August Networking and Business Exchange

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce’s next monthly networking and business card exchange event will be held at Mojito Cuba Caribe on Thursday evening, August 27th. The time will be from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there. Mojito Cuba Caribe is located at 90 South Main St. Admission is free.

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Summer Lovin’ 2015

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce Presents:
Summer Lovin’, September 17 – 21, 2015

‘Summer days drifting away,
To, ooooooh, those summer nights….’
summer lovin

New Hope is a place to love! Make the memories of the summer of 2015 last just a little while longer. Join the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce at it’s inaugural Lovin in New Hope event, “Summer Lovin”. Kick off the fall with the Summer Lovin Beach Party, September 17th, at Villa Vito Restaurant. Dance under the stars at Ferry St. Park, take a stroll on a candlelit canal, or between the grape vines at Sandcastle winery. Experience “Lovin in Motion” on land and sea with river boat cruises, carriage and train rides, and with special treats just for Lovers. Capture that Lovin feeling with commemorative photo’s at the Ferry St. Park dance. Participate in a pub crawl with special love potions. join in a Lovin couples Treasure Hunt, and take a Chance on Love with a purchase in local shops.
Please join us for a fun – filled long weekend of events, and see all that our beautiful town has to offer. For more information call 215-528-9620, or visit the following sites:
Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page

“Summer Lovin’” Event Schedule
September 17th-September 21st, 2015

Thursday, September 17th: “Summer Lovin’ Beach Party”
Villa Vito Restaurant, 26 W. Bridge St. New Hope, 8-11 p.m., Dance, light food, drinks.

Friday, September 18th: “Lovin’ on the River”
8-10 p.m., music, photo booth, dance under the stars and next to the Delaware River at Ferry St. Park

Saturday, September 19th: “Lovin’ on the Canal”
8-10 p.m. Candlelight walk on the canal between Mechanic St. and Bridge St., violinist on the canal and pub crawl with discounted drinks. New Hope & Ivyland Railroad Evening Star Dinner [7-9 p.m.]

Sunday, September 20th: “Love in Motion”
Bucks Co. River Boat Co. tour [3-4 p.m.] with cash bar, Sandcastle Winery Wine Tasting or New Hope & Ivyland
Railroad Grapevine Express [5-6 p.m.], discounted horse and carriage rides and “Lovers Treasure Hunt” in all locations all day long.

Monday, September 21st: “Take a Chance on Love” Drawing.
Spend $50.00 in many of New Hopes Shops, over the five day event, for a chance to win several “Lovers Packages”

summer lovin

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2015 New Hope Film Festival Announces Awards

The 2015 Sixth Annual New Hope Film Festival, touted as this “emerging Sundance East” in a June 2012 article in The Huffington Post, is excited to announce the awards presented on Sunday, August 2nd at the New Hope Arts Center in New Hope, PA. The event was hosted by Thom Michael Mulligan, Executive Director of Submissions.

The Festival presented 97 official selections from 16 countries. The awards were presented to these exceptionally talented artists…

Special Award
Lifetime Achievement Award – Susan Seidelman

Film Jury Awards
Danny Award, Best Picture – The David Dance (April Winney, USA)
Best Director – April Winney (The David Dance)
Best Documentary – Omo Child: The River and the Bush (John Rowe, Ethiopia, USA)
Best Student Film – The Loyalist (Minji Kang, South Korea, USA)
Best Alternative Feature – All in Time (Marina Donahue and Chris Fetchko, USA)
Best Foreign Film – The Break-In (Marcus Ovnell, Sweden)
Best Biography – Red Dot on the Ocean (Amy Flannery, USA)
Best Experimental Short – Enfilade (David Coyle, Australia)
Best Short Film – Aurora (Pascal Fontana, Puerto Rico)
Indie Spirit Award – All in Time (Marina Donahue and Chris Fetch, USA)
Best Animated Film – Hands of Flame (Steven Markowitz, USA)
Female Eye Filmmaking Award – Effloresce (Kathleen Davison, USA)
Best Sci-Fi Film – Listening (Khalil Sullins, USA)
Best TV Pilot – Todd and Anne: Water in the Pot (Jeffrey Engelson, USA)
Best Comedy – Mail.Man (William Ayedelott, USA)
Student Cultural Spirit – The Fever (Hong Kim, South Korea)
Cultural Spirit Award – The Syndrome (Meryl Goldsmith, USA)
New Hope Award – Inside Peace (Cynthia Fitzpatrick, USA)
Artistic Spirit Award – Hope for Steve (Matt Moore and Sarah Spicer, USA)
LGTB Spirit Award: The David Dance (April Winney, USA)
Best Music Video – Black Sheep (Robin Parker, USA)

