Last Minute Finds in Doylestown to Add to Your Thanksgiving Table

It’s Thanksgiving week and even though your holiday gathering may look a bit different this year, there are still ways to make your dinner festive and delicious. Here are some items you can add to your Thanksgiving table, thanks to the wonderful Doylestown businesses that sell these products:

Chocolate Turkeys from Raymer’s

No matter who you’ll be enjoying Thanksgiving with this year, you can easily put a smile on everyone’s face by giving them a chocolate turkey from Raymer’s Homemade Candies. In addition to these must-have treats, you’ll find a wide array of other sweet candy items to include at your Thanksgiving meal.

Macarons from Le Macaron

If you have yet to try macarons from Le Macaron, now’s the perfect time to do so. Pick up some of these tempting items to have for dessert or order a few boxes to drop off to friends and loved ones if you’re unable to see them on Thanksgiving.

Savory Side Dishes from Altomonte’s

You might have the turkey all set but need a little help in the side dish department. If this sounds like your current situation, don’t worry, Altomonte’s can help! Visit this Doylestown Italian market for a sensational array of side dishes, including stuffing, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and more. You can even peruse the Italian wine selection, too.

Thanksgiving Meal To-Go from Quinoa

If you’d like to take the day off from cooking entirely, never fear, as Quinoa has you covered. Order your Thanksgiving Pollo to Go meal from this popular local Peruvian restaurant and spend the day indulging in the culinary delicacies of Quinoa. Simply place your order 24 hours in advance and you can count on a delicious Quinoa meal for Thanksgiving.

Let Siren Records Help You Set the Mood

Since any holiday is always better with music, stop by Siren Records and pick up some new music to enjoy throughout the day and night. From vinyls to CDs, blues to rock, no matter what type of music you’re searching for, Siren Records has it for you.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Broadway Comes to the Oscar Hammerstein Home to Benefit Dementia Society of America

Embrace your love of Broadway and be a virtual guest at the “Broadway Alive™” event on Sunday, November 22, at 6 p.m. ET, to benefit the Dementia Society of America®.

This special fundraising event will feature nationally recognized entertainer and concert artist, Keith Spencer, and take place at historic Highland Farm in Doylestown. Highland Farm is the former home of lyricist and librettist Oscar Hammerstein and the place where he wrote many of his famous works including The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and The King and I.

Kevin Jameson, volunteer, president, and founder of the Dementia Society of America, stated, “We chose the theme of “Broadway Alive” for our fundraiser this year for a very special reason. There is significant research that supports the benefits of non-medical care for those living with Dementia, and music is one of the most effective life-enrichment therapies we have. Interestingly, research has shown that Broadway show tunes, such as those from The Sound of Music, have been identified as being incredibly useful in rekindling long-held memories, increasing joy, and lowering anxiety.”

Baritone vocalist Keith Spencer and pianist Peter Hilliard have come together to present this exclusive online performance celebrating the Golden Age of Broadway for the benefit of the Dementia Society of America. The online concert will be a 45-minute set of classics from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bernstein & Sondheim, and more. They’ll also be performing several selections from Keith’s popular one-person show, Brothers on Broadway: A Celebration of African American Leading Men on Broadway.

Originally from Philadelphia, Mr. Spencer is a nationally recognized entertainer and concert artist. His national tour highlights include the Broadway Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night with Betty Buckley and Melissa Manchester. Favorite roles include Coalhouse Walker, Jr. (Ragtime); Joe (Show Boat); The Abolitionist (For the Glory: The Civil War Musical); Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors); Leading Player (Pippin); Billy (Carousel). Keith was also honored to have been chosen by the Paul Robeson House of Princeton to perform for Robeson’s 120th Birthday Celebration.

Keith appears courtesy of On Demand Programs and Events. Natalie Kaye, On Demand president, added, “I am delighted that Keith will be helping the Dementia Society of America raise funds to continue their vital mission locally and throughout the country. Keith’s programs are always spectacular, ensuring the success of any fundraiser.”

