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The Treasures and Traditions Holiday Craft Show at Pearl S. Buck International
The craft show ran November 28 - December 7 and featured a juried collection of crafts, gifts, fine art and antiques from 10am-4pm in the Cultural Center. Artisans and crafters on display included potters, photographers, watercolorists, woodworkers, candy makers, and fiber artists, among many more. A luncheon cafe was be open daily and craft show attendees received a discount at the Pearl S. Buck International Gift Shop.

Ghost Stories & Candlelight Tours of the Pearl S. Buck House
Visitors experienced authentic, documented ghost tales from Green Hills Farm such as: Devil Harry, the nosy colonial maid, a repentant preacher man, the shrubbery woman all in black, Oliver Twist, Mrs. Loris- the housekeeper, Magdalena- the deserted fiancé & tales of Revolutionary & Civil War soldiers & more in the dark of night!

Pearl S. Buck 122nd Birthday Celebration Celebrate Pearl S. Buck's Birthday with us!
The 122nd birthday party for Pearl S. Buck was celebrated on June 26th in the newly re-decorated Cultural Center with the rousing singing of Happy Birthday and refreshments for the 80 visitors who attended. Miss Buck’s favorite coconut cake was served along with beautifully decorated vanilla and chocolate cakes, lemonade and ice tea.  The featured program this year was presented by Stephanie Seidner, (mother of the groom) who spoke about the many different Chinese wedding customs and showed beautiful photographs of her son’s recent wedding in China. She explained the current Chinese interest in creating photographic fantasy stories with the couples being photographed in many different rented costumes and poses to explain how the couple met, courted, and married.  Since red and gold are the colors of celebration in China, the bridal party and wedding hall decorations were resplendent. While the bride and groom changed into three different outfits depicting the different customs of old and new China, it was interesting to note that current custom has the attendees much more casually dressed.  Their eighteen-course wedding banquet was frequently interrupted by many celebratory toasts and much gift-giving.  We are certain that Pearl Buck would have recognized many Chinese customs on display in this American-Chinese wedding. It was a happy event for all who attended Pearl’s 122nd birthday!

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Celebrating our Volunteer Awardees
Pearl S. Buck International held its annual celebration and recognition of all Pearl S. Buck International volunteers on May 12, 2014.  It was a fun filled day for all volunteers and staff.  The theme for the event was “Caught in the Act.”  Staff dressed up as DEA (Doing Extraordinary Acts) Agents and as Pearl S. Buck International Inmates.  As the volunteers began to arrive they were greeted by their fellow inmates and were directed to a lineup of games; including, walk the line, kazoo Breathalyzer, fingerprinting and a mug shot.  A delicious lunch was served while everyone enjoyed each other’s company. After lunch we had a mock trial which highlighted all of our award winners. Many donors provided us with gifts that we were able to give our Volunteers of the Year in their particular categories.  Please see our winners below:

Gift Shop Volunteer Sandy dePorry   Docent of the Year Cheryl Nichols
Gail Gaines   Special Event Volunteer Nancy McElwee
Office Support Volunteer Freida Myers   Cindy Louden
Justin Bryan   PSBI Board Member of the Year Norma Yabut
PSBVA Board Member of the Year Charlotte Rosen   Volunteer of the Year Jean Silvernail
Susie Huang   Outstanding Volunteer Award Recognizing Long Time Service Elly Gordon
Youth Volunteer of the Year Mark Bartorelli    Friendship Awards
Miles of Music
Eddie Wei   Arbor Hill Interiors
Brandon Shettsline   PANO
President's Outstanding Service Award
 Lynne Dorfman   NOVA Thrift Shop
 Ralph Abbott   Buck County Woman's Journal
Chairman's Excellence Award  Mary Helf    All About Catering
Archival Assistant of the Year Judy Nygard    
Barbara Hawkey  
Edward Hawkey  


Again, thank you to our Donors who made this special day possible: Giant Food Stores, Tilly Mint’s Tea Room, Downtown Dogs, Go Bananas Frozen Yogurt, Foods of New York, Red Robin, Rail Road Museum of Pennsylvania, The Rose Group-Corner Bakery, Adventure Aquarium, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Brick Tavern, Willow Grove Park, Lehigh Valley Zoo, Copperhead Bar & Grille, Vineyard Vines, Panera Bread, AMC Theater, Amish Farm & House, American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, Peddler’s Village-Button Wood Grille, and Chik-fil-a. 

Enjoying Pearl's Garden Party at Pearl S. Buck InternationalPearl's Tea and Garden Party
More than 100 ladies, young and old alike, joined us for our Fourth Annual Pearl’s Tea and Garden Party.  Although the weather outside was a bit brisk and chilly, the atmosphere inside the tent was warm and welcoming as all enjoyed the delicious tea sandwiches and desserts served by student volunteers from the Central Bucks West Key Club. Guests participated in an impromptu fashion show highlighting their amazing hats and tea ensembles. Prizes were awarded for the best in each category – student, adult and seniors.  In addition to the wonderful food and teas, our guests enjoyed sampling chocolate, shortbread and other treats from our vendors.


