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Cocktails by the Castle, a new twist on a favorite tradition

The Mercer Museum’s annual fall fundraiser is back with a twist, Cocktails by the Castle.
The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, and will benefit the museum’s education programs and community initiatives, while also supporting local restaurants and catering partners.
Guests can enjoy an evening on the grounds of the Mercer Museum, at 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown, with delicious picnic fare, tasty cocktails, and musical entertainment.
Following social distancing guidelines, event tickets include picnic spaces on the museum’s lawn or reserved tables to enjoy the evening’s delights. Supporters also have the option to pick up their portable feast and dine from the comfort of their homes.
This year’s Cocktails by the Castle event features menu options from Chambers 19 Bistro & Bar, Jeffrey A. Miller Catering, Nourish by Mama, and McCaffrey’s Catering. Event attendees can also enjoy sampling craft cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.
An important fundraising component of Cocktails by the Castle is the contactless silent auction that features one-of-a-kind experiences and VIP packages, all to benefit a great cause. Auction items include a Vacation in Sanibel, a Weekend Getaway in Cape May, Private Dinners and Tours at the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle, Cocktail-themed Gift Baskets, and more. Tickets to the event are not required to bid.
Cocktails by the Castle is $100 General Admission and $75 Members. Guests at this ticket level are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets, or purchase a limited-edition Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle picnic blanket.
Group tickets with table seating and early access to the event are available at $500 for a group of four and $1,250 for a group of eight. Additionally, for $2,000 guests can purchase a table for a group of eight as well as a dedicated 10-foot tree for the Mercer Museum Grounds Beautification Project.
Cocktails by the Castle sponsors are BLBB Charitable, Penn Color, Penn Community Bank, Curtin & Heefner, ESCA Blast, Linda B. Hodgdon, Tom Thomas, Bucks County Community College, Doris Hart Carr in memory of George M. Carr III, DunlapSLK, and Brian and Louise McLeod. The Bucks County Herald is the official media sponsor.
Dress for the weather in your chicest outdoor attire, and remember to wear a face mask. There is no rain date – in the event of inclement weather, portable feasts will be available to pick up at the Mercer Museum. For tickets or information on the event and online auction, visit or contact Development Coordinator Eileen Shapiro at or 215-345-0210 x132.

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