The Society estimates that more than nine million Americans live with some form of Dementia today, and three times as many may be considered as caregivers. Even more shocking, when all forms of Dementia are combined, they are globally thought to be the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and stroke in high-income countries, according to the World Health Organization

A limited number of free tickets are available for this exceptional November 22 event. Grab your tickets today by visiting the Broadway Alive website and learn more about the Dementia Society of America, including how you can help this extraordinary organization continue to assist those suffering from dementia.

And be sure to visit the Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center website to learn more about this historic Doylestown treasure!

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The Dementia Society of America® (DSA) is the nation’s leading volunteer-driven all-Dementias awareness organization. DSA provides an information hotline (1-800-DEMENTIA™), many online resources, and an easy-to-use, web-based locator, which can assist families and individuals in finding valuable support near to them. The Dementia Society of America is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. For more information on DSA, visit https://www.dementiasociety.org/.

Now Open in the Doylestown Shopping Center: Turning Point Restaurant and The Mercantile

Have you heard the good news? Two new businesses have recently opened their doors in the Doylestown Shopping Center. Turning Point Restaurant and The Mercantile at Doylestown are the latest businesses to open up shop in town.

Turning Point Restaurant

The Turning Point Restaurant is your new go-to breakfast and lunch spot in Doylestown. Located at 460 North Main Street, this new Doylestown eatery offers an impressive menu. Some of the items included on the breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu include:

  • Salted caramel waffle
  • Lemon blueberry dream pancakes
  • Veggie omelet
  • Classic Benedict
  • Garden frittata
  • Turkey Reuben melt
  • Pavo Cubano
  • Cranberry walnut chicken salad wrap
  • And so much more!

The restaurant also offers tempting handcrafted beverages. Order your favorite coffee beverage, from a cappuccino to French press coffee, or indulge in a freshly-prepared smoothie.

Turning Point has indoor dining and covered outdoor dining, so you can decide whether to enjoy your meal inside or alfresco. The restaurant also offers contactless curbside pickup and delivery through Grubhub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash.

Turning Point Restaurant is open 8 a.m.-3 p.m., daily.

The Mercantile at Doylestown

The Mercantile at Doylestown, located at 444-446 North Main Street, recently opened its doors at the former Fox & Holly location. This new expansive retail shop offers a collection of local artist and vendor goods where individuals can shop for the perfect item for everyone on their gift list.

Here are just a few of the many wonderful artists and vendors who are selling their products at The Mercantile at Doylestown:

The Mercantile at Doylestown is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Explore all that Mercantile at Doylestown has to offer and start (and finish!) your holiday shopping with ease this year.

Spend the day shopping and dining at the newest spots to open in the Doylestown Shopping Center!

Now Open in Doylestown: Le Macaron French Pastries

As you stroll through the center of Doylestown, a new business is certain to catch your eye. Located on the corner of Main Street and Oakland Avenue you’ll find Doylestown’s newest eatery, Le Macaron French Pastries.

As you walk inside Le Macaron, you’ll be greeted with the sights of a vibrant pink-and-black interior décor and welcomed in by the friendly owners. Also sure to grab your attention is the extraordinary display of macarons. The macaron selection is quite impressive, ranging from Madagascar black vanilla to Belgian chocolate. No matter what flavor piques your interest, you are sure to appreciate the wide array of macaron offerings.

In addition to approximately two dozen different types of macarons, you’ll find many other decadent desserts to indulge in. Some of the sweet delicacies include eclairs, chocolate croissants, tarts, and other French pastries. Le Macaron also offers a tempting gelato selection, if you’re craving something cool and flavorful.

And if you’re looking for a beverage to accompany your Sicilian pistachio macaron or chocolate topped éclair be sure to try a handcrafted cappuccino or robust cup of coffee alongside your dessert of choice.

Le Macaron is the perfect spot to stop by on a whim for a much-needed sweet treat and espresso beverage. It’s also an excellent place to order special culinary gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and the upcoming holidays.

Le Macaron is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Stop by Le Macaron French Pastries at 4 West Oakland Avenue and explore all that this new Doylestown patisserie has to offer!

Showcase Your Singing Talents in the Hammerstein International Youth Solo Contest

The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center (OHMTEC) is a local nonprofit organization that embraces the arts and provides an inside look into the world of famous librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein. In this spirit, OHMTEC has announced its Hammerstein International Youth Solo Contest.

