Berry Basket WorkshopMARCH 25
Berry baskets were used during the late 19th century to transport strawberries from the fields of New Jersey to the restaurants of New York City. Designed to hold individual servings of berries, the baskets were traditionally handwoven of oak or hickory splints and were made on farms during the cold winter months.
If you’re lucky, you can still find original berry baskets at antique shops. Or, you could make your own at Washington Crossing Historic Park on Saturday, March 25, from 11 AM to 3 PM.
During our Berry Basket Weaving Workshop, participants will weave a reed basket over a wooden mold, attach the handle to the basket with copper nails, and lash the rims with ash. Students will leave the workshop with two completed baskets. All tools and materials will be provided by the instructor.
The workshop fee is $50 per person. To register, please call the park Visitor Center at 215-493-4076. Class size is limited to the first 12 people.
Lecture and Reception with Author Andrea WulfAPRIL 9
Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) will host New York Times bestselling author Andrea Wulf on Sunday, April 9 at 2 PM at the park’s visitor center.
Wulf will discuss her book, Founding Gardeners, which tells the story of how gardening and farming shaped the thinking of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers. The book looks at the revolutionary generation from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen and farmers.
Ticket options are:
- $15 per person for admittance to the lecture only
- $35 per person for the lecture, entry into a wine and cheese reception with the author and a signed, soft-cover copy of Founding Gardeners
Wulf trained as a design historian at the Royal College of Art in London and is now a full-time, award-winning writer. She is the author of five books and has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, the Sunday Times and the Guardian among many others. She frequently lectures around the world and is a three-time fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence 2013.
Free Lecture on Alexander Hamilton: Washington's Indispensable PartnerAPRIL 20
The musical “Hamilton” may be Broadway’s hottest ticket, but there is still much the public doesn’t know about this Founding Father, including his contribution to George Washington’s success.
On Thursday, April 20 at 7 PM, historical analyst Rand Scholet (photo, left) will present “Alexander Hamilton: Washington’s Indispensable Partner” at the Washington Crossing Historic Park visitor center.
Admission is free.
Scholet is president and founder of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. His talk will offer a fresh look at who really deserves the utmost credit for contributing to George Washington’s successes, as well as the vision and foundations that have served America so well.
He also will illustrate how the seven key Founding Fathers contributed to Washington’s success, especially during the Revolutionary War and his two terms as U.S. President.
Scholet is a frequent speaker and sought-after scholar on the life of Alexander Hamilton. He has been featured on C-SPAN, at several National Park sites and numerous historical societies.
Free Lecture with Canal Tender and PhotographerAPRIL 23
RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 14
Join local photographer and canal tender Carole Mebus on Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center as she shares her “once-in-a-lifetime” images captured along the Delaware Canal.
Mebus, a Raubsville resident and photographer by hobby, has been featured in the Bucks County Herald and on the Friends of the Delaware Canal’s website and social media. Her shots range from a once-in-a-lifetime photo of a bald eagle and heron encounter to a camelback bridge after a snowfall.
At this free public event, she will present her favorite images and share the stories behind the photographs. Don’t miss this chance to see the diverse habitat along the canal and its surroundings!
For more information about this program and other Friends’ activities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fodc.org.
7th Annual Washington Crossing BrewfestMAY 6
Beer lovers rejoice! The 7th annual Washington Crossing Brewfest, proudly supported by First National Bank & Trust Company of Newtown, will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM in Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA).
The event features sampling of 130 beers from more than 60 national and regional breweries, live music, and multiple food vendors.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 1 at a special two-week-only price of $40. After Feb. 14, the price increases to $45. Tickets will be sold at WashingtonCrossingBrewfest.com and the park Visitor Center.
Get your tickets early because this event is a guaranteed sell-out.
Sheep-To-Shawl DayMAY 20
The public is invited to the Thompson-Neely House & Farmstead in Washington Crossing Historic Park on Saturday, May 20, from 10 AM to 2 PM for the annual sheep shearing event.
Attendees can see sheep being shorn of their winter wool coats and then try their hand at the many steps it takes to turn the fleece into clothing.
Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five. Parking is free, and this event is held rain or shine. Advance registration is required for groups of 15 or more people. To register, please call 215-493-4076.