Have you gotten your tickets yet for the Grace Kelly exhibit at Michener Art Museum? Don’t delay. We hear they’re selling fast and furiously. “From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly – Beyond the Icon” opens Monday. The art museum, celebrating 25 years, will be closed to the public Saturday and Sunday while it gets ready. (There is a special members-only reception on Sunday.)
The museum also has additional programming to complement its exhibition, some with advance registration. “Adorning Grace: Jewelry Fit for a Princess” will be held Nov. 3 and include talks, demos and displays. On Nov. 7, join the lecture series for “Grace Kelly: Beyond the Icon.” And on Nov. 12, the curator’s lecture will focus on Bucks County Playhouse, which is celebrating its 75th year and where Kelly made her stage debut. BCP is the subject of another exhibit opening at Michener the same day.
We’ve also noticed some of the businesses in town have caught Grace Kelly fever. Cowgirl Chile Co. Jewelry’s display window features the many faces of the beautiful 1950s actress. Across the street, L.A.D. & Co. Hairdressing of Distinction offers Grace Kelly cuts. And The County Theater on Nov. 13 plans a 3-D showing of Hitchcock’s “Dial M for Murder.” It’s part of their “Grace Kelly & Hitch Series.”
So, make your plans to visit – the exhibit runs through Jan. 26 – and keep us in mind for your overnight stay.
All set for the Labor Day weekend? We are, though it’s hard to believe that summer has flown by so quickly! Still, even though it might be the unofficial end, there are plenty of fun things going on around town that will keep you busy.
What’s the next fun thing? How about the Doylestown Arts Festival? It’s a week earlier this year – scheduled for Sept. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s the biggest festival of the year, with lots of visiting craft artisans, musicians, and food and drink to fortify you as you walk around.
Not into the whole arts scene? Not to worry. Stop by Sunday and you can watch the inaugural Thompson Bucks County Classic, a New Hope to Doylestown bike race featuring 150 professional cyclists. Riders hit the finish line at West Court and Main streets between 2:30 and 3 p.m.
Need more fun? Visit the Polish-American Family Festival and Country Fair nearby at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. You’ll get rides, crafts, dancing, historical re-enacters, Polish food and more. It’s the last of two weekends, running from noon to 8 p.m. both days.
Whew! All that fun is tiring!
Like games of strategy? Then come on out to Doylestown’s First Saturday Chess. You could learn a few moves while having loads of fun, too!
During summer months, the event is held right next door to Hargrave House in the pocket park behind Doylestown Historical Society. Pop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month (Aug. 3 is the next one). Chess sets are even provided. And it’s free and open to all ages.
If you’re a fan of cinema, you definitely should check out this year’s offerings of the New Hope Film Festival. It’s running now through July 21, and there are even a few Doylestown connections.
In its fourth year, this year’s festival boasts a record 108 entries from 17 countries … and a documentary from Antarctica, to boot! According to D. F. Whipple, chairman and CEO of the festival, the goal is to provide an outlet “to nurture filmmakers who have been overlooked or underappreciated in other channels.” That said, with that many selections, there’s bound to be something for everyone’s tastes.
Most of the films will be shown at the New Hope Arts Center at Stockton and Bridge streets in New Hope, but four will be shown Tuesday, July 16, at The County Theater here in town. The headliner is “Pechorin,” a Russian cinematic piece based on Mikhail Lermontov’s classic Russian novel, “A Hero of Our Time.” The movie took Best Feature Film honors at the 2012 London Film Awards. You can visit The County Theater online for a synopsis and to view the trailer. The evening also will include the short “Saving Bella” by Doylestown-native Alyssa Achuff, which focuses on the friendship between an 80-year-old dementia patient and her 6-year-old granddaughter.
On July 21, history buffs can view the documentary “Geil of Doylestown: Forgotten Explorer” at New Hope Arts Center. William Edgar Geil was the first man to traverse the length of the Great Wall of China and chronicle his journey in the early 1900s, becoming somewhat of an expert on the subject albeit almost unknown in his hometown. A trailer for the film is posted on the website of the Doylestown Historical Society, which houses the William Edgar Geil Collection.
