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10 By Stephanie Lucas

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37 FEATURES

Profile

12 Concrete Impressions By Kerri Penno 16 Little Treehouse Play Café By Dava Guerin Home 20 Chickies’ Daughter By Alina Makhnovetsky 24 Let’s Get Stone’d By Brenda Lange

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37 Doylestown’s County Theater

44 Autumn Harvest Bucks and Montgomery County’s picks for fall festivities. Compiled by Susan Haine and Shannon McLaughlin

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54 Brandywine Valley By Beth D’Addono

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letter from the publisher Can you believe it’s already been one year since we published the first issue of Bucks & Montgomery Living Magazine? We are privileged to be partnered with such supportive advertisers and enthusiastic readers who have helped mold our magazine into what it is today. We are honored to offer our community a reliable, responsible and culturally rich monthly publication that speaks to Bucks and Montgomery counties. I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself as the new Publisher of Bucks & Montgomery Living Magazine. Some of our advertisers may recognize me from past photo shoots or even phone conversations we have had. This is because for the past 9 months I have been the Art Director of this publication through the web and graphic design company that I own, Inverse Paradox. It is a pleasure for me to work on this magazine since I have a deep appreciation for the area, as I graduated from Philadelphia University, and am happy to now be working in beautiful Bucks County! I am lucky enough to be surrounded by a team of passionate individuals who believe in our vision wholeheartedly, and have stood by us since our inception, while we continue to grow each and every month. I work hand in hand with Karen Lavery, our Director of Media, who is planning for many unique, modern and innovative marketing ventures for 2010 and beyond. Be sure to continue reading each month for exciting new details! In our September issue, we will introduce you to the importance of supporting your community’s independent theaters, including Doylestown’s County Theater and the Ambler Theater, which opened its doors a full decade before its sister theater in Bucks County. Also this month, we are unveiling our favorite picks for fall festivities in the area, so be sure to kick off the new season by visiting these fun local events! Rounding out this issue is an arts & culture feature on Durham Township photographer Kathleen Connally, a travel guide to Brandywine Valley and a profile on the big dreams for The Little Treehouse Play Café. In addition to these features, there are many other articles within these pages, about the people and places in our own backyard that deserve our patronage. Thank you again to our readers for supporting us as we explore the endless possibilities within your home, your community and your life. Hold on tight because we are just getting started! Sincerely,

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The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce announces New Hope’s next “Second Saturday’s” celebration, where more than 30 fine art galleries, arts and crafts galleries and specialty shops stay open until 9:00 p.m. or later for the monthly Second Saturday’s event. Special visitors from the Bucks County Zoo will be making a guest appearance at the Visitor’s Center from 3 to 7 P.M. Joe Fortunato aka Jungle Joe and his staff will escort a baby wallaby and macaw to New Hope. Visitors are invited to enjoy free hors d’oeuvres, special demonstrations, exhibitions and entertainment throughout town. Some of the galleries participating include: A Mano Galleries, BOI’s of New Hope, Bucks County Gallery of Fine Art, Gratz Gallery, Image Makers, J&W Gallery, New Hope Arts Center, Gallery Piquel and Sidetrack’s Gallery.

Bucks County Zoo and Animal Junction at 3rd Federal Bank Saturday, September 12th from 8:30 A.M. to 2 P.M. The Bucks County Zoo and Animal Junction, a local zoo and traveling zoological showcase that displays more than 60 exotic animals, will visit 3rd Federal Bank’s Feasterville location during a day of branch festivities and give the bank’s customers a rare look at some of the world’s most distinctive animals. The Bucks County Zoo is based in Warminster and the facility is a 5,000 square foot indoor zoological garden that houses tropical plants and animals like tropical birds, raptors, primates, exotic cats and mammals from around the world. The Animal Junction is the zoo’s traveling partner that brings many of the unique animals to various events in the area. 3rd Federal Bank’s Feasterville branch will feature special product offers, giveaways and entertainment, including “Jungle Joe” and his Animal Junction traveling zoo.

Friday, September 11th at 6 P.M. Come out to honor the men and women who gave their tomorrow for our today. The race benefits the Travis Manion Foundation, which assists our military, wounded veterans and families of fallen heroes. The race also benefits the Bucks County Heroes Scholarship Fund that supports children of fallen policemen, firemen and EMTs. There will be live music and a guest speaker. If you participate in the run, which will be located in Doylestown on State and Pine Street, you will receive a free t-shirt. So come down and remember those who have fallen and enjoy the run in the rain or shine! Register online at www.active.com and for more information, visit the website at www.travismanion.com.

3rd Annual Barn Tour September 12th from 9:30 A.M. to 4 P.M. Experience the barns speckling our landscape that tell a story of life on the farm and the way of life of the early settlers. The day begins with registration at 9:30 am at the Beethoven Waldheim Club in Hellertown. Registration then leads to stimulating lectures with Professor Robert Ensminger and Gregory Huber who are experts on Pennsylvania Barns. Then you will be given a detailed tour book with a map to take you on a self-guided tour of several barns in the Saucon Valley area. There will be a host at each barn you stop at who will explain the unique and fascinating features of each barn on the tour. The money raised from this tour will support the preservation and restoration of the Michael Heller Barn, located at the Heller Homestead in Lower Saucon Valley Township. You can purchase your tickets at the Michael Heller barn, Lower Saucon Township Town Hall, Bechtold’s Orchards, Bergey’s Mall or Saucon True Value and then proceed on your self-guided tour in the mysteries of farm life. For more information, contact (610) 216-0566. { 10 } BUCKS & Montgomery LIVING • september 2009


Over 10,000 visitors stroll down Main Street in New Hope during the two-day

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The 16th Annual Juried New Hope Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival highlights the work of over 125 gifted artists and artisans specializing in photography, watercolors, oils, pastels, pen and ink drawings, silver and gold jewelry, ceramics, wearable art, glass, wood, sculpture and furniture. Expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors over the two-day period, the festival takes place rain or shine and admission is free. Exhibitors sell the works on display in booths lining North Main Street, East and West Randolph Streets and the PNC Bank parking lot overlooking the Delaware River. For additional information, please call the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce at (215) 862-9990 or visit www.NewHopeChamber.com/artscrafts.

“American Idol’s” Justin Guarini has launched his own comedy show, Sketched Out exclusively for the Internet. Available at www.SketchedOutTV.com, the show consists of comedic sketches and commercials with live acoustic performances from various bands in the Philadelphia area. Shot entirely on location in Bucks County, Sketched Out actors were all cast from the Tri-State area and will be seen in a variety of characters throughout the episodes. New 16-minute episodes are scheduled to air online every two weeks. Doylestown’s Guarini is a premier vocalist and entertainer widely recognized for his work on the debut season of the pop-culture phenomenon FOX singing competition “American Idol,” finishing 1st runner-up to Kelly Clarkson. Guarini is still widely seen on the small screen as a special correspondent on TV Guide Channel’s nationally televised program, “Idol Tonight.” He also serves as co-host of “Idol Wrap,” a fast-paced review of the previous week’s episode of “American Idol.” For more information on Justin Guarini, please visit www.justinguarini.com.