Film Audience Choice Awards
Best Webisode – Croissant Man (Tulica Singh, USA)
Best TV Pilot – Todd and Anne: Water in the Pot (Jeffrey Engelson, USA)
Best Music Video – Black Sheep (Robin Parker, USA)
Best Art House Feature – All in Time (Marina Donahue and Chris Fetchko, USA)
Best Documentary – Inside Peace (Cynthia Fitzpatrick, USA)
Best Short Film – Decisions (Mark Harrison, USA)
Best Student Film – Hands of Flame (Steven Markowitz, USA)
Best Mid-Atlantic Film – All in Time (Marina Donahue and Chris Fetchko, USA)

Script Competition Awards
Best Script – Across the Pond (Andrea Harding)
Best Teleplay – The White Crow (Paula Rogers)
Best Sci-Fi Thriller – Eraser (Kim Godfrey-Hempsall)
Best Action Thriller – Under Pressure (Eric Carlson)
Best Period Script – Homestead (Lindsay Waite)
Best Short Screenplay – Small Rain Down (Joshua Hinkson)

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On Golden Pond and Aladdin Jr at Playhouse

Bucks County Playhouse Theater Presents:

On Golden Pond
July 10, 2015 — August 2, 2015

Tue & Thu Evenings: 7:30pm
Fri & Sat Evenings: 8pm
Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun Matinees: 2pm

It’s summer on Golden Pond, the beautiful lake where Ethel and Norman have spent 48 summers. This year, their tranquil plans are turned upside down when their daughter and her new boyfriend arrive to drop his teenage son off for the summer. This acting tour de force is about growing up, growing older and learning to manage the ties that bind.
Starring KEIR DULLEA (Norman Thayer), MIA DILLON (Ethel Thayer), TODD CERVERIS (Charlie Martin), CAMERON CLIFFORD (Billy Ray, Jr.), DON NOBLE (Bill Ray), CHRISTA SCOTT-REED (Chelsea Thayer)
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The BCP Youth Company in:
Aladdin Jr.
July 22, 2015 — August 2, 2015

Matinees: 11:00am
Evenings: 7:30pm
Adults: $16
Children: $11

Unbelievable sights! Indescribable feelings! Jump on a magic carpet ride with the BCP Youth Company’s production of Aladdin Jr, and watch wishes come true!
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New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival 2015

New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival and Bucks County Playhouse announce the official date for the 22nd annual New Hope Juried Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival for the weekend of September 26th, featuring over 160 local and national artists and craftspeople.

The festival is set to launch Saturday, September 26, 2015 starting at 10:00 a.m. running to 6:00 p.m. and again Sunday, September 27, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. all in historic New Hope, Pennsylvania. This much-anticipated and prestigious event will feature the work of premier artists and craftspeople who specialize in oil painting, pastels, watercolors, drawing, etching, mixed media, black & white and color photography, soft and hard sculpture, wood turning and rustic furniture, pottery and glassware, wearable art including leather and fabric handbags and handspun or felted clothing, jewelry including hand-blown glass beadwork as well as precious and semi-precious metals and stones.

Bucks County Playhouse has stepped up this year to assure the iconic Festival’s continuing existence. First Federal of Bucks County is a supporting Sponsor, which it has done since 2008. All proceeds from this year’s Festival will benefit the nonprofit Playhouse in its operation of the New Hope Visitors Center, located on South Main Street.

“The Arts & Crafts Festival is the one of New Hope’s iconic special events, and we are happy to help continue its tradition of encouraging artists and bringing visitors to our beautiful riverfront town,” said Alexander Fraser, Producing Director of the Bucks County Playhouse. The artists booths will line a park-like setting at the New Hope – Solebury High School located at 180 West Bridge Street, all within walking distance to New Hope’s eclectic shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Additionally, a free shuttle will bring shoppers between Bucks County Playhouse on Main Street and the Festival. Parking is available at the New Hope-Solebury High School, the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, Union Square, on New Street at the municipal parking lot, and three public lots at the north and south end of Main Street. Limited handicapped parking and on-street metered parking will also be available.

The event includes acoustic musical entertainment and food vendors with favorite festival foods, including funnel cake, kettle corn and classic lemonade. A children’s activity booth offers youngsters the opportunity to experience the festival’s creative atmosphere, and visitors of all ages can indulge their inner artists by hand painting silk scarves on site.

