Lans­dale of­fi­cials ready bor­ough for Founders Day

North Penn Life - - Accent - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

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.

Pho­tos by GE­OFF PATTON

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.

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