President Jan Tompkins’ Annual Letter
To the Membership,
As we enter 2015, I want to share what an
exciting year 2014 was for the Buckingham Township Civic
The spring of the year kicked off with our annual flea market. The
market was a huge success with approximately 40 vendors and several
hundred customers. The weather was gorgeous, sales were brisk and a
good time was had by all. The BTCA had its own booth, which enabled
us to raise a significant amount of money to help support our
community garden, which in turn supports our assigned food pantry,
the Jesus Focus Ministry.
For the first time, the Easter Egg Hunt was held in George Bush Park
on Burnt House Hill Road. The BTCA Board recognized that relocating
the egg hunt would enable more families to attend this event. We had
approximately 300 children chasing after the eggs, making Easter
crafts and playing games. The Easter bunny came hopping by for photo
ops with all of the children.
Doylestown Farmers’ Market kicked off its 39th season on April 19th,
continued throughout the summer and closed operations for the year
the Saturday before Thanksgiving. As usual, the market featured
long-time vendors and a few new ones. We had music every Saturday
provided by a variety of musical artists including guitarists,
vocalists and an entertaining female harmony group. The children had
fun making holiday crafts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and
even created “clothespin caterpillars” just to name a few. As
always, shoppers enjoyed discovering the perfect book at our Book
Nook. Even though the book exchange is totally free, some folks gave
us cash donations that we put to good use by purchasing groceries
for the food pantry.
We want to thank all of our loyal customers who
came to the market week in and week out, rain or shine, to support
our local vendors.
We are proud to say that in our third season at the Buckingham
Community Garden we produced a crop of over 600 pounds of fresh
produce, including tomatoes, peppers, radishes, carrots and peas.
This has brought our total harvest to over a ton of vegetables, all
of which is donated to the food pantry. What a rewarding way to
spend a morning or afternoon tending the beds and knowing you will
be providing food for a needy family. We look forward to planning
next year’s crop over the winter.
Our high school
affiliate board members have increased to five of the most
qualified Central Bucks East High school students we have had to
date. Not only did they jump into their roles with great enthusiasm,
they have brought a wealth of technical knowledge to the Board. To
that end, you may have noticed that this Newsletter has a new
professional look. In addition, we will be launching our
newly-designed website by the beginning of February. Please check it
http://btcacivic.wix.com/btca. I hope you will be as impressed
as we are.
As we kick off 2015, we look ahead to resuming the flea market,
the garden, the egg hunt and the farmers’ market. This year will
also mark the 5th annual scholarship the Association has awarded to
a college-bound senior at CB East. In addition, every two years when
township officials are on the ballot we provide a forum called Meet
the Candidates Night at which Buckingham citizens can learn more
about the people who are seeking to represent them. This year we’ll
be holding it again.
All of these activities are expensive. The board
members are all volunteers and give countless hours to the
activities we plan. Whether or not you choose to be involved in a
hand’s-on capacity, we want you to know that your annual dues are
very necessary for our organization to continue to function. Indeed,
we need to expand our membership in order to maintain our numerous
programs, so if you know someone who might be interested in joining
our organization, please
encourage them to do so.