“New Hope has long been known for its artistic heritage and has been named by numerous publications, as one of the top small town destinations for arts in the country,” said Sharon Flanagan, Festival Coordinator. “In keeping with this reputation, we maintain a very high standard for exhibitors. A jury of arts and crafts professionals determines the exhibitors, and a different panel of judges select winners in six different categories with nearly $4,000 in prizes.”

Every year, many popular local artists participate in the festival, in addition to visiting talents from all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as New York, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Florida. The two-day event is rain or shine and admission is free. For more information, visit or email

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6th Annual New Hope Film Festival

Armando and Mia, from MUSICAL CHAIRS (2)The 2015 Sixth Annual New Hope Film Festival will take place from July 24th through August 2nd. Mark your calendars now!

New Hope Film Festival is excited to announce that tickets are available on our website on June 15th at The 2015 Program Guide has the schedule, venues, a description of each film and more. Watch trailers for some of the films in the News section on our website

Judges selected 97 Official Selections with 80 films from 16 countries with many U.S. and world premieres. Countries represented are USA, Sweden, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Canada, France, Bahrain, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Taiwan, South Korea, Italy, and the Russian Federation.

The Festival is proud to be honoring Susan Seidelman with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday, August 2nd for her outstanding contributions to film. Ms. Seidelman is a writer, producer, director and actor. You may be familiar with Ms. Seidelman’s name, as she directed the film DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, starring Madonna.

There will be a special screening of Ms. Seidelman’s 2011 directorial work, MUSICAL CHAIRS on August 2nd from 12:00 – 2:00 at the New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Avenue, New Hope. Further information about the event is in the 2015 Program Guide.

New Hope Film Festival, touted as “this emerging ‘Sundance East’” in a June 2012 article in The Huffington Post, was founded by D. F. Whipple, an author, screenwriter, and long-time resident of the New Hope area.

Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates and news!

The Festival thanks our sponsors Comcast, Times Publishing, and Calkins Media, Inc.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!
Seidelman. director photo

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Mobile Payments for Parking Meters

Parkmobile,LLC brings Mobile Payments for Parking to the Borough of New Hope, PA

Parkmobile delivers the convenience of mobile payments for parking so that residents, businesses, and visitors will be able to conduct parking transactions by mobile phone.
Parkmobile mobile payments system will be available at all on-street meters and at the Borough’s New Street parking lot, where a kiosk-type parking meter is also available.
Privately owned parking lots are not participating at this time.

The new service is an alternative to using coins at the meters, and will be fully deployed by August 1st.

Customers will be able to pay for parking from their smartphones by downloading Parkmobile’s mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Windows, Blackberry, and Amazon Fire smartphones.

Parkmobile’s mobile payment system is simple and easy to use.
Customers can register online at or by downloading the mobile app in their phone’s app store.
Once registered, they may use the mobile app, Internet, or a toll-free number to pay for parking.
Once a customer’s account is set up, they can instantly begin using the system with their registered mobile phone.

Using a wireless handheld device, enforcement officers will know that a motorist has paid with the Parkmobile app, so customers should not worry if the meter does not change to reflect their time.

As an added bonus, mobile app users have the option to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to the expiration of their parking session.
Time limits on meters still apply and the Parkmobile app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters.

For more information please visit,, or on Twitter @Parkmobile.

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July 3rd Concert Under the Stars

Riverside Symphonia’s Concert Under the Stars in Tinicum Park Moves to Friday July 3

One of Bucks County’s most popular summer events, the “Concert Under the Stars” will take place in Tinicum Park on Friday, July 3rd this year. Everything else remains the same for this very popular 4th of July holiday event. Gates will open for picnic suppers at 6 pm and the Symphonia will take the stage at 8 pm for an evening of pops, fine classical, and patriotic music. As in years past, the evening will end with a magnificent fireworks finale set to music.

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“The concert has been held on the Saturday closest to the 4th of July for many years but this year, in order to hold the fireworks finale, we had to move the event to Friday, July 3rd,” said Executive Director Cheryl Luginbuhl. “Everything else people enjoy about this evening is the same, and we hope that with Friday being a Federal holiday, people will turn out to celebrate America’s Birthday with us as they always do. We’ve seen a trend as an increasing number of people return year after year with more friends and family.” Indeed, picnics of all shapes and sizes are planned well in advance each summer. From small baskets on blankets to tables set with red, white, and blue table linens and delicious picnic fare, the picnics on display have become as much fun to watch as the concert, itself, as hundreds turn out to enjoy a relaxing evening of music and community in the park.

