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Announcing the 12th Annual Pittsburgh Freethought Community Canoe Trip and Shrimp Boil!

One of the highlights of summer for the secular community in the Pittsburgh area is our annual Canoe/Kayak event punctuated by the annual Shrimp Boil Picnic. This year marks our twelfth annual excursion on the Yough and our tenth annual shrimp boil. There are multiple ways to enjoy the day.

If floating down a gentle river in a canoe or kayak appeals to you, then by all means join us for this. And because it is a fairly gentle venue, it is a great opportunity for neophytes to “get their feet wet”. If you have children, this is a great event to participate in. Very young children can ride along with parents in a canoe. Or if they are tweens or young teens, they can develop their skills in a solo kayak while their parents or adult companions can stay close by. There are no real whitewater areas to be concerned with and no special skills are necessary. Total time on the water is about four hours.

At a little less than the halfway point, where the river makes a sweeping bend to the right, there is a boat ramp on the left bank which is the ramp for Cedar Creek Park. Here you pull your craft out of the water, turn left towards the concession stand, and go a total of about 200 yards parallel to the river and arrive at Pavilion #19. There, you will find the rest of the gang getting ready for the Shrimp Boil picnic.

But if you have no interest in going on the water, and just want to join in the shrimp boil, there is no problem. Everybody is welcome to join in for the fabulous Cajun-style feast: shrimp, redskin potatoes, andouille sausage, and corn-on-the-cob cooked in a savory liquid and accompanied by loaves of baguette-style bread and butter. Topping this off is a dessert of bread pudding with rum sauce.

If you don't want to go on the water but still feel like enjoying a summer day with physical activity, the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail runs right past our pavilion, within about 40 feet. For those of you not familiar with it, this trail runs from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. You can bring your own bike(s) or, if you're feeling energetic, you can rent bicycles near the Boston bridge in Mckeesport and make the 2-hour journey to Cedar Creek Park. Of course, after lunch, you would have a two hour trek back to McKeesport on a full stomach.

So choose your pleasure(s) and come on out for a great time with your like-minded friends.



Welcome to the Pittsburgh Freethought Community (PFC)! "Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area"

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• To be a welcoming and caring community for all those who share a humanist worldview and an evidence-based perspective;

• To provide a strong and respected public voice for the secular humanist community in shaping public debate and formulating public policy;

• To promote science, reason, critical thinking, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

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*Yinzer is a 20th century term playing on the Pittsburgh, PA second-person plural vernacular "yinz." The word is used among those who identify with the city of Pittsburgh and its traditions.

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