Rock for Roman a Success!

November 11th, 2014

Dear Jan
I want to thank you and your staff for such a memorable event. From the moment we discussed permission and promotion of the Rock For Roman Benefit to the day of the event I was always greeted with a smile and taken care of promptly. Watching how quickly you attended to matters and problems was impressive. I don’t know a lot about organizing such all-day-long affairs, but I know unorganized when I see it, and I saw none of that. As a result of your experienced care, handling, and promotion of the R4R Benefit we raised over $5,500 and entertained about 350-400 people with 10 different acts, all in one day.I received nothing but positive comments from those involved, in addition to all kinds of interest in holding more events there in the future. Thanks to you all once again for making a trying time in my life a pleasurable experience and memory. I look forward to doing business with you in the future.
Sincerely, Matt R

Customers Sound In on a Positive Party Experience

November 10th, 2014

Dear Jan,
Thank-you for the great job you and your staff did to make today enjoyable for all. I will definitely be recommending your establishment for parties, showers, etc.

Sincerely, Karen P

Dear Jan,
I just want to say that my party was outrageous!!!! Everything was perfect. Your staff were incredible. They did a fantastic job in serving the food and making sure everyone was taken care. Wendy was great as the bartender and the hostess. Your staff were so sincere and I loved them. They even had a good time.

Best, Terri N

More Rave Reviews

July 12th, 2014

Dear Jan,
Thank you so much again for your help organizing our Dad’s 80th birthday. The room was lovely, the staff very friendly and efficient, but most of all, the food was delicious. The cake was fabulous! Everyone had a great time and you will certainly be recommended to others for future events.

Kind regards, The Z. Family

I found your place passing through Quakertown and had a GREAT experience all around.I loved the environment, the food was great and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I was in the restaurant world for 12 years wearing many hats and am always grateful for a server who knows the menu, knows the beers and gives honest suggestions. I can’t remember our waiter’s name, red-haired young man, and he knew his stuff! That’s becoming harder to find these days so kudos to your staff and management and my family and I will definitely be back. Just wish we lived a little closer…

Thanks, Julie W.


I just wanted to let you know how thrilled we are with our party on June 29th. The food was outstanding, and everything looked fabulous. It turned out to be just the best party we have ever thrown. The DJ Steve Reilly was terrific with the kids and kept them dancing the whole time. But most of all, I want to send out a special thank you to your staff. The ladies that worked the party were top notch. You have a wonderful group of people working with you.

Any party we have in the future, including weddings, we will definitely be having there. Thank you again!

The K. Family


Just wanted to say THANK YOU for a great dinner on July 5th. The food was great, our server Carly was excellent and all our guests had a great time.
Happy to be a reference anytime and will be back next time we are in town.   Since our daughter is starting at Lafayette in Easton in late August this could become a regular thing.

Thanks again!!

Whisky, Wine & Homebrew Festival

April 5th, 2014

McCoole’s Festivals Launches Second Spring Event in May

Whisky, Wine and Homebrew Festival to follow popular McCoole’s Beer Festival

(Quakertown, PA) McCoole’s Festivals, LLC, a partnership of McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn and Jeff Martin, Jeff Martin Custom Builders, is introducing a second festival to pair with their popular McCoole’s Beer Festival held each spring— a Whisky, Wine & Homebrew Festival, to be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Considering the popularity of the McCoole’s Beer Festival featuring over 75 unique beers to be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, which has drawn crowds of 2,000 and more each year, why a second festival? Surprisingly enough, not all attendees at the Beer Festival are beer aficionados. Many come for the festival atmosphere, live music, food and the craft vendors also showcased at the event.

“We thought a festival offering a true homebrew competition not available at our Beer Festival, along with whiskey and wine tastings would appeal to our audience,” states Jan Hench, owner and proprietor of McCoole’s Red Lion Inn Restaurant and Arts & Events Place. “As a craft brewer ourselves with our Red Lion Brewery, we thought introducing a nationally sanctioned competition would bring something new and exciting to the area. Based on interest shown in craft brews, the time for such a competition has come.”

