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Canal Walk 2015

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31


Learn about the Delaware Canal's past, present, and future and enjoy the company of good friends, new and old. Our uphill journey, a 165-foot climb from Bristol to Easton, will be only 52.2 miles-long this year because of the High Falls Creek Culvert construction project.

October 3 - 12.3 Miles

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

Our Canal adventure will begin at the Delaware River where canal boats waited in the basin to be towed to Philadelphia. Spot the landmark Grundy Clock Tower. Trek through industrialized Bucks County and find out how the coming of U.S. Steel changed the landscape. View Trenton's eclectic skyline and hear about Morrisville's founder. Follow a great blue heron through the widewaters.

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

October 10 - 9.9 Miles

Black Rock Road Picnic Area in Yardley to Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve.

Spy the ship mast that was used to unload coal boats in Yardley. Explore the outlying areas of Washington Crossing. Learn about the unique David Library of the American Revolution. Take in our country's colonial history at the Thompson-Neely House, Grist Mill, and Soldier's Graves.

Lunch Stop: Washington Crossing Historic Park at Route 532.

October 17 - 10.5 Miles

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, 2635 River Road, New Hope, PA 18938 to Point Pleasant, PA.

Find out how canal boats crossed the river to get to New York. Discover the secrets of Lock 11 and its Locktender's House. Delight in the quirky tapestry that is New Hope. Hear the stories of the artists at Phillips' Mill. Admire the River vistas and homes in Centre Bridge. Be charmed by Lumberville. Find out whether Devil's Half Acre deserves its name.

Lunch Stop: Dilly's at Centre Bridge.

October 24 - 10 Miles

Kinsman Company, 4961 River Road, Point Pleasant, PA 18950 to a private lot at 1735 Berm Lane, Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972.

Cross the Tohickon Creek on the handsome timber aqueduct. Learn how Smithtown, plows, and the famous Walking Purchase are connected. Step back in time in Uhlerstown, the "best preserved canal hamlet in America." Indulge in a treat at Homestead Store.

Lunch Stop: Tinicum Park, Erwinna.

October 31 - 9.5 Miles

Durham Lock Parking Area, 1407 Easton Road (Route 611) Kintnersville, PA 18930 to the Forks of the Delaware River Recreation Area, 210 South Delaware Avenue (Route 611), Easton, PA 18042.

Pass Durham - home to the famous furnace, limestone cave, and history-making boats. Spy the Roebling Bridge in Riegelsville. Tour Groundhog Lock with its unique power house. Imagine the endurance of the shad that make their way through the many-chambered fish ladder. Our journey will end where cargo-laden boats made their way from the Lehigh navigation into the Delaware Canal.

Lunch Stop: Theodore Roosevelt Recreation Area in Raubsville.

All walks start at 9 a.m. sharp.

Return to the starting point is accomplished by carpooling.

Walk any or all of the segments. 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.




Faces & Places

Behind the Scenes in New Hope

Sunday, October 4

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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.




Wednesday, October 28, 6 p.m.

A Spirited Evening in Yardley


Join us for Dinner at the Vault Brewing

Company and a Canal-O-Ween Stroll


Meet at the Vault, 10 South Main Street, Yardley, PA 19067

Get into the Halloween spirit with the Friends. Our evening in Yardley will begin with an out-of-the-ordinary dinner at the Vault, a unique brewpub housed within the wall of what was the Yardley National Bank. Brothers James and John Cain have transformed the bank building into a sophisticated brewery and pub, which combines the regal atmosphere of the old bank with the flair of a Philadelphia speakeasy. Might the Vault be haunted by the spirit of a Depression-era bank clerk?

