The Event

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure to attend a book signing and sing along with members of the Oscar Hammerstein Family.  Oscar Andrew Hammerstein III, a grandson of Oscar Hammerstein II, recently wrote “The Hammersteins:  A Musical Theater Family”.  He was in Doylestown yesterday for two book signing events; the first was held at The Doylestown Bookshop and the second event was held at the former home of Oscar Hammerstein II.  The home is now a Bed and Breakfast – Highland Farms.  It is a beautiful home with lovely furnishings and a very nostalgic atmosphere with Oscar Hammerstein memorabilia to take the visitor back in time.  It was nice to meet Andy and have the pleasure of having him sign his book for me.  I enjoyed learning of the history of the Hammerstein family as seen through the eyes of a family member.  The key message Andy shared was that although Oscar Hammerstein II was a very talented, intelligent man; his hard work, dedication and positive attitude are what brought him his legendary success in musical theater.  A message to take home – hard work and dedication are necessary and pay off no matter what innate gifts we have been blessed with.

In addition to the book signing and a brief lecture by Andy, there was a sing-a-long led by Jessie Barth, a musician from New York and her accompanist Gordan.  It was fabulously fun to watch and hear approximately 50 people sing the songs from Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music.

Read more about Oscar Hammerstein III at:

Find “The Hammersteins:  A Musical Theater Family” at

Check out Highland Farms Bed and Breakfast at:

Learn more about Jessie Barth at:

Purchase the book from The Doylestown Bookshop:

The Hammerstein Story

My Book is Signed

The Signature

Jessie and Gordan

3 thoughts on “The Event

  1. Thank you for your kind words and beautiful photos. Our Hammerstein sing-along was a magical experience. I loved every moment!

    • Hello Gordon. Just a quick note to let you know that I blogged about the sing-a-long Saturday and posted images. I have several very nice images of you if you are interested in them I can email them to you. As always, it was a pleasure to see you.

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