This past weekend my boyfriend, a couple of friends and I took advantage of the lovely weather by attending Doylestown’s 28th Annual Arts Festival. More than 160 juried artists, live music, local food vendors, live art and interactive demonstrations make this two-day festival a highly anticipated one in Bucks County.
In an attempt to enjoy the last few days of summer, we ventured to Doylestown around 2 p.m. with a clear vision: to find the Little House Candles booth and get our fix for the rest of the year. Within the first 30 minutes the damage was done, and I must say I’ve never been so excited to spend money on candles.
We walked around the festival and stopped in various booths, admiring the many different pieces and offerings this year’s participants had to offer. Besides the candles, my favorites were the wooden cutting boards and salad bowls and the custom-made jewelry booths. Some of us tried new foods for the first time — in my case traditional Polish potato and cheese pierogies from Gosia’s Pierogies, which were delicious — and also enjoyed some gelato.
The coolest part of this day, though, was the spontaneous tour of Doylestown Masonic Lodge #245. The lodge will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2025, and having had its last renovation in the early 20th century, you will feel you’ve taken a trip to the past once you step in.
We are definitely looking forward to next year’s festival; in the meantime, we will attend the PA Renaissance Faire next weekend. If you’re a local, will you be there?
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