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!
With the holidays behind us and a new year just wide open with possibilities, why not make Doylestown a stop on your travel agenda? The winter “blahs” can easily set in during January and February, so we say head them off with a weekend stay at Hargrave House. Just steps away are a number of cute shops and restaurants that will help you while away your day. Area museums have lots of interesting exhibits. At Mercer Museum, you still have until Jan. 13 to catch the popular “Apron Chronicles,” a collection of vintage aprons, photos and personal narratives of those who wear them. Opening Jan. 19 through April 28 at Michener Art Museum is “The Mind’s Eye: 50 Years of Photography by Jerry Uelsmann,” which includes pieces ranging from real to imaginary. The Bucks County Civil War Library Museum is a hidden gem open midday on Saturdays. A visit there is a must for any Civil War buff. After your full day, come back to HH for some rest and relaxation. Give us a call and we’ll help you plan your stay!
We’ve long known that Doylestown has some of the finest restaurants in the region. We’ve had guests come to stay with us specifically so they could go to dinner at some of them. Well, one of the recent blog posts on the Zagat website – you know, the famed restaurant reviewers? – confirmed our opinions. Domani Star on West State Street was listed as one of the top 10 best Italian restaurants in the Philadelphia area. Readers of the blog voted in a survey, with one of the diners calling Domani Star’s meatballs “to die for.” Here’s a link to the DoylestownPatch story, which also links to the Zagat blog. Congrats to one of Doylestown’s superb eateries!