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Paddling on the Canal

Sunday, August 2

10 a.m. - noon

OR

1 to 3 p.m.

BOTH THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON SESSIONS

ARE FULL.

To be placed on the Waiting List, 215-862-

2021 or friends@fodc.org.

Meet at the Black Rock Road Picnic Area at the

intersection of the Canal and Black Rock Road in Yardley

kayaking

The Canal south of Black Rock Road is especially lovely in the summertime. Trees tower over the widest of the Canal widewaters, and wildlife abounds. Herons catch fish, mallards glide and dip, turtles bask, frogs leap, and dragonflies flit. The Friends have had many a walk along the towpath here, but now it's time to explore the stretch from a different vantage point - the water.

State Park educator Katie Martens will be leading two sessions of paddling on the Canal - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each leisurely adventure will head south through the widewaters area.

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 17 seats available in eleven single kayaks and three tandems.

Registration is required for this activity, and early registration is highly recommended, particularly if you want use a Park kayak.

You may sign-up by calling 215-862-2021 or e-mailing friends@fodc.org. If you are planning to use the Park equipment, a $10 donation per person is requested.

See you on the water at the widewaters!

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See the Canal Projects

A short walk to see what's happening north and south of the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area

Sunday, August 23

2 p.m.

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

View three Canal improvement projects, take in the Delaware River vistas, and find out what Hendrick Island and the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area were like before they became part of the Delaware Canal State Park Complex. All this and more in one, four-mile roundtrip walk along the towpath.

Using the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area as our hub, we will first head north to the Cuttalossa Creek. Here the culvert that carries the creek water under the canal is being replaced. With luck, the project will be in its final stages. We'll then head back, passing the picnic area that was created by the Friends. Stories and photos from the Recreation area's past will be shared, including the mysterious location of the Cake and Beer House and artist Edward Redfield's time on Hendrick Island.

Starting south, we will come to a stone wall repair project funded by the Friends using funds contributed by Solebury Township. A section of stone wall on the berm bank that allows a stream to gently flow into the Canal has been damaged over time. Moyer & Jones construction is replacing the missing section in-kind. Again, with luck, we will be seeing the completed wall on the walk.

Farther south, stands the Redfield Bridge over the Canal, so named because it provided access to a property that Edward Redfield owned. The deteriorated Redfield Bridge is closed. A temporary access allows property owners safe crossing. Construction of the carefully designed replacement bridge is expected to begin in the fall.

We'll then return to the picnic area at Virginia Forrest for some lemonade and treats. Join us for this late summer walk and you'll be up to speed about mid-Canal activities.

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"Turtles and Frogs and Fish, O My"

Aquatic Life in the Delaware Canal

Tuesday, September 8

7:30 p.m.

The old Library by Lake Afton, 46 West Afton Avenue in Yardley

Did you ever see a Red-Bellied Turtle's red belly? Have you wondered what kind of fish are in the Canal? Have you heard the "barumph" of a frog, but missed the real thing?

The Delaware Canal is teeming with aquatic life, but its creatures aren't too prone to showing off. When visitors pass by on the towpath or in boats, they might see fish surface or catch glimpses of turtles and frogs before they plop back into the safe water.

Get a good look at many of the Canal's aquatic critters at an illustrated program presented by Andrew Desko, an Environmental Education Specialist with PA Fish and Boat Commission. You'll learn about identifying characteristics, habits, habitats, and hear some "fish stories," too.

This is a program that's perfect for those who want to fully appreciate their time on the Canal.

 

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You are invited to

 

The Fifth Annual

Friends of the Delaware Canal

ART Show

featuring the works of local artists

Opening Reception

Friday, September 11

6 to 9 p.m.

Get a first look at this year's juried show, take the best opportunity to buy outstanding works of art, and enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres.

See the Show on

Saturday, September 12

Sunday, September 13

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.

 

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Paddling on the Canal II

Sunday, September 27

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

Meet at the Theodore Roosevelt Recreation Area aka Groundhog Lock. 229 South Delaware Drive (Route 611) in Raubsville.

The air will be cooler, the yellows and reds of autumn will be appearing, and the Canal will be ready to give kayakers and canoeists a bit of a workout. Launching this paddling session at Groundhog Lock does have its advantages. There is a boat launch; no muddy banks involved. The scenery is lovely, and there are great tales to tell from the lost town of Uhlersville to the remains of the hydroelectric plant that powered the trolley line. There is noticeable current in the Canal from Easton to Ruabsville, so paddlers will get a better than usual workout.

State Park educator Ian Kindle will be leading two sessions of paddling on the Canal - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each will head north from Locks 22/23.

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 17 seats available in eleven single kayaks and three tandems.

Registration is required for this activity, and early registration is highly recommended. You may sign up by calling 215-862-2021 or e-mailing friends@fodc.org. If you are planning to use the Park equipment, a $10 donation per person is requested.

See you at Groundhog Lock for a paddling adventure.

 

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Canal Walk 2015

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

We're counting on the Canal not to play any tricks this year as the Friends walk all 58.9 miles of the towpath for the 28th year. We're starting at Waterfront Park in Historic Bristol Borough on October 3 and will end up at the Forks of the Delaware in Easton on Halloween. Treats for all, especially those who have walked on all five Saturdays.

Get your legs in shape, find your most comfortable hiking shoes, and join us for one or all of this year's walks. Yes, we are walking uphill, but it's only a 165-foot rise over all those miles. Autumn along the Canal and River will be so vibrant that you'll never notice.

The full Canal Walk 2015 itinerary will appear in the fall issue of Canal News and on-line at www.fodc.org. We hope that this is your year to join us in the challenge, the camaraderie, and the fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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