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Calendar at a Glance – Upcoming Events

7/4 Annual July 4th Community Picnic in the Park • Volunteers needed
7/11 VFPA Night at Washington Memorial Chapel Carillon Concert. Rain or shine event.
8/22 VFPA Crayfish Corps Day • advance registration required
9/11 VFPA bus trip to the Museum of the American Revolution • Fee required
9/29 National Public Lands Day
10/18 VFPA tour of Stoneleigh Mansion & Gardens, Villanova, PA • Fee required
10/23 Movie screening of Redcoats, voted best Local Short Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

For more information, email info@vfparkalliance.org.

July 4th Community Picnic in the Park

Wednesday, July 4 11 am – 3 pm Visitor Center and Mini Parade Free Event
Picnic in the Park

July 4th Community Picnic in the Park welcomes thousands of neighbors, families, and kids, plus visitors from around the country to celebrate our nation’s independence on the hallowed grounds of Valley Forge.

The day includes music, food, historical games, and crafts that teach more about the Valley Forge experience (but don’t tell the kids).

Volunteers Needed!
We need your help to make this annual event a success. A variety of positions are available. For more information or to sign-up click here.

VFPA Night: Frank P. Law Summer Carillon Series at Washington Memorial Chapel

Wednesday, July 11 6:30 – 7 pm Bell Tower tours/light refreshments 7:30 pm Concert
VFPA Members: Free but RSVP is required Non-Members: $20 per person

Join us on Wednesday, July 11 for a special evening at Washington Memorial Chapel’s Summer Carillon Series. The evening includes a meet and greet with the Chapel’s Carillonneur, Doug Gefvert, and the evening’s guest carillonneur, Geert D’hollander, Director of Carillon Services at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida and the carillon composition teacher at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium.

Throughout the evening, tour the chapel and enjoy light refreshments, courtesy of Black Powder Tavern. From 6:30 to 6:45 pm, you’ll have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Chapel’s Bell Tower and get a breathtaking view of the Grand Parade. Then take your seat in the tented courtyard – the perfect location to enjoy the concert, which begins promptly at 7:30 pm. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets plus your favorite beverages.

For sixty-five years, Washington Memorial Chapel has presented the world’s finest carillonneurs. This magnificent music in the pastoral setting of Valley Forge National Historical Park continues to be a source of great enjoyment and inspiration for area residents and visitors from all over the world. Visit www.wmchapel.org for more information or directions.

About the Performer

Geert D’hollander
Photo: Charles Baker III, Haven Magazine

Geert D’hollander was named Bok Tower Gardens’ fourth full-time carillonneur in October 2012. He has studied, among others, piano, chamber music, choral- and orchestral direction, fugue, and composition at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium and carillon at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium. He was first prize winner in more than 30 international competitions for carillon and/or composition. In 1997, he succeeded Ronald Barnes as University Carillonist and Professor of Carillon at the Department of Music at UC Berkeley. In 2008, he was awarded the “Berkeley Medal of Honors” for “Distinguished Service to the Carillon.”

Tickets

Tickets (non-member price):

Alliance Members: Free*
Free tickets must be reserved in advance.
Email info@vfparkalliance.org to reserve your free tickets.

* Young Friend or Individual member – 1 free ticket
* Family / Household membership or higher – based on number in household

VFPA Crayfish Corps Day

Wednesday, August 22 9 am – noon Valley Creek (exact location to be determined)
Limit 30 - advance registration req'd by 8/15 Closed-toe shoes required
Crayfish Corps

Work alongside Park staff to remove invasive rusty crayfish that invaded Valley Creek in 2008. The rusty crayfish is bigger, more aggressive, and eats up to twice as much as native crayfish in Valley Creek. Long-term goal is to maintain a ratio of one rusty crayfish or less for every four native crayfish present in Valley Creek.

Join us for a splashy morning of learning, fun, and making a difference at Valley Forge National Historical Park. All participants receive Crayfish Corps buttons.

WHAT TO KNOW:

  • Removal is accomplished using hand nets. Participants should be prepared to get in the stream and get wet!
  • Participants should wear their own closed-toe shoes (such as sneakers that can get wet).
  • Park staff will provide training and equipment including nets and a limited number of hip boots.
  • All ages are welcome but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and complete a permission form prior to the event.
  • Adults are expected to get into the water with their kids.
  • 1 adult chaperone per 6 children (or fewer) is required.

Email to receive additional information and registration materials.

Trail Tuesdays: Weekly Walks in the Park!

Tuesdays 10 – 11 am JUNE: walk starts at Alliance table in Visitor Center lower lot
JULY: meet at Wilson Road parking lot (1700 Wilson Rd.)
Grab lunch at The Tavern at Valley Forge after your walk – 20% discount for members!
trail tuesdays

Join us for Trail Tuesdays as we walk, talk, get healthy, and be happy! Walk is for all fitness levels. Dogs and strollers welcome. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be canceled. Contact Molly Duffy for any questions at molly@vfparkalliance.org or call 484-886-5853.

Upcoming Topics

June 26 Dr. Arthur of Experience Chiropractic • The Importance of Stretching

Email info@vfparkalliance.org to add your name to our walkers list so that we can keep you informed about upcoming walks, schedule changes, and cancellations due to weather.

Stoneleigh Mansion & Garden Tour

Thursday, October 18 10 am – 12 pm meet at Mansion main entrance
Advance registration required – limit 20 persons VFPA Members: $20 | Non-Members: $25

Join us for a breathtaking two-hour tour of Stoneleigh Mansion and Gardens, a magnificent 42-acre estate located in Villanova, Pennsylvania. After the tour, lunch with us at Savona. Lunch is optional and at your own cost.

About Stoneleigh: The Tudor Revival-style home that stands today was built in 1900 with a gradual transformation of the grounds by the prestigious landscape architecture firm, the Olmstead Brothers of Massachusetts. For nearly 80 years, Stoneleigh was the home of the Haas family, who donated the property to Natural Lands in 2016 so that it would remain preserved forever. After much preparation, planning, and planting, Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden opened to the public in May of 2018. «read more»

Tickets (VFPA Members):
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Take the ’78 Mile Challenge!

May 1 through October 31 Download log form: go.nps.gov/78mile
Take the ’78 Mile Challenge!

The Valley Forge ’78 Mile Challenge encourages visitors to run, bike, hike, paddle, or walk along the park trails, roads, and waterways. After completing and recording the 78 miles, participants will receive a prize. «read more»