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Join Canal Walk 2014

Once again, the weather forecast is being tricky making it hard to know what to do about tomorrow's (Nov.1) Canal Walk. A GO/NO GO message will be posted here no later than 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.

 

After years of disruption because of flooding and reconstruction, the Friends’ traditional 58.9-mile Canal Walk is close to returning.  We will be walking from Easton to Bristol over five successive Saturdays, but will be making a short detour over to the D&R Canal towpath in New Jersey to safely make our way around the Cuttalossa culvert collapse south of Lumberville.  We’ll actually be walking 60 miles.   

A journey on the Delaware Canal is always an adventure.  This year we’ll be paying particular attention to the means and methods that ensure that the water from the Lehigh River in Easton makes its way south to New Hope and beyond.   Join us and learn about the Canal’s past, present, and future and enjoy the company of good friends, new and old.     

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October 4

The Forks of the Delaware Recreation Area, 210 South Delaware Avenue (Route 611), Easton, PA  18042  to the Indian Rock Inn, 2206 River Road (Route 32), Upper Black Eddy, PA  18972.  

13 miles

Our journey will start where Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company boats entered the Delaware Canal. Imagine the endurance of the shad that make their way through the man- chambered fish ladder.  Tour Groundhog Lock with its unique power house.  Spy the Roebling Bridge in Riegelsville.  Pass Durham – home to the famous furnace, limestone cave, and history-making boats. 

Lunch Stop:  Theodore Roosevelt Recreation Area in Raubsville

 

October  11

Indian Rock Inn to the Kinsman Company, 4961 River Road (Route 32), Point Pleasant, PA  18950.

13.2 miles

Be awed by the 300-foot-high Nockamixon Cliffs.  Indulge in a treat at Homestead Store.   Step back in time in Uhlerstown, the “best preserved canal hamlet in America.”  Learn how Smithtown, plows, and the famous Walking Purchase are connected.  Cross the handsome timber Tohickon Aqueduct.

Lunch Stop:  Tinicum Park, Erwinna

 

October 18

The Kinsman Company, 4961 River Road, Point Pleasant, PA 18950 to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope, PA  18938

 10.5 miles

Find out whether Devil’s Half Acre deserves its name.  Be charmed by Lumberville.

Admire the River vistas and homes in Centre Bridge.  Hear the stories of the artists at Phillips Mill.  Delight in the quirky tapestry that is New Hope. Discover the secrets of Lock 11 and its Locktender’s House. Find out how canal boats crossed the river to get to New York. 

Lunch Stop: Dilly’s at Centre Bridge. 

 

October 25

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope, P A 18938 to the Black Rock Road Picnic Area in Yardley.

9.9 miles

Take in our country’s colonial history at the Thompson-Neely House, Grist Mill, and Soldiers’ Graves. Learn about the unique David Library of the American Revolution. Spy the pole that was used to unload coal boats in Yardley.  Tickle your tastebuds with a sweet from Cramer’s Bakery. 

Lunch Stop: Washington Crossing Historic Park at Route 532.   

 

November 1

Black Rock Road Picnic Area to Riverfront Park in Bristol Borough. 

12.3 miles

Follow a great blue heron southward. View Trenton’s eclectic skyline and hear about Morrisville’s founder. Trek through industrialized Bucks County and find out how the coming of U.S. Steel changed the landscape.   Be welcomed by the sight of the Grundy Clock Tower in Bristol. Celebrate the completion of Canal Walk 2014 at the “ring” by the River.  

Lunch Stop:  Falls Township Community Park off of  Mill Creek Road.

 

All walks start at 9 a.m. sharp.

Return to the starting point is accomplished by carpooling.

Walk any or all of the segments.  Special rewards for those who complete all 60 miles.

Please bring a light lunch. 

 

The Walks are free, but donations to the Friends will be gratefully accepted; becoming a member is even better.

For more information – call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org

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Friends of the Delaware Canal Annual Meeting and Covered Dish Dinner

Tuesday, November 11

6:30 p.m.

The Audubon Barn, 2877 Creamery Road, New Hope, PA 18938

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Over its 32 years as a non-profit organization, the Friends of the Delaware Canal has created many traditions, but the most longstanding is our Annual Meeting and Covered Dish Dinner. We eat well and enjoy the company of friends. We learn, we vote, and we fulfill the requirements of the by-laws - all in one 2-1/2 hour event.

This year we're pleased to welcome David Kemmerer, Director of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of State Parks and Rick Dalton, Manager of the Delaware Canal State Park Complex, as our guest speakers. They will provide insights into the future directions of the Canal and DCNR.

Food is the first order of business at the Annual Meeting. Our old-fashioned covered dish dinner is a bountiful spread of entrees, salads, and desserts all provided by you and your fellow Friends. Please bring along your favorite 6-serving covered dish to share. Plates, utensils , and beverages will be provided.

After dinner, the Annual Meeting will be held. We'll hear about the Friends' 2014 accomplishments and 2015 plans from Brett Webber, President of the Friends of the Delaware Canal. Treasurer Pete Sperry will report on our organization's financial condition. This year's special volunteers will be honored, and the election of members of the Board of Directors will be conducted.

Following the business portion of the meeting, Bureau Director Kemmerer and Park Manager Dalton will take the floor. They will share the challenges and the exciting prospects for the Canal. Please feel free to ask questions following their presentation.

The Annual Meeting and Covered Dish Dinner is always a highlight of the Friends' year, so please come and bring a friend or two. The Annual Meeting is a great way to introduce people to the Friends and what we accomplish.

 

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Save the Date

Eat, drink and be merry!

The Friends' Holiday Party

Thursday, December 4

6 to 9 p.m.

The Yardley Inn

82 East Afton Avenue, Yardley

Join us for

Scrumptious, Hearty Hors d'oeuvres

Spirited and Soft Beverages

Holiday Cheer

Donation - $60 per person

Please make your reservations early for this popular party. For more information and to make reservations, call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org.

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2014 Calendar At A Glance

 

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

Tuesday, October 28 - A Haunting Evening in Yardley

Tuesday, November 11 - Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 4 - Holiday Party

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