CANAL WATCH ACTIVITIES FOR 2017
                                        D&R CANAL WALKS THROUGH HISTORY AND MORE


Saturday, March 18 - 10:00 a.m. Walk 5.3 miles on the D&R Canal Feeder towpath between Firemen’s Eddy and
Prallsville Mill (the meeting place), or choose a shorter hike of 2.6 miles. Meet at the Prallsville Mill Complex, Route 29,
Stockton. Questions? Please contact Pamela V’Combe, 609-635-2783 or pjvcombe@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 15 – 10:00 a.m. Walk 5.3 miles on the D&R Canal Feeder towpath between Fireman’s Eddy and
Washington Crossing State Park (the meeting place), or choose a shorter hike of 4.1 miles. Questions? Please contact
Pamela V’Combe, 609-635-2783 or pjvcombe@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 29 – 9:15 a.m. River Line Light Rail tour of the D&R Canal between Bordentown and Trenton.
The route follows the canal from Crosswicks Creek to Trenton. See the abandoned canal, Watson’s Creek and the
Abbott Marshlands. In Trenton, where Route 129 is on the former path of the canal, remnants of the industrial and
commercial buildings that lined the canal can be seen and compared with early photos. In Trenton, riders may opt for a
short guided walk or spend time in the Trenton Transit Center over a cup of coffee.  Meet 9:15 a.m. at the River Line
Bordentown station, 100 West Park St., before boarding the train to Trenton for this whirlwind tour. Round trip fares are
$3.20 or $1.50 for seniors.  Please bring exact change or credit card. Pre-registration strongly advised.  Call 609-924-
2683.

Sunday, April 30 -- Birdwatching walk.  Meet at the historic Van Wickle House off Easton Avenue at the foot of DeMott
Lane, Somerset section of Franklin. See and hear Baltimore and Orchard orioles and other nesting songbirds as we walk
along the Delaware & Raritan Canal. (GPS: 1289 Easton Avenue, Somerset NJ 08873.) Leaders: Barbara & George
Dawson, 732-249-2670; email -- barbaradawsonwriter@yahoo.com.

Saturday, May 13 – 10:00 a.m. Walk 6.2 miles on the D&R Canal Feeder towpath between  Washington Crossing State
Park and Ellarslie, or choose a shorter hike of 2.4 miles. Meet at Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park.
Questions? Please contact Pamela V’Combe, 609-635-2783 or pjvcombe@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 13 -- 2017 SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair at Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Experience
five centuries of New Jersey’s history all in one place—a historical festival for all ages. This free, award-winning event,
which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, is a fun-filled adventure into New Jersey’s past with living history
demonstrations, military reenactors, tours, exhibits, period music and dance, and historical organizations and museums
from around the state. Monmouth Battlefield, 16 Highway 33 Business, Manalapan Township, NJ 07726; 732-462-9616.

Saturday, May 20 - 10:00 a.m. Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Walk. Enjoy a casual 6-mile walk on the D&R
Canal towpath between Landing Lane and Lock 11 in South Bound Brook. A shorter distance option is available. Please
meet in the parking lot in Grove 5 in Johnson Park, Piscataway. We will enjoy conversation in English and Spanish as we
identify various wildlife and vegetation. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/yZBWdX or email Jessica Hunsdon for more
information at jhunsdon@gmail.com or call/text at 732.993.4505.
Saturday, May 27 – Book signing and short walk at Blackwells Mills Canal House. Time to be announced. Contact Linda
Barth at 908-240-0488 or barthlinda123@aol.com.

Sunday, June 11 – 2:00 p.m. D&R Canal Watch Annual Meeting at the Griggstown Muletenders Barracks, 4
Griggstown Causeway, Princeton. PROGRAM TO BE ANNOUNCED. Questions? Contact Linda Barth at 908-240-0488 or
barthlinda123@aol.com.

Saturday, July 1 – 10:00 a.m. History Bike Tour on the D&R Canal towpath from Kingston to Griggstown and back, 10
miles round trip. Explore the structures along the D&R Canal with Canal Watch trustee Bob Barth. Meet at the locktender’
s home in Kingston. Bring water; helmet required. Questions? Contact Bob Barth at 201-401-3121 or bbarth@att.net.

Saturday, July 15Authors and Art at the Mule Tenders Barracks, Griggstown. Details to be announced.

Saturday, July 22 – 10:00 a.m. A Walk Through History. Hike 2.9 miles on the D&R Canal towpath between Carnegie
Road and Port Mercer. Meet at the parking lot at Port Mercer. 2-3 hours. Questions? Contact Bob Barth at 201-401-
3121 or bbarth@att.net.

Saturday, August 26 – 10:00 a.m.  A Walk Through History. Hike 2.9 miles on the D&R Canal towpath between
Mulberry Street, Trenton and Carnegie Road. Meet at the parking lot at Carnegie Road, off Route 1 North. 2-3 hours.
Questions? Contact Bob Barth at 201-401-3121 or bbarth@att.net.

Saturday, September 2 – 10:00 a.m. A Walk Through History. Hike 3 miles on the D&R Canal Feeder towpath
between Upper Ferry Road and Ellarslie. Meet at Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park. 2-3 hours.
Questions? Contact Bob Barth at 201-401-3121 or bbarth@att.net.

Saturday, October 14 or 21 -- East Millstone Canalfest, Market Street, East Millstone. http://franklinfoodbank.org/events

Saturday, October 21 - 10:00 a.m. Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Walk. Enjoy a casual 6-mile walk on the D&R Canal
towpath between Lock 11 in South Bound Brook and the Millstone Causeway. A shorter distance option is available.
Please meet at Lock 11 in South Bound Brook, across from the post office on Canal Road at Madison Street. We will
enjoy conversation in English and Spanish as we identify various wildlife and vegetation. Please RSVP at https://goo.
gl/kdlL6b or email Jessica Hunsdon for more information at jhunsdon@gmail.com or call/text at 732.993.4505.  

Friday, November 10 - 7:00 p.m. Star-gazing along the canal. The Moon and its craters, mountains, and mare (dark
areas on the surface of the moon) will be visible in the west, as will bright Venus and giant Jupiter. Saturn will rise in the
east where we will be able to see its glorious rings. The event will take place at the Griggstown Grasslands. Leader:
Wayne Petko. Registration is required; attendance limited to 30 people. Contact Wayne Petko at wpetko02@gmail.com

Saturday, November 18 – 10:00 a.m. Walk 6.2 miles on the D&R Canal towpath between Carnegie Road and Ellarslie, or
choose a shorter hike of 2.5 miles. Meet at Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park, Trenton. Questions?
Please contact Pamela V’Combe, 609-635-2783 or pjvcombe@gmail.com.

Saturday, December 9 – 10:00 a.m. Walk 5.5 miles on the D&R Canal towpath between Carnegie Road and Alexander
Road, or choose a shorter hike of 2.9 miles. Meet at Turning Basin Park on Alexander Road, Princeton. Questions?
Please contact Pamela V’Combe, 609-635-2783 or pjvcombe@gmail.com.