Friends of the Delaware Canal to host “Discover Fungi Walk”

Join the Friends of the Delaware Canal on Sunday, April 27 for a “Discover Fungi Walk.”  The 1-1/2-mile, roundtrip stroll along the canal towpath will begin at 2 p.m. at the Washington Crossing Historic Park entrance on Route 532 near the lagoon. 

Fungi have a way of attracting attention.  While walking along the Delaware Canal towpath, a visitor’s eye might be drawn to a ruffled tan blob clinging to the bark of a tree, then to a clump of small white caps popping up from the ground, and later to a spot of red nestled in leaves.  All are fungi, and they are an important part of the ecology of the Delaware Canal. 

Learn more about these mysterious organisms on the “Discover Fungi Walk.”  Searching will be done both along the Canal towpath and on a nearby 28-acre wooded parcel that has become part of the Delaware Canal State Park.  Mycologist Marion Kyde will lead the way to sometimes elusive fungi. “They come out when they want to,” states Kyde, who will explain what fungi are, what they do, and where they may be found.

Marion Kyde is a Ph.D in Mycology and has been a leader in local and regional conservation efforts for more than twenty years, especially in her home municipality, Tinicum Township.  She is a knowledge and entertaining guide.

The “Discover Fungi Walk” is free, but donations to the Friends’ preservation and improvement efforts are always welcome.

For more information about this event and other Friends of the Delaware Canal activities, call 215-862-2021, e-mail friends@fodc.org, or visit www.fodc.org. The Friends of the Delaware Canal is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, maintenance and improvement of the Canal and its surroundings.  

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Newtown Rotary hosting Fifth Annual ‘Hope on the Vine’ event

The Newtown Rotary Club will celebrate its Fifth Annual Hope On The Vine event on Saturday, April 26th, from 6:00 to 10:00pm, at the River Room in the newly renovated Visitor Center at Washington Crossing State Park. The public is welcome, but please register in advance on their website, www.newtownrotary.org. Ticket price is $75 per person and includes food and beverage throughout the evening, raffled door prizes, music, auction guide, event booklet and plenty of parking.

It promises to be a fun evening and Event Chairman, Chuck Charlton, hopes to set a new record. “Last year, we raised over $15,000, of which $3,250 was donated to Polio Plus, and most of the remaining funds were distributed to 17 local organizations,” said Chuck.

This year’s event will feature food by Chef Joe Garvey, music by the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, excellent international assortment of wines, a wine/cheese pairing education by Beth Tentilucci, and silent and public auctions by a professional auctioneer to support many local and international causes.

“As Hope On The Vine has grown over the years, we realized that we needed a new venue,” added Chuck. “We are very pleased that the River Room at the renovated Visitor Center at Washington Crossing State Park became available. It’s a spacious room, with magnificent views of the Delaware River and steeped in history. We had great items for the auction last year and expect to do even better this year. If anyone wants to help by donating auction items, they can find a list of recommendations on our website.”

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Lambertville Chamber of Commerce hosts Annual Shad Festival

The Lambertville Chamber of Commerce will host its 33rd Shad Festival on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th from 12:30am until 5:30pm both days (rain or shine). Admission is free. Each year, the festival highlights this region’s arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course, the shad!

This Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized, award-winning event. It features 80 of the region’s finest artists and crafters, showcasing everything from jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more!

The food court will include a large diversity of food ranging from taco salads to fried calamari. Family fun will consist of face painting, sand art and other children’s activities. Kids will enjoy the rides that have returned.  Also, don’t miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations at Lewis Island, where the Delaware River Basin Commission will teach spectators about testing water quality.

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Landmark Towns of Bucks County & Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club present River Towns Road Ralley

Rev those engines, open the convertible and take a drive through the Landmark Towns of Bucks County on Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1-4 p.m. River Towns Road Rally participants will decipher a set of eight clues to secret destinations in the four towns of New Hope, Yardley, Morrisville and Bristol, drive to the locales for confirmation and conclude in Morrisville at historic Summerseat for a wine and cheese reception. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Please join us!  Registration is limited to 30 vehicles. Fees are $45 per vehicle; $60 after April 11, 2014. Meet at the Morrisville Presbyterian Church parking lot, 771 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067 between 1-2 p.m. for staggered starts.

Two secret destinations in each of the four Landmark Towns will be decipherable by clues given to each driver at the start of the Rally. Participants must drive to each destination, receive confirmation from a Road Rally volunteer at the site, and return to Morrisville when done to check in. Cash prizes will be awarded for First and Second Prizes, and Most Outstanding Vehicle. Winning cars will be those with the lowest combination of miles covered and minutes on the road. The Road Rally will be held rain or shine.

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Coming in April: Pre-school Explorers Program at Bucks County Audubon Society

Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) at Honey Hollow will once again be offering its popular pre-school explorers program for children ages three to five with a caregiver. Sessions are held Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:30pm and include an outdoor activity, story time and craft. The fee for BCAS members is $60; for non-members is $90. A minimum registration of eight students must be reached for the program to be offered.

