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Sly Fox Brewing Co. Releases New Ale in Celebration of the “SRT Spree”

Here’s a great way to start your weekend… today marks day 2 of the Sly Fox Brewing Co.’s SRT Spree, a week-long celebration of the recreational opportunities along the SRT or Schuylkill River Trail from Pottsville to Philadelphia.  The Sly Fox launch team is traveling the trail via various methods such as hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback and more. Each day of the journey, the team is making stops to take part in efforts, such as trail clean-ups, to help build awareness and appreciation for the trail. Community members are encouraged to travel along any segment of the SRT Spree journey and to participate in any of the volunteer clean-up locations.

One stop is particularly important, as a critical two-mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail is opening in Phoenixville on Monday, April 20 with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m.  On Monday, “Spree” participants will kayak from Riverfront Park to Lock 60 then bike to the trail head to demonstrate how easy it is to transition from river to trail. 

Additionally, Sly Fox Brewing Co. has joined forces with the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area for the release of its newest canned beer, SRT Ale, which will hit the market appropriately on Earth Day, April 22, the final day of the SRT Spree.  Proceeds from the sale of SRT Ale will benefit the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area.  For more information on how to get involved, visit

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area Announces New Executive Director

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area Board of Directors recently announced Silas A. Chamberlin of Allentown, Pa., as the new executive director to lead the National and State Heritage Area. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area celebrates the Shuylkill River watershed as one of America's most significant cultural, historical and industrial regions.  Silas previously served as regional director for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR). Prior to that, he served as senior director for the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor.

While Chamberlin’s projected start date is May 4, current  executive director since 2003, Kurt D. Zwikl won’t retire until June 30, allowing for a two-month transition period.

Chamberlin was selected as executive director through an extensive search that began last fall and was conducted by a search committee of the board, in conjunction with executive search firm Leadership Recruiters.  He has published numerous articles on the subject of trails and currently has a book manuscript entitled On the Trail: A History of American Hiking, under review for publication. He also has served on Pennsylvania's Statewide Trails Advisory Committee and as an advisor to numerous regional trail organizations.

We are pleased to have Silas Chamberlin formally back with the Circuit Coalition!

September Events #onthecircuit

Circuit Commitment Campaign Events

Circuit Postcard Trail Day - Brandywine Tour -  September 1st

Circuit Postcard Trail Day - Cooper River - September 7th

Circuit Postcard Trail Day - Scenic Schuylkill Century - September 8th

Circuit Postcard Trail Day - Chester Valley Trail - September 21st

Circuit Commitment Campaign Talk at TTF Meeting - September 24th

Circuit Postcard Trail Day - Bucks County - September 28th

Circuit Special Events

Delaware River Heritage Trail Ribbon Cutting - September 8th

Delaware River Heritage Ride - September 8th

Cynwyd Heritage Trail Planting Prep - September 14th

Discover the Hidden River at Gray's Ferry Crescent - September 20-22nd

Millennium Bridge Lighting Ceremony on Schuylkill Banks - September 26th

Kayak, Riverboat Tours & Movie Nights

Schuylkill Banks Movie Night - Moonrise Kingdom - September 5th

Secrets of the Schuylkill Riverboat Tour - September 5th

Basic Schuylkill Banks Kayak Tours - September 5th-28th

Schuylkill Riverboat Tour to Bartram's Garden - September 8th

Basic Schuylkill River Kayak Tours - September 8th

Schuylkill Banks Movie Night - Rocky - September 12th

Schuylkill Riverboat to Bartram's Garden - September 14th

Basic Schuylkill Banks Kayak Tour - September 21st

Moonlight Schuylkill Banks Kayak Tour - September 21st

Secrets of the Schuylkill Riverboat Tour - September 21st

Basic Schuylkill Banks Kayak Tour - September 28th

Rides & Walks

Early Bird Rate for Cycles & Cemeteries Ride - September 5th

Delaware River Heritage Trail Ride - September 8th

Cycles and Cemeteries Ride - September 21st

West Laurel Hill Woof Walk - September 21st

Get Your Tail on the Trail - September 28th


2013 Philly Fun Fishing Fest - September 7th

Trust 5K Walk/Run on the D&L - September 7th

Dance on Falls Bridge - September 7th

Friends of Schuylkill Bank Soiree - September 14th

Conferences & Meetings

2013 Pennsylvania Greenways and Trail Summit - September 15-17th

Cobbs Creek Trail pre-proposal RFP meeting - September 12th


July Events #onthecircuit

Lots of good stuff happening #onthecircuit in July.  