The festival is slated for early May, a week following the annual spring Beer Festival to take advantage of spring weather and avoid conflicts with other area festivals occurring later in the month and the Celtic and Bike festivals held each fall, another popular time for festivals.

The Homebrew competition is anticipated to draw up to 100 entries, including McCoole’s own Red Lion Brewery. Three best of show awards will be presented, along with the top three in each category, officially sanctioned and judged by the American Homebrewers Association and Beer Judge Certification Program (AHA/BJCP). Best of Show winners will be awarded trophies and gift cards to McCoole’s Restaurant and Homestead Product Supply. A certificate and other door prizes will be presented to category winners.

Each entrant is limited to three brew submissions of two 12-oz. or larger bottles for each brew. A $6 application fee is to accompany each brew for this nationally sanctioned contest. All contestants will be given a coupon for $10 off their admission to the festival. Any homebrewer who plans to dispense their brew for crowd tastings are asked to bring a minimum of 24 bottles or a 1/6 or ¼ keg. Anyone bringing home brews to dispense will receive $30 off their admission fee to the festival whether or not they enter the Best of Show competition, and will also have the opportunity to be judged by festival goers. The brewer of the winning brew chosen by the festival crowd will earn a $100 cash prize and the opportunity to be brewed at the Red Lion Brewery and dispensed at McCoole’s Red Lion Inn Restaurant.

In addition to the homebrew tastings, The Whisky, Wine & Homebrew Festival will showcase tastings of Bird Dog Flavored Whiskey; Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey; Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon and Lexington Bourbon Whiskey; along with Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir from California’s J. Lohr and Edna Valley wineries; Italy’s Pio Moscato Brosecco, Argentina’s Kaiken Malbec; and Chile’s Montes Twins Red Blend Cabernet Sauvignon. Live music will be showcased on two stages along with food and craft vendors.

Advance tickets for the Whisky, Wine & Homebrew Festival are $50 and $60 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $10. Advance tickets for the Spring Beer Festival on April 26, 2014 are $35 and $40 at the door, if available. Designated driver tickets are $10 or $15 at the door. Those wishing to attend both events can purchase tickets for both at the discounted price of $75.  For tickets and more information go to:

MCall Has Rave Reviews for John Hammond and Our Venue

June 29th, 2013

The Morning Call attended our John Hammond Blues Show and had nothing but good things to say about the performance and the prospect of seeing more bands play at the Arts & Events Place.

Blues singer John Hammond was nearing the end of his delightful set Thursday as the first music performer at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place in Quakertown when he paused to ponder the setting.

John Hammond at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place in Quakertown

“It’s a nice place with great sound,” Hammond told the intimate audience. “I don’t mind being a Guinea pig.”

Read the rest of their Review over at

The North Star uses McCoole’s for filming

April 20th, 2013
Independant film The North Star used our facilities to film portions of the upcoming movie. Learn more about the movie below and make sure to look for our dining room when you go see it.

Press Release:

Preview Screenings Announced for Independent Feature Film THE NORTH STAR, Starring Jeremiah Trotter


With two upcoming sold out showings of THE NORTH STAR at The County Theater in Doylestown, PA, several preview screening opportunities have been announced at the historic Newtown Theatre in Newtown, PA.


The North Star trailer:



Red Carpet Event & Preview Screening:
NEWTOWN THEATRE, 120 North State Street, Newtown, PA 18940 – 215-968-3859

Red carpet begins approximately 3:30pm; Screening begins at: 4:30pm
$20.00* – Tickets/info:
The press and the public are invited to attend the outdoor red carpet event (prior to the preview screening) with cast and crew including JEREMIAH TROTTER, beginning approximately 3:30pm, weather permitting. *Fundraiser for Newtown Theatre digital projector.

Regular Preview Screenings: Newtown Theatre
Friday, May 3rd, 2013, 7pm & 9pm
Saturday, May 4th, 2013, 8:30pm
Monday, May 6th – Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, 7pm.
$10.00 – Tickets/info:
Note: these are regular screenings – not red carpet.

Help support Newtown’s digital projector campaign.



