Festive Fall Fun Awaits You at Hellerick’s Family Farm

The air is getting crisp and the leaves are starting to fall, which means it’s the perfect time to gather the family together and head to Hellerick’s Family Farm in Doylestown for fall-inspired fun.

From picking out the perfect pumpkin to enjoying a wide array of activities at the Fall Festival, there’s something for everyone this season at Hellerick’s Family Farm.

Here are a few things you can do when you visit Hellerick’s Family Farm:

  • Sign up for a reservation and attend the Fall Festival. Hellerick’s is offering time slot reservations to ensure proper social distancing. Some of the Fall Festival activities include hayrides, walks through the five-acre corn maze, access to the pumpkin fields, 100-foot slide, tractor tire climb, and so much more.
  • Shop at the Hellerick’s Family Farm Market and peruse the large selection of pumpkins, gourds, fall decor, and fall-inspired food items.
  • View the friendly goats from outside their enclosure or sign up for Goat Yoga or a Goat Experience session.
  • Embrace your adventurous side by reserving a time to try the Aerial Adventure Park, where you can climb, zipline, and more.

Whether you’re looking for a fun fall activity to enjoy or want a spot to pick up some pumpkins to decorate your home, Hellerick’s Family Farm has it all!

Explore Artwork Displays Throughout Doylestown

There are so many wonderful reasons to appreciate art, from applauding the talent of the artist to embracing how it makes us feel simply by looking at a piece of artwork. Doylestown is filled with many art appreciation avenues, including being home to the extraordinary Michener Art Museum. In addition to visiting the Michener, which has reopened with timed visitation tickets, there are other ways to appreciate art throughout Doylestown.

Paint Dtown Outdoor Art Exhibit

The Michener Art Museum, with funding through Art Bridges, has installed an outdoor art exhibit, Paint Dtown, at 16 locations around town. The exhibit features reproductions of 16 pieces in the permanent collection at the Michener Art Museum. Art aficionados can view the map of where the art pieces are located around Doylestown borough and enjoy the visual presentations in person. You can also refer to the QR code on each piece and listen to an audio presentation about the artwork at the various locations. The exhibit will be available for viewing through the end of October.

Art Installation at Nomad Supply Company

You’ll also find that Doylestown shops and restaurants display a wide array of unique and eye-catching artwork on their walls. Nomad Supply Company, located at 137 South Main Street, recently added a new artwork piece created by local artist Matthew R. Volpe. This beautiful piece of artwork is sure to be appreciated by Nomad Supply Company shoppers. Don’t miss out on seeing this impressive art creation in person. Visit Nomad Supply Company for must-have men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing and accessories and be sure to check out the artwork while you’re there!

 

Pop-Up Pedestrian Zone and Sidewalk Sale in Doylestown (July 24-26)

A few weeks ago, Doylestown borough explored setting up a pop-up pedestrian zone on West State Street in keeping with the recent Operation Doylestown initiative. The program was developed to help local businesses during these uncertain times. The results were so positive for business owners, residents, and visitors, that the borough officials have decided to do it again.

Doylestown sign

On Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, North Main Street will be closed to vehicles between State Street and Court Street, from 5–11 p.m. Businesses located along this route will be able to put out vendor tables and set up outdoor seating along the sidewalks and parking lanes. The center of the roadway will remain clear for pedestrian traffic to provide optimal social distancing.

Another Doylestown event set to take place this weekend is the Doylestown Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26, during the day and evening hours. Participating stores will offer items outside their storefronts and special deals throughout the weekend. Some of the stores taking part in the weekend sidewalk sale include The Doylestown Bookshop, Monkey’s Uncle, The Yellow Door, and so many other fabulous Doylestown shops. 

Doylestown Sidewalk 2

Head out in Doylestown this weekend for dining and shopping options galore! And, don’t forget to bring your mask to have on hand when you head inside stores and to wear while in restaurants and not seated at your table.

Doylestown Museums to Reopen to the Public July 23

Doylestown museums have been closed for the past few months due to the coronavirus pandemic. But, good news! The Mercer Museum and Michener Art Museum will be opening their doors once again and welcoming in the public on Thursday, July 23.

Mercer Museum

Starting July 23, the Mercer Museum will be open to the public daily from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. There will be ticketed, timed entries, so that all guests can safely explore the museum with social distancing in mind. Plus, for the added health and safety of guests and staff, the Mercer Museum will be closed each day between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. for cleaning.

As an added bonus, if you’re a member of the Mercer Museum, you can get advance admission to the museum Monday, July 20, through Wednesday, July 22.

Ready to reserve your tickets for the Mercer Museum? Visit the website and reserve your spot today!