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Concrete, traditionally used for sidewalks and similar surfaces,

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Above (top to bottom): A walkway done with Majestic Ashlar and a lovely border decorate the front of this house. A rooftop deck that shows the range of Majestic Ashlar by accenting this outdoor patio in a fresh, new style.

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Above (top to bottom): Utilizing cobblestone pattern is a great way to spruce up an ordinary walkway or driveway. For the past two years, the Engle’s two daughters have set up a booth at the Middletown Grange Fair offering lemonade to fairgoers to help raise funds for the pediatric cancer research charity.

community, local schools and parishes and they enjoy giving back. At the recent Middletown Grange Fair, where the Engle family has had a booth for the past 11 years, the couple’s two daughters ran a stand for Alex’s Lemonade, raising money for the pediatric cancer research charity. The Engles also recently got involved with a local Boy Scouts of America troop, helping scout Matt Piette with his Eagle Scout project, by donating all the stamped concrete to create a veterans memorial for all soldiers past and present in all branches of the military. Concrete Impressions has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and is a member of National Federation of Independent Business, the American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Concrete Contractors, Tina noted. Call today for your free estimate. Concrete Impressions is located in Richboro. For more information, call (215) 357-7848, e-mail info@concreteimpressionspa.com or visit www.concreteimpressionspa.com. BL _________________________________________________________ Kerri Penno is a Conshohocken-based freelance writer. She can be reached at kpenno@gmail.com.

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Rachael Williams, mother of three adopted children, created a dream café for parents and their children so while the parents peacefully sip coffee and surf the web, their children can play and have fun with one another. play café should look like. The goal was to create a visually stimulating open space for children to express themselves and learn through imaginative play, as well as incorporate a sophisticated color palette that would also appeal to adults. She chose only environmentally-friendly wooden play structures, and high quality toys which parents can also purchase in the plastic-free zone. In addition to the large play space, The Little Treehouse has a designated area where parents can enjoy fresh, healthy food and talk with their peers when their children are playing. “So many times when you take your kids out

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With a proper English accent, this former BBC executive, classicallytrained cellist, and single mother of three adopted children of different races, is anything but traditional. After realizing that there was no place to take her young children that was also enjoyable for her, she put her considerable business skills to the test. After months of research and planning, The Little Treehouse Play Café opened its doors on Gravers Lane in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. Complete with a colorful play space for kids, and a coffee bar with free WiFi for adults, occupying 3,500 square feet, plus an additional 3,000 more for future development, the project is designed to stimulate young children’s imaginations while providing parents with a sense of community and connection. “I came up with the idea for the Play Café when I first became a mother and realized that there was no place to go for parents of very young children which was designed to provide a satisfying experience for them both,” Williams said. “It was all about solving the problem of isolation, getting out of the house to do something wholesome and constructive with the kids while taking some time for you and finding community. Unlike many of the ‘Mommy and Me’ activities that are expensive and have to be scheduled in advance, The Little Treehouse is only $7.50 to play all day, which is certainly very affordable, and you can just drop in,” she added. Williams bought the impressive 6,500 square foot, 1920’s stone building which was a former post office for more than $1 million. She hired architect Alan Metcalfe, and his team, which includes Aaron Goldblatt, former chief designer at the Please Touch Museum, to transform the space into her vision of what a


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to play, you can’t relax yourself, get to know other parents, and share your ideas and concerns. It was very important for me to bring people together. Over time we will add even more activities for parents such as workshops, lectures and social networking opportunities. For the kids, we are looking to add a range of activities including music, art and tumbling classes when the large downstairs activities area is finished. We will also have magic shows and children’s theater workshops performed by the Enchantment Theatre Company,” Williams added. Prior to construction, the café menu consisted of sandwiches, salads, pastries, and a range of healthy kid’s food and snacks, all of which was brought in from outside suppliers. However, a full kitchen is currently underway, which will allow The Little Treehouse to expand to a high-end pizza restaurant menu featuring family lunches and early dinners in an environment which is specifically designed for little children to run and play.

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Above: A mother reads to her child at The Little Treehouse Play Café, where adults and their curious children can relax in a creative environment. Left: A young girl plays with one of the cafe’s high-quality wooden toys which can be purchased at The Little Treehouse Play Café’s plastic-free zone.

I also think it’s a great place for her to play and burn off energy. I come here with my daughter every day, and I don’t know what I would do without it.” Landis Smith, artistic director of the Enchantment Theatre Company, which has been providing original theatre for school groups and families for the past 30 years, said that The Little Treehouse is a much needed resource for parents and children living in the area. “It is well documented that play is one of the most powerful ways kids learn new skills and keep them for the long-term,” Smith said. “When you add imagination to the mix, especially today when kids are spending so much isolated time on computers and video games, the results can be dramatic. And, research shows that when they use their imaginations in play, they become more successful in school and in their interactions with others.” For Williams, who is a naturalized American citizen and recently voted in her first Presidential election, her dream is to expand the business in the region, with an eye towards a national presence. “Of course, I would be thrilled to have people all across the country experience this wonderful concept. And, if it does expand over the years, I intend to create a foundation that will provide funds for a wide range of children’s services. But for now, I am concentrating on making this location an unparalleled community resource,” said Williams. The Little Treehouse is located at 10 West Gravers Lane in Chestnut Hill. For more information, visit www.treehouseplaycafe.com or call (215) 247-3637. BL

