The Library by Afton is buzzing with activity

The Old Library by Lake Afton is going to be abuzz with activity this year.

In February the interior of the building was spruced up. Cracks in the plaster walls were repaired, and the walls and trim work were repainted. This is no small undertaking given that the Library’s ceilings are so high. In the fall, it is hoped that the exterior of the building is repainted, a process that will involve removing many layers of paint on the old wood siding.

As you can imagine, these are expensive projects – approximately $32,500 in all, but the Yardley Historical Association is committed to doing the work properly. The Old Library is Yardley’s landmark and worth it. Consider investing in the Library’s future and make a generous contribution for building maintenance in addition to your membership donation this year.  

The spring and summer calendar is full of outstanding and varied events, and rounding out the use of the Old Library building is an increasing number of rentals. It’s become a popular place to meet and have parties, particularly wedding and baby showers. 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming April events and encourage your friends and neighbors to come out, too.

  • Sunday, April 6th, 3:00pm  – “New Evidence on the Case that Never Dies: The Lindbergh Kidnapping”

In 2004, Lloyd Gardner, a professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University, published a book about the 1932 kidnapping of the toddler son of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh. The kidnapping/murder, which took place near Hopewell, NJ, is reputed to be the most publicized crime of the 20th century. Professor Gardner’s book was the first by a historian who worked with the voluminous files at the New Jersey State Police archives and previously untouched FBI files. It quickly became recognized as the standard work on the crime. Professor Gardner has continued his research and his updated his book with a new ending that proposes a dramatic theory about the reasons for the crime.  Come to this program presented by Professor Gardner, and find out all the details about this case that never dies. Co-sponsored by the Lower Makefield Historical Society, at the Yardley Community Centre, 64 South Main Street. Free of charge. 

  • Saturday, April 12th, 10:00am-noon – Meet the Bunny!

Hippity-hop on over to the Old Library after the Yardley Egg Hunt and play with the Bunny. Free photos, Easter treats, and fun!

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Family fun from BCPAC in ‘Hatched’: A seedling drama

 

For all of you little chicks, fresh flower buds, and new seedlings, Bucks County Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) brings you “Hatched,” at the Yardley Community Centre, 64 S. Main Street, Yardley, at 3:00pm on Saturday, April 5th. “Hatched” is a kid-friendly introduction to theater, where you’ll follow the story of a newborn chick emerging from her shell at sunrise to a strange and busy world. 

An interactive production targeted for children from birth through pre-school age, “Hatched” is performed through movement, handcrafted puppets, and music, with very little human dialogue. While the target audience is clearly for young kids, one recent audience member said she “found the performance wildly entertaining, and I didn’t have a child!”

Set on an American family farm, the chick is met by a feisty old rooster, a wobbly calf learning to walk, a gaggle of dancing chicks, a lamb, and a noisy nest of baby birds. Audience members interact and play with the characters on stage as they all explore their worlds. 

This approximately 45-minute performance is presented by “Treehouse Shakers,” with Mara McEwin as its creator and director. Musical composition is by Anthony Rizzo, puppets and costumes are by Patti Gilstrap, and set design is by Lauren Rockman. 

General admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at their offices at 1140 Edgewood Road, by sending your check with a sell-addressed, stamped envelope, online through PayPal, or at the door prior to the performance. Get your tickets early as children’s performances fill up quickly.

BCPAC also reminds you that additional parking has recently been made available close to the Centre. If you wish to join BCPAC’s mailing list or find out more about BCPAC you can call 215-493-3010, or online at their website, www.bcpac.org.

PHOTO CAP: The Treehouse Shakers

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BCPAC brings Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band to Yardley March 8th

Did you know that the Pennsbury School District has been listed as one of the “100 Best Communities for music education in the United States” for the past five consecutive years? Did you know that the Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band has performed on four continents throughout the world? And did you know that on March 8th, at 7:30pm at the Yardley Community Centre, 64 S. Main Street, Yardley, you can experience the talents of this young ensemble? 

The Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band has long been considered one of the finest musical ensembles in the country. Year after year it consistently earns the highest rankings at festivals in which it competes. Since its beginnings in 1959, the musicians in this group have performed jazz music at a level not typical of high school age students. The band has performed on the  “Tonight Show,” at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Mellon Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival, in which they were one of 12 bands to qualify out of over 200 bands from the United States, Japan and Australia.

The Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band has the distinct honor of being the first American High School Jazz Band to perform throughout the People’s Republic of China.  The Director of the band is Mr. Frank Mazzeo and the Assistant Director is Mr. Patrick Bailey.

BCPAC reminds you that parking has been added behind and around the Centre. 

Tickets are $18, $15 (seniors) and $10 (students), and are available by contacting the BCPAC office, online through PayPal at their website (www.bcpac.org), or at the Yardley Community Centre prior to the concert.

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Here comes Santa and the Olde Fashion Christmas Parade

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Yardley! Santa Claus will arrive on Friday, November 29th at 6:00pm in downtown Yardley Borough to light the dazzling Christmas Tree near the Old Library by Lake Afton.

“We got official confirmation from the North Pole that Santa will light the tree and march in this year’s Christmas Parade,” says Margaret Bork, president of the Yardley Business Association, the event’s sponsor.  

