Happy Wednesday, friends! How was your weekend? Mine was wayyy too much fun, which is why a blog post didn’t happen Monday. I had too much to do, and not nearly enough energy to do it. You know, recovery mode. And then yesterday, I had major internet issues that I’m not even going to get into because I’m sure you don’t want to hear a rant about how our internet provider sucks balls and we have no other options because they are the only game in town. Yeah.
Anyway, this weekend was one of my favorite summer activities: Kenny on the Boat. What the hell is that, you ask? Well, allow me to explain…
For the past few years, Kenny Chesney has come to Pittsburgh on his summer tours, and every year it is a huge deal. I don’t know if his concerts are so popular in other cities, but in the ‘Burgh, it’s big. People flock to the venue, not just for the music, but for the massive party. Tons of people who don’t even tickets come just to tailgate. And ever since they moved the concert to Heinz Field, the party spills over from the parking lot, to the river. Days (sometimes a week or so) before the concert, boats start lining up, reserving good party spots in the river.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Pittsburgh, I should explain that it is famous for our three rivers. The point where the Allegheny River meets the Monongahela River to form the Ohio River is known simply as “The Point”. Heinz Field is located along water at The Point.
Because the stadium opens up to the water, you can usually hear the concert from the boats, but that is only part of the lure. This year, thanks to an unfortunately-placed canopy, we couldn’t hear the music as well as we’d hoped. No worries though, as it was still a beautiful day and super-fun crowd. Really, a lot of people just use the concert as an excuse to get together and enjoy the river (or tailgate, as there is one heck of a party in the parking lot before this particular concert).
Several of our friends joined us, some bringing their own boats, some hitching a ride on on of the half-dozen or so nautical vessels we trekked to the city. My parents loaded up their new pontoon boat and joined us for their first ever Kenny On The Boat experience. My cousin and her husband even came in from Buffalo for the weekend. It was a great group of people; everyone had a blast together. I’m so thankful to have such awesome friends and family.
This year, we didn’t just hit the river for the concert on Saturday. We ventured downtown on Friday to get in a little extra river time and to check out a “beach bar” we’d heard about down the Ohio River. It was a blast. We ate a bunch, drank too much and partied the night away. Who knew Pittsburgh had a beach bar?? Not this girl. But it rocked, and we will definitely be returning.
On Saturday, we had a full day of fun and sun. We cruised up to my parents’ marina, played on the water a little bit, then went to Station Square for dinner before tying up to enjoy the festivities and music.
Even though it was difficult to hear the concert, we still had a great time. The company was awesome, the beers were cold and the view was spectacular.
All in all, I’d say our 3rd Annual Kenny On The Boat was a success! I can’t wait to do it again next year!*
*Though, to all my fellow Kenny-On-The-Boat-ers, maybe next year a trip to the beach bar and the Kenny concert could happen on different weekends? I feel so old saying this, but I can’t hang like I used to! The recovery process kicked my azz. Monday suckkkked.