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Hot Music/Cool Location

A Concert Series with Dinners at the

Home of Linda Kenyon

 

Saturday, April 25

Tim Farrell with Pat Robinson

Acoustic Guitarist and Pianist

Tim Farrell

Through his mastery of the intricacies and melodic grace of fingerstyle guitar, Tim Farrell has created a sound that is to be felt as well as heard." Tim will play a guitar made by George Nakashima for several numbers.

 

Saturday, May 23

rescheduled from February 21

Avi Wisnia

Vocalist and Pianist

Avi Wisnia

"A great voice, an exciting stage presence, and songs finding inspiration in classic Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic American folk, 1950's west coast jazz, and contemporary pop. He plays the piano like he was born to it.

 

All will be held at 6 p.m.

3015 North Sugan Road

New Hope, PA 18938

At each you'll enjoy two sets of music, wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres and an elegant dinner that would make Julia Child proud.

$75 per person for each concert or $200 for all three.

Make your reservations now for one or all of these very special evenings by calling 215-862-2021 or e-mailing friends@fodc.org. Please reserve early; seating is limited and much in demand.

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In Search of Bald Eagles and More

Sunday, April 26

2 p.m.

Sorry, this walk is full.

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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.

On this 5-mile, roundtrip walk we hope to see nesting bald eagles on the river island near the Canal, but those majestic birds aren't the only attraction. Our trip will start at the Durham lock and aqueduct where there are so many stories to share from the iron-making to Durham boats to caves occupied by Native Americans and bats. We will follow the towpath south past Trauger's Farm to the Gallows Run Aqueduct, named for either a notable resident or a failed suspenders incident, depending upon the source. At the aqueduct, both the river island and the Nockamixon Cliffs come into full view. The dramatic Cliffs rise straight up 300 feet from the Canal and Route 611. Waterfalls and wild flowers make them especially beautiful in the spring. In the travelogue that he wrote during his Delaware Canal excursion in 1886, Louis Comfort Tiffany gushed that the scenery at the Nockamixon Cliffs was the best of his trip and exceeded that of the Hudson River.

Our favorite nature photographer and birder Carole Mebus will accompany us on this walk and share her experiences of photodocumenting bald eagles at this location. She has captured images of eagles in flight, perched in trees, taking dips in the River, and, best of all, nesting. The photos of eaglets peeping from the nest have been highlights of the postings on the Friends' Facebook page for the past two years. We are hoping that this will be the third. If there are eagles to see, they will be at a distance, so bring your binoculars. Carole is a bird magnet, so we have high hopes.

Lock 20, where we will envision the mill, bridge, and other buildings that once stood on this narrow site, will be the turnaround point for the walk. On our return trek, we will take in the northbound sights, and, perhaps, stop in at Trauger's for a treat.

Since having too large a group will be counterproductive, the number of participants is limited to 25. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for this free event, which will be held weather permitting. To reserve, call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org.

 

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Postcards from the Past

Unique and Rare Postcard Views of the Delaware Canal and Its Surroundings

Francis Rapp Boatyard

Tuesday, May 12

7:30 p.m.

 

The program will be held in the auditorium of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977.

Plain and simple - you don't want to miss this one-time opportunity. Steven Cohen, a dedicated collector of the finest postcards, has allowed the Friends to create an illustrated program featuring his postcard views of the Delaware Canal, associated inns and stores, and Washington Crossing. If you've ever peered at something along the Canal and tried to imagine what it used to look like, Steven Cohen's postcards will cure your curiosity. His postcard views are enlightening, filled with character, often charming, and sometimes even mind-boggling. They are images that you aren't likely to find by Googling.

The "Golden Age of Postcards" occurred in America between 1905 and 1915. Postcard photographers took shots of everything and anything. Collecting the attractive cards was a form of entertainment, and people found them a convenient way to stay in touch with friends and relatives without the burden of excessive writing. The US Post office spurred on their popularity by setting the postage rate at one cent,"the penny postcard," and, in 1913, 900 million postcards were mailed.

