This year’s Jonah Center canoe and kayak paddle will create a living art work on Saturday, June 28, launching from the boathouse ramp at Harbor Park at 1 p.m.
We are looking for amateur and professional photographers to capture the event either from the Arrigoni Bridge’s south sidewalk or from the Harbor Park boardwalk, or both.
After launching and a short paddle up river to Wilcox Island, all the boaters will “raft up” in a rosette near the southern tip of the island, just under the Arrigoni Bridge. We will then float slowly in formation under the bridge to be photographed from above.
We will then then paddle upstream around Wilcox Island, exploring its many small beaches and access points, before re-gathering at the southern tip. This will give photographers time to relocate to the boardwalk of Harbor Park (north of the Mattabessett Canoe Club restaurant). When the boats return to the boathouse in close formation to the launch area, photographers will capture the sight. Photos made available to the Jonah Center or the City of Middletown will be used to promote the riverfront and preservation of the river as a natural and recreational resources.
Approximately 20 Macdonough school 4th graders will participate in the event, thanks to the generosity of donors and paddle volunteers. Paddlers need to provide their own boats, paddles, drinking water, sunscreen, and life jackets. Participants will be required to register at the launch site and are asked for a $10 donation to the Jonah Center to help cover insurance costs. The entire activity should take approximately 2 hours.
For more information, or for a last minute update in case of inclement weather, call John Hall at 860-398-3771 (mobile). For directions to the launch site, point your location device or browser to “76 Harbor Drive Middletown CT.”