2016 Photo Contest at Ridley Creek State Park is Announced

The Friends of Ridley Creek State will be holding their annual photo contest on Friday, June 24th at 6pm on the grounds of the Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park.

Now in its 12 year, the annual photo contest was started as a fundraiser for projects at the park and to bring awareness to the “Friends,” the non-profit organization that serves to preserve, protect and enhance Ridley Creek State Park.

Hunting Hill Mansion
Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park

This year the photo contest will take a new twist and be held outside, weather permitting.  As in past years, this event is free and open to the public. Come enjoy refreshments, photo submissions and experience the park through the eyes of the contestants, including children.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 17.

Entry forms, contest rules and previous years submissions are available  at www.friendsofrcsp.org.

If you have questions about the photo contest, call the Friends hotline at 484-442-0223.

Photo: Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park by Pamela Cloud.

Pamela Cloud is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Preferred in Media and has been involved with the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park for over a decade.

 

 

 

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Stroud Preserve in East Bradford Township, West Chester

It’s a lucky day when I have the pleasure of showing property in East Bradford township in West Chester. This is one of my favorite areas of the county, primarily because this vista hasn’t changed since I moved to West Chester almost 30 years ago. East Bradford township is a leader in land conservation, and it shows.

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Stroud Preserve
The Stroud Preserve, located just minutes outside of downtown West Chester, is part of the Natural Lands Trust

Just minutes from downtown West Chester and the village of Marshallton, Stroud Preserve consists of over 500 acres of preserved land through the Natural Lands Trust.

This diverse preserve features walking trails, horse trails, meadows and woodlands. There is a parking lot right off the road, so even if you don’t have time for a full hike, you can take a break from “town” and eat your lunch and enjoy the solitude.

There is much more to this preserve than meets the eye and I plan to annotate this article when I find time to do some exploring! But for today I have to be content with just pulling off the road for a quick click!

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out the Stroud Preserve, or any of the other parks in East Bradford Township!

We made it back for a hike on the yellow trail. A pretty easy hike that takes you around the old farmhouse and barn, soybean and cornfields.

Field at Stroud Preserve
An easy gravel path with beautiful views is what you will find on the yellow trail.
Barn at Stroud Preserve
This beautiful old barn is right off the trail. Judging by the size of the sycamore tree beside it, this place old!
Monarch Butterfly Stroud Preserve
As you enter the trail from the parking area, you will see lots of milkweed and clover, the perfect lunch stop for Monarch butterflies!

Wouldn’t you love to live near the Stroud Preserve? Click here for homes for sale in 19380!  And don’t forget, downtown West Chester is about five minutes away by car so you can have your town and the country too! For a slower pace, the Marshallton Historic Distric is a stone’s throw away!

 

Photo Contest at Ridley Creek State Park Set for January 26th!

The Friends of Ridley Creek State Park are gearing up for the Annual Photo Contest, scheduled for Sunday, January 26th at the Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park in Media, Pa.

Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park
Hunting Hill Mansion (Park Office) at Ridley Creek State Park in Media, Pa.

“The annual photo contest, now in its 10th year, was started years ago as a fundraiser, but more importantly to bring awareness to the “Friends,” the non-profit organization that serves Ridley Creek State Park,” according to Jack Miller, President and coordinator of this year’s event.

Ridley Creek State Park has been one of my favorite places to visit since moving to the area over twenty years ago, which is why I became involved with the Friends. The 2600 acres of the park is a photographer’s paradise. From the waterfall to the Frank Furness designed Mansion to the Colonial Plantation and all plants, animals and ruins in between.  The park is beautiful in every season and it takes on an especially magical quality right after a snow.

This year’s judges will be Hank Schott, from Shots by Schott Photography and Danielle Alvaro, from Remember When Photography, LLC, bringing two different perspectives to this year’s event. Hank and Danielle will also be available to talk with photographers about their photos, offering one-on-one critiques; one of the favorite aspects of prior year’s events.

Multi use trail Ridley Creek State Park2
Multi use trail Ridley Creek State Park, Media Pa.

The photo award ceremony is set for Sunday, January 26, 2014 in the Hunting Hill Mansion ballroom (park office) starting at 1 pm.  Anyone is welcome to come and enjoy refreshments, photo submissions and experience the park through the eyes of some of its favorite admirers. We are eager to see what our photographers come up with this year!

Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 24 at 4 pm at the park office.

Entry forms and contest rules are available at www.FriendsofRCSP.org, at the park office, or on the multi-use trail (look for box of flyers). Basically, everything is fair game from the Mansion itself to a caterpillar on a leaf–the only requirement is that all photos must be taken within Park boundaries.

This has been a great event over the years, attracting amateur photographers and nature lovers. If you have questions about the photo contest, call the Friends hotline at 484-442-0223 or  you can also contact me.

 All photos and content Copyright Pamela Cloud 2012-2014. All rights reserved.

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