Langhorne Council for the Arts is once again hosting its Summer Speaker Series. All presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Anna Mary Williamson Library and Museum (headquarters of Historic Langhorne Association), 160 W. Maple Ave., Langhorne. A $5 donation at the door is requested to support the LCA Student Scholarship Fund. Light refreshments will be served.
The Big Picture: Mural Makers of Bucks County takes place June 18. Join David Leopold as he takes attendees on a journey around the region to see murals painted by Bucks County artists including Daniel Garber, Charles Ward, Maxo Vanka, Lloyd Ney, Robert Beck, Charles Child, John Foster, Charles Hargens, Arthur Meltzer and William A. Smith. Find out the small details about how these big pictures were created and what challenges they faced in putting them up.
The Coolest Guy Movie Ever takes place July 2. Joe Amodei will screen his documentary about the making of The Great Escape and discuss why this is still one of the most popular adventure films, more than 50 years later. He will also discuss the actual POW escape on which the film is based and share artifacts he has collected about the heroic break out of Stalag Luft 3.
Exploring African Roots in Langhorne takes place July 16. Historian Jesse Crooks will debut his new presentation on the history of slaves and freed African-Americans who lived in and around Langhorne, including the areas known as Guinea (where slaves of Jeremiah Langhorne lived) and Washington Village, the involvement of local Quakers, and the establishment of the AME Church in the Borough.
Worth a Thousand Words: The Delaware Canal in Pictures Old and New takes place Aug. 13. Join Susan Taylor, executive director of the Friends of the Delaware Canal, to look at some great pictures of the beloved Delaware Canal. Postcards and photos of long ago reveal the Canal’s rich history. Incredible photos of flora and fauna along and in the Canal today remind us of its value as a natural resource.
Just for the Record takes place Aug. 27. When you think of the Grammy Awards being presented to Beyonce or Bruno Mars, have you ever wondered about the little golden trophy they hold up so proudly? Join Christopher Andrew Maier in a multimedia show as he channels Eldridge Reeves Johnson, the poor machinist from Camden, New Jersey, who perfected recorded sound on the gramophone. By naming his company Victor Talking Machine, a brand new 20th-century concept was born – home entertainment. Johnson became one of America’s wealthiest individuals by 1927 by selling his global enterprise to Radio Corporation of America, paving the way for RCA Victor, a world leader in recorded music.
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