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To say Chickie’s Daughter has a devoted following would be a great understatement. In fact, it may be safe to assume, next time you see a woman clad in a stylish, yet, timeless outfit that seems effortlessly put together, chances are she shopped at this Jenkintown boutique with a borrowed eye from owner Amy Kabinoff. At Chickie’s Daughter, women are raving about the selection, reasonable prices and most of all the personalized service, typically reserved for movie stars. Here, clients leave with a full season’s wardrobe and not merely a staple item. “I won’t shop anywhere else,” says newest devotee Kim LaRosa of Morristown, New Jersey. LaRosa discovered the boutique through her neighbor and a good friend, whose closet has been envied by the whole neighborhood for years. “It exceeded my expectations, it was an experience to say the least” exclaims LaRosa. In need of something fresh for a cocktail party LaRosa was throwing at her home later that month, the first timer was greeted by Kabinoff herself. “Amy immediately recognized my taste, recognized my body type and started picking out pieces that I wouldn’t necessarily choose myself,” admits LaRosa. “I walked out with trendy and exciting outfits that made me look great, and really, one was more stunning then the next,” continues LaRosa. The look chosen by Kabinoff for the cocktail party—sleek black trousers and a sequined top paired with a one-of-a-kind belt— created yet another buzz about the neighborhood. “Amy has an amazing eye, and you just don’t get that kind of service anymore,” says LaRosa. “The best kind of advertising for us, is when someone asks one of our customer, ‘where did you get that?’” says Bonnie Rubin, who inherited the business 33 years ago from her mother and one she has been running with her own daughter, Kabinoff. Both Rubin and Kabinoff have relied solely on good old fashion word of mouth to promote the boutique. Now, Kabinoff receives daily phone calls from New York designers to take a look at their collection and possibly carry their line at Chickie’s Daughter. Above: The staff of Chickie’s Daughter, located in Jenkintown. Right: The largest boutique in the area, where fashion is not an age, but an attitude. { 20 } BUCKS & Montgomery LIVING • september 2009


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Chickie’s Daughter carries everything from leather and lace, all in one place. From sophisticated cocktail dresses to fresh, fun and fabulous prints, this boutique is a must-see in Jenkintown.

Like many family businesses, this one also has humble roots. The boutique that spans three generations first opened its doors in 1941 on Castor Avenue, which was hardly paved at the time. “This was before many women drove, had checking accounts or credit cards and most of Northeast Philadelphia was really desolate,” recalls Rubin. Chickie Fischer though turned out to be quite a pioneer and her boutique helped propel the shopping strip mall boom along Bustleton and Cottman Avenues, as we know it today. Originally, the store promptly named after Rubin, carried elaborate evening gowns, special occasion dresses and cocktail numbers, but with a swift move to Jenkintown, a 3,000 square foot expansion and a new visionary stepping into the reigns, the boutique transformed into a modern day haven for women. Under Rubin, Chickie’s Daughter extended their selection to sportswear, but once Kabinoff was also involved the boutique expanded even further with the addition of accessories, jeans, bags and shoes to accommodate their clientele, as well as, the changing times. This year, Chickie’s Daughter had it’s best opening admits Kabinoff. “I’m a lot younger so I was able to bring in funky cocktail pieces, jeans and dresses that were much more casual,” confirms Kabinoff. On the other hand, this third generation owner spends a lot of time juggling the fine line between trendy, classic and sexy, avoiding fads and instead choosing items for the store that will remain timeless. The boutique carries such brands as Theory, Vince, Sanctuary, Milly, 7 For All Mankind and Rich and Skinny Jeans. For Rubin, Chickie’s Daughter had a sort of “metamorphosis” in the right direction. “I see the children and the grandchildren of the women my mother used to dress come into our store,” says Rubin. “We always want to remain dependable and modern, like our clothes,” admits Rubin. And with the selection at hand, this seems a sure thing. Chickie’s Daughter is located on Old York Road in Jenkintown. For more information, call (215) 885-9077. BL

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Let’s Get Stone’d If you can’t stand the heat, their team of design experts will help get you back in the kitchen. By Brenda Lange When Cherie and Bob Weller made the move

from Ivyland to New Hope, they had many decisions to make. Fortunately, choosing which granite contractor to use for their new riverfront home was a snap. “Let’s Get Stone’d did the kitchen counters in our shore house in Atlantic City,” says Cherie Weller. “They also did our kitchen in our last house and we loved their work both times, so it was easy.” The couple visited LGS on Route 611 in Warrington and, because they wanted something totally different and new, they traveled to LGS’s distributor, MSI in Edison, New Jersey, to have the largest selection possible. “We needed three slabs just for the kitchen,” Cherie remembers. “We chose the ones we liked and that was that.” Picking out your own color and style of granite at LGS is easy; in addition to the indoor display of sample blocks of granite and marble, hulking slabs of the igneous rock line the fence in the

rear of the shop. This is where customers can work with LGS fabricators to outline the exact cuts they would like to see in the larger piece of granite. “A wood template is placed over the slab and moved around so the homeowner can choose exactly how the coloration will appear once it’s cut to size,” explains Kirk Raysky, who started Let’s Get Stone’d in 2001 with his father Eric, with the goal of providing the very best in materials,

“We want the customer to be a part of it all because this granite they choose is not just a counter; it becomes a piece of art that is unique to them and to their house. It’s all very personal.”

craftsmanship and customer service. The client is part of the planning process from beginning to end, collaborating with Raysky and his 12-person crew through every step. There are so many choices, decisions can seem daunting. But LGS’s trained personnel help clients pick what is right for their home décor and lifestyle. “We want the customer to be a part of it all because this granite they choose is not just a counter; it becomes a piece of art that is unique to them and to their house. It’s all very personal,” Raysky adds. The expansive new kitchen at the Weller house is warm and welcoming, in earthy shades of browns and tans. Their choice of Butterfly Gold Granite was an ideal complement to the medium maple cabinets and neutral wall coloring. Granite is not a static piece of material; rather it has depth and life. It can look differently based on the angle it’s hit by light and shadow. Butterfly Gold is embedded with large speckled sections, providing a wide variety of appearances;

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TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF SOLEBURY ANNOUNCES THE 19TH ANNUAL “AUTUMN IN BUCKS COUNTY” HOUSE TOUR

Saturday, October 17th from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., rain or shine. “Autumn in Bucks County” is a one-day only seasonal celebration featuring four distinctive homes nestled in beautiful Solebury Township. Each house offers a unique combination of setting, style and furnishings but have one common feature they all have a stone exterior. Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased at the Trinity Church office on weekdays between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M. Ticket sales are limited and no children under the age of 12 are permitted to attend the tour. Gourmet box lunches prepared by the Sneaky Caterer will also be offered for an additional fee of $12. Proceeds from the tour fund Trinity’s local, national and international mission. For more information, call (215) 2978285 or visit www.trinitysolebury.org/ housetour.

Cherie says it has more “movement” than any other she’s had before. About 120 square feet of granite were used to cover a large center island with two levels, counters and backsplash. The couple even used it behind the stovetop with a center, tiled medallion as a focal point. Adjacent to the kitchen, a small wet bar now boasts a granite counter of Absolute Black granite with double ogee edging, creating a striking contrast to the cream colored cabinets. A second wet bar, counter and island in the family room were created out of tan granite streaked with black and tan, making it come alive. This “Supreme Fantasy” stone has a lot of movement or flow, which is how granite is described when it’s not solid or consistent throughout, like Absolute Black. When finding uses for granite and other stone and tile in the home, the family didn’t stop with the kitchen. They also used LGS to install bathroom counters and shower seats: Indian Dakota, brown with black streaks, for their daughters’ bathroom, and marble for the master bath. “Since this was a brand new house, there were other contractors around, and the LGS installers were great,” says Cherie. “They worked around the other workmen and came in when they said they would, cleaned up and just did a great job.”

