HIKE & HOT LUNCH SERIES
For 2013, we are introducing two parts to our autumn, winter & spring hike series.
Nature & History Series – These hikes will take you on invigorating treks in the river hills with emphasis on a bit of history or nature significant to that portion of the trail.
Hike, Vittles & Hops – Our first efforts in this hike have proven to be very successful. We have now partnered with Liquid Hero Brewery to expand this program. We will also welcome back home brewer Greg Bentley and some of his buddies with the local home brew association.
Our goal at Shank’s Mare is to give you many opportunities to GO PLAY OUTSIDE no matter what the season, and to add some unique highlights to each adventure.
Hikes with Nature & History
Map & Compass and GPS Basics for Geocaching
Sat., March 2, 2013, 10:30am-1:30pm
This is an information filled clinic that should appeal to hikers, Scouts, paddlers, and anyone interested in getting started in geocaching. We will begin with some basic map and compass skills. We know this may sound old-fashioned, but the more you know about map and compass basics, the easier it will be to understand your GPS and getting started with geocaching. Plus, what happens if modern technology fails! Anyway, once we have you acclimated to map and compass, we will move on to the basics of GPS and geocaching. We’ll provide compasses, worksheets, and GPS units. The clinic will also include some work outdoors with your new-found skills.
Program Fee – Includes Clinic, Work Materials & Lunch – Members $20/Person, Non-Members $22/Person.
Wind Cave Exploration, Hike & Lunch
Saturday, March 30, 2013, 11am-2:30pm – Moderate Difficulty
Did you know that the Lower Susquehanna is the site of a tectonic cave – a cavern formed by layers of shifting rock versus the typical limestone and water formation? Following a hike to the entrance, enter the cave and explore the twists and turns of this unique formation located on the Conestoga Trail in Lancaster County. You will also stop at Lock 12 Historic Area on the Susquehanna in York County to view the footprint of the canal and lock. Following your spelunking adventure you will enjoy a hearty hot lunch back at Shank’s Mare.
Fee - includes shuttle, guide and lunch –Members $35/Person, Non-Members $39/Person
The Saving of the Dritt Mansion with Jan Klinedinst
Sat., April 6, 2013, 10:30am-1:30pm
Located just up the road from Shank’s Mare and now the offices
of the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area, the Dritt Mansion
dates back to the early 1700’s. Named for a colorful Revolutionary
War colonel, this house recently underwent a major restoration
thanks to John & Kathryn Zimmerman. Jan Klinedinst performed
archaeology work during the entire restoration process and has
over 23,000 artifacts from the property as well as a visual
documentation of the work. Begin the morning with a presentation
on the restoration followed by a tour of the building and a hike to the
Dritt family cemetery located on the Native Lands Trail of the
Mason-Dixon. Then return to Shank’s Mare for a hot lunch featuring
historic recipes from the heyday of the Dritt “mansion” as well as
artifacts and photographs on display.
Program fee – Includes Presentation, Hike & Lunch – Members $32/Person; Non-Members $36/Person.
Civil War Comes to Wrightsville Hike with Scott Mingus Sr.
Sat., April 13, 2013, 10:30-1:30 – Easy to Moderate Difficulty
Area Civil War historian Scott Mingus, Sr. will expand on his April 5th Evening Rendezvous program at Shank’s Mare, with a guided hike through the borough of Wrightsville. We will re-trace the movements of the Confederate troops as they approach the borough along with the placements of the Union soldiers as they guard the strategic bridge over the Susquehanna River. This hike will give you first hand glimpses on the activities just prior to the burning of the Wrightsville Bridge and the Battle of Gettysburg. What a great opportunity to appreciate the history that lies right in our own backyard!
Program Fee – Includes Hike & Lunch – Members $20/Person, Non-Members $22/Person;
Children 12 Yrs. & Under – Members $10/Person, Non-Members $12/Person
Hike, Vittles & Hops Series
We are very excited to welcome Liquid Hero Brewery to our Hike Vittles & Hops Series. Liquid Hero is a York-based micro-brew started in 2008 by some hard-working local boys, Christian Quinlivan, Matt DePrato, and Josh Hoke. What began in their garage has blossomed into one of York’s most popular micro-brews located at 50 East North Street in York.
We are also pleased to welcome back home brewer Greg Bentley, a member of the York Area Homebrew Association, presenting free tastings of some of his award winning beers.
So, mark your calendars and come out to enjoy hiking the river hills, hearty hot lunches, and free tastings of some delicious local made brews.
Hike, Vittles & Hops with Liquid Hero
Sat., February 16, 2013, 10:30am-1:30pm
Hike the hills overlooking the beautiful Susquehanna River
with Shank’s Mare. Christian Quinlivan from Liquid Hero will
join us on the hike as well as lead us in some free tastings of a
variety of their beers fit for the season. He will be happy to
educate us in the brewing processes as well as tell the
interesting story about Liquid Hero’s founding. As always, a
hearty hot lunch will top off your day. We’re excited to partner
with this local business, and look forward to providing a unique
outdoor experience for you
Program Fee-Hike, Lunch & free Beer Tasting – Members $32/Person; Non-Members $36/Person
Hike, Vittles & Hops with Greg Bentley
Sat., March 9, 2013, 10:30-1:30 – Moderate Difficulty
Tackle the Mason Dixon Trail with a Shank’s Mare guide and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the river hills. Then finish your adventure with a free tasting tour of some fine craft brewed beers with guest brewer Greg Bentley. Greg has extensive knowledge in not only home-brewed beers, but has toured many of the well-know craft breweries around the Mid-Atlantic. It will be a great hike outdoors, and a delicious adventure indoors with hiking, vittles and hops.
Program Fee-Hike, Lunch & free Beer Tasting – Members $32/Person, Non-Members $36/Person
The autumn, winter & spring months are perfect for hiking the river hills to discover spectacular views of the river and its inhabitants.
FULL MOON HIKE, TASTING & DINING
Historically, the Native Americans who lived in the eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full Moons. Those names helped guide the Native Americans through the seasons of the year. As we pass through the winter months,
join Shank’s Mare for these programs scheduled around the full moon.
Enjoy a guided, brisk winter hike in the late afternoon as you spot the rising
moon. Back at Shank’s Mare take part in a unique tasting for the evening
followed by a delicious dinner in The Rookery. It’s one of our 2013 remedies
for cabin fever. After all, the Native Americans didn’t sit inside all year,
so let’s go play outside!
Full Worm Moon Hike, Tasting & Dining
Edible Wild Plant Tasting by Jon Darby
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 4:00-9:00pm
This full moon was named for when the ground softens and earthworm casts re-appear inviting the return of robins and spring. Our guided hike takes place as the moon appears in the daytime sky and as we explore local trails with Jon Darby searching for the first signs of edible wild plants. Following our hike, we’ll taste some plants and learn about native wild plants that are safe to eat. Enjoy a delicious dinner following our hike and tasting adventure highlighting some dishes made with edible wild plants.
Fee – Includes hike, tasting & dinner – Members-$37/Person; Non-Members-$41/Person
Go Play Outside!
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2013 Spring/Summer/Fall Activity Schedule now posted
Kayak Demo Weekend May 11-12, 2013
2013 Kid’s Outdoor Adventure Camp registration open
BIC STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDS NOW IN STOCK.
Applications now available for our Fourth Annual Art & Outdoor Fest August 3, 2013. See Activities/Special Events/Art & Outdoor Fest to download an application.
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