My family's company does the signs for the NASSC every year, so we get invited to their vendor/VIP kick-off event. I've never been, so I went this year.
They have something like 60 fields set up on the beach, but there's one big one for the semifinals and finals:
The giant pile of sand is, as I understand it, partly a buffer from the wind off the ocean and partly a place for more people to sit. (Clyde is blocking the bleachers that are pushed up against the boardwalk - which in VB is not made of boards - which we're standing on.)
While we were at the oceanfront, we took a stroll and got photos with some of the neat things there...
|This anchor is on display in front of the Old Coast Guard Station|
|A public art installation on one of the little sidewalks between|
Atlantic Ave (which runs parallel to the shoreline) and the boardwalk
|More of the fish art, but facing the boardwalk this time|
|Another beach art installation a few blocks down from the fish|
|King Neptune! We are home to the Neptune Festival, and this statue|
was built in 2005 in honor of some of the Kings of the festival.
That's a sea turtle under the King's left hand, and rays behind Clyde
|Speaking of shipwrecks, this is some debris from another one,|
displayed outside the Old Coast Guard Station
|This teeny tiny octopus "statue" is on the boardwalk railing|
right next to the King Neptune statue.
He's my favorite little piece of public art in the whole city!
While I was standing next to King Neptune, I had several couples ask me to take their photo with him! They usually stand under the sea turtle because it gives you a great sense of proportion. (The King stands 34 feet tall!) They all were really apologetic but I told them, that's what I get for standing near the most impressive statue at the beach!
Finally, I took a video of Clyde with the waves. See, we don't get real waves here. We have lots of surfers, but they can't do much with what we get, unless there's a hurricane (in which case, they still can't do very much because lifeguards and police tell them to come ashore). So these are pretty impressive, for us: