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Discover Fungi Walk

Sunday, April 27

2 p.m.

Meet at the Washington Crossing Historic Park entrance on Route 532, just east of the bridge over the Canal. (This is the entrance near the lagoon.)


We had such a good time and learned so much on our Fungi Walk last fall in Erwinna that we thought that we'd try again and see what we can find further south along the Canal. Our 1-1/2 mile walk will take us along the towpath with a left-turn into a 28-acre wooded parcel of land. Few people know that this woods is part of the Delaware Canal State Park. Local preservationists fought to prevent development because of the parcel's location adjacent to both the Canal and the Washington Crossing Historic Park. After they succeeded in purchasing the land, the property was turned over to the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and designated as part of the Delaware Canal State Park Complex.

Mycologist and Friends' member Marion (Martie) Kyle will lead us in search of sometimes elusive fungi. "They come out when they want to." She will explain what fungi are, what they do, and where they can be found. We could not ask for a more qualified and entertaining guide. If someone finds a brown blob on a branch, Martie will know what it is and have a good story to tell about it, too. She is a Ph.D in Mycology and has been a leader in local and regional conservation efforts for more than 20 years.

Join us on this search for fungi, have fun learning, and explore a part of the Delaware Canal State Park that may be new to you.



Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey in the Making

Tuesday, May 13

7:30 p.m.

Stone Hall in the Feinstone Conference Center,

The David Library of the American Revolution

1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA

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We've all heard stories about how much canallers liked their whiskey. how the men who built the canals were given rations of whiskey each day. How canal boatmen got into fist fights at locks because they were two sheets to the wind. Almost certainly these stories have gotten exaggerated over the years, but, undoubtedly, whiskey was a part of the life on the canals.

The popularity of rye whiskey has cycled since canal days with its lowest point being after Prohibition, but today rye whiskey is back in fashion. Specifically, small batch rye whiskey made with natural ingredients and traditional methods.

Small batch "Rye the Right Way" is now being made at a new distillery in the historic Grundy Mill in Bristol Borough - right along the Delaware Canal. Herman Mihalich and John Cooper founded Mountain Laurel Spirits, LLC in 2010 and have been producing Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey with great success ever since.

Herman Mihalich, CEO of Dad's Hat, will share the story of how he made his way from chemical engineering to distilling at our May program. His presentation will illustrate the roles that whiskey played in America's history from a lucrative by-product of colonial mills to the reason for a rebellion and Prohibition. His small batch process will be explained - how grain grown in Lancaster, PA is processed and fermented, and then the alcohol distilled and aged. He'll also reveal why his rye came to be called "Dad's Hat."

After the program, Mr. Mihalich will provide sipping samples of two different Dad's Hat rye whiskeys in the Rose Gallery.

You won't want to miss this program about the resurgence of the canaller's favorite drink.



Doing the Canal Loop -

A National Trails Day Bike Hike

Saturday, June 7

10 a.m.

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

June 7 is the official day to get out and enjoy America's vast network of recreational trails. We'll be doing our part by biking on not one trail, but two. Join the Friends and the Delaware Canal State Park staff for a 10-mile bike hike on the towpath trails of both the Delaware Canal in Pennsylvania and the Delaware and Raritan Canal in New Jersey. The ride will be followed by a free picnic lunch.

Bring your bike and join State Park Educator Ian Kindle for a guided tour. The route will follow the Delaware Canal towpath south to New Hope, then cross over the River bridge to connect with the D&R towpath trail in Lambertville, NJ. From Lambertville, bikers will head north to Stockton, NJ then cross that bridge back over to Pennsylvania for the trip back to the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area. A picnic lunch of grilled hot dogs, chips, drinks, and dessert will be waiting there in the scenic canal and riverside picnic grove created by the Friends.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend by contacting the Friends at 215-862-2021 or or registering online at

With the completion of the flood repairs, the five loop trails that connect the PA and NJ canals will be back in business. Six pedestrian-friendly Delaware River bridges connect the two towpath trail systems making easy loop excursions possible. The loops are of different lengths and offer scenic adventures with plenty of amenities. And there is no need to bring two cars or backtrack on the trail. Visit for maps and more information.



New and Improved

Loop Trail Info

The Friends recently received a $1000 Small Project Grant from the D&L Trail Alliance. With the funds, new and improved maps and other information about the five loops trails that connect the Delaware and D&R Canal towpaths will be designed and developed. The products will first appear in a new brochure and on an improved webpage at Our goal is to make trip planning easy and to entice visitors to explore and return again for more adventures.

We thank the D&L Trail Alliance for this assistance. The Alliance coordinates stewardship and promotion of the 165-mile D&L Trail, of which the Delaware Canal towpath is a part. For more info about the D&L, visit www.delaware



Delaware Canal Festival

In Bristol Borough, Yardley, Morrisville and New Hope this year!

Friday, June 20, 7-9 p.m.

At the Bristol Borough Lagoon Park

Decorated Boat Parade

Decorated Duck Contest

The River Drivers in Concert

Food and Community Groups

Saturday, June 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Yardley Borough along the Canal from Afton to College Avenues

Decorated Boat Parade at 12:30 p.m.

Decorated Duck Contest

Caribbean Steel Rhythms Ensemble

Canal Critter Race at 3 p.m.

Food and community Groups

Saturday, June 21, 6-9 p.m.

In Williamson Park in Morrisville

Decorated Duck Contest

Art Exhibit

Live Music

Food and Vendors

Sunday, June 22, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

In New Hope in conjunction with the Liberty Festival

5K Run/Walk

Town and Towpath Guided Tour

Decorated Boat Float

Decorated Duck Making

String Band Concert to Benefit the NH-S Library

The Delaware Canal Festival is sponsored by the Friends of the Delaware Canal, Landmark Towns of Bucks County, and the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Grant funding has been received from the Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau.

To find out what you can do now - go to


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











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