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Conversations on the Canal: Big Industry & Big Bands

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is holding its second summer dinner cruise aboard the mule-powered Josiah White II canal boat.

The cruise will be held August 23 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Hugh Moore Park in Easton.

Martha Capwell-Fox and her brother, Steve Capwell, will present an engaging program about the rise of big industry in the Lehigh Valley from 1900 to 1940, accompanied by popular music of the times: vaudeville, jazz, blues, and big band swing. Martha is the archivist at the National Canal Museum and author of several books about Lehigh Valley history; Steve is a longtime radio DJ with a keen interest in music history.

One of the evening’s highlights is a trip inside Lock 47 at Abbott Street in Easton, where the Josiah White II will be lowered and raised the same way coal-laden canal boats were nearly 200 years ago. Lock 47 is one of only a few working canal locks in Pennsylvania.

The Culinary Experience of Hellertown will offer a swanky hors d’oeuvres dinner from the Roaring ‘20s. The cost of the cruise is $39 per person or $75 for couples. Directions and a detailed cruise agenda are provided upon registration. For reservations or more information, contact Loretta Susen at or 610.923.3548 Ext: 221

Evening Cruises on the Lehigh Canal, with dinner and history!

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Spend a pleasant summer evening cruising on the Lehigh Canal aboard the Josiah White II, listening to songs and stories about life on the canal while enjoying a delicious Victorian-style picnic dinner. The first of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor’s “Conversations on the Canal” begin on July 26 with a two and a half hour trip to Hugh Moore Park’s Lock 47, the only working lift lock remaining on the Lehigh Canal.

As we float serenely down the canal, towed by the lovable mules George and Hank, history will come alive through the songs and stories of canal life and lore by canal historian Rich Pawling. In addition, the National Canal Museum’s archivist, Martha Capwell Fox, will recount the history and national significance of the Lehigh and Delaware canals, as well as explain what is happening as the Josiah White is lowered and then raised in Lock 47, which is also known as the Abbott Street lock.

The dinner menu will feature picnic foods from the nineteenth century, prepared by The Culinary Experience of Hellertown, voted the Lehigh Valley’s best caterer of 2014 by Lehigh Valley Magazine. The ride aboard a canal boat is smooth and silent—we’ll have breaks in the entertainment and interpretative talks to allow us to listen to the quiet of the natural surroundings of Hugh Moore Park.

The cost for this event is $39 per person or $75 dollars for couples. Two other “Conversations on the Canal” evening lock rides are currently scheduled, for August 23 and September 27, and a Saturday afternoon lock ride is tentatively scheduled for October. For information on reservations and tickets, please contact Loretta Susen at or 610.923.3548 Ext: 221

Join Us for the Lehighton Trailhead Ground Breaking

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Help us celebrate the beginning of construction of the D&L Trail’s newest access point. The Lehighton Trailhead will provide access to the soon-to-be-completed section of trail between Lehighton and the East Penn Boat Launch.

What: Ground breaking ceremony and press conference for new Lehighton Trailhead facility.

When: Monday June 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM (Rain or shine)

Where: Rt. 209 Lehighton bypass intersection with Main Lane – near Dunbar’s Beverages.

For more information, please contact the D&L’s Lehighton office at 610-377-4063.

Audubon names Allentown state’s first urban Bird Town

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Written by Silas Chamberlin

On Wednesday, Mayor Ed Pawlowski will announce that Allentown is an official Bird Town.  The designation comes from the Audubon Society, which oversees the partnership program.  Bird Town status recognizes the work of municipalities to provide native plant habitat for resident and migratory birds, improve air and water quality, and promote education and public outreach regarding birds.  Until now, the designation was reserved for small, rural communities.  Allentown–the state’s third largest city–will become the first urban community to receive the honor.

Designation is only the first step.  Friends of Allentown Parks, with the support of PPL, will work closely with the city’s parks department to plan ways to further enhance the city’s environment.

The announcement will take place at a reception held on Wednesday, July 13 from 6-8 PM at the Baum School of Art’s David E. Rodale Gallery.  The gallery currently features two exhibits related to birds and other wildlife.  Rod Arbogast and Tom Ahern, two well-known regional artists, will display their painting and woodcarving as part of A Study of Animals and Birds.  The popular exhibit Conrad Roland: The Pennsylvania Painter of Birds will also be on display during the reception.

Please consider attending the reception and help Allentown celebrate this significant honor.

Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival Sunday

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Join No.9 Coal Mine and Museum this Sunday for a celebration of coal region heritage and culture.  Read below for more details.

The 3rd Annual Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival is set for this Sunday July 10, from 10 AM to 5 PM, on the grounds of the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford, Carbon County.  ‘This unique annual event is a celebration of coal region history, culture, crafts, ethnicity, art, food, music, and the environment’ according to Dale Freudenberger,  coordinator of the event.  The event has drawn about 5,000 visitors each year and is presented by the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum.    Admission to the festival is free.

Underground tours of the No. 9 Coal Mine will be available throughout the day.   No. 9 is the world’s oldest deep mine having been opened in 1855 by the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company and closed in 1972.  The guided underground mine tours last approximately 45 minutes and are available throughout the day  Visitors will ride into the mine in the safety of mine cars that are pulled by an original mine motor or engine.  The nearby No. 9 Coal Mining Museum, housed in the original 1920’s era miner’s wash shanty, houses one of the largest and finest collections of anthracite coal mining artifacts, tools, photographs and memorabilia anywhere in the coal fields.  Admission is charged for the coal mine and museum tour.

