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The Spirit of Jonestown

The Swatara flows through it.  Mayor Kaffman extended an invitation for SCWA to join in the festivities by participating in "The Spirit of Jonestown" parade on August 11, 2007.  The Swatara Creek Watershed Association said thank you to the community of Jonestown for their support of SCWA and the Swatara Water Trail.  An original trailhead, Jonestown installed a Water Trail sign, and has plans to incorporate and improve the Swatara trailhead into a linear park plan for the Borough.  Partnerships like these are special.  SCWA loves Jonestown! 

Supreme MidAtlantic Trucking provided a flatbed trailer to hold our canoes.  Sponsor banners recognized our many supporters.  To share some of the wildlife we see on Swatara Sojourns, in addition to our canoes on the blue tarps representing the Swatara, we incorporated fish, turtles, and ducks.  As we "floated" through Jonestown, we sang Row, Row, Row your boat, gently down the stream, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, life is such a dream, which Dave Ravegum changed to Row, Row, Row your boat, gently down the street, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, life is such a treat.  We threw Swedish fish to the children, and had a grand time.  People along the way were friendly, smiling, and often joined us in singing.  It was a great day!

Whenever SCWA plans an outing, we usually promise that people will take home lusty tails of adventure.  The Jonestown parade was no exception.  While setting up our float, we saw black smoke in the distance, and heard fire trucks.  A report came back that a barn on Route 22 was on fire.  At the end of the parade, our driver wanted to make sure that we were safe, and didn't want to go onto Route 72 at Bunker Hill to take us back to Supreme.  When we went north to Route 22, we discovered that fire hoses were still across the road, and we had to continue north to the Lickdale to Fredericksburg Road.  It was like a 10-mile hayride in canoes.  The Blue Mountain was beautiful as we wound around country roads.  Turning west, we crossed the Swatara on the iron bridge at the Lickdale Campground.  We joked about getting out and floating back to Supreme.  Along Route 72, people kept waiving and smiling to us.  It can't get any better than that--unless of course we could be on the water.

Thank you, Jonestown, for your hospitality and your spirit!