Bucks County Herald

Celebrate revolution at Frenchtown Bastille Day Fete

Frenchtown, N.J., will once again drape itself in blue, white and red in honor of Bastille Day on July 14, for the town’s annual Bastille Day Fete.

From noon until night, art, music, a mime, puppets and more will line the streets of the riverside town with a celebration of all things François for the entire family.

A caricature artist will capture individuals’ unique look while plein air artists paint the vistas of Frenchtown. Shops and galleries will feature special sales, activities, food, raffles and much more.

Madame DeFarge will be knitting at The Spinnery. Visitors might even run into Marie Antoinette sampling wine at Olive with a Twist. The Book Garden will again welcome the River Union Stage Puppet Show to the backyard, and the final weekend of Frenchtown Memory Palace is on exhibit at ArtYard.

Kick off the day at Frenchtown United Methodist Church, 16 Third St., with a quiche breakfast for $7 per person, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; whole quiches also will be available for purchase.

The second annual server race takes place in the riverside park at 3:30 p.m. Anyone with experience carrying a full cocktail tray is invited to challenge last year’s champion. Register by 3 p.m. at the FBPA table – the cost is $5 to race – winner takes all.

Venture down to Sunbeam Park for a market stroll and live music, with artist vendor tables throughout the afternoon. Philly’s hot jazz band, Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society, will headline the event at 4 p.m. in the riverside park, with Seth Grossman Jazz and Rob Lanter Trio performing earlier in the day.

Joe Coco will transform into a French strolling songster, serenading through town while little ones (and their parents) can rock out to the tunes of Lolly Hopwood at the Lovin Oven at 3 p.m.

Learn more about Frenchtown’s history during one of Rick Epstein’s walking tours at 2, 4 and 7 p.m.

The first two tours will begin at the Book Garden, 28 Bridge St., and cover downtown. The evening tour will take place in the cemetery off Trenton Avenue. Walk in or park on the paved lane farthest from the entrance. The tours cost $15 per person, with 20 percent going to the Frenchtown Business and Professional Association (FBPA), fete organizer.

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