Doylestown Farmers Market 2021 Season Starts April 17

The big day is almost here! On Saturday, April 17, the Doylestown Farmers Market returns!

The Doylestown Farmers Market 2021 season begins on April 17 and this popular market will be in full swing every Saturday through November 20. Stop by the Doylestown Farmers Market on Saturdays, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and stock up on all your favorite farm-fresh produce, baked goods, and artisan products.

Ready to see the list of vendors who will be at the Doylestown Farmers Market this year? Here you go:

From vegetables to coffee products to ceramics, the Doylestown Farmers Market is a shopping experience you’ll want to enjoy this Saturday and every Saturday throughout the season. Not only can you find everything on your list at the Doylestown Farmers Market, it’s also the perfect way to support local farmers and vendors.

See you Saturday at the Doylestown Farmers Market!

Easter Essentials and Holiday Dining in Doylestown

Easter is Sunday, April 4, and if you’re starting to gather Easter items together for the holiday or you’re looking for Easter dining options, you can find all this and more in Doylestown.

Here are some spots to buy Easter-themed gifts and make plans for holiday dining:

Easter Candy and Holiday Gifts

If you’re looking for Easter candy and other gifts for the holiday, here are some Doylestown shops to visit:

  • Raymer’s Homemade Candies: Solid chocolate bunnies, chocolate chicks, and Easter-themed chocolate lollipops are just a few of the sweet treats you’ll find at Raymer’s Homemade Candies in town.
  • Olive Oil Etc.: Stop by Olive Oil Etc. to buy an Easter basket or tin to fill with candy and Easter decorations. And be sure to stock up on some olive oils and balsamic vinegars for your holiday meal, too.
  • Evolution Candy: Evolution Candy is your one-stop shop for all your favorite Easter treats for friends and loved ones. You’ll probably leave with a few candy items for yourself as well!
  • Mercantile at Doylestown: Peruse the products offered by the wide array of vendors at the Mercantile at Doylestown and pick out your favorite Easter items while you’re there.
  • Something Else: Visit Something Else and check out the Easter item selection, including Easter-themed candles.

Easter Dining Options

Whether you want to dine out on Easter Sunday or would rather enjoy takeout at home, these Doylestown restaurants have you covered:

  • Water Wheel Tavern: Indulge in a delicious Easter brunch at the Water Wheel Tavern from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Easter Sunday. You can choose your favorite items from the full brunch menu. Call the restaurant to make your reservations today!
  • Chambers 19: Order breakfast from Chambers 19 with the restaurant’s Easter Pancake Pickup event. The meal includes three pancakes and three turkey sausage patties or three French toast slices and three turkey sausage patties for $12. Side dishes are also available for an extra cost. Best of all, 10% of all proceeds directly benefit the Doylestown Fire Company! Call Chambers 19 today to reserve your Easter pancake breakfast.

Easter Bunny Run

On Saturday, April 3, the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance in Doylestown Borough from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the Easter Bunny will be driving through the borough and visiting neighborhoods to say hi to the kids along the way. Discover Doylestown will post the route as the date approaches. After the drive through town, the Easter Bunny will be hopping around the borough and offering Easter greetings.

Start your Easter shopping and begin making your holiday dining plans today. And be sure to keep checking back to Exploring Doylestown as this list will be expanded on as more Easter spots are announced!

The Good Neighbor Food Drive Unfolds February 21 in Doylestown

On Sunday, February 21, head to 1 Printers Alley from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for The Good Neighbor Food Drive presented by Doylestown Small Business.

The Good Neighbor Food Drive is being held to support the Bucks County Opportunity Council and Bucks County Housing Group and the community members they serve.

The group will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations to help our neighbors in need. The Bucks County Opportunity Council and Bucks County Housing Group do so much to help our local community and this is just one way we can lend a hand to help them achieve their goals.

Stop by on February 21 and take part in this wonderful donation event to support the Bucks County Opportunity Council, Bucks County Housing Group, and our Bucks County neighbors.

Winners of the Hammerstein International Youth Solo Contest Announced

The nonprofit Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center’s (OHMTEC) recently announced the winners in the International Youth Solo Contest. The talented youth soloist winners included three Doylestown students who won in the local Bucks County category.

