Friday, June 16, 2017

Only in Bucks County: Delaware Canal Festival

 The first Festival I ever attended in Bristol Borough was the Delaware Canal Festival, held each June. The Canal Festival takes place at picturesque Lagoon Park, with rolling green grass and a rotunda in one direction, views of the Delaware Canal of course, and the majestic Grundy Clock Tower in the background.

The first year I went, I couldn't believe how many people attended, Bristol residents and non-residents alike. The next year even people more attended! We sat on the lawn and watched families and local businesses paddle around the lagoon in their uniquely decorated boats. A few of the participants stood on paddle boards. Some were joined by a canine companion.

School's out, and this free event is always a great way to kick off the summer season!
If you'd like to see a Decorated Boat Parade, a Cardboard Boat Float Contest, judge a Rubber Duck Contest or even decorate one, come on down to Canal Festival this Friday night!

Bristol's Canal Festival will be held Friday, June 17th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Lagoon Park behind the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Prospect Street in historic Bristol Borough. 

Did I mention there will be a free concert and Food Trucks? 

Pat Mulhern, co-owner of Driftwood Water Adventures at Falls Township Park graciously loans kayaks and tandem kayaks each year to area residents who would like to decorate them and participate in the event. 
The 1911 Grundy Clock Tower at sunset after the festival.

This annual event that kicks off the summer season is sponsored by Friends of The Delaware Canal, The Borough of Bristol, and Historic Bristol Borough: Raising The Bar.

"Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath."
~Michael Caine

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Only in Bucks County: Silver Lake Nature Center

Did you ever go to a new place and it's so new to you that you feel like you might not belong, but then you keep visiting it... and visiting it... and it becomes YOURS? This happens to me a lot!
Most recently with Silver Lake Nature Center. 

While we kayaked there a couple of times this summer (lots of lily pads to navigate through- it was fun!) I hadn't actually walked the trails or visited the Nature Center itself until this past Fall. We took the dog and the grandkids hiking and exploring throughout October and November, always choosing a different trail. The lake is so peaceful (really, it will calm you within seconds), and the winding trails are so pretty.

The trail is about 4 and a half miles long. The half mile closest to the main parking lot by the lake is wheelchair accessible (or stroller accessible). The entire nature reserve is a very family friendly place, with lots of benches, overlooks along the way, and a play area for the kids. They offer fun special events for children and adult nature-lovers, and nature trips to other parks throughout the year.




The Earthship is a really cool building on the premises that was constructed over the past few years. It is totally self sustainable and made of 100 percent recycled materials including sea glass and used tires! It is basically a model of how humans can live with a zero carbon footprint. 
Free public tours are available! If you would like to schedule your own group’s (one-hour) tour of the Earthship & Trails, the cost is $60 for up to 10 people.

The address of Silver Lake Nature Center is:
1306 Bath Road
Bristol, PA 19007 

Make sure you end your hike at the Visitor Center and meet the resident critters!

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, 
to climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
~ John Muir