The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 16, 2013

Ready oar not, rendezvous is here | Annual Stonycreek festival this weekend

Submitted by Readers

— Now that spring finally appears to be here, area residents can do some streaming that has nothing to do with the Internet.

The 2013 Benscreek Canoe Club’s Stonycreek Rendezvous runs Friday through Sunday and offers plenty of opportunities for water sports fans.

The festival, which is based at Greenhouse Park along Route 403 in Tire Hill, is the perfect chance to get rolling on the river, whether you’re an experienced kayaker looking to race or just hoping for a leisurely cruise on an inner tube.

“This is an enjoyable opportunity see our river and try boating on moving water,” Craig Rosage, president of Benscreek Canoe Club, told our Ruth Rice. “This is an event geared to water enthusiasts and beginning boaters, along with fellow boaters and friends.”

We encourage anyone with an interest in the outdoors to check out the Stonycreek Rendezvous.

As Rosage said, it’s an excellent opportunity to see the Stonycreek, which was selected as Pennsylvania’s river of the year last year.

Although some rain showers are expected throughout the weekend, the weather should be much warmer than it was early in the week, making it an excellent time to enjoy the recreational opportunities that our region offers.

In addition to the kayaking and tubing activities that have been offered in the past, SurfsUP Adventures will offer stand-up paddleboard demonstrations on Saturday and allow people to try it with some instruction.

Similar to a large surfboard, a paddleboard can provide a new dynamic for even the most seasoned river rider.

“They’re sturdy and you have one paddle to guide them,” Rosage said. “They’re good for flat water and light water, and can be used for floating or fishing.”

While many of us drive along the river’s edge on a daily or weekly basis, a trip on the water from Greenhouse Park to the Inclined Plane or Point Stadium provides an entirely different perspective of our city.

It’s one that we hope you can take advantage of this weekend.

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