Thursday, July 24, 2014

Have Fun and Help the Eleanor

On September 6--that's the Saturday after Labor Day weekend--the Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society is having a barbecue at the Roe Jan Creek Boat Club in Germantown to benefit the restoration of the historic Hudson River sloop Eleanor. The event, which starts at 2 p.m., offers all the things you expect from a barbecue in the Hudson Valley--food (hot dogs, chicken, potatoes from Staron Farm, sweet corn from Holmquest Farm, salads, and homemade desserts), music (the Livingston-Blackiston twins and Mike Pagnani and friends), great views of the river and the mountains--and one thing you might not expect--a water fowl derby! And you can have a duck or flamingo in the race.

For $50 you can sponsor your choice of water fowl in a race on Roe Jan Creek. The number of entrants is strictly limited to twenty--ten ducks and ten flamingos--which, at around 3:30 on September 6, will bob their way down the creek to the finish line. The proceeds from the sponsorships--$1,000--will be divided between the Eleanor (to help build the mast, boom, and gaff) and the people whose fowl finish first, second, and third. The Eleanor gets $500; first, second, and third place winners get $250, $150, and $100 respectively. 

You can purchase your duck or flamingo sponsorship and get your tickets to the barbecue at Bruno's, 227 Warren Street, or call 518 567-8832. Tickets must be acquired before August 29. The Roe Jan Creek Boat Club is located at 91 Station Road, opposite County Route 10 and south of Hudson on Route 9G. 

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