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Along the Manayunk Canal

Event Archives 2009

Saturday, February 7th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Water Party
(Fairmount Waterworks Interpretative Center)
Sponsored by: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Learn about and contribute to community-based water projects in developing areas while enjoying videos, speakers, photographs, music and wine. To register, please contact jaelson@comcast.net.


Thursday, February 26th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Completing the Schuylkill River Trail
(Academy of Natural Science)

The Schuylkill River Trail is an extremely popular and heavily used recreational asset and commuter route. To be complete, the trail has critical gaps that need to be filled, and it needs to be extended southward, northward and into more neighborhoods. There are nine trail projects that, if constructed, would complete Philadelphia's Schuylkill River Trail from Delaware County to Montgomery County. The organizations from the non-profit, development corporation and public sectors are working together to articulate the vision for a completed and connected Schuylkill River Trail in the Greater Philadelphia Region and they’d like your help!

Saturday, March 7th, All Day
Schuylkill Watershed Congress
Montgomery County Community College
West Campus, Pottstown, PA
Delaware Riverkeeper

With a focus on networking across disciplines and a goal of presenting new information about watershed restoration, the annual Schuylkill Watershed Congress has become a highly anticipated event for watershed citizens interested in understanding, protecting and restoring their local streams.

Whether you are a volunteer dedicated to improving your watershed, a municipal official who cares about water resources, a conservation professional charged with protecting our waterways, a teacher who wants to inform others about watersheds, or a student who wants to know more about stream function, the Schuylkill Watershed Congress offers something for you.

In 2008, Participants and presenters hailed from throughout the Schuylkill Watershed, across Pennsylvania and from as far away as Smyrna, Delaware; Flemington, New Jersey; Baltimore, Maryland; and Dryden, New York. Whatever watershed you call home, you will learn something new at the Schuylkill Watershed Congress.

The 2009 Schuylkill Watershed Congress will feature concurrent and poster sessions covering a broad range of watershed topics and exhibits by watershed organizations, environmental consulting firms and government agencies. The keynote speaker will be Andrew Pitz, Vice President, Strategic Policy & Planning, Natural Lands Trust, who will be presenting a talk titled Climate Change in the Watershed. Pitz's presentation will address climate science, present specific regional data and include an interactive discussion.

For information, call 215-369-1188, ext. 109.


Monday, March 16th, 7:00 pm
Precious Places Manayunk Documentary Premiere
(University of Pennsylvania International House, 3701 Chestnut Street)
Sponsored by: Manayunk Neighborhood Council & Scribe Video

Precious Places is an opportunity for neighborhood residents to be the authors of their communities' histories. While experienced videomakers and humanities/social science consultants work with each participating community group to facilitate the documentary process, neighborhood residents conduct the research about the place, arrange for interviews with elders and other neighborhood subjects, and operate the cameras, sound, and lighting equipment themselves. For more information, visit www.scribe.org/about/preciousplaces.


Thursday, March 26th, 6:30-9:30pm
Friends of the Manayunk Canal Silent Auction 
(Location: US Hotel, 4439 Main Street, Manayunk)

Friends of the Manayunk Canal

Join us (and bring your friends) for a silent auction spectacular to benefit the Friends of the Manayunk Canal! While you browse the auction, let us thank you for your generosity with music by the Philly Saxophone Quartet, complimentary appetizers and drink specials.  Don’t miss this opportunity to support an active, vibrant community group!

Auction items include:
Morris Arboretum Membership
Stone House Homemade Wine Gift Set
Philly Jazz Quartet CD
Art from Orbit Art Gallery
Brunch at the Manayunk Brewery
Martin Pulli Fine Jewelry
Mugshots Café Gift Basket
Cooking Classes at Culinary School
Bowl from Katz Glassworks Studio
Hidden River Kayak Tours
Schuylkill Nature Center Membership
Framed Local Photography (2)
Phillies Tickets
Brunch at Le Bus
Caselli's Gift Certificate
iTunes Gift Cards
Donna Karan Perfume Gift Sets (2)
Fetch Pet Care Services Gift Certificate
Limited Edition Prints (2) from Schuylkill River Heritage Area
Wine or Beer Classes at Philadelphia Wine School
Saxbys Gift Certificate
Thomas' Gift Certificate
Dana Hot Yoga Gift Certificate
Manayunk Self Storage Unit
Propper Brothers Furniture Gift Certificate
US Hotel Gift Certificate
3 Course Dinner Party for 6 at your house
Acupunture Gift Certificate
And many more...

RSVP to fmc@manayunkcanal.org to be registered for a free door prize!



