Lansdale officials ready borough for Founders Day
After nearly a year of preparation, and 139 more of local history, Lansdale is ready to celebrate its birthday.
And come paturday, all around downtown Lansdale, there will be train displays, food vendors, musicians and D fiUHZRUNV VKRZ DW nLJKW, DOO meant to convey one mesVDJH — LDnVGDOH LV “$ 7RZn on Track.”
“I don’t know how you wouldn’t know by now, but just in case you don’t, Aug. 25 is Founders Day,” said Councilwoman Mary Fuller.
“I not only want to remind everyone to make sure they’re in town, but that we also have excursion trip tickets available at the [Lansdale Public] Library, Borough Hall and Henning’s Train phop,” she said.
That excursion train is one of the highlights of the day’s events, meant to celebrate the borough’s 140th birthday and the impact that local rail lines have historically had on the area. The New Hope C Ivyland railroad, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad and pEPTA, will run a special Founders Day Excursion Train with historic engines and rail cars that leaves New Hope at U:30 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive in town at 10:50 a.m. and make three short runs to and from the Lansdale and pouderton train stations.
Those three short runs are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. and the train will head back toward New Hope around 3:55 p.m. For details on other stops and to purchase tickets, visit www. NewHopeRailroad.com or check in at Borough Hall, the library or Henning’s.
“If they don’t have the physical tickets, we can take your names and reserve a spot for you until they arrive,” Fuller said.
It’s no coincidence that the special will be coming and going from the Lansdale train station: that’s the center of the day’s festivities, where pEPTA will have real rail cars on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and model train displays inside. Model trains will also be on display paturday at the Lansdale Public Library, the Fairmount Fire Company’s station on sine ptreet, the Jenkins Homestead and Research Center on Jenkins Avenue and at Henning’s Trains on Line ptreet.
The day will kick off with the opening of the Lansdale Farmers Market at 9 a.m. and it will have a prime spot for viewing that historic train, since the market will run until 1 p.m. in its usual location along Railroad Avenue.
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Also starting at 10 a.m. is the annual Lansdale Festival of the Arts, which will feature vendors, crafters, artists and more, exhibiting and selling their creations. The show will run until 4 p.m. at the borough’s Memorial Park.
ptarting at 11 a.m., several borough buildings will be open for the public to tour and check out model train displays: Borough Hall, the police station and the Lansdale Historical pociety’s Jenkins Homestead and research center will all be open until 3 p.m.; Fairmount Fire Company will have model trains by the North Penn “l” Gaugers, heystone N-Trak C the Liberty Hi Railers on display until 5 p.m.; and the library will have trains by the North Penn p-Gaugers on display until U p.m.
If you or any railroad enthusiasts you know just can’t get enough of those historic trains, the Reading Co. Technical Historical pociety will have historical information and displays from its museum set up near Railroad Plaza and area Cub pcouts will run train races in the parking lot at Henning’s Trains.
Local artist Judy Boyles will also be out and about downtown, selling copies of her latest painting, “An Evening at the Movies,” depicting the historic Lansdale Theatre. You’ll be able to see the print and buy copies at the train station and Jenkins Homestead all day and all proceeds go to the historical society.
As paturday afternoon proceeds, more family friendly events will begin. From 3 p.m. until U p.m., a restaurant festival will be held along Railroad Avenue into the nearby Century Plaza, and a family corner of kids events and activities will be held in the same spot.
All borough parking spaces will be free all day and spots will be available in the Madison parking lot, lots on pusquehanna Avenue, borough lots near Penn ptreet and Church Road and at the Hillcrest phopping Center, with shuttle service between all of those spots from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Borough pools at the Whites Road and Fourth ptreet parks will be open free to the public from noon to 7 p.m. paturday, which will leave plenty of time to dry off before the nLJKW’V ELJJHVW HYHnW, D fiUHworks show launched from Penndale Middle pchool starting at 9 p.m.
Throughout the day, information stations will be set up at Memorial Park, Railroad Avenue, the train station and Railroad Plaza, and T-shirts will be available there commemorating this year’s festivities. Those shirts are red with a white “Town on Track” logo and Fuller said they’ve integrated several lessons learned from last year’s inaugural Founders Day.
“It should be noted that this time we did not put the date right on the shirt, just in case, and we bought fewer than we did last year. Which means you should get yours right away,” she said.
T-shirts are available at Borough Hall for $10 each, and Fuller added that there are still plenty of shirts from last year’s celebration left, too.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help out is more than welcome to do so. Help is wanted for everything from selling shirts to pointing out borough landmarks. solunteers for the dunk tank at Memorial Park are always especially popular, according to Fuller.
The largest donors to the Founders Day festivities are named on the literature and shirts you’ll see around town all day, but any smaller donations are appreciated too. To contribute, or learn more about the festivities, visit www.DiscoverLansdale.org.
Banners advertising upcoming events, including Founders Day, hang over East Main Street in Lansdale Aug. 22.
Donna DeFrangesco, left, and Doris Brake sell Founders Day shirts and hand out brochures during last year’s celebration.