Our Vault Buffet Menu

Choice of Salads

Prosciutto & Fig Salad

Arugula, prosciutto, asparagus, roasted fig, shaved provolone with balsamic dressing

House Salad Bowl

Mixed greens, tomato, carrot, cucumber, croutons with house vinaigrette dressing

Choice of Flatbreads made in the Vault's Wood-fired Oven


Tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, 18-year balsamic vinaigrette

Wild Mushroom

Garlic truffle ricotta, variety of wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, parmesan, argula

Brown Sugar Buffalo

Prosciutto, buffalo sauce, brown sugar, fresh mozzarella


A surprise that evening

Half Pint of the Vault's Beer, unfiltered and brewed on-site, or a Soft Beverage

And for Dessert, the Vault's mouthwateringly good

Wood-Fired S'Mores

Beer marshmallows and graham crackers made in-house and

Belgian chocolate toasted whole

After the s'mores, we will take a short walk over to North Edgewater Avenue to Canal-O-Ween - a spectacle of hundreds of cleverly carved jack-o-lanterns lined up along the banks of the Delaware Canal. This quarter-mile-long display of creativity is amazing, and the candle-lit pumpkins, still waters of the Canal, and night shadows are classic Halloween. The stroll will surely get you in the spirit.

Donation - $25 per person. Reservations are required. Please call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org no later than October 23. If it is raining we won't be Canal-O-Weening, but will be having a good time at the Vault.

"Canal-O-Ween - Pumpkins, Fire, Water" begins with a community Carve-O-Thon on October 25. The jack-o-lanterns will be on display each evening from October 25 through October 31. For more info, www.canaloween.com.


Tuesday, November 10, 6 p.m.

Friends of the Delaware Canal

Annual Meeting and Covered Dish Dinner

We have special guests.

The Rose Gallery in the Feinstone Conference Center

The David Library of the American Revolution

1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977

There are five things that can be counted upon at the Friends' Annual Meeting and Covered Dish Dinner. We eat very well, we vote, we learn, we express our gratitude, and we enjoy each other's company. This year, in addition to the traditional activities, three special guests will be joining us, and we have high hopes that a fourth will also attend.

Our guests will be:

State Representative Marguerite Quinn, who represents the 143rd Legislative District and is chair of the Delaware Canal State Park Legislative Caucus

David Kemmerer, Director of the Bureau of State Parks - PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

John Hallas, Assistant Director of the Bureau of State Parks - PA DCNR

Cindy Adams Dunn, the Secretary of the PA DCNR, has been invited to attend, and we await word whether her schedule will allow her to be with us on the 10th.

Food is always the first order of business at the Annual Meeting. our old-fashioned covered dish dinner is a bountiful spread of entrees, salads, and desserts made by your fellow Friends, who are great cooks or know great places to buy things. Please bring along your favorite 6-serving covered dish to share. Plates, utensils, and beverages will be provided.

After the feasting and the socializing, the Annual Meeting will be held. We'll hear about the Friends' 2015 accomplishments and 2016 plans from Brett Webber, President of the Friends' Board of Directors. 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, Representative Quinn and the DCNR officials will share their insights into the future direction of the Delaware Canal State Park and DCNR and welcome your questions and comments.

The Annual Meeting and Covered Dish Dinner is a highlight of the Friends' year, so please come, bring your covered dish, and welcome our special guests.


Wednesday, December 30, 10 a.m.

Hike Out the Old Year

Meet at the Black Rock Road Picnic Area at the intersection of the Canal and Black Rock Road in Yardley.


Everyone rings in the New Year, but the Friends will be a bit unconventional on December 30th and usher out 2015 Canal-style.

Join us for an invigorating 5-mile, round trip hike through Yardley. We'll start at the Black Rock Road Picnic Area, hike past the town of Yardley and end at Lock 6. Along the way, we'll see the railroad line built in 1876 just in time to take New Yorkers to the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Lock 5 with its alterations stands nearby. We'll stop in Yardley to take a look around town and cross over the Brock Creek aqueduct. Soon two bridges will come into view - the Mary Yardley Footbridge originally built to get riverfront neighbors to the Main Street trolley line and Sommer's Bridge, which is one of the six remaining authentic camelback bridges along the Canal. At Lock 6, we'll recount some of the colorful tales told by Chester Lear, son of the locktender there. On the way out and back, we'll burn off some of those holiday acquired calories.

The hike will be held unless the weather makes conditions hazardous. (A little light snow would be a treat.) If in doubt, check for a go/no go message on the www.fodc.org homepage.



























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