August 1, 2008
Kids Build Sand Castles on ‘Gray’s Beach Day’
By EDWARD B. COLBY
WORKING TOGETHER AND HAVING FUN
Kingston youngsters Andrew Burke, Desmond Core, Michael Donovan and Joe Manning spent a good chunk of time cooperatively constructing their massive entry in a sand castle contest at Gray's Beach.
When they were done, the foursome had built two dry moats ringed by bucket castles. One moat's castles were adorned by white flowers and green stalks, while the other featured big rocks and black, dried seaweed. The moats were connected by a canal, while a wall meandered around the whole project.
The four were among about three dozen second- and third-graders playing in the sand Wednesday morning at "Gray's Beach Day," held by the Kingston Recreation Department's Playground Program.
The summer program's assistant director, Katie Hall, noted that everyone was involved in the sand castle contest.
"They really got into it, which is neat," she said.
The boys, who called their team "the Pros," were confident heading into the judging - and their entry won first place, judged best for its creativity, water resistance, teamwork and presentation.
"We won!" exulted 8-year-old Desmond, the group's creative leader, before he and the others tore off toward the water.
"I've been building sand castles since I was 4," said Andrew, 9.
Gray's Beach Day was actually a two-day event, with the younger kids following fourth- through sixth-graders who had their own sand castle contest on Tuesday, said Susan Woodworth, Kingston's director of recreation.
The five-week Playground Program also includes students in kindergarten and first grade, Woodworth said.
After the sand castles were done Wednesday many kids went swimming while others enjoyed snacks from The Beach Hut. D.J. Doncaster, 8, did both.
"The water wasn't too bad today," he said as he shared french fries on the beach with Renae Caizzi, 9. "Instead of just having a regular day at camp, it's a day to run and to play games."
Edward B. Colby may be reached at [email protected]
Originally published by By EDWARD B. COLBY, The Patriot Ledger.
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