New Hope — an icon of openness, the most tolerant village between Provincetown and Key West ..... weirdly charming, bucolic, yet chic as can be. New Hope famously embraces everyone — but a certain quirkiness is expected, encouraged, demanded here. Camp characters, witches, and the gay community have made this town a great and interesting place to live. The town had in the pass welcomed sophisticated outsiders — artists, actors, poets, writers, composers — since the '30s, when Dorothy Parker and Moss Hart and their hyper-articulate friends used their Bucks County homes as Arcadian outposts of the Algonquin. Ever since, one never knows who may turn up, and has remained a colony for artist of all sorts. This month will bring about New Hope Celebrates, the town's pride festival of sorts, but also a celebration of the town diversity over all. I was with the town's grande dame last night and she had brought some fun pictures from the vintages days on New Hope's past characters, like Mother, New Hope's legendary queen, Monica Ray, drag entertainer, and cool scenes from pass Raven days, then called Le Camp, plus long gone hotspots like the Prelude and the Cartwheel. Since I was not living in the area yet, I loved seeing the pictures, and they will be filling a wall of the Raven permanently, all in the form of polaroid's for all to enjoy. Some of my favorites....
Ken is a regular, and god love him ...every time he sees me still tries to get me to spend the night with him.
Mother was famous for her demure head pieces. I was sitting this very corner of the bar when viewing these pictures this week.
As a regular here, you'll know the pool is STILL legendary in the summers....for pick ups, camp, and a good ole lounging.
The hilarity of Tinsel can still be seen up at the Woods Campground in the summers.
And after all these years, they have been able to keep corporate stores and branches out of town, keeping it all locally owned shops and eateries. The trans, gay, drag queens, and witches have also helped keep this place odd, but quaint. The only branch business is Starbucks, and from what I understand this is the least profitable Starbucks in the company.