Program dates and themes include: April 10th – Our Feathered Friends!  Learn about what the birds are doing as they return from their winter migration; April 17th – Wildflowers! Take a hike to find spring wildflowers; April 24th – Hoppin’ Frogs! Visit the pond to see if you can catch some croakers!; May 1st – Let’s Get Growing! Learn all about seeds and start some plants for kids to take home to their gardens; May 8th – Peak in the Pond!  Who’s living in the pond? Use nets to catch some and see!; May 15th – Lady Bugs (and their friends) visit the meadow to find insect friends.

Families interested in participating should send an e-mail to BCAS@bcas.org with name, address, phone number, and ages of participants by April 3rd. All programs take place at Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center, 2877 Creamery Road, Solebury. For further information call 215-297-5880.

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Friends of the Delaware Canal to host, “The Delaware River – Mother of Five Canals,”

 

The Friends of the Delaware Canal will host an illustrated program, “The Delaware River – Mother of Five Canals,” on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center.  The Center is located at 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA.

Bucks County author and historian Willis Rivinus will present the story of the creation and evolution of one of 19th century America’s most prosperous transportation systems.

In the early 1800’s, the legislators and entrepreneurs of Pennsylvania spurred the building of a canal system that could be used to transport the anthracite coal mined in the northeastern section of the state to the fuel-hungry industries in Philadelphia and New York.

Five canals fed by the Delaware River were opened in less than twenty years – the Lehigh Navigation running from the mines to Easton, the Delaware Canal from Easton to tidewater in Bristol, the Delaware and Raritan Canal from Bordentown to New Brunswick, NJ, the Morris Canal from Easton to New York harbor, and the Delaware and Hudson Canal from the coal mines to Albany on the Hudson River. 

The geographic obstacles were daunting; the engineering challenges huge.  The costs were beyond expectation, but the rewards were immense until railroads and trucks doomed the canals in two generations.

This program is being held in partnership with the Washington Crossing Historic Park and the Friends of Washington Crossing Historic Park.  It is free and open to the public.  For more information about this program and other Friends’ activities, call 215-862-2021, e-mail friends@fodc.org or visit www.fodc.org.

Photo Caption:  Canal Transportation

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A Woman’s Place and Girls on the Run partner to get girls moving

The ‘tween and teen years are a difficult time to navigate for any individual, but particularly girls. It is a time where good decision-making, healthy lifestyles, and positive self-esteem are vital. A Woman’s Place (AWP), the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, is partnering with the local chapter of Girls on the Run (GOTR), a nationwide program that encourages young girls to exercise, all while leading them in activities that will help them discover who they are, identify healthy relationships, and learn how they can better get involved with shaping their own community and world.

Beginning the week of March 10th, AWP will collaborate with GOTR to offer a 12-week program, open to fourth-sixth grade girls. All participants will meet at George M. Bush Park (Cold Spring Creamery and Burnt House Hill Roads, Buckingham) every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30-5:45pm. In addition to having fun, the girls will also train together to participate in the non-competitive spring version of the Girls on the Run 5K, which will take place on June 1st in New Hope.

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Get ready for Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival 2014!

 

by Mimi Rowland

This year’s Winter Festival offers both new events as well as the much-loved standbys, and promises fun and entertainment for all.

This will be the 18th year of the incredibly popular Chili Cook-Off, featuring the best chili recipes from a wide variety of local restaurants. Nothing goes better with chili than beer, so of course plenty of that will be on hand as well. This year it is being provided by a local favorite, Triumph Brewery. You even get to take your commemorative pint glass home at the end of the Cook-Off! Come to the new location at the New Hope Fire Company on January 26th and see who will take home the coveted trophies this year, with winners awarded by a panel of judges and also by the Cook-Off patrons. Tickets always sell out for this event, so get yours soon!

Also at the Fire Company this year is the Taste of Winterfest. This sampling of delicacies and specialties from local restaurants of both riverside towns is just the ticket to warm you on a cold winter’s day. There will also be tastings offered by breweries and wineries in the region, so be sure to save the date, January 23rd, for this delicious event.

Want to get up and dance? Get out to the Fire and Ice Ball on January 18th. There will be live ice carving and, since it is Fire and Ice, there will be fire dancers as well. Food and drink and door prizes will add to the festive atmosphere of this fashionable Winter Festival party.

The kids will surely enjoy the annual parade, which follows the route from New Hope-Solebury High School all the way over the bridge to Lambertville. The parade will feature Mummers, marching bands, jugglers, floats, dancers, and more. Onlookers can watch from the bridge or anywhere along the route on Bridge Street. Before the parade, take the kids to St. John’s Church for a puppet theater and ballet time. Afterward, there will be many kid-friendly musical activities to enjoy, including a performance of Sleeping Beauty, Glee PAC, and a Broadway medley by the Theater Arts Center. Bring the whole family out on January 25th at to enjoy all of the offerings.

