Photo by Maria Montessori School parent, Shannon Dixon
The family-friendly event includes kayak and canoe races, a “wacky boat” race, a rubber duck race, live music, food, take-and-make art, boat rides, and more. The event is free to attend.
There’s a $25 entry fee for the canoe and kayak races, which will begin at 11 a.m. Participants can compete in 1-, 2-, or 3-mile race courses on the harbor. Racers of all skill levels will have a chance to win t-shirts and trophies made by students at The Maria Montessori School.
For the super-fun wacky boat race, teams will build boats out of duct tape and cardboard to race on the campus pond. A rubber duck race will also be held on the pond. Families will have a chance to sponsor a duck, and the winner will receive $100.
From the press release: “The regatta is a highly anticipated event each year, as it really exudes what our school stands for while uniting Memphis citizens for a day in a very celebratory way,” said Maria Schuermann-Cole, headmistress of The Maria Montessori School. “The outdoors plays a crucial role in both our education curriculum and our students’ general well-being, and we look forward to bringing the two together again for the 12th consecutive year.”
The Maria Montessori School is located in Harbor Town in Downtown Memphis (740 Harbor Bend Road). The school serves to educate a diverse student population, ages 18 months to 14 years, through traditional Montessori principles.