Doylestown Fall/Winter 2021/22
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hen the cooler times come and days get shorter, the beautiful bright foliage appears and skies are a crystal blue, we sweaters, jackets, and as the season progresses, we put on coats, hats and scarves, then our step gets quicker and there is a hustle in our walk. Doylestown may cool off, but the people don’t. There is energy in our town. On State Street, Court Street, Main Street, by the museums and library, you see people doing business, shopping, eating in cafés and restaurants, walking dogs, strolling with bundled babies—enjoying the day and each other. One spot where people congregate to enjoy our town is at The County Theatre. There in its new refurbished and expanded space, people can lay down their tablets, phones and all the accouterments of our electronic age and watch good movies on a big screen, with hands and thumbs free to munch on popcorn. In “The New County Theatre,” writer Chrysa Smith celebrates the history and changes of this Doylestown landmark. Doylestown is an historic town, and when we think about its history, we think of such things as its Civil War heroes, its architecture and people like James Michener and Henry Mercer. Lisa Bridge in her nostalgic piece about growing up in Doylestown, “Memories of Doylestown,” takes us back to the late 1960s and shows us what it was like being a child in Doylestown back then. In “Adventure in the Sky,” Chrysa Smith brings us to the Doylestown Airport and gives us the lowdown on all the activities and the important role this small airport plays in making travel easier for our residents. In our Fall/Winter Issue, you can read about a talented local painter, a couple who practiced veterinary medicine in Bucks County during the mid-1950s and two of our town’s best restaurants. We also have a Calendar of Events, Profiles and people and places displayed in our Around Town section.
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A Shop for all Seasons
uckman’s Home & Garden shop has an extensive selection of fall and holiday items on display. Meghan, the store manager welcomes you to visit Buckman’s for your home decorating items and gifts, which include potted plants and flower arrangements. You’ll be amazed, not only at the great selection of merchandise but also the design of the store itself. One inside you will have a magical sensory experience including wonderful seasonal scents. You’ll find a generous selection of seasonal wreaths, ornaments, houseplants, lighting, candles, birdhouses, jewelry and accessories. And Buckman’ Home & Garden is gearing
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up for the Holiday Season with new holiday themed items. Buckman’s is a family-owned business and has been providing the highest quality perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables and houseplants, in addition to an unprecedented selection of home decor and boutique items for over 35 years. They will help you with your garden design, installation, maintenance and potscaping as well as assist you with your decorations and boutique items. Visit Buckman’s Home & Garden to see for yourself at 1814 South Easton Road, Doylestown, PA; 215-348-0877, www. buchmanshomeandgarden.com.
Lassie Came Home
ack on September 12, 1954, a dog named Lassie made her television debut. Eric Knight wrote a short story, Lassie Come Home and it was so popular he expanded it to a book. At that time Eric and his wife lived on Springhouse Farm in Springfield Townshi. In 1943, the book was turned into a movie, Lassie Come Home starring Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowall. The real Lassie was Eric Knight’s wife’s dog Toots. Lassie appeared in 11 films, a radio show and in 321 tv episodes. Also, she has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There is a statue of Lassie at the Doylestown District Center by artist Eric Berg. To see it visit the Bucks County Free Library, 150 S. Pine St., Doylestown, PA.
Blending Luxury with Style
wned by husband-and-wife team Brett and Kim L'Heureux, L'Heureux Hair Company is a unique boutique style salon located just South of Doylestown Boro. This pair has been perfecting their craft for over 20 years offering high high-end luxury services such as hand-tide weft extensions and keratin smoothing treatments. L'Heureux Hair Company perfectly blends luxury with style and trend setting techniques. offer exceptional salon services paired with the industry’s highest quality products. Feel safe in our exclusive salon suite with physical distance and sanitation guidelines followed every day. The L'Heureux Hair Company is located at 740 S. Easton Road, Doylestown, PA; 215-208-3862; www.Lheureux hairco.com. Doylestown Guide 2021 13
Doylestown’s Skate and Surf Boutique
he idea behind a store that specialized in surf and skate lifestyles has been Chris Blackway’s dream since he graduated from high school more than 20 years ago. So, in April 2019 he opened Nomad Supply Company. He started his surf and skate lifestyle boutique in the heart of Doylestown which has a strong culture of
supporting small independent brands and artists. His store carries men’s and women’s skateboards, surfboards, camp gear, clothing and accessories. Visit Nomad Supply Company, a family owned business at 137 S. Main Street, Doylestown, PA;267-742-3518, www.shopnomadsupply.com.
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Gearing Up For Your Run
t began with the typical coming of age story: skinny kid goes out for the high school team, perseveres despite the odds, and eventually has his moment of glory. Rick McGarry was that skinny kid who turned humble beginnings at Hatboro-Horsham High School into a successful collegiate running career at Penn State University. Unlike the Hollywood storyline, Rick's story didn't end with one success, and he continued to test his limits after college—completing over 40 marathons with a personal best of 2:28:06. Through the ups and downs, Rick learned one key point—success in running can be taught and he made it his goal to share that with others. You can have the same success and you don't have to figure it all out alone. Bucks County Running Company is more than just a store ... it's 40 years of practical running knowledge. “As a store, our success is meas-
ured not by sales but by the success of our athletes. So whether you stop by for a new pair of shoes or to talk strategy for your next marathon, our staff is always on hand and ready to help. We look forward to seeing you soon!” Gear up for your run with the proper equipment at Bucks County Running Company. Rich McGarry is an expert. He can size you up with the right shoes, insoles, socks and accessories. And, with years of experience Rick can provide training advice, group runs, and personalized routines. He also can give you advice on what to eat and wear for your next marathon. He’ll get you outfitted in the industry's best moisture wicking apparel and set you up with socks, gels, and Body Glide to make sure you're as prepared as can be. So, for beginner or expert marathon runners visit Bucks County Running Co., 25 W. State St., Doylestown, PA; 215-230-9606; www.bucks countyrunningcompany.com. Doylestown Guide 2021 15
AROUND TOWN A Place to Hang Your Hat
he Hattery Stove and Still is popular gathering place in Doylestown in the center of town. Situated in the Historic 1871 Doylestown Inn a charming 17 guestroom boutique hotel. This restaurant is a town favorite. The Hattery Stove and Still’s unique industrial and antique design throughout makes it a must-see experience. And, they have a great selection of craft beers and wines. The Hattery offers American fare and comfort food with two bars and indoor and outdoor dining. The decor is bright spacious and features a large bar downstairs with a speakeasy look and a 1934 Buick made as part of the bar. On top of the bar is the tail of an old Chevy pickup. The upstairs bar pays homage to the Hattery by having overhead lights in fixtures that are made using antique hats. The bar is made to look like a riveted airplane wing, symbolizing travel. Antique crates are seen under the bar. The Hattery Stove and Still is located at18 W. State Street, Doylestown, PA; 215-3451527, www.hatterydoylestown.com.
