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Posted: August 20th, 2011
Team Smoking Dragon, striking very intimidating ninja poses.

Team Smoking Dragon, striking very intimidating ninja poses.

One was wearing a Darth Vader helmet. Others ninja costumes. All this to match their outfit to their boat. Cardboard boat that is.

32 boats raced in 16 heats at the Bayfront Maritime Center’s Second Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta Saturday afternoon, as part of 2011′s Celebrate Erie. People lined the BMC’s lake side and onto the deck of the Erie Maritime Center to cheer on their teams and their elaborate cardboard creations. It felt more like a family festival, the more crazy your costume and boat the better, than a cut-throat race.

Team Smoking Dragon, clearly dressed to intimidate in white home-made ninja costumes, crewed a craft that actually blew bubbles at the bow. Another craft named their boat “Charlie Sheen AKA Winning.”

The first regatta was held at the Tall Ships Erie festival, and was a major success with visitors and the crowd. Many of last year’s crews had so much fun they decided to roll up their sleeves and try again this year. The Lake Erie Piranha, a wobbly yet 2010 fan-favorite, returned for another try.

“We started this at 10 last night and finished around 2,” said Sam Rigotti of the Piranha’s Revenge, the Lake Erie Piranha reincarnation.

Although enthusiastic, their last-minute efforts proved unsuccessful, and the crew capsized before making it to the buoy. The last man paddling in the boat saluted as he sank, “Don’t give up the ship!”

Before their untimely demise, the crew raced The New Hope, a Star Wars-themed craft that entered the area to the Darth Vader theme. Both boats pelted water balloons at each other, which you can watch in the video below.

Bob Allshouse, a Director on the Board of the BMC, said they hope to make this a popular, reoccurring event.

“We hope to expand, bring more people down to the water front, make more people aware of what the bayfront has to offer,” he said. “The center helps children at risk, and helps them learn life skills.”

Team Commodore Perry The Paddlepus, with Nicole Lichtenger and Haley Martucci.

Team Commodore Perry The Paddlepus, with Nicole Lichtenger and Haley Martucci.

With the BMC, kids’ groups engage in hands-on boat building projects, like the cardboard boat regatta. This year, the Housing Authority of the City of Erie sponsored two boats for area kids’ groups, the JFK Center and the YMCA, to build boats for the race. See the JFK’s Hope and the YMCA’s Watermellon in our pre-race preparations gallery.

Commodore Perry The Paddlepus had a cheerleading team of friends of and family, dressed to match their Perry the Platypus character themed cardboard creation. 8-year-olds Nicole Lichtenger and Haley Martucci crewed the vessel.

Rich Eisenberg, Executive Director of the BMC, says he’s optimistic the event will grow.

“Who doesn’t have access to cardboard? It’s a great team building activity, great way to share Erie’s greatest asset, the bayfront. It’s easy.”

Following the enthusiasm from today’s regatta, the future looks promising for a Third Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Follow @GoErieEvents on twitter to get find more video and photos from the regatta. Find pictures from the pre-race parade, the regatta, and pre-race preparations in our photo galleries.

 

 

Posted in: Celebrate Erie
Posted: August 19th, 2011

Erica Streett is Diana Ross. Or at least she gets to play her on stage.

“I love getting to act extra sexy and see the reaction of the audience singing along to every word,” said Streett, who loves getting to step into the shoes of the iconic Motown diva.

Streett, from Virginia Beach, said she’s gotten to travel across country, and even around the world, playing gigs as far as Ethiopia with Masters of Motown.

Listen to what the lovely ladies of the Masters of Motown have to say minutes before they take the stage at Celebrate Erie.

Posted: August 19th, 2011

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Celebrate Erie? Back behind the Celebrate Erie Main Stage, I got to see what went into a few of the elaborate costumes seen this weekend.

I spoke with Jennifer Dennehy of Dennehy Hoops, Anna Haller of Sartori Hoops, and Carla Fleming of the Lake Erie Belly Dancers, who were all on stage during the Is What It Is performance.

“It takes about an hour and a half,” said Dennehy about the prep of her full body paint done by local artist of AIRHEADS.

Posted in: Celebrate Erie
Posted: August 19th, 2011

Voting ends Sunday for the Taste of Erie’s ERIEsistible entrée at Celebrate Erie. Who are you going to choose? Take a look through our video food tours to help make an informed decision.

La Bella:
Harry Miller provides tour of the tapas buffet offered by La Bella at the Taste of Erie for Celebrate Erie. This display was by far the most impressive, but was only offered Thursday night for the opening. Check out their permanent Taste of Erie menu before voting on Sunday.