Michener Art Museum

If you’re an art lover and can’t wait to explore the lovely collection at Michener Art Museum again, you’ll have your chance starting on July 23. As with the Mercer Museum, there will be timed tickets that you must reserve in advance. Each ticket will allow a two-hour visitation period.

The museum will be open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m.; and closed on Mondays. If you’re a Michener Art Museum member, you can obtain timed tickets for a special members-only preview, Monday, July 20, through Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Don’t delay! Reserve your tickets today and get ready to explore the Michener Art Museum once again.

And if you’re eager to get back to Fonthill Castle, you’ll get your chance when it reopens on Monday, August 3!

 

What to Do When Staying at Home in Doylestown

With Governor Wolf’s “stay at home” executive order in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Doylestown residents might wonder how to pursue each day with positivity and not get overwhelmed. On the bright side, technology enables us to reach others in different homes, both locally and across the globe. It also opens up a world of activities to help us through this necessary order to stay at home and flatten the curve.

Here are some activities to take part in at home which the whole family will love:

Explore the Artwork at Michener Museum

If you love nothing more than gazing at the beautiful artwork at the Michener Museum and you’ve been unable to visit lately, you can explore the creative collections online. From paintings to sculptures, you can explore the beautiful displays from the comfort of your own home.

Peruse the Collections at Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle

Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle are also making it possible for you to explore the collections online. Visit the website and revisit the unique collections or see them for the first time!

Shop Local Stores Online

Due to the executive order, most local stores have had to close their doors. Looking for a way to buy local, support Doylestown businesses, and grab some great items at the same time? Many Doylestown stores have online shopping sites or social media pages that you can peruse and purchase your favorite items. Some of these stores include the following:

Make a Sign and Display for All to See

Sometimes the best way to get through a difficult situation is to display as many positive sentiments as possible. This is the case in Doylestown where Kristin Moore Photography and her family created rainbow paintings to hang in their window, as did Monkey’s Uncle. Others were encouraging the community to pick up a piece of sidewalk chalk and write positive statements on their walkways for all to see.

Take a Virtual Class with Pure Barre Doylestown

Any time is a good time to stay in shape and exercise is a great stress reliever, too. Since gyms are closed and exercise options are limited, it’s good to know that Pure Barre Doylestown is offering virtual classes. Visit their website for all the details.

Wishing you all well!

What’s Open, What’s Closed in Doylestown Amid COVID-19 Concerns

As COVID-19 cases and concerns grow, many individuals and entities, including government officials, business owners, and organizations, are taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. While some institutions are being instructed by the government to close, others are taking the initiative to close to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Alternatively, some businesses are keeping their doors open so individuals will have access to food plus other necessities.

Here are some of the businesses and entities in Doylestown that are open, closed, or postponing/canceling events (call before you go as recent updates may have occurred since the last page update):

*Updated 12:30 p.m. March 17*

Open:

Closed:

Cancelling/Postponing:

This is just a starting list and highlights some openings/closings/cancellations in Doylestown. The list will be updated continually as changes are noted. And please feel free to note any additions in the comments below.

Thank you to all who are lending a hand to the public during this uncertain time, including our first responders, medical professionals, restaurant and shop owners and employees, and additional individuals who are helping others. Be safe and stay well, Doylestown friends!

Musical Entertainment and Fundraising Combine at the CB Save The Music Concert on January 24 and 25

On January 24 and 25, the Central Bucks School District (CBSD) will be presenting the CB Save The Music concert. This annual fundraising event raises money to support the Save The Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that identifies schools in need of music program funding and awards funds to these schools to help them keep these programs going.

The CB Save The Music event features live music acts with a central theme. This year’s theme is, “Save The Music 2020: #lisTEN: A Decade in Review.” The presenting sponsor is Cafe Soul, a local nonprofit-themed restaurant that donates to various CBSD programs, including the music program.

This year’s performances will feature music created, revisited, and remembered from 2010 through 2019 and include songs from Bruno Mars, John Legend, Ariana Grande, David Bowie, and Whitney Houston, to name a few. The exciting musical performances will be presented by CBSD music staff, students, alumni, and friends. The CB Save The Music organizers are hoping to exceed last year’s fundraising total of over $35,000 and raise more than $40,000 this year. The proceeds will provide music program funding for a school in Newark, New Jersey.

CB Save the Music orchestra performance

Three performances will take place at Holicong Middle School on the weekend of January 24 and 25 with days/times as follows:

  • Friday, January 24: 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25: 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale online for $8 for students and $15 for adults (plus a small service fee).

CB Save The Music was organized to help raise money locally to contribute to the Save The Music Foundation. The inaugural performance was in 2004 and was the brainchild of three CBSD music educators, including Holicong Middle School band director Joel Chodoroff, Holicong Middle School choir director James Glaser, and Tamanend Middle School choir director Ian Sanchez (at that time the assistant choir director at Holicong). The three are now joined by Holicong Middle School orchestra director Jennifer Repper.

