October 2019

Hi All,
I am filled with abundant gratitude for all who make this a community boathouse. The Paper City Regatta was a testament to that. Folks put in time weeks in advance organizing the boat bays, giving the bathrooms a thorough cleaning, sewing bright buoy covers, timers coming for practice sessions (who knew that it was that complicated -  when it works it just looks so simple!),  and pie makers! The list goes on and on. It is truly a team effort and the product gets better and better each year. Thank you. 
I recently realized there are only weeks until daylight savings time and the end of evening rowing. This must have been a good year.  Usually, I know how many weeks are left and am looking forward to the break. Now I am wondering how we can get super lights for the boats and launch and continue the fun a few more weeks.  

But it  will come to an end and we will move indoors.  This year I hope we will be mixing it up a little with the dragon boaters on the ergs to gain endurance, strength and some  muscle memory along the way. 
As a growing organization, there's lots going on. Please bring us your ideas about how we can better serve the community through outreach, programs, advertising and other ideas.
Stephanie Moore
Director and Coach, Holyoke Rows

Veterans Dragon Boat USA and Holyoke Rows are hosting an end of season “drop in” Open House to offer veterans and their families a chance to learn more about our dragon boat program and veteran team. Join us for program information, demonstrations, a ride in a dragon boat, paddle in a kayak, and refreshments.


Saturday, October 12 - 11 am  - 1 pm

Holyoke Rows, 25 Jones Ferry Road, Holyoke  413-539-0068  

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Bring your Halloween jack-o-lanterns and a candle for each and we’ll set the glowing gourds floating down the Connecticut River in their own Orange Pumpkin Regatta.

When: Tues., Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Holyoke Rows 



Q: How did you start rowing?
Marybeth:  A breast cancer diagnosis in 2001 woke me up to the necessity of making wellness and lifestyle changes.  So when a friend asked me to join her in a Learn to Row class at Holyoke Rows, I thought it would be a good way to get the upper body exercise I wanted. I remember being totally surprised to find out that rowing involved the entire body instead of just the arms.

Q: What's the best part of rowing?
Marybeth: A great part of rowing for me is the fact that I do actually go to boathouse and row (16 years now…yikes.)  With most forms of exercise I  find myself 'too busy, too tired, too hungry, too relaxed, too depressed, or too whatever' to go. With name is on the list...I’m expected at boathouse, so I go.  And I’m always glad I do.

Q: What do you do when you're not rowing?
Marybeth:  I am an insatiable political junkie.  In these unpresidented (sic) and surreal times, I find myself compelled to spend many hours with the MSNBC anchors and reading the New York Times.

Q: What would people be surprised to know about you?
Marybeth: I own over 40 wigs.  I have hosted numerous parties where wigs were a required part of the attire. 

Q: What has been a rowing high point for you?
Marybeth: A high point for me was sculling in a double on our Connecticut River with my blind, disabled mother.  Stephanie started teaching her when mom was 92.  She loved it. The photo of us below was taken on Aug. 3, 2011, mom’s 97th birthday.

Q: Anything else to share?
Marybeth: I’m grateful to have come across this sport. I continue to believe that rowing is an excellent activity while growing old.  It works the entire body without the strain and pain that most other sports involve.  There is, however, the strain of lifting a 200+ pound boat.  Fortunately, Stephanie has solved this challenge by having at least 19 people carrying each boat. Okay, maybe not 19.


Who's Who is a regular column profiling members of the Holyoke Rows community. 
The day before the regatta, a group of HR volunteers made approximately 50 pies for the winners in one afternoon! Kinds included apple, pumpkin, strawberry-rhubarb, lemon merengue and chocolate.
Below, Patty wins the prize for longest apple peel.

ROWERS, VOLUNTEERS, PIES AND MORE! Thank you to everyone at Holyoke Rows and to all the rowers who came from around the region to race. 
Odd as it might sound, some HR rowers have been thinking about diapers this month.   We participated in the Hampshire County United Way  “Wipe Out Diaper Need” drive.  Holyoke Rows donated more than 4000 diapers to help reach the 52,000 diapers collected in the drive.  These diapers are being distributed to  families in need through  local Survival Centers and food pantries.  
 Wondering about what diaper need is? Here are a few facts:

·     One in three American families report experiencing diaper need. Diapers are a basic need for all babies and their families, yet some caregivers are not able to provide enough diapers to get through the day.
·       Infants and toddlers need about eight to 12 diapers per day. 
·       Diapers can cost over $100 per month, per child. 
·       That’s roughly 7% of the take home pay of a single parent living at the federal poverty line. Because of this, many families decide between changing a diaper or paying a utility bill or buying food each month. Food Stamps and WIC cannot be used to buy diapers even though diapers are a basic need for infants and toddlers.
So, thanks to all for caring about the needs of our community – as well as being great rowers!




Veterans Dragon Boat USA squeezed in one more race this season, participating in Worcester’s Dragon Boat Festival, held September 21, at Quinsigamond State Park Regatta Point. Helping to round out the team to fill the boat were members of PVRC’s Springfield Dragon Rays, and a special veteran guest paddler from Easter Seals’ Veterans Count MA. Check out the team in the photo above.

Veterans Dragon Boat USA also participated in this year’s Springfield Puerto Rican Parade (below), joining PVRC’s Springfield Dragon Rays.

The first two photos below are from the Green Mountain Head Regatta in Putney, VT, on 9.29. It was a  
3 -mile stake race; singles and doubles only.
Next, we've got the 8-boat crew that rowed the Head of the Riverfront Regatta in Hartford, CT on 10.6. 

And good luck to our rowers going to The Head of the Charles!
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