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Celebrate the Hudson River Quadricentennial at the West Harlem Piers Park Fishing Festival on Saturday, June 13, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.* The festival is part of NYC400, a year of special events, exhibits, and outdoor activities and performances to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Henry Hudson aboard the Dutch vessel “Halve Maen” to New York City.

Spend the day fishing with the Urban Park Rangers, I Fish NY and the Department of Environmental Conservation learning proper angling techniques, fish biology, and river ecology. Rods and reels will be provided by the Park Rangers; fishing is catch-and-release only.

Activities for the day will also include:
• Dutch Colonial and Native American Arts & Crafts such as beading, delft tile painting, corn husk doll-making
• Educational hands-on activities about life on and in the River
• Live entertainment from Astrograss, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and New Amsterdam Musical Association

This event is FREE and open to the public.

West Harlem Piers Fishing Festival
Saturday, June 13, 2009
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
West Harlem Piers Park
125th Street and the Hudson River, Manhattan

Presented by the City of New York Parks & Recreation, the Fishing Festival at West Harlem Piers Park is also produced in collaboration with the NY State Hudson-Champlain-Fulton Quadricentennial Commission and the Riverside Park Fund.

*Fishing Registration ends at 4pm.

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So you wanna learn how to row? Now’s your chance!

The Harlem River Boat Club is taking advantage of the gorgeous fall season by rolling out its learn-to-row program with a limited number of spots for new rowers. We have the boats, the coaches, the equipment…all we need is you. New rowers will get 20+ hours of training in the following fundamentals:

· basic understanding of boating rules and safety procedures

· working knowledge of rowing commands

· basic proficiency in sculling with some sweep rowing

· essential river etiquette and rules

· steering commands for bowing and coxing

You don’t need to be an athlete, tall, or extraordinarily fit to participate. Classes accommodate people at most fitness levels and ages. It’s mandatory for safety reasons, however, that you are a strong swimmer.

WHEN?

There are two sessions available, both running concurrently from October 6 through November 3.

Session 1: Saturdays (8–11 am) and Tuesday evenings (5:30–7:30 pm)

*first weekend is both Saturday AND Sunday

Session 2: Sundays (8–11 am) and Thursday evenings (5:30–7:30 pm)

*first weekend is both Saturday AND Sunday, last class is a Saturday

It’s extremely important that you’re available for ALL classes in your session, as skills are cumulative. Please contact us with scheduling concerns. Weekday evening classes may be pushed back to 6pm if there is sufficient demand.

HOW?

Calendar clear? Reserve your spot in class by emailing Kate, the LTR coordinator, at kate@harlemriverboatclub.org to indicate your interest in session 1 or 2. A signed waiver and payment must be received before your place in class is confirmed. It’s first come, first served, but if you don’t nab a spot, we’ll put you on the wait list in case someone drops out before class begins. After that, we’ll keep you posted on next season’s learn-to-row schedule.

COST?

$150 (reduced fees are available for participants who qualify) Sorry, no refunds once classes start!

WHERE?

Practice takes place on the Harlem River at Roberto Clemente State Park, Bronx. The Park is accessible by the 4 Train, MetroNorth (Morris Heights station) and the Bx40, Bx42 and Bx 18 buses.

Questions?

Email Kate at kate@harlemriverboatclub.org

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