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Volunteer Happenings

Below please enjoy reading about some of the upcoming events as well as learning about the recurring annual events.  Please check the Calendar of Events often for new and upcoming events. 

Pearl S. Buck 123rd Birthday Celebration

Come Celebrate Pearl Buck's Birthday at the Japanese Kimono & Fiber Arts Exhibit

In recognition of Pearl S. Buck’s 123rd birthday, Pearl S. Buck International hosted a Japanese Kimono & Fiber Arts Exhibit June 24- 26, 10 am – 4 pm in the Cultural Center.   

The exhibit featured wall art inspired by and created from exquisite vintage Japanese fabrics. Fiber Artist Nancy Long studied Japanese History at the University of South Carolina and lived and worked in Asia. She will bring history alive through her collection of Japanese kimono, and peasant fiber art. Her quilts, banners, scrolls and vintage kimonos will introduce the audience to sashiko, indigo, family crests, and the resist dyeing techniques of Japan.

Nancy Long shared her expertise on Wednesday during the Japanese Fiber Arts Lecture - History and Techniques.

The Thursday, June 25th agenda included a Quan Yin lecture by Anne K. Kaler, Pearl S. Buck Writing Guild Editor. Anne’s presentation highlighted Pearl Buck’s personal Quan Yin statues from the Pearl S. Buck House collection.

On Friday, June 26th, guests were invited to sing Happy Birthday to Pearl S. Buck in honor of her 123rd birthday at 1:00 pm.  A Katagami seminar followed featuring Katagami stencils, hand art and Pearl Buck’s personal artifacts from the House collection.  

The three-day celebration sponsored by the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association wrapped up on Friday evening, with an Artist Reception and Fiber Arts Lecture.

Volunteers Make Us Smile!

Pearl S. Buck International held its annual celebration and recognition of all Pearl S. Buck International volunteers on May 11, 2015. It was a fun filled day for all volunteers and staff.  The theme for the event was "Volunteers Make Us Smile". The Circus was in town! Staff dressed up as Clowns, the Ring Master and Circus Crew. Volunteers played arcade games, testing their skills at ring toss, bowling, fishing, toss the football through a hanging hula hoop, and the lucky winners won prizes. Several volunteers walked out with an armful of stuffed animal prizes! The volunteers also enjoyed dressing up in some silly accessories for a good ol’ fashioned photo booth.  A delicious lunch was served while everyone enjoyed each other's company. After lunch we were lucky to have hired one of the most famous and talented Flea Circuses. After the circus performance, the awards were handed out to our great volunteers. 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:  Bonnie Janke
Docent of the Year:  Sandy Moore
Office Support Volunteer:  Melissa Triol
Pearl S. Buck Writing Center Volunteer of the Year:  Ann Kaler
Special Event Volunteer:  Susie Woodland
PSBVA Board Member of the Year:  Joyce Barndt
PSBI Board Member of the Year:  Dave Breidinger
Youth Volunteer of the Year:  Erica Bohn
Volunteer of the Year:  Alison Shourds
Outstanding Volunteer Award Recognizing Long Time Service:  Sandy Bates
Friendship Award:  GE Power & Water, Doylestown Bookshop, ISF, Manor College
President's Outstanding Service Award:  Lauren Massey
Chairman's Excellence Award:  Helen Round
Archival Assistant of the Year:  Susan Berrodin

Again, thank you to our Donors who made this special day possible:  Wegmans Montgomerville, Lobie Entertainment, Walmart of Harleysville, Applebee's, Copperhead Grille, American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, Willow Grove Park, Sellersville Beverage & Cigar, Tilly Mint's Tea Room, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Honey Baked Ham, Just Born.

Annual Happenings

March: Spring Fashion Show

The Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association holds its “Fashionably Pearl Fashion Show” in March and offers its guests an opportunity to look forward to Spring!  The Franconia Family Heritage Gift Shop and Shekela’s Boutique of Telford present beautiful spring fashions and accessories for women of all sizes. Our Pearl S. Buck impersonator often appears and models exquisite outfits that she thought Miss Buck would choose for this year's events.  Held in the historical Cultural Center, all proceeds benefited the legacy and mission of Pearl S. Buck International.

May: Pearl's Tea and Garden Party

Hundreds of visitors escape the doldrums of winter for an afternoon, with delightful refreshments and special presentations at Pearl S. Buck International, sponsored by the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association.  The 2015 program was "Hats & Pearls" and the guests could win prizes during an audience-participation fashion show.  The 2014 program was “The Birds & Habitats Found at Green Hills Farm”, the program featured noted Bucks County birder and bluebird expert Diane Allison.  In 2015, May through August, Diane is leading Guided Bird Walks on the property. 

October: Ghost Stories & Candlelight Tours of the Pearl S. Buck House

Visitors experience 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!

November: Treasures & Tradition Holiday Craft Show

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

December: Pearl S. Buck International Open House Event

The volunteers at Pearl S. Buck International organize 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. 


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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