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MONTCO Issue 3, Volume 2

FALL 2016

MONTCO HOMES, GARDENS & LIFESTYLE

Departments

5 FROM THE EDITOR 6 TRENDS

8 NOTEWORTHY

10 WHAT TO DO 21 ART

25 PEOPLE

29 MADE IN AMERICA 58 SENIOR LIFESYLE 62 IN THE GARDEN

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Features

32 THE NEW HAMPSHIRE HOUSE

Laura Buchner and Kirsten McCoy from Meadowbank Designs made this seemingly off limits Walter K. Durham house more livable, warm and inviting.

41 WITH IT KITCHENS

Three top area companies share the latest in kitchen design and what the kitchen that is really “with it” looks like.

48 WALKABLE JENKINTOWN

One of the few pedestrian communities in Montgomery County, Jenkintown is a place to shop, eat, go to the cinema and enjoy the arts.

On the Cover

The painting on the cover, “Chosen One,” by Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Hansen Rolli, portrays a little girl in a Montgomery County apple orchard.


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utumn marches into Southeastern Pennsylvania bringing yellow, gold and red leaves that tumble onto lawns that had their last cut. Beneath an icy blue sky the air is brisk and smoke from bonfires permeates the air with its pungent aroma. Swimming pools get covered and bulbs are buried in the garden in hopes of a vibrantly colored spring. It is sweater weather and though the days are brisk and pretty, the evening comes early and our attention turns to the inside of our homes. We plan for winter and the coming holidays. Furniture, appliances, and anything to do with the kitchen are concerns going into this colorful season. Kitchen styles have changed over the last few years. What was once a very stylish kitchen may seem impossibly dark today. The winds of minimalism have swept in a few years ago as the epitome of kitchen style and functionality, but now in its attenuated form it looks somehow quaint and a bit stark. So since we at MONTCO Homes, Gardens & Lifestyle are not sure ourselves what direction kitchens are going this year, we asked our home and garden writer, Mary Beth Schwartz, to investigate. Her findings are in her article, “With It Kitchens,” in which three top area kitchen design and build companies tell us about kitchen trends and what really “with it” kitchens look like. This fall we also feature a house renewal. Our featured house is a classic Walter K. Durham architectural creation built in 1942. It was a beautiful home but didn’t meet the needs of owners, who wanted some major changes in design and enlisted the services of Laura Buchner and Kirsten McCoy from Meadowbank Designs for a total transformation. Beth Buxbaum, in “The New Hampshire House,’ takes us step by step through this process and shows us what a team of very capable designers can do. Fall is the best time of year for walking. The cooler air is as invigorating as the colors are stunning. Walking in a small town is especially nice when the town is clean, pretty and full of interesting shops, restaurants and places to go. Such a town is Jenkintown. Distinguished journalist and Jenkintown resident Frank Quattrone writes about his hometown in “Walkable Jenkintown.” In our fall departments we meet a clown, learn about planting tiny bulbs, enjoy the art of a watercolorist, look at redone garages and see before and after photos of some kitchen renewals in the area. We also find out about two of the area’s best restaurants and we get a glimpse at trends and things of note around Montgomery County. And for your enjoyment we have listings of events, festivals and shows throughout the county. So, let us help you enjoy the changes from summer to fall.

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Trends MONTCO

DART BOARD … play darts on the DMI Bandit, staple free bristle dartboard, which is the official World Cup dartboard since 1999. Available at the Reclaimed Recreation line of game room products at Royal Billiard & Recreation. "Purposeful and fun and handcrafted locally". Located at 2622 Bethlehem Pike, Hatfield, PA; 215-997-7777; www.royalbilliard.com.

JEWELRY

… locally made in Montgomery County, these bracelets are just one of the fabulous array of American made jewelry, clothing & gifts available at Artisans 3 Gallery. Stop in and see why they have been a neighborhood staple since 1979. Artisan 3 Gallery, 901 N Bethlehem Pike, Spring House, PA; 215-643-4504; www.artisansthreegallery.com.

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OPAL SPINNER RINGS

… a whirl of intricately handcrafted Opal Spinner Rings composed of gold and sterling silver. Individual rings revolve or "spin" around the core ring, adding interest and fun for the wearer and are sometimes called meditation or prayer rings. Available at Accent on the Rocks at 4064 Skippack Pike, Skippack, PA; 610 615-5901; www.accentontherocks.com.


CAKE STANDS

… sweet cupcake and cake stands, handmade by local ceramic Artist Nicole Dubrow are available at Black Sheep Pottery Studio & Gallery. Custom art & design services for clay enthusiasts to commission or create their own with Black Sheep Pottery designs. Pottery & Tile for home, kitchen and garden. Black Sheep Pottery, 4038 Skippack Pike, Unit 3, Skippack, PA; 610-584-5877; www.blacksheeppottery.org. ... just one of the many gorgeous gowns we carry along with our fabulous sportswear collections. See our daily Facebook posts. Berta Sawyer, 306 Old York Road, Jenkintown, PA; 215-572-8826; www.bertasawyer.com.

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… in addition to creative, museum quality framing, we also offer delivery and installation services for your fine art and collectibles. From artistic groupings, new moves, or heavy objects, let our creative designers help you turn your home into a showcase. Artwork hung is an original hand cut paper piece from Australian artist. Art of Framing, 413 Old York Rd., Jenkintown, PA; 215 885-6629; Melissa@artofframingweb.com; www.artofframingweb.com.

… enjoy a lifetime of adventurous, more satisfying cooking. Wolf, the corporate companion and kitchen soul mate of Sub-Zero, distills its legendary professional heritage, power and finesse into cooking equipment whose precise control helps you achieve delicious results. Available at Jenkintown Electric, 220 York Road, Jenkintown, PA; 215-884-1050; www.jenkelec.com.

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NOTEWORTHY

What’s happening in Montgomery County

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oday, people want open floor plans. While this helps with the traffic flow of the home and facilitates the best use of space, it takes a lot of pre-planning. Most of the time, open floor plans require knocking down existing walls. This must be done with caution and under the close supervision of a structural engineer, as the walls that are being knocked down could be supporting the weight of the floor above it. A beam, supported by a column on each end, must be installed where the wall was located. Depending on how the weight is distributed, a support column will need to be installed in the basement below. Remember, there may be items inside the wall as well. Opening up the floor plan makes it possible to gain more space without building an addition. To start the planning process, call Gehman Design Remodeling at 215-513-0300 or visit www.gehmanremodeling.com.

Traditions Of Apple Butter

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auman's started in 1892 when John W. Bauman purchased a cider press and operated it with the steam engine in his carriage manufacturing shop. Soon he began cooking apple butter for farmers of the community. They called it "lattwaerrick" in their Pennsylvania German dialect. It has been said that John used the apple butter recipe his wife, Catharine Wiegner, had received from her Schwenkfelder ancestors, who had settled in southeastern Pennsylvania alongside John's Mennonite forefathers. Now in the third generation, Bauman's Apple Butter Factory is still a family operation in the Nineteenth Century village of Sassamansville. Pictured here is the drawing for Patent on the J.W. Bauman Steam Cooker. There is a Bauman Family Store located at 116 Hoffmansville road between Rt. 663 & Rt. 100, Village of Sassamansville (near Boyertown). For more information, visit www.baumanfamily.com.

From Our Hometown To Yours

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arning the trust of homeowners who bring YORK® products into their residence is a matter of personal pride. That’s why the highly dedicated individuals at YORK® assemble each unit as if it were for their own home. Utilizing the latest equipment and technology in our state-ofthe-art facilities, they take the extra steps to do things right. After all, they know friends and neighbors like you are depending on them. We believe there’s no place like home to engineer something for yours. That’s why we design and assemble your YORK® residential unit in America, where we can closely monitor and improve processes that directly affect quality. The performance and reliability of your unit is the result of strict tolerances and rigorous testing that continues throughout the entire process, right here in the heart of America. For more information, visit www.york.com. 8

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Beautiful Homes Are not Just For The Wealthy

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re you stuck when it comes to furniture placement, or with how to pull a room together? You too, can have the home of your dreams with the help of a professional interior designer. Once thought to be only for the wealthy, professional design is now accessible to every budget. Kristine Robinson, who is also the lead interior design instructor at Temple University, consults with clients across the United States from her home in Jenkintown, PA. Using her 20 years of experience, Kristine collaborates with clients on an hourly basis. Offering fresh perspective, countless resources, and her keen eye for design, Robinson even offers virtual consultations, based on images and measurements you provide. So whether you’re in need of just a one hour paint color consult, or require help with more complicated projects, like kitchens, custom furnishings, and window treatments, Robinson Interiors can help. For more information on Kristine Robinson’s work, visit her website at kristine.robinson.org or call 215-886-2126.


Art And Jenkintown Revitalization

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he Art of It Market Place arrival to Jenkintown in 2013 helped launch the grand opening of the Piazza on The Square, a Lindy Communities Main Street revitalization initiative. Shoppers will discover dozens of artists and vendors handcrafts and novelties for sale in a beautiful gallery setting. Art, jewelry, pottery, paintings, mixed media, metal work, wood carvings, clothing, glass, Lancaster jams and Pennsylvania craft wine are among the many eclectic items. The newest features are vendor stalls, each highlighting charities. Fair-trade soap and jewelry support local women’s freedom from sex trafficking; handmade pet beds from recycled furniture highlights Habitat for Humanities ReStore. Home art and handmade greeting cards made by young “ARTtrepreneurs” support the Philadelphia Youth Mural Arts and Nicaraguan handcrafts empower artisans abroad. The Art of It offers art classes and art parties for all ages. The Art of It Market Place is located at 315 York Rd, Jenkintown, PA. For more information, call 215 935-6948 or visit www.theArtOfItMarket.com.

Painting Awards For Excellence

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tar Painting & Wallcovering of Skippack, Inc. is a family-owned company doing business in Montgomery and surrounding counties for the past 32 years. We offer a full range of services for residential and commercial customers, including interior and exterior painting, wallcovering installation and removal, carpentry solutions including built-ins, crown molding, chair rails and wainscoting. Over the years Star Painting has received numerous local and national awards for painting excellence. Most recently they received a 2014 and 2015 PDCA “Picture it Painted Professionally” Award for commercial restoration and commercial wallcovering excellence respectively. Star Painting & Wallcovering is located at 1042 Bridge Rd. Collegeville, PA 19426. Find Star Painting & Wallcovering at www.starpaintingandwallcovering.com or call 610-4097980 to schedule a complimentary estimate.

Four Generations In Fine Furniture

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hat’s in a name? When the name is Mastroieni, there’s close to 90 years and 4 generations of fine furniture experience. Throughout the area, Mastroieni Furniture has been providing Philadelphians the furniture they want, not just what’s in the showroom. The Mastroieni family takes pride in its commission-free atmosphere. “We specialize in customer relationships,” says Nick Mastroieni, the outfit’s co-owner and operator. “We may sell furniture but the people are buying the service that comes with it and, ultimately, their peace of mind.” Lawrence Mastroieni Sr., lovingly known as “Chief”, knows that family is the key to success. “There is great family pride in our name,” says Larry Sr., who believes the family focus retains a superior customer service philosophy. “Our staff has always carried on this tradition of service to our customers, which is why we continue to be in business today.” Mastroieni Furniture is located at 1113 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936. For more information, call 215 643-6372 or visit www.mastroienifurniture.com. FALL 2016

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What to do Photography: Valley Forge Tourism & Converntion Board

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The Main Line Antiques Show October 1-2: A number of East Coast dealers will be showcasing antique jewelry, ceramics, paintings, furniture, folk art, prints, carpets and textiles, silver, and more. Admission. Dixon Center, Cabrini University, 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA. 610-647-6404, ext. 111; www.mainlineantiquesshow.com. Sanford Alderfer October 5: Doll Auction 501 Fairgrounds Road, Hatfield, PA. 215-393-3000; www.alderferauction.com.

Pook & Pook, Inc. October 8: Americana Auction October 29: International Auction November 12: Firearms and Sporting November 19: Jewelry Auction December 3: Toys & Dolls 463 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA. 610-269-4040; www.pookandpook.com. 10

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Greater York Antiques Show November 5-6: This antiques show offers Americana from quality dealers. York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Avenue, York, PA. 856686-9000;www.greateryorkantiqueshows.com . Annual Delaware Antiques Show November 11-13: The country’s most distinguished dealers present the finest offerings of American antiques and decorative arts, including furniture, paintings, rugs, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and more. Admission. Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE. 800-448-3883;www.winterthur.org.

2016 Annual Antiques Show November 12-13: The Bucks County Antiques Dealers Association presents their 70th annual show. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission. Eagle Fire Hall, Route 202 and Sugan Road, New Hope, PA. 215-290-3140;

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Antiques at Kimberton November 19-20: This show features antiques and collectibles for sale by over 60 dealers from several states. Admission. Free parking. Kimberton Fire Company and Fairgrounds, 2276 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA. www.antiquesatkimberton.com.