Birds and Habitats of Pearl S. Buck International
Birds and Habitats of Pearl S. Buck InternationalMore than one hundred visitors escaped the doldrums of winter for an afternoon, learned about Miss Buck’s birds, and enjoyed delightful refreshments at Pearl S. Buck International

“The Birds & Habitats Found at Green Hills Farm” was the theme of this public program on Monday, March 31, 2014 from 1 – 3:00 pm.  Sponsored by the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association, this special program featured noted Bucks County birder and bluebird expert Diane Allison.  Her power point presentation was enhanced with her beautiful photos and the stories of the100+ bird species she has now sighted and documented at Pearl S. Buck’s National Historic Green Hills Farm.  Allison has served on the Boards of Bucks County Audubon and the Tinicum Conservancy. She has also written birding articles for the Bucks County Herald.  A graduate of Delaware Valley College and retired from Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Company, Allison enjoys hiking, nature photography, hawk watching, and introducing people to the wonders of birds and nature.

Diane Allison’s interest in birds has taken her to many places including all 50 states, Europe, Central America, South America, the Galapagos Islands and the Caribbean. She is the compiler for the Central Bucks Audubon Christmas Bird Count and, since 2001, Diane has served as the compiler for all of Bucks County’s Pennsylvania Bird Migration Count.  A member of the speaker’s bureau for the North American Bluebird Society, Diane has built over 2000 bluebird boxes with school children, community groups and scouts.

 Antiques, Artifacts, and Appraisers Road Show 
Antiques, Artifacts, & Appraisers Road ShowMany satisfied attendees found out about their Jewelry, Silver, Artworks, Clocks, Books, Swedish dagger, or other family treasures at another successful PSBVA Special Events Fundraiser which was held on Sunday, March 23.  The 3rd ANTIQUES, ARTIFACTS & APPRAISERS ROADSHOW offered several entertaining and knowledgeable Bucks County appraisers.  Amy Parenti, Director of Appraisals for Trusts and Estates at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia, and a Doylestown resident, interacted with the audience regarding recent acquisitions and sales at Freeman’s.  Prizes were awarded to the winning guesses. The Breslin Jewelry family filled their estimating table with guages and scales and answered many jewelry questions.  Represented by Alexa Breslin, owner of  Donegal Jewelers of Doyleston, who specializes in estate jewelry, antiques, and buying and selling gold and silver. Neill Breslin of Dublin Jewelers is a GIA certified Gemologist and jewelry professional who does custom jewelry design work in wax in his Lansdale store, while also buying and selling antiques and estate sales.  Daniel Worden, President of the PA Antiques Appraisers Association gave a short presentation on the History of Silver.  Worden specializes in American and English sterling silver at his Sloane Square Antiques in Lahaska and The Silver Solution in Lambertville.  William D’Angolell is the President of the Bucks County Antiques Dealers Association and the owner of Imagine Antiques & Appraisals.  His expertise is in art, historical and political antiques, toys, china and metalware.  Ashley King is a master clock collector and restorer, has taught at the National Clock and Watch Museum in Columbia, PA and is a certified appraiser.  Dale Comisarow from The Painted Shutter in New Britain specializes in antique furniture, primitives, architectural/garden items, and coin operated mechanical machines. Many appraisal opinions were given, wine and cheese enjoyed, and the audience went home happy after another enjoyable ANTIQUE, ARTIFACTS & APPRAISERS ROADSHOW located at Pearl S. Buck International from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in the historic Cultural Center.

“Looking Forward to Spring” Fashion Show
The Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association held its “Fashionably Pearl Fashion Show” recently and offered its guests an opportunity to look forward to Spring!  The Franconia Family Heritage Gift Shop and Shekela’s Boutique of Telford presented beautiful spring fashions and accessories for women of all sizes. Our Pearl S. Buck impersonator also modeled exquisite outfits that she thought Miss Buck would choose for 2014 events.  Held in the historical Cultural Center, all proceeds benefited the legacy and mission of Pearl S. Buck International.

Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Assocation Treasures & Traditions Holiday Craft Show:

Volunteers supporing the Treasures & Traditions Craft Show 2013The Treasures & Tradition Holiday Craft Show celebrated its 25th Anniversary this year with record visitors and sales.  The show was open for ten days starting on Black Friday and offered an array of unique Juried artisans, antiques and collectibles.  Pearl’s kitchen was very busy with sampling of English Toffee, Biscotti’s, jams, honey and dips. A good time was had by all.

Mr and Mrs Clause Visit Pearl S Buck InternationalPearl S. Buck International Open House Event:

The volunteers at Pearl S. Buck International organized an annual Holiday Community Open House to share our mission and spread holiday cheer with complimentary tours to see our annual Festival of Trees tour of the beautifully decorated Pearl S. Buck National Historic Landmark House .  In the tradition of Pearl S. Buck’s Family, community night visitors enjoy holiday entertainment and refreshments in the pre-Civil War Barn Cultural Center.  Families enjoyed photo opportunities and craft activities with Santa and Mrs. Claus and Green Hills Farm elves. 

Book Cataloging Project for the Historic House:

The book cataloging project is an effort to create electronic records of all of the books in Pearl S. Buck's home. In addition to recording basic information, such as title and author, we also record a variety of data, such as a physical description, notes on any handwritten inscriptions and documenting items that have been left in the books. At least one photo of each book is taken to provide a visual verification and a reference. There is a vast range of topics in the libraries and some of the books are extremely old and fragile.

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