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Robert Beck at Michener
he Michener Art Museum presents IT’S PERSONAL: THE ART OF ROBERT through January 2, 2022. The exhibition focuses on Robert Beck's place in the storied world of the New HopeLambertville arts community. Beck has played an important role in advancing and expanding the region's traditions of Impressionism and Urban Realism, with distinctive oil paintings of the people, places, and occupations of our time. He is well known for documentary paintings, as he refers to his paintings done on site in one go. Whether single works or multi-image “visual essays,” these distinct paintings record his world much like the Pennsylvania Impressionists recorded theirs in their time. Unlike those images, Beck de-
scribes a world that contemporary audiences recognize as their own. Viewers respond to his keen perspective on the storefronts, street corners, bars, restaurants, carnivals, basketball games, funeral homes, and parades, of their here and now. While New York, Bucks County, and the villages along the upper coast of Maine, present subjects and contrast for his examinations, the exhibit includes work from series he created in the American West, Europe, and Africa. It is a remarkable story of a contemporary artist establishing a voice, becoming part of a community, and creating a body of work that will resonate in Bucks County and well beyond for many years. For more information call 215-340-9800 or visit www.michenermusem.org. Doylestown Guide 2021 17
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Calendar Fall/Winter 2020-21
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. Museum Hours: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Wednesday-Saturday or by appointment. 56 S. Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901; 215- 345-9430. Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce November 5: Art Exhibition & Sculpture Show Opening Reception December 16: Chamber Jingle Jam www.centralbuckschamber.com. Decorate the Town November 13: We are looking for volunteers to help put up the wreath and snowflake decorations in town on Saturday, November 13th. Volunteers will meet at Starbucks, 10 N. Main Street, Doyles-
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town at 9:00 am. Tools are no longer needed to hang the decorations, the process will be much quicker using 2 heavy duty extra-large plastic ties that we provide. Volunteers will work in pairs and will need a 6 ft ladder. Extra ladders will not be on hand this year due to COVID19. www.dtownwinterfest.com. Small Business Weekend November 27-28: Started in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a well-known day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. But because Doylestown has so many amazing boutiques and unique shops to try visiting in just one day, the shopping frenzy has been expanded to an entire weekend! This year, Discover Doylestown is excited to help spread the word for Small Business Saturday on November 28th. The weekend will include fantastic discount offers, unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, a festive holiday atmosphere, and personal-
ized service from friendly shop owners! www.discov erdoylestown.org. Mercer Museum Through April 2022: Found, Gifted, Saved! The Mercer Museum Collects Local History 84 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901; 215-345-0210; www.mercermuseum.org. Michener Museum Through January 2: It’s Personal: The Art of Robert Beck October 30: Illustration Adult Class November 6: Explore Art: Drawling & Painting Through March 6: Miriam Carpenter – Shaping he Ethereal November 13: Teen Open Studio: Drawing & Painting 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA18901; 215-340-9800; Michenerartmuseum.Org. Fonthill Musuem November 16-Decembr 31: Winter Wonderland Guided Tours December 4-5,11-12,18-19: Holiday Lights Meander “On Your Own” Timed Holiday Experience East Court Street & Route 313,Doylestown, PA 18901; www.mercermuseum.org. 107TH Annual Tree Lighting November 26: Join us for the 107th Annual Tree Lighting. More information to come soon! Discover Doylestown’s Holiday Celebration, including seasonal lights and decorations as well as Free Weekend Parking, is supported by the Borough of Doylestown, the Doylestown Fire Department, and our wonderful sponsors. www.dtownwinterfest.com. Pearl Buck Holiday Craft Show November 26-December 5: Juried artists and crafters display their works in the pre-Civil War barn located on the historic Pearl S. Buck estate. There will be art, ceramics, glass, pottery, wood, and jewelry. Visitors also will find decorative accessories, holiday décor, antiques, and holiday candies, jams, and jellies. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission. 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA. 215-249-0100; www.psbi.org. 2021 Christmas In Doylestown December 10-19: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Doylestown, is proud to present their annual Christmas in Doylestown House Tour re-imagined” as a free
walking/driving tour of exterior holiday decorations. Borough residents are decorating the exterior of their own houses and maps of participating houses will be available on the church website by Dec. 1st. www.StPauls Doylestown.org. Pearl S Buck November 11: Volunteer Orientation November 12: Designer Bag Bingo Fundraiser for PSBI,Center, November 16 – January 9: Festival of Trees tours of the Pearl S. Buck November 26-December 5: Holiday Craft Show 30year annual holiday December 9: Community Holiday Open House, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA 18944; www.pearlsbuck.org. Bucks Country Gardens November 6: Visiting Reindeer Photographs November 12: Christmas Preview Party December 17: Fall Bonus Bucks Redemption December 20: Gift Card Sale December 26: Christmas Clearance 1057 North Easton Road, Doylestown, PA; www.buckscountrygardens.com. Peddlers Village November 6-7: Apple Weekend November 5-21: Merchants Open House November 19-Januaray 8: Gingerbread Display December 4-5: Holly Jolly Weekend Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska, PA. 215-794-4000; www.peddlersvillage.com. Peace Valley Nature Center Ongoing: Saturday Morning Walks November 3: Yoga for Kids November 5: Introduction to Botanical Illustration November 17: National Hike Day November 19: Full Moon Walk December 17: Luminaria Stroll February 16: Snow Moon Walk February 19: Blue Bird Workshop 170 North Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA. 215345-7860; www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org. Giggleberry Fair Ongoing: Climb Giggleberry Mountain, learn at Giggles Discovers, visit The Game Room, and take a ride on the antique Grand Carousel at Giggleberry Fair. Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska, PA. 215-794-4000; www.peddlersvillage.com.