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ART Abington Art Center September 8-December 10: Solo Series Fall 2016 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA. 215-887-4882; www.abingtonartcenter.org.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Through January 1: Classical Splendor: Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House Through November 1: Inside Out October 25-January 8: Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA. 215-763-8100; www.philamuseum.org.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Through November 13: Fernando Orellana Through October 16: New Works by Beauharnois, Hobbs, and Martolock Through September 18: Happiness, Liberty, Life? American Art and Politics September 21-November 20: Ben Volta: Pattern Process October 19-January 29: Thomas Eakins: Photographer November 4-April 9: World War I and American Art November 17-February 19: Cassils 118-128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-972-7600; www.pafa.org. Brandywine River Museum of Art Through November 6: New Terrains: American Paintings from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest Through October 9: Get the Picture! Contemporary Children’s Book Illustration 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA. 610-388-2700; www.brandywine.org.

Woodmere Art Museum Through November 6: Harry Bertoia: Free Interpretations November 19-January 8: ’Twas the Night Before Christmas 9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. 215-2470476; www.woodmereartmuseum.org. Main Line Art Center November 11-19: Flip Side Exhibition & Fundraiser December 2-January 5: Members Exhibition 746 Panmure Road, Haverford, PA. 610-525-0272; www.mainlineart.org.

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Upper left, Apple Butter Folic at Mennonite Heritage Center, right, the mum mountain at Ott’s Exotic Plants, Schwenksville, below left, Skippack fall fun.

Wayne Art Center October 16-November 19: The Nude Figure: Juried Exhibition December 2-January 28: Craft Forms 413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA. 610688-3553; www.wayneart.org.

Wharton Esherick Museum October 1, 22: Wine & Cheese Tours 1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, PA. 610644-5822; www.whartonesherickmuseum.org.

The Barnes Foundation October 8-January 9: Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890-1950 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, 215-278-7000; 300 North Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA, 215-278-7350. www.barnesfoundation.org. Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital November 6-January 29: Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale 414 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA. 484-596-5607; www.mainlinehealth.org. Historic Yellow Springs November 11-13: Fine Arts & Craft Show Route 113, Chester Springs, PA. 610-827-7414; www.yellowsprings.org.

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morial Art Exhibition & Sale. 12 to 5 p.m. New Hope Eagle Fire Hall, New Hope, PA. 215-862-2717; www.bccfccc.org

CRA FT S The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center November 4-6: Sugarloaf Craft Festival 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA. 484-754EXPO; www.phillyexpocenter.com.

Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craftsmen Fairs October 7-9: Philadelphia, PA Admission. 717-431-8706; www.pacrafts.org.

67th Annual Juried Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Festival October 29-30: The Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen present this annual craft event featuring vendors, as well as live entertainment and antique appraisals. Admission. Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA. www.rbcrafts.org. Byers’ Choice Ltd. November 1-December 31: Byers’ Choice Christmas Experience December 9-10: A Christmas Carol with Gerald Dickens 4355 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA, 215-822-6700; www.byerschoice.com.

2016 Lydia’s Guild Holiday Craft Show

November 8-15: Over 95 of the area’s top artisans display and sell an assortment of fine art and crafts. Admission. Aldie Mansion, 85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, PA. www.lydiasguild.com.

Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show November 10-13: This annual art event is for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections, to fund conservation and publication projects, and support exhibitions and education programs. Admission. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-684-7930; www.pmacraftshow.org. Holiday Craft Market November 19: The North Penn International Friendship Committee hosts this annual holiday show. Over 95 artists from the Mid-Atlantic region are featured, including traditional and con-temporary crafts. Admission. North Penn High School, 1340 South Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA. www.northpennifc.org. Christkindlmarkt Late November-Late December: This noted Lehigh Valley holiday market offers aisles of hand-made works from around the globe. Visitors also can enjoy live Christmas music, food, craft demonstrations, and St. Nicholas.


PNC Plaza, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA. 610-332-1300; www.artsquest.org.

E N T ERTAINMENT Playcrafters of Skippack September 15-October 1: Special Musical October 20-November 5: The Hollow 2011 Store Road, Skippack, PA. 610-584-4005; www.playcrafters.org.

People’s Light & Theatre September 28-October 30: The Mountaintop November 16-January 15: Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA. 610-6443500; www.peopleslight.org. Steel River Playhouse September 30-October 16: Peter and The Starcatcher December 2-18: A Wonderful Life, The Musical 245 East High Street, Pottstown, PA. 610-970-1199; www.steelriver.org. Dutch Country Players September 30-October 2: Robin Hood November 4-19: Sherlock Holmes December 2-11: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 795 Ridge Road, Telford, PA. 215-234-0966; www.dcptheatre.com.

Act II Playhouse Through October 2: Electile Dysfunction October 25-November 20: Mauritius December 6-24: This Wonderful Life 56 East Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA. 215-654-0200; www.act2.org.

Montgomery Theater Through October 2: Greater Tuna October 14-23: Teen Sherlock November 10-December 4: Handle With Care 124 Main Street, Souderton, PA. 215-7239984; www.montgomerytheater.org. Bucks County Playhouse October 5-9: Say Night Gracie October 11: Once Upon a Time October 21-30: The Rocky Horror Show November 5-26: Buyer and Cellar 70 South Main Street, New Hope, PA. 215-862-2121; www.bcptheater.org.

The Colonial Theatre October 14: 1964: The Tribute November 18: Al Stewart 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA. 610-9171228; www.thecolonialtheatre.com. Sellersville Theater October 29: Glen Miller Orchestra October 30: Sha Na Na 24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, PA. 215-257-5808; www.st94.com.

The Village Players of Hatboro October 6-22: Drinking Habits 401 Jefferson Avenue, Hatboro, PA. 215-675-6774; www.thevillageplayers.com.

Keswick Theatre October 6: Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen October 8: Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx October 14: Squeeze October 21: Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening Party with Barry Bostwick October 22: Foreigner November 4-5: The Hooters November 26: Hot Tuna 291 North Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA. 215-572-7650; www.keswicktheatre.com. Pennsylvania Ballet October 13-23: Cinderella December 9-31: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker The Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-893-1999; www.paballet.org.

Methacton Community Theater November 4-13: Evita Shannondell Performing Arts Theater, 10000 Shannondell Boulevard, Audubon, PA. 610-489-6449; www.methactoncommunitytheater.org. The Choristers November 19:Poetry in Music

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December 18: Christmas Portion: Handel’s Messiah Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansdale, PA. 215-542-7871; www.thechoristers.org.

E Q UESTRIA N Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines Ongoing: Visit this farm where horses can spend their golden years in pasture. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 1710 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA. 610-469-0533; www.ryerssfarm.org.

Dressage at Devon Horse Show September 27-October 2: This annual horse show features more than 700 horses competing for 35,000 spectators. This year you can see the Lipizzan Stallions perform September 30-October 2 during show breaks. Along with equestrian competition, attendees can enjoy the festival shops, offering apparel, fine arts, antiques, collectibles, and food. The Kids Corral provides activities for children, and exhibitions are geared towards family fun. Admission. Devon Horse Show Grounds, 23 Dorset Road, Devon, PA. 610-358-1919; www.dressageatdevon.org.

EVENTS Fun in Skippack Ongoing: First Friday October 1-2: Skippack Days

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October 16: Skippack International Car Show October 22: Children’s Halloween Parade October 29: Trash to Treasure Sale November 25: Christmas Tree Lighting November 25-December 23: Illuminaire Nights (Wed. and Fri.) Skippack, PA. www.bestofskippack.com.

Mount Hope Estate & Winery Through October 30: Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire November 2-13: Poe Evermore November 25-27: Holiday Open House December 10-23: Holidays at Mount Hope 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, PA. 717-665-7021; www.parenfaire.com.

Peddler’s Village October 15-16: October Feast in the Village November 5-6: Apple Festival November 11: Holiday Kick-Off November 18-January 2: Gingerbread House Competition and Display November 18-20: Merchant Open House November 18: Grand Illumination December 3-4: Christmas Festival Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska, PA. 215-794-4000; www.peddlersvillage.com. Kennett Brewfest October 1: Come sample beers from over 90 different local, regional, and craft breweries. All proceeds go to Historic Kennett Square. Admission. 600 South Broad Street, Kennett

Square, PA. 610-444-8188; www.kennettbrewfest.com.

North Wales Community Day October 1: Bring the family for a day of fun in the Borough of North Wales. There will be ven-dors, a talent show, pie eating contest, a Kids Zone, and a free live concert. www.northwalesborough.org.

Perkasie’s Fall Festival October 2: This annual festival has entertainment, a petting zoo, scarecrow workshop, face paint-ing, pony rides, and refreshments. There also will be a crafts and vendors. It is held at Perkasie’s Towne Center. Perkasie, PA. www.perkasierec.com. King of Prussia Beerfest Royale October 6, 8: This annual festival is held outdoors under grand tents. There will be over 50 craft and international brewers, 100-plus beers, live music, and an outdoor beer garden. You can sam-ple fare from local restaurants. Admission. Outdoors at the King of Prussia Mall, 690 West DeK-alb Pike, King of Prussia, PA. www.kopbeerfest.com.

2016 Community Harvest Festival October 15: Cheltenham Township is having their annual Community Harvest Festival, com-plete with live entertainment, hayrides, a craft fair, children’s activities, and a food court. There also will be pumpkin decorating, sack races, and a community vehicle display.


Rain date October 16. Curtis Arboretum, 1250 West Church Road, Wyncote, PA. www.cheltenhamtownship.org.

Annual Fall Fest October 15: This fall festival features Toucha-Truck, a car show, arts & crafts, refreshments, and activities for the kids. Parkside Place Complex, Upper Gwynedd Township, PA. www.uppergwynedd.org.

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Events in Lansdale October 15: Oktoberfest November 19: Mardi Gras Parade December 4-19: Festival of Trees Main Street, Lansdale, PA. www.lansdale.org. Quakertown Alive October 15: Autumn Alive Fall Festival. Rain date October 22. December 2: Christmas Tree Lighting December 4: Christmas House Tours Quakertown, PA. 215-536-2273; www.quakertownalive.com. Borough of Pottstown October 22: Pottstown Brew Fest at Memorial Park Pottstown, PA. www.pottstown.org.

FAMILY Adventure Aquarium Ongoing: This New Jersey aquarium features touch exhibits, a fun playground, hippos, shark tunnel, free live shows, and much more. New this year you’ll find Sea Turtle Cove, Shark Bridge, and Little Blue Beach, home to blue penguins. Admission. 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ. 865-365-3300; www.adventureaquarium.com.

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Linvilla Orchards September 24-25: Apple Festival November 21-December 23: Cut Your Own Trees 137 West Knowlton Road, Media, PA. 610876-7116; www.linvilla.com. West Chester Railroad September 25-October 9: Fall Foliage Express 230 East Market Street, West Chester, PA. 610-430-2233; www.westchesterrr.com.

Merrymead Farm Late September: Storytelling & Lighting of the Great Pumpkin October: Fall Harvest Day Weekends 2222 South Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA. 610-584-4410; www.merrymead.com. Freddy Hill Farms’ Fallfest October: Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch for some pumpkin picking, walk through the cornstalk maze, or enjoy special weekend entertainment. While you are at the farm, visit the zoo, play some mini golf, and take a swing in the batting cage. 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA. 215-855-1205;

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Northern Star Farm October: Fall Fest Weekends Winter: Custom sleigh rides 96 Third Avenue East, Trappe, PA. 215-8597302; www.northernstarfarm.net. The Franklin Institute October 8-April 2: Robot Revolution 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-448-1200; www2.fi.edu.

Elmwood Park Zoo October 8-30: Boo at the Zoo (weekends) October 16, 23, 30; November 6: Harvest Fest December 3-4, 10: Brunch with Santa December 11, 17-18: Breakfast with Santa 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown, PA. 800-652-4143; www.elmwoodparkzoo.org.

Strasburg Railroad October 9: Vintage Base Ball Day October 22: The Great Train Robbery November 18-20: Day Out With Thomas November 25-December 18: Santa’s Paradise Express November 25-December 16: The Night Before Christmas Train December 3: Christmas Tree Train 301 Gap Road, Ronks, PA. 866-725-9666; www.strasburgrailroad.com.

Koziar’s Christmas Village November 5 through January 1: Come visit one of area’s greatest Christmas displays. Celebrat-ing 68 seasons, this holiday destination features more than a half million Christmas lights adorn-ing buildings, gift barns, and landscape. The various buildings are filled with decor, Christmas displays, souvenirs, baked goods, refreshments, even miniature train displays. Be sure to visit Santa in his headquarters on Santa Claus Lane. Admission. 782 Christmas Village Road, Bernville, PA. 610-488-1110; www.koziarschristmasvillage.com.

G A RD ENS Bartram’s Garden Ongoing: Visit this National Historic Landmark and House, circa 1728. The grounds are free and open to the public. Guided tours are available of both the historic garden, as well as the Bartram family home. Don’t miss The Bartram Nursery, complete with native plants and those discovered by the Bartram family. 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA. 215-729-5281; www.bartramsgarden.org. Chanticleer Ongoing: A 35-acre pleasure garden open to the public. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the


drinking fountains are sculptural. Educational programs are offered year round. 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA. 610-687-4163; www.chanticleergarden.org.

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The Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania Ongoing: Ninety-two acres of lush and colorful gardens await at The Morris Arboretum. Discover garden spaces and learn about 13,000 labeled plants, trees, and flowers. More than 100 classes, tours, and lectures are offered in spring and fall. Visitors also will enjoy changing exhibits. Admission. 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. 215-247-5777;www.morrisarboretum.org.

