-rises are clustered in the Back Bay neighborhoods.



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Spirit of Boston

The Spirit of Boston, Cruising year-round from Boston’s historic Seaport District, Spirit offers lunch, dinner, cocktail and holiday cruises, plus dozens of themed cruises.


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USS Constitution Old Ironsides

USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, she is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat.



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Cirque du Soleil Amaluna

Amaluna is a touring show by Cirque du Soleil. Loosely inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the story takes place on an island governed by goddesses.


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Marina Bay Boston

Marina Bay is situated on the former site of the Victory Destroyer Plant and Navel Air Station Squantum. a naval airfield that was closed in 1954.





37,000 Flags on Display

26 05 2014

37,000 Flags on Display on A Hill In The Boston Public Garden

We had a great day in Boston walking around The Boston Public Garden. On the hill we came across 37,000 flags. Each one representing a Massachusetts fallen Hero. I thought it was a interesting display where people can reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day.

This display of flags is presented on the hill in the Boston Public Gargen. It was a very impressive sight for sure, and when you read what was on the sign you will understand.

Below is was written on a sign by the display of flags…

To all that served or are currently serving. Thank you for your service.

“Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic,”
- General John A. Logan, Grand Army of the Republic, May 5, 1868

Memorial Day isn’t just another holiday.

This garden of 37,000 flags was planted in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Revolutionary War to the present. These flags will be on display throughout memorial Day weekend for your observation and reflections. Please remember and honor the ultimate sacrifices of our local heroes.

For more information about the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, please visit

Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund
Supporting Families Who Have Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

Each flag represents a fallen service member; please respect the display.




Thank you for your service



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