Fun Filled Friday on Friendly Mill Street
by Cate Murway

Historic Bristol tucked away on the Delaware glows with its eclectic array of historical sites, attractions, cultures, and people. The borough's handsomely situated and impeccably preserved Victorian-era homes, diverse in tradition, charm and character draw tourists to scenic spots along the Delaware River to this day.
Bristol is rich in heritage, a place of history and mystery, and still serves up large portions of fun.

The nearest mall is between 20 to 50 minutes away. Options are limited; summer boredom runs high. What're you gonna do about it?

This Friday July 23rd from 4:00-8:00 PM you are cordially invited to the first annual “Backyard Bar-b-que”.  This community outreach with a bar-b-que is hosted by the Corleto family: "Steve's Tees Awards and DeSigns"/ "Barking Spyder Board Shop"/soon-to-be-open “Sweet Mustard Seed” on Mill Street and the non-denominational Redemption Church of Bristol on Dorrance, an “emergent” church composed primarily of 20- and 30-somethings.
The BBQ is enthusiastically provided by the businesses of Mill Street, where old-fashioned values and friendly service are only the beginning.
The public-spirited storeowners continually offer outstanding customer service and quality merchandise. They unselfishly demonstrate community involvement with a smile…. always a smile!
Come; join in the activities that are a healthy blend of entertainment and fun.

Richard Dolan and Eric Rosen, of “Allstate Insurance-The Riverstone Agency” are supplying the burgers & dogs. Rick is the chef!
One of the things we look most forward to in the summer is a serious culinary technique- hot grilling the best beef burgers and the unbelievably tasty hot dogs that makes it a must. It’s hard to argue with perfection on a plate!

Jeffrey Davis of “Pass & Stow” is serving the ice-cold soft drinks.
Where did Jeff get that name for his store?
When the Liberty Bell cracked on its first ringing, John Dock Pass and John Stow of Philadelphia offered to recast the bell in 1783 and their surnames appear inscribed on the bell.

Prizes! Contests!
David Savolcik of “Game Zombie” is sponsoring the “Guitar Hero” contest.  The players will match notes that scroll on-screen to the colored fret buttons on their Gibson Les Paul controller. Dave will supply the paper goods, cups and plates.

Embrace small town festivities, as they are drenched in positive experiences!
This BBQ is an informal way of neighbors getting to know each other better and it may even create lasting memories and newfound friendships.
Now is the perfect opportunity to meet your neighbors, the ones who are bursting with casual conversations, serious laughs and stories to share.

Pastor Gary Allan Alloway of the Redemption Church, located in the St. James Parish House, earnestly wants “to serve this physically beautiful town”, strengthening and revitalizing the community’s connections and positively interacting in a relevant and meaningful way. His generous and humanitarian community outreach endeavors include helping the homeless in Bristol.
Why Bristol? From their webpage,  “Umm…Bristol is fun.” 

The Code Blue program is a county-wide effort to provide shelter for unsheltered individuals and in an effort to increase awareness Gary and the Redemption Church  have become part of a coalition to aid the homeless population. Gary is a part of this mission,  using the gifts he has been given to help others and sharing his blessings with those less fortunate.
As he was quoted in the Bucks County Courier Times when speaking about the crisis facing older suburbs like Bristol, he stated “he has become a big fan of Bristol in the 10 months since he moved to the riverside borough.”

Dinners are provided the last Wednesday of each month in the Parish House,
225 Walnut Street  215.788.2228 (Corner of Walnut and Wood Streets, Bristol Borough).
In this economy, no one is really immune to the possibility of needing a little help.
Some community members may come to serve; some may come to receive a hot meal and a little companionship. But both groups will leave enriched by the experience.
Pastor Gary is passionate about making a difference.

He is a self proclaimed “history nerd”, so beyond a doubt, he appreciates that Bristol dates from about 1681, retaining a significant degree of historical integrity and permitting a glimpse into the character of the town that shows pride in its heritage.

So, what’s the deal with Friday July 23rd?
Faith, family, friends, food and fun! Money is an issue?  Oh, yeah, it’s FREE!
You'll be enthralled for hours.

Steve Corleto designed and created “dog tag” awards stamped with 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and “cheap trick” for the mini ramp contest, games of “skate and scoot” and the guitar hero contest.
Let’s “rock n roll”! Tired of jumping curbs? Skate boarders will have the opportunity to show their properly executed tricks on the pipe in the backyard.
P.S. Skateboarding was probably born sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s when surfers in California wanted something to surf when the waves were flat. Skateboarding can be a recreational activity, an artform, a job, or a method of transportation. Backers cite portability, exercise, and environmental friendliness as some of the benefits of skateboarding as an alternative to automobiles. There are 18.5 million skateboarders in the world. Just think of the gas we can save!

Steve is always “thinking green”. He imprinted safety green and lime green tee-shirts with a bar-b-que appropriate  “hip looking pig” for the tee shirt throw. Receive a raffle ticket with your registration for more “give-aways”.

Susan and Steve Corleto have a tenacious commitment plan to stand as a lasting testament to the quality and authenticity of a bygone era. They are on the bandwagon of ensuring Mill Street successful ventures again.
Some of the Corleto children, the “Spyder-ettes”, soon to be Aunts, Destinee and Sheena will be assisting along with their brother, soon to be “Uncle” Steven Wayne.

This “Backyard Bar-b-que” is a communal thank you and the perfect way to get to know your neighbor. Have your friends invite their other friends. When you're out having fun, please remember you are an example of your generation.
Encourage your parents to join in. Make your mark on the tight-knit community with a positive, celebratory tone.
Good neighbors empower each other, socially and relationally.

Then this weekend…let’s get this group going!
Mark your calendar: 39th Annual Puerto Rican Day Festival of Bristol
Sunday July 25, 2010 from 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Bristol Lions Park
Mill & Radcliffe Streets
Bristol, PA 19007

Pick up a copy of the Bristol Borough Calendar and check the myriad of events offered. Join the little town that can!

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St. James Parish House