Throughout the following years, CB Save The Music expanded regarding the number of weekend performances held as well as the number of volunteer performers and attendees. What started out as a performance raising just under $500 with voluntary donations by attendees in 2004 grew to the extent it is today, raising over $35,000 last year alone. In fact, all years combined, CB Save The Music has raised almost $200,000 for the Save The Music Foundation!

CB Save the Music stage

“We are very fortunate to work in a district that values the arts as a part of a child’s education,” states co-organizer/Holicong Middle School director of bands Joel Chodoroff. “However, and unfortunately, it is not that way everywhere.”

“The Save The Music Foundation believes that every child should have access to a quality music education, and this concert is our way of helping them work towards that goal,” says Chodoroff.

Tickets for the performances are going fast and are expected to sell out, so you want to order your tickets today!

If you’re unable to attend the CB Save The Music performances but wish to lend a hand, there are a few ways to do so. You can donate directly online via this link. Or, you can attend one of the many dine and donate events happening around town, including the following:

Any questions related to the concert or becoming a sponsor for the event can be directed to Holicong band director Joel Chodoroff via email.  Also, if you wish to find out more about sponsorships, you can visit the sponsorship page on the website.

Whether you’re attending one or more CB Save The Music performances or donating in other ways, this is an excellent opportunity to lend a hand to others to ensure that music stays in the schools and music programs continue to flourish!

Photo credit: Mike Maney

 

 

Finish Your Holiday Shopping in Doylestown

Many individuals are still in holiday shopping mode and crossing names off their gift list as we speak. If you’re currently searching for spots to pick up extraordinary gifts for your friends and loved ones, don’t worry, because Doylestown offers one-stop shopping. From clothing boutiques to bookstores to specialty shops, you’ll find everything you need in our fabulous town.

Shop Vintage Alley Jeans

To help you complete your gift shopping quickly and successfully, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Heather Bleu Home: Cozy sweaters, handcrafted wine glasses, and luxurious bath and body products are just a few items you’ll find at Heather Bleu Home
  • Sweet Blossoms Lingerie: Warm pajamas and fluffy robes make the perfect holiday gift and Sweet Blossoms Lingerie offers a wide selection of these must-have items
  • Monkey’s Uncle: If you have a Philly sports fan on your gift list, look no further than Monkey’s Uncle for retro design team t-shirts, contemporary style sweatshirts, and so much more. It’s also a great spot to grab all of your favorite Doylestown gear!
  • Bambini’s World: For the littlest gift recipients on your list, Bambini’s World has you covered with lovely clothing and accessory items that make the perfect gift as well as the perfect place to buy holiday wear for your little ones.
  • Something Else: Something Else is the place to go for all of the latest trendsetting clothing and accessory items. And, with their new men’s shop open next door, you can now check many people off of your gift list at one extraordinary boutique.
  • Olive Oil, Etc.: Searching for stocking stuffers or gifts for the home cooks and professional chefs in your life? Visit Olive Oil, Etc. for some delicious holiday gifts.
  • Evolution Candy: At Evolution Candy, you’ll find sweet stocking stuffer treats as well as holiday gifts of a wide array.
  • Nomad Supply Company: Nomad Supply Company has an impressive array of surf and skate gear, including clothing, accessories, and boards.
  • Doylestown Bookshop: Find your ideal holiday gifts for the book lovers in your life. In addition to an extensive inventory of hardback and softcover books, the Doylestown Bookshop offers plentiful gift items for individuals of all ages.
  • Lotus Apparel and Home: Whether you’re looking for clothing and accessory gifts or home decor items, Lotus Apparel and Home offers both of these highly recommended gift-giving items.
  • Doylestown Beer Authority: For the craft beer lovers on your list, stop by Doylestown Beer Authority. You can purchase your gift recipient’s favorite brews and create a beer-centric gift basket to give.
  • Shop Vintage Alley: If you have a plant lover on your gift list or a vintage aficionado, be sure to visit Shop Vintage Alley. From succulents to warm vintage wool sweaters, you’re going to want to buy a lot at this Doylestown boutique.
  • Wildflowers Boutique: Find the latest fashions and accessory items at Wildflowers Boutique, including velvet headbands, pom beanies, holiday party dresses, and more.
  • Bella’s Boutique: From festive holiday tops to soft scarves and gloves, Bella’s Boutique offers the perfect holiday gifts.
  • Siren Records: You are sure to have a few music lovers on your gift list. If so, Siren Records is Doylestown’s premier music shop, offering everything from hard-to-find vinyls to the newest release CDs and more.
  • Serendipity Shops: Comfy long-sleeve tees, Pura Vida bracelets, and catchy phrase wall art are some of the gift options you’ll find at Serendipity Shops.
  • Allora: For those on your gift list who adore environmentally-friendly products, you’ll find plenty of these gift items at Allora among other things. Some of the options include reusable produce bags made from recycled water bottles, to-go cups, reusable facial cloths, metals straws, and more.
  • The Yellow Door: At The Yellow Door, you’ll find beautiful items to gift to friends and loved ones, including sweet tea shea butter products, leather journals, scented candles, and other memorable gift offerings.

