Hanging out at the Head of the Charles Regatta

Baseball aside, the Head of the Charles is kind of a big deal around here.  For anyone who doesn’t know what it is Head of the Charles Regatta is a two day rowing event that happens on the Charles River.   It hosts thousands of rowers, from hundreds of schools and 17 different countries who compete in a series of races or “Heads” throughout the two day event, according to their website.  But, even if you aren’t really into boats or rowing, it’s kind of nice just heading over and wandering around.

Meeting up with a friend in Harvard Square, I wandered down the Cambridge side of Memorial drive taking everything in.   The road was closed off to cars and sure there was rowing, but there was also a lot of other stuff to check out.  On the Cambridge side there were a lot of tents filled with things like sponsor displays, shopping, free samples and the kind of food you find at street fairs and carnivals, (i.e kettle corn,  fried dough, sausages, etc…) there were families, foreign students, costume clad dogs and frankly it was a people watchers paradise.

As I accumulated a bag full of free stuff and filled up on pre-lunch samples,  It struck me how great a way it was to spend a sunny afternoon,  particularly since this year the weather is so compliant.   So, here is a small gallery of images from my stroll down the Charles to whet your appetite if you plan on heading over this afternoon.