Enjoy River With More Than A Dozen Activities This Weekend

Morgantown Dominion Post
28 May 2015

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — The River Town Program and fiscal sponsor National Road Heritage Corridor encourage people to “Come Down to the River and Play” on Saturday-Sunday. The two-day event includes more than a dozen activities, tours and openings in Mon River Towns, which are towns along the river in Fayette, Greene and Washington counties in Pennsylvania, as well as communities in northern West Virginia.

“This umbrella event is intended to draw regional residents to rediscover — or experience for the first time — the Mon Valley and the Mon River Towns,” said Donna Holdorf, executive director of the National Road Heritage Corridor. “Local towns and businesses have tied into the event and will showcase their own offerings as they see fit.”

Cathy McCollom, director of the River Town Program, added, “Hosting a series of small events over the course of a single weekend, and using a larger marketing push to promote them, reminds us of the power of collaboration. We’ve seen a positive local response to the event and are excited to give people multiple reasons to get out and play this weekend.”

While most of the events are being hosted by other entities, the Mon River Spring Paddle guided paddle trip is organized and will be led by the River Town Program.

Pre-registration is required at http://national roadpa.org/product/mon-river-spring-paddle/.

In addition to the guided paddle trip (3.5 miles from Rices Landing to Fredericktown), a Fun Walk and Ride along the Greene River Trail, and more than 10 miles of hiking trails at the Friendship Hill National Historic Site are meant to get people active outside.

Historic tours include: The W.A. Young and Sons Machine Shop and Foundry (a National Register property), the Greensboro Historical Log Cabin and the neighboring Captain’s Watch Inn, the Flatiron Building in Brownsville, and Friendship Hill National Historic Site.

There will also be family-friendly activities, such as a children’s book reading and free craft classes.

There’s a cigar party (Leaning House Fine Cigars), complete with wine tastings; a parking lot party at Greene Cove Yacht Club; a Mad Men Summer Barbecue at the Good Ol’ Days House, a retro guest house in North Belle Vernon; and a Party on the Patio at the Riviera in Fredericktown.

The open house and tours being offered at the Captain’s Watch Inn in Greensboro will benefit the Corner Cupboard Food Bank. Bring a non-perishable food donation to receive a house tour and refreshments on the wrap-around porch. Also, select North Belle Vernon and Monongahela shops are participating in the event and will offer specials.

In addition to the Captain’s Watch Open House, the Saturday Farmers’ Market will kick off the day, and the Greensboro Historical Log Cabin will be open with tours and refreshments.

The folks at the Monongahela Aquatorium are playing up the recent Mon River gator sightings. They have a new mascot — Rocky the Gator — and are selling souvenir gators and bottles of Gatorade ($5 for both).

The Monongahela Aquatorium is a 3,700-seat outdoor venue along the Mon River.

Info: monrivertowns.com and facebook. com/RiverTownProgram.