When is the last time you watched an outdoor movie with your family -- on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, your picnic blanket planted firmly on a patch of American history? Fort Revere Park, in Hull Village, lets you do just that.
The Fort Revere Park and Preservation Society was established in the early ' 90 s as a nonprofit organization to support the park. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation and the society work in partnership to preserve the history and maintain the site.
Matt Tobin is the Department of Conservation and Recreation's site supervisor for the fort. A history buff, he wears many hats: groundskeeper, graffiti exterminator (Tobin notes that the fort has had its share of troublemakers ), and event programmer.
In 2001 Tobin, who had enjoyed watching outdoor movies at the Memorial Hatch Shell in Boston, made arrangements with the DCR to show the same movies at the fort.
"Most movies are second-run box office hits; all are family friendly. The movie truck pulls up in the middle of the field -- families spread out their blankets and picnic baskets in front of the outdoor movie screen -- and the preservation society sells drinks and snacks," says Tobin.
"Fabulous Flicks at the Fort" begins Saturday and runs until Sept. 1. The outdoor movies begin at sundown and the titles remain a surprise until the film starts rolling. Veteran attendees know to bring blankets, chairs, a flashlight, and bug spray.
"By 1947, the military started to decommission most of the coastal defense systems," says Tobin. The fort remained vacant for a long time, until the town decided to formally turn it into a park. "There was a big push in '76, in concert with the bicentennial celebrations, for the town to restore the site," says Tobin. That was when the amphitheaters were installed inside the batteries to accommodate the festivities being held in the park.
Hull has always been a destination spot, a summer colony, a respite from the humidity and concrete of Boston. Families have been arriving here -- by carriage, steamboat, station wagon, and now hybrid -- to take in the views, run their toes through the sand, and swim in the ocean. And now families can come for outdoor movies as well.
It's not difficult to see why the population swells during the summer months. Locals know there's more to Hull than Nantasket Avenue and the throngs of beachgoers that sprawl across the sand and congest the boardwalk from May to August.
For more information: www.mass.gov/ dcr/parks/metroboston/ftrevere.com or www.ftreverepark.org. The Officers Quarter Museum, operated by the Fort Revere Park & Preservation Society, is open for special events throughout the season and available to groups for educational or family functions. Contact the park office 781-925-1777.
Source: the Boston Globe. Excerpt from "Hull park is high point for fun; Fort Revere offers families movies and more" by Amy van Aaram, Globe Correspondent. Read full article at: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/07/05/hull_park_is_high_point_for_fun/