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Slice of Suburbia: Doylestown


Doylestown is a borough in Bucks County, 27 miles north of Philly off 202. The borough is the county seat of Bucks County (http://doylestownborough.net/). This is a great place for a girl’s night out, family night or first date. There are so many places that give this town life. Doylestown is known for its architecture, boutiques, art, museums, the County Theater it's local authors, tons of small businesses and a traditional small town/high tech feel.

Doylestown hosts First Fridays, always a popular crowd-gatherer, from 6:00pm until 9:30pm every month rain or shine. It's fun and free. December's First Friday will host festive holiday music and entertainment.

If you are in the mood for a little culture, head on over to the town museums, three of which were designed and built by Henry Chapman Mercer. The Mercer Museum, a structure built in poured concrete, is the home to Mercer's collection of early American artifacts. It also houses a collection known as "Tools of the Nation Maker.” The Bucks County Historical Society also maintains the Spruance Library, a research library, adjoining the museum. Fonthill, also known as "Mercer's Castle,” was Mercer's home and houses his collection of artifacts from around the world. The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works is an operational facility utilizing the tools and techniques used by Pennsylvania German potters in the 18th and 19th centuries. The County Courthouse is also in town.

The former prison, across the street from the Mercer Museum, has been converted into the James A. Michener Art Museum, which is currently hosting the Jim Henson exhibit. The borough also boasts a small music conservatory, writers' and artists' organizations and other cultural activities. Doylestown is also located near the historical Fountain House, and the Polish-American Roman Catholic shrine known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, which houses a painting of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, Poland. Mercer Museum Folk Fest

Doylestown is also home of playwright Oscar Hammerstein II, Nobel-prize winning author Pearl S. Buck, American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini, anthropologist Margaret Mead, actor Timothy Stack, and pop star Pink.

If you are in the need of some holistic healing, Doylestown can provide that as well. The International School of Shiatsu is a little known gem in Doylestown. Located in the Landmark Building, Zen Shiatsu and Shin Tai have been taught and practiced since 1975. There are professional practitioners, classes and an economically priced Student Clinic.

For chiropractic care, there’s Dr. Matthew Gibbs, who has been practicing Chiropractic for the last three years. His philosophy is to find and treat the cause of your pain. He gets excellent results in treating new and reoccurring neck, back, jaw & joint pain.

Circles Boutique is a great place to find the perfect children’s gift. They specialize in unique clothing for infants and toddlers, perfect outfits for baby's first Christmas or Christening in the spring are both available. (Phone: (215) 340-9395).

There are also a variety of apparel stores, antique shops, bookstores, art galleries, jewelry stores and many others to find just what you are looking for.

Bucks County has a few other places I'll visit in later Slices of Suburbia, but remember it has great places for outdoor recreation, with the beautiful Delaware River to enjoy canoeing, rafting, sailing, kayaking, as well as areas for hiking, camping, horseback riding, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, swimming, and cross country skiing!

Mercer and Fonthill pictures from http://www.mercermuseum.org/images.htm

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