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People v By Bob Waite
Veterinarians in Love Doylestown residents John and Doris Emerson began their veterinary practice in the mid-1950s, and their lives are a testament to being in love with animals and each other
ohn (Doc) Emerson decided to become a veterinarian when his aunt had him feed raw eggs to a calf that had what seemed to be incurable diarrhea. Doc, a teenager who wanted to take home a calf from his uncle’s farm and raise it, followed his aunt’s somewhat strange instructions. “I had to open the calf’s mouth, break each egg on its teeth and make it swallow the raw egg every day for a week. I did it and she got better. That’s when I decided to become a veterinarian.”
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Doris Sell says she decided to become a veterinarian after going with her father to a local vet with one of his dogs. She called him the dog doctor and decided that when she grew up, she would be a dog doctor too. Doris says, “Love of animals drives people into veterinary medicine,” John and Doris Sell met at veterinary school. They both attended Veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania, and since the school was attached to the medical school, they both received VMD degrees. The VMD, which stands for Veterinary Medical Doctor is only offered at UPenn; other schools offer DVM or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Doc says, “When people ask me what a VMD is, I tell them, ‘Very Mean Doctor, if you don’t pay me.’” After receiving his VMD, John had to pack up and leave. He left for London, to fulfill his obligation to the ROTC. Doris worked in a veterinary office at the Jersey Shore. John missed Doris. He says, “I sent a diamond ring home to Doris, and she accepted it. We were married in October 1955. I still had a year to left to finish ROTC.” During their year together they travelled extensively around Europe, skiing and exploring the English countryside. Before Doris arrived to live with him in London, John bought a TR2 sports car. Doris objected to what she saw as an impulsive buy, but she came around after he drove her to the Chelsea section of London where they would live for a year. Doc says, “I asked her if she wanted to drive it and I never got it back.” After ROTC, Doris and Doc wanted to start a veterinary practice together. They were living with Doris’s parents and not sure where to go to start this new endeavor. Doris says, “An older gentleman we knew said, “Look for where you would like to live, and the practice will come.” With that 24 Doylestown Guide 2021
sage advice, they began looking in Bucks County. They bought a house in Buckingham and turned much of it into a veterinary hospital. Valley Veterinary Clinic was located on Rt. 413. That was Dr. Doris Sell Emerson’s practice. She took care of small animals. “That is,” she says, “if you can call a Saint Bernard or a Great Dane a small animal. The area was still very much rural and people in those days had large dogs.” Doc found an old chicken slaughter factory between 202 and Street Road, which he rented. It later became Peddler’s
During their year together they travelled extensively around Europe, skiing and exploring the English countryside. Before Doris arrived to live with him in London, John bought a TR2 sports car village. He kept expanding his large animal practice, began raising thoroughbreds and even planted corn. He eventually moved the operation to Pipersville while Doris kept her practice in Buckingham. In the early days of their practice Veterinary fees were small. Doc recalls a woman whose mare needed a rectal exam to see whether she was bred or not. When he was done with the exam he said, “That will be five bucks.” She said, “Oh, I’m not going to pay you.” Doc asked why she wouldn’t, and she said, “You didn’t do anything.” As vets, they not only had to sometimes deal with difficult people, but they also had
to deal with mean animals. Doris remembers, “There was one Saint Bernard that didn’t like me. He would sit in one corner of the exam room, and I would be in the other. He would growl at me the whole time. To treat him we would have to get his front end corralled. He just didn’t think too much of me.” Doc knew every horse farm in the area. He used creative ways to treat animals and believed that animals could tell you what was wrong with them by their actions. He also believed that there had to be reason for an animal to be sick and if he could find the reason, he could treat the animal. Sometimes this was obvious. “I treated a donkey once that came in with an arrow stuck in his head. It hadn’t penetrated the skull—it was just under the skin. Doris will never forget the time when one of her animal patients decided on his own to receive treatment. “The dog had a sore paw and came to the waiting room,
knocking on the door. He must have thought, ‘This is the place you come when you have a sore foot, right?’ This was the highlight of my whole career.” Doc branched out into the business world after working with Greg Krug, who graduated from Delaware Valley College as an animal science major. The two of them expanded the company Lampire and created another company Apple Diagnostics. He is still, in his 90s, a valued consultant. Doris sold Valley Veterinary Clinic in 1990 and they moved to Doylestown. For a while she worked relief for area veterinarians and weekend emergency coverage. Then she went into real estate, working with her daughter. Now retired, she enjoys living in Doylestown with her husband and cat. Lisa Bridge is a freelance writer living in Bucks County.
