Cates Spotlight: Historic Bristol Day is fast approaching

A Past Historic Bristol Day. Archive photo

The “46. Historic Bristol Day on Saturday 15 October will be dedicated to Catherine McCarry, a beloved Bristol Borough resident who was a former Board Member of the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation and Chair of Historic Bristol Day,” confirmed Chairs Mary Gesualdi and Nicholas A Rizzo.

Catherine McCarry

Brake for Bristol Day from 10am to 4pm for the 46th annual Historic Bristol Day, sponsored by the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation, celebrating its rich history. Come for a day of fun!

Historic Bristol Day is always the third Saturday in October, when the trees begin to take on a multi-gold hue and the front steps are home to colorful chrysanthemums.

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving over three centuries of Bristol Borough history and enhancing cultural opportunities for all residents of the community to encourage a pride in supporting and improvement of the inherited treasure.


Historic Bristol on the Delaware is a perfect place, alive and well, with a wealth of promising great things to come and everyone is invited to shop, eat, walk, socialize and enjoy the day.

Small towns have become a national icon, a national tradition.

Every once in a while, you’re lucky enough to stumble upon a city that has it all right – cafes that serve great coffee, restaurants that cook amazing food, and a wealth of characters to share. It’s the kind of place where people make sure there’s genuine respect for history.

The Historic Bristol Day Festival is a fun, energetic, active learning event for ALL ages featuring entertainment, historical tours, vendors, craftsmen, an absolutely amazing car show, food court, walking tours, home tours and historic buildings open to the public, entertainment, a sailing regatta, an antique boat exhibition, countless activities for children and much more!

Bristol Day is packed with colonial entertainment including music, dance, living history, children’s games and especially delicious festive food.


Enjoy a hearty meal at one of the city’s excellent jewel restaurants.


Own a Strippoli!

Rose Marie [Field] Strippoli expresses her passion for art with panache.

A Strippoli painting.

Bid in the silent auction for an original work of art by this award-winning, accomplished Bucks County artist. Look for the table on Radcliffe Street.

Every time-honoured traditional event and exhibition is worth a stop, so browse all the displays and enjoy the food, friendship and fun.

Vendors are welcome to exhibit and sell their special crafts. The participation fee for a 10 x 10 place [all spaces will be the same size] is $70 for business or tradesmen. There is a $30 fee for non-profit tables.

The Craft Fair has become one of the highlights of Historic Bristol Day, drawing many visitors to this quaint, historic riverside town.

Preliminary plans call for the vendors to be located in blocks 200 and 300 of Radcliffe Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic from early morning until 5pm

Entrants must arrive in time to have their exhibits completed, supervised and open to the public by 9:30am. Complimentary refreshments will be served to vendors at the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation headquarters at 321 Cedar Street between 8:00am and 11:00am.

Questions about vendors may be directed to Bethanne M. Olczak, Chair of the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation’s Bristol Day Craft Committee, at 215-781-8072, fax 215-781-8068, or email [email protected], OR Visit the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation website at for more information.

Bristol is underrated. There is much rich and storied past to share in over 300 years.

Save the date for Historic Bristol Day on Saturday 15th October.

Welcome friend to this historic riverside town!

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