Winterthur Through December: Garden Workshops and Talks Through December 10: Second Saturday Garden Walks Through October: Wednesdays at Winterthur Through September: Estate Tours November 19-January 8: Yuletide at Winterthur Admission. 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE. 302-888-4600; www.winterthur.org.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society September 17: Fall Plant Party at Meadowbrook Farm October 7: PHeaSt: A Celebration of Chefs and Growers at PHS Warehouse October 15: Fall Open House at Meadowbrook Farm December 3: Holiday Open House at Meadowbrook Farm Advance registration required. 215-988-8800; www.phsonline.org.

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Ongoing: Jenkins Arboretum features a collection of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and ferns in a natural landscape. The landscape and plant collections provide sanctuary for native birds, insects, and wildlife. Educational programs are offered year round. 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA. 610-647-8870; www.jenkinsarboretum.org.

Tyler Arboretum Ongoing: One of the oldest and largest arboreta in the Northeast, this year-round destination has 650 contiguous acres and 20 miles of hiking trails. The Arboretum’s collections include rare plant specimens, ancient trees, and historic buildings. Educational programs are offered year round. 515 Painter Road, Media, PA. 610-566-9134; www.tylerarboretum.org.

The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College Ongoing: Encompassing over 300 acres of Swarthmore College, Scott Arboretum features over 4,000 types of ornamentals plants. The mission of the Arboretum is to display plants suited for home gardens in this area and to educate the public. Education pro-

Mt. Cuba Center Through November: The Mt.Cuba Center is situated on 600 acres. Its woodland wildflower gardens are recognized as the region’s finest. Guided docent tours are available by reservation. Special events are scheduled regularly. Admission. 3120 Barley Mill Road,

Longwood Gardens Through October 29: Nightscape September 10-November 20: Autumn’s Colors October 22-November 20: Chrysanthemum Festival November 24-January 8: A Longwood Christmas Admission. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA. 610-388-1000; www.longwoodgardens.org.

HI S TORY Battleship New Jersey Ongoing: The Battleship New Jersey is open for guided and audio tours. Visitors can select from a variety of tours. Admission. Camden Waterfront, Camden, NJ. 856-966-1652;

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National Constitution Center Through December 2017: Constituting Liberty: From The Declaration to The Bill of Rights Through November 13: Headed to the White House Experience 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-4096600; www.constitutioncenter.org. Morgan Log House September 16: Annual Tavern Night 850 Weikel Road, Kulpsville, PA. 215-3682480; www.morganloghouse.org.

Fall Festival and Open House September 17: The Historical Society of Hilltown Township presents this annual event. You can tour the homestead, see local artisans, buy baked goods, even get antique appraisals. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Free admission. Hartzel-Strassburger Homestead, 407 Keystone Drive and Bethlehem Pike, Sellersville, PA. 267-614-9174.

Pottsgrove Manor October 22: An Apple a Day, the Colonial Way November 5-6: A Georgian Dining Experience November 25-January 8: Twelfth Night Tours December 11: Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight 100 West King Street, Pottstown, PA. 610-326-4014; www.montcopa.org/pottsgrovemanor. Hope Lodge September 18; October 16: Mansion Tours November 5-6: 1777 Whitemarsh Encampment December 3: Holidays at Hope Lodge 553 South Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA. 215-646-1595; www.ushistory.org/hope.

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Valley Forge National Historical Park September 24: National Public Lands Day November 11: Veterans Day Commemoration December 19: March In of the Continental Army 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA. 610-783-1099; www.valleyforge.org. Pennypacker Mills September 25: Victorian Tea: Edwardian Etiquette October 15: All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival November 22-January 8: Holiday Tours December 10: Victorian Christmas Open House 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA. 610-287-9349; www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills.


Mennonite Heritage Center October 1: Apple Butter Frolic December 3-4: Christmas Market 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA. 215-256-3020; www.mhep.org.

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Daniel Boone Homestead October 22: Heritage Day October 29: Homestead Halloween November 6: Boone Birthday December 9-10: Christkindl Market 400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro, PA. 610582-4900; www.danielboonehomestead.org. Peter Wentz Farmstead Society December 3: Candlelight Tours 2030 Shearer Road, Worcester, PA. 610-5845104; www.peterwentzfarmsteadsociety.org.

NAT URE The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education Ongoing: Come to one of the country’s first urban environmental education centers. 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA. 215-482-7300; www.schuylkillcenter.org.

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove September-October: Saturday Morning Bird Walks September: Canoe with Perks December 4: Holiday Open House 1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA. 610-6665593; www.johnjames.audubon.org. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary November 12: Golden Eagle Day November 26: Holiday Open House 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA. 610-756-6961; www.hawkmountain.org.

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Upper Schuylkill Valley Park September 23: Meet Margeaux the Bobcat October 15: By the Light of the Moon October 21: What a Hoot November 18: Terrific Turkeys 1615 Black Rock Road, Royersford, PA. 610948-5170; www.montcopa.org.

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Norristown Farm Park September 25: Native American Day (rain date October 2) October 9: Animal Habitat Restoration October 14; November 4: Fall Migration Bird Walks October 16: Scarecrow Making October 17: Colors of Nature October 26: Halloween Crafts October 30: Twilight Spooky Hike November 20: Thanksgiving Centerpieces November 27: Holiday Wreaths November 29: Hibernation Hunt December 4: Reindeer Guide for Kids December 11: Natural Ornaments 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown, PA. 610-270-0215; www.montcopa.org. Riverbend Environmental Education Center October 15: Shiverfest November 5: Wilderness Survival December 10: Night Hike and Campfire 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne, PA. 610527-5234; www.riverbendeec.org. Lower Perkiomen Valley Park November 19: Holiday Crafts 101 New Mill Road, Oaks, PA. 610-6665371; www.montcopa.org.

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Susannah Hart Thomer

Watercolorist Susannah Hart Thomer gives herself problems to solve, which reflect ordinary subjects with an unpredictable twist - by John Cella

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SUSANNAH HART THOMER IS A WOMAN WHO stalks the night. But there’s no reason to be alarmed. For her nocturnal wanderings result in evocative photographs from which she creates riveting works of art. She puts the top down on her l996 classic red Mustang, a work of art itself, and drives off looking for inspiration. “I always take my camera with me, day or night, and photograph anything that piques my interest.” An accomplished and widely exhibited artist, she could easily rest on her laurels. But she doesn’t. “I give myself problems to solve which hopefully reflect ordinary subjects with an unpredictable twist.” Working primarily in watercolor, she uses contrast for emphasis and has a current predilection for the dark side of the spectrum. “I am fascinated with the dark. Night lights are so different than daytime light. The colors give off a different glow.” Beginning her career as a fashion illustrator, everyFALL 2016

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thing Susannah created was precise. “I am extremely detail oriented and can copy a photo perfectly. But I’ve spent the last 40 years trying to get away from that, from total realism.” She takes a photograph and then works toward the abstract using darker colors accentuated by contrast, not an easy feat with watercolor paints. For example, VROOM, shown here, captures a black car speeding towards you, but much of the painting is a blur of unusual shapes and dark colors--black, red, and purple. It is a stunning work that will be featured in the Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s annual show. “I love to experiment with watercolors and tweak the usual color combinations,” she adds. An attractive small woman somewhere in her 60’s, she has an extremely playful spirit which shines through her eyes. “I love the movement in this painting. I was trying to capture the blur. Maybe I just need my glasses,” she laughed. Susannah grew up in Wyndmoor, Montgomery County, very close to Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill. She started painting when she was six years old, running in her backyard, hiding behind the bushes, drawing plants, whatever she could see. She took lessons at Allens Lane Art Center, with her mother encouraging her obvious talent, but Dad, a child of the Great Depression, worried about her making a living as an artist. After attending Germantown Friends School, where she credits a wonderful art teacher, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion illustration at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. After pumping gas on graduation, she landed a job with the now defunct Allen’s Department store in Germantown drawing fashions. Married, with one son and five grandchildren, she is a member of many watercolor societies, including both Philadelphia and Pennsylvania societies. Recently she was accepted into the prestigious American Watercolor Society, “a very stringent process and a very exciting moment.” In her living room is a beautiful night-


time rendering The Valley Green Inn. Its yellow lights provide a contrast to the muted brown and black shading of the roof and the green forest with contrasting dark shadows overhead. A featured artist and regular exhibitor at The Chestnut Hill Gallery and Hardcastle Gallery in Delaware, Valley Green Inn will be on display in Chestnut Hill Gallery soon. As she stapled watercolor paper onto her large drawing board perched on her black Franklin stove, she shows me another drawing of Valley Green Inn in process. “Often I paint with my board flat on the floor. In college I would paint with this same board sitting under the table.” She laughs. “Maybe this is a throwback to when I hid in the bushes drawing. And I can spread out everywhere.” In her studio I am drawn to a depiction of a circular staircase entitled Metal Triton, which is also viewable on her website. At first it appears to be a photograph because of its precision and detail. But the unique perspective of this image, the contrast of dark and blue colors, and the intricate interweaving of lines and patterns are more expressionistic. She pulls a painting out of a stack of many and lays it on the floor. Dakota, her large cocker spaniel immediately bounds over and blocks my view. Entitled The Lady in Red, it depicts patrons sitting at an outside table in front of a café window. “This is my interpretation of speed and motion.” The patrons’ hands seem to be moving. Many of her works depict local scenes--the Ambler Theater, the Wissahickon, and Norristown State Park to name a few. I see a painting of a woman ordering water ice. “I took a photo of this woman in Ambler. There was a reflection from a street light and I wanted to depict that and show movement in the colors. The woman’s form is quite abstract and I literally put streaks in. My eyes are drawn to a watercolor of two chairs in an open doorway. The contrast of light and dark dominates. The muted brown tones are resonant of Andrew Wyeth. She tells me that this was the

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third of her watercolors accepted by the American Watercolor Society. She is always learning, always pushing her artistic envelope. Showing me a rendering of a beautiful nude, she explains it was painted on yupo paper. “Yupo has a very smooth surface so the paint actually slides. I sometimes wiggle the canvas to create movement. At times I add salt until it bleeds out the colors.” Looking at a street scene the sky is mottled. “Even when I put in a dark color it’s not solid. The yupo paper breaks it up, gives it a liveliness.” So many wonderful paintings to drink in, I end my visit examining her painting, Town’s End. Two lines direct my eye to the edge of this town where dark shadings contrast with the amazing purples of the sky. “I’ve been getting heavy into purple and started with several layers of watercolors, light purple then adding browns. I used a lot of ivory black to layer it. I can’t put one color down and leave it alone. I just love the contrast of watercolor and marvel at the unique personality of this medium.” A long standing member and former vice president of the Greater Norristown Art League, which is preparing for its 75th anniversary celebration in October, Susannah is very involved in her community. She has created several murals with fellow Montgomery County artist Michael Adams for two Norristown fire companies as well as the Norristown Public Library. She also illustrated a calendar with her pen and ink drawings for the Historical Society of the US District Court. She does house portraits in watercolor or pen and ink on commission. Her work will be exhibited in the Greater Norristown Art League show Sept 14-30, 2016 at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell in their gallery. You can view her work and contact her at her website www.susannaharthomer.com. John Cella is a freelance writer from Montgomery County.


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The Mom Clown

Judy Tudy clowns around a lot, bringing her clown act to schools, camps, day care centers, corporate events, and kids’ birthday parties –by Patti Guthrie

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porate events and, of course, birthday parties. “I’m a traditional birthday party clown,” she says. She also does a lot of volunteer work, freely giving her time to the visiting critically ill children in hospitals, disabled children at home and to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald house. “I also have had the honor of performing for the Salvation Army for several years at Christmas,” she says. “I want to give back, especially to children with disabilities.” She also teaches clowning at the First Presbyterian Church of Ambler. “I’m a woman of faith. God has given me this gift. And, I want to touch every child I meet with love. I try to make each child feel very special and give God the glory for it,” she says. She estimates that in her “over 200” shows per year, she performs for about 5,000 children, saying, “God has given me the ability to remember many of the children I’ve clowned for, sometimes even down to what they were wearing at my show. I now am performing for the second generation.” Judy got her own children involved in clowning when they were in elementary

school, explaining, “I had a broken arm with a plaster cast from my shoulder to my hand, but had lots of shows scheduled at camps and so on. I needed help with moving things. So I took a kid with me to do the hauling. That’s when they started clowning and joined the family business.” She adds, “All three of my children are artists. And as soon as they could drive, they had their own gigs.” Her oldest and only daughter is Cutie Tudy; her older son Eddie Spa-Get-Tee, the Meatballs are Ready and her youngest BryanBo-Byan. Even her four Jack Russell Terriers have clown names: Wacky Jackie, Spacey Gracie, Trevie Trevie Boo Boo and Hercules our Superhero Dog Clown. And, now, the third generation is getting into the act, so to speak. Judy’s two granddaughters have clown identities. The eight-year-old is Beauty Tudy while her two-year-old sister is Reese-A-Roni. A family portrait of this group in costume is not to be believed! Judy keeps the bunnies she uses in her shows in a backyard hutch, complete with airconditioning, saying, “Rabbits can’t be too

hot.” And, the hutch is well-insulated to keep them warm in winter. She continues, “Most bunnies normally live five to six years. But, mine live for around twelve.” She presently has four. Roger, an aptly called Lion’s Head rabbit, is retired, while Easter, Clover and Cuddles are her performers. Of course, they also have show names, sharing two: Gizmo and Cozmo. The magic shows she offers are titled “Cozmo’s Special Day,” “Gizmo’s Adventure” and “Judy in Disguise with Glasses.” And, even though they follow a basic story line, “I don’t like anything ‘cookie cutter’. I want to customize each so it’s age appropriate. A birthday party may have a magic show, balloon sculpting or goodie bags. One routine I do is about the American flag and what the colors stand for.” She says, “A retirement community called me to perform at a woman’s 105th birthday party. And, she was able to get up and dance. But my primary business is with children.” She added, “I put my whole heart and soul into every show I do. But the kids touch me so tenderly. What

