Recession Blues?? SPRING Back into Action… Top 10 Things to Do in Bucks County, PA!

 (Bucks County, PA) The flowers are almost in bloom and the scent of Spring is patiently waiting to be sprung. Enjoy the beauty of nature driving along some of the most photographed roads in the region and partake in an array of fun and unique festivals and events throughout the county!

 Conveniently located among the countryside of Philadelphia, Bucks County offers events for everyone…history lovers, art collectors, families, advocates and more! Dabble in a festival dedicated to a specific scrumptious fruit served in an assortment of varieties with tons of contests and entertainment or take advantage of a rare opportunity to view an original manuscript of a Pulitzer Prize winning author in a National Historic Landmark she once called home. Whether it’s a historical concrete castle or The Count’s Splash Castle… your weekend getaway or weeklong excursion in Bucks County will be a memory to treasure for a lifetime!

 Enjoy our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in the upcoming months…these events are recession proof offering great deals or for little or no money at all! Check out our website for a complete calendar of events, www.visitbuckscounty.com


1. The ORIGINAL Good Earth Manuscript on Display at Pearl S Buck House
March 3- November 15, 2009
www.pearlsbuck.org  
Perkasie, PA

For the first time since its recovery in June 2007, the original manuscript of The Good Earth will be on display to the public at the Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark for a limited time only. Having been lost for forty years and recovered by the FBI in June 2007, this delicate, typewritten manuscript is the first version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that remained on the bestseller list through 1931 and 1932. This is the first time that the manuscript, the typewriter used to write the novel and the famed "Good Earth Desk" and chair will appear together in more than 70 years.
Admission: $7/Adults and $6/Seniors and Students

2. SHAD FEST 2009
April 25-26, 2009
www.lambertville.org  
Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA

Each year the festival highlights the region's arts community, the Delaware River, and of course, our favorite fish, the Shad! The Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized, award winning event in the sister towns of Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA. Shad Fest features the area's finest artists and crafters, great food and family entertainment, but the two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise necessary operating funds.
Admission: FREE!

3. Opening Day of Sesame Place with Fantastic Package Deals and
the Debut of The Count’s Splash Castle!
May 2nd, 2009- Opening Day
www.sesameplace.com  
Langhorne, PA

This year, Sesame Place is giving families even more reasons to come visit and join in the fun! Now through April 30, 2009, guests who book a minimum of two nights will receive one additional night free with a stay at one of twelve select Sesame Place preferred hotels.  Plus, any guest purchasing the “Buy Two Nights, Get An Additional Night FREE” getaway package, will have their Elmo’s Any 2-Day tickets automatically upgraded to a Sesame Season Pass – free of charge! Also, Sesame will open this season with the largest attraction in the history of the park, The Count’s Splash Castle! The 38,000 square foot castle will be a multi-level water play attraction that will feature over ninety play elements including a one-thousand gallon eight foot tipping bucket, multiple water slides, water curtains, hydro blasters, water wheels and much, much more!
Admission: ELMO’S 2-Day Ticket: $50.95 - Receive FREE upgrade to SEASON PASS when purchasing “Buy Two Nights, Get Additional Night FREE!” package!

4. 2009 STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
May 2 & 3, 2009
www.peddlersvillage.com  
Peddlers Village, Lahaska, PA

Craftspeople gather to show their wares and demonstrate their skills in the picturesque setting of Peddlers Village, an 18th century style shopping village sprawling over 42 acres of lavishly landscaped gardens with 70 specialty stores and six restaurants. Enjoy Strawberries served up in various ways- dipped in chocolate, in assorted pastries and shortcake, jams, fritters. Live entertainment and pie-eating contests add to the festivities of this traditional Spring celebration!
Admission: FREE!

