PRESS RELEASE: THE HARRISBURG AREA RIVERBOAT SOCIETY & THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER SCHOOL COMMISSION WOODCARVING DURING KIPONA WEEKEND

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 THE HARRISBURG AREA RIVERBOAT SOCIETY & THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER SCHOOL COMMISSION WOODCARVING DURING KIPONA WEEKEND

 Harrisburg, PA – The Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society is pleased to announce the commissioning of a local wood carver to sculpt one of the City’s trees damaged by a storm, which is located near the Walnut Street Bridge at Front and Walnut Street. The sculpture will depict a rendering of a Susquehannock Native American and a child, and will enhance Riverfront Park and provide educational awareness about the Susquehanna River School. This will occur during the Kipona Festival on Labor Day Weekend of 2013 on August 31, September 1 & 2. The local woodcarver, Brad Heilman of BDH Custom Chain Saw Carvings, will sculpt the statue while the public looks on during as an exhibition.  Mr. Heilman will be on hand to speak and answer questions to onlookers about the project and what he does.

The bulk of the wood will be sawed off before the festival and the fine carving will occur within a roped-off area while the public watches and interacts with the artist and Riverboat Society staff at the adjacent booth.  The press is welcome to speak with Mr. Heilman, or any of the Pride staff, during the festival and showcase!

This sculpture will serve as a lasting gift and enhancement to the City of Harrisburg, bringing awareness to the Harrisburg area’s Native American and Susquehanna River history. This project will also serve to bring awareness to the Susquehanna River School, an educational initiative that strives to educate the public about the History, Ecology and Natural Wonders of our beautiful Susquehanna River. The commissioning of this woodcarving kicks off the River School’s proposal to transform the grounds around the John Harris Cabin on City Island into an Educational Park and an authentic one-room school house. The River School currently operates classes on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, and this new educational park will serve as an additional instructional venue for the River School.  Ground will be broken for this project in September. Further information will be forthcoming about this great project!

The Pride will also have a special 45 Minute Public Cruise Schedule that weekend. Dates are:

Saturday, August 31: 12:00 PM & 1:30 PM

Sunday, September 1: 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM, and 3:00 PM

Monday, September 2: 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:30 PM, & 6:00 PM

September 2 will be the final regularly scheduled public cruise for the 2013 season. 45 minute Public Cruises will occur, though, in September & October on Saturdays & Sundays, at 12PM & 1:30PM only.  Cruise prices are $10.00 for adults (ages 13-58), $8.00 for seniors (59+), $5.00 for children (3-12), and children under 3 years of age are FREE (group rates available for groups 30 or more. Call for info).  Tickets can be obtained at the ticket booth on City Island.

Being a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society, Inc. operates the Pride as a service to the community. It features many free cruises and events for veterans, seniors, and others throughout the summer.  She is essentially the “Community’s Boat,” and without continued public support, the Pride will be unable to fulfill its mission.  Donations are always welcome!  To learn more about the Pride of the Susquehanna, or to discover how you can support the riverboat’s mission of service, please visit www.HarrisburgRiverboat.com or call 717-234-6500.

Contact: Andrew Ponti, Executive Director

Phone: 717-234-6500 | Fax: 717-234-9902 | Email: info@harrisburgriverboat.com

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