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June 2013
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The Art of the Barn Weekendart of the barn
Bucks County Audubon Society, in partnership with Heritage Conservancy, presents this exciting annual event!

The Art of the Barn Tour and Show runs Saturday, July 13th from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday, July 14th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 

Ticket holders are invited to tour six barns located on six beautiful Bucks County Estates.  Each property will also host local artists whose work will be available for purchase.

Click HERE for more information!
5th Annual Farm to Table Event!
Farm to Table 2013
Saturday, July 27 
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Lindsay Farm in Warwick, PA

Join us for farm fresh food prepared by the best in Bucks County served in a rustic and picturesque outdoor setting.
This event sold out last year, so don't miss out!
To purchase tickets, click HERE, or contact Katie Paone at 215-345-7020 ext. 108 for more information. 
Volunteers needed!

Volunteer to assist with Farm to Table event preparation!  


Friday, July 26 

9:30 AM to 3:30 PM 

Aldie Mansion

 85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, PA


Help with assembling event centerpieces, gift bags and place settings for the 5th Annual Farm to Table dinner taking place at Lindsay Farm on Saturday, July 27.  


Please contact Kristen Brown at kbrown@heritageconservancy.org or (215) 345-7020 ext. 104 to volunteer.

Learn how to research and read historic homes and barns like a professional!
Sunday, July 28th
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Dvoor Farm House
111 Mine St., Flemington, NJ 08822

Every 4th Sunday of the month during the summer, Hunterdon Land Trust is featuring our president and building historian, Jeff Marshall, during a 
series of educational talks.

Click HERE for more info!
  Leasing Land for New Farm Enterprises: A Workshop for Landowners and Farmers 
 Monday, July 29th
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Aldie Mansion 
85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, PA
This event will offer an overview of leasing land for agricultural use. Producers and property owners  
interested in making their land available to farmers are encouraged to attend. 
For more information, click HERE.
The Art of Preservation: A Farm to Table Event 
Art of Pres 2013  
Saturday, September 21
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Historic Kirkland Farm
2510 Old Bethlehem Road
Springtown, PA 18081

Join us for an elegant evening of cocktails and locally sourced delicacies on a historic farm at our 2nd annual Farm to Table event in Upper Bucks County.

For more information, call Katie at (215) 345-7020 ext. 108.
Click HERE for more details. 

Office Space Available in Historic Buildings

WOW your clients with a beautiful 

and unique setting! 

Office space for rent located at historic Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, PA, now available.  1,000  sq. ft. of office space with ample off-street parking. Renter pays electric, phone, and internet. $1,300/month.


Create an image of warmth, charm and history for your organization by renting a historic farmhouse located on 5 acres in Jamison, PA.
Space is approx. 2200 sq. ft. Gracious entry foyer, three large rooms, high ceilings, hardwood floors, original hardware, kitchen facilities, storage space.  $3400/month plus utils.


If interested in either of these rental opportunities, please contact Sharon at syoung@heritgeconservancy.org or 215-345-7020 ext. 106.

Any time of year is perfect for a wedding at historic  
Aldie Mansion!

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for details.
Heritage Conservancy Presents Partnership Awards to Nominated Recipients at Annual Garden Party
L to R: Laura Baird, HC's Senior Land Conservation, Alida Spry and Devich Farbotnik, recipients of the Land Conservation Award, and Judge William Hart Rufe III, Chairman Emeritus of HC

Heritage Conservancy hosted its annual member appreciation and donor recognition event on Thursday, June 13, at historic Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, PA. Impending storms in the forecast and intermittent power outages occurring throughout the morning did not bode well for the organization's yearly Garden Party and awards ceremony. Fortunately, the rains held off and guests were able to enjoy a lovely cocktail reception outside on the terrace overlooking the mansion's beautiful landscaping.


Nearly 150 of the Conservancy's valued members, business members, and Board of Directors were in attendance at the Garden Party, as well as special guests of members who were interested in learning more about the organization. As part of the event, the Conservancy presented its Heritage Partnership Awards to individuals who have shown extraordinary commitment to conservation of our natural and historic heritage.


The first presentation was for the Land Conservation Award. This award was given to Alida Spry and Devich Farbotnik of Nockamixon Township for the preservation of their 88-acre property. Over ten years ago, their father, Steve Farbotnik, had considered placing a conservation easement on his property that would protect the integrity of the land and wildlife for generations to come. Mr. Farbotnik passed away before completing the easement, so Devich and Alida made it their mission to carry out their father's wishes to see the property preserved. With obstacles hindering a fast path to preservation, it took the brother and sister team seven dedicated years before completing a conservation easement on the property in January 2013. Alida thanked Heritage Conservancy for the award with a heartfelt speech about her strong connection to the land. She recalled how when she was just four years old, her father used to wake her up at 3:00 in the morning to go owl watching. She had no idea until she started school that this wasn't something that all children did!

To continue reading this article, click HERE.
To view our photo gallery from the event, click HERE.
Bucks County's Favorite Foodie Event is Back 
For the 5th Year in a Row!

Voted Bucks Happening's "Best Foodie Event" for the past two years in a row, our highly anticipated From Farm to Table event is back with an opportunity to provide guests with a uniquely Bucks County dining experience! Taking place on Saturday, July 27th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, the event is located at Lindsay Farm in Warminster, PA. Guests should park at Warwick Elementary School in Jamison, PA, where they will be transported to and from the farm by shuttle buses. 


