August 26, 1987
By the end of the year, Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill should be fully aglow once again, the distinctive shapes of the 14 Victorian-era structures outlined in lights for all to enjoy. Thanks to a $147,500 grant from the city's William Penn Foundation, this delightful display will be restored and made permanent. The lighting exhibit, initially installed to provide temporary gaiety for the 1976 Bicentennial celebration, has fallen into a sad state of disrepair. So many of its lights are missing that it is currently about as picturesque as a snaggle-toothed grin.
May 30, 2009 |
They're calling it "Ruby's Walk Across America," but for this morning, let's just call it a stroll along Kelly Drive. That's plenty for now for Ruby Gettinger, star of the Style Network's "Ruby," which is following her every step of a journey that began with her weighing nearly 500 pounds. She's kicking off a multicity set of one-hour walks at 9 this morning at No. 1 Boathouse Row, where she'll be walking and talking with fans of the Comcast-owned cable network's most-watched show in a free event that's scheduled to last until 2 p.m. Since the show premiered last November, she has heard from thousands of people, and some "have been taking road trips to Savannah [where she lives]
July 29, 2013 |
So why were the club flags on Boathouse Row recently at half staff? For a relatively young man (36 years old) who had lived in Philadelphia for just over two years? Who didn't formally belong to any of those boathouses? Who wasn't even American? Did those spiritual descendants of Jack Kelly along the drive named for him believe they recognized a kindred spirit, or hoped so? Did they see a throwback to a time before performance enhancers and luxury suites and Andrew Bynum?
March 16, 1990 |
John A. Seitz figured that by June, given the current conditions, he would have been able to walk on the Schuylkill without wetting his Docksiders. That's how thick the silt by Boathouse Row is getting. Months ago, you could step in and get wet up to your calves. Now, said Seitz, you're lucky if the water licks your ankles in some places. For the commander of the Schuylkill Navy, the organization that oversees rowing on the river, that means sculls could get caught in the muck.
August 8, 2008 |
A speeding car careered off Kelly Drive and plunged into the Schuylkill River at the height of the rush hour this morning as rowers and runners looked on in horror. The car, a 2000 Buick LeSabre, sailed nearly 30 feet from the embankment before plummeting into the waters. "It was just like a Charles Bronson movie," said Bill Ban, a rower who was finishing up his morning routine at 8 a.m. just north of Boathouse Row. "I heard squealing tires, then boom! Saw the car flying off into the river," Ban said.
July 30, 1998 |
If you're jogging, rollerblading or walking the dog along Kelly Drive tomorrow, you'll see his familiar smiling face. You may even want to taste one of his familiar 50-cent pretzels, or $1 bottle of water. That's right, the Chief is officially back. Robert "Chief" Rasmussen will be back at Kelly Drive near Fountain Green Drive today, his victory over Big Business complete. After an outpouring of public support and a whirlwind week away from the Drive, Rasmussen, his dog Ski and his blue concession van will take their spot on Boathouse Row. Yesterday, the Chief and the new concessionaire, Fairmount Management, apparently reached a deal whereby Chief can peddle his pretzels, bottled water and water ice at his own prices - which are up to 50 percent less than the prices the new concessionaire was charging.
December 13, 1994 |
Five members of the Haverford School rowing team are getting a gift of a different kind this holiday season. They will be boarding a plane tonight bound for Egypt, where they will row in two international competitions in the next 12 days. "This is a great experience for the kids," assistant coach Craig Hoffman said. "The benefit of rowing in international competition is immeasurable. " Aside from trading the wintry weather of the Northeast for the summerlike climate of Egypt, Ben Yogel, James Delaney, Quentin Koffey, Matt Burkhardt and Darryl Brown will compete in two regattas: the Luxor International Regatta and the Nile International Regatta.
December 24, 2010 |
Fred Duling celebrated his 60th birthday by rowing 60 miles on the Christina River, in Delaware, a trek that started at dawn and concluded at dusk. This year, at age 66, he ran in the six-mile Schuylkill Navy Run on Thanksgiving - for the 51st consecutive year. Now, Duling has been forced to take on the toughest challenge of his life - recovering from serious spinal injuries suffered in a Dec. 6 fall at his beloved Malta Boat Club on Boathouse Row. No one is sure what exactly occurred, since Duling was working alone in the club, as he often does.
August 25, 1987 |
The William Penn Foundation has awarded a $147,500 grant to the Fairmount Park Commission for a permanent installation of the lights on Boathouse Row, ensuring that they will continue to be one of Philadelphia's most distinctive symbols. The lights went up 11 years ago for the Bicentennial, crudely nailed to the boathouses. They became popular immediately, offering motorists a nighttime outline of the boathouses visible from the Schuylkill Expressway and West River Drive. Temporary as they were, though, the lights started to burn out, and replacing them was difficult.
December 20, 2012 |
Boathouse Row would expand northward if Temple University gets city permission to build a new rowing facility on the east side of the Schuylkill near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge. Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation Commission on Tuesday announced plans to review Temple's proposal, which calls for building a 23,000-square-foot boathouse and an adjacent dock on Fairmount Park land. Change comes slowly to Boathouse Row. If the plans are approved, Temple's facility would be the first new boathouse on the historic stretch of the river since 2002, when St. Joseph's University and St. Joseph's Prep put up a $3 million home for their rowing teams.