Above: The couple’s master bathroom boasts marble countertops and shower seats.

Let’s Get Stone’d sells granite, marble, travertine and limestone for counters, backsplashes and flooring from its shop on Route 611 in Warrington. LGS belongs to the Marble Institute of America, the trade organization that sets the industry standard for quality craftsmanship. LGS also won the “Best of Bucks County” award for marble and granite surfaces in 2008. For more information, visit www.lgsgranite.com or call (215) 491-7814. BL _____________________________________ Brenda Lange is a freelance writer based in Doylestown (www.brendalange.com).

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A chiropractic office that truly is different. By Freda R. Savana

Newtown chiropractor Dr. Jennifer Grozalis likes difficult, challenging

cases. That’s what her well-respected practice specializes in. With a unique and highly effective approach to rehabilitation and healing, Synergy Rehabilitation & Chiropractic, formerly the Total Wellness Centre of Yardley, takes on sports injuries, chronic pain issues and everything in between. Regardless of the type of injury or its cause, the goal is the same for the center and its professionally trained staff of 13. “I get so excited when I think about what we have developed. Our therapy combination is so unique. If the patient doesn’t respond to a particular treatment plan, we have the skills and tools to modify it until we find what works for that individual,” Dr. Grozalis said. In one dramatically successful case, Dr. Grozalis remembered, a woman came to Synergy after having knee surgery. She had been in physical therapy for three months, was still using a cane and battling excruciating pain. “Within two to three weeks, she had complete range of motion,” Dr. Grozalis recalled. “After one month, she no longer needed a cane and no longer had any pain.” To provide such total patient success, Dr. Grozalis and her

Above: The friendly staff of Synergy at their rehab center. Left: Chiropractor Dr. Jennifer Grozalis performing physical therapy with a patient on the ladder barrel.

skilled staff offer a wide range of the most sophisticated therapies to treat all types of concerns and conditions. A large part of the rehabilitation process revolves around various types of muscle therapies. Dr. Grozalis is one of very few doctors who are certified in Active Release Techniques, a massage-based therapy that incorporates specific exercises to restore range of motion and eliminate pain.

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Other massage-based techniques performed by the doctor and her therapists include: Neuromuscular Re-education, trigger point therapy/ myofascial release, Craniosacral therapy, lymph drainage, mastectomy and oncology massage, pre-natal massage and sports massage. Laser therapy is used in conjunction with these techniques to promote quick healing and recovery. For hard-to-treat disc herniations in the neck and low back, the Synergy staff performs Decompression Therapy, a type of gentle traction that takes pressure off the spinal nerves and relieves localized pain as well as referred pain into the arms and legs.

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A key member of the center’s team, Pilates Therapist Edye Discount, takes the traditional principles of physical therapy and combines them with unique and cutting-edge exercises on the pilates reformer, chair, and ladder barrel. This therapy balances and retrains muscles in order to strengthen and stabilize the spine and extremities. Fusion Therapy works to heal patients suffering with chronic pain as well as athletes. Dr. Grozalis said former patients are the center’s best source of referrals. “Once they see the outstanding results, there is a lot of word-of-mouth” encouraging others to try Synergy’s treatment programs, the doctor added. In addition to the extensive therapies provided by Synergy Rehabilitation and Chiropractic, the center also offers personal training and sports conditioning by noted athlete, Vaughn Hebron. The former Philadelphia Eagle and two-time NFL Super Bowl champion helps patients become stronger once they recover. He also trains the top athletes in Bucks County. “Once you feel better, he will get you to the next level,” explained Dr. Grozalis. To treat injured athletes and get them back to their sport stronger than ever, Dr. Grozalis combines cutting edge therapies. In addition to Active Release Techniques and Neuromuscular Re-education, they also offer sports massage, PFS, chiropractic manipulation, and traditional physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation and kinesiotaping. From difficult to treat cases to acute and chronic sports injuries, Synergy has the tools and commitment for restoring their patients. That is why their chiropractic office truly is different. Synergy Rehabilitation and Chiropractic is located at 105 Terry Drive in Newtown. For more information, call (215) 860-9798 or visit www.synergyrehabandchiro.com. BL _________________________________________________________ Freda Savana is a freelance writer and lives in Doylestown.

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Doylestown’s County Theater

The year was 1938. Big box office movies included “Robin Hood”— the original version with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland—“Holiday” with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn and “Angels with Dirty Faces” with James Cagney. With the country in the middle of the Great Depression, folks still dug deep for the 15 cents it cost to see one of these films and others that provided a welcome escape from the challenges of everyday life. By Brenda Lange { 37 } BUCKS & Montgomery LIVING • september 2009


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also saw the birth of Doylestown’s County Theater. Fashioned in the late art-deco style, the goal was to attract as many passersby as possible using large posters and a box office street-side. “This was all part of the ‘show starts at the sidewalk’ philosophy,” says Jim Sanders, Development Director for the theater since 1995, “where money wasn’t put into big, fancy lobbies, but rather outside, where you could grab peoples’ attention—fast!”

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“This also was the era of neon lights—known as ‘liquid fire’ when first used in this country for advertising. The County’s distinctive blue tower with yellow neon lettering drew audiences like moths to a flame.” This also was the era of neon lights—known as “liquid fire” when first used in this country for advertising. The County’s distinctive blue tower with yellow neon lettering drew audiences like moths to a flame. For decades, the County Theater grabbed lots of attention, pulling in crowds through WWII, and into the 1970s. But then the tide of good fortune began to turn for the little movie house on State Street. “Larger theaters took away business and the downtown area was neglected by patrons and visitors,” explains Sanders. Downtown Doylestown was joining the ranks of small towns across the country, which lost out to suburban sprawl, with its shopping centers, strip malls and multiplexes. The County closed its doors twice between 1990 and 1992, and its future was uncertain. Enter Closely Watched Films and the Doylestown Revitalization Board. The board was a brand-new group of volunteers—residents and business owners—whose mission was to bring Doylestown back to life through business, economic and community development initiatives. This group approached CWF, a Doylestown-based film group that had been showing obscure and independent films for about a decade, and asked them to take over the theater’s operations. They agreed, and when the theater’s doors re-opened in February 1994, The County was a non-profit, membership-based organization that was embraced by the community immediately. Lots of elbow grease went into putting the theater back in operation. “It had been neglected and needed to be scrubbed, cleaned and painted,” says Sanders. “Volunteers and members used lots of sweat equity.” A membership drive was successful and the rolls grew from 1993 to 1995, allowing projection equipment and air conditioning to be added. In 1996, CWF bought the building for $350,000 and undertook some major renovations—rewiring the entire building, updating the projection booth and installing a complete new HVAC system, new bathrooms, flooring, new seats, screens, concession stand and alarm system. A capital campaign raised $750,000 to make the upgrades, which were

The snack and popcorn bar at Doylestown’s County Theater is full of goodies for you to choose from to enjoy during the show.

completed while the theater shut down for three months. In 1998 CWF won a Keystone Grant from the Pennsylvania History and Museum Commission, allowing for the installation of a new neon tower and marquee, which remained true to the original, and which have been featured in numerous magazines and advertisements.

