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Author: Louise Feder

Louise Feder is a freelance writer and curator. She lives in New Hope with her husband, Ross, three-year-old son, Howie, and two spoiled cats. In addition to her blog entries here, Louise is the author of the exhibition catalogue Rae Sloan Bredin: Harmony and Power (James A. Michener Art Museum, 2018) and several articles for American Art Review as well as a selection of catalogue essays.

Bucks County Residential Holiday Lights Driving Tour

by Louise Feder on December 20, 2023

Recently, my seven-year-old son, Howie, came home from school with his first “big” homework assignment – each second grader had to write five sentences and draw a picture about one of their family’s holiday traditions. “What are you going to write about?” I asked, expecting something about making cookies or picking out a tree. But no. “Everybody said stuff like that, Mom,” he said with a mini…

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Family Outings Along the Quaker Meetinghouse Driving Tour

by Louise Feder on December 2, 2022

Visit Bucks County has compiled a list of 12 meetinghouses located throughout the County to create the Quaker Meetinghouse Driving Tour. The driving tour highlights each site’s history and architecture, taking drivers on a unique, scenic trip around the region. The entire driving tour, if done in a single trip, can take most of one day to complete, which sounds like an ideal day to me, but…

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Build Your Own Scarecrow at Peddler’s Village

by Louise Feder on September 13, 2022

There are so many reasons to visit Bucks County in the fall – the apples and cider! The pumpkins and harvest festivals! Art and craft fairs galore! But for the past 43 years, one of the most consistently popular seasonal events has been Scarecrows in the Village at Peddler’s Village in Lahaska. For eight weeks, beginning in September, the outdoor shopping destination boasts more than 100…

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Behind-the-Scenes at Nikos in Yardley - A Mediterranean Must Try!

by Louise Feder on March 20, 2022

Nikos opened on October 13 th , 2021 and while the family-run restaurant is a newcomer to the Yardley restaurant scene, they’ve clearly already developed a fun, devoted following. I arrived well before the dinner rush, expecting to be the only person at the bar, but was quickly followed inside by a couple celebrating a birthday, a group of friends meeting up for after work drinks, and a pair on a…

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Bucks County Parks: Where to Spend a Winter Day

by Louise Feder on January 12, 2022

It’s that time of year again – the holidays are over, school is back in session, and here in Bucks County we’re finally getting snow… plus some seriously low temperatures. But the cold shouldn’t be a reason to stay inside for the next few months! There are so many great parks to explore in our area, and visiting them in the winter is a completely different experience than any other season. Read on…

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Spend a Summer Afternoon at the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

by Louise Feder on July 18, 2021

When the school year winds down, I always have at least one moment of “summer panic.” I stare at the blank calendar while my five-year-old son, Howie, bounces off the walls in the next room and consider signing him up for every activity, road trip, and day camp possible. And sure, I’ve caved a little bit – the calendar isn’t completely empty now – but I’m also leaning into intentionally…

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Read Local: Bucks County Booksellers’ Top Reads during Quarantine

by Louise Feder on May 1, 2020

With so much free time on people’s hands due to the current circumstances, staying busy to keep sane is a must. Why not put on a pot of tea and curl up with a good book? From children’s books to fanatical fiction, historical tales to recipe books, here’s what local booksellers recommended. These local bookshops are all open ONLINE and will ship directly to you! Commonplace Reader: This Yardley…

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Read Local: Books Written by Bucks County Authors

by Louise Feder on April 6, 2020

It’s fair to say this is not the entry I was planning on writing for Spring in Bucks County – I was thinking about hikes and road trips, Easter egg hunts and garden parties! But in the face of a pandemic, we all adjust. So now, as April begins, I am grateful to be safe at home with my family. And, if, like me, you are reading more these days than ever, we have recommendations for you! Our region’s…

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No Reservation Needed: Surprising Take-Out & Delivery Options for Valentine’s Day Dinner

by Louise Feder on February 7, 2020

When you live in the middle of a town like New Hope, it feels like everybody assumes you go out to eat all the time. And I get it – having so many restaurants within walking distance is super tempting. But, while we definitely do partake on occasion, since having a kid we seriously cut back on late nights out. Don’t get me wrong, I am very pro taking kids out to eat, but things get complicated…

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A Weekend Along the Bucks County Genius Belt

by Louise Feder on September 16, 2019

I don’t know about you, but back-to-school season always makes me want to return to a favorite subject. So, what better time to spend a weekend along the Bucks County Genius Belt? A term used in the first half of the 20 th century to describe the area’s wealth of artists, craftspeople, authors, and playwrights, it’s fair to say Bucks County’s cultural legacy is at the very heart of our region’s…

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