Bristol is “Stompin’” on Second Saturday
by Cate Murway
BYOF [bring your own friend] and make some new ones!
The bustling areas starting with Mill and Radcliffe Streets
in historic Bristol on the Delaware are preparing to bring you
music, art, food, special incredible sales and 2.9 miles
on which to run. Lace your shoes, and come on out
and bring a friend or two!
Bristol is rich in heritage, a place of history and mystery,
and still serves up large portions of fun.
Under the crisp crystalline morning sky, Saturday, September 11th starts with the 43rd Annual Mill Street Run, a 2.9 miles, exactly measured, flat, fast tour of the town, instituted by John V. Mundy, principal of the new Holy Family Catholic School, a consolidation of four area Catholic elementary schools.
It began as a 3.8-mile “male only” event in 1967 with the start and finish always on Mill Street, attracting the best athletes and the most supportive spectators in the area.
The high school girls (8:30 AM) and high school boys (9:15 AM) will race for team honors and a plaque. Everyone else is cordially invited to run in the Lower Bucks area's longest running and most colorful open road race at (9:45 AM).
One can feel the breath of vitality. Make your mark on the Mill Street macadam.
Proceeds from the races [Open race-$20.00, checks payable to B.B.B.A.] will benefit the Bucks County Rescue Squad.
Pastor Gary Alloway of the Redemption Church, located in the St. James Parish House, thought up the idea of starting a new tradition in Bristol Borough - Second Saturday from 5-11 PM.
This weekend’s events can strengthen and revitalize the community’s connections and all are welcome to positively interact in a relevant and meaningful way.
Good neighbors empower each other, socially and relationally.
Susan Corleto of the soon-to-open Sweet Mustard Seed on 307 Mill Street will be showcasing the abstract acrylic painting artwork of M. Scott McConnell. Scott’s “day jobs” include pharmaceutical software and audio [synthesizers] band music but his personal creative expression lends itself to “making a picture in the moment, using acrylics to get a good representation of what you have set”. He may venture to lean toward the more “drippy” styles, emulating the late abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollack, dubbed `Jack the Dripper'.
Artistic talent runs in the family. His step-dad is biologist /artist Paul J. Buhan of Poppy’s Art [poppysart.com].
Susan has also secured the most delicious assorted miniature “Mill Street Run” and “Bristol Stomp” cupcakes with fresh creamy butter cream frosting and ice cold cartons of milk. So, we “got the milk” and you “take the cake!”
Roseann and Kerry Burns of the Town Crier Bakery are making the “devilishly delicious’ chocolate and “insanely incredible” vanilla cupcakes, just a couple of the many flavors available, on their Peddler’s Village premise.
Stop by the Latino Alliance at 227 Mill Street and listen to some Latino music, taste some delicious ethnic foods and play lots of Loteria. [Mexican Bingo game, using images on a deck of cards instead of plain numbers on ping pong balls.]
Attention surf fanatics! All Ergo clothing gear in stock is 40% off at 207 Mill Street.
Steve's Tees, Awards and DeSigns is also sponsoring the hula hoop [the exact origins of hula hoops are unknown] and the 9-11 PM “Bristol Stomp” contests.
Did you know that The Dovells’ hit song "Bristol Stomp" made it to #2 on the Hit Chart on September 11, 1961?
“Stomp” back to the past where decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo" and join the dancing, bopping, clapping crowds reveling in the memories of leather jackets, white bobby sox and penny loafers and swingy full skirts.
“Really somethin when they join in jumpin
When they do the Bristol Stomp”
BBBA President/ owner [since 1978] of “Another Time Antiques” on 301 Mill Street, Rich Vallejo is offering sales on sterling silver with genuine diamonds jewelry and 50% off America's best loved select Yankee Candles.
Owner Sharon Rio of “Never Ending Styles” at 328 Mill Street has marked 50% off everything! Her selections include secondhand designer, name brand items, fashionably used and vintage clothing.
Listen! “All the world's a stage”. The Bristol Riverside Theater on 120 Radcliffe Street, that opened its doors in September 1987, is providing singer /songwriter live music from 6-7 PM and 8-9 PM.
Keep strolling the street! Special events to be announced at “Pass & Stowe” at 204 Mill Street and “Flash Effects Tattoo Studio” at 303 Mill Street.
Councilman James Lutz has offered to exhibit artwork at his storefront, the former David “Spector’s” at 226 Mill Street. So, check out the windows for the art displays.
Kyle Farris, owner of Clarity Window Cleaning has already donated his time, talents, and treasures to the Redemption Church. Now, he has unselfishly offered his skills and experience to clean the windows “with perfect clarity” of the stores hosting the local’s artwork.
“I want to use the business as a stepping stool to bless others and help in the community."
Has all this “Stompin’” gotten you hungry?
Historic Bristol is quaint and unhurried, much less hectic than neighboring towns and boasts a distinct charm all its own with some incredible dining locations.
Sit Down Dining Reservations are Accepted:
Annabella's -119 Radcliffe Street 215.788.2929
Kelch House -101 Mill Street 215.788.3850
Cafe Bombay -233 Mill Street 215.788.4239
Mama Juana's -129 Radcliffe Street 267.812.5283
Carnivale III Pizza & Grill -215 Mill Street 215.788.8108
The Arts and Crafts Fair, along with the 18th Annual Bristol's Italian Day Festival on Sunday, September 12, 2010 [11AM to 8PM] makes a great family day event, sponsored by the Bristol Borough Business Association. Some of the Mill Street stores will be closed but vendors, food, and cultural events celebrating the Italian Heritage of the area will be featured throughout town and along the river. The Monday Blues Jazz Orchestra will be performing in the Bristol Lions Gazebo in Bristol Lions Park.
The rain date for this Sunday event will be Sunday September 19, 2010.
Make your own “Bristol Stomp” on the tight-knit community with a positive, celebratory tone.
The plans are to make this a monthly event, so mark your calendars for October 9, November 13, and December 11.
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