Friday, April 15, 2016

City Barge - Open Day!

images courtesy Richard Bailey and Nadia Lear / Oxford City Barge

Preparations are under way right now across the pond.
The folks at City Barge are gearing up for "Open Day!"

I was alerted to this by a Facebook post by Row Venice.

Row Venice / Felix and Oxford City Barge / Nadia Lear wrote:
Friends in Oxford and London!
This Saturday, April 16, from 10 AM till 4PM Oxford City Barge will have its grand Open Day!

Displays of Venetian rowing on gondolas, gondolinos,
sandolos and mascaretas! Stand up and sit down rowing!
Short trips on the Isis! Refreshments!

If you always fancied getting your hands on a Venetian oar,
meet the afficionados of Venetian rowing:
it's just a short walk north from Donnington bridge to their club house! See directions in the flyer below.

Oxford City Barge is the UK´s only and biggest Venetian rowing club, founded in 1992 at the Rose & Crown public house in Oxford,
and counting on none less than four sandolos one gondolino for their regular Saturday morning outings.
Thanks to its members it can also assemble a much larger flotilla of at least one gondola and an all-wood balotina,
the latter used mostly for parades!

Yet the distinctive mark of Oxford City Barge are its outings:
from row-to-the-pub trips that may easily last a whole day,
to day trips, or even week-long trips that explore the English canals, lakes and waterways; last but not least,
the yearly outings to Venice to keep in touch with friends and food in Venice and the origins of Venetian rowing.

For more info, see their event page!

Thanks to Row Venice for spreading the word.
And best of luck to the good folks at City Barge.

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