Audubon Society Cycling Day

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013 (Rain Date: June 22, 2013)

The Bucks County Audubon Society will be hosting a rest stop at its facility on Creamery Road, Solebury Township on June 15th (rain date June 22nd).  Riders of all categories are invited to participate with the A, B, C, and D rides being led by experienced leaders Jo Vlastaris (jovlastaris@hotmail.com), Rosemary Reshetar (rreshetar@collegeboard.org), Tim Jost (tjgrower@comcast.net), and Jack DeForrest (jack.deforrest@comcast.net), respectively. Starting time and location of each ride is listed at www.cbbikeclub.org.

The Audubon Society is asking that participating cyclists make a tax deductible donation of $25, which will be used to further the ONLY National Historic Landmark with a conservation history. It has a rich and interesting history, and today has thousands of visitors annually who enjoy 7-miles of trails and beautiful vistas. Not only will participants receive complimentary refreshments, but will also receive a ticket (with tour Society’s mission to promote environmental education, to demonstrate energy and resource conservation, and to advocate for local, state, and national policies that support sustainability of Mother Nature. The Society is the proud steward of a 110 acre property which holds the nation’s guide and map) to the very popular “Art of the Barn” tour, a $30 value.

The “Art of the Barn” tour, to be held July 13th and 14th, will feature six or more fascinating barns. Drive (or cycle) along beautiful country roads, following your map to each barn. At each estate you will be guided on a tour of a unique barn, dating from the 18th, 19th, or 20th century. This year some of the barns seem untouched by time; one even showing the bunks where escaped slaves slept as they traveled along the Underground Railroad. Other barns are a beautiful blend of today and yesterday, adding living enjoyment to the functionality of a historic barn. As a ticket holder, you are invited to walk the property and enjoy gardens, views, buildings, and landscapes of these breathtaking homes. You will meet local artists, learn about their work, and see examples of their art.

The properties selected are spectacular! Feel free to talk to the homeowners and visiting artists, and find something to take home with you at the end of the visit because artists donate 25% of their sales to the Society.  The “Art of the Barn” tour is Audubon Society’s largest fundraising event, and supplements the funding for the environmental education programs that will be provided to over 3000 children in our area over the next year.

So, please consider contributing to the Society and join Jo, Rosemary, Tim, and Jack as they lead you on June 15th (rain date June 22) over hill and dale to the Audubon Society’s facility and back. For more information about the Bucks County Audubon Society or the “Art of the Barn” tour, visit our website www.bcas.org or contact Ann McCauley at amccauley@bcas.org.

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