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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.




You are invited to


The Fifth Annual

Friends of the Delaware Canal

ART Show

featuring the works of local artists

Sandy Askey Adams

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 6 p.m.


The Rich Timmons Studio & Gallery

3795 Route 202

Doylestown, PA 18902

Parking Instructions for the Opening Reception only.

Please park at Hyde Park, an office park complex ¼ mile north of the Timmons Studio & Gallery. Transportation between Hyde Park and the Gallery will be provided by chauffeured vans. No parking other than marked handicapped vehicles will be permitted at the Gallery location.


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.




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. 310 Canal Road in Raubsville. Off of Route 611.


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.




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.




Save the Date!

Faces & Places

Behind the Scenes in New Hope

Sunday, October 4

You are cordially invited to join the Friends of the Delaware Canal for our signature event - Faces and Places. A Celebration of Art and History along the Delaware Canal. This year we are going "Behind the Scenes in New Hope." After boarding a Bucks County trolley at the newly recreated Hotel du Village, you will be driven into the center of town for a guided walking tour. Behind the curtain, down the alley, through the iron gates, and to the back porch people and spots in New Hope that are fascinating, yet little known and seldom seen.

  • Go back stage at the Bucks County Playhouse and then down to the basement to see the works of the original Parry gristmill.
  • Step into the "ghost room" at the Logan Inn.
  • Meet Gertrude and Adelaide, the maiden sisters who were the last Parrys to live in the family mansion.
  • Explore quirky Ney Alley and then visit the handsome home that was originally a gallery built by Modernist artist Lloyd R. (Bill) Ney.
  • Peek at an alluring Canal-side garden, then open the gate and go in to admire its beauty. Discover several of Bill Ney's paintings in an unexpected place.
  • Join with friends, old and new, at Hotel du Village for cocktails and a sit-down dinner.

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.























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