Hurricanes may come and go, but the Bucks County Academy of Fencing goes on.
The BCAF was hit hard by Ida in September, 2021. By the time Ida left town, the BCAF’s Lambertville location was essentially destroyed. Floors, walls, everything needed to be redone. The location was closed from September 2nd to December 1st. Undaunted, the BCAF moved its programs to the Solebury School, where they were able to run a modified class schedule until the building was ready for use.
However, that wasn’t as bad as Irene, back in 2011, which caused significant structural damage. The BCAF was displaced for 10 months before returning to their Lambertville home. But the BCAF has not only survived, but thrived.
The BCAF is celebrating its 41st anniversary with an Open House on Saturday, November 5th, from noon-4:00pm, at 287 South Main Street in Lambertville.
Highlights include a rolling demonstration of youth, senior and veteran foil and epee fencing by a selection of the membership, who will be available to talk to visitors. Visitors will also be able to take a free, three-minute private lesson with a mask and foil, working one-on-one with one of the instructors.
Another spotlight of the event is a display of replica historic swords with accompanying costumes and narration by Professor John Lepera, a former BCAF student. Lepera’s collection includes 20 different swords and eight costumes with helmets and range from the Crusades to the Modern Olympics.
There will also be food, giveaways, and drawings for Taste of Fencing course gift certificates. BCAF offers foil, epee and sabre lessons and training. Their Taste of Fencing program is an opportunity to try the sport before making a long-term commitment.
Whether you’re looking for a great fitness activity or a competitive sport, fencing is a great option. Stop by the open house to start your fencing journey!