Wildflowers Boutique Clothing

And, remember that gift cards are always a welcome option for holiday gift-giving. You’ll find that many shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues are offering gift cards, such as the following:

These are just a few options to consider to help you finish your gift buying this year! Really all you have to do is stroll through Doylestown and you’re sure to find gifts for every individual on your list this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

 

Halloween-Themed Events You Won’t Want to Miss in Doylestown

The Halloween season is an excellent one for parades, cocktail events, and healthy Halloween treat seminars…and Doylestown offers all of these! With a little over a week to go until Halloween, you want to start making a list of Halloween-themed events to attend this year in Doylestown. Here are some options to get you started:

Halloween Party at Hops/Scotch (Oct. 25)

Head to Hops/Scotch on Friday, October 25, from 7 p.m.–midnight for this craft cocktail bar’s Halloween Party. Come in costume to compete for some spectacular prizes from Betty Borden’s House of Whacks and Hunt a Killer as well as a Barr Hill gin gift set. Enjoy live music from Matt Setzer and Sam Ryan and Dave Nonini as well as DJ music in between sets. The event will offer two levels of fun throughout the venue and plenty of pay-as-you-go craft cocktails. The cover charge is $5 per person.

Doylestown Spooktacular Parade and Costume Contest (Oct. 26)

Halloween Dog Costume Pixabay

On Saturday, October 26, bring the entire family, including your furry family members, to the Bucks County Administration Building lawn for the annual Spooktacular Parade and Costume Contest. Registration for the contest begins at 10 a.m. and the costume judging will be held at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories, including family/group, kids, and pets. The parade will immediately follow the announcement of the best costume awards.

Healthy Halloween “Treat Your Treaters” Seminar with Doylestown Health (Oct. 30)

Doylestown Health is helping you to create healthy Halloween treats for your trick-or-treaters and family members this year. Register for the free seminar that takes place at Doylestown Hospital from 11:30 a.m.–noon on Wednesday, October 30. If you can’t make it to the event in Conference Room J on October 30, don’t worry, as you can view the information online via webinar access.

Studio 54 Halloween Bash and Costume Contest at M.O.M.’s (Oct. 31)

Maxwell’s on Main (M.O.M.’s) will be hosting its Studio 54 Halloween Bash and Costume Contest on Thursday, October 31. The Halloween fun will run from 9 p.m.–1 a.m. and feature DJ Crambone playing disco hits from the ’70s and ’80s. Be sure to wear your most creative costume and take part in the costume contest during the night, too!

 

 

CB Cares Pumpkinfest Features Creative Pumpkins for a Great Cause

CB Cares Pumpkinfest, an annual family-friendly fundraiser, returns this year on Saturday, October 19, beginning at 4 p.m.

The event will take place at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works and feature creative pumpkin carvings by 18 talented carvers to benefit the CB Cares Educational Foundation. Attendees will view the extraordinary pumpkin creations crafted by master carvers and marvel at the Youth Pumpkin Gallery filled with pumpkin carvings by National Art Honor Society students from the three Central Bucks School District high schools.

The pumpkins you’ll find in the Main Pumpkin Gallery have some well-known names attached to them, including Jeff Brown of Food Network’s Halloween Wars and Bri Kozior from MasterChef Season 4. You’ll also find Tim, Kieran, and Ronan Petrosky carving to defend their three-year winning streak for the prestigious Malloy Award. Pumpkins for the 2019 CB Cares Pumpkinfest are provided by Trauger’s Family Farm of Kintnersville.

CB Cares Pumpkinfest Credit Mike Maney

In between perusing the pumpkin displays, festival-goers can enjoy the following:

Proceeds from the event will benefit CB Cares Educational Foundation’s programs for students and parents that include innovative learning grants for educators with a focus on STEM, the arts, leadership, career readiness, and student wellness. CB Cares Educational Foundation operates on the mission of promoting resilient and responsible youth.

The cost to attend this fabulous fundraising event is $20 per carload. A rain date of Sunday, October 20, is on the calendar should inclement weather occur.

Show your support for the CB Cares Educational Foundation while enjoying a fun evening out with the entire family!

Photo credit: Mike Maney