Doylestown Spring/Summer 2022
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Calendar Around Town Dining Out People Art Concrete Castles Peace Valley Park Proﬁles Doylestown Road Angels Looking Back 4 Doylestown Guide 2022
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emories are powerful. I remember being a student at Rider College taking an American studies course where we spent four weeks classifying artifacts at the Mercer Museum. At the time I was mesmerized by the vast collection of pre-Industrial Revolution objects amassed by Henry Mercer. I was astounded by the concrete castle I entered each day, and to this day, every time I visit the museum, my first impressions vividly come back to me. In the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Doylestown Town & Country our writer, Chrysa Smith, takes you on a tour of the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle. Memories are also powerful when it comes to nature. Who doesn’t remember walking by a beautiful lake or seeing a wild animal in its natural habitat? How about a place where you can take your family and build natural memories while learning all about animals and their habitats, the varieties of plants in our area and being together, taking classes, walking trails—all within a stone’s throw of Doylestown. You probably guessed it. We want to introduce you to Peace Valley Nature Center.. Do you remember hot rods and shiny fast cars? Well, they are on display in our photo essay about the Doylestown Road Angels. We also have an interview with local artist Sandy Askey Adams, a profile of Dr. Benjamin E. Rusiloski, the new president of Delaware Valley University, two Doylestown restaurants, mini profiles of some very notable Doylestown people, a calendar of events and lots more about the people places and things in Doylestown. So again, memories are powerful, and we hope to help you make new memories of Doylestown and surroundings with our Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Doylestown Town & Country.
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Doylestown Historical Society Come visit and see our collections and artifacts of our past in Doylestown. We also collect stories. The narratives are the human connection to our past and it is these stories that help bring history alive. Without the stories, all those photos, documents, and objects are just interesting things to look at. We also celebrate our past with events that commemorate Doylestown's people, places and events, so that they may long be remembered. Museum Hours: 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday or by appointment. 56 S. Main Street, Doylestown, PA; 215- 345-9430. Pearl S Buck May-June: Life & Legacy Tour April 18: Writing Center-Pearl S. Buck Novel Discussion Group May 5: Walking While Black: Love is he Answer Movie Screening and Discussion 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA 18944; www.pearlsbuck.org. Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce May 3: Business Growth Series Sponsored by Univest Financial May 13: Bucks Fever Virtual Studio Tour June -August: Bucks Fever Brown Bag-it with
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the Arts September 25: Excellent in Design Seminar www.centralbuckschamber.com. Peddlers Village May 1-15: Cupcake Decoration Competition Weekends in May: Strawberry month May-August: Sand Sculptures in the Village July 2-4: Red, White, & Blue BBQ Bash August 5-7: Peach Month Weekends in July: Bluegrass & Blueberries Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska, PA. 215-7944000; www.peddlersvillage.com. Mercer Museum May 7: Delaware Valley University 125th Anniversary Concert May15: Kite Day May 16: Friends of BCHS:True Crime in Bucks County June 19: Juneteenth Celebration at the Mercer Museum July-August: Wizarding Camp May-October: Movies at the Mercer 84 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA; 215345-0210; www.mercermuseum.org. Michener Museum May 12: Ladies Night Out: Haring Inspired
Canvases Through June 26: Sunday Drop in Activities 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pa; 215-340-9800; www.michenerartmuseum.org. Peace Valley Nature Center Ongoing: Saturday Morning Walks May 14: Croaks & Trills: A Frog & Toad Search June 21: Solstice Hike and Campfire June 25: Firefly Frolic 170 North Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA. 215-345-7860; www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org. Karen’s Place May 21: Joe Miralles Doylestown Menonite Church 590 N. Broad Stree, Doylestown, PA; 215-345-6377; www.karensplace.org. 28th Annual Doylestown 5k Race May 28: The Doylestown 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run are a Memorial Day Weekend tradition. We are taking all precautions necessary to host a safe and fun event this year. www.doylestown5k.com. Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts June 22-26: Tony n Tina’s Wedding July 27-July 31: A Musical Cooking Lesson with the Calamari Sisters August 4-August 14: Sweet Charity 700 E. Butler Ave, Doylestown PA 18901; buck scountycenterfortheperformingarts.org. Doylestown at Dusk Car Show July 16: Doylestown at Dusk is a classic car show featuring over 500 cars annually. Located on the streets of Doylestown, Pennsylvania the show offers a unique experience for car owners and admirers. Enjoy live music, local restaurants, and much more—all free to the public. www.doylestownatdusk.com. Ktichen & Garden Tour June 12: This annual event offers visits to hidden jewels tucked away on the charming streets of historic Doylestown. An inspiring mix of homes and gardens will be on display, with Bucks County Master Gardeners on hand to offer expertise. All properties will be adorned with fresh flower arrangements courtesy of our generous local florists. 215-340.3639;
www.bucksbeautiful.org. Fonthill Castle July 4: Old Fashioned Fourth of July at Fonthill Castle July 8: Shakespeare at Fonthill Castle August 27: Fonthill Castle Beer Fest 525 E Court St,Doylestown, PA; www.mercer museum.org/visit/fonthill-castle. Doylestown Road Angels July 10th: Street Rods, Rat Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars, Trucks, Antiques and Classics at least 30 years old. 194 N. Main Street, Dublin, PA; www.roadan gelsdoylestown.com. Bedminster Traditional Artisan Show August 27-28: Meet over 35 of the top American folk artists, handcrafted period American art, museum reproductions. What you will see in the booths at the University is decorative arts, paintings (both oil paintings and theorem art), fabric art, pottery, furniture, quilts, baskets, carvings, all produced with the most skilled and conscientious craftsmanship. This fine arts & craft show is conducted each year in Doylestown, PA at the Delaware Valley University; www.traditionalartisanshow.com. Bucks County Classic Race September 11: The Bucks County Classic in beautiful Doylestown Pennsylvania is more than just a race. We embrace the sport of cycling and offer experiences for all to participate. Bring your child to one of our Learn to Ride clinics, join local organizations on a group ride, try your hand at virtual racing or experience the thrill of American bike racing on race day when racers give their all as they circle the eight turn 1.4-mile course vying for their piece of the prize. www.buckscountyclassic.com. Doylestown Art Festival September 10-11: Doylestown Arts Festival returns for its 29th anniversary. Featuring 160 juried artists, live music on 5 stages, local food vendors, live art, and interactive demonstrations, the festival is a great experience for all ages! Free to attend, the Doylestown Arts Festival is one of the largest and most celebrated arts festivals in the region. The festival runs 10am-5pm each day. www.dtownartsfestival.com.