Changes—2009 The original theater was one room, with a half wall at the rear that had a curtain across the top. The County was “twinned” in the 1970s, and just underwent another major renovation this summer, with changes that Sanders calls “practical things.” These renovations amounted to $300,000 and included upgraded projection booth technology and new hi-def digital projection in the left auditorium, new lobby wall treatments and art deco styling by interior designer Celeste Callaghan and a custom podium with computerized access to the digital projector allowing the speaker to control the video along with the house lighting. And the formerly lovely wool carpeting that has born the brunt of more than 1.2 million pair of feet since 1993’s renovation was replaced too. The renovation also corrected an issue that had plagued movie-goers since the theater opened. “Noise and light seepage from the lobby created a big problem inside the two theaters,” says Sanders. “Now we have two double door entrances, which will make the biggest difference for our guests.”

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Focus groups help guide new renovations “I love going to the County,” muses Cheyenne Mease, a wellness educator from Springtown. “I love that they show movies that make you think and that might not otherwise be seen. Going there I feel like a kid again because of the atmosphere, and I hope it never closes again.” Similar feedback was gleaned through focus groups held prior to

the renovation planning. Sanders says it was important to know what people’s perceptions were and what they wanted in their local theater. “The County was the linchpin to the town’s revitalization in the ‘90s— bringing restaurants and evening visitors back—we know people want to support their community and so we just wanted to give them a say.” “These new changes allow for a more professional, streamlined

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operation and a better experience for our audience,” Sanders says. “There is power in being in a room full of people enjoying a movie on the big screen, and we’re happy to give them that experience.” The allure of larger-than-life images and illusion—a place where you can lose yourself to another place and time, whether to escape from life for a little while or to learn—The County, going strong in its 71st year, provides all that and more. “I’ve loved the County forever! I give memberships as gift, I go to Monday night members’ nights and Tuesday’s thank you nights in the summer with free popcorn and a ticket for a guest,” says Pipersville resident Beth Schindele, enthusiastically. “Going there is just more enjoyable; the staff is friendly, the theater is clean and the audience is always respectful. It’s a great experience.” BL

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The Ambler Theater opened its doors a full decade before its sister theater, The County, in Doylestown. Built in the Spanish Colonial style, The Ambler’s terra cotta exterior is adorned with twin spires and carved curlicues, providing a decorative landmark on Butler Avenue in Ambler. Classically designed inside, it originally seated 1800 and included several spacious lobbies, a pipe organ, stage and proscenium arch. “Our Dancing Daughters” with Joan Crawford was the debut film shown Dec. 31, 1928 in this huge and ornate theater. By 1970, 35mm films shown there for decades had given way to 16mm Christian films, and parts of the auditorium were screened off. Operations ceased from 1997 until 2001 when the non-profit group, Ambler Theater, Inc. bought

the theater and devoted $2M to renovate it. The theater reopened two years later, after major renovations were made, including splitting the interior into three auditoriums, with two smaller theaters closest to the street and one large auditorium at the front of the theater, which includes the original stage and organ loft. The largest theater opened in 2007. An exact replica of the original 30-foot vertical neon sign was constructed, funded in part by a Keystone Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The new neon tower was installed in September 2005. Everything possible was done to replicate the theater’s original styling, including paint colors, 1920’s era carpeting and a retro style ticket booth. The installation of stadium seating

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New Hope’s 16th Annual Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival | September 26th and 27th 40th Annual Yardley Harvest Day | September 26th from 10am to 5pm Celebrate the 40th annual Yardley Harvest Day in Historic Yardley Borough where fine artists and one-of-a-kind crafters will be displaying their work. Harvest Day is a free, authentic arts and crafts festival, with an outstanding variety of family entertainment throughout the day, delicious food vendors and community-sponsored booths. Sponsored by Makefield Women’s Association (MWA) and Yardley Business Association (YBA), one hundred percent of MWA’s profit at Harvest Day will be donated to local charities. The festivities will take place at West Afton Avenue, from Main Street to Breece Drive, along Penn Valley Drive into Buttonwood Park. For more information, visit www.makefieldwomensassociation.org or call (215) 321-7648.

The beauty of fall is simply priceless. Combine it with food, history and the arts, and you’ll get New Hope’s 16th Annual Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival. More than 130 artists will contribute works, including oil painting, pastels, watercolors, drawings and photographs, leather goods, handbags, handspun clothing and jewelry. Booths will line North Main Street from Bridge Street to Parry Street. Vendors will also be set up in the PNC Bank parking lot and East and West Parry Street. The New Hope Trolley will be available as a shuttle for visitors. Many popular local artists participate in the festival in addition to visiting talents from all over PA, NJ, NY and the rest of the country. The event includes musical entertainment in various locations throughout New Hope, plus local food vendors. A children’s activity booth offers the youngsters the opportunity to experience the festival’s creative atmosphere. The two-day event is rain or shine and admission is free to the public. For more information, visit www.newhopechamber.com or call (215) 862-9990.

Peddler’s Village Annual Scarecrow Competition and Display | September 7th through October 25th You’ll see them smiling at you from the side of the road, in front of shops, and even in the parking lots—but don’t be afraid, they’re just entries in this year’s Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Competition. These pieces of Americana will be submitted for display and compete for more than $4,900 in cash prizes, and you could be the winning vote…or, if you’re brave, the winner. This year’s categories include the Keystone Krow, Traditional/Whirligig, Extraordinary, KidsOnly, Quite the Character and Group Crow. To participate or for more information, visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call the Peddler’s Village Hospitality Desk at (215) 794-4000.

