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Tinicum Arts Festival returns to riverside park for 70th year


The 70th Tinicum Arts Festival is set for July 6 and 7 at Tinicum Park, Route 32 River Road, Erwinna.

Showcasing some of the best in arts, crafts, music and literature that Bucks County has to offer, the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 7, rain or shine.

The festival is hosted each year by the Tinicum Civic Association, a volunteer nonprofit organization that encourages artistic talent, supports community well-being and preserves the historic Stover Mill in Erwinna.

Proceeds benefit the historic Stover Mill, home of the Stover Mill Gallery, and donations to more than 30 local nonprofit organizations.

The centerpiece of the festival is the Art Barn, where a judged exhibit of the works of nearly 200 regional artists will be on display and for sale. Judges are oil painter Robert J. Seufert from Fairless Hills and Chapman Gallery owner John Chapman from Doylestown.

The Art Barn will be surrounded by more than 140 booths filled with handmade creations by local artisans.

Scattered throughout the grounds will be strolling entertainers, activity centers and other delights for every member of the family regardless of age or interest – face painters, cartoon portraits, magicians, jugglers, children’s craft projects, a used book sale, a white elephant sale and even a monkey doing math.

There will be live musical performances on stage each day, including new musicians and festival favorites.

An honored tradition at the festival, is the creation of an original piece of art by a distinguished artist during the course of the day on Saturday. Visitors can watch Patrice DeVirgilis start with a plain canvas and end up with a finished work of art. It happens in the Discovery Tent beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6.

DeVirgilis has agreed to donate the artwork that she creates to the Silent Auction tent. There visitors can bid on Saturday and Sunday for the chance to take it home. The Discovery Tent will continue to be filled with entertainment geared for the young at heart during the rest of the festival.

Festival food and drink will include funnel cake, fresh-squeezed lemonade, Italian sausage sandwiches, black angus cheeseburgers and root beer floats.

The Author’s Table is back again this year with 12 well-known regional authors and illustrators who will be happy to autograph their books.

Unlimited admission for the weekend is $7 for adults and $1 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 and parking are free. The grounds are wheelchair accessible, but pets and bicycles are not permitted. For information, call 610-294-9420 or visit