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Yardley Historic Association hosts holiday celebration


Visit the Old Library by Lake Afton, 46 West Afton Ave., Yardley for two days of festivities hosted by the Yardley Historical Association.

The Old Library will be decked out in its Victorian holiday best from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. A model train layout, with tooting engines and clattering cabooses, will be back. With familiar buildings and landmarks, the railroad scene evokes Yardley’s past.

A fir tree will be festooned with real popcorn and cranberry chains, candles, tussy mussys, toys, fans, and ornate paper images. “Yardley” gifts – embroidered tea towels, books, notepaper, ornaments and prints – will be available to purchase, and mulled cider and cookies will be offered to all.

From 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, the community is invited to see the trains and tree, have some cookies and buy a “Yardley gift’ to give or keep.

At 6 p.m., carolers from St. Andrew’s Church will herald the lighting of the little spruce tree growing by Lake Afton. The public is invited to bring an ornament to decorate the tree and celebrate its second season.

After the lighting, the Old Library will offer holiday savories and sweets. Bring along a treat or beverage to share, if you choose.

Both events are free; donations are welcome. Proceeds will benefit the historical association’s efforts to maintain the Victorian library building and its collections of books, documents, and ephemera related to Yardley’s history.

For information, visit, e-mail or call 215-369-1479.