A night of s’mores, stories at the Salty’s Silvery Moon Soiree

Oct 20, 2018

MATTAPOISETT — As dusk fell on the Dunseith property on Saturday a row of paper lanterns led children and parents down a path to a bonfire, where s’mores and stories awaited them at the Salty’s Silvery Moon Soiree.

The Mattapoisett Land Trust hosted the event, which is designed to showcase the trust’s small property at the corner of North Street and Route 6. Storyteller Danny Dullea entertained parents and children. The animated speaker moved all around the fire pit as he wove his tale, even getting down on all fours to pretend to be a bear, making the children shriek in fright. He told the tale of a shepherd boy who went through great ordeals to marry the princess he loved, and the story of a trickster couple. 

Mattapoisett Land Trust volunteers and two ORR volunteers from the National Honor Society served cider and kept the supplies for s’mores well stocked. 

Don Cuddy, one of the Mattapoisett Land Trust’s directors, helped found the event in 2007. 

“I had young kids at the time, so it just seemed like a wonderful opportunity,” Cuddy said. “We want more people to be aware of this wonderful property. We are so lucky that the Land Trust was able to acquire it, otherwise it would be a gas station or something.”

He added that for him, one of the best parts of the event is seeing young children get the chance to run around in the dark with relatively little adult supervision. This kind of opportunity to play freely outside reminds him of when he was a child but, he said, “a lot of the activities for kids these days are so structured.”