Missed the boat
Being an avid Lewis and Clark fan, I was really looking forward to the festivities at Point State Park recently to celebrate the bicentennial of the famous expedition.
I realize that there were some complications in the St. Charles keelboat pulling out of the flotilla parade, but in the end, it all seemed to turn out OK. Other than that, the celebration Aug. 31 was a big disappointment.
Pittsburgh had a chance to have re-enactors, the National Park Service’s traveling display and the Army Corps of Engineers barge that had a wonderful display of the highlights of the expedition. Pittsburgh could have had various Colonial booths with activities for the kids and various “hands on” displays to show how the expedition survived.
I attended Rochester’s Lewis and Clark festival the following Monday, and that city did a great job of making it a fun day for the whole family in spite of all the rain. There were so many things to see and do. It even had a descendent of Patrick Gass giving his insight on the expedition.
Pittsburgh should have taken a few lessons from Rochester!