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Doylestown Side Trips

Just a few miles outside of town are several other museums, shops,

and sites of interest:

Byers’ Choice Ltd. Christmas Gallery & Emporium is in

Chalfont, about 10 minutes south of Doylestown, just off Route 202.

Travel back in time to Victorian-era England and Colonial America

and celebrate Christmas with these figurines. Watch craftspeople create

one-of-a-kind characters in the workshop. This home of the Carolers,

the famous Christmas collectibles, is open to the public Monday to

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 215-822-6700.

Pearl S. Buck Foundation is about 15 minutes west of Doylestown

off Route 303 in Perkasie. Take a guided tour of the Pearl S. Buck

House, Green Hills Farm, former home of the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize

winning author. Tours offered every day except Monday. Call for times.

215-249-0100.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa sits high

on a hillside overlooking Doylestown. A five-minute drive from downtown,

the shrine is a popular destination for visitors of all faiths. Information:

215-345-0600

Giggleberry Fair at Peddler’s Village is located on Route

202 about 10 minutes east of Doylestown. The nationally known shopping

village is home to two children’s delights. The elegant carousel,

built in 1922, delights children and their parents alike, and the

new educational entertainment center for children, Giggleberry Fair.

Information: 215-794-4000 or www.peddlersvillage.com

If you find yourself with a day off during the summer, visit

Doylestown at midweek for a midday "Brown Bag it With the Arts."

Each Wednesday at noon, a different local musical group presents an

hour-long, free concert on the courthouse lawn in the center of town.

Bring a lunch and enjoy. Information 215-348-3913.

James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "Michael A. Smith: Landscapes," an exhibition

of 13 works from the recent acquisition of 40 prints by the self-taught

Bucks County photographer. "Bucks County Invitational V,"

the annual show of contemporary works features Vincent Ceglia and

Lisa Manheim, paintings; sculpture by Karl Karhuma; and the photography

of Claus Mroczynski; to July 7. Museum hours Tuesday to Friday, 10

a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday

evenings to 9 p.m. $6 adult; $3 student.

Mercer Museum, 84 South Pine Street, Doylestown 215-345-0210.

www.mercermuseum.org.

Fonthill Museum, East Court Street & Route 313, Doylestown,

215-348-9461 www.fonthillmuseum.org. "Tower Tour for Families;"

also offered first Saturday of each month. Reservations required.

County Theater, 20 East State Street, Doylestown, 215-345-6789.

Admission $7.50 & $10. Main street movie house with special July programs

that include: "Emerging Filmmakers," a program of emerging

Bucks County filmmakers including works by Jody Lipes, Paul Gold,

Jeremy Walker, Wayne Miller, and Bert Shapiro, Wednesday, July

10, 9 p.m.

Also "Two Legendary Directors," film historian

Warren Day presents a program on William Wyler and Fred Zinnemann,

directors who were responsible for some of the most loved films in

cinema history. Wyler’s classics includes include three Oscar winners:

"The Best Years of Our Lives," "Ben-Hur," and "Mrs.

Miniver." Zinnemann directed "From Here to Eternity,"

"A Man for All Seasons," "Julia," and "High Noon."

Monday, July 15, 7 p.m.

Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 Chapman Road, Doylestown,

215-345-7860. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Bucks Fever is an annual celebration of the culture and

history of the county. From March to October 2002, more than 75 businesses

will contribute funding and services to cultivate the arts in Bucks

County. Bucks Fever is a program of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce,

and a calendar of events can be obtained by calling 215-348-3913 or

visiting www.centralbuckschamber.com


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