Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waterfront Festival this Saturday

12:00-5:00 PM along the Chester River
Historic Chestertown, Maryland's Eastern Shore

River cruises aboard the 46-foot RV Callinectes, sailing, kayaking, colorful cardboard boats, pony rides, good food, family fun, Scales & Tales, Fishmobile, Touch Tank, prehistoric fishing techniques and artifacts, watershed ecology exhibits, and live bluegrass music all afternoon. River cruises and activities in Wilmer Park are FREE and open to the public. The rain date is October 2nd at 1:00 PM.

* 12:00 - 2:30 PM - Chester River cruises, sailing and kayaking from the College dock
* 1:00 PM - Pony rides
* 2:45 PM - Parade of cardboard boats
* 3:00 PM - Cardboard boat races
* 3:30 PM - Tug o'war tournament
* 4:00 PM - Awards and Prizes

Fifth Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta
3:00 PM
Wilmer Park
Have you ever sailed on schooner Sultana, kayaked around Eastern Neck, raced with the rowing club or toodled up the Chester River on a powerboat? Now it's time to captain your own cardboard vessel.

Register your team, design a boat, follow the rules and guidelines, then paddle your seaworthy craft into maritime history at the 5th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on September 24th. Take home hundreds of dollars in prizes or just aim for the Titanic or People's Choice award. Any way you sink or float, it's great fun on the Chester River. Hurry, deadline for registration is September 23, 2011. Go to for boat-building tips or email to register.

All cardboard boats go on display at 12 noon on race day. Captains and crew meet at 2:30 PM, the popular boat parade begins at 2:45 PM, and the race starts at 3:00 PM sharp along the Pavilion in Chestertown's Wilmer Park. The regatta is open to businesses, schools, youth groups, groups of friends, and non-profit entities desiring to build a boat and team spirit. Participants must be at least 12 years of age and a resident of Kent or Queen Anne's County Maryland. In case of foul weather, the race will be postponed to October 2nd at 1:00 PM.

The cardboard boat race is a signature event of the Chestertown Waterfront Festival that runs from 12:00-5:00 PM on September 24, 2011. Activities include cruises aboard the 46-foot Callinectes, sailing, kayaking and canoeing on the Chester River, good food, family fun, exhibits on watershed ecology, pony rides, songs by Rebecca Pitre and bluegrass by Chester River Runoff in Wilmer Park. Events are organized by the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College, with sponsorship by Chesapeake Bank and Trust and the Van Dyke Family Foundation. The Festival is free and open to the public. In case of foul weather, park activities will be cancelled. For information contact 410-778-7295.