Dragon Boat Team from Trinity College Competes in Festival at Hartford’s Riverfront

Riverfront Recapture Hosts Movies, Regatta, Concerts, and More This Fall

​Hartford, Connecticut, August 25, 2016 – Trinity College’s dragon boat team recently competed alongside more than 80 other community and club teams on the Connecticut River as part of the 17th annual Dragon Boat and Asian Festival in Hartford. Trinity’s racing team included faculty and staff members, alumni, friends, and family members.


​The 2016 Trinity College dragon boat team.

The Dragon Boat and Asian Festival is just one of many popular annual events hosted by Riverfront Recapture, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving central Connecticut’s quality of life and urban vitality through cultural events, entertainment, group sports, and recreation in a welcoming environment along the banks of the Connecticut River. The organization – which manages Riverside Park, Charter Oak Landing, and Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford, and Great River Park in East Hartford – works to protect and maintain the riverfront and make more of it accessible to the public.

Riverside Park will once again be the starting point for the Amazing Race Hartford, a Bantam Beginnings pre-orientation program for first-year students, on August 30. After completing team-building exercises in the park, participants will navigate the city on foot with their teams, searching for clues that provide them opportunities to meet local leaders and learn about the city’s rich arts scene, its long history, state and city government, career opportunities, and vibrant nightlife.

Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, which has several area locations including one in Hartford, is sponsoring three free movies in the parks: Big on August 26; The Martian on September 2; and Bee Movie on September 9. All movies will be shown at Riverside Park on Fridays at dark. Bear’s was founded by competitive eater and Trinity alumnus Jamie “The Bear” McDonald ’00. Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ will have a food truck at the events.

The Head of the Riverfront Regatta returns to Riverside Park on Sunday, October 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with spectators cheering from the finish line at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. This USRowing-sanctioned event is led by a jury of USRowing-trained and certified officials, and registration with USRowing designates the regatta as a nationally recognized safe and fair event. Now in its 18th year, the Head of the Riverfront offers head-style competition on the Connecticut River for high school, collegiate, and masters rowers. Regular registration is open until midnight, September 22. In the 2015 regatta, Trinity College won both the Muncie Cup (Men’s 1st College 8+) and the LaPerla Plate (Women’s 1st College 8+).

Elizabeth Hanusovsky Patterson ’05, who works for Riverfront Recapture, Inc. as a development associate, said, “As a Trinity alumna, I wish I had known about the Riverfront parks when I was a student. Now I know that I can run, bike, and walk through the parks year-round, participate in events and festivals, or just relax by the river. I love the efforts Trinity is making to encourage students to connect with the city of Hartford in different ways throughout their four years on campus.”

This fall, Riverfront Recapture also offers “Thursday Nights on the Plaza” happy hours, concerts, and more. Click here for a complete schedule of upcoming events.