Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fonthill Museum: A “Castle for the New World”

July 22, 2014 1:38 pm

Did you know that there was a castle in Doylestown? Built in the early 20th century, Fonthill was the home of the eccentric Henry Chapman Mercer. This famed anthropologist, archeologist, and antiquarian built this "Castle for the New World" as his home and as a place to display his renowned collection of tiles and prints.

Today, the Fonthill is a museum for those who love architecture, textiles, and a bit of Pennsylvania history. Wander through the halls and rooms of this castle and see how Chapman lived. Textiles and tiles from all across the globe are showcased here, making for a beautiful castle visitors call simply amazing and magical. Be sure to take the tour! It’s entertaining and enlightening.

Fonthill Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Fonthill Museum
East Court Street and Route 313
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 348-9461

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Summer Concerts in the Park

July 16, 2014 10:01 am

Come out and enjoy a summer evening of wonderful music this summer, as Falls Township hosts its annual slate of concerts in the park.

Concerts are held on Sunday nights from 6 – 8 pm at Falls Township Community Park, Phase 1 Pavilion, 9125 Millcreek Rd., Levittown.

Don't forget to bring a chair to these great shows!

July 20 – The Dennis Ostopowicz Band
July 27 – The Dennis Ostopowicz Band
Aug 3 – Doris Simon Swing Band
Aug 10 – Society Music Makers
Aug 17 – Daisy Jug Band
Aug 24 – Barbone Street Jazz Band
Aug 31 – The Mango Men

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Love Birdwatching? Download These Apps!

July 15, 2014 3:10 pm

Are you an avid birdwatcher who’s always looking for new birding resources? Lucky for tech-savvy birdwatchers, smartphone apps can help you identify birds, keep track of birds you see on your watches, and even record particularly interesting calls. Here are two great apps for birdwatching.

Peterson Backyard Birds
The Peterson Backyard Birds app is a complete field guide to the birds of North America, enabling users to identify more than 160 common types of birds. This app is ideal for the beginning birdwatcher because it helps to identify the most basic types of birds seen from most backyards, and it provides detailed illustrations of each bird’s appearance. There are even samples of each bird’s call for further help identifying it in the wild.

With gorgeous nature photography and a magazine-style layout, the BirdWatching app is perfect for the more experienced birdwatcher. Lengthy, detailed articles provide information on the migration patterns and natural habitats of many interesting types of birds, while the ID Tool Kit offers helpful tips and tricks for identifying birds in your watches. If you’re a fan of BirdWatching magazine, you’ll love getting the same wonderful content right on your smartphone.

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