Local winners included Sierra Safran, a CB West High School student, who expertly sang “All the Things You Are” from the musical Very Warm for May by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein; Tohickon Middle School student Helena Badiali who wowed the judges with “This Nearly Was Mine” from South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein; and Cold Spring Elementary School student Addison Rogers who delighted the listeners with “The Sound of Music” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s renowned musical of the same name. Doylestown native Taylor Mitchell, who currently attends Elon University and won first place in the college division, also chose to sing the lovely title song from The Sound of Music.

The OHMTEC received contest entries from individuals in 28 states and Canada. The following is the complete list of the talented winners:

College Division
First Place: Taylor Mitchell, 19, Doylestown, PA
Second Place: John Brannigan, 19, Dacula, GA
Third Place: Ryan Wolpert, 21, Philadelphia, PA
High School Division
First Place: Yumeko Stern, 17, Broad Brook, CT
Second Place: Audrey Bailey, 17, North Logan, UT
Third Place: Emelia Aceto, 15, Hinckley, OH
Middle School Division
First Place: Lily Wolocko, 13, Northville, MI
Second Place: Callie Chae Pyken, 13, Los Angeles, CA
Third Place: Nicholas Vivar, 12, Nutley, NJ
Elementary School Division
First Place: Brooklyn Martin, 10, Glendale, AZ
Second Place: Sofie Poliakoff, 11, Davie, FL
Third Place: Alliana Lily Yang, 9, San Francisco, CA
Bucks County Division
First Place: Sierra Safran, 18, Doylestown, PA
Second Place: Helena Badiali, 13, Doylestown, PA
Third Place: Addison Rogers, 10, Doylestown, PA

First-place winners will receive a cash prize, have the opportunity to film their song at Highland Farm and receive a voice lesson with Broadway performers Justin Guarini (of American Idol fame) or Andrew Polec (Broadway’s Bat Out of Hell). Videos of their performances will hold a prominent place on the Hammerstein Museum website for one month each.

Proceeds from the contest benefit The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center, which is engaged in a fundraising campaign to support the nonprofit’s ongoing vision to secure Highland Farm, Oscar Hammerstein II’s former home and workplace and realize the dream of a museum and theatre education center on the site in the heart of Doylestown, PA. To learn how you can make an impact and #SaveOscarsHome please visit http://www.HammersteinMuseum.org.

Congratulations to all the talented soloists!

ABOUT HAMMERSTEIN MUSEUM & THEATRE EDUCATION CENTER: The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center, a recognized 501(c)3, is raising funds to purchase, restore, and preserve Oscar Hammerstein’s II former home and creative epicenter at Highland Farm in Doylestown, PA. The goal is to create a multifaceted and dynamic museum experience, with a strong theatre education component, that will serve as a place of inspiration for Broadway fans and humanitarians alike, from Hammerstein’s backyard and across the world. More at HammersteinMuseum.org.

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!

Support Doylestown Businesses on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is finally here! It’s so important to show your support for Doylestown businesses at all times, but especially on a day that’s dedicated to the local businesses that make this town so great. From the sweet treats of Evolution Candy to the must-have clothing and accessories of Lotus Apparel and Home, there are so many extraordinary shops in our town.

