Poquessing Middle School to present ‘Disco Knights’

Do you have the winter blues? Are you tired of being locked up in the house due to cold and bad weather? Do you need something to look forward to?

Come one! Come all! Poquessing Middle School invites you to attend this year’s musical performance of “Disco Knights.” Set in the 70’s, this play takes place in a rundown roller rink. It involves some jewel thieves and a Principal of the Year Contest. You’ll enjoy hearing about things you remember from the 70’s such as magic eight balls, polyester suits, outrageous hairstyles, and disco balls. You’ll see approximately 100 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students perform in this fun adventure.   Their singing and dancing will put a smile on your face, as you support the school community and enjoy a night out with family and friends.

Show dates and times are February 26th, 27th, 28th at 7:00pm, and  March 1st at 1:00pm. Poquessing Middle School is located at 300 Heights Lane, Feasterville. Tickets are available after February 8th for reserved seating. Ticket prices are  $6 per seat for general admission, $8 per seat for reserved seats.

Tickets can be ordered ahead of time by contacting Denise at dboyle18@verizon.net or 267-784-7880, or can be purchased at the door.

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Roxey Ballet’s ‘Dracula’ is a dance you can sink your teeth into!

In time for Halloween, Roxey Ballet is staging its spectacular production of Bram Stokers, “Dracula.”  Roxey Ballet’s groundbreaking, original ballet choreography was created in 2001. It follows the classic “Dracula” horror story of 18th century England, telling the tale in a “total theater experience.” 

“The audiences are as close to the performers as possible. But don’t be afraid – they don’t bite,” says Mark Roxey, Artistic Director. Audiences will recognize the unwary Renfield who accidentally falls victim to the vampire on his way to the ball; lovely Lucy, whose beauty attracts Dracula who seduces her; and Dr. Van Helsing, who leads the attack to rescue Lucy and others who have fallen prey to the vampire’s attacks.  

“Dracula” runs through Halloween. The set is abstract and minimalist, designed by Lisa McMillan.  Costumes created by Nilda Roxey Jones and Alicia Worden. Performances are held at Canal Studios, 243 N. Union Street, Lambertville, NJ.

For information or tickets visit Roxey Ballet, www.roxeyballet.org.

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Old stories inspire New Hope for the Arts & Crafts Festival

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce’s President, Connie Gering, has announced the 20th anniversary of New Hope’s outdoor juried Arts & Crafts Festival, while exploring its artistic history and start. The annual New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival is taking place outdoors at the local high school September 28th and 29th and is sponsored and run buy the Chamber.

This festival features over 200 artists drawing over 20,000 art patrons. This in conjunction with its 20th anniversary, Connie Gering has something to celebrate – newfound, festival artistic history, leading to a deeper inspiration.

“You’ll always hear me say New Hope is the ‘Jewel of the East Coast,’ especially when referencing the Arts & Crafts Festival, and from talking to so many townspeople, I was most recently led to veteran business/restaurant owner, John Larsen of John and Peters. John was married to the late Robin Larsen, founder of the New Hope Arts Center. Interestingly, this dynamic business and artistic couple set out together 20 years ago to help develop what’s now known as one of the largest arts and crafts festivals of the East Coast – the New Hope Chamber’s annual, juried Arts & Crafts Festival. For decades, many visitors, business owners and residents have known this town as a true artist haven, but Robin was known for inspiring our artistic community and bringing it to new, creative heights. As soon as I discovered from John’s stories that Robin was the spirit behind this festival, I gained not only a deeper appreciation for the festival but inspiration for our artists as well.”

John Larsen says, “When I was first approached by the Chamber to start the Festival back in the 90’s, Robin and I made sure we were very selective in choosing artists, we had to screen over 450 submissions and narrow it down to only 30 artists. We knew the quality of art was key to attract the right audiences to this festival and to our town. From what I see, the Chamber still is selective, setting high-standards for submissions, but right away when I first met Connie, I suggested tapping further into the caliber of artists right here in our backyard for potential, additional judges, knowing Connie wants to take the festival to even higher heights; this is something I know Robin would have wanted to see.”

