First, many of you heard that the Dragon Boat Club's boat house was caught in the flood last week and took a little swim down the Schuylkill. It's a large shipping container with a mural of a dragon (named Puff) that was painted by the kids at the ACPPA Community Arts Center on Haws Avenue. (You can watch a video about its recent sojourn at this link.)
The club keeps apologizing about it, but honestly, no one expected the river to crest that high (21 feet!). The last time it crested over 20 feet was when I was in high school back in the Dark Ages. Even Hurricane Floyd, which was some of our worst flooding before this, wasn't this high. The local news outlets and even the National Weather Service were all predicting 3 inches of rain. I heard one say 4, but that it was a conservative estimate. We actually got more than 5 inches in 24 hours.
Another factor was the poor way riverfront development has been done in Conshohocken. All that concrete so close to the water creates a funnel effect, with anything upstream being the wide part of the funnel. And Norristown is what's upstream. Which is why we absolutely MUST be careful how we do our own river development, or we won't have a Riverfront Park, or even a rvierbank in the West End in the future. It'll all wash away.
But I digress. The point is that the Dragon Boat Club's boat house tumbled over the dam and is right now wedged against a tree in the river, right before the Dekalb Street Bridge. It's not in a spot that will make recovery easy. The boat house contains most of the club's equipment, some or all of which may need to be replaced.
So, since the DBC has been such a good neighbor in Norristown, I'm asking
you to do the neighborly thing and help them out. You can do this in
1. Donate online at http://www.dragonboatclub.org/drupal1/donate
Come out to support their events. The next one at Riverfront is a Food, Wine, and
Beer Tasting on June 13th from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. For $20 per person
(adults only) you get the tastings, hors d'oeuvres, local entertainment,
a silent auction, and passport raffle. You can find a full listing of
this year's events on their website.
3. Go LIKE their Facebook page.
It's simple, it costs you nothing, but it's a tangible show of support.
AND you'll be able to keep up on all their events.
The Dragon Boat Club
has a dream of one day having a permanent community boat house at
Riverfront Park. Help them make it a reality by lending a little aid
now, when they need it most.
Restaurant Week, 5 to 10 pm every night through May 11. Go to http://norristownrestaurantweek.com/
for a list of participating restaurants. I'm planning to try 3
new-to-me restaurants this week and visit some old favorites. Maybe I'll
see you there (just don't get between me and food)