The nonprofit organization is hosting this contest in celebration of Hammerstein and as an educational fundraiser. The contest invites youth singers, ages 5-23, from around the globe to submit videos of them singing any song containing Oscar Hammerstein II lyrics.

There will be five categories of singers including:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College
  • Local Division for Residents of Bucks County, Pennsylvania

The first round of semifinalists will be determined by a popular vote. Two more rounds of competition will be judged by prestigious music and theatre professionals.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first place winners. The first place winners will also have the opportunity to film their song at Highland Farm, Hammerstein’s Doylestown home, and receive a voice lesson via Zoom with Broadway performers Justin Guarini (of American Idol fame) or Andrew Polec (Broadway’s Bat Out of Hell). Other types of prizes will be awarded to the second and third place winners in each category.

Applications are now being accepted and solos are due no later than December 18. The entry fee is $25 per person to submit a video and throw your name in the running to win this fabulous fundraising contest. Winners will be announced February 1, 2021.

All proceeds from the contest will directly benefit OHMTEC, which
recently launched a three-phase fundraising campaign. This campaign supports the nonprofit’s ongoing vision to secure the Highland Farm property and establish a museum and theatre education center on the site of Oscar’s home. Success from this contest and other fundraising efforts will allow the nonprofit organization to secure, renovate, and preserve Highland Farm, the Hammerstein property at 70 East Road in Doylestown, and convert the home and barn into a museum and theatre education center.

Application details and more information about OHMTEC can be found on the nonprofit’s website.

Apply today and showcase your extraordinary singing talents while helping to support OHMTEC at the same time!

Photo credit: Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center

National Charity League, Inc., Central Bucks Chapter, Holding Annual Membership Drive

The National Charity League, Inc. (NCL), Central Bucks Chapter, is hosting its annual membership drive. The NCL is the nation’s premier mother-daughter volunteer organization with a chapter based right here in our local area. The Central Bucks Chapter has approximately 260 members who live in Doylestown and surrounding locations.

NCL features a traditional six-year core program which includes community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences. Mothers and daughters (grades 7 through 12) who are involved in the NCL volunteer side-by-side in various ways throughout the local community in addition to attending chapter and class meetings focused on the three program areas listed above.

In the 2019-2020 year, the Central Bucks Chapter mother-daughter teams volunteered for a total of over 5,000 philanthropy hours with 19 philanthropic organizations in the community. Some of the philanthropy partners include:

Two new philanthropy partners the Central Bucks Chapter recently joined forces with include Bucks Beautiful and the Oscar Hammerstein Museum.

Applications are now being accepted from women with daughters who are currently in grades 6 through 9.

For more information, visit the Central Bucks Chapter’s website or send an email directly to the Central Bucks Chapter at MembershipCentralBucks@NCLonline.org.

Membership Drive Details:

  • Timeline: Applications for membership are only accepted during the annual membership drive from October 1 – January 15 each year.
  • Eligibility: A prospective member shall reside within Doylestown and the surrounding areas and have a daughter currently in grades 6 through 9.
  • Prospective Member Meeting: Interested mothers are encouraged to attend the prospective member meeting on November 12. To receive an invitation, please contact the Chapter at MembershipCentralBucks@NCLonline.org.
  • Applications: Completed applications are due by January 15, 2021.

About National Charity League, Inc.

Established in Los Angeles, California in 1925, and incorporated in 1958, National Charity League, Inc. is the nation’s premier mother-daughter non-profit organization. Through mission-based programming, National Charity League develops socially responsible community leaders and strengthens the mother-daughter bond. The core program includes leadership development, community service, and cultural experiences.

Currently, the philanthropic organization, which has grown by nearly 70 percent in the last decade, has over 73,000 Members in hundreds of Chapters across the nation. Last year, those Members contributed more than 2.7 million volunteer hours to more than 4,000 local philanthropy partners and their Chapters, resulting in a $66 million fiscal impact. National Charity League celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2020.

For more information, visit www.nationalcharityleague.org.

Photo credit: NCL, Central Bucks Chapter