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Mission Of Love
atricia Hutton, owner of Patricia Hutton Galleries is on a mission. She says, “My love for art stems from an appreciation of both the skills necessary to produce good art and the emotional connection that good artists are able to achieve … It is my joy and mission to share this love with my community and customers.” This April Patricia Hutton Galleries celebrates its 11th year in business. She first became interested in art when visiting the Met and then the museums of Europe as a student and later while attending graduate school in Boston. There she met a group of artists who studied at Fenway Studios, and she developed a love for American art and its history. When 14 Doylestown Guide 2022
she opened her gallery, she invited some of these artists from Boston to exhibit their work at the gallery. This attracted many of Bucks County’s best artists to the gallery. Patricia Hutton Galleries specializes in Impressionism and Realism, and features such top painters as Frank Arcuri, Dot Bunn, Janine Wade, Dorothy Hoeschen, Michael Filipiak, Dean Thomas, Steve Zazenski and Richard Lennox. Now newer award-winning artists such as Katriel Srebnik are exhibited at Patricia Hutton Galleries. Patricia Hutton galleries is located at 47 West State Street, Doylestown, PA; 215348-1728. www.patriciahuttongalleries.com.
n 1984, Frank Hirsch III founded Wolfgang Woodwork llc. Frank is an experienced cabinet maker, artist, mentor and overall craftsman. Frank father’s woodworking influence led him to pursue a degree from Johnson College and a career in fine woodworking. He is skilled and experienced in carpentry, electrical, plumbing and flooring and takes great pride in providing the best solutions possible to turn his client’s dreams into reality. As a master craftsman, his goals include designing pieces with architectural beauty while building custom cabinetry and furniture that lasts a lifetime. Whether you are looking for custom furniture, built-in cabinetry or restoration work, you can trust Wolfgang Woodwork to deliver the highest standards of workmanship and personal service. Their fully equipped shop provides the ability to customize a variety of projects such as chair repair, live-edge tables, historical stairways,
home offices and much more. Frank states in his company’s mission statement, “At Wolfgang Woodwork, our mission is to serve God and our neighbors as we create one-of-a kind heirloom cabinetry, furniture and millwork. Our vision is to keep alive and relevant the old-world heritage of hand-crafted pieces that are beautiful, functional and will be enjoyed for generations to come.” Frank is the oldest of six children, happily married to his wife Kim and lives in Doylestown. Frank and his wife have four children and eleven grandchildren. He is an avid gardener and a proud member of the local Christian Business Men’s Connection. Wolfgang Woodwork is located at 3842 Old Easton Road, Doylestown, PA. To contact Frank, call 215-534-1574; email email@example.com; www.wolfgangwoodwork.com.
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AROUND TOWN Doylestown Produce
oylestown Produce’s mission is to provide quality, fresh produce at low, discount prices. They love to work with local farmers in Bucks County to provide fine tasting produce. Besides providing fresh produce, Doylestown Produce doesn’t want to put a strain on your budget. Matt Taylor has owned Doylestown Produce since 2016. He moved to Bucks County back in 2003 and started working at a local produce store in Fairless Hills, PA. Matt later purchased Fairless Hills Produce Center in 2010 at 23 years old. He has been in the produce business for almost 15 years and has always been committed to providing the highest quality produce at the lowest possible price. Doylestown Produce is located at 214 S. Main Street, Doylestown, PA; 215-340-9474.
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rt Dept. Studios is a small, family-owned group of art studios for all ages & abilities. We are all artists who are passionate about what we do and want to share our enthusiasm for art to others regardless of age, gender, or ability. Art Dept. Studios are creative art studios for all ages, nurturing the need for expression through art. We are dedicated to the cultivation of the artistic spirit in everyone through education in our studio and our community. Art Dept. Studios Doylestown is located in the heart of the historic Doylestown and is the perfect date night or girls’ night out destination. Celebrate your next special occasion in one of our studios. Great for
Birthday Parties, Girls Night Out, Scout Troops, Youth Groups or Church Outings, Bridal or Baby Showers, Corporate Events, Fundraisers or just for fun. Art Dept Studios is located at 15 West Oakland Avenue, Doylestown, PA; 215348-9003; www.artdeptstudios.com.
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istorante Paganini has been a go-to restaurant in Doylestown since 1990 and it is known for its hand crafted, locally sourced Italian and European inspired dishes that are served in a comfortable atmosphere. The owners of Paganini, Raouf Grissa and
his wife Karen, met in Paris at the Italian restaurant Pasta Vino, which Raouf ran at the time. Karen and Raouf worked together until the birth of their daughter and moved to the United States, settling down in historic Doylestown, PA. Doylestown would become their home where they raised their family and started Paganini. Paganini offers classic Italian and European entrees ranging from fresh salads and homemade pasta to wood-oven pizzas, seafood, and specialty sandwiches. The pastas and sauces are made fresh daily with locally sourced ingredients. On the lunch menu are a choice variety of salads and appetizers. Examples are Insalata di Funghi, Smoked Salmon on Arugula Salad and Grilled Chicken Salad. There are 10 20 Doylestown Guide 2022
Wood Oven Pizzas to choose from on the Lunch Menu. Sandwiches include such tantalizing entries as the Special Sandwich (prosciutto di Parma & mozzarella open face on homemade bread), the Paganini Burger (nonGMO grass-fed beef served with tomato, onions, pickle, brioche bun) and for a light meal the Bruschetta Sandwich. You can order a variety of hot and cold plates. Hot Plates include Crostini (mozzarella & tomato baked on homemade bread served with greens), Quiche and Frittata. The Cold Plates include such winners as Carpaccio “Paganini.” The Dinner Menu, like the lunch menu, offers the daily specials and has the same salads and appetizers. There are also Cheese Plates. For entrées Paganini has Classics and Meat & Fish. Classics include such as Italian pasta dishes as Spaghetti all Bolognese, Spaghetti alla puttanesca, Lasagna alla Bolognese and others. The Meat & Fish section of the menu is divided into Cold Meats and Hot Meats. Cold Meats include such interesting steak dishes as Carpaccio Paganini (raw filet mignon, parmigiano and xvoo) and Bresaola Della Valtellina (smoked filet mignon with xvoo and lemon). On the Hot Meats section are Piccata al limone (veal in lemon sauce with cream), Pescado (swordfish served with capers & tomato) and others and there are a nice selection of deserts. Ristorante Paganini is located at 81 W. State Street, Doylestown, PA; 215-348;5922; www.paganinidoylestown.com. Closed Tuesdays.
