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The Pennsylvania Highlands Trail

Tuesday, September 9,

7:30 p.m.

The Community Room in the Point Pleasant Community Baptist Church, 35 River Road, Point Pleasant, PA 18950.

PA Highlands Trail

Just as the Delaware Canal was once a part of an extensive interstate commercial transportation network, today the Delaware Canal is a part of a vast trail network that reaches to the Poconos, Philadelphia and far beyond, eventually even to Maine and Florida.

John Brunner, the Mid-Atlantic Recreation Planner for the Appalachian Mountain Club, will present an illustrated program featuring one of the more recent trail connections to the Delaware Canal.

The Highlands Trail is a 130-mile-long, "rugged footpath" that extends from the Hudson River near Storm King Mountain, through New Jersey, to the Delaware River (and Delaware Canal) in Reigelsville, PA. The Appalachian Mountain Club and its many partner organizations envision extending this trail across the Pennsylvania highlands Region from the Delaware River to the Maryland border.

John Brunner will describe this emergent trail network and discuss the common geological characteristics and historic sites found within Pennsylvania portion of the Highlands Region. The Region includes roughly 1.9 million acres in thirteen counties (Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton, Lehigh, Chester, Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Adams, and York). The Appalachian Mountain Club hopes to collaboratively protect and connect the many assets of the region and create "close-to-home" recreational opportunities.

Come to this program and find out where new adventures lie.


You're Invited!

The Fourth Annual

Friends of the Delaware Canal

Art Show

featuring the works of local artists

Art Show

Opening Reception

Friday, September 12

6 to 9 p.m .

Get a first look at the show, take the best opportunity to

buy outstanding works of art, and enjoy wine and

hors d'oeuvres.

See the Show on

Saturday, September 13

Sunday, September 14

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Rolling Green barn

at the intersection of Route 202 and Aquetong Road

New Hope, PA 18938

Don't miss this vibrant show and the chance to acquire art

created by our region's best.

The sale proceeds benefit the Friends' many efforts to

improve the Delaware Canal and its surroundings.


Bucks County Rocks Hike

Saturday, September 13

10 a.m.

Four spaces still open.

Meet at the Durham Lock parking area, 1407 Easton Road (Route 611), Kintnersville, PA 18930. The parking area is adjacent to the intersection of Routes 611 and 212.

You will have heard all about the proposed Pennsylvania Highlands Trail at our program on September 9. Now here's your opportunity to walk some of it. Join Sarah Berg, Delaware Canal State Park educator, and John Brunner, Mid-Atlantic Recreation Planner for the Appalachian Mountain Club for a 5-mile hike from Durham Lock to Ringing Rocks, a unique Bucks County Park.

The leisurely paced walk will begin on the Delaware Canal towpath (D&L Trail) at the Durham Lock and Aqueduct. This area is immersed in history - colonial, industrial, canal and natural. On the journey south, the 300-foot-high Nockamixon Cliffs will rise up on the horizon. They are the dominant feature of a place that was once known as Narrowsville - for good reason. The geology of the cliffs is fascinating, as is the canal history here. It's difficult to imagine that a mill on the River, a bridge over the Canal, and several landside buildings all could have fit in the small sliver of land surrounding Lock 20. South of the historic Indian Rock Inn, walkers will leave the towpath and head inland on a 1.3-mile-long, moderately steep, wooded stretch of an ancient trail. Ringing Rocks, with its 8 acre boulder field and the County's largest waterfalls, is the walk's destination. The rocks here do indeed ring when struck with a hammer or another rock. A car shuttle will be arranged to take walkers back to the starting point at Durham Lock.

Due to the limitations of the ancient trail, the group size for this walk will be limited to 15 people. Registration is required; the sooner the better. To reserve your place, call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org.

Get to know some of Bucks County's most famous rocks on this walk!


Paddling on the Canal

Sunday, September 21

10 a.m. to noon OR 1 to 3 p.m.

FULL, Sorry!

Meet at the Black Rock Road Picnic Area at the Intersection of the Canal and Black Rock Road in Yardley.

The Canal south of Black Rock Road is always scenic and surprising. Trees tower over the widest of the Canal's wide waters, and there is wildlife to spot. The Friends have had many walks along the towpath here, but now it's time to explore the area from a different vantage point - from the water.

State Park Educator Sarah Berg will be leading two sessions of paddling in

the Canal - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each will venture south through the widewaters area. The paddling will be leisurely, all the better to see the turtles, herons, geese, and ducks.

You may bring your own canoe or kayak and personal floatation device or you may borrow one of the equipped kayaks that the Park will have on hand. There will be 15 seats available in nine single kayaks and three tandems.

Registration is required for this activity. You may register by calling 215-862-2021 or e-mailing friends@fodc.org. Please let us know by Monday, September 15. If you are planning to use the Park equipment, a $10 donation per person is requested. Family and young child discounts are available. Join us in the water!


Take an old-fashioned River Cruise!

Sunday, September 28

3 to 5 p.m.

Join the Friends and the D&R Canal Watch for a Delaware River cruise aboard SPLASH, an authentic replica of an 1890's steam-driven sternwheeler.


Enjoy all the sights along the Delaware River in New Hope and Lambertville during this later afternoon journey. You can visit the engine room and see the steam in action, too. Snacks and soft beverages will be provided. If you would like, please BYOB.

Your $30 contribution will benefit both Canal organizations as well as SPLASH, a non-profit educational venture. Space is very limited, so reserve soon.

To make your reservations, click here or call 215-862-2021. When you make your reservations, you will receive instructions about how to find and park near SPLASH's landing in Lambertville.

Let's have a good time on the River on a very special boat with very special canal friends from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Save the Date!



Sunday October 5

FP Trolley

Join the Friends for a lively and informative trolley followed by food, drinks, and fun at the Black Bass Hotel.

  • Visit the studio and pastoral property of Pennsylvania Impressionist Daniel Garber, and chat with his granddaughter Dana Applestein.
  • Find out how Lumberville got its name from Bill Tinsman, owner of the oldest continuously operating lumberyard in America.
  • Meet Linda Kenyon, portraying Julia Child, in the kitchen that Julia used when visiting her brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Fredericka Child in Bucks County. - Bon Appetit!
  • Encounter the unexpected along the lovely Cuttalossa Creek.
  • Join with friends, old and new, at the historic Black Bass Hotel for libations and choice selections of savories and sweets.

For more information or to make reservations on-line, visit www.fodc.org and click on the link on the homepage, or call 215-862-2021, or e-mail friends@fodc.org.

Individual tickets are $150 each; patron tickets are $250 each.


2014 at a Glance

Sunday, August 24 - Short Walk along the towpath and River in Morrisville

Tuesday, September 9 - Program - The Pennsylvania Highlands Trail

September 12, 13, 14 - Art Show

September 13 - Bucks County Rocks Hike

Sunday, September 21 - Paddling in the Canal

October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1 - Canal Walks

Sunday, October 5 - Faces and Places

Tuesday, October 28 - A Haunting Evening in Yardley

Tuesday, November 11 - Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 4 - Holiday Party











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