The first 200 visitors to purchase tickets for any of the first five scheduled mine tours that morning will receive half price admission sponsored by the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.  The D&L Corridor is a proud supporter of No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum as an important historic resource in the region.  The D&L will also have a display booth and literature available at the festival.

Many unique attractions and exhibits are being planned as part of this year’s Coal Miners Heritage Festival.  In keeping with the theme, the coal miner’s competition and demonstrations will be educational as well as fun.  The public is invited to participate in the coal shoveling competition where competitors shovel a half ton of coal in the shortest time.  In past years, this had been a very competitive event drawing numerous competitors.  Unique trophies will be awarded to the winners. Other miner’s demonstrations include mine timbering, debarking, coal cracking, and blacksmithing.

Visitors always enjoy posing for photos by historic mine lokie No. 51, once owned and operated by Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company in the Panther Creek Valley.   The lokie has been cosmetically restored by volunteers at No. 9 and is proudly displayed on the grounds outside the museum.

Exhibitors and vendors will fill the grounds surrounding the museum offering a large variety of homemade and traditional crafts and sale items, coal region T-shirts and souvenirs, coal region artwork, local history books signed by authors, hand crafted jewelry, reproductions of coal region maps and photographs, photo restoration and reprints, reproduction vintage signs, cast iron toys, stained glass creations, wood crafts, rocks, minerals and fossils,  wooden whirligigs, coal souvenirs, music on CDs and tapes and more!

Local artist Renee Novak will feature a lifesize paint on canvas titled ‘Anthrasight’ which will be displayed on the side of the loading platform near the mine entrance.  Joseph Evanousky will display his original works and prints done in charcoal, pen and ink, Tom Williams and Joe Mataconis will display and sell their beautiful works in photography.

A large variety of interesting and fun exhibits will highlight coal region heritage and culture.  Included will be private exhibits of coal region ethnic and cultural memorabilia, local history memorabilia from the Lansford area, a display of antique coal company signs from all over northeast Pennsylvania, a large collection of antique beer trays advertising small town breweries in eastern PA, WWI Coal advertising posters, coal mining and railroad artifacts and station signs from well known coal towns in the region.   There will also be Molly Maguire memorabilia, and an exhibit on 19th century funeral practices in the region, a beautifully restored 1930s antique coal delivery truck from Heller Brothers on Northampton, a 1929 huckster truck, a 1933 Plymouth replica Coal & Iron Police car, a 1949 Chevrolet pickup truck selling bagged coal, Mine Safety and Rescue displays, a restored vintage mine train, an antique moonshine still,  antique  cloths washing devices, and an antique miners bathtub display.    The Victorian Hi-wheelers will ride their vintage bicycles and perform during the day.

A variety of music typically found in the coal region will be featured throughout the day including a live broadcast of the WMGH Polka Joe Manjack show from 10 to 1 PM.  Visitors will be able to dance to the polka music in the parking lot if they would like.  Also featured will be the ever popular ‘Breaker Boys’ singing and performing  coal region folk songs during the day, old time fiddle music will be provided by Paul Riffon from 1 to 5 PM, and DJ Shawn will be playing the best of mining, railroad, bluegrass and polka music all day.

An old time air powered calliope mounted on a truck will play unique music from the 20s and 30s from 11 to 2 PM.  Re-enactors from the Eckley Players will stroll the grounds in their authentic ‘patch town’ outfits, performing skits, telling stories, and sharing tales throughout the day.    A visit by famed early 20th century labor organizer “Mother Jones” is also planned.

A wide array of homemade, coal region, ethnic foods and festival favorites will be featured for sale including halushki, pierogies, potato pancakes, open pit chicken BBQ, a pig roast, turkey fingers, fried vegetables, sweet potato fries, French fries, funnel cake, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, fresh lemonade, sno-cones, homemade fudge and chocolates, fresh strawberry shortcake, waffles and ice cream, soft pretzels and more!

A variety of children’s entertainment will be offered including the popular old time coal sack races with prizes for the winners.  Buster the Clown will be making balloon animals for the children.  Other offerings include a golf game, balloon pop game, EGW Wrestling games, face painting, creating sand art, and a moon bounce.

Always a popular attraction……the ‘Victorian Hi-Wheelers of Tamaqua’ will be riding their vintage hi-wheel bicycles throughout the festival grounds.

Numerous organizations and agencies from all over northeast PA’s coal region have already signed up to participate in this unique coal region celebration with exhibits and informational booths.  Among them are the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, DEP Mine Safety and Rescue Unit, Holmes Mine Safety Assn., Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, the National Canal Museum, Eckley Miners Village, Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railroad, Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau, Mauch Chunk Lake Park, Lansford Rotary, Lansford Historical Society, Lansford Alive, Summit Hill Community Organization. Underground Miners Assn., And the Old Forge Coal Mine Project.

The Miller-Keystone Blood Mobile will also be on hand allowing visitors to donate much needed blood while they visit the festival.  The public is encouraged to help out during this important time.

The Coal Miners Heritage Festival is proudly sponsored in part by a grant from the Carbon County Commissioners through the County Room Tax Fund.

To register as a participant, contact Dale Freudenberger at or by phone at 610-377-4063.