he goal at Honey is to “… provide the most entertaining, most memorable, dazzling dining experience possible, day after day, night after night. We strive to treat every customer with genuine warmth and hospitality.” And that goal has been achieved. They serve a variety of eclectic small plates, tapa style, … “so that everyone at the table can share and graze through several plates.” The menu at Honey changes often. Honey states on their website that, “carnivores, seafood lovers, and vegetarians alike will find unique and delicious offerings that are truly one-of-a-kind and always made with love.” The food is “aggressively seasoned” using ingredients from around the world to enhance the flavor. Considering this and differences in tastes, Honey promises, “If for any reason a particular dish just isn't your “cup of tea”, don't eat it- just let us know and we'll trade that dish for something else more to your liking.” The menus at Honey change often. Their food menu is all small plates, some simple, some complex and some very innovative and quite original. The Mixed Olive Plate is just what it says it is. Everything though has an original twist. For example, a simple dish, Kale
Salad, is mixed with Asian pear, 5 spice cashews, candied ginger, puffed rice, shaoxing vinaigrette. What would be simply homemade potato chips somewhere else, is Truffle & Smoke Potato Chips (homemade potato chips, hickory smoked sea salt, white truffle oil, chives, parmesan fondue). On the menu you can get pretty standard offerings such as Maryland Crab Cakes, Spring Rolls, Lobster Rolls and a plate called, Meat & Potatoes for the adventurous (braised beef short ribs, mashed potatoes, J-1 Sauce). But the genius of Honey is their own creations, such as Fire & Ice (chilled Alaskan King Crab, orange, daikon, miso-chile mayonnaise, toasted sesame, spicy carrot sorbet). Another example is Black Tea Glazed Spare Ribs (twice cooked Berkshire pork spare ribs, pine nuts, toasted Sesame, spicy ginger ice cream). The addition of ginger ice cream is is raved about on many review sites. Honey is located at 42 Shewell Ave, Doylestown, PA; 215-489-4200. Closed Monday & Tuesday. Dinner from 5 p.m. five days per week. Reservations are always recommended, especially on weekends. Reservation requests can be made by calling the restaurant at 215-489-4200. Due to our limited indoor seating, a credit card number is required to hold all Friday and Saturday night reservations. Cancellations are required at least 2 hours prior to your reservation time. A Fee of $50 will be charged for “No call, No shows”. Doylestown Guide 2022 21
People v By Nicole McMahon
Dr. Ben Rusiloski Delaware Valley University’s new president, Dr. Ben Rusiloski, positions the university for success by emphasizing experiential learning and real-world experience
elaware Valley University’s fourteenth President, Dr. Benjamin E. Rusiloski, has served the institution for more than 27 years. Dr. Rusiloski assumed his role as president in October of 2021 and continues to use his vast knowledge and commitment to DelVal to position the University for success. “From the time I stepped foot on the campus as a faculty member, I never imagined I’d be talking to you today as the
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president,” said Dr. Rusiloski. Although the DelVal president is a Vermont native who grew up in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania, he and his wife, Erin, are long-time residents of Doylestown, which is where DelVal’s campus is located. The picturesque town was named Best Small Town Cultural Scene in America by USA Today in 2019. Students, faculty and staff of the University enjoy the town’s art, architecture and museums as well as its neighboring nature and recreational areas like Peace Valley Park, Lake Galena, and the
is a Vermont native who grew up in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania, he and his wife, Erin, are long-time residents of Doylestown, which is where DelVal’s campus is located. The picturesque town was named Best Small Town Cultural Scene in America by USA Today in 2019. Students, faculty and staff of the University enjoy the town’s art, architecture and museums as well as its neighboring nature and recreational areas like Peace Valley Park, Lake Galena, and the Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve. The campus is also home to the Henry Schmieder Arboretum, a 40-acre horticultural jewel that’s a member of the American Public Gardens Association and Greater Philadelphia Gardens. This year, DelVal celebrates its 125th anniversary as it was founded in April 1896
as the National Farm School by Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf. Visionary scholar, educator and activist, Rabbi Krauskopf founded the National Farm School based on the idea of “science with practice”—the combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience. After more than 100 years, the school has grown exponentially. In 2015, DelVal became a university. Today, Delaware Valley University encompasses more than 1,000 acres and has grown into an interdisciplinary institution with 28 undergraduate majors in life and physical sciences, business, the humanities, and agricultural and environmental sciences and offers a doctorate in education, nine master’s degrees, and many graduate certificates in a variety of fields. Throughout its history, DelVal con-
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dean of the School of Life and Physical Sciences, Vice President for Academic Affairs and dean of the faculty, and he served as interim president. As dean, he was the principal investigator for a $707,569 award from the National Science Foundation and a $150,000 gift from the Mandell Foundation that were used to renovate five science laboratories on campus. Additionally, he partnered with External Affairs to secure funding from Bristol Myers Squibb to support student research. Among other recognitions, Dr. Rusiloski received the Student Government Faculty Service Award from DelVal’s Student Government Association in 1998 and again, in 2005. He also received the William Allison Award for Outstanding Service to the Student Body at DelVal, the Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring at DelVal, the Delaware Valley University Distinguished Faculty Member Award, and has held the Sarah and David Levin Chair. He also earned the Leo Award, from his alma mater, Kings College, an alumni award given for outstanding achievement. At DelVal, Dr. Rusiloski led the launch of the University’s nationally recognized experiential learning program, Experience360. The program, which has become the hallmark of a DelVal education, uses real-world experiences and employer feedback to prepare students for success as young professionals. The Experience 360 program was named the Best Experiential Learning program in 2019 by the National Society for Experiential Education. 24 Doylestown Guide 2022