Saturday & Sunday, March 28th and 29th, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Ethical Electronics Recycling Drive
(Cedarbrook Middle School, 300 Longfellow Road, Wycote, PA) 
Sponsored by: Tookany- Tacony- Frankford Watershed Partnership

Nothing collected will be tipped into landfills, incinerated as solid
waste, or dumped in developing countries!
$1.00 per pound (ethical recycling fee)

Televisions, Computers, Monitors, Keyboards, Drives, Cables, Cords,
Peripherals, Fax Machines, Scanners, Laptops, Stereo Equipment, Speakers, CD
& DVD Players, Telephones, Remote Controls, VCR's, Projectors,  Digital
Cameras, PDAs, Speakers, Radios, Answering Machines, Camcorders, Electric
Typewriters, Video Game Systems, Pagers,  Microwaves, Toasters, USB Media,
Magnetic Media,Zip Disks, Audio Tapes, Floppy Diskettes, Ink Cartridges,
etc. will all be accepted. 

Contact sarah@ttfwatershed.org, 215.208.1613 for more information.


Saturday, April 4th, 9:00am-2:00pm
2nd Annual Philly Spring Clean Up
(Towpath Entrance off of Main Street between Green Lane and Leverington Avenues)

Join us and participate in the 2nd Annual Philly Spring Cleanup which will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009. “Building Sustainable Communities” will be the focus of this year’s cleanup, which will be accomplished through beautification and litter prevention efforts.  A partnership of Friends of the Manayunk Canal, Schuylkill Project, PWD, Friends of the Ivy Ridge Trail & Fairmount Park has been formed to maximize volunteer efforts to enhance our trail systems and trail connections. Click here to view a map of the project area. Don't miss out on this event!

RSVP to fmc@manayunkcanal.org or by visiting www.phillycleanup.com.

Last year the Cleanup focused on removing litter and debris off of our streets, parks and recreation centers. Our efforts helped remove over 2.5 million pounds of trash from our City. 


Sunday, April 26th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Historic & Environmental Walk
(Mugshots CoffeeHouse & Cafe, 110 Cotton Street, Manayunk)
Sponsored by: Friends of the Manayunk Canal


Historic & Environmental Walk

Join us for a walking tour of the Manayunk Canal Towpath with our expert guide, Gloria Day. Gloria is a member of the PA Governor's Invasive Species Council and we are thrilled to have her as our guide this year. Learn about how the natural environmental along the Manayunk Canal helped to shape the history of Manayunk as well as find out about current issues and initiatives impacting the future of the Canal, including recent development proposals, dredging plans and the proposed demolition of the Pump House. Join us for a walk on the Manayunk Canal Towpath to the Flat Rock Dam.  RSVP to fmc@manayunkcanal.org.


Saturday, May 16th, 9:30am-12:00 pm
Philadelphia Cares for Fairmount Park Day
(Meet at Towpath Entrance off Main Street (next to Curves) between Green Lane and Leverington Avenue)
Friends of the Manayunk Canal & Schuylkill Project
Philadelphia Cares Day Clean Up

Join Friends of the Manayunk Canal to participate in a Citywide Fairmount Park clean up day! We will pick up trash as well as work on invasive species removal at our native tree planting site. Don't miss it!

Let us know if you can make it by RSVPing to fmc@manayunkcanal.org.


April 18th, May 16th and June 18th, 2009 10:00am-1:00pm
Weavers Way #5 Plastic Recycling Collection 
(Location: 610 Carpenter Lane- Next to Weavers Way Pet Store)

Start saving your #5 plastics now and mark the collection dates on
your calendar: April 18th, May 16th, and June 20th. Your recyclables
must be CLEAN AND DRY to be accepted. Please check to make sure there
are no other materials (paper, screws, other number plastics) on the
items you bring in. Impurities of any kind compromise the recycling
process and usually lead to the discarding of an entire batch. Exclude
any lids unless they are clearly marked #5.

A small donation (75 cents suggested) is requested with each drop-off
to help cover the cost of shipping to a processing center in New York





Saturday, August 15th, 9:30am-12:30am
Stormwater & Rain Barrel Workshop
(Location: Kendrick Recreation Center)
Sponsored by: Friends of the Manayunk Canal

 The workshop will provide a brief overview of the rainwater cycle, the importance of storm water management at the property level, and how to install and use a rain barrel. Following this introduction to stormwater, we are going to split up into teams to label storm drains with medallions that warn people not to pollute. At the completion of the workshop, we will raffle off a free 54-gallon Spruce Creek rain barrel (a $200 value!) as a thank you. RSVP to fmc@manayunkcanal.org.


