Cocktails at the Castle Event to Support the Mercer Museum (Oct. 12)

Each year, the Bucks County Historical Society-Mercer Museum hosts an extraordinary gala to raise money for this wonderful Doylestown landmark and does so with an evening of cocktails, live entertainment, silent auction and delectable food offerings from a wide array of local vendors and supporters.

On Friday, October 12, from 7–10:30 p.m. (VIP entry at 6:30 p.m.), be a guest at the Cocktails at the Castle soiree and enjoy a night of cocktail creations, sensational food options as far as the eye can see and raising money for an excellent cause, which is to support the education and preservation programs of the Mercer Museum.

The culinary and cocktail specialties will be offered by the following:

Culinary bites provided by:

  • Altomonte’s Italian Market
  • Ann’s Cake Pan, Horsham
  • Blu Mediterranean Grill
  • Chambers 19
  • Corporate Source Catering
  • Earl’s New American
  • Edible Arrangements, Doylestown
  • Empanada Mama and Nourish By Mama
  • Jeffrey A. Miller Catering
  • Joseph Ambler Inn
  • McCaffrey’s Supermarket Catering
  • McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn
  • Nina’s Waffles & Ice Cream, Doylestown
  • Penn Taproom/PA Soup & Seafood
  • Piccolo Trattoria
  • Pierre’s Chocolates
  • The Pineville Tavern
  • Sweet Victory Gluten & Dairy Free Treats
  • The Zen Den
  • Van Earl’s Cakes
  • Vela
  • Water Wheel Tavern
  • Wegmans Food Markets, Warrington
  • Wycombe Vineyards, Inc.

Craft cocktails and beverages provided by:

  • Brown-Forman
  • Trinchero Family Estates
  • Infinium Spirits
  • Philadelphia Distilling
  • Serrallés
  • Sagamore Spirit
  • Caledonia Spirits
  • Breakthru Beverage Group Pennsylvania
  • Hops/Scotch 22

Tickets to attend this elegant (and delicious!) fundraising event at the Mercer Museum are available online for $175/person for general admission ($150 for Mercer Museum members) and $250/person for VIP tickets (which gains you early entry into the event at 6:30 p.m. and VIP featured food and beverage sipping in the Elkins Gallery).

Peruse the silent auction items and be sure to purchase your tickets to this fabulous event ASAP, as Cocktails at the Castle is most likely to sell out!

Doylestown Events This Weekend Include a Community Yard Sale, Bicentennial Celebration in the Park and Local Breast Cancer Organization Launch (Sept. 29 and 30)

Getting ready to enjoy the weekend and searching for events in Doylestown with which to fill your days and nights? You’re in luck, as there are plenty of events happening throughout the borough and the township! Here are a few to get you started with the event planning:

Doylestown Community-Wide Yard Sale (Sept. 29)

On Saturday, September 29, peruse the multiple yard sale offerings during the Doylestown Community-Wide Yard Sale. More than 35 households throughout Doylestown will be participating in this community yard sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., thanks to the organizational efforts of Doylestown Township Parks and Recreation. Simply view the map online and get ready for some serious shopping on Saturday!

Bicentennial Celebration with Concert and Fireworks in Central Park (Sept. 29)

Later in the day on September 29, join the community at Central Park for the Doylestown Township Bicentennial Celebration. The park opens at 5 p.m., with Bigg Romeo taking the stage at 7 p.m. and fireworks filling the nighttime sky at 9:15 p.m. Throughout the event, attendees can enjoy pay-as-you-go items from Happy Snacks, Jack and Jill Ice Cream, Oink Johnson’s Southern BBQ and more. Parking is $5/car to enjoy an evening of outdoor fun in lovely Central Park.

Pine2Pink Launch (Sept. 30)

Local breast cancer organization, Pine2Pink, will be celebrating its official launch on Sunday, September 30, at 1 p.m., on the lawn at the Mercer Museum, located at Scout Way and Pine Street. The press conference and celebration will officially kick off the Pine2Pink offerings, including a virtual scavenger hunt and a proclamation by the mayor. At night, be sure to stroll through Doylestown as the town will be illuminated in a lovely pink glow.

Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 Signs Contract to Purchase Two New Fire Engines

Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 continually protects the Doylestown community and has just expanded its capabilities by signing a contract to purchase two new fire engines.

The contract to purchase two Enforcer pumpers was signed with Pierce Manufacturing through Glick Fire Equipment on Wednesday, September 26. The new engine purchases are being made for operational and financial purposes, and the overall purchase price was negotiated in such a manner as to save the community almost $100,000.

Doylestown Fire Company logo

The new fire engines are expected to be delivered in mid-2019 and, once the new engines are received, two of the older ones will be sold to make room for the new additions.

Congratulations to Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 on the future additions and, as always, thank you for protecting the community!

Doylestown Pop-Up Park Brings Green Space and Fun Events to the Borough (Sept. 21–23)

On Friday, September 21, at noon, PARKing for People will unveil the latest Doylestown Pop-Up Park, located at the corner of State and Hamilton Streets.

The pop-up park is the work of PARKing for People, along with volunteer designers, artists and residents, who turn a designated area in Doylestown green for a weekend during the year. From September 21 through September 23, enjoy the unique green space created at Hamilton and State Streets and take part in a number of free outdoor activities including the following:

Friday, September 21

  • Noon–1:30 p.m.: Grand opening celebration with Doylestown mayor Ron Strouse, sponsors and volunteers, plus live music from F&P
  • 7–9 p.m.: Cherry Lane Duo with Christa and Neal

Saturday, September 22

Sunday, September 23

  • 10–11 a.m.: Kid’s Concert with Lolly

For more information on the aforementioned events and further pop-up park details, visit the PARKing for People Facebook page.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this pop-up green space in the borough and try to make it to a few of these free, fun events throughout the weekend as well!

Michener Art Museum: Focusing On Art Preservation, Interpretation and Exhibition in Doylestown

Doylestown, in addition to being a welcoming hub of dining, shopping and entertainment, is also home to extraordinary art collections at the James A. Michener Art Museum.

Located at 138 South Pine Street, the Michener Art Museum is housed in an eye-catching, historic building, formerly the Bucks County prison, which was built in 1884. After the prison was put into disuse, a portion of the prison was preserved, including the walls and the warden’s house, and became a main part of the Michener Art Museum, which opened its doors on September 15, 1988.

Today, the Michener Art Museum displays an impressive collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism artwork, along with offering art-themed classes for kids and adults, special events, informative lectures and gallery talks and art-based research accessibility.

Michener Art Museum

When visiting the museum, be sure to stop into The Terrace Café for a bite to eat in between viewing the lovely artwork pieces. For a relaxing vibe, pop into the Nakashima Reading Room, a room displaying the exquisite woodworking pieces of Bucks County’s George Nakashima, featuring unique furniture items displayed in a traditional Japanese-style room.

In addition to displaying permanent exhibits, the Michener Art Museum features temporary exhibits which fill the museum walls for a few months until a new exhibit time arrives. The latest temporary exhibit being offered at the Michener Art Museum is 30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018, which is on display from now until January 6, 2019.

Memberships are available at the Michener Art Museum and your annual membership gains you free admission into the museum as many times as you may like throughout the year. For those who are not members (yet!), the cost is $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens, $8 for college students with a valid school ID, $5 for kids ages 6-18 and free for little ones under 6.

The Michener Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

Visit the Michener Art Museum today to explore the exhibits and be sure to return often to see the new temporary exhibits which are displayed throughout the year.

Lilly’s Gourmet and Geronimo Brewing Joining Forces to Open Lilly’s Brew Bar

A new craft beer bar, Lilly’s Brew Bar, will be opening up in Doylestown, thanks to the combined efforts of Lilly’s Gourmet and Geronimo Brewing.

Set to open this fall at 1 West Court Street, Lilly’s Brew Bar will be taking over the spot formerly occupied by Lilly’s Café America. When the doors open, beer lovers will be able to enjoy the creative craft brews offered by Geronimo Brewing along with culinary bites served by Lilly’s Gourmet.

Currently, Lilly’s Brew Bar is undergoing some renovations in order to give the spot a fresh look for the grand opening of the new bar and eatery.

