Bristol is hosting the tall ship this weekend; DooWop concert to follow
The Bristol Borough will be the place to be at the start of September as it will host not one but two weekend events that will fill the Old Town with visitors looking for waterfront fun .
From Thursday to Sunday, Bristol will host the tall ship, the Kalmar Nyckel, visiting from its home port in Wilmington, Delaware, for tours and a food festival. While weekends on the ship are full, deck tours are available on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets for the tours are $ 10 for adults and $ 5 for children 6 to 17 years old.
Kalmar Nyckel is a life-size replica of the Dutch-built merchant ship that brought Swedish settlers to North America in 1638, to establish the colony of New Sweden (now Delaware). Launched in 1997, today’s Kalmar Nyckel has a crew of 200 volunteers trained by professional staff who help maintain, navigate and teach her programs, says the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.
“Visiting Bucks County again has been one of our goals this year. The captain and crew will welcome you to Bristol Wharf for beautiful autumn sails. It is also the last leg of the only major voyage the ship has taken this year due to COVID guidelines, ”said Cathy Parsells, executive director of the foundation.
The ship’s visit will coincide with the city’s Italian festival from Friday to Sunday. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the festival will not have its usual multitude of vendors this year, but the Bristol Lions Club will be serving food every three days at the riverside wharf where Mill Street meets the Delaware River.
Lions raise funds to support schoolchildren in the Bristol Borough by selling their meatballs, sausages and other Italian delicacies. The food festival will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday in a 25 foot by 40 foot tent near the dock along the Delaware River at the end of Mill Street.
“People come because they love food,” said Rich Schneyder, president of the Lions. “I’ll be there every three days.
On September 18, the district will be in full swing again when Bristol City Council presents “Rock, Doo Wop & Soul in the Park”. The free alumni and goodies concert will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Mill Street parking lot. There will be free parking and a continuous shuttle service available to the Lenox Parking Lot, 1414 Radcliffe St.
Acts featured include Bobby Wilson paying homage to his father, Jackie Wilson; The Tymes; Eddie Holman; The Happenings, comets by Bill Haley Jr; Vito Picone and Les Elégantes, Les Chiclettes; and Joel Katz & The Dynamics.
Refreshments will be available for purchase at the food trucks.
Spectators should bring lawn chairs, blankets, and jackets or sweaters, as September evenings by the river can be chilly, the borough advises.
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