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DEPARTMENTS Out & About

10 By Shannon McLaughlin

Profile

12 Cardinal Camera By Kerri Penno

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15 Precision Watches By Karen Appold

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17 Steve Highsmith By Maria Martino Evans 18 Fly With OpenAir By Shannon McLaughlin

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22 Seasons Garden Center By Dava Guerin

Travel

24 Cape May for the Holidays By Beth D’Addono

38 ‘Tis the Season for Shopping at Skippack A sample of what you’ll find when you visit at Skippack Village. By Susan Haine

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28 Donna Dvorak and Marv Kaplan

48 Gotta-Get-It-Gift Guide

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30 The Skin Studio By Freda Savana

35 Serenity Day Spa & Wellness Center By Alina Makhnovetsky

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58 “Fasten Your Seatbelt” By J. Henry Warren

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60 Investment Tips By Adam Soloff

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74 Happenings in Bucks and Montgomery Counties By Shannon McLaughlin


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Season’s greetings from the staff of Bucks & Montgomery Living Magazine! Our December issue holds a cornucopia of trimmings and traditions—from our annual holiday gift guide to a shopping directory for Skippack Village and tips on how to entertain family and friends during the most wonderful time of the year. In this month’s issue we are featuring this season’s “gotta-getit” gifts with our holiday gift guide. From fashionistas to gadget gurus, our gift guide has something for everyone in your life. Our holiday gift guide offers a local alternative, with one-of-akind gifts that can’t be found anywhere else. Also this month is a profile on Steve Highsmith, the Director of Community Relations of MyPHL17 and host of the upcoming Mummers Parade, a must-see for anyone in the Philadelphia area. There are many exciting changes in store for Bucks & Montgomery Living Magazine in 2010, including a brand new redesign coming up just in time for the New Year with our January issue. The staff at Bucks & Montgomery Living Magazine extends wishes for a safe, happy holiday season to our readers and advertisers and our hopes for your success in 2010 and beyond. We encourage our community to celebrate all that we should be thankful for and take the time to appreciate your home, your community and your life.

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Bucks County Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Youth Concert

Sunday, December 6th from 3 to 4:30pm The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra season continues with the annual Youth Concert on Sunday, December 6, 2009 with soloist Carol Jantsch, Principal Tubist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert will also feature a performance by BCS’s youth competition winner, Bihn Sangbin Park. Praised by “The Philadelphia Inquirer” as having “a sound as clear and sure as it is luxurious,” Ms. Jantsch has been Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2006. She won the position while still a senior at the University of Michigan, becoming the first female tuba player in a major symphony orchestra. Ms. Jantsch will play Eugene Bozza’s Concertino for Tuba and Orchestra with a selection with a brass ensemble composed of Central Bucks middle school students. The symphony is located at Central Bucks West High School at 375 W. Court Street in Doylestown. For further information or to order tickets, please call the Symphony at (215) 348-7321 or visit www. buckscountysymphony.org.

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Roger Clemens Visits NJ to Help Raise Money for People With Disabilities Sunday, December 27th at 2pm Pitching legend and former New York Yankee Roger Clemens will be headlining a fundraiser benefiting Allies Inc. and the individuals with disabilities they serve. Allies Inc. is a New Jersey based registered and accredited 501 (c) (3) nonprofit company founded in 1999 that has 750 employees and serves thousands of individuals with disabilities living throughout NJ, NY & PA. These disabilities include Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Blindness / Visual Impairment, Deafness/Hearing Impairment, Fragile-X syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, traumatic brain injury, Williams syndrome, Tourette syndrome, and more. Roger will appear at the KatManDu night club on the waterfront in Trenton on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 4PM to meet and take photos with ticket holders. Also appearing will be Ultimate Fighting Championship World Top-Ten Ranked fighter Frankie Edgar. Live music will be provided by the VH1 Cover Wars national winner, Jumper. For the kids, there will be door prizes along with the Chick-fil-A cow & The Trenton Thunder mascot. For more information, visit www.alliesnj.org. BL { 10 }

