Headwaters party supports watershed association | TribLIVE.com
More Lifestyles

Headwaters party supports watershed association

Mary Pickels
1491630_web1_gtr-liv-headwaters1-080519
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Kayakers Mary Shaw and Roy Weil wave while traveling through Scottdale on Jacobs Creek on Saturday, June 16, 2018 during the first Lazy River Family Friendly Float Day in honor of the grand opening of the Scottdale Family Friendly Water Trail in Scottdale. The one-mile stretch of waterway within the borough of Scottdale now gives access for those who wish to canoe, kayak or use inflatable water tubes with a put-in at Kendi Park and a put-out at Garfield Park. The effort to bring recreational access to the creek was undertaken by the Jacobs Creek Watershed Association.

The third annual Headwaters Party will raise money to help support the Jacobs Creek Watershed Association’s growing recreation programs, including its new water trail, says Annie Quinn, executive director.

Money raised at the 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 event at Yinzer Valley Farms, 681 Mulberry Hill Road, Mt. Pleasant, will go toward building a 5-mile water trail on Jacobs Creek.

Funds also will be directed toward expanding watershed paddling access and hosting additional free or affordable recreation events, Quinn says.

“Last year, the second party raised enough money to pay for a partnership with the Scottdale fire department to clear the water trail,” she says.

Funds raised will help with long-term trail maintenance, Quinn says.

The money also will help pay for the association’s pop-up paddling program, offering kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle board events free to association members.

Such programming requires ongoing funding fees, she says, including insurance and boat transportation.

Quinn says the association hopes the season — which runs from May until September — will be “bigger and better” in 2020.

“This is a collaboration between the association and the public. We need a lot of small funders. That water trail is paid for and hopefully will be used by the public,” she says.

Dig in, down on the farm

Those attending will enjoy catering by Espey’s Meat Market, with dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients. Helltown Brewery is providing beer, with special edition 4-packs for sale, and Sand Hill Berry Farms is supplying dessert.

Former Headwaters venues Christner Farms and Whoa Nellie Dairy also are contributing to the meal.

Blues and bluegrass band The Turnpentiners will provide musical entertainment.

Guests can take tours of Yinzer Valley Farms, which opened last year, and learn more about the association, Quinn adds.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for us to showcase the association and its programs,” she says.

Raffle prizes include a stay at an Ohiopyle Airbnb, annual family membership to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Patagonia gear, a bike and gift cards to local businesses.

Tickets are $20.

Details: jacobscreekwatershed.org

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.