Doylestown Planning One Big Birthday Party
A week of festivities is planned starting with the Memorial Day parade and running through June 2.
Stu Abramson and Lynn Goldman are throwing one heck of a birthday party - and everyone is invited.
The seat of Bucks County moved from Newtown to Doylestown in 1812. This year marks the 200th anniversary of that change, and a week of fun is in the works to honor the occasion.
"It's going to be a lot of fun, I guarantee it," Goldman said recently, as she and Abramson sketched out the details over coffee at the Zen Den.
Doylestown Borough didn't even exist when the leading men of Central and Upper Bucks County began lobbying to move the county seat farther north. Newtown had replaced Bristol as the county seat in 1725, but the crossroads of what are now State and Main in Doylestown were closer to the geographic center of Bucks.
That decision forever changed Doylestown's destiny, shaping it into the town it is today, Abramson said.
The bicentennial committee has been working for months on plans to mark the anniversary. More than 30 volunteer leaders have taken on the tasks of planning for everything from an antique car show to a 100-inning softball game to a fashion show highlighting trends from the past.
Events will kick off on Monday, May 28, during Doylestown's Memorial Day Parade. The fun will run through Saturday, June 2, when it will wrap up with a community-wide picnic.
Everything is being planned by volunteers, Abramson said.
The two co-chairs also have invested countless hours in the planning and preparation, but they said they don't mind in the least.
"Lynn and I worked together a decade ago on First Night, so we both have experience doing stuff like this," Abramson said. "We kind of knew what we were getting into."
"My family is very involved in the town, and it has raised my children and given us a great life here," said Goldman, who is married to Doylestown attorney Bill Goldman. "This is a way to give back."
Whatever funding is needed is coming mostly through donations of in-kind services and through selling advertising in the commemorative booklet, Abramson said.
Doylestown Borough Council members recently approved a donation of $1,000 to support the event.
The commemorative booklet itself is shaping up to be a treasure trove for those who love the area's history. It will include a timeline of notable events and pairs of photographs showing landmark buildings of Doylestown "then" and now.
Not all the details of the bicentennial are ready for public consumption - and a few will remain a surprise until the week itself. The organizers, though, hope that the entire community comes out to celebrate the town.
"It's really shaping up to be a great event," Abramson said. "We hope everyone has a wonderful time."
To get involved, visit the group's website. To donate, send a check to the Doylestown Bicentennial Committee, c/o Doylestown Historical Society, 56 S. Main St., P.O. Box 2634, Doylestown, PA 18901