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Laura Buchner and Kirsten McCoy from Meadowbank Designs made this seemingly off limits Walter K. Durham house more livable, warm and inviting by Beth S. Buxbaum

A CLASSIC WALTER K. DURHAM IS THE FOCUS OF AN EXTENSIVE renovation. Built in 1942, this Durham original in Gladwyne was named “The New Hampshire House.” With time the house's interior became dated and drab. The current owners have refreshed the interior over the years, but more recently they were ready for a complete transformation. The owners commissioned Meadowbank Designs, located in Wayne, PA, to redesign and reappoint the interior. Laura Buchner and Kirsten McCoy, the owners of the design house, collaborated on this project, to orchestrate the home's interior facelift. “In working closely with the owners, our intent was to create a more updated legacy to Walter Durham's original New Hampshire house,” explains Laura, “the house needed to be redesigned to today's standards of living.” This project was not a simple updating with new wall colors and window treatments. Familiar with the owners and

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Below, in the more formal living room, two seating areas have been created. The mantel is a new piece designed by Peter Archer. The oversized chairs, covered in a Chinoisserie toile bird pattern, surround a modern cashew lacquer cocktail table with an embossed leather top. Closer to the fireplace are two settees in yellow damask. Against the fireplace wall are flanking bookcases filled with collections of Asian inspired vases, plates and bowls. Opposite top, the study is furnished with English wing chairs upholstered in navy mohair velvet. A stunning conversation piece in the center of the room is a Victorian marquetry inlaid walnut table on a carved dolphin-shaped base. Opposite bottom, cozy and warm in soft shades of blue, the family room has been designed for maximum comfort with an inviting sitting area with oversized chairs in floral and striped fabrics that surround an Alfonso Marina cocktail table. In the background is the new kitchen.

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the house from a 30-year relationship, Lauren and Kirsten have done work in most of the rooms in the house over the years. “We have redone, updated or tweaked this home's interior many times,” Kirsten adds. With this project they worked with Peter Archer, of Archer & Buchanan Architecture, LTD, during the reconstruction. “The house was totally gutted,” Laura adds, “down to the studs, and we were there from the beginning of the construction.” Laura and Kirsten redid the interior of the house from top to bottom. During the renovation, Peter Archer's goal was to complement, rather than mimic, the home's historic features. Archer and Buchanan, known for their restorations and designs, strive to preserve the heritage. As practitioners of style, much of their work draws inspiration from the extraordinary turn-of-the-century homes designed by notables like Walter Durham. In this renovation they worked with the timeless elements of the original architecture, while creating a living space for today's family. Laura explains, “Peter Archer rearranged some rooms, actually shifting the home's interior flow, while still being respectful of the original architecture”. The library was originally the living room and the kitchen was in the older section of the house and was redone in the addition. Whether they were shifting rooms or reappointing spaces, the goal was to maintain and complement the original architecture. Laura and Kirsten collaborated with Peter Archer on the renovation. “We assisted with the space planning, color selection and room appointment,” Kirsten adds, “and we had a design scheme for each room.” They explain that the house's interior signature was more rustic before, with a Colonial style that was


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Appointed in varying shades of blue, the farmhouse inspired. “The decor was dated and not functionally working for the homeowners anymore,” Laura adds, “so we changed the house drastically.” Their goal was to create an interior that still had traditional architecture and styling with a more modern appointment. Laura explains that the owners wanted it to be a more family-oriented home. “We were going for less formal, not a gallery setting, nothing off limits like a museum; but something livable, warm and inviting,” Kirsten describes. She explains that the owners were involved in the process and knew what they wanted and were onboard with their overall design schemata. “The owner loves the process and has a great eye.” Laura adds, “He enjoys the arts and love his antiques.” Warm and inviting spaces were the desired outcome, along with rooms designed to showcase the owners’ English antique furnishings. To achieve this warmth the first element was a change in the color palette. “There are no white walls,” Laura points out. Also, she believes that colors welcome people in. Their use of color and the color combinations added that warm, welcoming feel and were selected to showcase the array of antique furnishings. “We used Wedgewood blue, pale yellow, raspberry pink and other warm neutrals, “Laura explains, “ that are not only welcoming but are cheerful, happy colors. The living room is awash in a cheerful yellow and in the kitchen the wall application was done in a grass cloth. “Grass cloth adds a warm color tone and texture, “ Laura continues. Warm, inviting colors extend into the dining room with a hand-painted mural by local artist, David Posey. This panoramic wall mural of historic Gladwyne was done in a primitive style to complement the time period the house replicates. “This was the perfect room to do this.” Laura explains, “As people are sitting, their eyes can travel around the room and read a story. It also eliminates the need for artwork.” The landscape is dotted with rolling hills and old farmhouses and is interspersed with the soapstone quarry,

Above, the kitchen is appointed with a large center island topped with granite. All the cabinetry has been painted blue with a distressed finish to give the feel of aged wood. An impressive collection of pots and pans hang above on a custom pot rack. Behind the island is the cook top with a grayish-blue ceramic tile backsplash. 36

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Above, adorning the formal dining room is a hand-painted mural, done in a primitive style, depicting historic Gladwyne. A Hepplewhite mahogany dining table, circa 1780, is central to the space. In the left corner is an English George III mahogany bow-fronted sideboard circa 1790. Opposite, against one wall, accented by the wall mural showing the landscape of rolling hills dotted with farms, sits a pair of Chippendale chairs flanking a dropleaf table with an antique silver set. Through the arch into the foyer sits a William and Mary marquetry chest of drawers, circa 1690, with bird and floral bouquet inlays on an ebonized background, with walnut surrounds. 38

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library, hardware store and greenhouse. It has all the elements of the center of the historic town from decades ago. Continuing with the theme of historic, the dining room is appointed with a collection of antiques. For a more formal dining experience, the Hepplewhite mahogany dining table, circa 1780, is central to the space. In the left corner is an English George III mahogany bow-fronted sideboard circa 1790. Along one wall is a pair of Chippendale chairs flanking a drop-leaf table with an antique silver set. All these pieces are accented by the striking wall mural. Another striking decor element is in view in the new kitchen. Appointed in varying shades of blue, the new kitchen, relocated to the addition from the original section of the house, was designed to create a real cook's kitchen. Both homeowners love to cook and use every inch of their new kitchen. Designed by Joanne Hudson, this expansive space is appointed with a large center island topped with granite. All the cabinetry has been painted blue with a distressed finish to give the feel of aged wood. An impressive collection of pots and pans hang above on a custom pot rack that Laura designed. Laura explains that it had to be custom-made due to its size and how it had to be hung on the ceiling beams. Behind the island is the cook top with a grayishblue ceramic tile backsplash. Window treatments in shades of cream and blue, in a French toile floral motif, pull the room's decor together. New colors and textures were added to refresh and enliven the remaining first floor living spaces. In the family room, part of the addition done by Venuti Construction, the wainscoting and trim were painted a neutral Colonial shade and the walls FALL 2016

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Above, the guest room is redone to feel like a hotel room with a private bath, this space was transformed with a custom hickory chair headboard. The walls are dressed with a Farrow & Ball historic English wallpaper in a lotus leaf motif.

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are covered in grass cloth adding more warmth and texture. A step down from the kitchen, this room was redone with an eye for family comfort with a more country feel. An inviting sitting area with oversized chairs in floral and striped fabrics surround an Alfonso Marina cocktail table. This area is finished with neutral-toned carpet. In the library, which was originally the living room, the appointments are in rich, dark wood tones. English wing chairs in navy mohair velvet are arranged by the fire. In the center of the room is a Victorian marquetry inlaid walnut table on a carved dolphin-shaped base. Wood accents abound with built-in bookcases and a mahogany mantel that is a reproduction piece created by Peter Archer. This space has a distinctively different feel from the rest of the house and is filled with the owner's historical books and other reading material. Also a departure is the office. Created years ago, this space was once a patio. The floors are

the original brick floors. A French armoire stands against one wall. On display along the back wall is a display of the owner's sports memorabilia including a framed baseball card collection. Standing next to the armoire is Poncho the cowboy, a piece of chain-saw art purchased at a Philadelphia gallery. This office is another area that was filled with the owner's collections and is a favorite resting spot. Favorite spots are what this renovation was all about. In collaboration with Peter Archer, Laura and Kirsten refreshed the interior living space to add more comfort and function. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We accented and furnished every room, for updated livability,â&#x20AC;? adds Laura. After the facelift this original Walter Durham still has all the architectural elements that are his signature, with an added sense of warmth and approachability for today's standards of living. Beth S. Buxbaum is a freelance writer from the Philadelphia area.


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Kitchens Three top area companies share the latest in kitchen design and what the kitchen that is really “with it” looks like By Mary Beth Schwartz

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or 53 years, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has been interviewing North American kitchen designers to discover the latest trends in kitchen design. For 2016, the major trends are transitional style with clean lines, less ornamentation, and personalized luxury—features that are suited for lifestyle enjoyment versus future resale. Among the sought-after items are home office areas, flat screen TVs, docking/charging stations, kitchen laundry areas, and specialized storage for everything from take-out menus to the family’s bicycles. Homeowners also want built-in coffee stations, wet bars, and wine refrigerators, along with pet spaces, including food storage and feeding stations. Wood flooring and pocket doors still are popular picks. As for cabinetry, the trend is to mix it up. There are pullouts, tilt-outs, and tilt-ins for easy access to recycling, storage, and trash. You’ll see two or more cabinet colors or finishes in the same kitchen, often in a light/dark combination. Homeowners also are selecting different countertops for islands and the perimeter, varying in both material and color. Here at MONTCO Homes, Gardens, & Lifestyle magazine, we asked three top area design/build companies to share photos of their designer kitchens along with their top kitchen trends.

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ardner/Fox Associates, Inc. is an award-winning design/build firm serving the Philadelphia area since 1987. Their team of architects, project managers, and craftsmen create upscale additions and renovations. According to Rachel Hammond, Marketing & Development, their top kitchen trends involve several components.

Architectural elements still remain popular. There is lots of crown molding. You might even see a kitchen that has a beamed ceiling with crown molding. Backsplash outlets are no longer in. Instead, you see more and more undercabinet outlet strips.

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Wood cabinets and furniture-look cabinets dominate. White painted cabinets are still at the top of clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s must-have list. You see more drawer backs, floating shelves, and horizontal uppers with lift-up doors. Popular storage features include trash/recycling pullouts, tall pantries, and spice pullouts. Glass cabinet doors are chosen for showcasing collections of china or pottery. As for countertops, matt/honed finished stone is in, not high gloss finishes.

To make a statement, designers are using a central architectural style light fixture as well as pendant type lights. LEDs can be found in interior cabinet lighting and under cabinet lighting. The attraction of LED lighting is that it is more energy efficient. Homeowners also want green kitchens with energy saving appliances and faucets that save water.

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Opposite top, refined home has a traditional kitchen complete with coffered ceilings, French doors, and a subtle color palette, Viking appliances, marble island with seating for three and a built-in microwave. Opposite top right, kitchen bath in historical home. White cabinetry and lots of lighting. Top, the ballroom in this historic town home was converted into the kitchen. Bottom, in this kitchen are designer lighting patterns and unique counter tops.

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f you speak with Kitchen Magic’s Marketing Manager Linda Fennessy, she’ll tell you that kitchen trends come and go. She says that the life of a trend or style is about eight to 10 years. It varies slightly because it takes time for people to adapt. Here are a few trends from Kitchen Magic.

