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.

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.