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Adventure in the Sky Sightseeing, flight lessons, business trips, hanger concerts, Santa in a helicopter and even summer camp for future aviators, is all available at the Doylestown Airport / by Chrysa Smith
irplanes are time machines,” says Joe Perry, pilot and owner of The Doylestown Airport. This is especially true for private aviation. For many of the region’s residents, the planes that call this place home, serve as transportation to work, vacation or just the joy of sightseeing around Bucks and its surrounding regions. Pilots and their passengers can fly up and down the coast, as far
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away as Minneapolis and Memphis, or just to New Hope and back. Marcel Bisschops, President of Leading Edge Aviation, the company responsible or flight training, private charters, fuel and maintenance services, says commercial air travel is much more timeconsuming, not to mention frustrating. Between the commute to the airport, clearing the security checkpoint and waiting for the flight, private aviation is
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a much more efficient and pleasant way to travel. With Covid private aviation has also turned into a welcome, unmasked, uncrowded adventure—for two, maybe four people. With a 3,000-foot runway and accompanying taxiways, the Bucks County Airport Authority (BCAA) maintains and owns the hangars, which are leased by plane owners. An older building houses the authority and flight
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school, where Bisschops and Perry sit and talk about the day’s line-up, the weather and other things. Currently home to 92 private airplane hangars, with about 150 airport-based planes, the airport is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and on-demand during other times. It serves as home to small two and four seat prop model planes, as well as two helicopters and two turboprop aircraft for local charter flights. According to Bisschops, during good weather, the airport sees hundreds of operations (take offs and landings). “Over the course of year, we do about 100,000.” Their local weather system lets pilots call in to find out the latest conditions. Those who are on a visual field opt for days when they can fly beneath the clouds. 32 Doylestown Guide 2021
Instrument-rated pilots have more options. ocated on Old Easton Road in Buckingham Township, the Doylestown Flying Field has come a long way since its opening in 1928. Originally owned by a man named Bill Webb, it served as an airfield for a handful of private planes. But in 1942, John Van Sant (Local Aviator and founder of the Van Sant Airport), turned it into a more substantial operation. It was later taken over by The Bucks County Airport Authority (BCAA)—which has owned it ever since. As you might expect, the airport has undergone major changes over the years. It offers most everything a pilot,
potential pilots and area residents might need, including private charters, flight training, fuel and maintenance. But perhaps of more interest to the recreational flyer are the Discovery and Adventure Flights offered throughout the year. Their Discovery flight is a half-hour tour; the Adventure, a one-hour flight. They’re both a great way for area residents to gain a new perspective on the landscape and expose potential aviators to the skies With an aggregate 47 flying years between them, Bisschops and Perry make the airport come alive for the community. From letting preschoolers sit inside a plane, to hangar concerts, an annual open house, aviation seminars and Old St. Nick arriving on helicopter
for the season, there’s plenty of fun for the family. Kids of all ages are provided with both picnic tables and a ring-side view of a line-up of flying activities during events. And there are summer camps where middle school age young adults get the opportunity to learn about aviation, do pre-flight checks, map a flight plan and take to the skies. According to Bisschops, one-hour flights have taken them down to Cape May, NJ for a tour of their aviation museum, lunch and then back to town. It was a bit surprising to learn how young a new aviator can be. Bisschops’ daughter was 11 and Perry’s was 13 when they embraced the high-flying spirit. With a fleet of 12 planes for flight continued to page 66 Doylestown Guide 2021 33
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Alan Fetterman For over 30 years, Alan Fetterman has been painting our county’s landscapes and has gained national prominence for his work by Henry Merlin
ucks County has been my homeland for a lifetime” says, Alan Fetterman, the 63-yearold Bucks County artist. Alan is recog-
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legacy as a community volunteer and founding member of several nonprofits’ boards, organizations and commissions. “Giving is a profound and wonderful action, and this community of people and leaders set a bright and mighty example. It’s an honor to be a part,” Alan says. For 30 years Alan Fetterman has survived exclusively as an artist painting our county’s landscapes, faces, and places. “I am insatiable and completely endeared to this land and community we call home. Its wellspring waters and bright bucolic landscape are certainly worthy of reflection.” Alan’s artwork can be found in public and private locations all throughout the region. One public example are two huge paintings held in the collection at the Doylestown Hospital in the main lobby. One of those large paintings, Doylestown At The Turn, he painted from the rotunda rooftop of the courthouse in 1999. In his lifetime Alan has created approximately 1,200 paintings and 25 sculptures … nearly all of them are held in collections. Priced from $1,000 for a small painting to his largest to date (8 by 9 feet) that sold through a gallery for $50,000. Collectors say he paints from the eyes of a bright heart and kind spirit with a magical touch of goodness held inside each painting. For the last few years Doylestown Guide 2021 41
his paintings have included the word “Love” written within the paint. “I believe we all can agree that love is the best of all offerings.” Fetterman notes. Art and lifetime awards reflect Fetterman’s success. The Central Bucks Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award, The Bucks County Community College President’s award, The Rotarian four-way test honoree and being an honored Kay scholar at the University of Pennsylvania to name a few. He also spent seven weeks in Brazil as an Ambassador of goodwill with Rotary International and has a dozen other medals and awards. “With all the fine honors at hand, I am most honored and grateful each time one purchases my art and brings it into their home. It’s a
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powerful honor to have one’s art in another’s home,” He says. Alan Fetterman’s gallery is in the heart of Doylestown located at Freeman’s Hall, 181 East Court Street, which sits on possibly the highest elevation ground in Doylestown. “After having a studio on the riverbank in Point Pleasant for 10 years and in a Gristmill in New Britain alongside a heavy flowing creek for 10 years respectively, it’s now the perfect place to stay high and dry and hang my paintings and my hat.” Alan says. This artist is no stranger to adversity. The artist paid a heavy toll caused by the three consecutive floods from 2004 thru 2006 that flooded his home and studio in Point Pleasant, PA. He says, “It’s mostly