As you walk around town today, pop into your favorite stores and newly discovered shops to see what they offer and start checking names off your holiday gift list with ease.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Monkey’s Uncle: Stop by Monkey’s Uncle at their new location of 123 South Main Street and pick up local sports apparel and other gift items. You’ll also find specials on a Gritty shirt, Penn State sweatshirt, and, my favorite, the “Love Doylestown” t-shirt.
  • Something Else: You can complete gift shopping for quite a few recipients on your holiday list by shopping at Something Else. As you explore the extraordinary selection of men and women’s clothing and accessories, you’ll also find some great deals and giveaways.
  • Makers Off Main: Visit Makers Off Main for one-stop shopping where you’ll find items offered by a wide array of local vendors. From handcrafted holiday wine racks/Advent calendars to eye-catching wall decor, you’re going to love exploring the selection.
  • ShopVintageAlley: Find all your favorite vintage and Bohemian goods at ShopVintageAlley. Whether you’re looking for some lovely plants and plant stands to dress up your home or buying unique clothing and accessories for the favorite people on your gift list, ShopVintageAlley can help you with those goals. Plus, you’ll get 10% off your entire purchase and 20% off rattan plant stands and ottomans today!
  • Allora: If you want to wow family members and friends with their holiday gifts this year, stop by Allora. You’ll have a great time exploring the creative and fun products Allora offers, plus you might even get a free reusable tote or “shop small and local” pin (available while supplies last).
  • Fabby-Do: The kids are going to love holiday gifts from Fabby-Do. Visit this creative boutique for arts and crafts kits, stuffed animals, toys, and more.
  • Raymer’s Homemade Candies: Chocolate and other types of candy make excellent holiday gifts and Raymer’s has you covered in this department. From dark chocolate candies to milk chocolate delicacies, you’ll find something special for everyone on your list at Raymer’s.
  • Lotus Apparel and Home: Stop by Lotus Apparel and Home for women’s clothing and accessories as well as eye-catching home decor items. You might even be tempted to pick up something for yourself, too!
  • Evolution Candy: Whether you need to get some holiday gifts or desire a sweet treat pick-me-up while shopping, Evolution Candy is the place to go. Add some sweet holiday gift items to your must-have list this year and make sure to try one of their handcrafted milkshakes while you’re there!
  • Nomad Supply Co.: It’s Small Business Saturday and also Nomad Supply Company’s one-year anniversary, so this should be a definite stop on your shopping excursion today. Grab 10% off skate items and 20% off everything else in the store!
  • Wildflowers Boutique: Head over to Wildflowers Boutique and buy gifts for the lucky women on your list. From sweaters to jeans to accessories, Wildflowers Boutique is the place to go.

These are just a few of the many extraordinary shops around town. The best shopping plan for today is to start walking through Doylestown and stop into as many shops as possible to buy your holiday gifts and show some love for our local businesses. And don’t forget about our local restaurants as gift cards make an excellent gift for all!

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

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

Join the Fight Against Breast Cancer and Support Local Organization Pine2Pink in Doylestown

Pine2Pink is a Doylestown-based nonprofit organization that helps local breast cancer patients in a variety of extraordinary ways.

Every October Pine Street in Doylestown is turned into Pink Street and the organization hosts a wide array of fundraising events with help from sponsors, such as the Thompson car dealerships, and volunteers in the local community. The money raised goes directly to help local breast cancer patients in a variety of ways, such as providing funds for treatment transportation and offering an array of integrated services through Unite for HER.

Here are some ways you can lend a hand and help Pine2Pink achieve its goal of helping breast cancer patients in the local community:

  • Take part in Pine2Pink fundraising events, such as the upcoming silent auction where you can bid on a wide array of fabulous items.
  • Buy Pine2Pink-inspired beer at Doylestown Beer Authority. The Pine2Pink beer is a pale ale created by Moss Mill Brewing Company with a portion of sale proceeds going directly to Pine2Pink!
  • Dine and shop at Doylestown businesses and purchase Pine2Pink specialty items, such as the salmon burger at Penn Taproom and the Pine2Pink tote bag at Monkey’s Uncle.
  • Make a $100 donation and receive a Lavazza coffee brewer and six-month supply of coffee.
  • Host a birthday fundraiser or other type of fundraising event to raise money for Pine2Pink.
  • Give a donation directly to the Pine2Pink organization.

Lending a helping hand to Pine2Pink through any of the ways listed above will help local patients in the battle against breast cancer.

Although Pine2Pink started in Doylestown and does an extraordinary amount of work in this community, there’s no stopping this awe-inspiring nonprofit. The organization has already branched out to help individuals in surrounding communities, such as Carversville, Peddler’s Village, and New Hope.

And the organization doesn’t want to stop there! Pine2Pink wants to increase its visibility and positive impact to help breast cancer warriors in towns across the country. The goal is to turn 5,000 Pine Streets across America into Pink Street for the month of October and raise money to help individuals in their fight against breast cancer.

Find out more about Pine2Pink by visiting their website, Facebook, and Instagram pages, and help Pine2Pink assist local patients in the battle against breast cancer.