In fact, upon the University’s search for their fourteenth president, Dr. Rusiloski’s innovation in experiential education made him a promising candidate. “Dr. Rusiloski’s work in experiential learning really stood out to us,” said Majid Alsayegh, who chairs the university’s board of trustees. “I know the school very well in terms of where it’s been and where we need to go,” Dr. Rusiloski stated. “And I think the relationships I have both internally and externally can assist the university in achieving its goals and expanding into new relationships and partnerships,” he added. “I'm honored to build on the work of the presidents who have come before me,” said Dr. Rusiloski. "DelVal is a school that I'm proud to serve. This institution has excellent faculty and staff who are personally invested in the success of each student. DelVal's academic programs give students the skills and experience they need to be successful. Through our award-winning experiential learning program, our students are gaining relevant, real-world experience before graduation. I look forward to continuing to enhance experiential learning opportunities as president.” Dr. Rusiloski earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King’s College and his doctorate in physical chemistry from Duke University. He, his wife, and children live in Doylestown. As he continues to serve the community where he works and lives, he looks forward to positioning DelVal for a successful future. Nicole McMahon is the manager of copy and content at Delaware Valley University.
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Art v By Michele Malinchak
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Sandy Askey-Adams Sandy Adams believes her talent is a gift from God and views art as a spiritual endeavor that transfers a divine energy to the viewer
reative expression comes naturally for Sandy Askey-Adams, who has been drawing and painting since she was four. Inspiration has taken hold in some unlikely places, such as her 10th grade math class. That was where she was so distracted by her teacher’s dazzling blue eyes, she drew him instead of paying attention. “They were gorgeous,” she said, “what creative person could resist?” An art major in high school, she admits that other subjects took a backseat to her art classes. Her English teacher wrote in her autograph book: “You would be a straight A student were it not for your love of art and creating.” Today, four decades later, her passion for artistic expression persists. But more than the act of putting Doylestown Guide 2022 27
paint on a canvas, her art is a spiritual journey. Instilled in her by the nuns who taught her in Catholic school was the belief that her talent was a gift from God meant to be shared. “There is a divine energy in a painting that is transferred from the painter. Viewers can connect to that energy even if they are unaware,” she said. That energy is derived from nature, her sole source of inspiration. “I aspire to capture the spirit, serenity and beauty of nature in hope that my work will stir an emotional response with my viewers,” she said. Through her use of cool, calming colors and restful scenes, the artist seeks to lift viewers’ spirits and ease their minds, if only for a little while. At one of her shows a viewer was so moved by Sandy’s work that she became teary-eyed. The woman revealed that she
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was battling cancer and felt alone and fearful until she saw Sandy’s paintings. Immediately she felt uplifted as if a healing of mind, body and spirit was taking place. “If I can help someone feel better, that’s what it’s all about,” Sandy said, and ended up giving the woman a painting. At another art show in Chadds Ford, PA, someone bought one of her paintings which created quite a stir among the other artists. “Don’t you know who that is?” they asked Sandy. The buyer turned out to be Andrew Wyeth’s model, Helga, who appeared in many of his paintings. She later came back to pick up the painting and the two were introduced. “I was excited to meet her and very honored that she purchased one of my paintings!” Sandy said. Primarily self-taught, her favorite medium is pastels, though she is adept at oils,
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watercolors and acrylics. She enjoys using pastels for their dramatic contrasts, rich layers of colors and luminescence. Though landscapes dominate her work, she also paints seascapes, florals, animals and birds. The artist has lived in Bucks County since 1980. Inspired by its countryside, she paints plein air and also works in her studio from sketches and photos. She runs two plein air art groups on Facebook and is an administrator on the board of PleinAir mag-
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azine. Her other favorite places to paint include the Allegheny National Forest, the Poconos and the Pennsylvania Wilds in north central PA. efore moving here, she lived in New England for six years and was the official artist at Hammersmith Farm owned by Jackie Kennedy’s mother in Newport, RI. It was also the summer White House during JFK’s
term and Sandy did paintings of the house, gardens and landscape. She recalls being one of the few people allowed to climb up the big windmill on the property to get a better view for her paintings. Her diverse resume also includes theater set design, book illustration, teaching and organizing and managing art exhibits. In addition, Sandy has painted wall murals in private homes, for the Bucks County Designer House and Garden and for Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Doylestown, PA. Sandy married young and in the 70s with two young daughters at home, she took evening classes at the Art Association of Harrisburg where she is still a member. For two years she worked as executive secretary for the Labor and Industry Building in Har-
risburg and continued to do art on the side, selling her first paintings in her 20s. In approaching a drawing or painting, she begins by drawing in simple lines graduating into shapes and then placing the darks in the composition. “When I am satisfied with the drawing, I then begin layering in the pastel (or the oil paints) from dark to light.” In watercolors, she does the opposite, working from light to dark. “I am mindful of not dividing the composition, such as the placement of the horizon line which is very important since it cannot be in the center. Most important, I have to make sure there is something to lead the eye into the painting—a point of interest for the eye to rest upon before proceeding throughout the rest of the composition. There must be balance.”
