As a child, our family would occasionally take a short car ride up to Morraine State Park. It’s situated around a large lake, Lake Arthur. We would find sticks to draw pictures in the sand, take off our shoes, roll up our jeans, and splash in the water, and run around the spacious green lawns for hours, stopping only to climb trees. Fine real estate lined the other side of the lake, and sail boats would whisk around in the wind. We’d leave just as the sun was setting, turning the waters orange and pink.
This weekend I’m going to go relive some of those memories with my own children. The 2014 Regatta at Lake Arthur is in its 16th year, and will be happening on August 2nd & 3rd. It will be a little more grandiose than my childhood memories. There will be races of all kinds, from paddle boarding to catamarans to puddle boats to MECA, which is a triathalon-ish event. There will be rock walls to climb in addition to the trees. There will be music, and the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater will be performing story time. Saturday will end in fireworks. Sunday will end with the release of 200 butterflies.
While there are a few events that you have to pay for, most of it is free, including parking and general admission. For a full list of events, including a schedule and which happenings are free vs. pay, check out the Regatta at Lake Arthur’s website.