Artists are pre-screened and selected through formal submissions process by the handpicked Chamber Arts & Crafts Festival committee members. This year there will be over 220 local and out-of-state artists uniting to present and promote their oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, sculptures, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood works and unique drawings.

A select panel of judges will select first, second and third prize winners for the categories fine art, photography, crafts and jewelry. A “Best in Show” will also be chosen. Over $3,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners. 

Visitors to the festival can expect not only great visual art but performing art such as live music, as well as a food court with a variety of delectable treats and a convenient, complimentary shuttle service from festival grounds to New Hope’s Main Street, providing guests multiple experiences at various gift shops and restaurants throughout New Hope.

For more information about the Arts & Crafts Festival, go to www.NewHopeArtsandCraftsFestival.com.

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Old stories inspire New Hope for the Arts & Crafts Festival

 

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce’s President, Connie Gering, has announced the 20th anniversary of New Hope’s outdoor juried Arts & Crafts Festival, while exploring its artistic history and start.

The annual New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival is taking place outdoors at the local high school September 28th and 29th and is sponsored and run buy the Chamber. This festival features over 200 artists drawing over 20,000 art patrons. This in conjunction with its 20th anniversary, Connie Gering has something to celebrate – newfound, festival artistic history, leading to a deeper inspiration.

“You’ll always hear me say New Hope is the ‘Jewel of the East Coast,’ especially when referencing the Arts & Crafts Festival, and from talking to so many townspeople, I was most recently led to veteran business/restaurant owner, John Larsen of John and Peters. John was married to the late Robin Larsen, founder of the New Hope Arts Center. Interestingly, this dynamic business and artistic couple set out together 20 years ago to help develop what’s now known as one of the largest arts and crafts festivals of the East Coast – the New Hope Chamber’s annual, juried Arts & Crafts Festival. For decades, many visitors, business owners and residents have known this town as a true artist haven, but Robin was known for inspiring our artistic community and bringing it to new, creative heights. As soon as I discovered from John’s stories that Robin was the spirit behind this festival, I gained not only a deeper appreciation for the festival but inspiration for our artists as well.”

John Larsen says, “When I was first approached by the Chamber to start the Festival back in the 90’s, Robin and I made sure we were very selective in choosing artists, we had to screen over 450 submissions and narrow it down to only 30 artists. We knew the quality of art was key to attract the right audiences to this festival and to our town. From what I see, the Chamber still is selective, setting high-standards for submissions, but right away when I first met Connie, I suggested tapping further into the caliber of artists right here in our backyard for potential, additional judges, knowing Connie wants to take the festival to even higher heights; this is something I know Robin would have wanted to see.”

Artists are pre-screened and selected through formal submissions process by the handpicked Chamber Arts & Crafts Festival committee members. This year there will be over 220 local and out-of-state artists uniting to present and promote their oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, sculptures, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood works and unique drawings. A select panel of judges will select first, second and third prize winners for the categories fine art, photography, crafts and jewelry. A “Best in Show” will also be chosen. Over $3,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners. 

Visitors to the festival can expect not only great visual art but performing art such as live music, as well as a food court with a variety of delectable treats and a convenient, complimentary shuttle service from festival grounds to New Hope’s Main Street, providing guests multiple experiences at various gift shops and restaurants throughout New Hope.

For more information about the Arts & Crafts Festival, go to www.NewHopeArtsandCraftsFestival.com.

PHOTO CAP: Connie Gering (left), New Hope Chamber President, and Arts & Crafts Festival founder John Larsen with original Arts & Crafts discovered memorabilia.

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Old stories inspire New Hope for the Arts & Crafts Festival

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce’s President, Connie Gering, has announced the 20th anniversary of New Hope’s outdoor juried Arts & Crafts Festival, while exploring its artistic history and start. The annual New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival is taking place outdoors at the local high school September 28th and 29th and is sponsored and run buy the Chamber. This festival features over 200 artists drawing over 20,000 art patrons.

This in conjunction with its 20th anniversary, Connie Gering has something to celebrate – newfound, festival artistic history, leading to a deeper inspiration.