This BYOB event boasts a farm-fresh meal, creatively prepared by acclaimed chefs from Jamie Hollander Gourmet Foods and Earl's Bucks County. Hors d'oeuvres followed by a buffet-style dinner will be served in a rustic and picturesque outdoor setting. While indulging in these mouthwatering delicacies, guests will have the opportunity to participate in silent and live auctions for a variety of exciting items. 


"Food mile, sustainability, locavore: these terms express the growing eco-consciousness relating to our food sources. Locally produced food has a smaller environmental impact," said Robin Folkerts, Heritage Conservancy's Vice President of Development & Community Engagement. "We are pleased to host this event and share with our guests the delicious food grown right here in our own community."  

Tickets are $75 per person, or $250 for a Locavore Ticket, which includes VIP on-site parking, 2 reserved tickets and name listing in event booklet. Proceeds benefit our mission of preserving our natural and historic heritage. 


Tickets are selling fast, but still available. Click HERE to purchase tickets, or contact Katie Paone at 215-345-7020 ext. 108 to reserve yours today! 

Keeping Up With the Mercers

Heritage Conservancy has had the fortune of calling Aldie Mansion its home for the past twenty-five years. Since residing here, we've discovered many interesting stories about William and Martha Mercer, the original owners of the mansion dating back to 1927. You could say that we are quite taken with the Mercers! We recently found a letter that was written by Martha, most likely sometime around the late 1920s or early 1930s, to a family friend. The following is the text from her letter: 


Dear Mrs. Weisel, 


I am too sorry that I could not wish you a Merry Xmas in person before I go, but the family are so afraid that I will catch whooping cough that they will not let me go to see you. I shall have to take this means of saying goodbye & wishing you the best of New Years. I was so sorry not to see Debby when she came & I want to thank her for the beautiful calendar & the children for the delicious candy. I appreciated everything most truly, & really wish that I could have been with you for a little while. 


I shall hope to hear from you, my address is c/o Brown Shipley & Co. London, & I wish you each & all a Happy New Year. 


Faithfully Yours, 

Martha Mercer 


Martha was known for being extremely social and enjoyed having guests to the mansion. You can really sense her distraught state from having to stay secluded during that time! 


If you'd like to learn more about the Mercers, our president, Jeff Marshall, co-wrote a beautiful coffee table book called The Story of Aldie that is available for purchase here at the mansion and at The Doylestown Bookshop. To purchase a copy directly from us, click HERE or call 215-345-7020. 

An Artist's World: A World of Generosity

cape mist on the marsh

"Cape Mist on the Marsh" by Materese Roche


This month, we had the privilege of receiving a gracious donation through an act of professional generosity. Materese Roche, a contemporary landscape painter whose work has been exhibited in such respected galleries as Phillips Mill and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, held an art exhibit at her studio in Buckingham, PA, and donated 15% of all proceeds to our organization. "An Artist's World: New Paintings by Materese Roche" was open from May 18th through June 9th. 


With close to 100 guests in attendance on opening night, including our president, Jeff Marshall, Ms. Roche's exhibition drew the recognition it deserved. The exhibit featured paintings inspired by nature and her everyday life in Buckingham, along with pieces inspired by her travels to Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and Maine. With the beauty she sees in nature providing such inspiration in her work, it is fitting that Ms. Roche would give back to an organization that works to protect it. 


About her work, she says: "My intent is simply to convey, as honestly as possible, my experience of nature; the physical, visual and emotional impact it has on me. I hope that in my work, I am able to relay the vital importance of nature in our lives, and how it brings us closer to our humanity." 


 To learn more about Materese Roche and her artwork, click HERE. 

Many Faces, One Voice: 
Joyce Austin, Administrative Assistant

For over 11 years, Joyce Austin has held the role of Administrative Assistant for Heritage Conservancy. Joyce is not your typical Administrative Assistant; a large focus of her role is graphic design work for the whole organization. She is the go-to person for every department when promotional materials need to be created. These materials consist of advertisements, postcards, invitations, pamphlets, program booklets, posters and name tags. Along with design tasks, Joyce also works with Microsoft Word, Publisher and Excel to maintain consistency in document formatting. She produces mass mailings and maintains important files. 


Joyce played a key part in our recent Garden Party and Heritage Partnership Awards. She produced the outreach materials to ensure a good turnout for attendance, as well as the program booklets and beautiful awards bestowed upon the recipients. Joyce is gearing up for a busy schedule with our upcoming Farm to Table dinner event. She has already begun to put her creative skills to use by developing this year's eye-catching theme. She will continue to create materials to promote and use at the award-winning event. 


Before beginning her career at Heritage Conservancy, Joyce held several clerical positions with various companies and organizations. Just prior to coming to Heritage Conservancy, she worked for an insurance company for nine years where she was given the opportunity to further her computer skills through in-depth trainings. These trainings have enabled her to perform the design work that she enjoys so much here at Heritage Conservancy. 


"I love that I work for an organization whose mission is about being a good steward of the land and preserving its history," said Joyce about her position. "The Heritage Conservancy team works to fulfill that mission by reaching out to the public with great educational activities and fun events. I'm proud of the work I do as part of that team." 


We are lucky to have her as part of our team!