The Riverside Symphonia is a professional orchestra that presents 5 main stage performances yearly across the greater Delaware River Valley. For 25 years, the orchestra has been a part of the area’s rich cultural heritage. The “Concert Under the Stars” helps to provide funds for the orchestra’s season, its senior outreach program and its education efforts. The Thompson Organization in Doylestown has been a long time supporter and presenter of the event. Other sponsors include Pine Run Retirement Community, First National Bank and Trust Company of Newtown, and Kurfiss-Sotheby’s International Realty. Media sponsors include the Bucks County Herald, the Intelligencer, Icon Magazine, and Cantor Design.

Tickets to the “Concert Under the Stars” are available at or by calling the box office 609-397-7300, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance for adults and $25 at the gate; $10 for students ages 7 to 18; children 6 and under are free. VIP parking passes are available for a $60 additional donation if purchased at least 10 days in advance. General parking is free and handicapped parking (with a sticker) is available. The Park requests no dogs, barbecues or tiki torches, please. Tickets are nonrefundable.

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Chamber Thanks Members for Voting

To our GNHCC family….the Board of Directors of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce wish to thank each member for using their right to vote in the elections tonight, for the new executive directors of the GNHCC. Tonight was a historical moment where the members said “we want a change” from the past. You said “we want transparency, we want to work with others, and we want you, the GNHCC board of directors, to deliver a message of progress and of moving forward…not backwards.

We want to thank all of those that ran for office tonight. Each and every person, that ran for office, had the respect and talent to make this chamber one of the best in the state of Pennsylvania. Now we simply ask that our members give us the time to prove that we can do this for you, to become one of the best. It begins with respect, which has to be earned. So, we, at the GNHCC, have our work cut out for us. And we believe that as we gain respect, success for our businesses and community will soon follow.

Our door is now open to all groups and people that wish to help promote the Greater New Hope area. There are no barriers standing between any of us. So please do not hesitate to get involved in “your” chamber, and support our mission. We will welcome that.

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors,
President, Jim Jolly, Vice President, Gregg Zollo, Treasurer, Josh Oravis, Secretary, Kelly Albertini, Members…Peter Edwardson, Anthony Favoroso, Jen Latta, Mike Lawson, Paul Lucitra, Joel Roberts, Linda Rowe, Kristin Schultz, Brandon Wind

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New Hope Chamber for You

GNHCC Member Benefits Package and Application
To our members and friends of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce,
First, we wish to say “thank you” for choosing the Greater New Hope area as your choice to reside, raise a family, begin a new business, continue to operate your existing business, and call “home”. We, the new Board of Directors of the GNHCC, want to help make that decision, to be a part of the Greater New Hope area, an enjoyable experience. But, to do this, we need your help. We would like for you to get involved with us and to become a part of us. Together, we can all make a difference in our community and keep the Greater New Hope area one of the most desirable places, to live, work and visit, in the country.
To begin this process of becoming a part of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce, we have attached an application for membership. When you look over the application, you will notice that we have expanded our benefits at a more affordable rate than in the past. At a time when your business, and family, is working hard to meet its financial obligations, we want to offer you more exposure for less.
Right now, our annual fee, to be a member and to enjoy all of our member benefits, is only $97.50. That is a 35% discount in our past annual fee of $150.00. And, your membership will not expire until March 31st, 2016. Below, you will see what your membership fee includes:

A listing for your business on New Hope visitors’ website, , with your logo, description and link to your website and GNHCC Facebook page
Bi-Monthly Greater New Hope Chamber Newsletter
Monthly sales and promotions for all members in our “GNHCC monthly members sales and promotional” newsletter
Invitations to all regular business card exchanges and networking mixers
One set of mailing labels, to fellow chamber members, to put promotions out for your business
New business ribbon cutting ceremony and free email and Constant Contact blast to over 2400 contacts
New member and new business Facebook blast
Periodical promotion of members sales and promotions on GNHCC Facebook page
Free GNHCC Facebook ad and membership email blast for home base business members


Cooperative Advertising
Posting of your special events on the Chamber website calendar
One complimentary email blast a year

Also, your paid membership allows you to vote in the upcoming GNHCC elections on June 15th, and also run for an executive officers position on our Board of Directors. And, there is included a free Junior Chamber of Commerce membership to all youth ages 15-18. Please see our application below for that exceptional benefit for the future business owner.
To get started, you simply have to click the attached document below, complete the short application, and mail your application and check to the address given. From there, we will begin to advertise your business, including your home business, on our various sites, and you will also begin to enjoy all of the other benefits listed above. As a resident, you can help support meaningful events that will bring wonderful lasting memories to your friends and family that visit New Hope and the surrounding area.
Thank you again for your time and support, and please email us if you have questions.
The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce
GNHCC Member Benefits Package and Application

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