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magnificent living near water, but it can surely be treacherous just the same. Surviving exclusively as a fine art artist is far from an easy task. Add consecutive floods to the mix and the challenges multiply. Of course, a committed artist puts everything on the line each day and year to survive. Bobbing and weaving is a part of the passage. Dedication and commitment to one’s vision and scope remain paramount. And the riverboat gambler’s hat on my head is the perfect metaphor for surviving in ever rolling waters,” he says. As Bucks County’s first Artist in Residence with a legacy of 49 one-person shows in galleries all throughout the United States, alan produces work sought and collected, not only continuing the Pennsylvania Impressionist tradition, but also for creating his own vibrant energetic
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contemporary legacy of color and composition. He’s traveled extensively throughout the Americas and abroad, living and learning cultural values and old-world aesthetics that have rendered a large creative lexicon with sculpture, poetry, prose, and music. Prior to Covid, Fetterman was in a recording studio creating original music he calls Bucks County Rock. “My hopes are to return and complete my music once time and place allows,” he says. Fetterman was awarded the Philadelphia Sketch Club’s Medal of Honor by the nation’s oldest art club in America and has a degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree from Bucks County Community College in American Studies. He’s been showcased in over 100 art venues and galleries—in places as diverse as Carmel, California; Twilight Park,
New York; Curitiba, Brazil, and Vero Beach, Florida. He’s a past member of New York City's Salmagundi Club and his work and life have been profiled in dozens of magazines, columns, and books, including features in A Bucks County State of a Mind, The Embraceable You. And Illuminate by art historian Cathy Viksjo. Alan Fetterman lives in Buckingham with his wife Sherrie. They have raised
four children: Windsor, Brandy, Tia, and Jackson, and nearly a dozen fine dogs. Alan Fetterman Fine Arts Gallery is located at 181 East Court Street, Doylestown, PA. For more information, call 215-345-7769 or visit www.alanfetter man.com. Henry Merlin is a freelance writer who lives in Levittown, PA. Doylestown Guide 2021 45
County Theater For 80 years The County Theatre has entertained popcorn-eating movie goers and now with the new renovations, it can accommodate audiences in bigger and better ways By Chrysa Smith
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rom its bright yellow and blue art deco design to its classic marquee, movie-goers have been enjoying a bit of Hollywood at The County Theatre for more than 80 years. According to John Toner, Founding Director, after renovations in the ’80s, it was time. Time to think about the vision for the next couple of decades … after about two decades of long-range planning. “The building next door (Poor Richard’s) became available and had a large parking lot. It seemed like a natural connection,” Toner said. The purchase was completed and building began in 2016. The goal? “We wanted to do more; especially in terms of community cooperation.” That translated into offering more entertainment and providing an even larger venue for community groups that rely on the space for meetings. So, what’s new? Just about everything. The lobby has been completely reconfigured into a sort of large rotunda shape, with plenty of hallway space to accommodate customers. That’s a big change from Doylestown Guide 2021 47
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the prior configuration which landed you right at the concession stand, with no real place to congregate. Now, the concession stand is modern, large, tucked out of the way and what you might expect in any contemporary theater. Curved walls in pale shades of ivory wrap around the exterior of the auditoriums. And blue and gray swirl carpeting lends a consistent, connected feel on the floors, with the same color palette running throughout the houses. First floor bathrooms were added, which are a much-welcomed addition if you’ve ever climbed the flight of stairs to access the facilities. In the past, only those ‘in the know’ opted for the inconspicuous single lobby restroom. Perhaps of most consequence is the
third auditorium. To make room for it, and better use of the pre-existing auditoriums, the center dividing wall was removed, making way for a more acoustically correct wall that would change the division of the seating. The screen seating was slightly reduced for the two existing screens, which made way for larger, more comfortable chairs with increased leg room. One room holds 120 people, the second 90, and the new auditorium seats 182. The larger auditorium has stadium seating, allowing those in the back of the theater to see the screen clearly over everyone’s head. The County has come a long way from its roots. It wasn’t the first theater in Doylestown. It was a sort of evolution stemming from the once standing Strand Doylestown Guide 2021 49
Theater, located around the corner. But The County saw its glory days for about three decades, beginning in the ’40s, until the advent of shopping malls and multiplexes. The County closed a couple of times, once while home to a film society which showcased art films. It seemed like a good idea to reopen the theater in 1993, with an arts film—the showing of the Oscar nominated film Enchanted April. The rest, as they say, is history. ow, as a non-profit, the board of directors, with the vision in place, calls the shots. Operated under the name Renew Theaters, The County is one of four sister arts theaters that include theatres in Princeton, Ambler, Jenkintown and Doylestown. They do however, run independently. And they are geographically located in areas that traditionally support the arts. Toner says, “Unfortunately, we’re not up to 100 percent with covid. We’re operating at about 60 percent capacity. And programming is not back to where it was.” A problem many small businesses have suffered through. Luckily, there is strong member support. There are about 5,000 members. And the purpose of that membership is to support the theater, and in return, receive reduced admission and access to exclusive member benefits. In addition to showing films, there’s opera, stage productions and special
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programs, as well as rentals. And there is likely to be more. According to Toner, the addition ups the number of films by 50 percent; maybe more, since the longer a film is shown, the more likely it is to be able to show more than one film on a screen. “In ‘93, the prior renovations from one to two screens were so successful in helping to revitalize downtown Doylestown,” Toner says. As the town continues to change, it seemed like the right time once again. “We are delighted at how well that went—pleased with the result. And are very thankful to the more than 3,000 people who contributed to the project,” Toner humbly adds. With a modern flair and state-of-the-art equipment, the theater management has been thrilled to show old classics like Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window again. Only this time, with a bit more effect, a bit more comfort. The County Theater is located at 20 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA; 215345-6789; www.countytheater.org. Call or check the website for showtimes. Chrysa Smith is a freelance writer and a mom who lives in Bucks County.
