For Immediate Release Date:December 1, 2013Adventure Films Screened to Benefit Yellow Creek State ParkIndiana, Pa. -- Adventure lovers and outdoor enthusiasts find extreme challenges in the fields, hills, forests, and waterways of Pennsylvania. Residents are invited to enjoy the sights and challenges of the outdoors through the lenses of independent film makers at the first Appalachian Film Festival. The festival will be held at the Indiana Theater at 7PM on December 5th and 6th. Admission is $6 at the door ($5 in advance through the theater or Indiana bike shops). All proceeds benefit the non-profit Friends of Yellow Creek State Park.The festival presents the work of independent film makers from across the country through short films and excerpts. Viewers will experience the drama of adventure racing, free BASE jumping, ice climbing, rock climbing, white water rafting. As a special treat, viewers will get a preview of a film featuring local racers Julia Pollock and Toby Angrove. Both athletes will be present to talk about the films and answer questions. The full-length "Expedition Adventure" will premiere on NBC Universal Sports in December. This film was produced by Indiana-resident Douglas Crytzer.In addition to co-sponsoring the Appalachian Film Festival, Mr. Crytzer is Founder and President of Gnarly Crew Media; his company, American Adventure Sports produces the North American Adventure Racing Series. Friends of Yellow Creek State Park, and the IUP Sailing Club are the presenting sponsorsYellow Creek State Park is regularly the site of Xterra off-road triathalons. Thanks to Friends of Yellow Creek, residents also enjoy some of the best single-track mountain biking in the region; FOYC volunteers have helped construct and maintain over 12 miles of intermediate and advanced biking/hiking trails with a few rock gardens, boulders, log piles. Moderate climbing on sectons of certain trails. The Friends have also stepped up opportunities for residents to Get Outdoors and learn to sail in cooperation with the IUP Sailing Club.
We are happy to announce that FOYC has been able to borrow mountain bikes for Septemberfest. Bring your own or borrow one of ours and explore some of the best single-track biking trails in the region!
US Sailing Course Offered at Yellow Creek State ParkJune 8-9, 2013 Like sailing? Want to work or volunteer on a waterfront? This course is designed to prepare camp counselors and staff from community sailing and scouting programs to supervise small boat recreational sailing activities. The emphasis is on safety and hands-on practice to familiarize candidates with proper terminology and boating techniques. Participants should have some prior exposure to sailing but need not be experts. The minimum age for attending this course is 14 years old.This course will be taught by a certified US Sailing instructor trainer from Pittsburgh. It is co-sponsored by Friends of Yellow Creek and the IUP Sailing Club. There is a US Sailing fee associated with this course.Contact email@example.com for more information.
Sunday, April 21, 2013 – EARTH DAY SPRING CLEAN-UP1:00pm – 4:00pm – Meet at the North Shore PavilionCome join us to celebrate Earth Day this year at Yellow Creek State Park. We need your help to upgrade the trails, construct a playground, plant trees, upkeep of Native Species and Herb Gardens and help stone the walkways in our Camping Cottage & Yurt area. Bring sturdy shoes, work clothes, work gloves and bring a friend. We have projects for all ability levels and the work party will be on, rain or shine. If you have a large group of volunteers (Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts etc.), please contact Mike Shaffer at (724) 357-7913 to discuss appropriate projects for your group's numbers and abilities that day. This event is sponsored by Friends of Yellow Creek and Yellow Creek State Park. Food and refreshments will be on hand thanks to the generosity of Friends of Yellow Creek. Pre-registration is required, so we know how much food to get and provide enough work projects for everyone. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913.
Yellow Creek Monthly, sponsored by Ride YC, begins this Saturday, March 30, 2013.
Mark you calendars -- the fourth annual Septemberfest will take place on Saturday, September 28th.
Check back for information on news about our plans. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help.
FOYC volunteer and board members have been working together to make sure the 3rd Annual Septemberfest is every bit as exciting as last year.
We hope you will join us at the park, Saturday, September 29th, with your friends or family. Septemberfest is our most important opportunity to celebrate the park, attract new visitors, and raise some money for park improvement projects.
Would you consider also giving an hour or two of your time to help us run the event? If you can give us an hour or two, please provide your information here. A board member will contact you next week.
Thanks. We'll see you at the park!
The 3rd Annual Septemberfest is almost here!
Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to bring your friends. We'll have music, food, bike races, sailing, canoeing and much more.
Sailing at Yellow Creek
Yellow Creek Lake is a wonderful place to sail. FOYC is proud to collaborate with the IUP Coop and the DCNR, through its Get Outdoors PA program. We are always looking for experienced sailors to volunteer and help improve our offerings.
FOYC has been sponsoring the building of Puddle Duck Racers as a way to encourage sailing at the park.
Join the Club
Current FOYC members may donate an additional $35 to participate in the sailing club. You may print and mail your membership form along with an additional donation of $35 to:
FOYC Treasurer Yellow Creek State Park
170 Route 259 Highway
Penn Run, PA 15765-5941
Or you may submit it at the park office.
- use of the "club" PDRs
- access to rack storage for your PDR
- participation in group lessons and other sailing events
For availability of PDR rack space, please email email@example.com DCNR mooring decals are required for private boats. Summer and winter storage of "club" designated boats is an option on a space-available basis.
Build Your Own Puddle Duck Sailboat
The PDR is a great platform for learning to sail. We will arrange small-group lessons in the PDRs for interested members. If you know how to sail, we encourage club participants to use one of four "club" PDRs. Sailing club members should be willing to contribute a half-day of volunteering.
You can find information about building your own PDR with FOYCon our website. Each winter we provide opportunites to participate in a "group build." Many people also choose to download free plans from www.pdracer.com and build their own.
Certify and Rent DCNR Boats
You can rent one of the park's sailboats (sloop or catamaran) if you are an experienced sailor. To assist the park in maintaining this rental option, FOYC offers you the opportunity to "certify" according to US Sailing Small Boat standards. Beginning in summer 2012, only certified sailors will be eligible to rent DCNR boats at Yellow Creek.
US Sailing standards include: Identifying, Wind Direction and Indicators, Rigging/Unrigging, knot Tying and Coiling, Rules of the Road (right of way), Departure/Landing, Steering, Safety Position, Tacking, Points of Sail,Jibing, Capsize Recovery, Overboard Recovery, Getting out of Irons, and Upwind Sailing.
If you are comfortable with the above, please contact FOYC (FriendsOfYellowCreek@gmail.com) to arrange for a sailing test.
Want to Learn?
The certification option above is for those with prior experience and confidence in their sailing ability. You have several options for learning to sail at Yellow Creek if you're not yet experienced enough to certify.
Whether you are a complete beginner or a former sailor looking to polish your skills, private lessons can be helpful. Rocky Sprow has offered private lessons at the park for many years. Contact him to make arrangements: 724-479-3187
Get Outdoors PA
FOYC and Yefllow Creek staff will offer at least two, free Learn to Sail programs in Puddle Ducks each summer. Please check the website and calendar for the next opportunity.
Group Club Lessons
Depending on the interest and needs of club members, FOYC will offer group lessons to those who want to learn to sail PDRs. Join the club and contact us if you are interested. These can be informal, for those who simply want to learn to sail their PDR better or can lead to US Sailing Certification. Lessons will be lead by a certified US Sailing Instructor.
For More Information
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 724.465.9597