Crew is more than just a sport for our high schoolers; it is a sport for the entire family.
Each weekend from March through May, Harriton Crew rowers, coxswains, managers, parents and friends gather at the “tent” along the Schuylkill River to enjoy the races. It is an opportunity to meet other parents and share a delicious feast. And no matter the weather, we will be on Kelly Drive to watch our rowers on the river.
The enthusiasm on the river truly is a motivation to the rowers, and it is important that we support our children in their races. We hope this information will help you plan your days on the river!
All parents take turns when it comes to tent duty and every family brings a delicious contribution to our tent at the regattas, a wonderful Harriton Crew community tradition. Parents can sign up for tent duty through TeamSnap. 2023 hospitality basics can be found here.
What are you expected to bring?
Depending what you have been assigned in TeamSnap, you must provide a salad/appetizer, entree/sandwich and or dessert/fruit that serves 25 people. Please be generous in your portions. Keep in mind that you are feeding the entire (very hungry) crew team, coaches, parents, and guests. We have listed examples of what to bring below. Friends of Harriton Crew hospitality team provides the eggs, burgers and hotdogs, so you don't have to worry about those. Spring 2021 assignments can be found here.
Provide all food in disposable containers if at all possible. For food that will need to be warmed up and/or kept warm, please provide in foil chafing dishes (that can be found in any grocery store).
Sound nutrition is essential for strength and endurance; please keep this in mind when selecting your contribution for race day. To help you here are some examples of what you can bring:
Vegetables with dip, cheese and crackers, hummus and pita, shrimp cocktail
Pasta salad, bean salad, tossed salad, Caesar salad, vegetable salad, fruit salad. Please provide dressing on the side for a salad that requires one.
Chicken, ribs, lasagna, shish kabobs, grilled sausage, hoagies, tomato pie, pizza. If you provide hoagies, ask the vendor to pre-slice for individual portions and to wrap the filling inside the rolls so the rolls don’t become soggy – you should also request the onions, oil, mayo, tomatoes, pickles, and peppers to be provided separately.
If providing chicken, pork or ribs for grilling, please precook and marinate so that we can then grill quickly and safely.
Snacks and Dessert:
Pre-cut fresh fruit on skewers if possible, bananas, soft pretzels, granola/health bars, zucchini/banana bread, muffins, brownies/cookies.
We have a flat top grill for egg sandwiches, pancakes, french toast, etc. Bagels and cream cheese, muffins, breakfast cakes, sausage, bacon, fruit.
We welcome your individual creativity and tastes.
You don't have to bring:
Friends of Harriton Crew provide all paper goods, utensils, trash bags, coolers, as well as propane for our grill. We also bring the burgers, hotdogs and eggs.
Parents take turns in being tent captains. Tent captains are responsible for determining the dishes that will be served on race day and should ensure that those dishes are delivered to the setup shift captains.
The captains should contact each other and anyone else on their race day food distribution list, at least a week ahead of the race, to make sure each family is contributing an appropriate entrée, salad, dessert, etc. (food suggestions below). This season there are four tent captains at each regatta.
Tent captains are also responsible for setting up or taking down the tent depending on which shift they signed up for (morning or afternoon). Morning shift will run approximately 7 AM -12 PM, afternoon shift is approximately 12 PM until last race of the day approximately 5.30 PM. More instructions for tent captains can be found here.