Happy New Year! Have you made New Year’s resolutions? Does anyone do that anymore?
The Upper Milford Historical Society will hold Discovery Night, 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Upper Milford Township building. This is their traditional evening of historical “show and tell,” where member share family treasures, unusual gadgets, nostalgic photos and memories.
I hope everyone enjoyed a warm and relaxing Thanksgiving. Now it’s time to get ready for the next round of seasonal observances. Hanukkah begins Dec. 22 so that celebration overlaps with Christmas this year.
And of course everyone will welcome in the new year Dec. 31, whether with partying, making New Year’s resolutions or just taking time to reflect on the year past and look forward to 2020.
November is the month to observe Thanksgiving and also begin thinking about holiday shopping. We hope you started off the month right by turning your clocks back last Sunday, when daylight saving time ended.
Thanksgiving is late this year, Nov. 28. St. Peter’s Union Church is holding a joint Thanksgiving Eve service with Huff’s Church 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at St. Peter’s, 7863 St. Peter’s Road.
Meanwhile, there are at least two opportunities locally to begin your Christmas shopping and also help out two area churches.
October is a very busy month in Upper Milford Township.
On Oct. 5, the third annual Community Day hosted by the two township fire departments will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the township building.
Nestled in the hillside along Powder Valley Road is the Schubert-Graber log house, once home to settlers in the mid-1700s. Considered one of the oldest standing homesteads in Upper Milford Township, this little treasure has been recognized by the U.S. Park Service and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Hivel Und Dahl Preservation Society has taken up the challenge to save the log house and make it a publicly accessible, gateway park to the scenic, historic Powder Valley area.
Upper Milford Township Supervisors will hold a meeting with the two local fire departments, the borough of Emmaus and representatives of Kay Builders to discuss a problem with the water pump in a temporary construction building owned by Kay.
A representative of the Vera Cruz Fire Department told supervisors at the Aug. 15 meeting that when the fire department was doing a practice drill at the building, near the Fields at Jasper Ridge development, the pump didn’t stay running.
The annual Vera Cruz Homecoming, sponsored by the Vera Cruz Community Association and held rain or shine, is Vera Cruz’s version of a community block party and is open to everyone, residents and non-residents alike.
The annual event will be held at Mystic Chain Park on Main Road East in Vera Cruz noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 18.
The day’s events will begin 9 a.m. with a community homecoming service at the Vera Cruz E.C. Church, 5501 Vera Cruz Road. The service will feature special music.
There is a new sign in Lenape Park as of this month; it says “Parry Pavilion” and it marks a pavilion dedicated to Roselyn and Robert Parry, in recognition of more than five decades of volunteer service to the township.
The Parrys were both present at the recreation commission meeting June 17 when the sign was unveiled. Prior to the meeting, Roselyn commented that “something must be going on” because there was a larger crowd in attendance than usual.
It’s not too soon to start thinking about the Lower Milford Township Fall Festival, which will be held Sept. 28. Are you a vendor, crafter, demonstrator, nonprofit, food vendor or entertainer? If so, the festival organizers are looking for you!
Vendors can set up on Friday night or Saturday morning (setup finished by 9:45 a.m. for the safety of attendees). All vendors must remain until the 5 p.m. closing. Please call 610-967-4949 for more information, or go to the festival page on the Lower Milford Township website and click to download the registration form.
June – the month of graduations and weddings! And also, I hope, finally some beautiful weather. May and June are my two favorite months of the year, but May was so wet this year, I’m hoping things improve.
June also means carnival time at the Lower Milford Fire Company on Limeport Pike. The carnival this year runs 6 to 11 p.m. June 12-15. There will be fireworks Friday night about 9 p.m.
The carnival, with proceeds benefiting the fire company, will feature live music, rides, games and much more.