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June 24, 2014

Here comes the sun

MARBLEHEAD — Architect Bruce Greenwald estimates that 75 people gathered on Saturday at the Bluff Beach Sun Circle, a sort of mini-Stonehenge constructed in 2009 at the edge of Massachusetts Bay. It attracts special attention during the winter and summer solstices. “People come from all over,” he said. “From Swampscott, Marblehead, Lynn and Salem.”

As they come from a diversity of places, they bring a diversity of purpose to this observance. Greenwald noted that some were intent on science, some on sculpture and others on nature.

“Some of it was sacred. Some people said prayers,” he said.

For example, former Marblehead High School teacher Jim Keating, an astronomer, offered a discussion of the science involved in the solstice.

Musical instruments came out; one man played to honor his father. Songs and poems were shared. Greenwald, who designed the circle, discussed the stones used to construct it. Bluff Beach is at the Marblehead/Swampscott line, off Atlantic Avenue.

Abbot Hall wins a letter

As work continues on maintaining the tower at Abbot Hall, someone noticed that the protective material wrapped round the structure is red. Marblehead High School’s colors are red and black.

Selectman Harry Christensen said an idea was born after he and others were looking at the big red sheet draped over the town’s jewel of a public building. “Wouldn’t it be nice to put two black ‘M’s’ on it?” Of course, it wouldn’t last for long, as the project is expected to be done in October. Nevertheless, the idea seemed good enough that he brought it up at last week’s selectmen meeting.

It would cost money, however, and Christensen conceded that the town can’t be spending on such things. “We didn’t vote on it.” But a public-spirited Marbleheader stepped forward to make it happen, providing the funding. “It’s a private entity,” the selectman said. “They don’t want to be recognized.”

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