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MEMORIES Lisa bridge remembers her Doylestown childhood during the 60s in a nostalgic walk down memory lane By Lisa Bridge
've been guilty of telling the same white lie for some time. When asked where I'm from, I respond with, "Bucks County born and raised." This is not completely true. My family moved to Buckingham from Cheltenham when I was eight. It was a joyful relocation. As an only child, I found myself living next door to mom's best friend and her four
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daughters. I learned to embrace my feral lifestyle with the gang of four leading the way. We were particularly busy during summer vacation. There were minnows to be caught, kittens to be rescued, and lean-to sheds to be built for our prospective ponies. Sundays were a bit controlled. We were on our best behavior on the Lord's day, attending church services and tip-
toeing around our homes when we returned. It was important to remain quiet and not wake our mothers if they were out Saturday night perchance, they consumed a bad oyster. Thursdays were far livelier. We loaded ourselves into the 1936 Dodge limo, had the usual fight over the jump seats and setoff for the Big City, Doylestown! Our stops were predictable. First was Leatherman and Godshalls Grocery on State St. We were always given a slice of cheese at the deli while our moms sorted through the produce and placed their orders with the butcher. The cheese was a short diversion. Eventually, one of us would knock over a display of cereal or push another into some fly paper causing a ruckus and sticky tangled hair. The owners were patient and accommodating, handling our visits with apprehension and humor.
Opposite, Art Deco styled doors and ticket booth at The County Theatre. Top, Ed’s Diner in Doylestown.
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Musselman's Department Store was a frequent stop for Girl Scout necessities and back to school clothes. One of my feral friends was Jane and over time we became inseparable. Curiously during one of our visits to Muscleman’s', she and I were summoned to the shoe department. We were seated and before we could object, we were fitted for ballet shoes. Without explanation, the Capezios were bagged and then we were on to Danskins. It wasn't until we were sipping cokes at Woolworth's lunch counter that our future was exposed. A new dance studio opened in the Lenape Building. Every Monday we would get off Bus #3 and grab our ballet
gear. One of the moms would drive us to class. Such humiliation. Jane was a lithe dancer that would spin to her own rhythm, and I was a chubby potato that faked splinters just to stop the madness. Our instructor, Monsieur Karl, was a disciplined man who expected the same from his students. We were 10 years old. After one particularly disruptive lesson (I can't recall the specifics) Jane and I were forced to apologize to the class and our tuition was refunded. On that day, Jane accomplished a nearly perfect grand jeté as we made our way down State Street to Hornberger's Bakery. We decided to celebrate our freedom by sharing a bear claw and a can of Fresca.
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Photo: Lisa Bridge
Driving through town, I am so impressed by the way newcomers have maintained the integrity of our past. The County Theater is a triumph and Simply Fresh has filled that void that Leatherman and Godshall's left. Of course, some things just can't be recaptured or duplicated. Kenny's News Stand had the best collection of comics. They bustled with the well-informed buying dailies and discussing the latest political dramas. Foster's Toy and Cyclery is sorely missed by anyone having a birthday or picking out a Halloween costume. Children were as excited by the balloon wrapping paper as the gift it contained. Parents needed to allocate more time for a Halloween visit to allow their aspiring ghouls and 56 Doylestown Guide 2021
vampires to procure the ideal wigs, masks and Frankenstein feet to perfect their look. There are some opportunities that still need attention. People over a certain age really miss Ed's Diner. Whether our memories are of late-night platters or conciliatory milkshakes after a lost football game, we'd really like to see you shine again. Thank-you for my childhood memories, Doylestown. You took me on as an eight-year-old kid and hopefully my shared memories will make me a full-fledged townie today. Lisa Bridge is a freelance writer and photographer who lives in Doylestown.
Doylestown Profiles Read about six Doylestown people who have contributed to our community in many ways
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COMPASS • Flo Smerconish, Real Estate Broker and Appraiser Flo Smerconish is a well-respected real estate broker and appraiser in Doylestown who began her career in real estate 45 years ago. At that time there few women in the field. She recalls, “When I received my license there were only three or four females in the county who sold real estate.” The first office she applied to turned her down “because she wasn’t a male.” However, she applied at Molloy Real Estate, and Nick Molloy was happy to hire her and to mentor her. She eventually became a partner with him. In several years Flo decided to open her own company. She recalls, “I had my own agency for 40 years and I had this wonderful group of people who worked with me.” Recently she became part of a larger company. “I was approached by Compass Real Estate, and they invited me to join them. It took me three months to reach a decision to join them. And with my son’s encouragement, I reached this wonderful decision to join Compass. Compass is very strong in the community and has hired 40 new agents for our county.” Flo is a seasoned professional and what she loves about her full-time career is “meeting all these wonderful people.” Flo’s office at Compass is located at 54 W State St, Doylestown, PA. For more information, call her on her cell 215-694-8500 or office 215-348-4848 or visit www.flosmerconish.com. 58 Doylestown Guide 2021
NAVIDAD NATIVITIES • Michael Stumpf, Founder Michael was born and raised in Doylestown Borough and attended Mt. Carmel School. A Central Bucks grad in 1965, he was in the very first graduating class at Bucks County Community College. He served 4 years as a U.S. Navy Photographer. And returned home to work as a bank teller … at the same time working evenings as a photographer for The Intelligencer … and within 10 years was appointed Executive Vice President of the bank. With extensive involvement, Mike was elected as a three term President of the Central Buck Chamber of Commerce, worked on countless committees, and served the community on many other boards and committees including the Bucks County Historical Society, the YMCA, the Delaware Valley Arts Council, The Free Clinic, and more. In 1989, he declined an offer to serve as Executive Director of the James A. Michener Art Museum to establish a regional marketing and advertising agency, Michael Stumpf & Associates, which later became Parlee Stumpf Inc., serving both entrepreneurial enterprises as well as multi-national corporations. After the sale of the agency in 2016, Mike was able to focus more on two of his major passions, painting/fine art and his unique pursuits creating heirloom nativity scenes incorporating the finest figures from European sculpture studios in Italy, Spain and Germany. He studied painting for 18 years with internationally recognized artist William Arthur Smith in Pineville and he currently paints weekly with Dot Bunn and an amazing group of artists. Navidad Nativities imports figures from Europe, and creates custom nativity commissions for collectors, churches and museums nationwide. With his business partner A.J. DiAntonio, a former L.A. Producer, currently their largest client is Trinity Church Wall Street in Manhattan. You can see more of their work at www.navidadnativities.com, and a sampling of Mike’s paintings at www.mjstumpf.artspan.com. Mike has been married for over 49 years to Shurley Ann Barrow Stumpf, and his daughter Jennifer resides in Mesa, AZ. For more information about Navidad Nativities, visit www.navidadnativities.com.
