Rockland: Hundreds Attend Second Annual Rockland Day

Hundreds of people turned out for the second annual Rockland Day, which had numerous vendors and activities at the Lower Memorial Field.

“I think that these events are pretty good, so far my favorite event was riding the horse,” said six-year-old Landon Rubio of Rockland.

Under the shade, kids got to ride horses from Ponies for Parties in Middleboro. Hope and Finnegan were there for the trot, two retired horses that were adopted. Derel Lee Twombly, the CEO of the company, said she was happy to teach kids how to ride.

“Ponies for Parties has been in business on the South Shore for almost 50 years now, so we’re a South Shore institution,” said Twombly. “We’ve had generations of riders and we’re in generations of photo albums. We love what we do and we’re happy to be part of this greater community.”

Across the field, kids gathered to paint at a cardboard stegosaurus dinosaur.

“It’s one and only purpose is to make kids smile,” said Holly Hamilton, a member of Fourth-Floor Artists in Rockland. Margaret MacLellan created the sculpture out of cardboard boxes.

“Younger kids will do splashes and blotches, and older kids will do more complicated designs,” said Hamilton. It’s fun for everyone.”

With the painting complete, they’re hoping to display the sculpture at the Sandpaper Factory Studios in Rockland.

Nearby, Boy Scout Troup 113 had a jumbo Jenga tower set up and games for kids to try. Rockland junior Philip Pattison, the Assistant Patrol Leader of the Troop, said he was enjoying the event.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Pattison. “It’s a great way to build the community up and see what we do.”

Just to the right of the stage, the Rockland Police had a booth to meet with the community. Members of the Rockland Kiwanis, Sherriff’s Department, and the State Police had a booth where they were giving away free helmets and a bicycle.

Bob Kinney of the Kiwanis wants to make sure everyone rides safely.

“Two hundred children every year die from bicycle accidents because they’re not wearing safety helmets,” said Kinney. “Thousands go to the emergency ward, or wind up in the hospital because of accidents.”

Through the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute at the Floating Hospital for Children, strides are being made to make sure kids around the state ride safely.

Even when going for a quick ride, Scott Margolis, the Public Fire and Life Safety Educator for the Rockland Fire Department, said accidents can happen.

“They actually have found that the majority of accidents happen within a 300-foot radius of your own home. Even in your own driveway, they’re having accidents and more head injuries,” said Margolis. “Nobody plans on falling off their bike and whacking their head. By having the helmet on, they’re prepared.”

From meeting those in public safety to finding custom crafts, there was something for everyone at the second annual Rockland Day.

“The community has really come together to support this event,” said Marcy Birmingham, the Rockland Project Coordinator. “We’re planning to have the event annually and continue to grow it. We appreciate the town’s support to do that.”

Ally Davey, 6, of Rockland got a helmet from State Police Trooper Andrew Mason. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Ally Davey, 6, of Rockland and State Police Trooper Andrew Mason. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

(From left:) Matthew Deluca, 8, of Rockland and Bob Kinney of the Rockland Kiwanis. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Matthew Deluca, 8, of Rockland and Bob Kinney of the Rockland Kiwanis. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Arianna Dean, 9, of Rockland got fitted for a helmet by State Police Trooper Greg Furtado. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Arianna Dean, 9, of Rockland got fitted for a helmet by State Police Trooper Greg Furtado. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Helana Plouffe, 9, of Rockland paints a stegosaurus sculpture. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Helana Plouffe, 9, of Rockland paints a stegosaurus sculpture. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Christian Estabrooks, 6, of Rockland on Finnigan of Ponies for Parties. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Christian Estabrooks, 6, of Rockland on Finnigan of Ponies for Parties. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Landon Rubio, 6, of Rockland with Hope from Ponies for Parties. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Landon Rubio, 6, of Rockland with Hope from Ponies for Parties. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

There were about 70 vendors and 10 food trucks for the second annual Rockland Day. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

There were about 70 vendors and 10 food trucks for the second annual Rockland Day. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

There were about 10 food trucks for Rockland Day. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

There were about 10 food trucks for Rockland Day. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Far right: Jake Camara, 9, of Cub Scouts Pack 12 guides a hand-built sailboat. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Far right: Jake Camara, 9, of Cub Scouts Pack 12 guides a hand-built sailboat. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.


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About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny left the City of Boston and now lives in Rockland. Lenny has covered both news and sports, from the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com