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It’s that time of year where we have the opportunity to celebrate Labor Day Bucks County PA, Monday, September 2, 2019. The weather is cooler, actually perfect, for walking around and enjoying the many fall events in Bucks County PA. Most of these events are held in major areas only minutes from Gateway Kia of Warrington PA, so don’t think you have to drive far to partake in the Labor Day comradery.
Labor Day Bucks County PA
Well, the U.S. Department of Labor says the Labor Day celebrates and honors the American workforce, and this is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day as a national holiday. It’s been around since the later part of the 1800s. Our Legislation set Labor Day as the first Monday in September and celebrates the social and economic achievements of our American workers. Labor Day establishes an annual national recognition to the contributions and sacrifices our workforce made to strengthen the successfulness and well-being of our great nation. if you’d like to know more, please visit U.S. Department of Labor website.
As always, we promote the Visit Bucks County Pennsylvania website and appreciate the efforts that go into making sure local events are posted for all the community to see. Below, we’ve re-posted only a few of the wonderful community-centric events. For more information, check out the LABOR DAY EVENTS, at the Visit Bucks County Pennsylvania website.
20th ANNUAL VILLAGE RENAISSANCE FAIRE – A FAIRE FOR A CAUSE
Sponsor: The Village Library of Wrightstown
Location: Middletown Grange Fairgrounds
Dates: September 14, 2019 – September 15, 2019
Recurrence: Recurring daily
Address: 576 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown, PA 18943
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Price: Adults- a mere $10; Students $5; Under 5 FREE
A Real Renaissance Faire right here in Bucks County with all the glamour and excitement for the entire family at a fraction of the price and distance. An interactive world for all ages. Faire goers encounter jousting knights, dangling aerialists, and flying birds of prey. Performers bring literature to life throughout the day with shows and fairground… MORE INFO
40th ANNUAL SCARECROW FESTIVAL
Sponsor: Peddler’s Village
Co-Sponsor: Peddler’s Village
Location: Peddler’s Village
Dates: September 14, 2019 – September 15, 2019
Recurrence: Recurring daily
Address: Rts 202 and 263, Lahaska, PA 18931
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Price: Free Admission & Free Parking
The 40th Annual Scarecrow Festival is a weekend of fall family fun including Scarecrow-making Workshops, pumpkin painting, live musical entertainment and children’s activities. Vote for your favorites in the Scarecrow Competition & Display! The Scarecrows are on outdoor display from Monday, September 9 through Sunday, October 27. The public is invited to vote for the winners… MORE INFO
Quakertown PA and Bucks County hold diverse seasonal events throughout the year. This time of year is always favored with local residents because of two major holidays, Holloween and Thanksgiving. If you’re looking to attend a festival, enjoy live music, sample food & spirits, or go on a hayride, then check-out the Visit Bucks County Fall Calendar of events. Visit Bucks County is an excellent website that does a superb job of keeping the community informed. Anytime we want to know about a special event date or details, we look to Visit Bucks County first. Some fall highlights are below!
FYI: Our last year’s article titled Scary Folklore for Holloween was very popular. In that article, we talked about the origins of Holloween and how the strange tradition of dressing up evolved over the decades. We invite you to read the article and enjoy!
- The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place – Bring the whole family to Sesame Place to experience some spooky and fun events!
- Annual Holiday Small Works Show – Talented local artists are featured at Canal Frame-Crafts Gallery.
- Historic Fallsington Day – There will be endless entertainment, crafts, flea markets, tours, and food at this wonderful celebration.
- Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival – This family-friendly event offers a day of fun, culture, and competition.
- Annual Historic Bristol Day – Attend this free street fair filled with activities for the whole family, including a car show!
- Froehlich’s Farm Fall Festival – Fall’s not complete without a festival to celebrate the changing leaves, the chill in the air and, of course, Halloween!
- Valley of Fear and Haunted Hayride – Get spooked on a ride through the darkest woods, and experience new thrills and attractions.
- Perkasie Fall Festival – Tons of Fall Fun at Perkasie’s traditional Fall Festival. Free trolley bus transport between activities at beautiful Menlo Park and Perkasie’s town center. Scarecrow decorating, kids crafts, balloon twisting, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, entertainers, raffle, music, pumpkin decorating, food court, family games, tractor rides, pie-eating contest, craft fair and more. Most activities are free of charge.
- Sleepy Hollow Hayride/House in the Hollow – Explore and uncover scary surprises that you’ll never forget!
- Village Renaissance Faire – The Middletown Grange Fairgrounds is transformed into the ultimate family festival with stories, history, crafts, entertainment, and food.
- Doylestown Arts Festival – Join us in Doylestown’s largest annual festival to eat great food, listen to live music and discover beautiful art.
- Shady Brook Farm Fall Fest – Don’t miss the farm’s favorite time of year with wagon rides, pumpkin picking, and lots more family fun!
- Peddler’s Scarecrow Festival – See the scarecrows that local businesses and organizations create displayed throughout this quaint village.
- Peddler’s Apple Festival – Sample some of the area’s best apple-themed treats, while enjoying this 18th Century shopping village.
Some time ago, we posted a blog about local Oktoberfest events happening in Bucks County, PA. Since that time, many local breweries decided on using the term Brewfest over Oktoberfest. Although, the word Oktoberfest has its mystic, don’t be discouraged by the change. Brewfest doesn’t signify less enjoyment; you’ll have the same fun and frolic regardless of the event’s title.
See the local calendar below.
