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Delaware & Lehigh - Conversations on the Canal: Big Industry & Big Bands

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 [email protected] or 610.923.3548 Ext: 221