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A Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival Event

mule pen

Sunday, January 25

2 p.m.

Meet by the caboose behind the Lambertville Station Restaurant

11 Bridge Street

Lambertville, NJ 08530


Join the Friends and the Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch for a guided history and nature tour along both of our neighboring towpaths. This popular event is just one of the many activities to be held during the Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival.

The first stop on this two-mile walk wil be the D&R Feeder Canal lift lock and outlet lock to learn how canal boats once crossed the Delaware River via a cable ferry. We'll then follow the path of the mule teams of old as we hike through Lambertville and cross the river bridge into New Hope.

Heading west, the Delaware Canal towpath will soon be found. We'll trek southward through town to Lock 11 and the Locktender's House. Hot chocolate and cookies will be waiting inside.

For those who want to walk and see a bit more, we'll venture a short distance south to the New Hope inlet to take in the many historic sites and the glorious vistas of the River and wingdam.

The Winter Festival Walk is free and will be held weather permitting.




The Heart of Yardley

Leedom Coal Yard

A hinge boat being unloaded at Leedom's Coal Yard in the heart of Yardley.


Sunday, February 15

2 p.m.

A short walk along the Canal and tour of historic downtown Yardley

Meet at the Mary Yardley Footbridge that crosses the Canal near the intersection of Fuld and Morgan Avenues, Yardley.

For map searches, enter

"101 Morgan Avenue, Yardley, 19067."

The town of Yardley had two growth spurts in the 19th century. The first came when the Delaware Canal opened in 1831 and the second when the railroad line was laid in 1876. Find out how these transportation innovations transformed Yardley by coming on a 2-mile roundtrip towpath and town walk.

The Friends and the Yardley Historical Association are partnering for this event. Susan Taylor, Executive Director of the Friends, will lead the first half of the walk along the towpath from the Mary Yardley Footbridge (how else could one get across the Canal to the trolley on Main Street?) to Lock 5 and the railroad bridge. After a stroll along South Canal Street, where canal boat yard workers lived, Charlie Thomforde from the Yardley Historical Association will take over the tour. Stately Victorian homes, built during the era of railroad prosperity, will line the way into the center of town, where Yardley's colonial and canal history is still much in evidence. Hot chocolate and cookies will be waiting inside the Old Library by Lake Afton to fortify walkers for the quick trip back to the start.

The Heart of Yardley Walk will provide insights to why the small towns along the Canal are so well loved, and it's a good way to banish those winter blahs. Join us for an afternoon adventure.

The Walk will be held unless the weather makes conditions hazardous. If in doubt, check for a go/no go message on the www.fodc.org homepage or call 215-862-2021 for a recorded message.




Hot Music/Cool Location

A Three Concert Series with Dinners at the

Home of Linda Kenyon

Saturday, 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.


Saturday, March 28

John Daniels

Vocalist and Pianist

John Daniels

"Bucks to Broadway connections - music by Oscar Hammerstein, Rogers & Hart, and works by artists who have lived in Bucks County such as Paul Simon, Robert Hazzard, and Patty Labelle."


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.

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.




American Heritage Music and more

The Long Hill Spring Band

Tuesday, March 10

7:30 p.m.

A performance by the Long Hill String Band

Stone Hall in the Feinstone Conference Center

The David Library of the American Revolution

1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977

American music in the 1800's was melodic, energetic, and bound to start toes a 'tapping. Settlers carried tunes from their homelands and created new music that embodied their hardships, joys, and stories from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and beyond.

The Long Hill String, a group of six local musicians, will perform this Old Time music. With fiddle, banjo, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, bass, and guitar, and voice they will evoke the times when America was growing by leaps and bounds. There may even by some flatfooting and limberjack dancing.

On the program will be canal tunes (yes, there is more to canal music than just the ubiquitous Erie Canal song), reels, jigs, waltzes, square dance tunes, and familiars such as Oh Susannah, Buffalo Gals, and Swing Low Sweet Chariot. Singing, humming, toe tapping and clapping by the audience are part of the fun. Karl Varnai and his fellow band members will also share some of the history of the times and the tunes that they will be playing.

The American Heritage Music program is presented by the Friends of the Delaware Canal in partnership with the David Library of the American Revolution. It is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Reservations are encouraged. Please call 215-493-6776, ext. 100 or send an e-mail to rsvp@dlar.org.




Lunch and Walk

Canal Works

Touring the interior of the restored Canal Works and its historic Bristol and Delaware Canal photo displays is a special addition to this year's Lunch and Walk.

Saturday, March 28

11 a.m.

Meet at the train station parking lot opposite the Lagoon Park on Jefferson Avenue in Bristol Borough.

We've been invited to see some new sights, so we're off to historic Bristol Borough for this year's Lunch and Walk. Our 2-mile, roundtrip trek will begin at the beautifully restored Lagoon Park, where we'll walk out to the Gazebo to see the recently installed Mercer tiles, which depict highlights of the town's past. The story of the rebirth of the Gazebo is fascinating, and we hope to have Joe Sagolla, the man who reconstructed the landmark using pieces of the 1915 structure that he pulled from the bottom of the Canal as models.

From the Lagoon we will follow a trail that was once the Canal and was lined with Bristol's industries. First we will encounter the Grundy Mill and Clock Tower. Then we will come to Canal Works, a complex of handsome stone and brick buildings built in the late 1800's to be used as textile and wallpaper mills. The complex has been beautifully restored and rehabilitated by Bernard Mazzocchi. Inside the Mazzocchi family has created several extensive photographic displays illustrating a timeline of the history of Bristol and of the Delaware Canal. We have been invited inside to view the building and the displays after lunch. We will continue on the trail past the sites of Locks 3, 2, 1 and the boat basin, where canal boats waited their turns to be towed downriver to Philadelphia.

Our arrival at the Delaware River means that it's time for lunch at the King George Inn. The establishment's long and rich history (its name was changed to the Fountain House during the American Revolution, a time when being associated with the King wasn't too popular), wonderful River views, and hospitality have made it a Bucks County icon.


Your choice of:

Cobb Salad - "Mixed greens tossed with your choice of dressing and topped with hard boiled egg, avocado, tomato, chicken, red onions, bacon, and bleu cheese."

Tavern Burger - "6 oz. beef burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, cheese on a pretzel bun' with French fries or coleslaw.

Shrimp Po Boy - "Battered shrimp on a long roll topped with cole slaw and tomato" with French fries.

Vegetable Panini - "Sun dried tomato pesto, fresh mozzarella, roasted zucchini, eggplant, red peppers, and red onion on ciabatta bread" with French fries or coleslaw.

Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea, or Soda

A Surprise Dessert

After lunch, we will head back to Canal Works to see the photo displays. Our route will be along Radcliffe Street, which parallels the Delaware River and is lined with many of Bristol's most beautiful and historic homes and buildings. You may view the displays at your own pace and then walk the short distance back to the train station parking lot.

Donation - $25 per person. Reservations are required. Please be prepared with your lunch choice when you reserve. Call 215-862-2021 or e-mail friends@fodc.org no later than March 18. If it is snowing or raining, we won't be walking, but we will be at the King George Inn at noon for lunch and lively conversation.





Canal Clean-Up Day

Jeff Connell

Saturday, April 11

Nearly the entire length of the Canal will be ready and waiting for the Friends' annual spring cleaning on April 11. If you have questions or would like to volunteer either as a worker or as a community coordinator, please call 215-862-2021. or e-mail friends@fodc.org. And if you know of a new group that may be able to participate, please let us know.

The Clean-Up Day Work Areas will be listed in the spring issue of Canal News and posted as www.fodc.org. Keep an eye open.















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