Dec­o­rated ducks in­vade as Canal Fest sets sail with wishes

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA -

and on the board, and with all yoga, breath­ing.

“If you’ve done yoga be­fore,” con­tin­ued Mulhern, “it’s like start­ing all over again be­cause you’re throw­ing all kinds of other vari­ables into it. But it’s a nice chal­lenge for some­one who has tried yoga and re­ally en­joys it and wants to take it to the next level.”

And speak­ing of pad­dle­boats, through­out the sum­mer PT Trans­for­ma­tions will be pro­vid­ing pad­dle­boat, ca­noe and kayak rentals at the Falls Town­ship Com­mu­nity Park. The rentals are avail­able Fri­day from 2 to T p.m. and Satur­day and Sun­day from 10 a.m. to T p.m.

Mulhern said he couldn’t be more pleased with the sup­port the canal fes­ti­val re­ceived this year in Bris­tol.

“I’m amazed at the turnout. There are a lot of peo­ple here. Last year we were rained out so we didn’t know if we’d get a lot of peo­ple, but it ac­tu­ally picked up where it left off two years ago,” he said.

And Mulhern said he’s al­ready get­ting ready for next year’s event.

“Next year we’re hav­ing a kayak dec­o­rat­ing con­test and we will be pro­vid­ing kayaks for peo­ple who don’t have a kayak,” he said. “You have to re­serve in ad­vance, but that’s our goal.”

As the sun­set over the scene and the moon ap­peared in the sky, event or­ga­niz­ers capped off the fes­ti­val by launch­ing an ar­mada of boats into the la­goon, each bear­ing a pa­per sail con­tain­ing a hand-writ­ten wish. Tea can­dles lit up the boats as they bobbed in the wa­ter, hug­ging the shore­line.

Young­sters used their hands in an at­tempt to steer the boats into the open wa­ters, but Mother Na­ture wasn’t co­op­er­at­ing, as wind wedged the boats against a stone re­tain­ing wall pre­vent­ing them from mak­ing the in­tended jour­ney into the open wa­ters.

The one or two boats that did sailed qui­etly in the dark­ness, cast­ing a soft glow in the wa­ter.

Dawn Sher­lock-Har­ris with Ai­dan Har­ris (mule), Ri­ley, Fiona and Nolan Har­ris of Mor­risville.

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