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