DCR Blue Hills Reservation & South Coast
Hikes & Happenings - Summer 2018


Saturdays, June 2, 16; July 7, 21; August 4, 18     11:00am-3:00pm
Open House at the Dorothy Quincy Homestead
The Dorothy Quincy Homestead is located at 34 Butler Road in Quincy. Visit www.nscdama.org
A National Historic Landmark, the Quincy Homestead is significant for its role in early American history, for its architecture, and for its Quincy family association.
In addition to the architecture and furnishings, docents share stories of the Quincy family during the colonial era. The tours are free.

Saturday, June 16     10:00am-11:30am
Bunker Hill Quarry Tour
Meet at the Quincy Quarries parking lot located on Riccuiti Drive in Quincy.
Look for the large paved parking lot on the right at the top of the first hill. Rain cancels.
Historic Bunker Hill Monument which commemorates one of the first battles of the American Revolution, had its humble beginnings in the rocky hills of the West Quincy. Join members of the Quarry Workers Museum and a DCR Park Interpreter as we witness the amazing engineering feats behind the building of the Bunker Hill Monument. Must be able to walk 1 mile on moderately rocky, uneven terrain.

Saturday, June 30     10:00am-noon
Lower Neponset River Greenway Geology Walk
For preregistration and location, email Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us. Space is limited. For ages 12 and up.
Les Tyrala, registered geologist, and the DCR will lead a geology walk along the Neponset River Greenway.
Examine sedimentary bedrock evidence of ancient mountains, shallow seas and lava flows plus the more recent glacial features. Co-sponsored by DCR and Neponset River Watershed Association.

Friday, July 6     7:30pm-9:00pm
Bats in the Blue Hills
Email Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us for registration and location. Space is limited. For ages 8 and up.
Bats, our only flying mammals, are truly remarkable and often misunderstood animals. Bats are very beneficial and can eat up to 600 insects an hour. Join us for an evening of bat appreciation as we learn more about these amazing creatures in an indoor lecture then head outside to lure in a few of these flying wonders.

July 10 - August 28     At Dusk
Tuesday Night Family Flicks at DCR Martini Shell Memorial Park
Meet at 1015 Truman Parkway in Hyde Park. Call 617-698-1802, ext. 3 for weather updates.
Bring along a blanket and snacks and enjoy a family movie under the stars. Bug spray too! Movies begin at dusk.
Rain cancels.

July 10: Despicable Me 3
July 17: Emoji Movie
July 24: Elf (Christmas in July!)
July 31: Cars 3
August 7: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
August 14: Coco
August 21: Beauty and the Beast
August 28: Thor: Ragnarok 

Saturday, July 14     10:00am-2:00pm
Neponset Riverfest
Event at DCR Neponset II Park, at the corner of Hill Top St. and Granite Ave., Dorchester
Join us as we celebrate the Neponset River and beautiful parks and pedestrian paths along the shore, along with the natural salt marshes and wetlands that support an abundance of wildlife. Enjoy music, food, children’s activities and lots of interesting people to meet! Try out a canoe or kayak for free, courtesy of PaddleBoston: Neponset River. For more info and parking details, visit www.neponset.org/riverfest

Wednesday, July 18     6:00pm-8:00pm
Blue Hills Plein Air Drawing
Email Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us for preregistration and meeting location. Space is limited. For ages 16 and up.
Join the DCR and Art Teacher Ilani D’Alfonso, who often paints and draws in the Blue Hills, for an instructional Plein Air drawing workshop. We’ll gather at a scenic Blue Hills location as the sun is descending and capture the beautiful outdoor landscapes. Drawing supplies will be provided. Beginners welcome.

Saturday, July 28     10:00am-1:00pm
Twenty Seventh Annual Houghton’s Pond Fish Festival
Take Rt. 93 to exit 3 and follow Fish Festival signs to picnic site 5 on the west side of Houghton’s Pond.
“Catch” some “reel” fun at Houghton’s Pond this summer! Join the DCR rangers and instructors from MassWildlife to learn the basics of fishing in this free clinic. Equipment is available or bring your own if possible. A MA fishing license is not required for this event. Crafts, games and other fishy activities too!
A guaranteed good time for all.

August 9 - August 30     At Dusk
Thursday Night Family Flicks at DCR Pope John Paul II Park
Meet at the Gallivan Boulevard entrance in Dorchester. Call 617-727-6034 for weather updates. Rain cancels.
Bring along a blanket and snacks and enjoy a family movie under the stars. Bring bug spray too! All movies begin at dusk.
August 9: Jumanji: Welcome Jungle
August 16: Coco
August 23: Beauty and the Beast
August 30: Thor: Ragnarok

Evenings of August 18 & 23
Free Shakespeare: As You Like It

DCR Fall River Heritage State Park on Saturday, August 18     7:30-9:30pm
200 Davol Street, Fall River. Park at the DCR lot at 5 Water Street in Fall River.

DCR Borderland State Park on Thursday, August 23     7:30-9:30pm
259 Massapoag Ave, North Easton Note: $5.00 resident and $10.00 nonresident parking fee at Borderland.

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

The Forest of Arden comes alive in Brown Box Theatre Project’s 8th Annual Free Outdoor Shakespeare tour. When a motley cast of characters finds themselves banished from the court, misdirection, desire and serendipity unite to form a tangled web of identity and love that could only be possible in this pastoral haven, where gender roles, politics, and expectations are turned upside-down. As You Like It will transport audiences into the heart of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. www.brownboxtheatre.org

Things to know before you go

Visit www.mass.gov/dcr for more DCR summer news & free programs across the state.

DCR Blue Hills Reservation     695 Hillside St., Milton, MA     617-727-4573 Recorded Event line #3