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The 2009 Univest Grand Prix | September 11th through the 13th Professional cyclists from around the world will be competing in this year’s Grand Prix, which will take place Saturday, September 12th in Souderton and Sunday, September 13th in Doylestown. Racing teams from Mexico, Canada, the U.S., Germany, Italy, Sweden and Denmark will compete for over a hundred miles through 16 Bucks County and Montgomery County municipalities for a chance to win one of the top Union Cycliste Internationale ranked events in the United States. The Saturday event features a community festival in Souderton from 10 am to 3 pm, including a kid’s rodeo and activities area, community displays, regional foods, giveaways, a high school race and children’s races. Sunday’s expanded competition will feature a fast-paced circuit race in Doylestown, the start/finish line marked at Main and Court streets. Children’s races will be hosted at 10 am, followed by the start of the professional race at 11 am. The Univest Grand Prix was developed to offer advancement opportunities for young athletes. For more information, visit www.univestgrandprix.com.

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The 44th Annual Polish American Festival September 5th through 7th and September 12th and 13th 12 to 8pm More than 40,000 visitors are expected to visit the Shrine of Czestochowa in Doylestown for this two-weekend event. Enjoy live entertainment, rides, Polish and American food, exhibits, games and much more. Visit www.czestochowa.us for more information.

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Eyes of Bucks Durham Township’s visual cheerleader, Kathleen Connally. By Dava Guerin

Kathleen Connally might just be the Ansel Adams of this rural Bucks

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“I worked in corporate America for 15 years, primarily helping the Franklin Mint with marketing and sales,” Connally said. “After that I moved to Seattle where I did direct marketing of art materials. Everyone around me had a degree in fine arts and they were so creative, and that made me realize I wanted to be back in the arts full time.” Ever since she was a child, Connally had a camera in her hands. She was always taking pictures, and recalls how passionate she was about putting them in catalogs, and always thinking about the images she wanted to create. “It’s just a drive I have, and have always had. When I got a little older I realized that I was passionate about photography as well as saving the land. When we moved back to Pennsylvania, which was my hometown, I decided to make a career change of sorts. My husband and I had a child, and it was the perfect time to make the switch from corporate America to something I was so passionate about,” she added.

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Brandywine Valley

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Discovering the natural beauty of Chester County. By Beth D'Addono

“Never have I appreciated nature as I have in this place—I have enthused

over Colorado’s mountains and Arizona’s deserts. I have been profoundly impressed by the great canyons with their torrents and falls, but never have I felt the real story of nature as I have this summer. Everything is so gentle and simple, so unaffected.” –N.C. Wyeth N.C. Wyeth, the internationally acclaimed artist and head of the Wyeth clan, wrote these sentiments to his friend Sidney Chase in 1907, during the first summer he spent in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. First attracted to the region by Howard Pyle’s school of illustrators, Wyeth would become so enamored with the Brandywine Valley that he would settle his family there. Today, the area south of Philadelphia along Route 1, which follows the Brandywine River, is also called Wyeth country—so indelible was the artist’s cultural footprint upon the region. The area’s bucolic beauty and rolling hills is an ideal setting for a day trip, although there is enough to keep you busy to make a it a weekend. Traveling south on Route 1, after you cross Route 202, a bustling thoroughfare that has brought both traffic and development to the area, you’ll start to get a true sense of what captivated Wyeth’s eye for beauty. Museums, restored historic homes, famous battlefields and an award-winning winery and working farms dot the landscape. Longwood Gardens is a natural starting point, an internationally renowned horticulture center once home to the area’s Native Americans, a family of Quakers and a wealthy industrialist named du Pont. Head to

Above: Longwood Gardens, a mecca for garden lovers worldwide, has over 1,050 landscaped outdoor acres and 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens. The pumpkin playground, where kids can decorate and display their pumpkins.

the Visitor’s Center, where a brief orientation film will help you get your bearings. There are some 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows to explore, home to more than 11,000 types of plants, 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens and fountains that are the backdrop for a light and music show in the summer and during the holidays. For the foodies in the crowd, plan a stop in Kennett Square at The Mushroom Cap on State Street, a shrine to the most delicious fungus of them all. Kennett Square is the mushroom capital of the world, producing more than half the mushrooms grown in the U.S. Here you will find unique gifts, regional specialties and a variety of fresh picked mushrooms. Learn how mushrooms are grown and harvested and pick up one of their

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great cookbooks packed with tasty mushroom recipes. Owner, Kathi Lafferty is not only a local mushroom expert; she currently sits on the USDA’s Mushroom Council. Additionally, Kathi is a driving force behind the annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square. This event, celebrated for 23 years, takes place each September (the weekend after Labor Day). Continuing on Route 1 in Chadds Ford, at the intersection of Route 100, you’ll find the Brandywine River Museum, a former 19th century gristmill that is now the center of all things Wyeth in the valley. Trace the family’s artistic history through the work of father Newell Convers, N.C., son Andrew and grandson Jamie. One of the much-loved paintings is the oversized smiling pig by Jamie Wyeth, a subject also committed to bronze in a statue that stands outside on the riverbank. There are three floors of paintings and illustrations to peruse, all paying homage to the American artist. Art and antiquing so often go together, as they do in the Brandywine Valley. Up and down Route 1 in Chadds Ford are all kinds of unusual shops tucked in between the historic sites. The Pennsbury-Chadds Ford Antique Mall offers 100 dealers on two levels, and just a few steps away, the Brandywine River Antiques Mart offers a wide array of antiques and accessories. Across from the Brandywine River Museum is one of the area’s most popular attractions, the Chaddsford Winery. Winemakers Lee and Eric Miller produce award-winning vintages, and there is usually something going on every weekend on the grounds, from live jazz, wine tastings and festivals. Located in a renovated 17th-century barn, the winery is open

Above (top to bottom): The five-acre fountain at Longwood Gardens is a must-see for visitors. A group of friends enjoying a picnic at an outdoor concert series.

Above (top to bottom): A young woman viewing the established art collection at the museum. The Brandywine River Museum, located in Chadds Ford, is internationally known for its fine collection of artwork and being the center of all things Wyeth.

for tours, tastings and sales seven days a week. A few recommendations for dining: Hank’s Place, at the intersections of Routes 1 and 100, is a roadside luncheonette with terrific home cooking, great homemade biscuits and an incredible shiitake omelet. The Chadds Ford Tavern dates back to the 1770s, when it was used as a roadside tavern for the generals and trades people traveling along the river. A lively spot today, the Tavern is a haunt for locals and a great place for lunch or a casual dinner. For a more upscale experience, try The Gables, which offers an international menu in simply elegant surroundings. There are all kinds of lodgings from which to choose, B&B’s like the Fairville Inn (610-388-5900), a magnificent country inn that dates from the 1830s, with 15 rooms and suites, a full breakfast and afternoon tea and private baths. The Brandywine River Hotel (610-388-1200) is more of an upscale country hotel, complete with romantic Jacuzzi and fireside suites. For more information about Brandywine Valley attractions, visit www.brandywinevalley.com or call (610) 719-1730. BL _________________________________________________________ Bucks & Montgomery Living’s Travel Editor Beth D’Addono lives in Belmont Hills. { 55 }

