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Each De­cem­ber, thou­sands of peo­ple gather on the banks of the Delaware to watch the reen­act­ment of Ge­orge Washington’s dar­ing 1776 river cross­ing. Dur­ing the event, vis­i­tors watch as two hun­dred re-en­ac­tors in Con­ti­nen­tal mil­i­tary dress lis­ten to an in­spir­ing speech by Gen­eral Washington and then row across the river in three replica Durham boats and the bat­toe “Moon”, a small river boat.

The Cross­ing Dress­ing Re­hearsal will oc­cur on Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cross­ing to New Jersey will oc­cur at 1 p.m. The Christ­mas Cross­ing, which Gen­eral Washington and his brave troops per­formed, will oc­cur on Christ­mas Day at 1 p.m. The cost to at­tend the dress re­hearsal is $8 for adults, $4 for chil­dren age 5 to 11, and free for chil­dren un­der age 5. Pro­ceeds sup­port fu­ture cross­ings.

“Dur­ing the dress re­hearsal, the troops cross the river in uni­form just as they do on Christ­mas Day, plus ad­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and demon­stra­tions take place through­out the his­toric vil­lage,” says John Godzieba, pres­i­dent of the Friends of Washington Cross­ing Park and cur­rent Gen­eral Washington in­ter­preter. “ft’s a won­der­ful fam­ily event.”

Washington Cross­ing His­toric Park com­mem­o­rates the site of Gen­eral Ge­orge Washington’s fa­mous Delaware River cross­ing on Christ­mas Day 1776. The 500 acre park also in­cludes the Thompson-Neely House, an 18th cen­tury farm­house used as a hospi­tal to care for sick and wounded Con­ti­nen­tal sol­diers, and Bow­man’s Hill Tower, which of­fers panoramic views of the sur­round­ing coun­try­side. Recre­ational ar­eas of the Park are avail­able for pic­nick­ing, hik­ing and wildlife-watch­ing.

7hH SURJUDP LV VSRQVRUHG E\ WhH QRQ-SUR­fiW FULHQGV RI :DVhLQJWRQ &URVVLQJ 3DUN LQ part­ner­ship with the Penn­syl­va­nia His­tor­i­cal and Mu­seum Com­mis­sion. To learn more about up­com­ing events in the Park, fol­low the Friends of Washington Cross­ing Park on Face­book, Twit­ter and Pin­ter­est @Friend­sofWCP, or visit www.ushis­tory.or­gy­wash­ing­ton- Nov. 7, Mount Airy Casino, in­ter­ac­tive com­edy show, buf­fet and $25 slot play, $58, leaves 9 a.m., re­turns 6 p.m.; Dec. 5, Amer­i­can Mu­si­cal The­atre, “2012 Christ­mas Show,” smor­gas­bord lunch at Bird-fn-Hand restau­rant, $87, leaves 10:30 a.m., re­turns 7 p.m. All trips in­clude driver gra­tu­ity, must be 21 for casino trips and have valid photo fD. Make checks payable to 06&$, IRU IuUWhHU GHWDLOV, FDOO WULS RI­fiFH DW 215-945-5345. Mid­dle­town Se­nior Cit­i­zen’s As­so­ci­a­tion, 2142 Tren­ton Road. LE­VIT­TOWN

Christ­mas Bazaar, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Bris­tol, 201 Mul­berry Street. BRIS­TOL

Christ­mas Cookie Sale, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Church of the fn­car­na­tion, 1505 Make­fiHOG 5RDG. MOR­RISVILLE

Three Arches CraftLGift Show, Nov. 15 to Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 335 Tren­ton R0ad. FAIR­LESS HILLS

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