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It’s boating season in Providence

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This Saturday Providence Community Boating is hosting a free open house starting at 1pm with skippered sailboat rides and a BBQ.

Additionally, there will be Audubon Birds of Prey presentations at 1:15 pm and 2:45 pm. Anyone who joins either CBC or Audubon Society of Rhode Island as a 2012 member at the event will receive a free bird-watching boat tour narrated by an Audubon naturalist. Bird-watching boat tours will leave at 2:00 pm and 3:30 PM

Celebrate and enjoy free iced tea from our new friends at Granny Squibb‘s.

And don’t forget, CBC is offering kayaking this year too. Opening day will be May 29th.

Lessons are starting next week! Here is a link (PDF) to the membership forms. No experience necessary!

109 India Street, Providence

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CBC brings kayaks to Providence

Community Boating Boathouse

The Providence Community Boating Center has announced that kayaking will be added to their programming this spring!

The simplicity of kayaking as an entry-level sport for anyone makes it attractive to get outside, get moving, and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

FREE recreational kayaking is now included with adult memberships! Paddle one day as a trial/guest member, or all season, + FREE guest! We want you to paddle with a friend, so you get up to 2 kayaks/ trip.

New to paddling? Join us for some basic instruction and a guided tour. FREE guided “RiverRomp” tours offer youth & families a healthy, active alternative to TV, video, and other indoor, static activities.

CBC will, of course, still be offering recreational sailing and sailing lessons this spring, but now a membership will also offer kayak usage and kayaking lessons!

An adult membership for the entire season costs only $195*, and basically gives you access to boats 7 days a week – with no boat rental fees and no maintenance obligations.

Only in town for a day, or worried about commitment? CBC offers a one-day pass for $75 – a great way to spend an afternoon before checking out a Waterfire.

More details on the CBC website including the 2012 Membership Application (PDF)

*packages and discounts available, too!

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Last CBC wine tasting of the season!

Need some ideas as to what to serve this holiday season?

On Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting the last of its 2011 wine tasting events at the boat house. This months varietal: Sparkling Whites

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, this is a great opportunity to try some wines that might be appropriate for the holidays. It goes like this:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Sparkling Whites,” perfect for the holidays. Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME Sparkling White.

For the rest of the details, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP at this facebook event.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

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Beer tasting event at the CBC boathouse Thursday

The deck at the Community Boating Center overlooking Providence Harbor

On Thursday, October 20th at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting another of its 2011 tasting events at the boat house. This month, we’re switching things up a bit and having a beer tasting! Our beer varietal will be Brown Ales.

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, these events are a fun way to get to see the boathouse and meet some people. Unlike your typical tasting, we have a bit of a contest:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 2 6-packs of the same beer*
  • We’ll serve them in numbered pitchers and put a portion of unopened bottles in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, you vote on your favorite beer
  • If your beer gets voted as most favorite, you win all the remaining bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!
  • If your beer gets voted least favorite, you have to bring your bottles home with you

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Brown Ales.” Please bring 2 six-packs of the SAME brown ale.

For the rest of the details and schedule of future tastings and events, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP via facebook.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

For questions or more info about CBC, email matthew.coolidge@gcpvd.org

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Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean ROV Submarine Demo at Community Boating Center, July 7

Rozalia Project
Photo from Rozalia Project Facebook Page

Community Boating Center Partners with Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean for ROV Submarine Demo

July 7, 2011 • 6pm-8pm

Providence, RI – The Community Boating Center (CBC) has announced that it will host a public ROV submarine demo program run by the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean on 7/7/11, 6-8 pm, at CBC in India Point Park, Providence.

The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean is dedicated to finding and removing trash and marine debris from the ocean and working with waterfront groups, municipalities, non-profits, individuals, sailing centers, yacht clubs and people who want to protect the water to get cleaning and spread the word about marine debris, it’s prevention and how to be part of the solution.

