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{August 7, 2011}   Harmless Fun — You’ve Been Flocked!

Main street in Hingham — a prestigious area where most of the homes are at least 200 years old and where homes are only allowed to be painted certain colors.  It’s a lovely slice of New England life to observe.  We were passing by on the way to the beach — enjoying the magazine quality look of the homes with their manicured and beautifully landscaped yards, when what should we see? A huge grouping of plastic pink flamingos at the end of a driveway, as out of place here as a Vegas showgirl.  In the center of the group: a sign that read, “You have been flocked!” In small letters it said it was courtesy of the Hingham High School Football team.  (I would have posted a photo here, but unfortunately the one I took with my phone was blurry and unusable.)  We both laughed and enjoyed the spectacle.

When I think of more destructive past times of 17-18 year old boys like smashing mailboxes or tipping over gravestones (which as a homeowner and history buff I find quite distressing), this struck me as clever and ironic.  Much more civilized than toiletpapering the owners’ trees.  If the team was looking for attention or donations, this was a great way to do it.  Bravo!

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Fanny says:

Susan — this is the latest in charitable donations. The St. Helen’s youth group uses to raise money for it’s charitable activities. I think it costs $10 to flock someone and then the reciever also typically donates $10 to have the flock removed.
Anne Traft did this to us a couple of years ago.

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sued51 says:

As someone without children I guess I was out of the loop on this, but I admire whoever originally thought of it…I think it is a great idea!

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