Keep checking back to Exploring Doylestown for updates as to a concrete opening date and be sure to follow the latest news on this exciting new venture via Lilly’s and Geronimo Brewing‘s Facebook pages.

Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop: Offering a Wide Array of Gluten-Free Goodies in Doylestown

Many people enjoy a sweet treat, now and again, but for those who must follow a gluten-free diet, sometimes finding that ideal culinary item is easier said than done. Fortunately, Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop just opened its new location in Doylestown and gluten-free diet followers now have an easy and delicious way to enjoy baked goods, while keeping their dietary restrictions in mind.

The new location at 20 East Oakland Avenue is not the first Doylestown spot for Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop, as the bakery was previously located at the Hargrave House Bed and Breakfast on Main Street. A few weeks ago, Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop opened its doors at the new location on East Oakland Avenue and continues to offer the delectable baked goods which Sweetah’s fans have come to know and love.

The menu at Sweetah’s is wide and varied, offering items such as cupcakes, brownies, muffins, scones, mini breads and assorted bars, including the enticing chocolate peanut butter bars, all of which are gluten-free. Organic coffee and tea beverage options are also available, providing the perfect accompaniment to the delicious sweet treats. For those who are vegan, Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop offers vegan options as well.

Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop is also your go-to spot for gluten-free birthday cakes and other special order items. Choose from a wide array of gluten-free celebratory cakes for your friends and family members to enjoy.

Whether you follow a gluten-free diet or simply want to enjoy sensational baked goods in Doylestown’s lovely borough, pop into Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop today!

How Pine2Pink Foundation Is Turning Doylestown Pink and Raising Money for Breast Cancer Patients

Doylestown-based breast cancer nonprofit organization, Pine2Pink Foundation, will be turning the streets of Doylestown pink this October.

Founded in 2017 by local resident Keith Fenimore, the Pine2Pink Foundation centers around helping local breast cancer patients in their treatment and recovery phases. As someone who has had breast cancer touch his life, as his grandmother passed away from breast cancer and his mother is a breast cancer survivor, it’s no doubt that this organization is near and dear to the founder’s heart. The foundation has an immediate and primary goal of helping local breast cancer patients and hopes to expand its reach across the country by eventually turning all Pine Streets into Pink Streets for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Leading up to October, and the time in which the streets of Doylestown will take on a pinkish hue, Pine2Pink Foundation is hosting a variety of events around town, including the following:

Pine2Pink Movie Night: Thelma and Louise (Sept. 20)

A re-mastered screening of Thelma and Louise will be shown at the County Theater from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20. In addition to the movie showing, with free popcorn courtesy of Pine2Pink, there will be a Q&A session with Pine2Pink founder Fenimore and breast cancer surgeon Dr. Donna Angotti. A minimum donation of $25 per person will go directly to benefit Pine2Pink and the wonderful work which this organization will be doing for those in the fight against breast cancer. There is a maximum capacity of 145 individuals for this event, so be sure to reserve your spot online ASAP.

Yoga Class in the Grass at the Mercer Museum (Sept. 22)

Fold up your yoga mats and head over to the Mercer Museum for a fantastic and healthy fundraising event for Pine2Pink on Saturday, September 22, from 10-11:30 a.m. This 90-minute yoga session will be led by Deanna Teufel of Cornerstone Clubs and the cost is a minimum $30 donation to participate in this wonderful fundraiser. Those who take part in the event will also gain free admission to the Mercer Museum on that day. Sign up online for Yoga Class in the Grass today!

Pine2Pink Launch Event and Press Conference (Sept. 30)

On Sunday, September 30, from 1-2 p.m., on the lawn at the Mercer Museum, Pine2Pink Foundation will be holding its official launch event and press conference. Mayor Ron Strouse will be on hand, in addition to a number of other special guests. Also, at this time, Pine2Pink will be kicking of its virtual scavenger hunt, where participants can use the app to capture over 150 pink ribbons hidden throughout town and win one of more than 100 prizes.

Mark these exceptional Pine2Pink Foundation events on the calendar and be sure to visit the organization’s website and Facebook page for more information as to what the organization does and how you can contribute to help patients in their fight against breast cancer.


