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.

 

 

 

Historical Hike at Ridley Creek State Park

 

Hunting Hill Mansion
Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park is a prominent landmark in Delaware County, with over 2600 acres of open space that serves as a very large playground to residents of Media, Newtown Square and Glen Mills and beyond. Ridley Creek State Park is enjoyed by nature lovers, horse enthusiasts, cyclists and hikers alike, but there is much more to the Park than meets the eye.

From the race horses owned by Sam Riddle to the historic mill houses dating back to the 1700s and the beautiful mansion designed by renowned architect Wilson Eyre, there are stories to be told!

On Saturday, April 19th, The Friends of Ridley Creek State Park are hosting a history hike on the multi-use trail for anyone who is interested in the history of this amazing property.

  • When: 10am
  • Where: Starting at Area 15, a picnic area near the end of Sandy Flash Drive
    • Ridley Creek State Park, 1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media Pa.
  • Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Estimated time: 2-2.5 hours

Tim Higgins, Treasurer and long-time Board member of the Friends, will lead the tour. Learn the legend of the cow bridge, imagine the Jeffords’ prize horses drinking from a horse trough that’s still on the trail, hear about the grist mill from the 18th and 19th centuries, see the old, one-room schoolhouse that is now a private residence and other interesting sights along the trail.

The tour is free and open to the public.  For questions or more information, call Tim at 610-608-4388 or email timhiggins2@msn.com.

Visit the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park website for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Click here for my Visual Tour of the Mansion.

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

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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