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On June 10th Wilmington Friends Meeting will hold a daylong intergenerational event at Newlin
Grist Mill where we can learn about some of the building trades used to construct our 200 year old
Meeting House and tour Newlin’s grist mill, as well have a picnic, play games, and explore Newlin’s
many trails. Western Quarter Friends (young and old!) are invited to join our Concord Quarter Friends.
Newlin Grist Mill’s South Picnic Area (entrance located off Cheyney Road) will be our “home base” for
the day and this is where you can park. From here it is a short walk to the mill, where hands-on activities and grist mill tours will be held.
The South Picnic Area has a large ball field in one section, a pavilion with picnic tables in another, and a small field adjacent to the picnic area where we’ll have children’s games such as blob tag, wheelbarrow and three-legged races. Feel free to bring balls, bats, gloves, additional outdoor games, bubble-making items, picnic blankets, and portable chairs. Attendees need to bring their own lunches and beverages, with some to share with others if you are so moved. If anyone wants to bring musical instruments they would be welcome, though there won’t be any amplification system available.
Complete the registration form (linked here) and return it to Wilmington Friends Meeting as soon as possible, but no later than May 28th, to reserve a slot for the hands-on activities and tour of the grist mill. You can also register the day of the event if there are open slots available but note that there are
limited numbers of slots for each activity.
A $15/person fee will entitle you to participate in the hands-on activities and the mill tour.
There is no cost to picnic with us, to walk the grounds, or to watch blacksmithing demonstrations, which will be on-going from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Some of the trails on the Newlin Grist Mill property run along streams, and there is a pond on the
property, so children will need adult supervision.
Pond fishing (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Newlin has a pond stocked with trout. If anyone wants to fish they must register at the front desk before beginning to fish, and registration for pond fishing ends at 3:30 p.m. Please note that those signing up at 3:30 will only have half an hour to fish, so it’s recommended that you come early to get in enough time to catch something! You must keep what you catch or you can donate it to the Tri-County Bird Rescue.
Cost: $5.00 per person and $4.00 per fish caught. Bait is available for $1.00/slice.