In the early 1900's the Delaware Canal attracted postcard photographers. There were still mule-drawn canal boats plying the Canal, but business had slowed down considerably. Nature was having the chance to make the waterway and towpath look less like a well-worn commercial corridor. Photographers took the opportunity to capture a part of American life that would soon be gone and had benefit of portraying it in an increasingly attractive setting. After the close of business in 1931, the beauty of the Canal allowed it to remain as a popular subject for postcards, and the advent of New Hope's mule-drawn barge ride for tourists guaranteed it.

During the presentation, Steven Cohen will share his knowledge about his cards and the joys and tribulations of collecting them.

Please join us for this very special opportunity that is being presented in partnership with the Washington Crossing Historic Park and the Friends of WCHP.

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"Getting to Know All About Us"

A Town Meet and Greet

Thursday, May 14

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

mural

The mule mural at Locktender's House Plaza and four other Canal scenes were painted by

artist William Selesnick.

In the canal mural plaza next to the Locktender's House, 145 South Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938

Bring yourself - bring friends.

Join your fellow Friends for an evening of great conversation, good information and wine and hors d'oeuvres. No speeches are in store, but you will be able to meet the members of the Friends of the Delaware Canal Board of Directors and learn what's in store for the Canal and the organization. Check out the site of the proposed new Delaware Canal State Park Visitor Centre. walk upstairs to the towpath and Lock 11, the only lock on the Canal that is operable, then tour the Locktender's House with its "Life at the Lock" exhibit.

Come enjoy yourselves and know that it's good to be a Friend!

Please RSVP by May 7 for this free event. Call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org.

 

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Do the PA/NJ Canal Loop -

A National Trails Day Bike Ride and Picnic

Saturday, June 6

10 a.m.

Meet at the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area, 3292 River Road (PA Route 32), New Hope, PA 18938. (1.3 miles north of Centre Bridge)

Looping has become our tradition for National Trails Day. Once again, we'll be doing our part to officially enjoy America's vast network of recreational trails by biking on not one trail, but two. Join the Friends and the Delaware Canal State Park staff for a 10-mile bike ride on the towpath trails of both the Delaware Canal in Pennsylvania and the Delaware Raritan Canal in New Jersey.

Bring your bike and let State Park Educator Ian Kindle lead you on a guided tour. The route will follow the Delaware Canal towpath south to New Hope, then cross over the river bridge to connect with the D&R towpath trail in Lambertville, NJ. From Lambertville, bicyclists will head north to Stockton, NJ then cross that bridge back over to Pennsylvania for the trip back to the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area. A free picnic lunch of grilled hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert will be waiting there in the scenic canal and riverside picnic grove created by the Friends.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend by contacting the Friends at 215-862-2021 or friends@fodc.org.

 

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"Getting to Know All About Us"

A Towpath Meet and Greet

Sunday, June 7

12 to 2:30 p.m.

Meet at the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area, 3292 River Road (PA Route 32), New Hope, PA 18938. (1.3 miles north of Centre Bridge)

We're headed out of town and to the country for the Friends' second Meet and Greet. It will be held at the picnic grove that lies between the Canal towpath and the River at the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area. Come for a free picnic lunch and bring your friends to see what all the canal and the friends have to offer.

Join us in the picnic grove that exemplifies what the Friends can accomplish. The Recreation Area is named for Virginia Forrest, one of the citizen leaders in the effort to have the Canal designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1978. The picnic grove itself was created by the Friends over the past several years. Volunteers cleared trees, brush, and brambles to open the view out to the River and create enough space for picnic tables and grills, which the Friends' purchased and had installed. Daffodils and Virginia Bluebells were planted by volunteers to brighten

the landscape in the spring.

During the picnic, the Friends' Board of Directors will be happy to tell you all about what is in store for the Canal and our organization. Bring your bicycles or wear your walking shoes for your own Sunday afternoon Canal adventure afterwards.

Please RSVP by June 1 for this free event. Call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org.

 

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