Tuesday, March 11
The Delaware River - Mother of Five Canals
The program will be held in the auditorium of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977
A multi-day canal tour last fall inspired Bucks County author and historian Will Rivinus to create this illustrated program about the five canals that are all fed by the mighty Delaware River.
Two hundred years ago, the history of America changed as a result of development along the Delaware River. The Second American Revolution (the War of 1812) had just been won, but in that conflict England had cut off imports of coal that fueled Philadelphia and New York.
Anthracite coal, discovered in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania in the 1790's had become known as "Black Diamonds." It was potentially worth fortunes to the men who could mine it and move it to the burgeoning industrial markets. The first bulk shipments of anthracite went down the Schuylkill River, then the entrepreneurs gambled that the Delaware could be more profitable.
Five canals were opened in less than twenty years - the Lehigh from the mines to Easton, our Delaware from Easton to tidewater at Bristol, the Delaware and Raritan from Bordentown NJ to New Brunswick, the Morris from Easton to New York harbor, and the Delaware and Hudson from the mines to Albany on the Hudson River.
The geographic obstacles were daunting; the engineering challenges huge. The construction labor was back-breaking, and the costs were astronomic, but, the rewards were immense........until railroads, trucks, and oil doomed the canals in two generations.
Come hear the story and see the pictures!
This program is being held in partnership with the Washington Crossing Historic Park and the Friends of WCHP. If you haven't been to the Park's new visitor center, this is a perfect opportunity to see the impressive new facility and learn about two periods in our country's history - for free.
Hot Music/Cool Location
A Concert Series with Dinners
at the Home of Linda Kenyon
Saturday, March 22
Karen Gross, Cabaret Singer
All concerts will be held at
3015 North Sugan Road, Solebury, PA 18938
At each you'll enjoy two sets of music, wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres and a delightful dinner that would make Julia Child proud.
$75 per person for each concert.
Make your reservations now for one or all of these very special evenings by calling 215-862-2021 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Please reserve early; seating is limited.
Saturday, March 29
Lunch and Walk
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.
The distance to be walked is short, but the stories are many for this year's Lunch and Walk. We'll begin at Lock 21, which sits next to an aqueduct over Cooks Creek. While there are intriguing canal tales, they form just a small part of the area's history. The British arrived in 1698 attracted by the inland iron deposits. Those deposits spurred development of substantial industries. Iron furnaces and mills thrived. Robert Durham built "Durham boats" here, now famous for their role in General Washington's river crossing in 1776. Durham Cave attracted Queen Esther and later scores of geologists. The Durham Mine was Pennsylvania's second largest bat hibernaculum.
After hearing about Durham, we will walk along the towpath to our lunch destination, the Riegelsville Inn with its warm fireplaces and river views.
Our Riegelsville Inn Menu
The Inn Salad
An Assortment of Sliders -
Crabcake slider with tartar sauce
Steak slider with horseradish cream
Pulled pork slider with cole slaw
Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea or Soft Drinks
A last century view of the Riegelsville Inn.
After lunch, we'll make our way back to Durham and take in whatever we may have missed along the way in the morning.
Donation - $25 per person. Reservations are required. Please call 215-862-2021 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 21.
If it is snowing or raining, we won't be walking, but we will meet at the Riegelsville Inn at noon for lunch.
2014 at a Glance
Sunday, January 26 - The Two Canals Winter Walk
Saturday, February 8 - Hot Music/Cool Location - A series of three concerts with dinners at the home of Linda Kenyon.
First - The Noah Preminger Jazz Quartet.
Sunday, February 16 - The Heart of Morrisville Walk
Saturday, February 22 - Hot Music/Cool Location - A series of three concerts with dinners at the home of Linda Kenyon.
Second - Renowned Acoustic Guitarist Beppe Gambetta
Tuesday, March 11 - Program - "Five Canals" by Will Rivinus
Saturday, March 22 - Hot Music/Cool Location - A series of three concerts with dinners at the home of Linda Kenyon.
Third - Cabaret Singer Karen Gross
Saturday, March 29 - Lunch and Walk
Saturday, April 12 - Delaware Canal Clean-Up Day
Sunday, April 27 - Discover Fungi Walk
Tuesday, May 13 - Program - Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey in the Making
Saturday, June 7 - National Trails Day activity
Friday, June 20 - Canal Festival in Bristol
Saturday, June 21 - Canal Festival in Yardley
Sunday, June 22 - Liberty Festival in New Hope
Sunday, August 3 - Paddling in the Canal
Sunday, August 24 - Short Walk
Tuesday, September 9 - Program - The Pennsylvania Highlands Trail
September 12, 13, 14 - Art Show
September 13 - Pennsylvania Highland Walk
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
© 2007-2008. All Rights Reserved.