Su­per­vi­sors honor Bucks County Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter and founder Mary Borkovitz on group’s 35th an­niver­sary

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA - By D.E. Sch­lat­ter

LlWER MAKEFIELD - The Bucks County Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (BCPAC) has turned 35 years old and the town­ship su­per­vi­sors have hon­ored the group’s founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Mary Borkovitz with a procla­ma­tion at the board’s June 19 meet­ing.

“It brings mu­si­cal per­for­mances into the com­mu­nity,” said Su­per­vi­sor Chair­man Pete Stainthorpe. “It’s re­ally a spe­cial, spe­cial pro­gram.”

Read­ing from the procla­ma­tion pre­sented to Borkovitz, Stainthorpe said that the BCPAC “con­tin­ues to en­rich the lives of Bucks County res­i­dents by pre­sent­ing per­form­ing arts to the com­mu­nity.

“Mary is cer­tainly at the top of the list of peo­ple liv­ing here,” he added.

)RunGHG Ln 1978, WKH BC3$C fiUVW KHOG LWV SHUIRUPDnFHV in the town­ship build­ing on Edge­wood Road billed as a “Sun­day at 3 p.m.” con­cert se­ries.

It even­tu­ally moved into the larger Yard­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on the bor­ough’s South Main Street hold­ing a suc­cess­ful se­ries of Satur­day night con­certs. In ad­di­tion, for the past 16-years the group has had a part­ner­ship with the Penns­bury School Dis­trict, spon­sor­ing art per­for­mances for area stu­dents.

“It’s been a la­bor of love for all th­ese years,” Borkovitz, a for­mer school mu­sic teacher, said in thank­ing the su­per­vi­sors for the ac­knowl­edg­ment.

“I don’t know what else I would be do­ing with my time. It just be­came a part of me.”

Since 19T8, the BCPAC has re­ceived more than $350,000 in do­na­tions and grants, much of which has been used to pro­vide Penns­bury stu­dents with live arts pro­grams, a well as seven-years of dance res­i­den­cies.

Ac­cord­ing to the Bucks County Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter lit­er­a­ture, it’s com­mit­ted through live con­certs to “en­rich­ing the cul­tural life of the com­mu­nity through per­form­ing art’s power to com­mu­ni­cate and in­spire, ed­u­cate and en­ter­tain.”

In ad­di­tion to the Satur­day night con­certs at the com­mu­nity cen­tre and the col­lab­o­ra­tion with the school dis­trict, the BCPAC is work­ing to ex­tend its reach around Bucks County, in­clud­ing a part­ner­ship with the James A. Mich­ener Art Mu­seum in Doylestown.

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“This pro­gram will not go away,” Borkovitz told the LRwHU 0DNH­fiHOG VuSHUYLVRUV, “WKHUH DUH DUH SHRSOH Rn WKH [BCPAC] board that will suc­ceed me.”

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