We’ve settled into a lovely time of year here in Doylestown. The cherry trees up at the courthouse are in full bloom right now. So are the thousands of daffodils, courtesy of Bucks Beautiful, that line both the Route 202 Parkway and the Route 611 Bypass. What a wonderful introduction to spring!
In line with the plants’ seasonal rebirth comes a spate of events that flourish too as the weather turns warmer. First up, we’ve got the inaugural BCRR Break-Fast 5K on April 3, of which Hargrave House is a proud sponsor. It’s part of the annual Bucks 5K Series – a collection of races held yearly for the last 21 years. Most of the course for this particular race goes through the Doylestown Hunt section of town. It benefits Mercer Museum, where a post-race pancake breakfast will be held.
The Inside Out Project opens April 15 and runs through July 15. It’s a public art initiative that borrows about a dozen high-quality replicas of art masterpieces from The Philadelphia Museum of Art. They’ll be installed outside in various locations for all to see. You’ll see works by international masters as well as pieces by more local noted artists. Our own Michener Art Museum will also have specially-trained docents on hand to give guided tours of the installation during the time it’s in town. Michener’s website lists the times and dates of the hour-long tours.
April 16 is opening day of the season for the Doylestown Farmers’ Market. Open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon, it’s a quick walk from Hargrave House. A portion of South Hamilton Street is closed off during that time so that the 25 vendors have a place to sell their wares. Where else can you find Tunisian organic olive oil, local raw honey and farm-fresh produce in the same spot? Need some bedding plants or gorgeous floral bouquets? They’ve got that too. You might even find some musical entertainment to accompany your shopping expedition. We have the Buckingham Township Civic Association to thank for keeping that going since 1975.
Of course DelVal’s A-Day, which actually occurs over a few days – this year it’s April 22-24 – is always a treat for young and old alike. The agricultural university never disappoints, either. Visitors see all sorts of educational exhibits, competitions, farm animals, entertainment, fun, and great food. We’re partial to those thick, homemade milkshakes! Student-run, the event benefits campus activities and clubs. It’s a fun time, for sure!