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Spotlight: The Peace Fair of Bucks Quarterly Meeting

The 21st Annual Peace Fair will take place on Saturday, September 18th, from 10:30am to 4:00pm at the Buckingham Friends Meetinghouse and School located at 5784 York Road, Lahaska, on Route 202, just south of Peddler’s Village.

There will be dozens of booths of local crafts, artwork, food, games, and animals, as well as Bucks County area non-profits whose focus is peace, community service, healthy living and the environment.

Buckingham Friends (Quakers) created the Peace Fair in 1999 as a revamp of their traditional Fall Fair, which had been taking place for about a century prior.

According to Peace Fair coordinator, Peter Ray, the thought process behind this change was to better highlight the Quaker values of peace, simplicity and stewardship of the environment by promoting local organizations that embodied them. “The point is to showcase what nonprofits are doing in the area,” he said.

As a complement to the informational aspect of the Fair, local artists and crafters will be there to sell eco-friendly products, hand-woven fabrics, paintings, photographs and pottery. Families can shop for gifts, participate in games, browse a recycled book sale and enjoy lunch under the abundance of trees on the Buckingham Friends campus.

Family-friendly entertainment has also been a traditional part of the Fair, and will include The Tookany Creek Bluegrass Band, Mindy Murray from the River Drivers, and others. There will also be poetry readings by the Bucks and Montgomery County poets and poet laureates.

The fair is handicap accessible. The suggested donation is $2 and parking is free. All COVID-19 safety precautions, as recommended by the CDC, will be observed.

PHOTO CAP: Jenny Hollingshead, of Pennswood Village, in the Heritage Tent at the Peace Fair, representing the Bucks County Chapter of the United Nations Association.

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