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International Women's Day: Celebrating New Hope's Odette Myrtil

220px-OdetteMyrtil004Born on June 28, 1898, Odette Myrtil was an actress, musician and costume designer who played an important role in the creative culture of New Hope during the second half of the 20th century.  She was born in Paris, France, and found success as a musician and an actress by the time she was a teenager. She appeared in many productions on Broadway and in the theaters of Chicago, London, Los Angeles, and Paris.
Odette was also and accomplished film star.  Instead of gaining notoriety as a leading lady, she was a skilled character actress, often playing roles that highlighted her abilities as a singer.  From 1923-1972, she appeared in more than 20 feature length films.
She eventually relocated to New Hope, Pennsylvania and stayed there for the later half of her life.  Odette had a profound impact on the rich culture of the popular town.  She managed The Playhouse Inn (next door to the Bucks County Playhouse) from 1955 to 1958.  And from 1961 to 1976 she operated the New Hope restaurant “Chez Odette”  – now known simply as Odette’s Restaurant.  She died in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in 1978, at the age of 80.
Stay tuned for more more information on Bucks County’s Happening Women throughout the remaining weeks of March.

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Shad’Toberfest Canceled

 
As you may have heard, Lambertville was devastated by flooding from Ida.
 
We decided to cancel Shad’Toberfest. This decision was not made lightly. However, we could not burden the already stressed infrastructure of the City. The festival brings thousands of visitors to Lambertville and that burden would not help our City right now.
 
The need in Lambertville is great with over half the homes in the City affected by Hurricane Ida’s unprecedented flooding.
 
There are some people that will spend a year getting their house back to a livable condition and some who will never return to their beloved homes because of the severe damage they sustained. In light of this tragedy, we are working on a fundraiser to benefit those flood victims hit hardest by Hurricane Ida. Stay tuned for details.
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