Michener Art Museum Announces Open Call for Photography Submissions

The Michener Art Museum is hosting an open call for photography submissions with the theme “Essential Work 2020” as its focal point. There are many meanings to the term “essential work” and 2020 is a year that truly put this theme in the spotlight.

The Michener Museum is seeking digital images from the community in the Bucks County, Philadelphia, and greater Delaware Valley region that fall within the category of “essential work in 2020.” No professional photography experience is required and you can even submit your smartphone photos! Photo submissions are due by December 31, 2020.

A committee comprised of community and culture leaders will select 20-25 images to be displayed in the exhibition, “Essential Work 2020: A Community Portrait.” This exhibition will be on view at the Michener Museum from March 19-July 11, 2021.

Ready to enter your creative photo in the running to be featured at this extraordinary 2021 exhibition at the Michener? Find all the finer details along with the link to submit your photos on the Michener Museum website and good luck to all who participate!

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/.

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

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!