Doylestown Arts Festival Is Going On Now: 8 Great Reasons to Attend

The Doylestown Arts Festival is under way and this cool, fall-like weather provides the perfect setting for shopping the day away in Doylestown. The festival takes place today, Saturday, September 8, and tomorrow, Sunday, September 9, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Here are eight excellent reasons to head over to the Doylestown Arts Festival this weekend:

160 Juried Artist Tables

As the name suggests, the Doylestown Arts Festival revolves around the arts. More than 160 juried artists are lining the streets of Doylestown, displaying their creative works of art and selling their unique items to the masses.

Fantastic Food Trucks and Food Vendors

In between shopping, be sure to stop by one or more of the enticing food trucks and food vendor tables which are serving up delicious bites to festival-goers this weekend. The Hamilton Street food court is the place to go for a wide array of festival-inspired food and beverages.

Beer Garden

For the first time in the history of the Doylestown Arts Festival, there is a beer garden in operation! Doylestown Brewing Company is serving up cold brews in the Donaldson parking lot for the 21+ crowd to enjoy.

Live Art Demos

In addition to selling their art creations, certain vendors and festival participants are offering live art demos to inform and impress the crowds as they visit the demo areas.

Kids Zone

The little ones of the family will also have a great time at this year’s Doylestown Arts Festival with all of the Kids Zone activities which are available at the State and Pine Streets location. A moon bounce, life-sized games and jewelry stations are a few of the fun items which await the young ones at the Kids Zone.

Live Music

A festival really isn’t complete without live music adding to it. Fortunately, Doylestown Arts Festival has it all, including 32 live music acts throughout the weekend, taking place on 5 separate stages around town.

Informational Booths from Various Charities and Organizations

The Doylestown Arts Festival is also a great place to gather information on a wide array of local charities and organizations. Be on the lookout for the various informational booths at different locations throughout the festival.

Deals at Local Shops and Restaurants

In addition to fabulous finds at the 160 artist tables and food vendor area, local shops and restaurants also play a large part in making this festival an extraordinary event. Stop into the stores and restaurants around town and support the local businesses, too!

Don’t miss this popular arts and entertainment festival in Doylestown! It’s the perfect event for the entire family to enjoy.

5 Reasons to Visit Lovebird Today

This past spring, a new restaurant, Lovebird, opened up at 19 East Oakland Avenue in Doylestown and has been bringing in a loyal following ever since. Here are five reasons to dine at Lovebird ASAP:

Farm-Fresh Chicken, Fried to Perfection

One bite of your Lovebird meal and you’ll know just how farm-fresh and sensationally-seasoned the fried chicken offerings are at this fantastic Doylestown eatery. All of the chicken is sourced from Gerber’s Amish Farm and is cooked in pressed canola oil to produce that delectable finished product. Choose from a variety of fried chicken pieces, chicken sandwiches and popcorn chicken options at Lovebird for the meal that meets your desired dining needs.

Fabulous Side Dishes

For those who want something to go along with their main course, Lovebird offers a few different side items to complete the meal.  Lovebird slaw, house-made fries, mac and cheese and Brussels sprouts served crispy with mint and chilies will perfectly accompany the main dish.

Lovebird chicken and fries

Choice of Sensational Sauces

Lovebird offers a choice of flavorful sauces to adorn the chicken, fries or any other menu item you wish to zest up with some sauce. Dining guests can choose from Lovebird special sauce, spiced local honey and sweet chili sauce, to name a few!

Easy Online Ordering

For many of us who are never too far from technology means, Lovebird offers online ordering. This convenient and easy-to-maneuver ordering method will make grabbing a quick lunch at Lovebird an easy feat.

Dining Concept of Jules Thin Crust Owners

Lastly, Lovebird is the concept of the current owners of Doylestown-based Jules Thin Crust and their business partner, owner of Mighty Quinn’s NYC. The restaurant was created by those in the know in the restaurant industry, as well as those who are familiar with Doylestown and its dining community.

Today is the perfect day to pick up lunch or dinner at Lovebird and see why this relatively-new eatery is sure to be a favorite amongst Doylestown locals and visitors.