The Rozalia team will be in Providence to spread the word, look for and clean up trash and demonstrate how their equipment works. Join Rozalia and Community Boating Center in Providence on 7/07 from 6-8 pm to learn about marine debris and how it affects the Providence River. This live demo will allow participants to observe the ROV and sonar flying around the river bottom.

John O’Flaherty, Executive Director, Community Boating Center commented “The Rozalia Project is a must-see experience. Similar to viewing a great movie or performance, its over before you are ready for it to be. The Rozalia team has an energy and welcoming presence that when combined with captivating technology like an ROV submersible or side-scan sonar produces a sure-bet winner of a program.”

Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean is a non-profit organization run by Rachael Z. Miller and James Lyne, both sailors who live (when not cleaning the ocean) in Vermont. Rozalia Project’s mothership is American Promise, Dodge Morgan’s famed circumnavigator, past sail training vessel for the US Naval Academy and now an ocean trash hunter. In addition to nets Rozalia uses a combination of ROV and sonar to search the sea floor for trash and debris. They are dedicated to clean oceans everywhere but are operating on the Northeast coast of the US in various public demo projects.

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

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Wine Tasting at the Community Boating Center, June 16

The deck at the Community Boating Center overlooking Providence Harbor

On Thursday, June 16th at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting another of its 2011 wine tasting events at the boat house. This months varietal: Iberian Reds

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, these events are a fun way to get to see the boathouse and meet some people. Unlike your typical wine tasting, we have a bit of a contest:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, you vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!
  • If your wine gets voted least favorite, you have to bring your 3rd bottle home with you

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Iberian Reds.” Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME red wine from Spain or Portugal.

For the rest of the details and schedule of future tastings and events, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP via facebook.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

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Wine Tasting at the Community Boating Center, May 12

On Thursday, May 12th at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting another of its 2011 wine tasting events at the boat house. This months varietal: New Zealand Chardonnay

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, these events are a fun way to get to see the boathouse and meet some people. Unlike your typical wine tasting, we have a bit of a contest:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, you vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!
  • If your wine gets voted least favorite, you have to bring your 3rd bottle home with you

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “New Zealand Chardonnay.” Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME New Zealand Chardonnay.

For the rest of the details and schedule of future tastings and events, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP via facebook.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

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Wine Tasting at the Community Boating Center, April 21

On Thursday, April 21st at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting the first of its 2011 wine tasting events at the boat house. This months varietal: Pinot Noir

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, these events are a fun way to get to see the boathouse and meet some people. Unlike your typical wine tasting, we have a bit of a contest:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, you vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!
  • If your wine gets voted least favorite, you have to bring your 3rd bottle home with you

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Pinot Noir.” Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME Pinot Noir.

For the rest of the details and schedule of future tastings and events, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP via facebook.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

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CBC Wine Tasting 12/2

On Thursday, December 2 at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting one of its 2010 wine tasting events at the boat house. This months varietal: Cava

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, this is a great opportunity to try some wines that might be appropriate for the holidays. It goes like this:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Cava,” a Spanish sparkling white wine appropriate for the holidays. Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME Cava.

For the rest of the details, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP at this facebook event.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

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Great Day for Community Boating

Picture from 2009's Regatta, despite the rain. This year: SUN!

It’s been 3 years since the CBC saw a sunny forecast for the annual Renaissance Regatta, but today looks like a lucky day.

Every year, the CBC tries to raise money to pay for its youth outreach and program initiatives by holding a regatta event. Companies, organizations, and individuals are invited to sponsor a team of sailors to compete in a series of sailing races during the day. Additionally, items are donated to CBC for a silent auction, and the public is invited to come cheer on the racers, participate in the auction, and go for a sailboat ride.

The event is TODAY and open to all. Tickets will be available at the door (discount for CBC members). Check out the CBC website or facebook page for more information.

See you there!

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Come sail away…

Community Boating Center

Ok, so maybe you missed the last wine tasting… Maybe you even missed last weekend’s Boats, Birds, and BBQ event…

But starting June 1st, the Community Boating Center at India Point Park is officially open for business!