The festivities continue when the Olde Fashion Christmas Parade kicks off on Saturday, December 7th at 3:30pm from the American Legion on South Main Street, featuring string bands, bagpipers, George Washington, Belgian Draft horses, the Pennsbury Marching Band and much more!

After the parade, kids can visit with Santa in the Pine Room at the Yardley Community Centre.

For updates, visit www.yardleybusiness.com or twitter @YBA_Yardley_PA.

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Young voices reach for the stars at Sing! Voice Studio’s Spectacular Spectacular Rockcital!

Sing! Voice Studio has announced it’s first ever Rockcital!

The “Spectacular Spectacular Rockcital” will take place on Saturday, November 9th at the Yardley Community Centre. Doors open at 4:30pm and show is from 5:00-8:00pm. The budding stars range in age from 7-17 and will be performing songs from all genres. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.singvoicestudio.com or at the door. 

Founder and voice coach Rachael Tresch, says, “Singing has a way of making the kids feel good about themselves. It’s amazing how singing can provide an emotional outlet to teen and preteen kids.”

During the one-on-one vocal lessons Rachael works with the kids to improve their range, pitch, stamina and performance and along that journey they also build their confidence and creativity.

Rachael says, “The Rockcital is giving the kids a platform to share their hard work and talents with family, friends and the community.”

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‘Trio des Waldes’ graces Yardley stage November 2nd

 

As part of its 36th performance season, Buck County Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) presents ‘Trio des Waldes’ (Deborah Robb, Emily Vold, and Jon Carroll) at 7:30pm, Saturday, November 2nd, Yardley Community Centre, 64 S. Main Street, Yardley. 

BCPAC has always included world-class classical music performances in its season rosters and this exceptional piano, violin, and French horn trio maintains that tradition.

Deborah Robb, pianist, moved to Yardley in 2001 and studied with Meng-Chieh Liu of the Curtis Institute and Dr. Samuel Bellardo of Juilliard and Columbia. In 2011 Deborah graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Max Levinson and was the winner of the Churchill Scholarship Piano Competition.  Deborah graduated in 2013 from Mannes College, of The New School for Music in New York City, with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance where she studied with distinguished pianist Jerome Rose.  At Mannes, Deborah was a member of the Mannes American Composers Ensemble (MACE) directed by composer Lowell Liebermann. 

Emily Vold, violinist, is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at CUNY – Graduate Center.

Jon Carroll, French horn, brings his freelance chamber and orchestral musicianship as the brass element of the trio. 

Trio des Waldes’ concert program includes works by Brahms and Chopin.

Performance tickets are now $18, $15 (seniors) and $10 (students). Tickets are available by contacting the BCPAC office, online through PayPal at their website (www.bcpac.org) or at the Yardley Community Centre prior to the concert. You can also mail your check payable to BCPAC and send along a stamped-self-addressed envelope and we will return your tickets.

PHOTO CAP: From left, Deborah Robb, Jon Carroll, and Emily Vold

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Sousa comes to Yardley

Preparations are well under way for the 15th Annual July 4th Concert at the Yardley Community Centre, located at 64 South Main Street. The concert is performed by the 55-piece Blawenburg Band, the oldest community band in the country. It has earned a reputation as a red, white and blue patriotic event.

It often includes audience participation, along with numerous marches written by John Phillip Sousa, known as “The March King.”

An audience favorite is the Salute to the Armed Forces, when audience members who have served in different branches are asked to stand when that branch’s theme song is played.

The Blawenburg Band specializes in Sousa music. The band is led by Dr. Jerry Rife, chairman of the music department at Rider College. His comments between songs are always well-received, adding to the enjoyment of the experience. The variety of compositions is always Dr. Rife’s most closely-guarded secret.

He, like all musicians who perform there, is always pleased with the excellent acoustics of the Centre. Proceeds from the concert will be used to continue improving the 150 year-old building.

Over the past 15 years nearly $225,000 worth of improvements have been made to the structure. An American flag will be given to each member of the audience.

Ticket prices remain at $15, and are available at Mil-Lees Restaurant, 75 South Main Street; Bucks Ship and Print in the Yardley Town Center; or by calling 215-493-0258.

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BCPAC’s 35th Season Grand Finale is April 6th

As a very special way to celebrate the finale of the Bucks County Performing Arts Center’s 35th performance season, BCPAC will present an encore presentation of last year’s acclaimed Philly Legends of Jazz Tenor Battle.

Get tickets early as this year’s house should be at least as packed as it was last year. Show time is at 7:30pm.     

Philadelphia jazz legends, Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna, will ‘duke it out’ on their saxes as three other top-notch musicians – Matthew Parrish, Vana Gierig, and Byron Landham – complete the band.

As of this release, BCPAC is also working on a special, surprise guest, as if the quintet is not enough! 

Come to the Yardley Community Centre at 64 South Main Street, Yardley, if you want to be blown away by this truly legendary performance. 

Performance tickets are now $18, $15 (seniors) and $10 (students). Tickets are available by contacting the BCPAC office at 215-493-3010, online through PayPal at their website (www.bcpac.org) or at the Yardley Community Centre prior to the concert.

You can also mail your check payable to BCPAC and send along a stamped-self-addressed envelope to 1140 Edgewood Road, Yardley, PA  19067 and they will return your tickets.

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