“The grounds are lovely, the venue is private, the view is incredible, and you do not need to share the space with another wedding (unlike most traditional venues). You are betting on the weather with a venue like that, but despite our dicey and humid weather, we could not have asked for a better space; everyone complimented us on it.”
History of Shining Tides
In 1887 Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. King of Boston purchased meadowland and beachfront property at the head of the harbor, near the mouth of the Mattapoisett River. There they built a spacious summer house which they named “The Reservation.” After World War II The Reservation became a celebrated summer inn, first called the Mattapoisett Manor, and later Shining Tides.
In 1963, the leadership of the YMCA purchased the property and its adjoining 25 acres on the Mattapoisett Harbor. The plan was to use the property as a summer camp for inner-city and suburban youths. After the purchase, the YMCA named the property Camp Massasoit, and made improvements to the facility to create an exceptional complex while retaining the traditional charm of the site’s heritage. In 1992, the house was renovated for year round use and now hosts a preschool and school-age after school program.
An Idyllic Wedding Location
In 2010, in response to frequent outside requests to use the picture perfect house and grounds for private events, YMCA Southcoast’s Board of Directors agreed to open Shining Tides for weddings, receptions, and special functions on a limited basis. Consistent with the Y’s mission to promote and encourage life-long development for children and families through programs that build healthy spirits, minds, and bodies, proceeds from events booked at Shining Tides help to provide scholarship funds for children who otherwise could not afford to attend summer camp. Sharing the love you feel on your wedding day through a connection that extends even beyond your wedding guests and into the greater community creates a truly memorable and gratifying event.