Onset beach bonfire to burn March 10

Feb 08, 2018

An Onset beach bonfire will be held on March 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for Damien's Food Pantry. Hot chocolate will be served.

There is free parking at Shell Point and at the Onset Pier.

The rain date is March 11. For more information, email onsetvillage@gmail.com.

Comments (14)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 08, 2018 15:00

Should I bring my Christmas Tree?

Posted by: Kat Jones | Mar 04, 2018 16:18

Please don’t. Brush burning season is over. We have pallets coming from a couple sources.

Posted by: Curiouscat | Mar 04, 2018 18:42

Burning pallets on the beach?  Who is going to be responsible for picking up the nails?  Better off burning Wareham By the Sea's Christmas tree.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Mar 04, 2018 20:37


Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 05, 2018 13:54

My tree is still blowing around in my backyard.  I'll bring it!


Seriously, the nails are a big concern with pallets and scrap lumber.  This summer there may end up being a barefoot volleyball game in the same spot!

Posted by: Curiouscat | Mar 05, 2018 14:52

Yup, sounds like an accident waiting to happen.  Not sure this idea was thought through completely.

Posted by: Kat Jones | Mar 05, 2018 17:23

@curiouscat, to answer your question regarding the nails. We have the efforts of the local metal detector club, the Gateway Treasure  Hunters, to come out the next day to clean any and all nails and debris. Volunteers will also be on hand for this effort.

@onsettogether, to answer you, we are following strict instructions per OFD, no pallets used will have been treated in any way. Smoke is a concern from OFD, so the pallets are being kept dry. Also, it’s well known that green, wet wood creates more smoke, and asking to have that done by Saturday is more work in short order for WMMD. I believe they have enough to do right now. Bonfires have a history in Onset, to answer your other ridiculous questions, but we haven’t had one since 1962. It was a cherished event, and we thought it would be nice to bring it back. If it works out great, maybe we will do it again next year.

Our other major concern is weather, of course. Too windy and it won’t happen. Too much risk. Stay tuned for updates here, our website, www.onsetbay.org or on the Onset Bay Association Facebook page.

if you have questions or concerns, reach out to the OBA directly. 508-295-7072, onsetvillage@yahoo.com

Posted by: Onset_mom | Mar 05, 2018 18:15

Kat Jones thank you for everything you do!  I can't wait to attend this event. Your affinity for promptly answering questions and making knowledge known is appreciated more than you could ever know.  Thank you for caring so much for our beautiful little town and donating so much of your time to making sure we have amazing things to look forward to all year long!

Posted by: Onset_mom | Mar 05, 2018 18:19

Onsettogether... I'm pretty sure the point of this activity is just good old fashioned fun or even just something to look forward to as a community in the dead of winter. All those trees that came down this weekend won't be dry enough to burn for months yet.  Maybe we can get a summer bonfire out of this storm :)


Posted by: Kat Jones | Mar 07, 2018 15:26

OFD has recommended we reschedule this event to the summer, as they have been working round the clock from the recent storm. With another storm system approaching, they are ,quite frankly, exhausted and just won't have the energy needed to make this event a safe one. We certainly appreciate the efforts of OFD, WFD and all the town departments and we do hope you as citizens can understand and keep them in mind. Thank you.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Mar 07, 2018 17:00

Its a bonfire on the beach, odds are 10 bahzillion to 1 that they would even be needed or there in the first place.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Mar 07, 2018 21:57


Posted by: cranky pants | Mar 08, 2018 07:22

Clearly you're not shaming Kat for stepping up and trying to get some community camaraderie going are you ?

All together... Just not close together... Gotcha.

Posted by: Kat Jones | Mar 08, 2018 08:17

OFD was going to provide us with a crew of 5 and a truck, just in case, at NO charge. WPD, per Chief Walsh, were NOT assigned a paid detail, as he thought it would not be necessary. OBA would have to foot the bill for the detail, anyway.

Ms. Morales, you have made it quite clear in all the interactions I have had with you regarding the OBA, that even as a dues paying member, you don’t believe in what we do. It’s unfortunate that you feel this way, as we are promoting Onset as a destination and fostering community spirit. Stimulating the local economy with our events doesn’t seem to hurt, either. We have a 25 year history here in Onset, and we are proud to be a part of this community. I personally feel very lucky to be at the helm of this wonderful organization.

As far as fundraising goes, I think we are utilizing our new HQ as a hub for local businesses to showcase what they offer all while giving back to the OBA. Seems like a win-win to us. The OBA was originally the Onset Businessmen’s Association, so we do think maintaining some of that business friendly attitude is great for the future of the Village and the people that live, work and visit here.


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