Onset Bay Center welcomes summer with open house

May 14, 2022

Saturday’s warm and sunny weather was kismet for the Onset Bay Center’s Community Day, held to welcome the community back to the educational hub nestled between the Onset bluffs and the beach adjacent to the pier.

“We really wanted to invite the community to meet us,” said Angie Weldon, the center manager. A number of local organizations were also present, with informational tables set up along the front of the center as artists shared their work in the center itself.

Dianne Enzian of Dianne’s Art Farm led kids and grown-ups in painting rocks and seashells: Some to be brought home and others to adorn the center’s gardens.

Before it got too windy, kayaks and paddleboards were available for people to borrow to take onto the bay. And throughout the day, sailing excursions were held on the center’s newest vessel: A drascombe gig.

Weldon said that the Community Day marked the boat’s first outings into Onset Bay.

“There’s been a pretty great turn out,” Weldon said.

This summer, the center will host nine weeks of summer camps for kids ages 8 to 17, focusing on everything from sailing to bay ecology to general water sports.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Swim for Clean Water will be returning in its full glory for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. The Gleason Family YMCA is leading training for swimmers ahead of the June 18 event.

On Wickets Island, work is underway to upgrade the stone pier and add floating docks, which will make access to the island safer and easier for boaters and kayakers, Weldon said. That work is expected to be done in early June, she said.

For more information about everything happening at the center, go to www.savebuzzardsbay.org.