Meet Erika Walburg, a Digital Journalism major with a minor in Political Science. She’s getting ready to head into her sophomore year and will graduate as part of the Class of 2016. Today she’ll introduce us to her Endicott-focused blog and provide a few examples of what she covers. She has some great ideas for what to do in the Beverly areas surrounding our campus!
Having grown up in the midwest, I was intrigued by Endicott’s ocean front campus and rich history. I wanted to further explore what my new surroundings had to offer me.
The blog “Off Campus But In The Radius” was designed to mark destinations – located within a five mile radius of the college – that would in some way spark students’ interests. Included on the blog are directions, photos, podcasts, short video clips, and brief descriptions of each noted destination.
Freshmen in particular will find this blog useful when wanting to walk off campus and wander around a bit.
Here are excerpts from a few of our favorite posts:
The ratio is 1:3; one college, three beaches. When choosing Endicott College many take this into consideration as did about.com when ranking it the #2 college in America for beach lovers. However, once you get to the point when your beach body (whether good or bad) has been seen by the all too familiar faces of campus, there is an escape route.
It’s time to leave the boundaries of campus, take a right out of the gates and stroll down Hale Street. Nearly every car that passes will have gawking drivers that may either bark or beep at you. My advice, ignore it. They find freedom in their wheels but you will find it in your walking shoes. Take a left at Neptune Street continue on to Ober Street then Lynch Park will be at the base of the hill. And you will save $5 to $15 upon reaching the base from walking rather than parking and paying the fee.
Whether shine or shade, grass or granules of sand, a water view or wading in to the ocean, Lynch will do. The carpet of grass that spans for 16 acres welcomes any activity. An imagination is needed for sport games though because there are no field lines or goals set up. Sandwiching the large plot of green are two beaches. Lynch Beach, on the left, has large scattered rocks that are a fun challenge to climb up, down, and around. Whereas Woodbury Beach, on the right, is softer on the soles with its abundance of sand. A life guard is on duty at both locations to provide weary beach goers with some relief. The public restrooms and wash stations are centered between Woodbury and Lynch for those looking to rinse off the itchy salt water.
If you didn’t steal any food from the dining hall for a picnic lunch at the park, Captain Dusty’s has ice cream, sandwiches, and drinks to nourish you. Otherwise, if you can get your hands on a grill feel free to cook out and plop down at one of the many tables or benches available to the public. Abide by the rules while at Lynch though and avoid choosing an alcoholic beverage as a refreshment.
Wonder down to Lynch Park anytime between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm for a change in scenery. It’s a privilege to have the beaches that Endicott offers but you have to get off the campus and explore the radius.
The bluest of blue pants could be seen running across campus at approximately 4:27pm for a 4:30pm meeting on April 4th. If it wasn’t for school spirit I would not have been the owner of these pants much less their cohort, the green pants. However, on the occasion of meeting with Doc Wylie they signaled that I was a proud Gull. I had only prepared one question for the President, it was simple: “Where do you walk to?”
Wylie: I think there are probably three places that I walk to.
Erika: Three places?
Wylie: Two of them are probably not healthy.
Wylie: One is to the ice cream store down here.
Erika: The Captain Dusty’s?
Wylie: The Captain Dusty’s.
Erika: Oh okay, I haven’t been there yet but when it gets warmer.
Wylie: Ya I will find myself in the evening walking down to Captain Dusty’s with my granddaughters.
Erika: How old are they?
Wylie: Uhh, nine, twins. And uh, so we’ll kind of walk down there and have a conversation about what it’s like to be a young lady.
Wylie: I still don’t understand what it’s like.
Erika: Oh, mhmmm.
Wyllie: The other is to Lynch Park.
Erika: Ya, I did my last blog (well my very first blog) I did about Lynch Park.
Wylie: You see that whole area used to be the summer resort of.
Erika: *interjects* Of Taft.
Wylie: *in unison* Taft. That’s right and you heard the story about it?
Erika: Ya, it went across, they like floated it across the way.
Wylie: Do you know why she did it?
Erika: Because people were talking parts of the house off?
Wylie: No, Taft wanted it next year.
Erika: Uh, huh.
Wylie: And but it had to be a certain size. She didn’t want Taft to have it so she cut it in half so he wouldn’t use it.
Erika: I thought it was for a few other reasons. But that’s, that’s, wow.
Wylie: That’s one of the reasons. Ya and there were big rose gardens and everything else there.
Erika: Ya, I called the Director of the Beverly Parks and he never said anything about that, but I knew that. Huh…
Wylie: The third place is now what is the candy store where they have the republican and the democrat on the bench.
Erika: Ya, Prides Crossing Confectionery.
Wylie: *chimes in* Prides Crossing Confectionery.
Erika: Ya I went in there for the first time…
Wylie: Do you know the story about the benches?
Erika: No I don’t. Oh. There’s a story about the benches?
Wylie: There’s a story because, actually I’ll give you a couple of stories. One was that uh, prides was uh, created in part by the Cabots and the Lodges which were the great politicians.
Erika: And the Lodges were over here on this beach?
Wylie: That’s right. That’s their compound. But they have a special post office there and that was their train station, Prides. And they had two benches, one was painted with democrat and one with republican. And it was a symbol of the diversity in the United States, two parties. Norman Rockwell who was a great painter painted those two benches and there was a very popular magazine called the Saturday Evening Post. Those two benches appeared on the front cover of the Saturday Evening Post for everybody to see and it became quite famous.
Erika: There’s a lot of fame in Prides Crossing.
Wylie: That’s right. Then what happened is the building got sold a couple times and a man, a friend, or a supporter of Ross Perot who was running as an Independent for the President of the United States. This was probably 15 years ago. So he painted over the republican and democrat benches and left them blank. It created a stir around here that everybody was all upset. Nobody would go to the store.
Erika: Was he from here?
Wylie: I don’t know if he was from here or not but he bought that building. And then nobody would go there because of the republicans and democrats so he sold it to the confectionery place and he painted back the democrat and the republicans. So the story goes, that’s one of the stories about that train station and why it’s so famous. If you go down the road, and I walk that a lot, down the road there’s on the right hand side there’s rod iron among the big columns, on the left hand side, just pass the confectionery, there’s wood in there. And wood inside the fence.
Wylie: You’ll see it if you walk down there. What happened was the people on the left hand side gave the metal from their fence to the war effort, to the second world war because they were trying to get more steel. The woman on the right would not do it. So they both put covenants on the property. The one on the left can never put metal up, the one on the right can never take metal down. They’ve attached it to the ownership of the property.
Erika: I’m going to have to go look at that now.
Wylie: Ya you’ll look at it and you’ll see. Just before you get to Prides Deli, right before the candy store, I mean the ice cream store. You’ll see the metal all the way down on the right.