Prospective Philadelphia Canoe Club members get a taste of paddling at annual open house [photos]

The Philadelphia Canoe Club held its annual open house at its Ridge Avenue clubhouse in East Falls on Sunday. 

Members of the 108-year-old club spent the day mingling with prospective members, hosting kayak and canoe races, grilling out and enjoying live music. 

The club, which is one of the oldest paddling organizations in the country, began as a men’s social club in 1905 and eventually evolved into a co-ed, recreational teaching club, training new paddlers in flatwater and whitewater canoeing, whitewater kayaking and sea kayaking. 

NewsWorks freelance photographer Brad Larrison was at the open house on Sunday and captured these scenes. 

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