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Her works in pastel, watercolor and oils have won numerous awards on the national, regional and local levels. Last year she was accepted into four prestigious shows: The Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York, the American Impressionist Society online exhibition, the Mid America Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of North Carolina. An important highlight of her career was being elected as Signature Member in the Pastel Society of America and the Maryland Pastel Society. She’s also been featured in several books including 100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic and Best of Worldwide Landscape Artists. Magazines such as the Pastel Journal and Southwest Art have also featured her art. She has participated twice in the International Association of Pastel Societies Con-
vention in New Mexico where she met many renowned pastel artists including celebrity artist/actress Kim Novak who often attends. In addition to painting, Sandy enjoys playing her baby grand piano and composing her own music. She has played at art show openings and often finds herself torn between music and art, though she admitted art pulls at her soul more. She also likes to write and keeps a blog on her website. Sandy does commission work, and her paintings can be viewed on her website: www.sandyaskeyadams.com and on her facebook page at www.facebook.com/sand yaskeyadams. Michele Malinchak is a freelance writer and avid gardener from Quakertown, PA.
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Real Estate v By Heather Walton
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veryone is talking about how today’s real estate market is “nuts.” You hear about it on the news, in social media, in the paper ... but why? And what does that mean for home buyers and sellers? Does a consumer really need a realtor in this market? How can a realtor help a home seller or buyer navigate through the “craziness?” The market is driven by supply and demand ... which can vary by street, neighborhood, town and even county. Representing realtors help guide their clients using their experience, knowledge and the most up-to-date data. Upon first meeting with a consumer, realtors have a legal responsibility to go over the consumer notice. The consumer notice was prepared by the Real Estate Commission to inform consumers of their right to representation. It explains the relationships that realtors have with consumers as: seller agent, buyer agent, dual agent or designated agent. Realtors play a very important role in any market, however, this one especially so! Home sellers are eager in this market, to get as much money as possible
for their home and other terms and conditions of an agreement that work for them. Their seller agent will market their home to as many buyer prospects as possible using the myriad of tools available to them. The selling realtors will help secure the most qualified buyer with the best terms for the seller including best price, timing, least number of contingencies and lowest risk to the seller. Pre-qualified home buyers, in this market with extremely low inventory, are counting on their buyer agents to find homes, set up showings, get answers to their questions and guide them through the process of preparing creative offers that will make them a standout against the competition. We all have some tricks up our sleeves. Now, more than ever, is the time to depend on your carefully selected realtor representative to help you reach your real estate goals, whether buying or selling. Take the time to read reviews, research agents, interview agents and select one whose goals are aligned with your goals. Heather Walton is a real estate expert and agent with Class-Harlan Real Estate. Doylestown Guide 2022 33
Concrete Castles Doylestown’s Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle were built to resemble European castles that Henry Chapman Mercer saw on a five-month tour of Europe with his mother and an aunt / By Chrysa Smith
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ou might call Henry Chapman Mercer a Renaissance man. Founder of the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle (plus the Moravian Pottery Works), he was all about preserving the past. If you want to get a firsthand look at everything from Drape Mold Pottery (made on molds instead of wheels) and Hornsmithing artifacts (fabricated hair combs and household items) to antique whaling boats and authentic stagecoaches (hung above you on the ceiling of the five-story building), you need to head on over to the Mercer Museum, located in the arts district of Doylestown. And if you want to get a sense of the incredible man, his interests, life philosophy and lifestyle is here, sitting on a 70-acre parcel just across town, at the Fonthill Castle. According to Marjan Shirzad, Chief Executive Officer for the Bucks County Historical Society, the management arm of the museums, Mercer was a visionary. Born in Doylestown in 1856, he spent his time studying law, architecture, archeology, and early American life. While he did pass the bar exam, history and antiquity were, what you might say, the loves of his life. “Funded by his doting Aunt Elizabeth, known affectionately as Aunt Lela, Mercer spent five months
with his mother, Aunt Elizabeth and Aunt Fanny, traveling through England, France, Germany, Italy and Holland,” she says. “He had seen the castles of Europe in prints of his grandfather’s, but it was during this trip that Mercer’s interest in castle architecture grew as he visited a number of castles in person.” It’s no wonder local folks refer to ‘The Mercer’ as the world’s largest sandcastle. And Fonthill, as the area’s only period castle. Made of concrete, both The Mercer Museum and Fonthill were built by a small contingent of laborers who brought the buildings to life. With a desire to preserve his possessions, concrete was fireproof, quite inexpensive, easy to mold into desired shapes and a great backdrop for his significant collections. So, where to begin? I’d say it’s on the corner of Swamp Road and Court Street. Where Henry Chapman Mercer laid his hat.
Fonthill Castle No trip to The Mercer is complete without a trip to Fonthill. The home of Mercer is a fascinating look into the mind of this bachelor who housed a collection of some 6,000 books and thousands of pottery tiles and artifacts (both local and international), in a castle virtually designed
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without a formal education in architecture. Perhaps that’s why there are 32 staircases (several hidden) that meander through a literal maze of tiled rooms. From arched ceilings to walls, you’d be hard-pressed to find a space that’s not tiled. In any of the 44 rooms, including 10 baths. Built in 1908, the home had carbon filament lightbulbs and candles for light and fireplaces plus a furnace for warmth. The man had means. And as my tour guide Joe pointed out, none of this would have been possible without Aunt Elizabeth, who left him quite an inheritance upon her passing. He was 51 when the home was built, each story of
the building being added one at a time. Ten men were able to complete the task, but architects and engineers are fascinated that the construction of a four-story castle was completed in four years—back in the early part of the 20th Century. he only other permanent resident at Fonthill was his housekeeper, Laura. She was permitted to continue to live in the home after Mercer’s passing in 1930. But during his time spent at Fonthill, named for the bubbling spring that still runs in the property’s springhouse, there were visitors— mostly
Fonthill Castle is Henry Mercer’s concrete castle house with 44 rooms, 18 fireplaces and over 200 windows of varying size and shape. The interior walls, floors and ceilings are elaborately adorned with Mercer’s handcrafted tiles. Tiles and prints from around the world also show the collecting interests of this Bucks County native. The majority of Mercer’s furnishings and personal effects remain where he placed them, and guided tours explore the various aspects of his remarkably creative life. A tour of Fonthill truly offers a window into Henry Mercer’s unique architectural and artistic vision.
