8/26/00  Wharton Canal Day

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Wharton 25th Annual

Canal Day

Fun & Festivities fill the air in celebration of the Morris Canal

Photos By

New Jersey Newsphotos /

Joe Gigli

Wharton - On Saturday August 26th an old time country fair and craft show was held at Water Works Park along the Rockaway River and Morris Canal. (top) Nathaniel Samanns, and his mom Sarah, walk along the towpath of the Morris Canal; this section of the 102 mile long canal has remained intact since the late 1820's. (above right) Putting on a dance show are (l-r) Colleen Quinn, of Hackettstown; Samantha Apgar, of Rockaway Twp.; and Brian Garie, of Rockaway Twp.; students at the Peter Smith School of Irish Dancing.

Festival Connects Nature and Fun

Along the Morris Canal in Wharton

Wharton - (above)  Tara Garie, of Rockaway Twp. and Shannon Doxsee, of Morristown, entertain the crowd. The two are students at the Peter Smith School of Irish Dancing.

 The pony rides are reminiscent of days gone by, when canal boats were drawn on the towpaths by mules. (left) Maureen O'Connor, of Mountainside Stables in Jefferson Twp.; leads the way with Olivia Wilinski of Wharton on the pony as her dad Mitch follows alongside.

Wharton - Scenic views surround the Morris Canal (above) A turtle suns itself on a log. (above right) A section of the Morris Canal that is preserved at Water Works Park. (right) Grasses capture the sun light along the canal. (below) A darner sits on a blade of grass.

Photos by

New Jersey Newsphotos

Joe Gigli

Wharton - The Canal Society of New Jersey, holds a walking tour of the Morris Canal.

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