Archive | November 2009

Bucks County Zoo to Host “Night at the Museum”

Fundraising event being held November 28

WARMINSTER, PA — Bucks County Zoo, the first exotic animal zoo in Bucks County and the first accredited educational facility, will host a fund-raising event on Saturday, November 28 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Johnsville Centrifuge and Science Museum at 780 Falcon Circle, Warminster. Tickets are on sale at

The event, called “Night at the Museum,” will feature guest speaker Clyde Peeling, a world-renowned reptile expert and adventure traveler, along with a selection of resident exotic animals. Beer and wine is being donated by local wineries and breweries, and local restaurants Bertucci’s, The Temperance House and others will provide food. DJ entertainment, and live and silent auctions are additional highlights of the evening.

The true highlight of the event, however, will be its unique and unusual setting – underneath the centrifuge inside a giant, round 11,000-square-foot dome. The centrifuge is a 10- by six-foot oblate sphere steel ball, or gondola, at the end of a 50-foot arm. John Glenn called it a “dreaded” and “sadistic” part of astronaut training. Time magazine referred to it as “a monstrous apparatus,” a “gruesome merry-go-round,” and, less originally, a “torture chamber.”

“It’s going to be awesome in there!” said Joe Fortunato, the Zoo’s executive director. “Operating this zoo is my life’s dream. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations made at the event will help fund zoo operations over the next year and into the future.”

Portrait Tip of the Week

Camera Tip

Anytime of the day you’ll find great pictures of the fall foliage, but try to take photos in the early morning or late evening. You may have heard the term “magic hour” in photography, which refers to the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. Though it’s not written in stone that you’ll get the best photos at these times, you are likely to get some great lighting.