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financial

Kent Lufkin of 3rd Federal Bank A leader, corporate citizen and brand champion. goal to grow the bank, retain its independence and make an indelible impression in the marketplace. In 2004, he rolled out a gutsy re-branding initiative, featuring an entirely new visual identity, green bank vehicles, a whimsical mascot and the anthem, “Go Green!” The bank continually expands upon the “Go Green” metaphor through its green lending initiative and a seriously committed internal “Go Green” think tank which explores ways the bank can expand its energy efficiency and environmental consciousness. He walks the talk. Lufkin, who typically sports a green tie, enjoys his “lunch with the president program” where he treats a handful of employees each month to lunch and gets to know them on a personal level. He has mandated the use of “green” cleaning products from the janitorial staff. A member of several boards of directors, Lufkin is the architect of the “green wave,” the large number of 3rd Federal Bank employees who actively participate in community events and organizations. His creativity, commitment to the community and enlightened leadership are reasons why 3rd Federal Bank continues to evolve while strengthening its strong tradition of just plain good banking—great people, excellent service, competitive products, conservative lending and a full range of financial solutions. For more information on 3rd Federal Bank, visit www.thirdfedbank.com or call (888) 918-4473. BL In the boardroom, a group of new 3rd Federal Bank employees focus their wide-eyed attention on CEO Kent Lufkin, who asks one of several trivia questions: “How many ridges are on the edge of a quarter?” Hands fly into the air. “96!” shouts one. “120!” ventures another. “It’s 119,” says Lufkin, tossing the closest guesser the winning prize. “That’s a 3rd Fred ‘plushie toy,’” he explains, with reverence and a smile. “That’s a coveted item around here!” Lufkin may have been brought up in the traditional banking culture, but as CEO of 3rd Federal Bank, he has championed a paradigmshifting approach to community banking that strengthens customer loyalty, delights employees and grows market share. During his 6-year tenure, he has guided the bank transformation into a full-service, solutions-oriented community bank that prides itself on deep roots in each of the 14 unique communities it serves. “3rd Federal Bank is not a stodgy bank. We like to have fun, be innovative and take a family and community approach,” he said. “This has made us successful in the past, and we’ll continue to strengthen that belief.” Lufkin began his banking career as a part-time teller while a student at Rutgers, where he met his wife, Beth. Gradually, he moved up the ranks to become president and CEO of Roebling Bank in New Jersey. He joined 3rd Federal Bank in 2000 as senior vice president and was appointed to president and CEO in 2003. Upon taking the helm at 3rd Federal Bank, Lufkin enthusiastically led the bank’s restructuring to a full-service retail and commercial bank. This change re-energized the bank’s strategic aspirations and resulted in an immediate increase in profitability. It was all part of Lufkin’s long-term

The bank’s mascot, 3rd Fred is fondly called “Fred” for short. He can be seen at business and community events, alongside the company’s CEO, Kent Lufkin.

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Ride Ataxia Philly Outback Steakhouse is calling all cyclists to join them in a day of personal triumph, physical achievement and family fun. By Kimberly Cambra The mates at Outback Steakhouse are putting

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their wheels in motion and the pedal to the metal to raise awareness and funds for Friedreichs Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) with a first annual Ride Ataxia Philly cycling event. The event will combine the personal physical test of the historically challenging Ride Ataxia, founded by Kyle Bryant, who himself has Friedreichs Ataxia, and his team has to date logged over 3,300 miles and raised precious awareness for this debilitative disease. In addition to these annual treks Kyle and his team have also raised $700,000 in research funds. The mission of Ride Ataxia is to educate the public about ataxia by drawing attention through acts of physical endurance, enable the advancement of ataxia research through collaborative financial support and empower Ataxians by inspiring, motivating and providing opportunities to develop physical and mental strength. This year’s Ride Ataxia Philly is positioned to uphold Kyle’s mission with the October 25th one-day event that will exude a family atmosphere for all levels of riders.

“The Ride Ataxia Philly event wants to attract both able and disabled riders in order to showcase the true need for ongoing research, which is exactly what FARA and CHOP do together in the region.” For the past 19 years, Outback Steakhouse has had a strong and tasty presence in the Delaware Valley, along with a commitment to giving back to the community. This particular fundraiser was an idea John Jackson, Joint Venture partner for Outback Steakhouse Philadelphia market, had and was compelled to get involved with when a colleague’s family member was diagnosed with Friedreichs Ataxia. Jackson, himself a cyclist, thought a “ride” event would be an ideal

Outback Steakhouse’s Alyson Baker, Michael Bizzoso, Steve Buri and John Jackson sitting in front of Bill Dunman and Anthony Salvatore from Hank’s Gourmet Beverages.

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“Ride Ataxia Philly will take place at the perfect route—the Limerick Community Park, where they will host a 10, 25 and 50 mile course.” Bryant will be in attendance and leading the pack along with eight others afflicted with Friedreichs Ataxia. The Ride Ataxia Philly event wants to attract both able and disabled riders in order to showcase the true need for ongoing research, which is exactly what FARA and CHOP do together in the region. Friedreichs Ataxia Research Alliance headquarters are based in Exton and work very closely with CHOP on advancing research and clinical studies. Ride Ataxia Philly will take place at the perfect route—the Limerick Community Park, where they will host a 10, 25 and 50 mile course.

Outback Steakhouse and Hank’s Gourmet Beverages will be on-site at Ride Ataxia Philly on October 25th, where cyclists will be racing to raise awareness and funds for Friedreichs Ataxia Research Alliance and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Hitting the heights of Japanese cuisine. By Angelina Sciolla

Alex Yeung and his staff stand together at the sushi bar in Mt. Fuji, offering guests a unique extravaganza of Japanese hospitality in a modern setting. Local restaurateur Alex Yeung has pretty much eliminated the need to trek into the big city for one of those high-priced dining experiences choreographed by a celebrity chef or concept restaurant king. With the new Mt. Fuji in Newtown, there simply is no need for that trip down the highway. He’s brought all that great taste, sophistication and glamour right here to Bucks County. Alex grew up in the restaurant business and it definitely shows. From his natural talent for hosting and welcoming his guests to the tight ship he runs in all of his establishments, Alex doesn’t just feed people, he allows them to employ all of their senses in order to really experience and enjoy their meal. Recently Alex added a third establishment to his collection of Mt.Fuji Japanese restaurants. Now, in addition to the Maplewood, New Jersey and Southampton, locations, Alex has opened another Mt. Fuji in Newtown, just off the Newtown Bypass in the Summit Square Shopping Center. Comfortable but elegant, city smart but warm and family-friendly, Newtown’s 250-seat Mt. Fuji is a triumph for Alex in every way—atmosphere, service and, of course, the cuisine. The décor demonstrates touches of chic and glamour with a bit of traditional Japanese artifacts punctuating the overall style. (Old fashioned sake jars line the walls of a private dining room available for parties up to 20.) The bar is sleek and long enough to accommodate the happy hour crowd. Alex designed the interior himself and carefully selected the pieces, from the black cherry wood sushi bar to the Vogue-ish mural photos of beautiful women dining on delicate sushi rolls.

