Beaver, Bridgewater Hosting Multiple May Events
May 01, 2017 08:22AM
By Vanessa Orr
Participants of the Forever Family 5K Run and Fun Walk
The month of May is a busy time in Beaver County, with races, festivals and even a community yard sale taking place in the towns of Beaver and Bridgewater.
On Saturday, May 13, the Bridgewater Spring Arts Festival will take place at Riverside Drive Park, where artists and merchants will line up along the riverside walkway and share their work, which ranges from paintings, photographs and drawings to handmade items like birdhouses, wreaths and jewelry.
“The whole focus of the arts festival is to highlight creativity in the community,” explained Tabatha Knox of Vibrant Images, who is helping to arrange the event. “We’ll have a lot of unique art showcased in a scenic location; last year, we had 38 vendors and a great variety of art.”
The festival, which is presented by Bridgewater Borough, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will include watercolor demonstrations by Douglas Brown, as well as entertainment. Chapman Stick performer Samson Covatch will play jazz from 10 a.m. to noon, and The Moment Jazz Band will perform from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Food vendors will also be on hand for those who build up an appetite.
“There’s no cost to come and enjoy the festival, and since it’s the day before Mother’s Day, you might even find some nice gifts!” said Knox.
The same day as the Arts Festival, Beaver is holding a town yard sale—the only one it holds all year.
“This is the one day a year that everyone in the borough puts things out for sale—it’s an entire town full of great deals,” said Jesse Arrington, vice president, Beaver Area Chamber of Commerce. “In addition to residents taking part, businesses also hold sidewalk sales and in-store events; they pull out all of the goodies they’ve saved all year.”
Sales start around 8 a.m. with most stores opening around 10 a.m. in the business district. The yard sale and sidewalk sales will end at 4 p.m. “Parking is tight, so it’s best to just park and walk,” advised Arrington.
In addition to these events, there are a lot of other reasons to visit the two towns. “Bridgewater is right on the water, so it’s great to dine out in a restaurant where you can look right out onto that view,” said Arrington, adding that in the last couple of years, the town has added a lot of new businesses, including Vic’s Oven and Beaver Bagel Company.
“Beaver is a great recreational community, and there’s a group here that offers walking and biking tours—bring your own bike, and they’ll arrange a historic tour for you,” he added. “The restaurants here are amazing, and there’s great shopping. We’ve also had a number of new stores open, including Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, which features a ‘soda wall’ with more than 250 different glass-bottled sodas.”
On May 20, visitors to Beaver will have a chance to see all of the sights while helping to raise money for a good cause at the Forever Family 5K Run and Fun Walk, sponsored by the Adoption Connection, PA. The race, now in its fifth year, attracts between 150-200 people to Irvine Park in Beaver.
“The race route goes down 2nd Avenue, along River Road, where runners enjoy lovely scenic views,” said Sherry Hutchison, Adoption Connection, PA outreach coordinator. “The walk that follows is very relaxed; we see a nice representation of families with their strollers, wagons, kids and pets; it’s a lot of fun.”
A radio station will be on hand to provide entertainment, and there will also be plenty of information about foster care and the need for foster families. “All proceeds from entry fees will go toward finding homes for waiting children,” said Hutchison. “As a full-service adoption and foster care agency, we work not only with adoptive and foster families, but with children and their birth parents. What makes us different from similar agencies is that we place children in homes with permanency in mind.”
Runners who want to pre- register for the race can visit www.adoptionconnectionpa.org. Vendors who want to be a part of the Bridgewater Arts Festival should call Knox at 724-774-1731 or email seb1306aol.com.