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!

Enjoy the First Weekend of Fall in Doylestown

It’s the first weekend of fall and there’s plenty to see and do in Doylestown to start the season off right. From the weekly Doylestown Farmers Market, filled with all your favorite seasonal fruits and veggies, to the Pedestrian Zone setup on South Main Street, you’re going to want to fill your weekend calendar with as many events as possible.

Here’s what’s happening in Doylestown this weekend:

Pedestrian Zone on South Main Street (September 25-26)

On Friday, September 25, and Saturday, September 26, from 5-11 p.m., South Main Street, between State Street and Oakland Avenue, will be closed to vehicle traffic to provide an expanded outdoor area for Doylestown residents and visitors to enjoy. Restaurants and shops in that area will be able to offer dining and shopping options to the public in this larger setting. It’s a great time to get out and support local businesses while having a fun time doing so.

Doylestown Farmers Market (September 26)

Visit the Doylestown Farmers Market on Saturday, September 26, for all your favorite farm-fresh produce items and artisan goods. The farmers market will take place on Hamilton Street, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Masks are required, so be sure to grab yours before heading out the door.

Volunteer Cleanup Event at Fonthill Castle (September 26)

If you want to lend a hand to a great cause this weekend, help Fonthill Castle keep its woodlands looking beautiful by taking part in the volunteer cleanup event on Saturday, September 26, from 9 a.m.-noon. Visit the Mercer Museum/Fonthill Castle website to sign up to volunteer.

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!

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

 

 

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

Pop-Up Park Opens in Front of Siren Records in Doylestown

Each year, PARKing for People arranges an extraordinary pop-up park to unfold on the streets of Doylestown. One year this pop-up park found its place in front of the Starbucks on Main Street while another year saw the Doylestown pop-up park call the Hamilton Street area “home” for a few days. This year, the Doylestown Parking Day Pop-Up Park is located right outside the doors of popular Doylestown music store, Siren Records, at 25 East State Street.

Up and running from September 20–22, this pop-up park installation may be short in time length but voluminous in the joy it brings to Doylestown residents and visitors. Offerings of this weekend’s pop-up park include the following:

Friday, September 20:

  • Noon: Park Opening with Borough Council President Jack O’Brien
  • 12:15–1:15 p.m.: Music by Fools & Prophets
  • 7–9 p.m.: Music by Essie Riddle

Saturday, September 21:

  • 8:30–9:30 a.m.: Morning Flow Yoga with Adi
  • 10–11 a.m.: Kids’ Music with Miss Larissa
  • 11–Noon: Fun with Busy Bee Toys
  • 7–9 p.m.: Music by Quarters On The Machine

In addition to the entertainment being offered during the Parking Day Pop-Up Park, this installation simply provides a great place to relax in the center of Doylestown and watch the crowds pass by.

Don’t miss the opportunity to view this Doylestown pop-up park in person and applaud those who took the time and effort to put this wonderful display and meeting place together for the Doylestown community!

Celebrate 28 Years of Art at the Doylestown Arts Festival (Sept. 7–8)

The annual Doylestown Arts Festival is quickly approaching and now is the time to mark this popular event down on your calendar.

This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on both days. Guests who attend this free event will be able to stroll through Doylestown borough and explore the creative offerings of more than 160 juried artists. But, that’s not all that this extraordinary local event offers to those who come from near and far to enjoy the festival weekend.

Doylestown Arts Festival crowd

In addition to shopping at the various artist and artisan vendor tents, festival-goers can enjoy the following:

  • Live music on five stages
  • Local food vendors
  • Live art
  • Interactive demos
  • And so much more!

In addition to the local restaurants offering meals and dining specials, there will also be food offerings from the following establishments at the food court on Hamilton Street (between State and Oakland Streets):

Don’t miss this annual weekend of fun in Doylestown where shopping, dining, and live entertainment fill the roster!

 

Sunflower Festival at Hellerick’s Family Farm (August 21–September 2)

Hellerick’s Family Farm in Doylestown will be hosting its not-to-be-missed Sunflower Festival August 21–September 2, from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. each day.

This flower-filled festival features fun for the entire family to enjoy. Guests are invited to walk or take a hayride out to Hellerick’s two-acre sunflower field to get a close-up look at these beautiful flowers, take pictures and embrace the scenery of the farm.

Hellerick's Family Farm Sunflower Field

Also included in the admission fee is the Adventure Farm area at Hellerick’s. At the Adventure Farm area, you’ll find 40 different family-friendly activities to take part in as you enjoy the day at Hellerick’s Family Farm.

Reservations are required to attend and can be made online. The cost to attend is $12.99 per person and the price includes three-hour combined access to the sunflower fields and Adventure Farm, access to the Sunflower Festival tent, one sunflower to take home with you (additional sunflowers are $2 per stem), and educational sessions about sunflowers.

Reserve your spot today to attend the Sunflower Festival and explore these beautiful flower fields at Hellerick’s Family Farm.

Photos credit: Hellerick’s Family Farm

Opening Sunday: MeWow Cat Cafe in Doylestown

You’ve probably heard about cat cafes opening in different locations throughout the Philadelphia area. Well, if you have been wanting to visit one in the local area, get ready, as MeWow Cat Cafe will be opening its doors in Doylestown this Sunday, August 4!

MeWow Cat Cafe will be located at 3617 Old Easton Road in Doylestown. The new cafe will offer the opportunity to meet kittens and cats up for adoption and enable visitors to provide these loving animals with a permanent home. MeWow Cat Cafe has joined forces with the Bucks County SPCA and Kitty Junction, who provide the cats to the cafe in order to make a perfect cat-owner match!

Kitten Pose Pixabay

While stopping by or enjoying a meet-and-greet with the kitties of MeWow Cat Cafe, visitors can purchase locally-sourced artisan coffee and homemade desserts during their time at the cafe. If you want to cuddle with the kittens and cats, advance reservations are required and can be made online. The cost to enjoy the Kitty Corral is $6 for 30 minutes of cuddle time. This cost helps to support the MeWow Cat Cafe and its furry residents.

Make plans to attend this wonderful cat-centric cafe and consider adopting one of these beloved cats or kittens to bring home as a new member of the family.

The MeWow Cat Cafe will be open from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and 3–9 p.m. starting Sunday, August 4.