Thou­sands cel­e­brate His­toric Bris­tol Day, Har­ri­man

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By El­iz­a­beth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent

BRIS­TOL BORrGH - A blast! A smash hit!

Such su­perla­tives washed over the crowds at Satur­day’s His­toric Bris­tol Day, an an­nual event spon­sored by the Bris­tol Cul­tural and His­tor­i­cal Foun­da­tion. It was the big­gest Bris­tol Day cel­e­bra­tion in 35 years, bor­ough of­fi­cials said.

Sun and blue sky watched over the thou­sands who walked around Lions Park, Rad­cliffe Street and, for the first time, the Har­ri­man sec­tion of town. Har­ri­man was built 90 years ago by Aver­ill Har­ri­man to house the work­ers in his newly built ship­yard. Sev­eral Har­ri­man homes were open for tours. Trol­ley tours and shut­tle buses helped ferry vis­i­tors from one end of Bris­tol to the other, but there seemed to be very few park­ing spots throughout the one-squaremile.

Yardley’s Pat Higham grew up in Bris­tol. She waited 45 min­utes for a trol­ley to take her around an area with very fa­mil­iar to her.

Why did she en­dure the wait?

“For nos­tal­gia rea­sons,” Higham said. “It’s fun to take the bus in­stead of driv­ing. The streets are nar­row and it’s very scenic. I like to hear the nar­ra­tion.”

Two new events were real crowd pleasers: the Chil­dren’s Cor­ner and the sail­boat re­gatta on the Delaware River.

The chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties at Bris­tol High School on Wil­son Av­enue in­cluded boat

Madi­son Chase, 9, of Moorestown, N.J., with her unique head­gear.

Community to­geth­er­ness at its finest. From left Sal Arena Jr., Penny Ge­sualdi and Denny Parr.

A boomerang demon­stra­tion had kids com­ing back for more.

Pho­to­graphs by Cary Beavers

Han­nah Daven­port, 6, of Bris­tol, en­joys a cake pop.

An­dreas Qu­at­troc­chi, left, Bris­tol, meets a grey­hound named Leonard.

Shar­ing a meal on Bris­tol Day is Ed Shi­rato from Bris­tol.

Jim Bell, a mem­ber of the Robert W. Bracken Amer­i­can Le­gion Cadets

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