PHOTOS: Despite the gloom, holiday spirit shines as Newtown Holiday Parade marches through town

NEWTOWN - The spirit of the season broke through the gloominess of the day as this year’s McCaffrey’s Food Markets Newtown Holiday Parade marched through town with a holiday sparkle in its eye. From the instrumentalists playing holiday tunes to the jolly “Ho! Ho! Ho’s” coming from Santa Claus, even the Grinch, riding aboard the First National Bank float felt the spirit as he waved to the crowd. Despite the occasional drizzle and overcast and foggy skies, hundreds lined the parade as temperatures reached into the 50s.

Yardley welcomes the season with soggy, but spirited Olde-Fashioned Christmas Parade

Yardley Borough >> As the first raindrops fell on the crowded intersection of Main and Afton, a sea of umbrellas opened almost simultaneously. The rain had arrived a little earlier than expected, but it couldn’t dampen the holiday spirit up and down Main Street where crowds of onlookers stood four and five people deep in spots to watch this year’s Olde-Fashioned Christmas Parade sponsored by McCaffrey’s Food Market and organized by the Yardley Business Association. Applause filled the air as an American Legion Post 317 Color Guard led the march north on Main Street.

PHOTOS: Jellyfish swims away with top costume prize at Newtown Halloween Parade

Newtown Borough >> Rain and wind forced the annual Newtown Borough Halloween Parade inside, but it couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm. Several hundred kids and their parents packed the comfortable and dry historic Newtown Theatre Saturday morning to show off an eclectic collection of costumes, from a giant blinking eyeball to Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot. “Thank you for coming out today to enjoy a rainy Halloween,” said Mayor Charles Swartz in welcoming everyone to the event. “Sorry the weather is not cooperating, but here we are inside the movie theatre with a hall filled with some great costumes.” The historic hall bustled with excitement as a panel of judges, including Police Chief James Sabbath, Paul Salvatore, Heather Lewis and Liz Warren, inspected the various categories from TV and movies to family themes, scariest and homemade costumes.

Fall festival in Yardley harvests smiles and lots of fun

YARDLEY BOROUGH >> From the waters of Lake Afton to Fitzgerald’s Field, Harvest Day bustled with fun and plenty of smiles on Saturday. Thousands descended on the riverfront town for a day of crafts, community information, fall fun, free entertainment and plenty of delicious food. Along Canal Street, the aroma of fried fish filled the air as ladies from the Yardley Baptist Church served its annual Harvest Day fish fry. Not far away, stationed at the western end of the College Avenue bridge, members from the Yardley-Makefield VFW were busy handing out poppies to the hundreds of visitors streaming over the bridge. At the opposite end of College Avenue within view of the Delaware River, youngsters were using their creativity to decorate pumpkins at one of the bigger draws of the day - the pumpkin decorating activity.

PHOTOS: Lower Makefield beams with pride at Community Day

LOWER MAKEFIELD >> The township beamed with pride on Sunday as it marked the unofficial end of summer by celebrating community. From the time the event opened to the time it closed with a dazzling display of fireworks by the Zambelli Brothers, hundreds enjoyed Lower Makefield’s Community Pride Day as the final weekend of summer breezed by. And there were smiles everywhere you looked at Community Park, from the kids taking a whirlwind ride on the popular Gyro, to the young people competing in the 3v3 basketball tournament to the adults and kids testing their putting skills at an activity offered by the Makefield Highlands Golf Club.

PHOTOS: Scenes from the 2018 Middletown Grange Fair

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