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intellectuals—Mercer committed himself to more than small talk. In fact, it is suggested that not only did he collect the thousands of books located in the home’s library and scattered throughout his map room and hallways, but his notations indicated he read them. One particularly comical display contains his comments on Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. And I quote, “As convincing as a tapeworm. As charming as a bottle of dead flies.” (1929). In fact, he 40 Doylestown Guide 2022
enjoyed displaying commentaries on life itself. Over fireplaces, in the risers of stairways, quotes from Virgil, and a display over one of the bathtubs: “Top of the morning.” His sense of humor seems as enticing as his eccentricities, as he wove his favorite dog Rollo’s footprints into the concrete steps at both properties; his affection for his horse Lucy and the names of those who worked to build his home, encased in ceilings and on the weathervane that sits atop
the castle. As my tour guide pointed out, there is a deep gothic feel about this castle. A fan of Edgar Allen Poe, there is a sense of darkness that rises from the rafters of this place. In one guest bedroom, a tile homage to Bluebeard, where wife number 10 finds the bodies of preceding wives. Sweet dreams. And in a study, a skull, which was given to Mercer by family members with a Latin note, transcribed as ‘Remember you
are mortal. Seize the day.’ Now that you’ve got a little taste of the man, what about his vast collections of antiquities?
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being thrown away and sold for next to nothing because of the Industrial Revolution,” she says. “To Mercer, an admirer of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the Turn of the 20th Century, he believed that new factories were turning these tools obsolete, and people would forget early American crafts. He ended up purchasing the entire lot, kickstarting his days as a collector.” Whatever your Early American interest may be, you’ll likely find tools of the trade. On each floor sits windowed showcases containing tools for turpentine-making, wheelwrighting (making wheels), architectural hardware, sausage stuffing, coopering (making wooden containers),
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harvesting, tin smithing, wallpaper and fabric printing, pewter making and so much more. ne of the more fascinating is a ‘Well Sweep’, an early form of a well pump. Several stories high, it was purchased in 1917 and stands tall in the lobby. Look up to be amazed, not only at it, but the dozens of other artifacts tethered to the museum’s ceiling. In fact, the Mercer was also built a step at a time, around existing collections. But I must also add, each time I visit, I must stop for at least a few minutes to admire the vampire killing kit.
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It’s a classic. In addition to the permanent collections at the Mercer, there are travelling exhibits. Some of them are in collaboration with The Smithsonian, which has a reciprocal relationship. Exhibits might come on loan to bring a little of the national treasure to areas outside of DC. But come June 10th, Everyday Rhythms will be the feature, with PA German dulcimers, Caribbean banjos, locally crafted instruments, and tools employed by instrument makers. The centerpiece will be an 1870’s parlor organ made in Quakertown. When you go, be sure to check out vampire killing kit. You never know what lies just around the corner. Mercer Museum is located at 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown, PA; www.mercer museum.org. Fonthill Castle is located at 525 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA; www.mercermuseum.org/visitfonthillcastle.org. Chrysa Smith is a regular contributor to Doylestown Town & Country.
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Peace Valley Nature Center Adjacent to the 14 miles of hiking trails in Peace Valley Park and the peaceful waters of Lake Galena is the Peace Valley Nature Center, a point of discovery for adults and Children alike By Christa Smith
ho learns will love and not destroy the creature’s life, the flowers joy.” I knew I was in a special place when I read these words. Spoken by our own brilliant eccentric Henry Mercer, the quote is located on the building wall at Peace Valley Nature Center. It pretty well sums it up. Those who understand, love creation. And if you do, you will find your bliss on some of these 750 acres in Doylestown. Located adjacent to Peace Valley Park, just off Galena and Chapman Roads, the nature center is heaven to a hiker, biker, photographer, dog-walker, little explorer or plain old admirer of a natural environment. A paved walkway circles around the center, meanders through Peace Valley Park and back again. It is here where all are welcome—even with four legged fellows in tow. And it is also from here where you are encircled by 293 bird species, racoon, fox, deer, 46 Doylestown Guide 2022
geese and even mink. As you might expect, there is an enormous variety of trees, shrubs and wildflowers and the peaceful waters of Lake Galena. swamp and wetlands, meadow and farm fields. In fact, it is an Audubon birding area. ut what separates the nature center from its neighbor are the hiking trails. If you want a good walk, or to disappear from the world for a bit, there are 14 miles of them. Looking at the trail map, they seem to circle around various regions, including swamp, wetlands, and meadow, interconnecting for even greater exploration. A property of Bucks County Parks & Recreation, the center was established
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back in 1975 by Carolyn Corey Jarin. A Doylestown resident and member of the League of Women Voters, she was present at the dedication of Lake Galena. And it was then, at about 50 years of age, that she found her next project. As a horticulturist, nature ran in her veins. And according to gift shop manager and 40-year veteran of the nature center Louise Lehman, “When someone told her it wasn’t a job for a woman,” her motivation increased. Stepby-step, she personally planted about 1,000 trees, and created trails. According to Gail Hill, Director, “The land was always a park. Carolyn set her mind on what she wanted to do, and over time, more land was added to the center.” Presently, it is
partially funded by Friends of Peace Valley Nature Center. According to the group,
Exploration and education are offered for kids from 3 and up. But elementary and high school students get an especially close up view. their mission is “dedicated to ignite passion, curiosity and respect for the natural world through environmental education for all ages.”
