PHOTOS: Scenes from the 2018 Middletown Grange Fair

The 2018 Middletown Grange Fair is located at 576 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown 18940.

PHOTOS: 2018 Neshaminy Summer Stock productions

lose to 200 students have been hard at work learning lines, rehearsing musical and dance numbers and getting psyched for two major shows that will open this week for eight performances only. It’s all part of the Neshaminy Summer Stock Theater program, which has given thousands of students over its 53 year existence a chance to shine on stage and take part in an intensive, professional-style theater experience during the month of July. This year the program culminates with two public shows - one that will take audiences on a journey down the Yellow Brick Road as the younger workshop (grades 2-5) presents the immortal classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” and another that goes back in time to 1482 Paris for the sweeping and powerful story of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” presented by the senior workshop (grades 6 to 12).

PHOTOS: In Lower Makefield, summer campers make a splash with ‘The Little Mermaid”

The show brought this year’s Children’s Musical Theater camp to a crescendo as a room filled with parents, family members and friends enjoyed the summer production presented by the Bucks County Performing Arts Center and directed by Pennsbury elementary school vocal and music teacher Nancy VanDerBas. Open to students from 2nd through 8th grade, the camp introduces students to every aspect of musical theater from vocalization, acting and improvisation to dance and movement. Some also help behind the scenes with lighting, sets and sound. Considering the kids and their adult directors only had seven days to cast the show, learn lines, practice and rehearse major choreography numbers, the end result was nothing short of miraculous. As the kids took their bows, VanDerBas smiled broadly and joined the audience in applauding. The best part, she said, is seeing the kids “shine on stage,” which they did on July 19 with a tidal wave of under the sea fun and mythical adventure. When she began the summer camp close to four decades, VanDerBas said her goal was to use the arts as a way of building team work and skills while acquainting youngsters with acting, singing and dance. “I wanted each student to feel accepted in the program at every level from beginners to advanced,” she said. “And We help each other with everything from learning the script, songs and dance movements to costumes and set design. “I also wanted a place for children to learn how to create, sing, dance, learn scripts, work with others as part of a team and gain confidence by performing on stage,” said VanDerBas. The end result is phenomenal each year, she said, and extremely satisfying as a teacher.

PHOTOS: Summer 2018 Newtown Classic & Antique Car Show

even as occasional rumbles of thunder rolled and lightning flashed across the sky, hearty car enthusiasts with umbrellas in hand made their way down the street checking out this year’s amazing collection of vehicles numbering well north of 100. While there were some car owners who turned on the wipers early and headed for home, many of the car owners stuck it out, hoping the rain would be short lived. They sought refuge from the raindrops under nearby overhangs and inside their vehicles - any place to keep dry. “The owners have been very patient,” said show director Rich Napoli., expressing his appreciation to them for sticking it out. “We have some beautiful Cadillacs here and a stunning Bentley. They’re all here and they’re all staying,” he said of the 150 or so vehicles lining the street. The show’s Logistics director Paul Salvatore said they lost a few cars due to the rain, “but a lot showed up, too,” he said. “The cars are here and we’re judging them. We’re not leaving,” he said.

PHOTOS: Spirited Revolutionary Run races through Washington Crossing

Even an extensive heat wave could not halt the July Fourth running of the 38th annual Revolutionary Run in Washington Crossing Park. Well over a thousand participants took part in the event that included a one mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K race. The whole affair is steeped in history. The race started in 1980 as a fund raiser for a local church. The Upper Makefield Business Association was asked to take control in 1999 and have been running the event ever since. The UMBA uses all proceeds from the race for Township emergency services and college scholarships. One of this year’s 10K participants, Yardley’s Christian Carabello, typifies the enthusiasm shown by all the runners. “The Revolutionary Run has quite a tradition. It’s always a great event with very strong participation. It draws a lot of people. It’s a very friendly event and there are always people watching or cheering you on. This is the fourth time I’ve done the Revolutionary Run.” Christian started his running career in high school but took time out to raise his own family. “When I had children I kind of put running on the back burner but my children are teenagers now. I am 48 now and am running pretty consistently. I did the Boston Marathon this past spring. I run a lot with the Bucks County Roadrunners which is a great organization. They had tent at the there and a number of their runners participated.”

PHOTOS: A Colonial Fourth at Washington Crossing Historic Park

From the Hibbs House to the McConkey Ferry Inn, the village of Taylorsville bustled with the sights and sounds of Colonial America as the young and old sauntered through the cluster of historic buildings nestled on the banks of the Delaware. As youngsters played Colonial games on the banks of the Delaware River, a crowd gathered around the steps of the McConkey Ferry Inn to hear the Declaration of Independence read by historical interpreters Thomas Maddock and Sean Corcoran.