NotWhitey posts a newspaper account of a giant skating festival on Jamaica Pond (skating on the pond? Well, yeah, they also used to have skinny dipping in the summer for men) that had to be called off when Curley himself noticed the ice about to give way.
Alex Howard moved to Washington this past summer. He likes his new home, but still pines for Boston - and compiles a list of all the things he misses (50 categories!), including:
... Jamaica Pond. Whether it was fishing, sailing, rowing, cycling, running, reading or enjoying an amble in the annual Lantern Parade, this kettlehole pond was always a joy to visit. ...
It doesn't take much to make peds happy, Scott discovers on a walk around Jamaica Pond.
Steve Garfield posts video of some Jamaica Pond ducks that found a watering hole in the ice.
Mike Ball snapped the fabled white squirrel of Jamaica Pond today; reports the mini-beast got close enough to grab a tossed nut, then scampered away.
Copyright Mike Ball.
Mark brings to our attention those more carefree days of yore, when people played baseball - on skates - on a frozen Jamaica Pond.
Steve Garfield captures (digitally, of course), one of the fabled white squirrels of Jamaica Pond.
Oh, the horror, the horror that would descend on the area around Jamaica Pond if swimming were allowed. Because you just know kids everywhere would drop what they're doing and charter buses to take them to THE POND and those buses would idle all day long outside those expensive condos and that would be quite distressing enough but then, before the buses left, all those urchins would run wild through the streets, mugging everybody they see and throwing rocks through windows and setting fire to the mansions and breaking out their cans of spray paint and writing on everything.
Mark recounts decade after decade of various legal actions involving the pond (mainly related to people doing such dastardly things as taking ice out of it without the town of West Roxbury's consent - OK, granted, 8,000 tons of ice). He mentions that in 1856, the town of West Roxbury stationed a policeman on the shores in warm weather to stop people from swimming in the pond (back when it was still used as a drinking-water supply).
It was nice to see some new trees planted across from Jamaica Pond this morning. They are just beside the recently refurbished wall.
I'd give them about 50 years.
Then they'll have to be cut down, after their roots destroy the wall again, and the wall be need to be restored.
Then new trees will be planted.
The cycle of life.
Not to carp, but the governor looks like his mussels are tiring and he's haddock up to there, coddamnit. Definitely seems like he's in need of a good pint of Bass. Scott Wachtler from the Bulletin Newspapers, Inc. reeled in this photo at yesterday's annual fish release at Jamaica Pond.
Deval Patrick is up to something fishy.
Steve Garfield is on the scene with a video camera as Patrick, local kids release fish into Jamaica Pond.