Philadelphia Chapter Event
Enjoy a day in Doylestown with a visit to Michener Museum and Fonthill CastleWednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Doylestown PA
Restricted to members only
Contact: Christine Kanter
It’s a breath of fresh air in Bucks County and the historic town of Doylestown. The James A. Michener Museum, a private nonprofit that opened in 1988, was named after the prize-winning author, art collector and philanthropist.
10:30 - 11:30 - Docent led tour
The James A. Michener Art Museum opened in 1988 dedicated to preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of Bucks County. It is home to a world class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism paintings along with notable special exhibits. The museum was endowed by Michener himself for many years after the project was completed. In October the special exhibit will be A Time to Break Silence: Pictures of Social Change.
12:00 - 2:00
Optional (pay as you go) lunch within walking distance of the museum. The final location will be chosen prior to the event date. Please contact Chris Kanter directly if you are interested in participating in a group lunch. Time will also be available for a stroll around the quaint downtown and the open space surrounding Fonthill and the Michener Museum.
2:00 -3:30 - Guided tour of Fonthill Castle, a National Historic Landmark
The art, architecture and personal collecting interests of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930) are represented in the holdings of Fonthill Castle. These include several thousand European and American prints, and decorative ceramic tiles from Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East – as well as tile produced at Mercer’s own Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Many of these tiles are inset into Fonthill’s walls and ceilings.
Doylestown is accessible from Center City via the Lansdale/Doylestown Septa line and walking from point to point is possible, but driving is recommended and on-site parking is available. Please contact Chris if you are interested in forming or being part of a carpool.
Cost: $35 for the Museum and Castle tours. Lunch is optional and a separate cost.
Registration, payments and cancellations* must be made by September 20, 2017.
*No refunds will be given after this date.