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‘Second Friday’ at Playwicki Farm keeps ‘em coming back!

by Joan Hellyer

Belle Mulholland went on a search and discover mission recently at Playwicki Farm in Lower Southampton.

Under the guidance of her mom, Stacey, the four-year-old checked out everything she could at the “Second Friday” event hosted by the Playwicki Farm Foundation at the farm off Bridgetown Pike.

“She loves the music and dancing and all of that,” Stacey Mulholland of Bensalem said as she tried to keep up with her daughter as she made her way through the crowds at the community-based event.

Belle had her fill of inflatable rides, offerings at different food trucks and games and activities staged by different vendors. A highlight of the evening was stopping with her mom to have beautiful butterflies painted on both their faces.

“It is definitely kid friendly,” Stacey said. “It is something both of us can enjoy.”

This is the second year volunteers with the non-profit foundation are staging the monthly events to engage community members, bring families together and to highlight the offerings of area businesses, said Rose McMenamin, the organization’s president. Approximately 3,000 people attend each “Second Friday” event, she said.

“Everyone just enjoys being with their friends and family at the beautiful location, the great food, kids having a great time and great music and entertainment,” Rose said. “Yes it is a tremendous amount of work but so wonderful for our community.”

Local and not-so-local vendors have found the “Second Friday” events a great place to sell their goods.

“It is so fun and community-oriented,” Heidi Marquisette of Delaware County said at a recent Second Friday event. She and her family regularly make their way to Lower Southampton on the second Friday of most months between May and October to offer up her “Homemade by Heidi” made-from-scratch sweet treats.

“It is such a beautiful setting,” Marquisette said. “We always do really, really well.”

The “Second Friday” events are similar to other community-based events in Bucks County, including the ongoing free concert series in Doylestown Township and Langhorne Borough, “Music on the Street” in Newtown Borough, “Music on Main” in Yardley Borough and the recently-completed First Friday Fireworks monthly events staged by the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.

In Lower Southampton there are three remaining “Second Friday” events this year.

The David Christopher Orchestra will be the featured performer on August 9th, a crowd favorite Food Truck event is set for September 13th and an Octoberfest celebration will take place on October 11th, Rose said.

The spring to autumn events help showcase the farm the township purchased 25 years ago, said Ray Weldie, chairman of the town’s board of supervisors.

“It is a great event that galvanizes the township,” Ray said. “The local businesses support Playwicki Farm and in turn people come out here and support the businesses.”

For more information about the Second Friday events at Playwicki Farm in Lower Southampton visit www.playwickifarm.org.

PHOTO CAP: At last month’s “Second Friday,” a ceremony was held to honor local First Responders. Pictured is the Lower Southampton Police Dept. Honor Guard.