Have you ever driven over the Iway bridge and looked out over the water? Did you know that there is actually a park down there and an organization that will teach you how to sail?

This really is a great opportunity and a really fun way to spend a summer (think cheap stay-cation). Once you know how to sail, you can even take friends out sailing on one of CBC’s many new sailboats, or just come unwind with an after-work sail and watch the sun go down.

Community Boating is also a great way to meet people. Maybe you just finished college and you’re looking for a new scene. Maybe you just moved here for a new job and you’re looking for a new activity.

Come sail. If you don’t know how, they’ll teach you. It’s surprisingly affordable.

And don’t worry, there will be another wine tasting in June.

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Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!

Lots of stuff happening Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!:

What are we leaving out? Let us know in the comments.

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CBC Wine Tasting This Thursday

This Thursday, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting one of its 2010 wine tasting events, and now that spring is here, this one is back at the boat house! This months varietal: Chianti

If you’ve never been to a CBC wine tasting before, all the more reason to join us! It goes like this:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Chianti”. Yes, it’s a broad topic, but that should be fun! Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME Chianti.

For the rest of the details, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP at this facebook event.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

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CBC Wine Tastings Resume This Week

CBC Wine Tasting

This Thursday, the Providence Community Boating Center is kicking off it’s 2010 wine tasting event series. This months varietal: California Whites

If you’ve never been to a CBC wine tasting before, all the more reason to join us! It goes like this:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “California White”. Yes, it’s a broad topic, but that should be fun! Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME California White.

For the rest of the details, check out the CBC event page or find a team mate and RSVP at this facebook event.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

SPECIAL NOTE: Due to winter shut-down of the boat house, this event is NOT at CBC!
Please join us at: Working Planet Marketing Group, 131 Wayland Ave., Providence, RI 02906

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CBC Wine Tasting Series Continues

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CBC Winetasting | Photo by M.Coolidge

Though it might be a little cooler out now and the days may be getting a little shorter, the Community Boating Center Boathouse at India Point Park is still open! Thursday, September 17 at 7pm there will be another CBC Wine Tasting Challenge, and this time we’re going with

Bold Barolo.

Barolo is a section of Piedmont, Italy, southwest of Alba. While wine in Italy is timeless, Barolo came about in the 1800s when the Marchesa Giulietta Colbert Falletti started making wine out of Nebbiolo grapes.

Nowadays, there are 3,000 acres of Nebbiolo producers in the towns of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Novello, Roddi, and Serralunga d’Alba. The standard grape used in Barolo is still nebbiolo. Of the towns in the area, the “left” hills have compact soil and produce long lasting wines. The “right” hills have softer soil, making a wine that should be drunk more quickly. Both vineyards are regulated – Barolo vineyards can only grow around 3200k of grape/acre. The Piedmont area of Italy in general is ripe with history – ancient castles, legends of feuds and loves, beautiful hills and valleys. This is a great area to go both wine touring and vacationing.

Barolo alcoholic content is set at 13%. There are two grades of Barolo: * Standard Barolo, aged two years in the barrel, one in the bottle. * Riserva Barolo, aged three years in the barrel, one in the bottle. Barolo wines are typically a deep red. Their flavor is thick and complex. Some are flowery – violets, roses. Others are fruit, licorice, or oaky. Barolo should be drunk at 60F and can age for 5-10 years.

If you’ve never joined us before, it goes like this:

  • Your team (of up to 3 people) brings 3 bottles of the same Barolo
  • … and you each bring a suggested $10 donation for CBC
  • We serve 2 of your bottles (blindly) and put the 3rd one in the prize pool.
  • You vote on your favorite (remember, you can’t see the labels)
  • If your wine gets voted as favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles.
  • The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool!

For the rest of the details, check out the CBC event page. Remember, you can now get to the boathouse via the Gano St exit off of I-195.

See you there!

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