Saturday, October 24th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
3rd Annual Trunks for the 'Yunk Tree Planting Party
(Towpath Entrance off Main Street just before Leverington Avenue) 
Friends of the Manayunk Canal and The Schuylkill Project
Trunks for the 'Yunk

Help us beautify a stretch of the Towpath at Fountain Street and the Canal by taking part in our 3rd annual native tree planting party- Trunks for the ‘Yunk. Refreshments and snacks provided as a thank you to our volunteers as well as a free exclusive new Schuylkill River t-shirt. Additionally, the Manayunk Brewery has invited all our volunteers to celebrate afterward at the Brewery with free food and drink specials!! Don't miss this chance to help out & hang out! Please RSVP to fmc@manayunkcanal.org to let us know your coming!


Every Saturday, June-November 2009, 10:00am-2:00pm
Manayunk Farmer’s Market
(Location: Canal View Park on Main Street near Gay Street)
Sponsored by: Farm to City

Henry Got Crops! - radishes, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, Italian and
Asian eggplant, peppers, tri-color beets, cooking greens (chard,
collards, kale), salad greens, onions, turnips, potatoes, fresh herbs.

Mt Pleasant Produce - butternut squash, broccoli, eggs and flowers.
Also bringing apples and pears, canned goods, and cheese from nearby farms!

The Stoltzfus family will bring Big Sky bread products this week -
European-style crusty loaves, sliced sandwich loaves, granola and
other sweets.


Sunday, November 8th, 9:00 am, 11:00am and 1:00pm
Environmental & Historic Walking Tour 
(Towpath Entrance at intersection of Lock & Main Streets, Manayunk) 
Friends of the Manayunk Canal

Join us for a walking tour of the Manayunk Canal Towpath with our expert guides! This tour will walk an easy 1.5 miles from the lower to upper locks at the Flat Rock Dam. Learn about how the natural environmental helped to shape the history of Manayunk. Find out about current issues and initiatives impacting the future of the Canal. Free coffee will be provided at the start of the tour. RSVP with the tour time you are interested in at fmc@manayunkcanal.org.

Tour Guide Biographies

Sarah Willig, PhD

Sarah Willig lectures for the Master of Environmental Studies Program at Penn and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at Ursinus College. Sarah has her A.B. in Geology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Willig’s current work focuses on environmental geology, wetland studies, and rare plant investigations in the Delaware Valley area.

Wendy Lathrop, PLS, CFM

Wendy Lathrop is licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, and as a Professional Planner in New Jersey.  She holds a Master's degree in Environmental Policy, and has been involved since 1974 in surveying projects. A former adjunct instructor at Mercer County College in New Jersey, Wendy has also taught as part of the team for the licensing exam review course at Drexel University in Pennsylvania.  Wendy is a contributing editor for The American Surveyor magazine, and has two articles included in the American Bar Association's "Land Surveys: A Guide for Lawyers and Other Professionals" (1999).

Darlene Messina

Darlene Messina is an expert in intersectoral planning, policy, change communication and program development involving public health, enviro-sustainability and economic development.  Darlene currently serves as a consultant at r4 MIMO Strategies.  Darlene previously worked as the PA Deputy Director for Constituency Vote at Obama for America and as the City of Philadelphia's Coordinator for Urban and Environmental Sustainability Initiatives. She has an MSOD in Leadership in Intersectoral Planning and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from State University of New York at New Paltz.  Darlene is also the founder and past president of Friends of the Manayunk Canal


CLOSED FOR SEASON See you next Spring! June-October
Manayunk Farmer’s Market
(Location: Canal View Park on Main Street near Gay Street)
Sponsored by: Farm to City

Henry Got Crops!

- radishes, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, Italian and

Asian eggplant, peppers, tri-color beets, cooking greens (chard,

collards, kale), salad greens, onions, turnips, potatoes, fresh herbs.

Mt Pleasant Produce

- butternut squash, broccoli, eggs and flowers.

Also bringing apples and pears, canned goods, and cheese from nearby farms!

The Stoltzfus family will bring

Big Sky bread

products this week -

European-style crusty loaves, sliced sandwich loaves, granola and

other sweets.


2nd and 4th Thursday, Every Month, 7:00 pm
Towpath Trash Pick Up
(Meet at the Pump House on the Towpath near the Flatrock Dam)
Residents of Shawmont and Friends of the Manayunk Canal

Help maintain the stretch of the Towpath near the Flat Rock Dam where there are no garbage cans.  During the summer season, the area near the Flatrock Dam is very popular with fisherman, hikers and birdwatchers.  Help us keep the area clean and green for all of its visitors!  Gloves and garbage bags will be supplied.  For more information or to confirm the event, please contact Tom Landsmann at tom.landsmann@SKYCAM.TV.