The Newtown Theatre in Newtown, PA will host several preview screening opportunities to see The North Star on the heels of its twice sold-out shows at The County Theater in Doylestown, PA. There will be a special red carpet event with members of the cast and crew in Newtown on Saturday, May 4th, beginning at 3:30 pm, followed by a 4:30 pm screening, and a Q & A with Writer/Director Thomas K. Phillips, along with additional screenings throughout the week. The sold out shows at the County Theater are on Thursday, May 2nd, at 7:30 and 8:00 pm, with the red carpet events beginning at 6:30 pm. Presented by the Doylestown Historical Society, the Doylestown event will highlight the historic elements of the film along State Street prior to audiences entering the theater.


Jeremiah Trotter and other members of the cast and crew will be present at both events for the red carpet and Q & A after the screenings.


Written and directed by Thomas K. Phillips of Buckingham, PA, The North Star is the true story of Big Ben Jones, a slave in the 1840’s who makes a bold and courageous escape from a Virginia plantation all the way to Buckingham, PA, where he receives help from local Quakers. Ben Jones is played by former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter in his feature film debut. Clifton Powell (Ray, Norbit, Rush Hour, Friday After Next) is a producer on the film and is also featured in the cast along with co-star Thomas C. Bartley, Jr. Additional cast members include John Diehl (Pearl Harbor, Jurassic Park III, Stargate, Mo’ Money), Lynn Whitfield (HBO’s Josephine Baker Story), April Woodall (Broadway actress and vocalist), Keith David (Platoon, Crash, The Thing, ATL), blues musician Guy Davis (son of Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee), Christopher Mann (The Bourne Legacy, Blue Bloods, Duplicity, The Wire) and Alana Lee. The film has been scored by the father and son collaboration of jazz legend Ramsey Lewis and acclaimed producer and musician Frayne Lewis.


Shot in an astonishing 24 days throughout 14 locations, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and its deep history as a route on the Underground Railroad is featured prominently in the film, from state parks to private homes to historic sites including The Moland House, Plumstead Meeting, and the Hammerstein House.


A fitting backdrop, The Newtown Theatre played a particularly significant role as one of the locations. Phillips wrote a scene for the film in which abolitionist Frederick Douglass speaks to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters. The Newtown Theatre was a clear location choice as the real Frederick Douglass actually spoke there, creating an indelible link from the past to the present and now providing film audiences a truly unique opportunity to see history recreated right before their eyes. The Newtown Theatre dates back to 1831, and is considered the oldest continuously running movie theater in the United States. Originally built as a hall for town gatherings, the building evolved into a venue for live performances. During this time, anti-slavery meetings were held there, with such speakers as Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglass.


In his director’s statement, Phillips says, “My wish is that The North Star will resonate positively with its audience, show the good of humanity in such a dark time in American history and shed light on the thousands of courageous individuals that took the perilous journey to freedom. I hope the film will create a dialogue with audiences about how people came together for the cause of abolishing slavery.” The filmmakers hope to bring The North Star to film festivals and schools and acquire a distributor once the final edits are complete.


The North Star is a LuckPig Studios production. Headquartered in Doylestown, PA, LuckPig is a new film and music production company owned by Executive Producers Dave and Tracey DeLellis. With The North Star as their first feature film, LuckPig Studios and Thomas K. Phillips are collaborating on several projects currently in development.


Q & A’s with cast and crew will take place after the screenings on May 2nd at The County Theater, and after the 4:30 screening at the Newtown Theatre on May 4th. Additional screenings will be held at the Newtown Theatre May 3rd – May 8th. In addition, the Doylestown Historical Society is hosting narratives and spoken word readings by members of the community each Saturday through April, in association with their correlating North Star exhibit.


The North Star trailer:


To learn more about The North Star, please visit

Twitter: @northstarfilm


For Newtown Theatre ticket information, please visit

For any updates of future screenings at the County Theater, please visit


Customer Review

January 5th, 2013

A note from a customer

I wanted to take a moment to tell you that our Family and Friends Party  last Saturday was a huge success! The food was excellent, the service was great and the atmosphere was all that we had hoped it would be. Thanks for all your help in bringing it all together. Happy Holidays!


McCoole’s Commissions Murals for Arts & Events Place

November 17th, 2012

Artist Lorenzo Branca renders lively murals at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place.

