Kids dig deep at third annual Sandcastle Day in Onset

By Matthew Bernat | Aug 20, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Rodney "Mr. Sandman" Johnson works on his shark sculpture on Onset Beach on Sunday during "Sandcastle Day."

Rodney Johnson, better known as “Mr. Sandman” at Onset Beach, has a mission in life.

“I want people to appreciate the simple things,” said Johnson. “I’m trying to get kids off video games and back into the dirt.”

On Sunday, Johnson served as the sand castle guru to the 23 kids who participated in the Onset Bay Association’s third annual Sandcastle Day.

While kids and parents constructed their own sandcastles on the shoreline, Johnson was sculpting a shark out of the sand, complete with colors and prop body parts.

A Brockton resident, Johnson has been doing sand sculptures at beaches all over the state for the last 13 years.

While Johnson worked on his sculpture, he also provided tips and support for the families involved. Additionally, the Onset Bay Association provided decorations for kids to add to their sandy creations.

From left: Veronica, 8, and Vanessa, 5, Hemenway with Adriana Cretu 16 work on their sandcastle Sunday afternoon. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Jackson Palmborg, 8, of Bourne poses with his sandcastle. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Jackson Palmborg, 8, of Bourne digs deep while building his sandy creation. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Mikaela Nyberg, 7, of Onset kneels in front of her elaborate sandcastle. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
The Reagan family, from left, Eva, 10, Meridith and Bill work together during the Onset Bay Association's Sandcastle Day. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Comments (1)
Posted by: BeachLover | Aug 21, 2017 13:21

It was a great day and another family event in Onset.  Wonderful to see volunteers come together to bring happy times for residents and visitors

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