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Event Series Event Series: Best of the Nest

An im-peck-able new display

This spring, Peddler’s Village has introduced a new event with two terrific partners – AIA Bucks County and the Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow – that celebrates nature, habitats, feathered friends, and human creativity.

The Best of the Nest: Birdhouse Competition & Display runs from April 13 through May 19, 2024 and showcases unique birdhouses designed and built by members of the public. Guests are invited to vote for their favorite birdhouses in multiple categories: traditional, whimsical, Bucks County landmark, and natural habitat! Ballots can be cast through our Peddler’s Village Mobile app through May 5: (Android | Apple).

Also: Participate in a free bird scavenger hunt and win a prize! Visit the Visitor and Event Center for details. 

2024 Winners

Bucks County Landmark

1st Place: “Bowman’s Hill Tower” (#64) by Leanne Sebastian
2nd Place: “Newtown’s Ol’ Lavender Hall” (#24) by Karen Nobel


1st Place: “Gnome-one’s Home” (#45) by Mary Jo Oravsky & Jesse Delgado
2nd Place: “Good Morning Sun shine!” (#12) by Tonia Porter
3rd Place: “Tin Man’s Bird House” (#53) by Karen Gloetzner
Honorable Mentions:
“Mercurochrome Not Included!” (#26) by Rick Young
“Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Birdwatching” (#10) by Isabella Panzica


1st Place: “Rustic log cabin 1784” (#43) by Eric Gaida
2nd Place: “La Casa Mia” (#40) by Rocco Facciolo
3rd Place: “Loving Our Red, White, and Blue…Birds.” (#60) by Bo Nobel
Honorable Mentions:
“Feathered Flights & Fantasy Heights: The ‘Up’-Lifting Abode” (#33) by Michael Schaeffer
“Home Tweet Home” (#11) by Linda Brun

Natural Habitat

1st Place: “Woodland Retreat” (#49) by Carole Henning
2nd Place: “Blue jays bungalow” (#100) by Rosemarie Robinson
3rd Place: “Who’s House” (#91) by Rich Robinson
Honorable Mentions:
“PA BirdTown” (#18) by Hope Blaythrone
“Chick-adee lives here” (#81) by Lora Cipriano


1st Place: “A-Frame” (#94) by John Charles, Dan Santiago, and Phillips & Donovan Architects
2nd Place: “Feather Cabin” (#39) by Mason Miller
3rd Place: “reClaimed” (#83) by Anna Kate Payha & Tristan Boger


1st Place: “Sunshine House” (#79) by Emily Bosak

Kids Only!

1st Place: “Birds Camping in a Tent” (#71) by Kayla Sebastian
2nd Place: “Mickey Mouse Birdhouse” (#84) by Kylie Sebastian
3rd Place: “The Lego Bird-Cave” (#98) by Alexander Cipriano
Honorable Mention: “Roac’s House (The Hobbit)” (#86) by Jonathan Pikovsky

Support Local Nonprofits

For this event, Peddler’s Village is proud to partner with the Bucks County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow.

By participating in this event as either a birdhouse creator or a visitor, you can support two local nonprofits. Creators can donate their birdhouses to a fundraising auction, and visitors can donate either directly or by “buying” additional votes for their People’s Choice favorites. Donations can be made and ballots can be obtained at the Visitor and Event Center on Street Road.

Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow

Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow was founded in 1969 to educate and engage children and adults of the greater Bucks County region about our natural world, with an emphasis on conservation and stewardship, including protection of birds, wildlife, and habitats.

We’re just around the corner from Peddler’s Village. Bucks County Audubon Society maintains a thriving nature preserve with over six miles of hiking trails that are open to the public from dawn to dusk every day for hiking, bird watching, or just enjoying. The grounds boast an organic vegetable garden, Audubon Pond, meadows, forests, and of course, the Honey Hollow creek.

Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow offers a wide variety of programs for all ages. Each year Bucks Audubon provides high quality educational programs for over 5,000 people, from children at summer camp and field trips to birding trips and lectures for all ages. Visit BCAS.org for more information on our programs. Venmo: @HoneyHollowTrails 

AIA Bucks County’s George J. Donovan Memorial Scholarship

AIA Bucks County’s George J. Donovan Memorial Scholarship assists Bucks County high school graduates (graduating seniors) interested in furthering their education in architecture and related fields. The scholarship was created in memory of George J. Donovan, AIA who was instrumental in shaping the architecture of Bucks County during his career of over 50 years until his passing in 2018. In his retirement, Mr. Donovan was a prolific watercolor artist who displayed his work in the former Upstairs Gallery at Peddler’s Village. Over the years, Mr. Donovan and the firm that is part of his legacy, Phillips & Donovan Architects, LLC, have been instrumental in the planning and design of many of the buildings in Peddler’s Village.