BRIGHTEN WITH WHITE Homeowners want to brighten up and lighten spaces. Right now, one of the most popular trends in kitchen design is any shade of white—antique white, winter white, off white, frosty white. When we go into the home to give an estimate, the kitchen is, on average, between 20 to 30 years old. That said, the trend then was dark—lots of oak and walnut. Our design reps tell us that Shaker style and the classic raised panel pair well with whites. For a while, homeowners were choosing a contrasting countertop like black granite. Now they are choosing a creamy or slightly darker white, sometimes gray. It sounds like with all shades of white that they would compete with each other. 44

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The results are quite the opposite. They complement each other beautifully, as long as one isn’t too yellow. Then you can sprinkle in color or a dark wall color and the results are stunning. Many of our customers choose white-on-white and the square panel styles: Breckenridge, Stonebridge, Vintage, and Shaker. They all come in white and all have the option of a walnut glaze, which warms the look of the door and adds sophistication. QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS Another kitchen trend is quartz countertops. Five years ago, granite was all the rage. Homeowners now have their color of Cambria or Zodiaq quartz picked out before we arrive. Quartz is actually harder than granite and won’t ever chip or crack. The patterns are similar to granite but more swirly, where granite is more random. Quartz comes in hundreds of colors and design patterns. The process of creating the quartz countertops is different from granite, in that it is an engineered product, consisting of a minimum of 93 percent quartz and 7 percent epoxy binder and dyes. An engineered product that requires no sealer has the advantage

in that it requires no harsh chemicals to seal, nor does it emit harmful chemicals into the air, making it potentially more environmentally friendly. Quartz is not the most economical component in your new kitchen to say the least, but will last a lifetime. SAVING MONEY Once homeowners find what they love, they just know it. We try and find other cost efficiency so that they won’t have to sacrifice their dream kitchen. For instance, cabinet refacing is a great way to save over half the cost of new cabinets. If the cabinets are in good shape, you really can’t tell the difference. Reface the cabinets, add new doors and a countertop, and voila!—a new kitchen. Top it with quartz countertops and your kitchen is transformed. Kitchen Magic offers free in-home consultations and estimates. They are ready to help and guide you in every step of the way in your kitchen remodeling project. You can call them at 484-546-5553. Visit them on Facebook, Houzz, or at www.kitchenmagic.com.


Opposite top left, winter white with walnut glaze with Cambria countertops in Canterbury. Opposite top right, frosty white in Madison style with Cambria countertops in Edinborough. This page, crystal white kitchen with pewter glaze. The island is in ebony. The countertops are Kashmir white. The door style is classic raised panel.

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aster carpenter Rolf Schroeder founded Rolf Schroeder General Contractors, Inc. (RSGC) in 1982. Derek Schroeder joined the awardwinning construction firm full time in 2008. The family owned design/build company offers the knowledge and experience to complete any and all home remodeling projects, while specializing in custom home remodeling, bathrooms, and kitchens in both Bucks County and Montgomery County. Derek Schroeder offers a few trends in their kitchen projects. BALANCE The number one focus for our clients and kitchen projects is that it’s all about balance. There has to be the right mix of show worthy qualities and functionality of the space. They want a kitchen that impresses visitors when they walk in, yet use it daily to provide meals and a gathering place for the family. The kitchen is and has been for the last several years the nucleus of the home. COLOR PALETTES The colors are soft and muted. We are seeing kitchen colors changing, even though white themes will still be foremost. Items in the kitchen from cabinets, backsplashes, or countertops will be in less saturated tones. Palettes of gray, neutral pastels, and tinted whites will replace the standard white we are used to seeing. We also are seeing wood tones being incorporated back into kitchens as accent or custom focal pieces. There is wood in glazed stains, whitewashes, or unique grain patterns such as rift cut, reclaimed, and quarter sawn.

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MEANINGFUL ORGANIZATION People’s lives are busier than ever, so meaningful organization is key. There is a designated place for everything so that it’s easily accessible. Roll trays allow someone easy access to the full depth of the cabinet. You can have lift-ups for mixers and other appliances, which allow them to swing up and out from a cabinet during use and be tucked away when finished. The use of blind corner cabinets is becoming more popular in certain applications with the ability to use multiple shifting or pivoting organizers to make what was one an ineffective cabinet into a more decluttered space. Clients are even requesting hi-tech areas in the kitchen, from designated smart device hidden charging areas to appliances. OPEN CONCEPT This has been and we think will continue to be a major focus for kitchen remodels. The concept of combining the kitchen with adjoining living spaces allows for full use of the house, while still being conducive to conversation with those around. TEXTURES A change we have seen is the client’s focus on textures. They are seeing how they play a role in the aesthetics of the kitchen. For example, there can be a focus on metallics such as faucets, cabinet pulls, accent lighting fixtures, and commercial style hoods. With the hoods, some clients combine wood and metal mixed hoods to provide both texture and contrast. Clients also want to use stone to create contrast. The same stone can be finished in multiple ways in the same

space. For instance, you can use a stone that is polished with an eased edge on your perimeter cabinets and the same stone on the island that has been leathered with an ogee edge. UNIVERSAL DESIGN Aging in place, also known as universal design, allows people to stay in their homes longer without moving due to age or disability. This design is being used all throughout the home. In the kitchen, organization is important. A pull-out (roll tray) pantry allows you to view everything in a cabinet at a glance. Using pullouts or lift-ups for portable appliances allows for ease of use and storage. Another item is placing microwaves at or below the counter height. You can have a built-in microwave at counter height, or a microwave drawer unit. Hallways and doorways can be opened up or widened, and corners can be rounded and softened. There should be ample room for one to turn around. There also should not be any obstacles with design, such as decorative legs or standard depth appliances. With flooring, choose slipresistant materials that have texture to them and will provide grip under foot. The sink and faucet should be kept close to the range to prevent slipping hazards. The homeowner may request a pot filler near or over the range so that pots can be filled safely. Over the last 30 years, Rolf Schroeder General Contractors, Inc. has been built around professionalism, reputation, integrity, dedication, and experience. You can visit them on Facebook or Houzz, or check out their website at www.rolf schroedergc.com. If you would like to schedule an estimate, call 215-672-0829. Mary Beth Schwartz is a freelance writer who frequently contributes to regional publications.


Top, the clients were looking for a unique, timeless styled kitchen that would accommodate their family, including modern conveniences and innovations in appliances and features. They were looking for a kitchen that provided a more ergonomic layout for their family. The clients stated that the original builder of their estate home missed the mark on the kitchen and that the nucleus of their home was missing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;WOWâ&#x20AC;? factor. Center, early 90s home was adequate for the husband when he was just living there. However, now the family of three and their loving cat live there together. The space quickly became confined and inadequate. The clients contacted wanted to discuss what their options may be to help the home feel more spacious.

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es, multiple Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper grew up here, in neighboring Rydal, just across The Fairway from the bustling Baederwood Shopping Center. Bob and Hope Katz, owners of West Avenue Grille, recall frequent visits from the handsome, talented actor, who always enjoyed noshing at their convivial magnet for casual dining. He still stops there when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in town.

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But heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the only celebrity to visit West Avenue Grille (718 West Avenue). During the historic presidential campaign of 2008, eloquent Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, with popular state representative Josh Shapiro by his side, swung by the restaurant to meet and greet his avid supporters. Nor was Obama the first future or sitting president to visit the borough, which was incorporated in 1874 from a small parcel of land in Abington Township. In


Above left, fall decorations brighten up West Ave. Right, Breslin’s consignment corner—a fun and funky upscale consignment shop.

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1889, President Benjamin Harrison also made an appearance as he traveled to Hartsville, Bucks County, to attend the 150th anniversary celebration of Log College. Jenkintown’s enthusiastic citizens welcomed him under a sixty-foot-long archway erected above the busy intersection of Susquehanna and Old York Roads. ld York Road (Route 611), dating to 1683, is the main thoroughfare of Jenkintown. Following a north-south Native American path through the forest, it was the third road built by William Penn across his fertile, sylvan land. Today it is the locus of the borough’s revitalized shopping district, with enough stores, restaurants, and professional offices to fulfill the needs of the vibrant affluent community. Unlike most suburban towns in the region, Jenkintown is one of the few pedestrian-oriented communities in Montgomery

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County. Residents are fortunate that they and their children can easily walk to their local churches, shops, playgrounds, and schools. In fact, in its ranking of America’s top high schools for 2015, Newsweek magazine ranked the School District of Jenkintown (Middle School/High School) 136th-best in the entire country—a high honor for the district. Only three suburban Philadelphia schools placed higher. And Jenkintown’s central shopping district is marked by a diverse group of shops and services, including distinctive momand-pop operations and popular specialty stores—from the museum-quality custom framing of The Art of Framing (413 Old York Road) and the original, one-of-a-kind artisan designs of My Jewel Shop, Inc., next door (411 Old York Road), to organic and specialty foods at Trader Joe’s (933 Old York Road) and Whole Foods Market (1575 The Fairway). Many of these establishments are within walking distance of most homes


in the tiny borough (4,500 people living in slightly more than a half-square-mile area). In the era of the great department stores, Jenkintown was once a major shopping mecca, anchored by spacious John Wanamaker and Strawbridge & Clothier outposts. When the great Wanamaker store at 901 Old York Road closed in 1996, it made way for the Noble Town Center, now anchored by Bed, Bath, & Beyond, supported by several smaller stores. Strawbridge & Clothier, the elegant art deco fortress flying an American flag on its roof, arose from the razed Wyndhurst estate on Old York Road between Rydal Road and Rodman Avenue, drawing countless shoppers to Jenkintown until its move to Willow Grove Park Mall in 1982. More recently, the Piazza on the Square—situated behind West Avenue Grille and La Pergola (726 West Avenue), a fine, underrated Mediterranean restaurant, within view of the Town Square—has

brought a new buzz to the revitalized borough. Developed by the visionary Lindy Property Management Co., this three-yearold shopping district includes the likes of La Bella Donna, a fashionable women’s boutique; Second Chances, a thrift shop benefitting the Women’s Center of Montgomery County; Luda’s Judaica; Edge Dancing Company; Rhinoceros Toys & Gaming; and The Art of It, an artists’ collaborative and market place featuring art classes and diverse works created by local artists. peaking of Town Square, this is the setting of the borough’s biggest annual event (yes, bigger even than the festive Fourth of July Parade along Old York Road)—the Jenkintown Festival of the Arts. The eighteenth annual iteration of this autumn festival, which takes place on Sunday, September 18, this year, features food stands, brew tents, live entertainment, eye-opening crafts, and a juried art show fea-

Above left, The Art of It, a collaborative of artists who work in ceramics, fabric art, glass, painting and sculpture. Above right, a view down West Avenue.

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turing dozens of innovative artists. Speaking of art, one of the gems of Jenkintown is the 27-acre Abington Art Center (515 Meetinghouse Road), for more than seventy-five years one of the region’s leading hubs for cultural and artistic exchange. The center is situated in Alverthorpe Manor, the stunning residence built by famed Chicago architect Ernest Grunsfeld for Edith and Lessing Rosenwald, who generously donated their home to what is now the Abington Township Department of Parks & Recreation. In the nineteenth century, on the very grounds that now house Alverthorpe Manor, two prominent American citizens came to live. First to arrive, in 1827, was the 75-year-old Betsy Ross, the folk hero believed to have designed the first American flag. Then, from 1865 until his death in 1872, Civil War hero General George Meade made his summer residence at Meadow Bank, the home built by his friend, Joshua Francis Fisher, on that very same land, as the manor was being built. oday the Abington Art Center, an outgrowth of the Old York Road Art Guild (founded in 1939), is dedicated to providing area residents with access to the visual and performing arts. Summer and fall entertainment series draw area residents to its grounds, as well as children who enroll in summer art camps there. Its programs include classes in painting, drawing, photography, stained glass, pottery, dance, digital media, sculpture, and more. Speaking of sculpture, guests are enthralled by the center’s nationally acclaimed Sculpture Park. Established in 1990 and open all year round, it features artwork that illuminates the cycles of nature and the impact of human activity on the environment, and encourages the use of natural materials. Also located at the Abington Art Center is the Old York Road Historical Society, founded in 1936 to study and preserve the history and folklore of the communities along and adjacent to Old York Road, from Philadelphia to New Hope. Recently the

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center has begun collaborating with Penn State Abington, introducing a maker space to foster the intersection of art, technology, and business. But art is not confined solely to art centers. Where would Jenkintown be without its beloved art movie house? Bradley Cooper spent countless hours in the darkened Hiway Theater (212 Old York Road) as the icons of the silver screen fired up his imagination. What’s not to love about the Hiway? Originally built in 1913 and once called the Merlin, conjuring up images of magic and wonder, it has been an unofficial community center for more than a hundred years. The thoroughly renovated and modernized Hiway is a far different entity from the pool hall on the second floor of Clayton’s Store at the southeast corner of Greenwood Avenue and Cedar Street, where the earliest films were screened at the turn of the 20th century! In its present incarnation, it has become one of the leading art movie

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houses in the region, dedicated— like its sister Renew Theaters, the County Theater, in Doylestown; the Ambler Theater, in Ambler; and the Princeton Garden Theatre, in Princeton, New Jersey— to independent, foreign, and repertory cinema. In its own quiet way, Jenkintown has also staked its claim to being one of the area’s most interesting dining destinations. Apart from the Cheers-like vibe of West Avenue Grille and the hearty Mediterranean fare of La Pergola, Jenkintown can satisfy food lovers of all tastes. For those who enjoy French cuisine, there’s the cozy BYOB Leila’s Bistro (700 West Avenue). Those who fancy great pub grub can enjoy soccer matches and other athletic contests at the British-Scottish-style King’s Corner Public House (603 Summit Avenue). Care for a sports bar with patio seating? Then drop in on popular Drake Tavern (304 Old York Road). Vegetarians frequent Flora, a cozy 16seat BYOB (307 Old York Road). For sweet treats, you couldn’t do much better than Velvet Sky Bakery (307 Leedom Street). Elsewhere along the main thoroughfare and side streets of Jenkintown, you will find eateries specializing in Italian (Marzano Ristorante, at 309 Old York Road), Mediterranean (Mirna’s Café, at 417 Old York Road), casual dining (Our Family Café, at 709 West Avenue), bagels and bread (Fill A Bagel, at 424 Old York Road),

Moroccan/Mediterranean (Argana Tree Restaurant, at 623 Greenwood Avenue), eclectic (Forcella BYOB, at 310 Old York Road), and many more. The first settler, Welshman Stephen Jenkins, after whom the borough is named, would be proud to see how the heavily forested community has grown since he arrived in 1697, just six years after the visionary Quaker William Penn founded Pennsylvania as a “holy experiment.” Speaking of holy places, Jenkintown has its share, including, among others, Immaculate Conception Parish, Jenkintown United Methodist Church, St. Mark’s Reformed Episcopal Church, Grace Presbyterian Church, St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Church, and the well-known Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, founded in 1884, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King preached just two months after the legendary March on Washington, and which has also hosted such luminaries as Rosa Parks, Andrew Young, John Lewis, Leon Sullivan, and Jesse Jackson. The borough also boasts its own fine little Jenkintown Library, founded in 1837 by Mary Jenkins Ross as the Jenkinstown Lyceum, a longtime community cultural, educational, and social organization that once housed the Old York Road Historical Society; the highly regarded Jenkintown Fire Department, comprised of two volunteer fire companies founded more than one hundred twenty-five years ago; and the Jenkintown Police Department, whose full-time and part-time officers dedicate themselves to maintaining a safe and secure town. With its alluring arts and cinema scene, a full menu of delectable dining spots, plentiful shopping, a strong school district and many houses of worship, stable, walkable Jenkintown continues a revitalization that bodes well for the future of one of Montgomery County’s most vibrant communities.