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MERCER MUSEUM • Kyle McKoy, President/Executive Director Kyle McKoy joined BCHS in June 2017. She is responsible for the comprehensive oversight and management of the organization which operates both the Mercer Museum & Library, and Fonthill Castle. She earned her M.A. in Education (Language, Reading, and Culture) and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and has worked in the museum field for over 20 years. She has extensive expertise in management, serving in leadership positions at the Arizona Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Society, respectively. McKoy has also served in leadership roles on boards and committees for major state, regional, and national associations including the American Association for State and Local History and the National Council on Public History. “Here is something that is unique, an educational institution that no other town possesses and if our citizens are not proud of it today, their children and their grandchildren will be. Here is a rare and remarkable tree in good condition just planted: watch over it, guard it, save it, prune it, and water it until it spreads its noble shade not only over this little town and this state…but over this whole nation.”—Henry Mercer Kyle McKoy says, “Henry Mercer said the above words at the opening of the Mercer Museum in 1912. I have taken these words to heart, and they have become my guiding principle. To be part of the Bucks County Historical Society in this wonderfully supportive community of Doylestown means to be stewards of Henry Mercer’s legacy. To be the receivers of what we inherited from him, to be the caretakers during our lifetime, and to be the planners that will hand off these remarkable resources to the future generations.” For more information about the Mercer Museum and Fonthill, visit www.mercermuseum.org. 60 Doylestown Guide 2021
DEMENTIA SOCIETY OF AMERICA • Kevin Jameson, Founder Kevin Jameson, founder of the Dementia Society of America is a business executive. Starting as a young entrepreneur from the age of 18 and having launched several start-up businesses in the security industry, Mr. Jameson carried on his career as a sales and marketing executive, which has included over 35 years with major corporate divisions of ADT, BOSCH, and Honeywell International. Mr. Jameson also serves on the Board of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. Author, singer, inventor, and patent holder, Kevin has traveled to Europe, Asia, India, Australia, the Middle East, Africa, South and Central America, and throughout North America to see how the world really lives. Kevin has a personal story and connection to Dementia. His first wife, Ginny, together for 32 years, died from Dementia, and thus he leads the fight against all its forms with thoughts, words, and deeds. Dementia Society of America® (DSA) is the nation’s leading volunteer-driven all-Dementias awareness organization. DSA provides an information hotline (1-800-DEMENTIA®), many online resources and an easy-to-use web-based locator which can help families and individuals find valuable support near to them. DSA underwrites through its Ginny Gives® Program, non-medical activities focused on: music and singing; dance and movement; the visual arts, touch, and sensory stimulation. The Dementia CARER™, Dementia SMART® and Dementia QUEST® programs provide recognition to those who serve the Dementia community through meaningful care, innovation and research respectively. In 2016, Jameson was awarded a Doctor of Public Service, Honoris Causa (DrHC) for his life's work, by his alma mater. For more information on the Dementia Society of America, visit www.dementiasociety.org.
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PINE2PINK • Keith Fennimore, Founder Keith Fenimore often jokes that he is from the rough and tumble streets of New Hope, PA. Now with his family in Doylestown, Keith has taken his influences from Bucks County, and his skill set from the entertainment industry and applied them to give back and support the greater good. Fenimore, with the help of his family, launched Pine2Pink in 2018. An experienced based, community driven non-profit that helps local breast cancer patients by creatively taking over towns across Bucks County. The Fenimores began in Doylestown and their non-profit has expanded to New Hope, Carversville, Peddler’s Village, Thompsonville (Thompson Car Dealership), Perkasie and Newtown, PA. They are already in talks to launch in Sellersville and Yardley next year. To date, the non-profit has raised a quarter of a million dollars, created and funded 10 programs to help 1000 local breast cancer patients in Bucks County. It has expanded is beneficiaries to include Doylestown Health, Fox Chase Cancer Center-Buckingham, Grand View Health and the soon to open, Corinne Sikora Wellness and Support Center. Pine2Pink’s success has led to the formation of a second non-profit, Main St. Missions 501 (c)(3) which will launch and operate the Corinne Sikora Wellness and Support Center in Furlong PA. Through the vison of Corinne Sikora, who lost her battle to brain cancer in November 2020, the center will be free to all cancer patients across Bucks County. It will provide a full slate of integrative services, therapy and support in a welcoming and restorative environment. The Center is 100 percent donation based and will be located at 2325 Heritage Center Dr., Furlong PA 18925. To support, donate or learn more about these local non-profits visit: Pine2Pink.org and corinnesikoracenter.org 62 Doylestown Guide 2021
BUCKS COUNTY COUNTRY GENTLEMEN • Rich Lavene, Director Rich Lavene is the director of the Bucks County Country Gentlemen, which is a 40-member barbershop chorus serving Bucks and surrounding counties with a cappella entertainment and who represent Bucks County in the Barbershop Harmony Society. It is said that you cannot be in a room with Rich for more than five minutes before you are sucked into his energetic vortex and are compelled to want to make the world a better place through harmony and song. Rich has over 40 years of barbershop singing experience, having started barbershop as a young child, he cannot remember his life without four-part harmony and the comradery of the men around him. He has immersed himself in the culture, the music and the fellowship and exudes with every stroke of his hand as he directs. He has also had the opportunity to travel around the country and the world coaching some of the highest-level groups and directors— spreading his joy and passion for the lifestyle. Rich has served with barbershop schools, festivals, and competitions around the country and the world, and he has judged at the international level multiple times. Known for his enthusiasm and quick wit, he has everyone on their toes and gives them the motivation to take them as performers and singers to the next level. Come sing for him, you won’t be disappointed. If you have some basic singing skills and can pick up songs by rote, call 267-454-2241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can show up at a Tuesday rehearsal from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lenape Middle School in Doylestown.