La Bella is located at the old Hector’s venue at 802 West 18th Street in Erie.

Posted in: Celebrate Erie
Posted: August 19th, 2011

Sluggers Sports Bar & Grill was unfortunately the only Taste of Erie booth I didn’t get a chance to tour with. My favorite thing about this themed bar is the row of five pool tables at their 10th Street location. Check out their regular menu at their website.

Sluggers Sports Bar & Grill

Check out their Taste of Erie menu here. Did you get to taste Sluggers ERIEsistible entrée?

Sluggers Sports Bar & Grill is located at 14 East 10th Street in Erie.

Slugger's menu.

Slugger's menu.

Posted: August 19th, 2011

Voting ends Sunday for the Taste of Erie’s ERIEsistible entrée at Celebrate Erie. Who are you going to choose? Take a look through our video food tours to help make an informed decision.

Senory 3:
Mike Davis at Sensory 3 shows us what’s on the grill for the Taste of Erie at Celebrate Erie. Davis made me smile by offering me a complementary entrée plate, which I was able to share with the GoErie.com crew at the photo booth.

Sensory 3 is located inside the Presque Isle Downs & Casino at 8199 Perry Highway in Erie.

Posted: August 19th, 2011

Voting ends Sunday for the Taste of Erie’s ERIEsistible entrée at Celebrate Erie. Who are you going to choose? Take a look through our video food tours to help make an informed decision.

Three B Saloon:
A sneak peak at the homemade menu, including beef brisket, St. Louie style ribs, and broccoli slaw at Three B Saloon for the Taste of Erie at Celebrate Erie.

Three B Saloon is located at 732 West 4th Street in Erie.

Posted: August 19th, 2011

Voting ends Sunday for the Taste of Erie’s ERIEsistible entrée at Celebrate Erie. Who are you going to choose? Take a look through our video food tours to help make an informed decision.

The BrewERIE at Union Station:
Eric Jones of the BrewERIE shows us how he makes a ruben at Celebrate Erie.

The BrewERIE is located at 123 West 14th Street in Erie.

Posted in: Celebrate Erie
Posted: August 19th, 2011

Celebrate Erie kicked off yesterday with Taste of Erie and the Artist Colony in Perry Square. This weekend event won’t end until Sunday, but here are the top 3 reasons why you should spend your Friday in downtown Erie.

1) The food.

The Taste of Erie began yesterday (check out photos and menus from yesterday), and these Erie area restaurants are in competition to get your vote for the ERIEsistible entree. Check our videos in the video player for a food tour of each eatery. Head to Perry Square to pick your favorite and cast your vote.

Outside of Perry Square, vendors are offering everything from Greek, Chinese, and “American” eats. Stop by Connie’s Ice Cream, Ye Olde Sweet Shop, Carmen’s Cookie Jar and others to satisfy your sweet tooth.

2) More music, more fun.

With four stages (find them on our interactive map), there are plenty of musical acts to keep you entertained throughout the night. My picks? Masters of Motown and Eric Brewer and Friends.

A throw back to the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Marvin Gaye, Masters of Motown promise to keep your toes tapping and hips swaying. Masters of Motown take to the Main Stage at 9.

Eric Brewer and Friends takes to the gazebo earlier in the evening until 8:30 in Perry Square. A favorite around area hangouts, this group specializes in a blend of jazz, funk, and rock.

Stick around downtown after the shows for drink specials at area bars like Sherlocks that are offering great discounts for Celebrate Erie.

3) Your 15 minutes of fame.

Keep us company at our photo booth at the corner of Perry Square and North park Row, and get your picture taken for free. Your photo automatically uploads to our Celebrate Erie Photo Booth photo gallery. If you ask nicely, we’ll even give you a GoErie keychain for free.

Check out the photo booth gallery from Thursday and shots from today.

Those are our picks, what are yours? Keep following @GoErieEvents on twitter to get live updates from @GinnyTonkin as she tweets all weekend long.

Posted in: Celebrate Erie
Posted: August 19th, 2011

The Chalk Walk, a cherished Celebrate Erie tradition, started Thursday night, with a scattering of artists covering State Street with wide strokes of color.

Caryn Sennett, a recent Mercyhurst Prep graduate, talks about her Erie-centric chalk-scape that she and other classmates were creating Thursday night.

Keep following @GoErieEvents for more live updates from Celebrate Erie.

Posted in: Celebrate Erie

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