Mt. Fuji provides a casual, comfortable setting in contemporary surroundings. The new restaurant in Newtown features a variety of delicacies like Japaneese seafood, sushi and hibachi.

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For traditional tempura fans, there is table dining and for those who like a little theater with their stir fry, a hibachi room, where, from time to time, the chef will invite a guest behind the grill for a fun—but brief—turn as hibachi master. Then there is the elegant sushi bar headed by the charming and talented Yoshi, whose humble smile and easy humor devastatingly belie the pure genius of his creations. This is inspired work. Patrons can take their pick from all kinds of sea fare, from meaty Toro wrapped in a seaweed cone, to Kumamoto oysters with cilantro soy sauce and spicy tuna with ginger sauce.

Left: Musicians perform at the recent grand opening in Newtown. Above: The restaurant has an extensive sushi bar, headed by the charming and talented Yoshi, which is sure to please a wide variety of palates.

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Among all of the dishes, it seems as if the flavors are carefully assembled to complement everything on the plate. And speaking of plates, the presentation is inventive, exciting and indicative of the care and detail that goes into every dish. A live scallop with miso orange wasabi sauce was served over crushed ice and decorated with long bamboo branches adorned by a few delicately placed flowers. The food—whether it’s the Fuji spring roll with tempura flakes, tuna, salmon and yellowtail, or the American Dream, a concoction of rock shrimp and crab—is served exquisitely by attentive and courteous staff. It’s not everywhere you can get a beautiful and spicy teriyaki followed by a perfectly textured and sweetened crème brûlée adorned with tiny fresh berries. A full wine list complements the menu offerings. There is a great selection of sake and plum wines, served warm or cold. Guests can also sample specialty cocktails like the Mt. Fuji Iced Tea or the Greentini. There are half-price happy hour drink specials from 4:30 to 6:30 Monday through Friday and Yueng says that he will be introducing live piano music on Friday nights very shortly. Despite the elegance of the food, the service and the décor, Mt. Fuji maintains a casual and relaxed ambience. It’s as family friendly as it is suitable for a corporate event. The only thing missing is pretense. And that’s a benefit. Innumerable stars and well wishes go to Alex and his staff at Mt. Fuji. He’s given us more than just an elegant and diverse dining experience. He’s provided a great night out with friends, a special dinner, or a quick stop after work for some refreshing sake and sushi. Just remember when you go, ask Yoshi to show you the Japanese version of a boilermaker. Mt. Fuji is located at Summit Square Shopping Center, at Newtown Bypass and Route 413 in Newtown. For more information, call (215) 860-6888. BL

_________________________________________________________ Angelina Sciolla is a freelance writer and lives in Philadelphia, Pa.

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events calendar

september 4 First Friday Doylestown:

12 18th Annual Doylestown Arts

26 New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival

Stroll downtown Doylestown and enjoy an evening of music and art. Downtown Doylestown | 6 to 9:30 P.M. (www.firstfridaydoylestown)

Festival: Come see the largest outdoor, juried arts and craft shows in the Doylestown area! Downtown Doylestown (215) 345-9988, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. (www.doylestownalliance.org)

2009: The 16th Annual Juried Exhibition of American Crafts. North Main Street, New Hope | (215) 862-9990, 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. (www. newhopechamber.com)

12 18th Annual JazzFeast:

26 Wine & Polo: Bring the whole family to hear

The 18th Annual “JazzFeast” will be taking place at Palmer Square in Princeton NJ. The event will showcase talented jazz musicians and have a selection of food from the area’s finest restaurants. 40 Nassau Street, Princeton | 12 to 6 P.M., (609) 921-2333 (www.palmersquare.com)

great local bands, enjoy a wine tasting by Rose Bank Winery and have the chance to relax on their beautifully landscaped E.P. Henry patio. 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley | (215) 968-1670, 6 to 9 P.M. (www.shadybrookfarm.com)

6 Historic Trades: Hear the clang of the hammer and the sound of wood being cut as their joyner and blacksmith demonstrate their skills. Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road, Morrisville | 1 to 4 P.M. (215) 946-0400 (www.pennsburymanor.org)

7 Pastimes With Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Competition and Display: Larger than life scarecrow creations are displayed outdoors. Peddler’s Village, Route 202 and Street Road, Lahaska | (215) 794-4000 (www.peddlersvillage.com)

11 Summer Under the Stars Music Series: 6th Street Quaternion: “Straight Ahead Jazz,” featuring extended solos and gutsy virtuoso performances. 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing | (215) 493-6500, 7 P.M. (www.crossingvineyards.com)

17 Musical Tours of the Pearl S. Buck House: Pearl S. Buck’s 1959 Allen Organ fills the house with a selection of the author’s favorite music during this $15 tour. 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie (215) 249-0100, 2:30 P.M. (www.psbi.org)

20 Bucks Fever Excellence in Design

27 NeW COATS FOR THE SEASON: During this fall scavenger hunt, clues will lead families around the grounds of Upper Schuylkill Valley Park to find out about the different animals and raptors and learn about things that happen in the fall–like when our friends get their new winter coats. 1600 Black Rock Road, Royersford | (610) 948-5170, 2 to 3:30 P.M. (www.parks.montcopa.org)

Tour: The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce presents a fascinating self-guided tour of Bucks County’s fine and unusual design. 252 W. Swamp Road, Doylestown | (215) 348-3913, 12 to 4 P.M. { 66 } BUCKS & Montgomery LIVING • september 2009


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We also enhanced our Orthopedic Services by establishing the Center for Joint Replacement, a comprehensive program that specializes in joint surgery, rehabilitation and recovery.

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The highly trained physicians and nurses in our newly renovated Maternity Department continue to provide quality care to our community, including 24-hour neonatal care, lactation consultants, and massage therapists. We also created the Mercy Suburban Breast Center. Equipped with digital mammography and stereotactic biopsy equipment, the Breast Center is home to Montgomery County’s only female fellowship-trained breast surgeon. Our actions say it best. We’re here for the long haul, dedicated to the community with a compassionate staff who is proud to say, “Mercy starts with me.”

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