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Dining Out v John Roberts
ela, which opened its doors in 2018, got its name from its location at Veterans Lane in Doylestown. The restaurant has a warm, welcoming feel. Inside it is big, bright and airy. It has a sleek, modern bar, cozy banquettes and chess-like arrangement of round and square tables. The philosophy of Vela is simple, “We believe that the best experiences are shared with friends and family enjoying food and drink with warm hospitality. From fresh, house-made pastas to craft cocktails featuring local spirits, we offer a taste of Doylestown that values traditions, both new and old.” Chef-owner Donna Ewanciw is a graduate of Culinary Institute of America and has three decades of experience at 64 Doylestown Guide 2021
such acclaimed restaurants as DiLullo Centro, Toto, Moonstruck and Radice. True to her previous experience, there is a decidedly Italian flair to many of the dishes. The wine and cocktail menu has a generous selection of White, Rose, Sparkling and Red wines. There are five Specialty Cocktails listed that include Maggie May, Blue Skies Ahead, Sunshine In My Pocket, Running Of The Bulls and Tee Time. There are also five Classic Cocktails on the menu, including Old Fashioned, Sazerac, Negroni, Red Sangria and Red Sangria. Beers are divided into Drafts and Bottles/Cans. The Dinner Menu has Starters, Pizza, continued on page 67
n heirloom is something valuable, like a gem that is passed on from one generation to another. Heirloom Restaurant is such a gem, found right here in Doylestown. A farm to table restaurant, Heirloom stands by its commitment to supporting and sourcing from local, small-scale, agricultural practices and products, which makes it the gem that it has become. Heirloom’s inspiration is derived from its Executive Chef and owner, Tim Pervizi. Tim trained at The Culinary Institute of America and in 2011, he moved to the area to become Executive Sous Chef for the historic Philadelphia Cricket Club and, later, Executive Chef at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Heirloom has a day menu and a dinner menu.
The day menu has Foods to Share or Not to Share, breakfast and lunch, and the dinner menu changes roughly every two weeks, features three appetizers, three small plates and three large plates. An example of the Share or Not to Share offerings is the Crushed Avocado with sourdough, marinated cherry tomatoes, pickled red onion, whipped ricotta, lemon and olive oil. There are six breakfast entrées including the tempting San Gennaro Hash, which is a delicious combination of Italian sausage and peppers, a sweet potato, San Marzano tomato, charred long pepper, two eggs over easy, grilled Nord sourdough and roasted garlic. On the dinner menu beginning the week of September 27 are three appetizers, Doylestown Guide 2021 65
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school training, the Discovery and Adventure flights count toward certification hours. To be a fully certified private pilot, one needs anywhere from 40-60 hours. “It’s an availability thing,” says Perry. “Younger people tend to go through the process quicker, as they generally have more time to spend on it.” Operated with a total of 33 full and part-time employees who do everything from flight instruction to maintenance, line and office staff, the Doylestown Airport is not only a friendly place, but also been instrumental in a secret service training mission and served as a resting
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spot for presidential helicopters. Whether for function or fun, for somewhere between $140-$180 per hour, you too can learn to fly. As Leonardo DaVinci said long before man took to the sky, “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” The Doylestown Airport is located at 3879 Old Easton Road, Doylestown, PA. For more information, call 215-340-0707 or visit www.doylestownairport.com. Chrysa Smith is a freelance writer and a mom who lives in Bucks County.
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Salads, Pasta and Mains. The Starters are Shrimp, Polenta, Octopus, Eggplant, Burrata and Meatballs. The Polenta is a delicious combination of baked creamy polenta, lobster and roasted corn. Three pizzas are offered: Tomato, Spinach and White. Salads include Arugula, Mesclun Greens, and Little Gem (a simple combination of Radish, Lemon and Parmesan). The Mains consists of entrées that vary seasonally. Entrées found on the Mains vary from Italian, like Veal Mila-
nese (a combination of Rib Veal Chop, Panko herb Parmesan crusted,arugula, endive and lemon) to American like Beef Short Ribs (with mashed potato, baby carrots and red wine sauce). There are also seafood items like Striped Bass and Salmon. The dishes are all delectable and make for a great date night. Vela Restaurant is located at 140 Veterans Lane, Doylestown, PA; 215-230-8352; www.veladoylestown.com. Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Vela can accommodate a range of private and semi-private party events in an attractive flexible space, including full buyouts.
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onion and cilantro. A like-to-try large plate is the Braised Veal Ossobuco with CVM Wapsie Valley grits, chanterelle mushrooms, citrus glazed celeriac and veal jus.
three small plates and three large plates. A tasty appetizer offered is the Beet and Goat Cheese which consists of roasted beets, crumbled goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, lemon and olive oil. A savory small plate on this menu is the Black and Tan Crab Cake with BMA black and tan rice, lump crab cake, bacon lardon, scallion, pickled red
Open for breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for dinner Friday and Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. BYOB. Menus change seasonally, based on availability of locally sourced ingredients. Reservations recommended.
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Looking Back / Bruce Rutherford
1962-2020 Bruce Rutherford was known for his community involvement, loving demeanor and passion for classic cars. Bruce helped to create and build Santa's House and was responsible for maintaining the yearly tradition of kick-starting the holiday season in Doylestown with the arrival of Santa at Thanksgiving. He was employed by Rutherford's Camera Shop from 1980, until becoming a co-owner in 1988. Doylestown Guide 2021 68
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