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Arbor Square of Harleysville and the Birches at Arbor Square, 691, 695 and 699 Main Street, Harleysville, PA 19438; 215-501-7129; www.arborsquare.com Arbour Square of Harleysville and The Birches at Arbour Square offer a continuum of retirement options including independent living, personal care, memory care and home care with no entrance fee. Meals, social events, housekeeping, utilities, and more are included in the monthly rent.

Chandler Hall A Kendal Affiliate, 99 Barclay Street, Newtown, PA 18940; 888-603-1973 or 215-497-0905; www.ch.kendal.org. Since 1973, Chandler Hall has provided high-quality care for older adults in Newtown, Pa. Founded as a 55-bed nursing home, Chandler Hall now offers a wide spectrum of services for individuals at all stages of the aging process. Adult Day Health, Community Living and Personal Care, Residential Hospice, Home Hospice, Home Health, Independent Living, Respite Care, and Skilled Nursing Care are just some of the programs currently offered.

Foulkeways at Gwynedd, 1120 Meetinghouse Road, Gwynedd, PA 19436; 215-643-2200/7575; www.foulkeways.org Guided by Quaker values, Foulkeways has been setting standards of excellence in retirement living since 1967. Whether your plans include a cozy studio, mid-sized apartment or spacious, cottage, Foulkeways provides proven financial stability, comprehensive health care and a community where friendship, caring, dignity and respect are a way of life. Greenfield Senior Living of Perkiomen Valley, 300 Perkiomen Ave. Schwenksville, PA 19473;610-287-1822; www.greenfieldseniorliving.com At Greenfield of Perkiomen Valley we combine all the comforts of home with the services, accessibility, and expertise of highly trained staff who love what they do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and who are proud to make your family our family. With access to top rated healthcare providers and countless opportunities for social, intellectual, and emotional growth, seniors in our community can truly thrive and pursue their passions in a safe, nurturing environment.

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SENIOR LIFESTYLES Morris Hall Meadows at Lawrenceville,Meadow Circles Drive, Lawrenceville, NJ. 215-830-8700: www.morrishall.org. Morris Hall Meadows at Lawrenceville was conceived and developed with innovative ideas about engaging the mind, body and spirit of our Elders. Morris Hall Meadows is an elder-centered model that places the maximum possible decision-making authority into the hands of the Elders or those closest to them.Following The GREEN HOUSEÂŽ model developed by Dr. Bill Thomas, we emphasize three core values: a Meaningful Life, Empowered Staff and a Real Home. We focus on community, compassion and comfort for every individual, in an environment that provides outstanding physical and emotional support.Morris Hall Meadows elders live in actual homes offering more privacy and comfort than traditional nursing home settings. Each of the thoughtfully designed single-level homes has ten private bed-and-bath suites overlooking our beautifully landscaped grounds. Pickering Manor, 226 N. Lincoln Ave., Newtown, PA 18940; 215.968.3878; www.pickeringmanor.org. Located in the heart of the historic Newtown, Pickering Manor offers its community opportunities to enjoy vibrant

and comfortable lifestyles at affordable prices. Our Independent Living Cottages, Apartments and our Personal Care and Rehabilitation, as well as our wide range of community activities and services are designed to enable our residents to live life to the fullest. Pine Run Retirement Community, 777 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA18901; 800-992-8992; www.pinerun.org Pine Run provides and active and engaging lifestyle for men and women age 65+ with shared and diverse interests. Pine Run is a haven for artists, gardeners, teachers and travelers, who want to explore new avenues for continued education, fitness, and fun. Reinventing yourself is for now; come explore our new cottage designs today!

Woodriver Village, 3200 Bensalem Blvd., Bensalem, PA 19020; 215-752-2370; www.woodrivervillage.com Wood River Village is an Independent LifeCare Continuing Care Retirement Community spread out over 20 beautiful acres in Bensalem, PA. Conveniently located outside of Philadelphia, PA and serving the residents of Bucks County and surrounding areas for over 30 years, Wood River Village feels like home from the moment you walk through the doors.

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ries up to three flowers per stem. The neat clusters of yellow trumpets make dainty cut flowers. In Holland, the cobalt blue spikes of grape hyacinths (Muscari) are as well known as the daffodils and tulips they bloom with. The long lasting flowers and long bloom season make the brilliant blue grape hyacinth a champ in the garden. Mass plantings are spectacular. Count on these long-lasting cobalt blue flowers to lift cabin-fevered spirits. Muscari also excels as “the lower tier” of color in double-decker plantings with taller yellow daffodils or tulips or any color. Muscari will naturalize easily in the lawn or garden, and at four to eight-inches tall, grape hyacinth flowers make a lovely addition to pots, rock gardens, and of course tiny bouquets. Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), with its bright yellow flowers, blooms right through the snow. It has cheerful cup-shaped yellow flowers that appear in late winter or earliest spring. A collar of green bracts surround the base of each flower. Green leaves appear at ground level after the flowers fade, then the leaves also fade away when the bulb goes dormant in late spring. Native to southern Europe, winter aconite grows well under deciduous trees and shrubs where it will get full sun in winter and dappled shade in summer. For best results, soak the bulbs overnight before planting them in rich soil with good drainage. When it is happy, winter aconite will form large colonies, spreading by seed. Rip Van Winkle is a shaggy little daffodil with spiky double golden flowers. Also known as 'Plenus,' 'Rip van Winkle' is an heirloom double daffodil that dates back to 1884. The blooms consist of whorls of narrow, pale greenish yellow petals, some with a slight twist. These vigorous, long-lived bulbs thrive joyously in sunny, well-drained places, are shunned by hungry deer and voles, and will thrive and multiply with little care on your part. Grecian windflowers (Anemone) are low-growing early bloomers with long-lasting daisy-like flowers above a carpet of ferny foliage. They come in white, pink or purplish-blue. Plant windflowers in single

color blocks for waves of unbroken color, or select mixed color packages for a crazy quilt look. Try them en masse for a fabulous groundcover either on their own or under taller bulbs or emerging perennials. They will twinkle anywhere they are planted, brightening the dreary days of early spring. 'Lady Jane' is a tiny tulip with the perfect combination of white and deep pink. Also known as 'Peppermint Stick Tulip,' is an improved variety of the species Tulipa clusiana, the Lady Tulip. The outside of the petals is a rosy-red edged in white and the flowers open to a white interior giving this variety a delightful candy cane look. Plant these dainty garden gems once and they will come back year after year. 'Lady Jane' is perfect for adding color and interest to rock gardens or the front of borders. The delicate yet jaunty Narcissus 'Hawera ' is so special, that the experts jumped categories to include it in the “Best of the Best Special Bulbs” collection, according to the U.S. Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center. As tough as it is dainty, this little daffodil is great in containers, beds and naturalized settings. At only eight inches tall, this tiny lemon-yellow daffodil makes up for its size by producing six to eight flowers on each stem. 'Hawera' will last for years in a sunny spot, gracing the early spring days with gorgeous color. The adorably named Puschkinia (striped squill) is a six-inch tall beauty with

white flowers striped with shadings of grayish-blue was first discovered in the West Asia and the Caucasus in 1808 and has been cultivated in Holland ever since. It blooms early and for long periods of time. One of the few bulbs completely at home in partial shade, it is a great choice for planting under trees and shrubs. Puschkinia's bell shaped flowers will multiply freely, filling small flower beds in just a few short years. The unique bluish-white color makes it a lovely addition to just about any garden setting. The snowdrop is one of spring’s first sentinels, sometimes blooming right through the snow. The 10-inch stems of snowdrops are topped by dainty, nodding white flowers with a green spot at the tip of each petal. They look best naturalized in clusters in a lawn or woodland. They flower so early that lawn plantings are not an issue - it’s too early to mow as grass is generally dormant then. This means that snowdrops-in-the-grass can easily be left to die back for six weeks (the necessary dieback time for naturalized bulbs to recharge their stored energy for next years’ bloom season). Plant them in rock gardens, gardens, under shrubs and in sweeps across the lawn. Plant lots of tiny flower bulbs this season, and treat yourself to oodles of fingersized faerie-flower bouquets. Lori Pelkowski, The Midnight Gardener, is a Temple University Certified Master Home Gardener.

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I DON’T HAVE A GPS SYSTEM IN MY CAR SO I DECIDED TO give myself plenty of time to find my next advertising appointment. I am the worst when it comes to directions, and if I don’t look out I could end up in China! In fact one time I ended up in Chinatown, Philadelphia. That’s another story for another time. But, this time I impressed myself. I found my destination and I was ahead of schedule. I had a whole hour to kill. I decided to go into the Walgreens and check things out. Of course, the first thing I did was to go to the magazine rack and check on Bucks County Magazine. I moved some copies to the front. Something I always do so we get better exposure. And, while there I can’t believe that I saw a friend I haven’t seen in years! It was my friend Lorraine from my hometown, Trenton, NJ. Anyway, after all the excitement wore off, she invited me over for a cup of coffee at her house, which turned out to be only a few short blocks away from Walgreens. I had time to kill so it worked out well. While there she showed me an interesting looking treadmill with a curved surface called the Speedboard Pro XL. She didn’t realize my husband and I published a regional magazine and that I had a column about staying fit at any age. So after I explained she thought it would be a great idea to feature this product. So, she suggested I take it home to test it. I was lucky her husband was there to put it in my Jeep. I saved Bill again from getting off the couch to come to my rescue. I have to tell you I was very anxious and so curious to try this out that I wanted to get home right after my appointment. And, that I did. I hopped on the Speedboard Pro XL as soon after I walked in the door. This is a non-motorized treadmill. A new generation of treadmills, which 64 M O N T C O M A G . C O M

give you an unparalleled running experience. You can walk, jog, and run on this curved surface. The gravity of your body actually brings it to life. The soft tread belt reduces joint stress and let’s you naturally adjust your speed by adjusting your position, and it runs smooth and quiet. Running on the curved surface improves your running and is just great for those posterior muscles. As I am doing my high intensity intervals, the nice thing about this is that there are no buttons to reach to decrease or increase speed. By controlling my pace from fast to slow, it’s all about my body position and gravity. I am simply speeding things up by moving toward the front and slowing things down when I am moving toward the back. I am all fired up and having one heck of a time! The Speedboard PRO XL seriously gives one heck of a workout to your lower body since all the force is coming from the legs and not the machine. The curved surface prevents the need for the treadmill to be on an incline, giving less strain on the knees and hips. And, also this curved surface gives those serious athletes and rehabilitating individuals the ability to work more muscles with less restriction. It’s a proven fact that a regular cardiovascular exercise program can improve the health for people of all ages, types, and fitness levels. This manual treadmill provides a convenient simple and inexpensive method on getting your body in shape and achieving a happier and healthier lifestyle. Other shapes and models are also available. The Speedboard Pro XL is the ideal high intensity interval training tool. And, this being the ideal work out, makes it a big deal! For further information, visit www.info@speedfit.com. Don’t forget, with any exercise program always consult your physician before you begin.


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TODAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOMEOWNERS ARE LOOKING TO Stay in their current homes and remodel various rooms versus building or buying a new home. One place often not given much thought is the garage. With a few changes, you can transform your dirty cluttered two-car garage into a more usable space. You can add some overhead bins or cabinets for storage, some slatwalls for organization, or even a colorful flaked epoxy floor. Ric Edwards, Owner of GarageExperts of Eastern PA, is the specialist to call to get your garage makeover into motion. Covering Philadelphia, Allentown, and all of their surrounding counties, GarageExperts of Eastern PA is ready to show you the future in home improvement. According to Edwards, his background includes 30plus years in the residential home building and reno-

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vation business. “My masonry experience intersects well with the great products that are made right here in the United States and come with lifetime warranties,” Edwards says. First on the list of products is a line of fullback cabinetry that is designed for strength and lots of storage capacity. The easy-to-clean cabinets from GarageExperts are custom built for each customer. There are many sizes, finishes, styles, colors, and countertops to choose from. Customers also can pick pulls, door hinges, adjustable shelves, door slides, and child safety locks. “The cabinets are perfect for organizing, reducing clutter, and getting stuff off of the garage floor. You can use them for tools, car parts, pool accessories, or your pantry items like paper products and detergent,” Edwards adds. All of the cabinetry is CARB certified. This

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Opposite, in a house in Hatfield kitchen cabinets that were white are now refinished to light gray with a cinnamon glaze. Top, for a kitchen in Plymouth Meeting, maple cabinets were refinished to neutral white with a white glaze. Bottom, for a kitchen in Morristown New Jersey, oak cabinets were refinished to white with a gray island.

