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By the Way: The weather station on Springtown Hill

Before television, when Virginia Derbyshire was a child, she liked to play a game she called “radio” with her little sister. She’d crawl into an orange crate and do an imaginary …

By the Way: The star of Bethlehem

The light of Bethlehem’s Christmas star high on South Mountain doesn’t quite reach Upper Bucks but it can be seen for more than 20 miles north of the city. It’s become an icon for …

By the Way: Henry Mercer speaks

A love of tools—especially antique devices used to build this country—provides the common link between Henry Chapman Mercer and Jamison Bradley. Bradley, a cabinet maker and actor who …

By the Way: A delightful evening at a small zoo

I had tickets to go to the Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo on opening weekend and it was just my luck to have the temperature drop to the 30s for the first time since last year.

Celebrated beauty, unlucky at love

Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson, born nearly 300 years ago – 1739, to be exact – was a celebrated beauty blessed with an impressive intellect, but she was unlucky at love – very …

The day the coffeemaker died

I’ll never forget the Sunday morning my coffeemaker died. It was in December 2015. Coffee is my Number One essential wake-up mechanism. Its scent, its flavor, its wonder. It’s my comfort …

Precious mill put back in shape

The Durham Grist Mill has had a partial facelift and was almost ready to show itself off to the public Saturday, but the continuing pandemic has put a stop to the special event. It was to have …

This scholarship promotes fashion

Marty Staff was a colorful, much loved and cherished titan in the fashion industry, a business that is as much about illusion as it is fabric and thread. He once said, “As a child, people told …

An elegy that continues

Todd Stone has done what great artists have done over the centuries – simply looked out their windows over the city and painted what they saw. What he has seen recently is the rebirth of a …

The ironmaster of Durham

George Taylor rode horseback from his Durham home to Philadelphia in the summer of 1776 to sign the Declaration of Independence. A member of the Continental Congress, he was ironmaster at the Durham …

A pioneer’s influence

When young Harriet Green, who left her secretarial job right out of Hollywood High to join the new Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, the WAACS, in 1942, she didn’t realize she was a pioneer …

Shakespeare on a farm

Shakespeare al fresco? Drama and poetry, love and laughter, in the fields of Haycock Township? A trail of performances winding from sculpture to sculpture with the audience in motion and in thrall, …

Guns for grandmas

Beware of old ladies in tennis shoes? Or “Annie, get your gun?” Or a grandmother wielding a rolling pin? They always brought forth a memory of my maternal grandmother. I never saw her in …

Untouchables

It’s the Roaring ’20s reborn, complete with “The Untouchables” – Eliot Ness and his T-men who cracked down on gangsters in Chicago – and it’s in a small town …

Thousands of dancers

Last year Cynthia Johnston was hoping to celebrate, joyfully, the 40th anniversary of her Miss Cindy’s School of Dance. What she got instead was a pandemic with all its accompanying …

Art Farm Getaway in the works

So what does a retired academic, a professor emeritus, do when the school bell no longer rings for her but her energy level is still as high as the sky? Particularly, when she has been a dynamic …

The 17-year cicadas – it’s their time in the sun. Their arrival is a consequential marker – albeit a noisy one – on nature’s calendar. By my very unofficial …

Bucks County has had a long, lively and impressive relationship with the fine arts. Its reputation has drawn artists and art-lovers from around the globe, but what about our homegrown visual artists? …

A lively Wanda Bickel lives comfortably in her 92nd year but she recalls with fondness the little world she inhabited as a child – the days when “nothing existed 10 miles outside our …

I didn’t intend it to be a sentimental journey. But it turned out that way. My husband and I took advantage of the holiday weekend to drive to Levittown to drop off some Easter treats for my …

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