Thursday Night Movie Series.  Schuylkill Banks is showing a series of movies on Thursday nights at both its Walnut Street and Gray's Ferry Crescent Locations.  All movies start at dusk and last two hours.

July 11 - How to Train Your Dragon (Walnut Street)

July 18 - Men In Black (Gray's Ferry Crescent)

July 25 - Midnight in Paris (Walnut Street)

August 1 - Rocky (Paine's Park)

July 6-28th Schuylkill Banks Kayak Tours - Kayak the Schuylkill River from Walnut St. to the Art Museum dam and back (Saturdays and one Thursday evening)

July 10th-31st Tacony Creek Park Block Parties - Takoony/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership is hosting these block parties every Wednesday from 5:30-7pm.  

July 11-27  Secrets of the Schuylkill Riverboat Tours - (Thursday and Saturday evenings)

July 13th   PHS Green Machine Workshop on Cynwyd Trail

July 17th   Cynwyd Trail Weeding Day

July 20th  Pedals and Paddles.  Schuylkill River Heritage Area is hosting a 4.5 mile bike ride from Pottstown to Douglasville and a kayak ride back on  from 9am-2pm.  $25 per person

July 20th Cynwyd Heritage Trail Workday

July 24th Fairmount Trolley Tour.  Philadelphia Parks Alliance is hosting a tour guided by Bob Thomas tracing the old park trolley route from Wynnefiled to Strawberry Mansion at 5:30pm.

July 31st  Ivy Ridge Public Meeting.  Schuylkill Project is hosting the final public meeting on design options for the Ivy Ridge Trail on at 7pm in Manayunk.

Schuylkill River Sojourn Opens Registration

The Schuylkill River Sojourn is a 7-day, 112-mile guided paddle from Schuylkill Haven to Boathouse Row in Philadelphia that is organized annually by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.  Participants can register for one day or the entire week. 
The 2013 Sojourn theme is The Schuylkill During the Civil War.
New this year! During the first two weeks in April we will accept registrations from full-trip registrants only.  This is being done to ensure that people who wish do the full trip don't miss out on the first two days, which fill up very quickly.
Registration for all other participants will open April 15! 
For the first time this year we are offering online registration. After you register online, you will still need to download several waivers and medical forms that must be filled out and mailed in with original signatures. Links to these forms will be available on your registration confirmation form. They can also be found on our website at
  • If you do not wish to register online, you can download a registration form from our website and mail or fax it to us.
  • Our 2013 Sojourn outfitter is Doug Chapman, owner of Take it Outdoors Adventure Group.
  • Our guides will once again be Alan and Betsy Quant from Canoe Susquehanna
For more information, or to view photos of past sojourns, click here or call the Schuylkill River Heritage Area at 484-945-0200.

Schuylkill River Heritage Area Films Air on Public TV

Two Films to Watch for...
  •  Schuylkill River Heritage Area 1-minute segment:  This will air nationally on Fox Business Network later this month. It will also appear regionally between November 19 and 25 during prime time (6:00-11:45 p.m.) on a variety of networks which include, but are not limited to: CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Family Net, and CNN Headline News.
  •  Schuylkill River Heritage Area Short-Form Documentary for Public Television: This 3-5 minute film about the Heritage Area's history, environment and recreational opportunities will appear on public television stations nationwide beginning November 26. Exact times and dates are at the discretion of each station, but the film will be shown at the end and beginning of regularly scheduled programs. It is expected to air multiple times on public television stations around the country.