The Hull Lifesaving Museum is rolling out a roster of events this summer as pandemic restrictions ease.
“We opened in the pandemic with a lot of outdoor, spread-out activities,” executive director Mike McGurl told The Hull Times. “Now we’re just ramping up to our regular repertoire of events.”
And while restrictions are loosening, McGurl stressed, “We’re still extra cautious.”
Currently, the museum is hosting a “Sea and Sky Art Exhibit,” which will run until the beginning of September. The exhibit contains more than 70 works of art, with what McGurl described as “very good technique and skills.”
“The level of art is going to be very, very good this year,” he said.
“[There is] a lot of art people can look at and they can purchase,” he continued, noting that the museum sold seven pieces of art on the opening day of the exhibit.
McGurl is especially looking forward to the July 31 Illumination event, which he described as the “hallmark event of the year.” The museum typically puts out about 1,000 flares, illuminating the shoreline.
Last year, due to the pandemic, residents had to buy LED light flares instead; McGurl nonetheless viewed that as “a big hit.” Still, “everyone is anxious to get back to the traditional dramatic illumination of the whole shoreline.” (Flares can be purchased on the museum website.)
The museum is also running what is primarily an outdoor “Summer Adventure Program” for children ages 5 to 11. The program features a different theme each week, from “Tide Pool Adventures” to “Shipwrecks and Lifesavers.”
There has been a lot of interest in the program this year, which McGurl credits to “people who have been stuck in their houses” and who have been “trying to get out and do stuff.”
The Adult Rowing Club has also been in action and “typically rowing two days a week,” he reported. Youth rowing is the “next thing we want to get organized,” because it has not been in operation yet.
For literary fans, a Nautical Book Club takes place in person, and then there is the Online Book Club.
You can visit the Hull Lifesaving Museum at 1117 Nantasket Ave., or go to its website for more information on any of the activities at https://www.lifesavingmuseum.org/