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and separate sanding facility in Perkiomenville. The Barretts meet with clients in parts of New Jersey, along with Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania. You can visit their showroom in the new barn at Rice’s Market in New Hope. Saturday through Tuesday, you can see before and after cabinets, door samples, and custom finishes. You also can visit the Barretts at the Greater Philadelphia Fall Home Show, September 9-11, at the Valley Forge Casino Resort. October 7-9, they will be at the Bucks & Montgomery County Home Show at SMG SportsPlex in Warminster. When a client calls for an estimate, both John and Lisa come to the home. John has been in direct marketing for over 25 years. He personally runs the marketing side of the business and the studio. “When everything comes in house, I personally do every door. We have a crew that handles the sanding. I do all of the refinishing up until the glazing,” he says. 70

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Lisa graduated from the Tyler School of Art. She has over 27 years of experience in high-end faux painting. “I am certified in faux and wood grain from Faux Effects, an industry leader in the field of high-end decorative and designer finishes. The training is like a chemistry course for painters. There are over 3,000 products for every situation,” she says. Their artisan son Devon recently joined the company as Production Manager after graduating from college with a double major in art and business. Once the client has booked the job, Lisa helps with selecting and mixing custom colors and glazes and kitchen design related items. The Barretts then create a sample door. “We repurpose old doors for the sample doors. They come from Habitat for Humanity. We want the client to live with the door in their kitchen for at least several days. This makes the client excited when the job begins and not so nervous. They can take the sample door to pick out hardware, take it to the granite

yard—it makes their life so easy when they have it in their hands,” Lisa says. There are some popular trends in kitchens, according to the Barretts. Almost 98 percent of their clients are going from stained cabinets to lighter white or cream colored cabinets that lighten and brighten the kitchen space. Another trend is accenting the island in a different color. You can turn a mundane island into an interesting space with these embellishments. There is a multi-step process to refinishing cabinets. First, the doors, door fronts, and drawers are sent to the sanding facility. The crew of in-house employees is sent to the home to sand the framework on the wall. Every measure is made to contain the dust, and there is a thorough cleanup. Then there is the process of applying seven layers by hand with custom microfiber mini rollers and fine brushes. The cabinets are never sprayed, stripped, or dipped. There is a fine sanding between each layer. “When we are done, the cabinets look like they have a baked on enamel. These are truly artisan finishes. If someone picks a glaze, that would be layer five. Our glaze also is a sealant. The last two layers are of a product called Varnish Plus. It is so strong that it penetrates through all of the layers of glaze and paint right to the wood. All of the layers are locked in. This sets us apart from everyone else who is refinishing cabinets,” Lisa adds. While they are the home, the Barretts can refinish other items such bathroom vanities and mantels. Grande Finale Designs has repeatedly earned the Angie’s list Super Service Award. You can visit them online at www.grandefinaledesigns.com or like them on Facebook. For more information on perking up your kitchen before the holiday season, call 215-519-0188. Mary Beth Schwartz is a freelance writer who frequently contributes to regional publications.


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means the wood products have reduced formaldehyde emissions. Another great way to organize the garage is through an industrial strength slatwall. You can display items with baskets, hooks, and other accessories. “We offer different colors of slatwall to match your cabinets,” Edwards notes. Slatwalls can be used for hanging such items as electrical cords, bikes, power tools, yard equipment, lawn chairs, gardening tools, motorcycle gear, and sports equipment. For storage of bulky items like coolers, car covers, ladders, and storage tubs, you can have overhead storage racks installed in the garage. These out-of-the-way are constructed of heavy gauge steel and have thicker wire shelves. They also are powder coated for durability. Aside from the storage options is the company’s popular selection of floor coatings. The maintenance-free coatings are eye catching and easy to clean. Their in-

dustrial epoxy flooring can handle foot traffic, oil, gasoline, and salt from winter storms. The durable coatings attach to the existing concrete floor and will not crack or peel. Customers can choose from sev-

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bulky items like coolers, car covers, ladders, and storage tubs, you can have overhead storage racks installed in the garage.

eral epoxy floor coating colors and flake combinations. Many garage floor coatings can be installed in just one day and have low VOC ratings. “Most clients go with an epoxy flake floor. For a plain epoxy, we can get very close to matching most Sherwin-Williams paint colors. We also are using the epoxy for other concrete sur-

faces. We have finished sidewalks, spaces around swimming pools, and floors in kitchens, basements, and sunrooms. Believe it or not, concrete countertops in kitchens are becoming more popular,” Edwards says. “When I am done with these garages, some people go another step further and convert them into man caves.” Imagine fellas, a special space of your own, with a mini fridge, some memorabilia, a recliner, and a flat screen TV. Perhaps a special space for your vintage car. You can get the wheels in motion by making an appointment with Ric Edwards of GarageExperts of Eastern PA. He will come out to your residence and give you an estimate. You can call him at 484-8215853. If you prefer, you can send an email to ric.edwards@garageexperts.com. For more information online, visit GarageExperts of Eastern PA on Facebook or www.garageexperts.com. Mary Beth Schwartz is a freelance writer who frequently contributes to regional publications.

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ocated at the busy crossroads where Route 29 and Main Street meet, DaVinci’s Pub remains an unforgettable dining experience for loyal guests who return repeatedly to enjoy its many charms. And its creative menu of weekly promotions — think tableside magic, art-and-wine parties, weekend dinner and dancing, and discounted drafts and wings during selected athletic events, plus a buzz-worthy 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. weekday Happy Hour — continues to entice new guests. A member of the Perkiomen Chamber of Commerce, DaVinci’s Pub supports various community causes and is a popular gathering hole for business meetings, corporate lunches, and countless private parties and special occasions. Accommodating more than 280 guests in nine discreet seating areas, in72

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cluding its attractive main dining room (seating 74), its patio, loft, and colorfully named rooms (like Bacchus and, with its stunning skylight, Leo’s Lounge — for “Leonardo,” of course), DaVinci’s Pub has become a multipurpose community center. But first—that curious name that uncannily reveals the distinctive personality of this vibrant restaurant. A unique melding of classic and casual, DaVinci’s is an upscale gastropub offering traditional Italian cuisine with American undertones. Families can order meticulously prepared, affordable comfort food. The restaurant also offers a dizzying array of international and craft beers, and its extensive, approachable wine list draws eager oenophiles to DaVinci’s classy granite-topped wine bar. One of DaVinci’s most popular weekly events is Friday night’s complimentary beer, wine, or spirits tasting from 6 to 8 p.m., like its “Best of Belgium” beer tasting at the end of August.


Even more of a lure, every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.— tell me if you’ve heard of this anywhere else—is “Free Colossal Lobster Night.” The guest who comes closest to guessing the weight of the lobster, without going over that weight, has that lobster cooked up on the spot for dinner. Not bad, huh? According to Director of Operations David S. Finch, who

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loves talking about food—seasonings, cooking processes, regional cuisine, and stories about celebrity chefs he has worked with—DaVinci’s Pub has a clearly defined approach to the dining experience. “Treat guests like family,” he says. “Get to know their names, their favorite cocktails, drinks, and menu items. We’ll order whatever they like. We’re all about family, fun, and

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n some ways, La Pergola is both the alpha and the omega of Jenkintown. On our most recent visit to the esteemed restaurant, co-owner and longtime chef Janina Arest said, “La Pergola is like the grandmother of the area, a steady, sturdy force.” And in the past few years, especially with the influx of many more youthful diners, it has also contributed mightily to the latest revitalization of the borough. Janina, a native of Poland who founded the family-oriented restaurant 29 years ago with her cousin and countryman, Stanley Wyskiel, says, “I never let anyone leave hungry. It’s like my second home. It’s my baby. I’m here every day. I make our food fresh every day. I love my customers and I’m happy to see the guests who were here when we opened in 1989 coming in with their grandkids today. They always find something on the menu they love.” Janina and Stanley, who used to work for local delicatessens when

they came to this country some thirty years ago, decided to start their own business in a European style setting. Stanley, a fine chef in his own right now on an extended visit to his homeland, chose this narrow stretch of West Avenue as the location for their new venture because it so resembled the town where they grew up. And with its sweeping Mediterranean menu, featuring powerful accents from North Africa and the Middle East, it has been delighting customers for nearly three decades. Longtime family friend Christina Kowalski-Wrzos, who helps manage La Pergola, calls Janina “the backbone of the restaurant.” When asked why the bright, cozy dining haven has succeeded for so long, Christina says, “Janina, and Stanley too, do everything from the heart, so you know it’s going to be good.” Regarding the youthful diners who have recently discovered the venerable restaurant, Christina says, “They love our kebabs, and our FALL 2016

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DAVINCI’S PUB friendship. We make it easy for our guests to return frequently.” The staff is well-trained in all aspects of hospitality—from depth of knowledge about each regular menu item and daily specials to satisfying wine match-ups for various dishes. Finch, who has extensive experience as a senior manager and corporate executive chef, has introduced a host of new Italian wines (and beers) not available in state liquor stores. So his servers could recommend, for example, a dark, deep, fruity and smooth Primitivo from Puglia, Italy, with blackberry and plum accents, to complement entrées with meat sauces, poultry, game, and other meat dishes, or DaVinci’s Chianti, an actual brand from Chianti, Italy, with a plum, cherry, and vanilla finish, to complement pasta. But at DaVinci’s Pub, it’s done in a friendly, casual style. It’s sophisticated without the least hint of stuffiness. That is the preferred style of co-owners Frank and Sherri Sautner, Vince and Cynthia Giancaterino, and Mark Persichetti, who also own the Copperfield Inn at Lakeside in nearby Limerick.

Perhaps we should expect no less from an establishment whose history dates back to 1850, when it first became a hotel, sixteen years before the incorporation of Collegeville. Since that time, the historic building has served as the Hallman Hotel, Collegeville Restaurant, Commercial Hotel, Harpoon Louie’s, Great American Pub, and other restaurants until DaVinci’s Pub opened in 2007. Its executive chef since that time has been Massimo Cagliari, whose experience includes his own family’s Italian restaurant, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and Rao’s Italian Restaurant in Manhattan’s theater district. At DaVinci’s Pub, all items are cooked to order and all dietary needs and preferences are readily accommodated. As we discovered, some of the most popular dishes include (for starters) the Bleu Cheese Walnut Salad, with candied walnuts, sun-dried cranberries, bleu cheese, and mixed greens tossed with balsamic vinaigrette, or the Lump Crab & Asparagus Salad; (for pasta) Rapini Farfalle, a classic combination of Italian fla-

DaVinci’s Pub is located at 217 E. Main Street, Collegeville, PA 19426; 610-831-1955; www.davincispub.com. Open Monday and Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Wednesday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.– 11 p.m. Happy Hour: Monday–Friday, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Available for catering, private parties. Special events, promotions daily and live entertainment virtually every night.

