Colonial Sheep ShearingTBD
The public is invited to the Thompson-Neely House &
Farmstead in Washington Crossing Historic Park on Friday, April 29, from 10 AM to 2 PM for the annual Colonial 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. This program is open to the general public, home-schooled children, and students in public, parochial and private schools.
Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children age three and older. Advance registration is required for groups of 15 or more people. To register, please call 215-493-4076.
Parking is free, and this event is held rain or shine.
Washington Crossing BrewfestMAY 7
Tickets for the 6th annual Washington Crossing Brewfest go on sale Monday, Feb. 1 at a special, one-week-only price of $40. After Feb. 7 the price increases to $42.
This year’s brewfest will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Washington Crossing Historic Park. The event features beer sampling from more than 60 national and regional breweries, live music and multiple food vendors. The brewfest is sponsored by the Friends of Washington Crossing Park, and proceeds support educational and historical programming in the park.
Tickets will be sold at WashingtonCrossingBrewfest.com and the park Visitor Center near the intersection of River Road and Rt. 532. A limited number of designated driver tickets will also be available for $10. The public can sign up for a ticket email reminder through the event website.
The brewfest is held on the river in the upper part of Washington Crossing Historic Park, behind the Thompson-Neely House and across the street from Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. To stay up-to-date on the latest news about the brewfest, “like” the event on Facebook at facebook.com/washingtoncrossingbrewfest.
Farmers' MarketSATURDAYS, 9 AM - 1 PM
Area residents looking for fresh produce can come to Washington Crossing Historic Park on Saturdays for a weekly farmers’ market, beginning May 14 (date tentative).
The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature produce from up to 12 local farms and vendors with all-natural products. Farm stands will be set up near the corner of River Road and Rt. 532 or in the Visitor Center parking lot in case of rain.
Bookbinding WorkshopMAY 15
A bookbinding workshop will be offered at the park on Sunday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Participants will make a blank book to take home. Using the traditional art of hand bookbinding used from the first century up to the Industrial Revolution, participants will assemble a book by hand and create a cover with decorative paper.
Led by professional bookbinder Ramon Townsend, the class lasts about five hours and is appropriate for those ages 14 and older.
Cost is $75 per person and includes materials and equipment. Payment must be made in full at the Visitor Center prior to May 15. Class size is limited to six participants.
Dairy DayMAY 22
Dairy lovers are invited to learn how colonists made cheese and butter at Washington Crossing Historic Park’s free Dairy Day on Sunday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The culinary art of dairy making was developed centuries ago, before the advent of commercial butter and cheese production, using basic equipment and techniques.
Visitors can watch as a historical interpreter churns butter and makes homemade cheese in the Hibbs House. A lucky few can try their hand at the kitchen tools used in Washington’s day.
The park will be open that day for regular tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Memorial Day ObservanceMAY 29
The public is invited to Washington Crossing Historic Park’s annual Memorial Day observation on Sunday, May 29 at 1 PM at the gravesite of Continental soldiers. The gravesite is located near the Thompson-Neely House, about two miles south of New Hope at the intersection of Route 32 and Aquetong Rd. (1638 River Road, New Hope).
The observation includes a colonial color guard, the Old Barracks Fife & Drum Corps, Revolutionary War reenactors, the Guardians of the National Cemetery Firing Party, Daughters of the American Revolution, veterans, Boy Scouts, and other honored guests.
The gravesite marks the resting place of soldiers who died during the Continental army’s December 1776 encampment in Bucks County. Although no Americans were killed during the Delaware River crossing and the First Battle of Trenton, some soldiers succumbed to exposure, disease or previous injuries. James Moore, a 26-year-old artillery captain from a New York regiment, is the only veteran buried in this plot whose identity is known. The others are unknown.
Redware Sgraffito Plate WorkshopJUNE 5
Denise Wilz, a traditional potter and master artisan, will lead a class on sgraffito pottery on Sunday, June 5, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Participants will learn about Pennsylvania German redware and have the opportunity to decorate a plate using the sgraffito technique used by area 18th and 19th-century potters.
The participants have the option to sgraffito a molded 7-inch or 10-inch redware plates coated with white clay slip. All the sgraffito tools and books for ideas are provided; participants may also bring their own. After the workshop, the plates will be glazed, fired and returned to the park for participants to pick up or shipped to participants’ homes for an additional fee.
This class is appropriate for ages 16 and older (ages 12-15 may participate with an accompanying adult). Class size is limited to 12 participants.
Cost is $75 per person and includes one 7-inch molded plate, or $82 for a 10-inch plate. Payment must be made in full at the park Visitor Center prior to June 5. Questions may be directed to Diane Breen at the Visitor Center.
Independence Day CelebrationJULY 4
The public is invited to celebrate Independence Day at Washington Crossing Historic Park on July 4 from noon to 4 PM. See living historians demonstrate their crafts, tour historic buildings and see a military encampment. A highlight of the day will include the reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon.
This year, fireworks will begin around dusk in the large field diagonal to the park Visitor Center. The fireworks are free.
Admission to the day-time events is $8 for adults (age 12 and over), $4 for children (ages 5-11) and free for those under age five. All proceeds support educational and historical programming in the park. Parking is free and this event is held rain or shine. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Colonial Days CampAUGUST 22 - 26
Parents looking to “unplug” their children from the modern world for a few days this summer can sign them up for a day camp being offered at Washington Crossing Historic Park.
The week-long “Colonial Days Camp” will be held August 22 to 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day for children in grades kindergarten through 5th.
Participants will learn about and participate in activities such as colonial cooking, candle dipping, gardening, craft making, 18th century games and more.
Cost is $200 per child or $360 for two. Before- and after-care will be offered from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for an additional $50 per child.
For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Martin at 215-493-4076.