If you’re looking for a great way to kick off the holiday season, think about visiting the 40th Annual Festival of Trees at the Pearl S. Buck House. The event showcases beautiful trees and vignettes designed by Bucks County’s best artists, decorators, and by local community groups to convey the spirit of Pearl S. Buck’s legacy as an author, humanitarian, and activist. Visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favorite display.
Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is one of the organizations invited to participate in decorating a room in the house. This year, Ivy Hill’s display is set in Ms. Buck’s study and the theme of the room is “diversity”. The room is where many of Ms. Buck’s famed writings took form.
In her memoir, “The Child Who Never Grew”, Pearl addressed the trials of raising a special needs daughter during an era of misinformation and prejudice. She stated, “It was my child who taught me to understand so clearly that all people are equal in their humanity and that all have the same human rights.” In the same memoir, she uses the phrase “Hope brings comfort”.
At Ivy Hill, we often use the phrase “Horses + Love = Hope”. As our theme this year was to honor diversity, the message of hope was evident throughout our design. Quotes from Ms. Buck’s writings, which speak to diversity, were added to ornaments on the tree and flags of various countries remind us of the many cultures we find worldwide.
A special connection for Ivy Hill and Pearl Buck’s family is their shared love of horses. This is featured in our display through the story of one of our riders, Lucy. She is part of the therapeutic equestrian program at Ivy Hill and was adopted through Pearl S. Buck International.
Until the age of 42, Pearl Buck lived in China and when she returned to America, much of her time was spent writing about the Chinese and Asian cultures and promoting the rights of women and minorities. She became particularly well known for her efforts on behalf of Asian and mixed-race adoption.
For tickets and candlelight tour information visit www.pearlsbuck.org
Adults $16 | Seniors $13 | Students $8
Tour Dates & Hours
(Closed Nov 22)
Mon-Sat 11 am, 1 & 2:30 pm
Sun 1 & 2:30 pm
Nov 23 – Dec 30
(Closed Dec 24 and 25)
Mon-Sat 11 am, 12,1&2:30 pm
Sun 12,1 & 2:30 pm
Candlelight Tours – Fridays, December 7, 14, and 21, 2018 – Reservation required