Chicken Israeli, which is chicken breast and caramelized vegetables baked in a mixture of orange juice and raisins. And most popular of all is our appetizer called Mazah.” Easy to see why, as Mazah is La Pergola’s signature sampler of Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern delicacies, including a veritable rainbow of hoomus, baba-ganoosh, Israeli salad, tabouli salad, falafel, olives, pickles, tahini sauce, and vegetables kissed by lemon juice. The restaurant’s equally enticing appetizer sampler, both served with freshly baked pita, is Masada, a platter of Mediterranean delights, including Greek salad, tuna salad, tabouli salad, Israeli salad, stuffed grape leaves, vegetables, hard-boiled egg, sharp feta cheese, and Kalamata olives. Part of La Pergola’s appeal is the meticulous presentation of each dish. Our Bureka

(Spanakopita, or spinach pie), which is feta cheese and spinach baked in flaky dough, is served on a bed of freshly sliced tomatoes with tahini sauce on the side, and our Stuffed Grape Leaves, an appetizer fit for royalty, were served with a lemon slice between each grape leaf, with an artful array of radishes, carrots, and slices of tomato, red pepper and cucumber all around. But any time of the year, you must try Janina’s incredible homemade soups. Eve and I consider them the best soups we have tasted anywhere in our long travels. Whether you choose the Split Pea (which, normally, we could do without — here, it’s an aromatic standout), the Mushroom and Barley; the Sweet and Sour Cabbage, a pleasantly pungent recipe inspired by the Four Seasons; or the Borsch Romanoff (an authentic Ashke-

nazi recipe), you will find yourself in flavor paradise. Equally enticing are La Pergola’s entrees. Eve and I shared the popular Bedouin Bandit Kebab, a delightful merging of lamb, beef, and chicken kebabs, succulent grilled jumbo shrimp, and shishlik, a Middle Eastern burger blended with aromatic herbs and spices. And although we knew we couldn’t finish it (it made a sensational dinner the next day), we ordered the restaurant’s signature Mediterranean Trilogy, a vegetarian special featuring Prokas (vegetarian stuffed cabbage), Stuffed Peppers, Eggplant Mustafa (stuffed with falafel and topped with crushed sesame sauce), and Stuffed Grape Leaves in a light plum tomato sauce, with brown rice pilaf and savory vegetables on the side. Although you might think there’s no

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vors featuring sautéed broccoli rabe, sweet Italian sausage and cannellini beans in extra virgin olive oil, served over bowtie pasta topped with pecorino cheese, or Eggplant Spinach Rolletini; (for entrées) Salerno, sautéed chicken, bacon, mushrooms, and peas in a creamy garlic sauce served over spaghetti; Manhattan Steak, topped with a bleu cheese sauce; and DaVinci’s signature Seafood Pasta Bowl, a delectable mélange of pasta smothered with mussels, shrimp, scallops, clams, and crab meat in a white wine garlic butter sauce or fra diavolo spicy sauce. But whatever you choose, you will surely enjoy DaVinci’s distinctive personality — that special blend of classic and casual —that always delivers an unforgettable dining experience.


room left for dessert, you should do your best to try one of La Pergola’s best — like its Grecian Baklava, forty layers of paper-thin pastry sandwiched with crushed walnuts and honey; its noble Italian mascarpone cheesecake specialty, Tiramisu; Israeli Date Cake, served with a caramelly toffee sauce; or its Chambord Sampler, comprised of raspberry sorbet, chocolate and strawberry ice cream with hint of Chambord liqueur. La Pergola, with plenty of parking available around back, is at the center of the bustling Piazza on the Square, a host of old and new businesses developed by the visionary Lindy Property Management Co. It’s the restaurant from which Eve and I order our special New Year’s Eve dinner every single year. Don’t miss it! La Pergola is located at 726 West Avenue, Jenkintown, PA 19046; 215-884-7204. Open Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; and Sunday, 2–9 p.m. Early Bird Special, Monday–Thursday, 3–5:30 p.m.

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Bay Pony Inn, 508 Old Skippack Rd., Lederach, PA; 215-256-6565; www.bayponyinnpa.com.

The Bay Pony Inn is where informal elegance and warm hospitality come quite naturally. A blend of American and international culinary traditions, gracious service and warm hospitality await you.We invite you to visit us and allow us to share with you a bit of this old world charm and elegance.Lunch,Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; Sunday Brunch, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; Dinner,Tues.–Thurs., 4:30–9 p.m., Fri.Sat, 4:30-10:30 p.m., Sun. 4:30-8 p.m. Closed Monday. Banquet and wedding facilities.

Blue Bell Inn, 601 W. Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA; 215-646-2010 www.bluebellinn.com. The Blue Bell Inn began welcoming guest in 1743 and a regular patron was George Washington. Now recently remodeled, yet retaining its historic integrity, the Inn is known for fine Contemporary American food, which includes premium cuts of meat, a raw bar and seafood and outdoor dining on the flagstone patio is available by request. Hours: Monday–Thursday 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday–Saturday 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday brunch 10 a.m.–2 p.m., and dinner 5 p.m.– 7 p.m. Capone’s, 224 W. Germantown Pike, Norristown, PA; 610-279-4748 www.capones-pa.com For over forty years Matt Capone and his family have provided the East Norriton area with great food at a great price.The restaurant is family-oriented with a touch of sports bar, primed with some of the best beer you can find in the region.Our extensive menu includes 76

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traditional pub fare, delicious entrees, and even a kids menu. For the beer connoisseur in all of us–take a moment and visit our Bottle Shop in the back of the restaurant to browse our incredible selection of beers from local micro breweries, domestic craft breweries, and international micro breweries.

Ristorante Castello, 721 W. Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA; 215-283-9500; www.ristrantecastello.com. Castello Ristorante is located in Blue Bell off of Route 73, Skippack Pike and offers fine dining and authentic Italian cuisine with the option to BYO wine and has full bar available. Serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday 11am to 10pm and Sunday's 3pm to 9pm reservations accepted. Accepts all credit cards.

DaVinci’s Pub, 217 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA., 19426, 610831-1955; www.Davincispub.com; davincispub @gmail.com. Full Service, upscale, casual dining experience in a historical pub setting. Since 2007, DaVinci’s has been occupying the Historic, circa,1861, location of the Original Collegeville Inn. Italian influenced Seafood, Pasta, Steaks and Veal and creative appetizers, salads and house made desserts complete an exquisite meal. An Eighteen Craft Beer selection, Enjoy live entertainment every Friday and Saturday beginning at 9:30 pm. Hours of operation, 11:30 a.m to 1 a.m, Monday thru Thursday. 11:30 a.m to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday. 11:30 a.m to 11 p.m. on Sundays. Gourmet Seafood & Grill, Skippack Village, 4101 Skippack Pike, Schwenksville, PA; 484-681-0838; 484-991-8130;


D I N I N G OU T GU I D E www.gourmetseafoodgrill.com. Gourmet Seafood & Grill is a family owned Mediterranean cuisine destination with freshest seafood for all cuisine and delicious pastries. Culinary master Chef Jimmy uses his talents, knowledge and love for food to transform the space into a relaxed destination where you can experience the best of various cuisine flavors, spices and cooking techniques. With over 50 combined years of food and restaurant experience, the owners of Gourmet Seafood & Grill, are bringing a culinary adventure worthy of Skippack’s foodie’ community. Serving brunch and dinner, along with catering services, the Gourmet Seafood & Grill offers a varied menu rich in traditional Mediterranean favorites. From Bronzini to New York Strip, crab cakes, stuffed grape leaves and more, the menu is sure to have just the thing to entice your taste buds. For the less adventurous crowd, Gourmet Seafood & Grill also has burgers, pasta, salads and a kids menu! Dinner daily 5 p.m.– 11 p.m. Lunch Tues.–Sun. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Gypsy Blu, 34 East Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA; 215-283-6080; . www.GypsyBluRestaurant.com Upbeat & Lively Atmosphere with an Eclectic Menu that ranges from Small Plates to Delectable Entrees. Beautiful Patio. On-Site & Off-Site Catering. Full Bar. Serving lunch and dinner 7 Days a Week. Serving brunch every weekend. Hours: Monday & Tuesday Kitchen 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Bar until 12a.m. Wednesday & Thursday: Kitchen 11:30 am-10 p.m. Bar until 2 a.m. Friday: Kitchen 11:30–11 p.m. Bar until 2 a.m. Saturday: Kitchen 10 a.m.–11 p.m. Bar until 2 a.m. Sunday: Kitchen 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Bar until 12 a.m. Live music every Friday & Saturday. Reservations accepted.

La Pergola, 726 West Ave, Jenkintown, PA; 215-884-7204 www.viewmenu.com. La Pergola’s international cuisine takes you to culinary fare around the Mediterranean.Testing the unique authentic dishes and appetizers, would make you feel as if you are sitting at a sidewalk cafe or restaurant in Tel Aviv or Athens.Enjoy contemporary cosmopolitan cuisine based on pure pleasure. La Pergola Restaurant offers healthy and delightful dishes from every corner of the Mediterranean.We offer casual fine dining at reasonable prices. Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.–9 p.m. Panache Woodfire Grill, 602 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA; 215-641-9000; www.panachewoodfiregrill.com. Located on the corner of 73 and Penllyn Bluebell Pike, all american cuisine featuring wood fired pizza, steak, seafood, sandwiches, and salads and more. 2 full bars and 3 dining rooms. Open everyday from 10:30 till close, reservations accepted. pentacle friendly.Visa Master card and American Express accepted.

Ristorante San Marco, 504 Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA; 215654-5000; www.sanmarcopa.com. Dining in a 19th century schoolhouse on a small hill. San Marco’s regular menu emphasizes traditional dishes from Southern Italy and Sicily.There is a beautifully appointed piano bar featuring nightly live music. Private parties for special occasions. Open Mon.-Fri., 11:30a.m.–3 p.m., 5p.m.–10p.m., Sat. 5p.m.–10p.m., closed on Sundays. Joseph Ambler Inn, 1005 Horsham Rd, North Wales, PA 19454;215-362-7500; www.josephamblerinn.com.

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D I N I NG OU T GU I D E Exquisite cuisine, attention to detail, and an award-winning wine list combine to make Joseph Ambler Inn one of the most popular places to dine in Eastern Pennsylvania. The restaurant’s random-width hardwood floors, handcrafted cherry tables, Windsor chairs and original, exposed stone walls create the ambiance for savoring a fine meal.Joseph Ambler Inn has earned a well-deserved reputation for its eclectic lunch and dinner menus, which offer many creative flourishes. Featuring only the finest quality fresh meats, fish, and produce, and seasonal herbs and vegetables, every dish is a delight. Hours. Lunch: Mon.– Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lite Fare Luncheon: Sat. & Sun. Noon to 4 p.m. Served in the JPUB-No Reservations Necessary. Dinner: Mon–Sat 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations suggested. Accepts all major credit cards. Mainland Inn, 17 Mainland Road, Harleysville, PA; 484-704-2600; www.mainlandinn.com. In January 2015, farmer Sloane Six and her family reopened the doors to Mainland Inn, an elegant eco revival of the historic Montgomery County inn that acts as an extension of her farm, Quarry Hill located just a mile and a half away.With an emphasis placed on culinary craftsmanship and nutritionally rich preparations, they have committed to sourcing only 100% organically grown and sustainably sourced ingredients on our menu. Heirloom vegetables and heritage, pasture-raised meats from its own onsite gardens and farm, as well as other local farms allow our frequently-changing seasonal menu to offer you the freshest ingredients of the suburban Philadelphia region. Lunch:Tuesday–Friday 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Dinner:Tuesday–Saturday 5 p.m.–9 p.m.

Skippack Village Italian Market 4101 Skippack Pike Skippack 610-584-4050; http://www.skippackitalianmarket.com. Full service dining room and outdoor patio. Gourmet hoagies and salads,specialty desserts, and coffee bar. Homemade meatballs and roast pork, Italian deli items.Wooden shelves fill the front room, packed full of the authentic Italian groceries, and packaged sweets that keep hungry visitors coming back.The Italian Market is a great place to have lunch, shop for groceries, or just browse for snacks. On and off site catering is available for any size function. Open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.– 7 p.m. Friday, Sat. to 8 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Tex Mex Connection, 201 E.Walnut St., North Wales, PA; 214699-9552; www.texmexconnection.com. Tex Mex Cuisine: Characterized by the adaptation of Mexican food by Texan cooks. Often exemplified by the extensive use of meats and spices (foreign and native) resulting in creative seafood dishes, great steaks, tender ribs, and juicy pork as well as our interpretation of standards like chile con queso, nachos and fajitas. Not Mexican, not Texan, just Tex-Mex. Dining Room: Monday–Saturday 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Bar: 11 a.m.–2 a.m.

Villa Barolo Ristorante & Wine Bar, the corner of Route 611 and Bristol Road, 1373 Easton Road, Warrington, PA 18976; 215-4919370; www.villa-barolo.com. Having almost 100 items on the menu with nearly 25 specials, every day, Barolo serves fish and seafood, organic meats, pasta, chicken, and veal dishes and has a large raw bar. Named after an Italian wine, Villa Barolo boasts of having more than 100 wines in its wine cellar. Private parties and special events. Online menus. Hours: 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. 78

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Monday–Thursday; 11:30 a.m.—11:30 p.m. Friday—Saturday, 2-10 p.m. Sunday. No reservations necessary. Major credit cards.

William Penn Inn, 1017 Dekalb Pike, Gwynedd, PA; 215-699-9272; www.williampenn.com. Established in 1714 as a public house, the William Penn is an historical venue based in the rich tradition of hospitality.The Inn is renowned for its dedication to a tradition of continental country dining in a relaxed, cordial atmosphere along with exquisite cuisine, fine wines, personal service and flawless coordination. Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m, Saturday 11:30 a.m–2:30 p.m. Dinner: MondayFriday 5 p.m.–10 p.m., Saturday: 4:30 p.m.–11 p.m., Sunday Sunday: 2 p.m.–8 p.m. Sunday brunch 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Zakes Café, 444 Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA; 215-654-7600; www.zakescafe.jimdo.com. Zakes Cafe is an American Fusion Restaurant featuring an innovative cuisine. It has been said of Zakes Cafe that they are a hidden Gem–an under the radar BYOB. Lunch–homemade soups, quiche, specialty salads & gourmet sandwiches. Dinner–warm and inviting, the pace is more relaxed and the menu has an eclectic American/Asian flair.The Dessert Case at the Cafe is worth the trip to Zakes on its own. Every day we feature a selection of our desserts individually sliced and in whole cake form for you to take home and enjoy.Whether you are buying one or two slices or a selection to offer your dinner guests, this is a great way to sample Zakes Cakes. Zakes is open for dinner Wed– Sun, Breakfast and Lunch Monday–Saturday and Brunch on Sunday.


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Thanks For Thy Bounty

The painted produce of our fall harvests shows us a Creator who not only cares about our sustenance, but wants us to be amazed at his beautiful handiwork, and for this we give Him thanks.

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