Jan Hench, owner of McCoole’s At the Historic Red Lion Inn and Arts & Events Place, has commissioned local Bucks County artist  and musician, Lorenzo Branca to create facade murals to fill the recessed arches that once served as windows and/or doors when the building functioned as a livery stable for the historic Red Lion Inn.

The three murals depict the venues offered within the Arts & Events Place: theatre, music and food and beverage. Each mural measures 11’ in height. The center mural is  8’ wide and the two flanking murals are 4’ wide.

“The arches form a natural frame that just called out for some sort of artwork. I am thrilled with the renditions Lorenzo is creating and feel they will further enhance the overall appearance of the complex, “ states Hench.

McCoole’s Arts & Events Place became part of the McCoole’s complex in 2007. Theatre, live music and business seminars are held upstairs and the downstairs houses private catering events and restaurant overflow. Functions for seated meals can be held for up to 120 people, while 200 can attend cocktail receptions.

Lorenzo Branca is a local Bucks County artist and musician. His work can be seen inside and outside McCoole’s Restaurant and Arts & Events Place as well as other locations throughout the area. At McCoole’s these include the soldiers in McCoole’s dining room, the lion on the exterior rear of the restaurant, the lamppost by the bar entrance at the restaurant and the sea mural on the dividing wall in the Arts & Events Center.


Pictured at left: Mural depicting Theatre, at right sketch of mural to depict Music.


Announcing Theatre Awards for CK Players & Our next Auditions!

March 30th, 2012

Last Chance To See The Romantic Comedy

Death Takes A Holiday!

‘Death’ has comedic sting in CKP show!


Special to The Press


     A shadow in the garden and a close call in their fast cars give the willies to the happy revelers at Duke Lambert’s castle.  Death is far from their minds — until Death takes three days off and comes to call.

    “Death Takes A Holiday,” presented by Crowded Kitchen Players weekends through April 1 is directed by Ara Barlieb.

      Duke Lambert, played with regal dash and imperious attitude by Todd Carpien, is enjoying the life and perquisites of the very rich, including trying to seduce Alda, a pretty guest played with coy abandon by Barbara Jackson Root, when the Duke has an unwanted, hooded and sinister visitor.

     Death, who has always wondered why humans were afraid of him, is played with marvelous perfection by William Alexander, Jr. in the title role.  More perfect casting could scarcely be imagined. Alexander’s commanding presence and physical strength gives him a great edge as a leading man. He can be, by turns, charming and menacing.

    When circumstances compel the Duke to invite Death as a guest, he assumes the name and persona of His Serene Highness Prince Sirki and is introduced and treated as an honored guest.  Prince Sirki quickly learns about wine and beautiful women as he pursues his quest to understand humans.

    Though a couple of the young female guests fall for the Prince’s charm, it is betrothed Grazia, played by lovely Kelly James Herbert, who captures his heart but not before Alda does her hilarious best to show the mysterious guest her sultry charms.   Grazia, who was to marry the Duke’s son, Corrado, played with charm by Brian Kaller, finds that she must choose between life with Corrado, or Death.

    Elizabeth Buss is wonderful as sexy, red-haired Erica Fenton.

    Jack McGavin as old Baron Cesarea is delightful as he feels his energy and carnal appetites returning, not realizing that with Death on holiday the process of dying has stopped.

    The servants, Cora and Fedele, are great fun as they provide needed light-hearted moments. Cora, played by Alexandra Racines, is beautiful as a peasant girl. Fedele, played by stout Dan Daccardi, does duty as a handyman on the Duke’s estate.

    Grazia’s mother, the Princess, is played with heart-rending compassion by Pamela Wallace.  Sarah Thomas breathes humor and life into the role of the flirtatious, but naive, Rhoda.  Nancy Mikkelsen’s  Stephanie, anchors this fine ensemble
     Nancy Mikkelsen’s and Brenna Wallace’s costume design and selection set the era perfectly in Ara Barlieb’s simple but elegant set, which takes place in the castle’s garden patio.

    The cast does a wonderful job of telling the author’s story and leaving the audience contemplating the meaning of life — and death.


