Friday, August 12: This Friday and Saturday is the 54th annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival. What’s that? Well, Goschenhoppen is an old name for a region that was settled by Germans in the 1700s. The region is in the Upper Perkiomen Valley in Montgomery County. The festival brings you back to what life would be like for those settlers so long ago. There will be costumed craftsmen demonstrating things from blacksmithing to coopering and needleworking. There will also be authentic Pennsylvania German food and stage presentations about folk life in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The festival goes until 8 p.m. Friday, and runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $3 for 6-15 year olds. You can also get a two day pass for $18. The festival takes place at the Henry Antes House at 318 Colonial Road in Perkiomenville. You can also tour the house, a National Historic Landmark, during the festival.
Saturday, August 13: The New Hope Auto Show is back for its 65th year. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will be all domestic cars from the beginning of automobiles through 1997. If you didn’t know, an antique car is classified as being 25 years or older. The crazy thing is that cars from the early to mid-nineties are now considered antiques. Let that sink in. If you prefer foreign cars, Sunday is your day. There promises to be some pretty cool cars. There is even an exotics category that includes Bugattis. Hopefully someone brings one.
Tickets are $10, and kids under 12 are free. Active military and their families are also free. Note that the event is on school grounds, so no alcohol or tobacco products are allowed at the event. Also, don’t bring your pets or touch the cars. The event is at New Hope-Solebury High School located at 180 W. Bridge Road in New Hope.
For something entirely different, how about orienteering? Did you know that there is a Delaware Valley Orienteering Association? This Saturday, DVOA is having an orienteering event at Bucks County Community College, adjacent to Tyler State Park. The event in from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. If you don’t know how to orienteer, don’t worry. DVOA says they always welcome beginners. Preregistration closed on Thursday, but it says a limited number of day of registrants will be allowed. The cost is for the map, that you use to make your way through the course. Day of maps cost $10 for the white course and $20 for all other courses. Your team can use just one map. Bucks County Community College is located at 275 Swamp Road in Newtown.
Sunday, August 14: Sunday evening, there is another free concert at the Univest Performance Center on the lawn. This time, a band called The Large Flowerheads is bringing groovy music from the 1960s. They play music from the British Invasion through Woodstock, so if you like any of the music from the 60s, you’ll probably enjoy it. They’ve won multiple Lehigh Valley Music Awards for “Best Entertaining Band”. The Univest Performance Center is located at 301 W. Mill Street in Quakertown.