What many people don’t know is, Oktoberfest is the world’s most celebrated beer festival and touring Volkfest (funfair) since 1810. It marks the time when the citizens of Munich were invited to enjoy the festivities to celebrate a royal event. A funfair is equivalent to our carnival, consisting of rides, sideshows, and other amusements. Today, more than 6 million people from around the world celebrate Oktoberfest across Munich, Bavaria, and Germany. For 16- to 18-days, folk festivals run from mid to late September into the first weekend of October.
Well, the time to celebrate beer is almost upon us. If you live in the Bucks County area and you’re looking for local beer festivities, there are several coming up.
8th Annual Upper Bucks Brewfest
August 17, 2019
Quakertown PA is an excellent place for beef! Select from more than 60 craft beers and a variety of wine and food and entertainment courtesy of Quakertown Alive! Their Facebook Page shows 2,191 guests are interested in attending.
Fonthill Castle Beer Fest
August 24, 2019
Celebrate the end of summer with national and regional brews paired with light fare at Fonthill Castle.
September 21, 2019
Held at the Newtown Stocking Works Complex, sip some rare but tasty brews at this fun festival of food, live music, beer and fun sponsored by local businesses!
Autumn Alive! Fall Festival
October 26, 2019
Quakertown Alive! 19th year! The Autumn Alive! fall festival focuses on fun and our furry friends. You will see the Broad Street Pet Parade, local crafters and businesses, and the pet rescue organizations will line Broad Street from 4th Street to Hellertown Avenue and down Branch Street. You’ll also find an abundance of family and children activities, live entertainment all day on two stages, cupcake contests, Food Court, Authors Corner, and guests of age can enjoy samples in the Beer Garden.
Washington Crossing Fall Brewfest
October 26, 2019
“The Brewfest so nice, so they’re doing it twice!” Check out the first-ever Washington Crossing Fall Brewfest at Washington Crossing Historic Park featuring ciders, sours, and seasonals.
If after visiting these local events you find you need more, may we suggest making arrangements with your travel agent? There are many package-deals available for attending the 2020 Oktoberfest in either Munich, Bavaria, and Germany.
Bring us back a beer stein!
It’s said charity is the gift of life because the joy received from one’s sacrifice has no equal. Gateway Kia in Quakertown and the YMCA understand this paradigm and collaborated on a Walmart Holiday Shopping Spree. So, whether it be the giving of one’s self in service or some object, the act of “subtracting from” for the purpose of “adding to” is the same. That notion may sound emotionless and cold and, but in its basic form, charity is giving for the purpose of helping. Below we’ve included a few quotes expressing that paradigm.
Quotes on Charity
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’
But…the good Samaritan reversed the question:
‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?
―Martin Luther King Jr.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by, “when I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat… and when I was naked, you clothed me… and when I was homeless, you took me in.
We all know there is no guidebook on being charitable. In fact, a charity may be achieved in many ways, such as an individual or organization can volunteer time at a local Food Bank to help distribute food to the hungry. Or, money may be donated to charitable organizations for helping people who are poor. Some organizations are creative in their charitable events, such as the case with Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA and the YMCA of Bucks County PA.
This year, Gateway Kia collaborated with the YMCA on planning a memorable holiday moment. Together, they organized a Walmart Holiday Shopping Spree so local families could enjoy the true spirit of Christmas -the act of giving.
Holiday Shopping Spree at Walmart
On Sunday, December 23, 2018, at 11:00 AM, in the Customer Service Area of the Walmart Super Center Quakertown, 195 N West End Blvd, Quakertown, PA 18951, Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA, donated a Holiday Shopping Spree to 11 needy families having approximately 27-30 children between them. The children selected their own gifts too!
YMCA of Bucks County wrote to Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA and said,
This is an amazing magical thing you are doing for our families at the Y! We are so grateful for your partnership and your incredible kindness this holiday season!
As you can see from the photographs, there were happy faces and filled shopping carts for making this Christmas a memorable event.
The owners of Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA do care! They continuously participate in hosting events that demonstrate the value of community and the gift of charity. To help contribute, and strengthen the Quakertown and surrounding communities, please stop in and participate in our next event -in any way you can.
If you’re reading this blog, then you’re probably within a population of people who follow a daily routine. Your routine may be getting up at 6:00 AM and preparing your children for school. You may also make breakfast, lunch, and dress your children appropriately. But what if you couldn’t provide your children with the basic needs of shelter, food, or clothes? Think about this, the cold weather is breaking and your children don’t have a simple warm coat to protect them. This is difficult for some people to imagine, especially when their closet may have four or more winter coats.
Driving Away the Cold
Year after year we hear how children living in poverty go without basic needs such as food and clothing. Yet, we never consider the magnitude of how the lack of basic needs can change a life. For example, a new winter coat provides more than protection from the elements. In fact, a winter coat supports a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. In an effort to facilitate keeping our children warm, Gateway Kia Quakertown and Gateway Kia Warrington stores maintain active memberships in The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.
YMCA Distribution Event
Recently, staff from those stores participated in coat distribution. On Friday, October 19, 2018, Gateway Kia in Warrington and Gateway Kia in Quakertown both participated in the distribution of winter coats at the Upper Bucks County YMCA. For more information about the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation and the Driving Away the Cold program, please watch the video below or give us a call! If you’d like to make a personal donation, use this link to the More Than Auto Dealers website.
The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP). The organization is distributing a record 51,696 brand-new winter coats to area children in need this month. Approximately 7,000 new coats will be distributed in Bucks County specifically. The effort is part of the eleventh annual Driving Away the Cold program, which involves nearly 180 local auto dealers teaming up for the greater good. One in six children in the Greater Philadelphia region lives in poverty and a warm winter coat is one of the essential items they often live without. This program aims to change that.