Traditionally, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but it’s also a time to commemorate and honor our veterans. Doylestown hosts one of the oldest Memorial Day parades in the nation, so if you’re around town tomorrow, make sure you check out the parade route. There are also flag-raisings scheduled and a tribute to those fallen war heroes. Visit the borough’s website for a complete list of times and places. And enjoy your holiday!
We’ve always been fans of fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables. How can you not be when they taste so good? So we’re thrilled that Saturday marks the season opening of the Doylestown Farmers’ Market right around the corner from us on South Hamilton Street.
The market, sponsored by Buckingham Township Civic Association, is celebrating its 38th year. Bucks County is home to some wonderful farms just down the road from us. Your friendly vendors sell a variety of products. How about some homemade granola or grass-fed Angus beef? Take home some of the all-natural scented soaps or a lovely, fragrant bouquet of fresh-cut flowers (that in itself will win you points with your honey!) You can get a whole list of what you can purchase on the BTCA website.
The market opens at 7 a.m. each Saturday and closes at noon. The last day of the season is the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
If you’re at all familiar with Doylestown, you know we’ve got some darn good restaurants in here town. Here’s your chance to get to know some of the ones you’re not familiar with. Starting today and running through April 21 is Doylestown Restaurant Week. More than 25 restaurants – from Indian cuisine to offerings at a new raw juice bar – are participating. They’re going to have some special menu items and discounted prices. So, let’s eat!
Only a couple of weeks left until we leave winter behind and enter a new season. We’re already seeing signs of spring: We’ve got some snowdrops blooming out back and the days have been getting warmer and longer. Hurray!
We bet you’ll start seeing more people outside. Here’s something that’ll get you motivated. Each Wednesday – from March 20 to June 5 – explore some of Doylestown’s neighborhoods and its parks through the Spring Scenic Stroll, coordinated by Doylestown Borough Park and Recreation Board. There’s a whole list of places they’ve got picked out for a fun walking tour.
They take place during the morning hours – 10 a.m. during March and April, then 9 a.m. during May and June. It’s a great way to meet some new people, learn about Doylestown and get some exercise all at the same time!
OK, we admit it. We like celebrity news as much as anyone else. So, saying that, we were just tickled to find out that a member of world royalty is expected to come to our town later this fall.
Michener Art Museum will host an exhibit featuring images and artifacts of the late screen legend and Philadelphia native Grace Kelly. The beautiful blonde retired from Hollywood to become a real-life princess when she married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Here’s the celebrity part: Her son, Prince Albert, will attend the opening (trumpet fanfare!)
“From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly, an American Icon” runs from Oct. 31, 2013, through Jan. 26, 2014. The Michener is the first American venue for this interactive exhibition and is based on a display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
The museum, which has a well-established collection of works by Bucks County artists, scored a coup last year when it was one of only a select few museums chosen to exhibit pieces by Renaissance artists from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. From artists of the royals to modern-day royal appearances …
Our last blog entry told you about some fun things you can do around town during the upcoming cold-weather months. We thought we’d provide a little bit more incentive for you to check out us out as well!
Hargrave House is offering a Winter Getaway Special during January and February. Stay with us for two consecutive nights at a discounted rate of $300 (plus tax). We’ll do our best to set you up in one of our spacious suites that has a fireplace and jetted tub. Mornings will begin with a hot, made-to-order breakfast. And don’t fret about parking when you come to Doylestown. Our on-site, private lot should ease any worries you may have. Don’t forget to mention the special when you make reservations, please.
Also, in honor of love, HH has a Valentine’s Package on Feb. 14 that includes all of the above PLUS your choice of champagne, flowers or a box of chocolates to share with your sweetheart – all for $179 (plus tax). Don’t wait too long to book – we hear Cupid’s been pretty busy lately!