And there is something for everyone. Along with being in the great outdoors, the center offers educational and just-for-fun programs for children and adults. Exploration and education are offered for kids from 3 and up. But elementary and high school students get an especially close up view. According to Louise, spending a day at the nature center has been a requirement for fifth and sixth graders within the Central Bucks School District (at least before Covid). Special programs are offered for homeschool groups, and kids can choose to have their themed birthday parties, such as an insect safari and dinosaur discovery program or a Winnie the Pooh walk and tea party in nature. There are summer Doylestown Guide 2022 49
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camps for kids from 3 years and up, that run from June through August. And for the older folks? Guided hikes, maple syrup making, kayak day, identifying plant species and tracking down animal prints. One that sounds particularly interesting was offered last year: ‘Pest to Pesto’ had participants clear Garlic Mustard, then taste it in some recipes paired with adult beverages. So, you might wonder who cares for all of this? Interestingly enough, much routine maintenance is performed by volunteers. Yes, opportunities abound for those interested in trail keeping, gardening and group working days. This might involve pruning overgrowth and picking up trash. And if your interest lies more indoors, there are administrative and educational positions—all the way up to the Board of Directors. Gail says, “We are here as a resource.
We offer a lot of free programs to the public and are continually interested in county involvement.” As for now, you can feel the earth brushing off its slumber, as buds poke their way toward the sun. A cacophony of birds honk and chirp in unison. And at least in this place, at this time, all is well indeed. Peace Valley Nature Center is open year-round for exploration and changing programs. Hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 12–5 p.m. Memberships are available to help fund operations. Peace Valley Nature Center is located at 170 N. Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA. For more information call 215-348-6270 or visit their Website at www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org. Chrysa Smith is a regular contributor to the magazine and an amateur container gardener.
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SILVERMAN GALLERY • Rhonda Garland, Owner/ Artist Rhonda Garland, owner of the Silverman Gallery of Bucks County Impressionist Art says, “Art has been part of my life since growing up in New Mexico, and I have always gravitated towards creative people. There is so much inspiration there, just as I have found here in Pennsylvania.” Starting with a degree in business, Rhonda ran a retail store and then went into corporate sales. After about 10 years, deciding art was missing in her day to day working life, she enrolled in the Art Institute of Houston, studying layout and production art. That led to her working for a print shop and then owning a successful freelance business in Houston. After moving to Pennsylvania in 1999 with her husband John and children John and Abbie, she worked as a custom framer. “If I had to do it all over again, I’d do it exactly the same. It seems as though each part of my working life has led to this. My husband says it is what I was born to do.” Rhonda Garland is now in her seventh year of owning and operating the Silverman Gallery. Named for its founder, the legendary Herman Silverman, who—against all odds—at the age of 91, decided to open the gallery in 2011. It was a tough economy, especially for selling art. Galleries were closing, not opening. His goal was to provide continuous wall space as well as promotional support for a core group of local artists. Coming onboard as a gallery assistant in 2012, Rhonda immediately related to Silverman on a business level, taking over advertising and promotional design. Becoming gallery director in 2013, she took the reigns as owner in 2016. The Silverman Gallery represents the work of Joseph Barrett, Jennifer Hansen Rolli, Desmond McRory, Glenn Harrington, Anita Shrager, David Stier, Jean Childs Buzgo, Evan Harrington, Jonathan Mandell, Jim Rodgers, Trisha Vergis, Mitch Michener and Rhonda Garland, herself. The collections for each artist are available for viewing both online and in person. Open Wed.–Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11-4 and by appointment. Located in the Buckingham Green Shopping Center, 4920 York Road (Rt. 202) in Holicong, just north of PA 413. 215-7944300 www.silvermangallery.com
LYNDA BERRY PHOTOGRAPHY • Lynda Berry, Owner Since childhood Lynda Berry desired to be a photographer. She graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1995 with a degree in graphic design and photography. After college she began freelancing for newspapers and taking photos of local sports teams. When she began doing weddings and other events such as bar and bat mitzvahs, she brought with her a photo journalistic style combined with a deep interest in capturing the feelings expressed by her subjects. Last year on May 27, she photographed the wedding of Country Music superstar Jimmie Allen to Alexis Gale at the Lakehouse Inn in Perkasie. Two hundred guests, including Nashville stars such as Darius Rucker, Tyler Rich and Chuck Wicks attended this nuptial celebration. Her photo journalistic style and her being a preferred vendor at the Lakehouse led to her being chosen to photograph this stellar event. Lynda’s creativity and attention to detail, as well as her emphasis on communication, has earned her in-demand Doylestown-based studio the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award, then the Couples’ Choice Award, every year since 2012. Lynda’s own wedding to Don, “the love of my life” was photographed by her staff in Philadelphia. She says about herself, “I have two amazing kids who I just love so much. They are my absolute rock stars! We go tent camping, skiing and to the Jersey Shore. Personally, I love country music, wearing hats, waking up early, Orange Theory workouts, cars, loud music, ice hockey, eating healthy, sunny days, grassy fields, sunsets, cowboy boots, my friends, vacations, watching The Bachelor. I love different types of food and drink lots of coffee.” Lynda Berry Photography is located at Main Street Marketplace, 22 S. Main St., Suite 215, Doylestown, and can be reached at www.lyndaberryphotography.com; by phone at 267221-8581; by email at email@example.com and on Facebook and Instagram.
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CENTRAL BUCKS CHAMBER • Brad Sanders, Chief Marketing Officer Chief Marketing Officer of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Brad Sanders has been with the Chamber for 12 years. Brad began as a business major in college but eventually changed majors to graphic arts. He says, “Being in this position at the chamber filled all the categories of working with business and also working with the arts. It’s a nice all-inclusive career.” Brad designs and does the graphics for the Chamber’s new online/print magazine, The Business & Arts Journal. He also does the graphic arts for the Bucks Fever annual brochure. He says, “I work with Bucks Fever program, our talent show, our studio tour, art exhibit, film fest and in supporting the arts and culture of Bucks County. The chamber is a good team, and we all work well together well.” An interesting example of the Chamber’s involvement in the arts is the Brown Bag- With The Arts, where weekly performing arts series are held on the Bucks County Administration Building lawn. People are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on, take kids or a co-worker and a bag lunch Brad is also working with a team on making the annual Bucks Fever Film Fest a destination event, “… so people will come and stay over, stay in town, go to the museums, go to restaurants, and also participate in Film Fest.” On Doylestown, Brad says, “I love Doylestown. I did a birthday thing for my wife. We stayed at the Doylestown Inn, we went to Chambers for dinner, and we went to the County Theatre for a movie. That’s the kind of stuff I like to do. I love being in town, walking around town. Brad’s family, his wife Christine and his three children Jacob 13, Gavin 9, and Violet 6 all enjoy Doylestown and spend a family time at Peace Valley Park and the Peace Valley Nature Center. The Central Bucks County Chamber of Commerce is located at Bailiwick, Suite 23, 252 W. Swamp Rd. (Rt. 313), Doylestown; 215-348-3913. For more information about the Bucks County Chamber of Commerce, visit www.centralbuckschamber.com.
VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION • Barbara Ann Price, Chair Barbara Ann Price has been member of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA) since her retirement in 2012. She considers herself to be “very fortunate” to hold several offices within the VIA. Since July 2020 she is holding the office of President of the Association. She says, “I will admit it has been challenging to continue our mission of ‘enhancing the health and welfare of the Central Bucks County and surrounding communities’ during the COVID pandemic. Not only did we survive, which many non-profit organizations did not, but we thrived by adding forty new members over the past two years.” As President of the VIA, Barbara Ann observes and participates in many committees and activities. One of VIA’s major accomplishments was the establishment of Doylestown Hospital in 1923. Today, Doylestown Hospital encompasses 271 beds in a state-of-the-art acute care facility with a medical staff of more than 450 physicians in over 50 specialties. The VIA still continues to govern Doylestown Hospital. Over the past 127 years, the VIA has initiated many projects to improve the community’s wellbeing. VIA members are dedicated to “Community Service, Compassion and Commitment.” Barbara Ann says, “One of my most memorable positions was as Chair of the 2017 Bucks County Designer House at Hill Crest Manor located on Burnt House Hill Road in Buckingham, PA. I admit it was a lot of work, but I also had a lot of fun and was able to work with and have fun with the wonderful women of the VIA. For more information on the Village Improvement Association, visit www.via-doylestown.org. To find out about the Bucks County Designer House, visit www.buckscountydesignerhouse.org.
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DOYLESTOWN HEALTH • Scott S. Levy, M.D., Chief Medical Officer Scott Levy, MD has served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Doylestown Health since 2004. He began his Doylestown practice in Nephrology (kidney disease, dialysis, and hypertension) in 1990. Prior to his assuming his present role, Dr. Levy had grown that practice into a four-physician group and developed a number of dialysis facilities in the area. He completed his medical training, served as Chief Resident, and completed his Nephrology fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (and St. Peters Hospital)-UMDNJ in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Levy currently serves on the boards of Doylestown Hospital, the Bucks County YMCA, Doylestown Surgery Center, and the Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic at Doylestown Hospital. He has sat on several “advisory groups” including a physician quality committee for a major payer and a steering committee for an international medical software company. Dr. Levy is one of the founders and current chair of the Doylestown Healthcare Partnership, a clinically- and financially integrated healthcare network. He is also on the board of Community Care Collaborative of PA and NJ, which coordinates care and shared risk contracting. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Levy led a Medical Staff that quickly adapted to the changing landscape, making innovative, valuable decisions to keep the community safe. He was instrumental in bringing COVID-19 testing to Doylestown Health and is a strong proponent of vaccination and is a steady source of reliable information in a weekly series of social media videos. Dr. Levy is an avid sailing enthusiast. He is married with two children. For more information about Doylestown Hospital and Doylestown Health, visit doylestownhealth.org.
DOYLESTOWN MAYOR • Noni (Elnora) West Mayor West says, “I am honored to be the Mayor of Doylestown where I grew up and went to Central Bucks High School West before it was West. I am amused by myself when I remember thinking I was moving back to the country after living in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. The County Theater, where I watched Mutiny on the Bounty without the mutiny because the projectionist forgot to show the reel, is now a robust community non-profit arthouse. Font Hill Castle, which was grudgingly curated by Henry Mercer’s maid, Mrs. Swain, now showcases Mercer’s art collections and tiles and is an integral part of the community. The Bucks County prison is now the Michener Museum. Past Borough Councils committed their efforts to revitalizing Doylestown bringing restaurants and retailers who make the downtown vibrant for all who live and visit here.” Mayor West loves the many community events that unite the greater community, such as the Memorial Day Parade, Arts Festival, races, Pumpkinfest and many others. Mayor West worked in advertising and marketing on packaged goods, entertainment and technology for Ogilvy & Mather, Doyle Dane Bernbach, and Della Femina. Currently I work in the human services arena as a Public Policy Specialist for the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania. “My outreach into the Doylestown community started as a Committee Person and I eventually served on Borough Council for twelve years before becoming Mayor. Our community has been impacted by COVID for the past two years. We have fared better than others but there is still work to do to adjust to the challenges of the changing environment revealed by the epidemic and by time. I look forward to being part of the vision for the future.”
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Doylestown Road Angels Car Show (Rod Run) is scheduled for July 10, 2022 at Dublin Volunteer Fire Company, Dublin, PA 9am-3pm
he Road Angels of Doylestown was founded in 1954 and currently has over fifty members from mostly the Central and Upper Bucks and Eastern Montgomery county areas. The club has had a history of supporting a number of local charities and educational programs. These have in-
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cluded the Intelligencer Christmas Fund, A Woman’s Place, the K9 Search and Rescue, NOVA, and the Upper Bucks Vocational Schools plus many others over the years. The club also participates in a number of local shows and charitable events. For more information about the club and upcoming events visit www.roadangelsdoylestown.com.
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Looking Back / Robert Louis Byers
1938-2020 Robert Louis Byers died on December 21, 2020, at the age of 82. He will be remembered for being the co-founder of Byers’ Choice in 1978 with his wife Joyce Byers, and for his philanthropy and service to many community organizations such as the Michener Art Museum, Salvation Army and Bucks Beautiful. Members of the Bucks Beautiful Board, in partnership with Cole Nurseries, Inc., donated a Weeping Green Beech tree in memory of beloved co-founder Bob Byers, Sr. This living tribute was planted on the grounds of the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. Doylestown Guide 2021 64
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