5. 36th Annual Mercer Museum Folk Fest
May 9-10, 2009
www.mercermuseum.org  
Doylestown, PA

Traditional artisans make the skills and trades of early America come to life on the grounds of the Mercer Museum, an early 1900 six story concrete castle housing over 40,000 early American artifacts by the famous Henry Mercer! Enjoy a fun-filled day for the entire family, with all-day live entertainment, costumed craft demonstrations, militia encampment, quilt raffle, shopping, picnic foods and more.  More than 80 crafters come from nine states to participate. Rain or Shine!
Admission: $8/Adults, $6/youths ages 5-17, FREE for children under age 5


6. 6th Annual New Hope Celebrates Pride Weekend
May 15-17, 2009
www.newhopecelebrates.com
Throughout Downtown New Hope, PA
This celebration of New Hope, Pennsylvania's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and allied (GLBTA) visitors, friends and neighbors raises money to support local organizations which have included: Fighting AIDS Continuously Together (FACT) Bucks County, Philadelphia FIGHT, Trevor Project and William Way Community Center. This weekend is packed with live entertainment, various performances and a street fair featuring antiques, art and music. 2009 entertainment features hyper and irreverent comedian ANT; dance parties with top-named DJs; cabaret performances; plus softball tournaments, bike rides, historic walking tours and family activities. The beloved pride parade welcomes such notables as the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corp Marching Band, Liberty Gay Rodeo Association, Flyboys of Flag Troupe Houston and Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy.
Admission: FREE!

7. Quakertown Alive! Presents Arts Alive! 2009
May 16, 2009
www.quakertownalive.com  
Downtown Quakertown

Nearly 100 juried Fine Artist & Crafters will be showcased in downtown Quakertown on from 10 AM to 5 PM. Strolling entertainers will perform among the crowd and original music artists will be on stage at Third and Broad Streets. This family-oriented event offers a Children's Courtyard where activities will be provided for “Tween” audiences or younger. Also available will be popular inflatable rides as well as the newer bungee jump ride. In addition, local stores, restaurants and informational booths will be open for your convenience. 
Admission: FREE!

8. 2009 Tile Festival
May 16-17, 2009
http://www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/Tileworks/TileFestival.aspx  
Doylestown, PA

Sale of both historic and contemporary tiles will be held (rain or shine) on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark Moravian Pottery and Tile Works! This annual event will include quality tile artists and makers, and dealers of historic tiles from around the country who will gather to display a large and unique selection of ceramic art tiles. Like in past years, beautiful and rare examples of handcrafted tiles will be displayed and available for sale during this event. Tile-related demonstrations by talented artists will illustrate various techniques of design, painting, glazing, decorating, mosaic work, and installation. The historic Tile Works will be open for tours and demonstrations during both days of the festival. Proceeds benefit the curatorial and educational programs of the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. The festival is sponsored by the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation.
Admission: General Admission, $6 per person

9. 2nd Annual Bucks County Chocolate Show
May 31, 2009
www.buckscountychocolateshow.com  
New Hope, PA

The 2nd Annual Bucks County Chocolate Show brings some of the best chocolatiers, bakers, chefs and Industry experts to you for one day! Open to the general public at the New Hope Eagle Fire Company, enjoy the latest trends in flavors and techniques in the world of chocolate. New this year, learn about "the Journey of The Pod" as you walk through an exhibit that introduces the richness of many cultures cultivating cocoa to create chocolate. A portion of the admission proceeds will go to National Wildlife Federation.
Admission: $10/Adults, $7/Seniors and students with ID, Children under 10 free
 
10. 2009 Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts Show
June 6- June 7, 2009
www.peddlersvillage.com  
Peddlers Village, Lahaska, PA

This juried outdoor exhibition features a variety of original artwork including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, and contemporary crafts in the charming setting of Peddlers Village only minutes from Downtown New Hope and Doylestown. Cash prizes awarded in three categories; "Fine Art", Contemporary Crafts", and "Photography". Live entertainment and children’s activities for all to enjoy!
Admission: FREE!

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Contact: Michelle Greco, Public Relations Manager
Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau
215 639 0300 x231
MGreco@visitbuckscounty.com


About the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau (BCCVB)
The mission of the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc. is to increase visitation to Bucks County, Pennsylvania by effectively marketing its heritage, accommodations and attractions. For more information call (215) 639-0300, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.