Rockin’ and Rollin’ on the River

A record-setting 135 boats and 600 rowers from the U.S. and Canada will take part in the first annual Schuylkill Banks Regatta. The day-long festival will also include two music stages, a food court, and crafts, story-telling, magic shows and other family activities.

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ — The gleaming new Cira Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be seen for the first time by rowers crossing the finish line at the Schuylkill Banks Regatta. This inaugural regatta will showcase Schuylkill River Development Corporation’s revitalization efforts along the lower banks of the Schuylkill River, with new trails, landscaping and other amenities. Thanks to tremendous public and private support, including a generous donation from Toll Brothers at Naval Square, SRDC, along with The Fairmount Park Commission, the City of Philadelphia, the Schuylkill Navy and Bartram’s Gardens, the first annual Schuylkill Banks Regatta will make its debut on Saturday, October 22, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The rowers range in age from 16 to 80, and are from Ottawa, Canada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Massachusetts. The three-mile course consists of challenging twists and turns including a record 11 bridges from the start at Bartram’s Gardens to the finish line along the river at Race Street.

The following are suggested coverage possibilities as well as non-rowing activities that comprise the festival:

FRIDAY, OCT. 21

Noon to 5:00 p.m. — Rowers participating in the regatta will be bringing
their boats to the launch site at Bartram’s Gardens, 54th and Lindbergh
Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pa. Following the drop-off, they will be
practicing the course, rowing from Bartram’s Gardens the length of the
course to the finish line at Race Street.

SATURDAY, OCT. 22

9:00 a.m. — The regatta begins with 66 races at five minute intervals.
The final race concludes at 2:20 pm at the finish line at Race Street.
Medals will be awarded at the conclusion of each race, and will be
presented on the main stage at Race Street. From 3:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.,
there will be an official medal ceremony featuring dignitaries, rowers
and regatta officials.

9:00 a.m. to Noon — The family circle stage will feature musical
performances by:

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Makin’ Music Rockin’ Rhythms
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Ernie & Neal
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Makin’ Music Rockin’ Rhythm
11:45 a.m. to Noon Eagles Pep Band

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. — There will be numerous activities for children
including a magician, storyteller, crafts, games and face painting, among
others at the tent next to the family circle stage.

Noon to 4:00 p.m. — At the main stage, hosted by WXPN’s “Blues Show”
host Jonny Meister will be musical appearances by:

Noon to 12:45 p.m. The Nobs
12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eagles Pep Band
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Deb Callahan
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Nobs
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Flexible Flyer

In addition to the above activities, there will be a food court located at Walnut Street, and free giveaways. Toll Brothers at Naval Square will also provide tours of its newest community, Naval Square, and they will have limited free parking. There will also be a free trolley that leaves from Naval Square to the Banks every 20 minutes, and paid parking is available at lots at 23rd and Race Streets, 24th and Sansom Streets, among others.

Schuylkill Banks can be accessed by the following: Visitors can enter Schuylkill Banks from multiple locations. New banners have been placed at most of the entrances, and they include 25th and Locust Street and 23rd and Race Street. Other points of access are on the following: the Walnut Street Stairtowers; Market and Chestnut Street Ramps; 25th and Martin Luther King Drive (near Eakins Oval) and at the Fairmount Water Works. All access points, except for the Walnut Street Stairtowers, are handicapped accessible.

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