- Bylaws Change: All dues-paying members are considered to have opted into receiving email announcements from the club. They may opt out of receiving email at any time. All non-members will have to opt in to continue to receive emails and newsletters. This web page will have an opt-in and opt-out form, and all current email and newsletter recipients will have a chance to opt in or out of the new system before it goes live.
- Next Meeting, Tuesday Sep 4, 2012, Red Dragon Canoe Club, 7:30pm, Come early for boating and messing about. Feature presentation: TBD - please send suggestions. Secondary feature: planning for the annual messabout.
- Upcoming Meetings:
- Saturday Sep 8, 2012, Annual Messabout. Union Lake Sailing and Tennis Club.
- Tuesday October 2, 2012 Red Dragon Canoe Club, 7:30pm Feature Mike Bill on building a home-made wood kiln. Secondary feature, planning for the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival on October 5-7 and the Independence Seaport Museum's wooden boat festival the same weekend.
- Tuesday November 6, 2012 Red Dragon Canoe Club, 7:30pm. Featue presentation TBD - please send suggestions
- Tuesday December 4. Annual holiday dinner. The Gallery Restaurant, Burlington NJ. 6:00pm start, 7:00pm dinner.
- Contact us now to get on the events calendar.
- Check out our photo pages with 2003 highlights.
- Our older news and events are now being archived on this website.
- The TSCA and the Delaware River TSCA both contributed to the Cold Water Safety program. Their printable brochure will keep you safer in cold water.
- Mike Wick and friends have created a new website: traditionalsmallcraft.com with information and building tips for melonseeds, duckers, beach skiffs, and other traditional small craft of the Delaware River Basin.
WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO:
The Traditional Small Craft Association is
a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization that works to
preserve and continue the living traditions, skills, lore, and
legends surrounding working and pleasure watercraft powered by
paddle, oar or sail. The Association encourages design, construction
and use of such boats, and it embraces contemporary variants and
adaptations of traditional designs.
The Delaware River
Chapter of the TSCA is a regional organization providing
enjoyable, yet practical links between users, designers, builders,
restorers, historians, rowers, paddlers, sailors, government and
maritime institutions. The chapter meets on the first Tuesday of
each month at locations convenient to the greater Philadelphia
The Delaware River TSCA
holds a general membership meeting on the first Tuesday of every
month. Visitors are always welcome. Stop by and check us out!
Meetings are normally held at the Red Dragon Canoe Club mansion
(need directions?) on the Delaware River in
Edgewater Park, NJ and at the Union Lake Sailing and Tennis club (need directions?) During the warm weather months, members bring
their boats to meetings for a round robin of evening rowing and
sailing before the official meeting starts.
are planned to both educate and entertain the members and their
guests. Programs range from presentations by product manufacturers,
to multimedia presentations on the histories of indigenous small
craft in the region.
Members frequently provide presentations
on their own building projects, sail camping trips, and the personal
creations of gadgets and processes employed in their sailing and
rowing activities. Meetings are lively, interactive and
A FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!
formal and informal rowing, paddling and sailing events, meets and
races are scheduled throughout the season. Notable among these are
the annual circumnavigation of Petty's Island, held in May; the
annual Messabout on Union Lake (Millville, NJ), held in September.
Members also travel together to regional and national small craft
events like the WoodenBoat Show and the National TSCA Small
Craft Festival, and the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival in St.
is our monthly newsletter that goes to each paid member in the last
week of the month. In each issue we recap the business of the
Chapter, inform everyone of upcoming events and throw in a feature
story or two of general interest to the membership. Occaisionally,
members list boats or maritime accessories for sale in classified
ads. (PLEASE NOTE: ads from non-members will only be accepted
on a limited basis. For information, contact the
Click below for past issues (requires a free
download of Adobe Acrobat Reader):
2005 January 2005 | February 2005 | December 2005
January 2006 | February 2006 | March 2006 | April 2006 | May 2006 | June 2006 | July 2006 | August 2006 | September 2006 | October 2006 | December 2006
2007January 2007 | February 2007 | March 2007 | April 2007 | May 2007 | June 2007 | July 2007 | August 2007 | September 2007 | October 2007 | November 2007 | December 2007
2008 January 2008 | February 2008 | March 2008 | April 2008| May 2008 | June 2008 | July 2008 | August 2008 | September 2008 | October 2008 | November 2008 | December 2008
2009January 2009 | February 2009 | March 2009 | April 2009
(2003, 2004, & 2005 back issues available by equest; contact the editor)
OUR BUILDING PROGRAM:
together to assist each other with the creation of brand new
"Traditional Small Craft" and related accessories. Over the years
we've built railbird skiffs, a variety of dories, a rowing and
sailing skiff, several Whisp designs, Six-Hour canoes, a computer
designed Wineglass Dory, and two replica Delaware Duckers, one
contemporary and one traditional. Working either alone or as a part
of a team, the membership builds, sails and maintains their boats as
a link to an earlier and easier time.
As a part of our
building program, the chapter invites and encourages beginner and
novice "wannabe" boatbuilders to learn the crafts and skills of
small boat construction in both the modern and old fashion
joining in the fun?
Membership is only $20.00
(that's right, just $20 for the year) and send it
Delaware River TSCA
c/o Paul Skalka
19 Farm Road
Trenton, NJ 08638-1427
or email Ted Kilsdonk at email@example.com for more
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