Death Takes a Holiday

March 30, 31 at 8pm.

   April 1 at 2pm.  

McCoole’s Arts & Events Place,

10 S. Main St. Quakertown


Tickets: Adults $18,  Seniors $14, Students $8. 

For reservations and more information, call 610.395.7176, email [email protected] or

Reserved seating with pre-payment by check or CC.

(Small service charge applied.)   


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Announce Auditions for their 50th production,  

the classic musical comedy

“Animal Crackers”


  Wednesday, April 4 from 7-9pm at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown PA.

    The show will run weekends June 8 – 24.

    A society matron throws a party for zany African explorer Captain Geoffrey T. Spaulding. Unbeknownst to her, one set of guests plan to switch a famous painting of hers with a cheap imitation while another set of guests tries to switch it with an almost perfect copy.   The intrepid Spaulding seizes command of the ensuing and chaotic investigation.

    Needed: 11 Men & 10 Women: age 18 and older. All singing and non-singing roles are open.   Vocal auditioners, please prepare a memorized 32 bar vocal selection that will show your vocal strengths. An accompanist and a CD player will be provided. Please bring sheet music and/ or CD. Auditioners will perform cold readings from the script and should come dressed for a movement audition.

    Non-performing opportunities are available for Stage Manager, Set Builders, Light Board, Sound Board and Box Office volunteers.

    For more information call 610.395.7176, or email [email protected] or


      LAST CHANCE RANCH is our non-profit agency selection for “Death Takes A Holiday.” 
      Last Chance Ranch, located in Quakertown is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all volunteer animal rescue group. LCR rescues the old, the young, the injured, neglected, malnourished, abused, and forgotten and  accepts all breeds of equines, dogs, cats, and small animals. 

      Please look for the table display in the theatre.   Donations and contributions of  paper towels, used towels, latex gloves-medium to large size, bleach, kitty ltter and spray bottles would be greatly appreciated!  


 For more information about LCR –

CK Players’ productions included in top 10 lists!

January 21st, 2012

“The 39 Steps”

“The Maltese Falcon”

“Best Actor”

“Best Sound Design”

“Best Original Play”

“Best Producers”

David 'Oz' Oswald, Rebecca Burroughs, JD Lepeta and Keith Moser in "The 39 Steps."

David 'Oz' Oswald, Rebecca Burroughs, JD Lepeta and Keith Moser in "The 39 Steps."

Myra Yellin Outwater, The Morning Call :

   ‘The Crowded Kitchen Players’ production of the mystery thriller “The 39 Steps ” was a fast-paced, acrobatic, topsy turvy spy yarn in which the agile cast romped through British music halls, traveled by train through the Scottish Highlands and raced through foggy, sheep-clogged Scottish back roads, spooky country inns and political rallies. 

      Keith Moser as the hero Richard Hannay was a master of farce, with an innate comedic sense and a wonderfully expressive face. Dave Oswald and J. D. Lepeta were a dynamo duo. They not only understand and delight in physical theater, but know how to play a crowd and brazenly milk a good gag for all its worth.’


Paul Willistein’s “The ABE Awards” – Bethlehem Press:  

Best Actor, Play: David ‘Oz’ Oswald (Sam Spade) “The Maltese Falcon”. “Oswald owned the show, commanding the stage with a mix of relaxed authority, cunning insight and twinkling bemusement.”

 Best Original Play: “The Down of A Thistle,” written & directed by Ara Barlieb. “The comedic whodunit packed a surprise one-two punch with a very cleaver plot twist in Act Two.”

Best Sound Design: “The 39 Steps,” – Ara Barlieb. “Barlieb’s Hitchcockian touch included sampling the scores of “North by Northwest,” “Dial M for Murder” and “Vertigo.”

Best Producers: Ara Barlieb, Pamela McLean – Wallace, Crowded Kitchen Players. “Barlieb and Wallace always try to top themselves in sleuthing a selection of eclectic and eccentric fare: “Brendan,” an Irish comedy-drama; Alfred Hitchcocks’s ‘The 39 Steps’, a Valley debut; “The Maltese Falcon,” the East Coast premiere; and “The Down of A Thistle,” a Barlieb original.”