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News: What's New This Month?

Date Published Author
  Bill Martin 

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1) The “Holiday Light the Night Contest” was successful with 30 homes participating and 75 votes. The winner was the Flebbe family at 571 Middle Holland Rd. in Holland. We got great feedback about the holiday event so we do plan to do it again next year. We want to take this time to thank Gilmore & Associates and Gasper Landscape and Design for sponsoring the holiday event as well as thank the Bucks County Women’s Chorus who recorded holiday songs for the caroling stations at the Municipal Park Trail of Cheer and the Council Rock South Girls Scout Council decorated the trees in the grove leading up to the Wetzel Pavilion. The music and decorations really made a stroll in the park during the past holiday season something special.

2) As we know the Parks and Recreation Staff never stops even during a pandemic. To suit your personal comfort level a select menu of in-person classes in addition to new and exciting virtual programs is being offered. If you choose an in-person program, rest assured that the Parks and Recreation team has designed protocols that have been put in place at the Recreation Center in accordance with CDC, Pennsylvania State and Bucks County Health Department guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus and for the health and safety of all our participants But if you are still uncomfortable than there’s still opportunity to participate in classes in the comfort of your own home.

3) With that being said you will want to visit the website www.northamptonrec.com to see all that is being offered. There’s exercise, art, sports and cooking. One class in this season’s brochure that brings a lot of excitement is the Cooking at Home...Five Star Dining Series. Parks and Recreation Department and the Northampton Valley County Club are working together and have planned these virtual tutorials that feature our very own Chef Jerry and Chef Mike. You will be given a list of ingredients and the step by step instruction needed to prepare four selected full course meals. You can pick one, two, three or all four and learn how to prepare your appetizer and main course as well as a scrumptious dessert. These videos, made possible by East Cost Entertainment Group, are now available by registering on line.

4) You will also want to register for a Valentine’s Day Virtual Dance Party. This virtual Dance Party will help you celebrate the special day with the children you love. Dads & Daughters...Moms & sons....Grandparents and grandchildren. Parks and Recreation has it all wrapped up in a special package for you which includes a 30 minute virtual concert with Silly Joe, an interactive children’s performer, games, a puzzle, dessert recipes, candy and kisses (Hershey that is) that you can share with your loved ones. Space is limited so
register soon to receive your special package prior to Valentine’s Day. Registration closes on February 10th or earlier if spaces sell out.

5) Our long running Bunny Hunt “Egg venture” will not be held this year as group events are still questionable due to the pandemic. Instead, a Shoe box Easter Parade and an At Home Easter Egg Hunt is planned. Curious? With our creative Parks and Recreation team no doubt it will be loads of fun! Build your own Shoebox Easter float and have a chance to win a prize once the votes are counted. Watch for details about the virtual parade with a special guest appearance. Wonder who that will be??

6) This time each year the liaison to Parks and Recreation announces the Summer Camp programs. At the January 27th meeting of the Board of Supervisors Dr. Kim Rose reported that there WILL be camp this summer!!! The camps will operate similar to how they were conducted last summer with strict protocols in place. If any changes are permitted we will be advised by state and local agencies by April, so we are told. We also just received notice that we will be able to use the schools this summer so that will allow us to accommodate a few more children than last summer. However, Council Rock School District reserves the right to amend usage based on Covid restrictions. Enrollment at each site will be limited so if you are interested in camp be sure to watch your emails for information and announcements on the Park and Rec website. We anticipate that registration will be opening February 8th.

7) Hand in hand with Summer Camp, plans for the upcoming Swim Club season are underway. We are so happy and proud that both were operated safely and successfully last year-giving many families back their summer! With the anticipation of more camp groups at the pool and the ongoing requirements for social distancing, membership will need to be limited even more than last season, so, anyone interested should sign up early! We anticipate registration to be available by mid-February.

8) Lastly, it’s also the time of year when registration is open for the upcoming Preschool Potpourri school year. We offer preschool for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. If your child turns three before October 15, 2021 and you would like more information about the preschool, please visit the website at www.northamptonrec.com or call the Recreation Center Staff at 215-357-5396. Due to the pandemic tours cannot be given during the program times but an after hour visit can be arranged. Don’t delay in registering as some of the classes are already full.