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2024 Events

May Locktender’s Open House: The Village of Port Providence, a Historic District

Sunday, May 19th, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Lock Opening at 3:00 PM

Join the Schuylkill Canal Association and Upper Providence Township for a jointly held Locktender’s Open House on Sunday, May 19th, 1 to 4 PM at Lock 60 in Mont Clare. The open house program will highlight the Village of Port Providence as a Historic District. Port Providence, a very active port during the heyday of the Schuylkill Navigation System, was the only port between Pottstown and Norristown. The structures built that were homes and businesses supporting the community and the canal operation are still standing.

Hurricane Ida blew through the township in September 2021. It left behind a devastating flood severely damaging many structures throughout UPT. The township received flood mitigation grants from FEMA to purchase homes damaged by the flooding as Open Space; 24 homes in Port Providence are listed to be demolished. This will lessen the repetitive flooding in the village and reduce the destruction caused by flood waters.

Come to learn about Port Providence’s history and its contribution to the history of Upper Providence Township. UPT is working to create a collection of items to memorialize it and is actively seeking donations of memorabilia such as photographs, documents, correspondence, textiles, household goods and other personal items may contribute to the township’s collection. Bryan Bortnichak, UPT’s Assistant Manager, will be available to talk with and look over any items offered for the collection. Contact Bryan at bbortnichak@uprov-montco.org for more information on the collection.

Rain or Shine. Visitors of all ages are welcome. The program is free of charge; however, donations will gladly be accepted.   

The 26th Annual
Schuylkill River Sojourn—
Dinner and Program

Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Lock 60 Arrival, 3 PM
Dinner & Program, 5 PM

The Schuylkill River Sojourn is a 7-day paddle June 15th-21st of the Schuylkill River starting at Schuylkill Haven Island Park and ending at Lloyd Hall, Boat House Row, Philadelphia. As the paddlers come to Lock 60, we invite the community to welcome and join them at St. Michael’s Park for a delicious dinner. A program, related to this year's theme, "A Living River", will be presented shortly after dinner is served for everyone to enjoy. 

Cost: ages 12 and up, $10.00 per person, pre-registration should be completed by emailing info@schuylkillcanal.com with SRS Dinner in subject line. This is recommended to make sure there is enough for all to enjoy; the event takes place Rain or Shine. For more information about the sojourn visit the Schuylkill River Greenway website.


41st Annual Canal Day

Sunday, June 30th, 11am – 5pm

The SCA invites the community to its 41st Annual Canal Day celebration at Lock 60 and St. Michael’s Park in Mont Clare, PA (right across the river from Phoenixville). This day full of fun along the Schuylkill Canal Park includes food, music, kids fishing derby, face painting, Sly Fox Can Jam, etc. Event parking is available at St. Mikes Park at the end of Jacobs Street in Mont Clare.  Parking donation of $5 requested. Please be advised, Towpath Road will be closed to vehicular traffic, starting at 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM.   

Children of all ages can join in with adult supervision; free of charge; however, donations will gladly be accepted.

For questions about SCA events, please contact us via Facebook messenger, email at info@schuylkillcanal.org or 610-917-0021


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