“You’ll always hear me say New Hope is the ‘Jewel of the East Coast,’ especially when referencing the Arts & Crafts Festival, and from talking to so many townspeople, I was most recently led to veteran business/restaurant owner, John Larsen of John and Peters. John was married to the late Robin Larsen, founder of the New Hope Arts Center. Interestingly, this dynamic business and artistic couple set out together 20 years ago to help develop what’s now known as one of the largest arts and crafts festivals of the East Coast – the New Hope Chamber’s annual, juried Arts & Crafts Festival. For decades, many visitors, business owners and residents have known this town as a true artist haven, but Robin was known for inspiring our artistic community and bringing it to new, creative heights. As soon as I discovered from John’s stories that Robin was the spirit behind this festival, I gained not only a deeper appreciation for the festival but inspiration for our artists as well.”

John Larsen says, “When I was first approached by the Chamber to start the Festival back in the 90’s, Robin and I made sure we were very selective in choosing artists, we had to screen over 450 submissions and narrow it down to only 30 artists. We knew the quality of art was key to attract the right audiences to this festival and to our town. From what I see, the Chamber still is selective, setting high-standards for submissions, but right away when I first met Connie, I suggested tapping further into the caliber of artists right here in our backyard for potential, additional judges, knowing Connie wants to take the festival to even higher heights; this is something I know Robin would have wanted to see.”

Artists are pre-screened and selected through formal submissions process by the handpicked Chamber Arts & Crafts Festival committee members. This year there will be over 220 local and out-of-state artists uniting to present and promote their oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, sculptures, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood works and unique drawings. A select panel of judges will select first, second and third prize winners for the categories fine art, photography, crafts and jewelry.

A “Best in Show” will also be chosen. Over $3,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners. 

Visitors to the festival can expect not only great visual art but performing art such as live music, as well as a food court with a variety of delectable treats and a convenient, complimentary shuttle service from festival grounds to New Hope’s Main Street, providing guests multiple experiences at various gift shops and restaurants throughout New Hope.

For more information about the Arts & Crafts Festival, go to www.NewHopeArtsandCraftsFestival.com.

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22nd Annual Doylestown Arts Festival coming Sept. 7th & 8th

Don’t miss the largest outdoor juried arts and crafts show in the Doylestown area! Held on Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm both days, the Doylestown Arts Festival draws thousands annually for a weekend of original arts and crafts, live entertainment and diverse food.

Hosted by the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance (DBCA) and sponsored by The Thompson Organization, the two-day festival features over 150 artisans showcasing their creative works.

Selections include paintings, photography, jewelry, clothing, furniture, pottery and more. Live music and entertainment will be presented at designated locations throughout the downtown area.

A variety of dining options are available at the festival’s Food Court and in the many unique restaurants that line the streets. Mark your calendars now for this FREE unique Bucks County celebration in beautiful, historic downtown Doylestown!

For more information, visit http://doylestownartsfestival.com, call 215-340-9988, or email ArtsFest@DoylestownAlliance.org.

Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/doylestownartsfestival, on their blog at doylestownartsfestival.blogspot.com, and on Twitter @dtownartsfest.

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May happenings at the Northampton Library

Science in the Summer Registration – Summer 2013 is almost here and the “Science in the Summer” people require early registration.   Consequently, the Northampton Library is taking registration on a first come/first serve basis on Wednesday, May 1st beginning at noon.   Science in the Summer will be Monday through Thursday, July 22nd, July 23rd, July 24th, and July 25. For Level 1- grades 2-3, and Level 2 – grades 4-6, there is a morning session and an afternoon session for each. Mark your calendars! Call the library for more details at 215-357-3050.

Author visit: Wendy Plump – Tuesday, May 21st, 7:00pm-8:30pm.  New Hope author Wendy Plump will be on hand to discuss her book, “Vow: a Memoir of a Marriage.” Wendy has appeared on The View, NPR’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, and Sirius Satellite Radio.

