June 8, 2008

Fete Accompli

The first full weekend in June is a popular date with Abington residents. Now in its 95th year, the June Fete and Village Fair is an annual fundraising carnival and horse show, benefiting Abington Hospital.

The Women's Board at Abington Hospital, established in 1913 - before the hospital opened, assembles a large volunteer group to pull off the weekend events. Led by Pam Brown, the Women's Board coordinates all the volunteer efforts of the 10 different auxilary groups and 1,100 volunteers Abington Hospital utilizes throughout the year. The horse show is the longest running event of its kind in the area, longer than the better-known Devon show.

The offspring and I spent last evening braving rides, dancing to music, and making a mess with cherry water ice. The crowd, with a few minor exceptions, was friendly despite long lines and stifling August-like heat.

No signs of a bad economy here, just another great summer night.

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