Dorchester will be bustling with outdoor activities this weekend. Residents from the neighborhood and other parts of Greater Boston will gather at Savin Hill and Malibu beaches Saturday from 11 to 4 for the second annual Dorchester Beach Festival. Last yearâ€™s inaugural fest drew a large and happy crowd. This yearâ€™s celebration, organized by Paul Nutting and Maureen McQuillen, looks to be bigger and better.
As part of the festival, the 4th Annual Richard P. Pacitti Memorial Cup Youth Baseball Tournament will hold its final game at McConnell Park in Savin Hill. The game will feature a band performance at 5 p.m. and a Home Run Derby at 7 p.m. At noon, former Red Sox Pitcher Oil Can Boyd will be on hand to meet fans and show off the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies.
â€œThe idea of [the festival] was to bring people down to the beach, because this is such a beautiful spot, and not many people use it,â€ Nutting told The Reporter at last yearâ€™s event. â€œSo we decided that we would have this festival to show people how beautiful this beach is.â€ This year, Nutting says he expects the festival to be a â€œHatch Shell-caliber event,â€ with between 3,500 and 5,000 attendees.Â