The Music of Downton AbbeySaturday, May 18th, 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Terri Evans, Ed Stout and Marion Evans will present a compelling look at the times and the music of the Edwardian period, World War I and the Roaring Twenties leading up to the WWII years. Costumes and some video from the Masterpiece Theater presentation of Downton Abbey will be shown. No registration is required.

Free Financial Seminar – Saturday, May 11th at 2:00pm, the library continues its monthly financial workshop. No registration required. Evening Drop-In Story Time – Second Monday of the month, May 13th, 7:00-7:30pm. Children of all ages are invited to drop in with a parent or caregiver for some stories and music!

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CR South Orchestra hosts festival on April 26th

Members of the public are invited to attend an extraordinary evening of music as the Council Rock South Orchestra hosts their Ninth Annual Orchestra Festival on Friday, the 26th of April from 5:30pm until 10:00pm in the school auditorium, 2002 Rock Way in Holland.

This event is open to the public, and showcases some of the best high school orchestras in Pennsylvania. Come for an hour or for the entire evening!

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $8 (adults) and $5 (students/senior citizens); food and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase.

This year’s performances will include top orchestras from Council Rock North, Lower Merion, Pennsbury, and Easton high schools, as well as Council Rock High School South.

Both Holland and Richboro Middle School orchestras will also perform.  Additional questions should be directed to cropsmail@gmail.com.

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Yardley’s Sixth Annual Beer Fest set for May 18th

Get ready to kick back, enjoy some brew and a riverside view at Yardley’s Sixth Annual Beer Fest on Saturday, May 18th, from 1:00 to 5:00pm. The Beer Fest, sponsored by the Yardley Business Association, takes place “rain or shine” under a big tent overlooking the scenic Delaware River on South Delaware Avenue in Yardley Borough.

More than 50 breweries participate and serve over 90 beers.

Homebrew club, Barley Legal Homebrewers, will be back at this year’s festival. In addition, local live bands, Run to Sandy and Used Karma will entertain festival-goers throughout the event.

Food will also be offered for sale during the Brew Fest.

General admission tickets are $40 in advance. Connoisseur tickets – limited to 75 tickets – are available for $65 and allow the ticket-holder to enter one hour early and taste rare beers.

Last year, the top-rated beers in the world were enjoyed at the Yardley Beer Fest!

Designated driver tickets are $10. To purchase tickets and get ongoing updates on breweries, beers, bands, food vendors and general Beer Fest news, visit www.yardleybeerfest.com.

Questions? E-mail yardleybeerfest@yahoo.com.

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Cabin fever cured!

The Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) announced that it has a cure for even the most stubborn case of “cabin fever.” This exciting end-of-winter, celebration-of-spring annual event is called Cabin Fever Fest. The event will be held at the New Hope Winery, the co-host, and is sure to help melt away your winter blahs with fine wine and good company.

The well-known and very popular Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band TUSK will be providing the entertainment for an evening of fun and music. Cabin Fever Fest is an important annual fundraiser that benefits the environmental education programs offered at Bucks County Audubon Society in New Hope.

This year the event is scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd. A meet-and-greet reception with the band will start at 7:00pm and the concert begins at 8:00pm. There will also be time at the end of the performance to visit with TUSK band members for autograph signing and purchase CD’s and other memorabilia of the evening.

The New Hope Winery has generously agreed to share the proceeds of the evening event with BCAS as part of its “Friend Raising” mission.

Cabin Fever Fest at the New Hope Winery is easy to get to (on Route 202 just outside New Hope). The venue seats up to 250 people, has a full kitchen and beverage bars, and ample free parking. The winery, based in a vintage Bucks County barn, offers a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Everyone is invited, including all current and new BCAS Members and their guests, to sit back and enjoy the evening festivities.

Tickets will be sold at four levels – VIP seating plus reception, VIP performance only, regular seating plus reception and performance only. These levels will allow guests to determine the level at which they would like to participate and will maximize their donation. A raffle will also be held to help raise much needed funds for discovery elements at the BCAS Visitor Center.

Tickets are $55 for general admission and $65 for VIP seating, and are available at the door or by calling BCAS at 215-297-5880.

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