January 26th features many activities for the whole family, beginning with a pancake breakfast to benefit the New Hope-Solebury girls’ soccer team. After enjoying all-you-can-eat pancakes, French toast, sausage, and eggs, head to the Children’s Activity Center sponsored by the Solebury Township Parks and Recreation Department. There will be arts and crafts, an obstacle course, dodge ball, and more! There will also be a Snow Folk Art exhibit to enjoy, the winners of which will be announced at the Pancake Breakfast. All of these activities are located at New Hope-Solebury High School.

Each year, the Winter Festival takes time to recognize an individual who has contributed to the New Hope-Lambertville area. This year’s honoree is Jim Hamilton, a well-known restaurateur and owner of Hamilton’s Grill Room, Broadway set designer, and all-around community supporter. His tireless dedication to local non-profit groups has earned him the respect and admiration of the community. January 25th will allow the community to thank him at a dinner in his honor.

Winter Festival wouldn’t be complete without a big concert performance, and this year will not disappoint. Although you may not know the name Jimmy Webb, you certainly know his music. He has written such classics as “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman” for Glen Campbell, “MacArthur Park” for Richard Harris, “Up, Up, and Away” for The Fifth Dimension, and the country standard “The Highwayman.” He has won numerous Grammys and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. You will undoubtedly enjoy seeing and hearing this legend in person! Opening for Webb will be local favorite John Danaher, performing with Eric Aceto on violin and guitar and Doug Robinson on bass and vocals. There will be a VIP Gala Reception before the concert, which includes transportation between the concert and the reception at Nicolas at the Logan Inn.

There are even more events, including an Art Crawl at local galleries, tours, and a Beef ‘n Brew, all to benefit Fisherman’s Mark food pantry, local parks and recreations departments, and many other community organizations. Come have fun and support your community at the same time!

For more info visit www.winterfestival.net.

PHOTO CAP: Jimmy Webb appears this year at Winterfest

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Audubon Society welcomes Santa to Honey Hollow

Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) has announced a holiday open house on Saturday, December 14th to ring in the season and celebrate the magic of Christmas!

The Honey Hollow Visitor Center will be beautifully decorated with natural materials and fresh-cut pine garland just in time for Santa’s visit to meet the little girls and boys!

There will be activities for the entire family from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Ride on a tractor-pulled wagon over the river and through the woods to Tuckamony Farm; decorate donuts with sugar sprinkles; shop for unique one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from woodcarvers, metal work artists and fine artists; make toasty s’mores over the fire; enjoy hot cider, and visit with Santa. Tractor rides in between the visitor center and Tuckamony Farm will be on a schedule for families shopping for Christmas trees.

In case of inclement weather, Christmas in the Hollow will take place on Sunday, December 15th.  The cost per person is $5; kids under three are free. Admission is free with the purchase of a BCAS membership. For more information e-mail bcas@bcas.org.

BCAS is located at 2877 Creamery Road, New Hope, phone 215-297-5880. Visit www.bcas.org for updates and other events. 

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Four Nations Ensemble performs for young and old in New Hope

The Four Nations Ensemble, prestigious figures in the world of early music from the 17th and 18th centuries, will play two concerts December 12th at the New Hope Lower Elementary School, sponsored by the Delaware Valley Music Club’s Marie Paxson Fund. The Ensemble, consisting of flutist Antonio Campillo, harpsichordist Andrew Appel and cellist Loretta O’Sullivan, will begin with a 9:30am performance geared to young listeners in kindergarten, followed by a repeat concert for second graders.

Tuning up their instruments again at 2:00pm, The Four Nations Ensemble will appear at New Hope’s Trinity Episcopal Church to play the full program for the Music Club’s December concert. The program will include the Sonata for Flute and Continuo in E minor by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, Sonata for flute and harpsichord in B minor by CPE’s father, J.S. Bach, and the Sonata for cello in D minor by Francesco Geminiani, an 18th century Italian composer who was a pupil of Scarlatti. Following intermission are Pieces de Clavecin  (harpsichord) by Jean-Phillipe Rameau, as well as a Sonata for flute and continuo in G Major by Jean-Marie Leclair. The Ensemble this year is featuring works by both Baroque composers, commemorating the 250th anniversary of their deaths in 1763.

The Ensemble’s performance in New Hope is part of the Delaware Valley Music Club’s program to bring quality classical music to local school children. The children, including the little ones, are quite receptive to the music, and enjoy meeting and talking with the musicians, according to Laura Garawski, chairman of the Club’s Marie Paxson Memorial Fund, which sponsors the school performances. The Fund also awards cash prizes to winners of the Bucks County Symphony Youth Competition. The Fund was established in 1967 in memory of Marie Paxson, a local pianist and organist and a founding member of the Club.

Music Club members attend the concerts at no charge; there is a $10 fee for guests and the general public. The church is located at 6587 Upper York Road (Route 263) near Sugan Road in Solebury.   

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