Bucks choral society

plans three-show festival

The Bucks County Choral Society will present its three-show Festival of Christmas Music under the direction of artistic director Thomas Lloyd starting this week.

Performances will feature Ralph Vaughan Williams'

Hodie

with the Ambler String Quartet, pianist Elizabeth Manus, and a different youth soloist for each performance.

Selected through auditions, youth soloists will be Lars Odlund from Tamanend Middle School in Warrington, and Holly Reddy and Jackie Wiatrowski, both from Neshaminy High School in Middletown.

The performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday at St. Ignatius Church, 999 Reading Ave., Yardley, and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. next Sunday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 301 Main St., Doylestown.

Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors, and $5 for students. Visit

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or call 215-598-6142 for tickets and more information.

Quilters can enter contest

at Peddler's Village

Peddler's Village in Lahaska is seeking entrants for its Quilt Competition and Display, to be held Jan. 14 through April 6.

Cash prizes will be awarded to quilts in these categories: traditional, applique, Amish, creative, potluck, quilted clothing, student and kids only.

Entry forms can be picked up in all Village shops, at the Hospitality Center, or at

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, and must be submitted by Jan. 1. The quilts will be displayed in the Gazebo on the Main Green.

For more information, call 215-794-4000.

Biotechnology building

pays homage to doctor

The Pavilion at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center's recently acquired second building in Doylestown has been named after Joshua Feldstein.

Feldstein, a doctor in the biotech field for the past 60 years, was honored for his efforts in forging the partnership between the Hepatitis B Foundation and Delaware Valley College, resulting in the founding of the Biotechnology Center in 2006.

With the addition of the second building, the original 62,000-square-foot facility has expanded into a 10-acre, 100,000-square-foot research facility.

The Center is at 3805 Old Easton Rd., Doylestown. For more information, visit

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.

Craven Hall to hold

open house for holidays

Craven Hall invites the public to attend a holiday open house from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Tours will make their way through the mid-19th-century Greek Revival home, stopping in the original root cellar and offering visitors the chance to view early gravestone remnants from the Craven/Vansant burial grounds.

Afterward, guests can check out open-hearth cooking demonstrations and sample homemade hot mulled cider.

Also on display will be the Craven Hall Historical Society's plans for a six-foot, steam-operated replica of former tenant John Fitch's 1790 steamboat.

Craven Hall sits on part of a 551-acre land grant given to William Bingley in 1681 by William Penn. It is at the corner of State and Newtown Roads in Warminster.

The event is free. For more information, call 215-675-4698.

- Matt Sandy