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Left to right: The Seelig family have been running Cardinal Camera since 1937. Customers can log on to Cardinal’s website to upload photos in the comfort of their own home, choose their printing options and pick up their prints when they are ready. Cardinal Camera offers photography classes taught by experienced professionals, to help you learn the fine art of photography.

adjust color, brightness and crop your images to optimize the end result, from your removable storage device; to slides, to 35 mm, APS or 120/220 film. Cardinal’s locations are gearing up for the holiday season with plenty of deals, including instant rebates and savings, Seelig noted. For more gift ideas, Cardinal’s design studio can print your images on any number of items, from clothing, to keychains, luggage tags, mugs, office accessories, keepsakes and more. They also offer customizable showcases for your photos, including stylish photo books and albums, calendars, calendars and even holiday cards to send out to your family and friends. When it comes to electronics, gadgets and gifts, there are a lot of choices out there, but Cardinal Camera and Video offers superior photography services and quality products, Seelig said. Cardinal’s staff has many years of experience and will help you find the right product for you. Cardinal Camera and Video is located at 810 West Second Street, in Lansdale. For more information, call (215) 855-4818 or visit www.cardinalcamera.com. BL _________________________________________________________ Kerri Penno is a Conshohocken-based freelance writer (kpenno@gmail.com).

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THE FEASTERVILLE STORE, a thirdgeneration business based in the Buck Hotel Shopping Center, offers watches that you won’t find anywhere else in the county, perhaps even further. The store will become the exclusive distributor in Philadelphia and Bucks County for Switzerland-based Romain Jerome watches, which are only available in 20 stores nationwide. Among the line’s offerings is Titanic-DNA, inspired by the legendary ocean liner. The rusted steel bezel contains authentic steel from the wreck as well as steel supplied by the Belfast shipyard where the Titanic was built. The hands are inspired by the Titanic’s anchor and rotate on a dial of deep black achieved using coal collected from the legendary ship. The line is limited to 2,012 pieces. Romain Jerome also offers Moon DustDNA, which has a lunar dial based on a mineral deposit that includes moon dust. Steel from the Apollo XI spacecraft is used for the case and the crocodile strap contains fibers from an ISS spacesuit. The line is limited to 1,969 pieces. Precision Watches also specializes in high-end watch repair. “Everything is done on the premises and the shop is authorized by most high-end brands to do their watch repairs,” says Roman Murat, who operates the store along with his grandfather, Michael, and father, Gary. The store is also an authorized dealer for Omega, Mellon Ross, Tag Heuer, Michele, Bell and Ross, Zenith, U-Boat, Hamilton, Oris and Fortis. It also sells high-end sunglass brands, including Bulgari, Tiffany and Co. and Oliver Peoples. Precision Watches is the only authorized dealer for sunglass maker Chrome Hearts in Bucks and Montgomery counties. These watches sell from $600 on up. They contain Carl Zeiss Vision lenses and the frames are

Feasterville’s Precision Watches carries a wide variety of upscale watches, sunglasses and other accessories for both men and women, perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

made from unique materials such as silver, exotic woods and high-end leather. “As a custom design company, Chrome Hearts can make anything,” Roman says. “If you want all gold frames with diamonds, it will make them.” The family’s history as watchmakers dates back about 50 years, when Michael became a watchmaker in the Ukraine. The family relocated to Bucks County in 1988 and in 1991, Gary and Michael opened a small watch repair store. In January 2007, the store moved to its present location. Gary’s wife, Milla, is also active in the business. { 15 } BUCKS & MONTGOMERY,)6).'s DECEMBER 2009

“My dad taught me a lot about watchmaking and led me in the right direction,” Roman says. “The business has involved and changed into something much bigger than what it was originally.” Precision Watches is located on Street Road and Bustleton Avenue in Feasterville. Call (215) 355-6403, visit www.precisionwatches. com or go to Precision Watches on Facebook for more information. BL _____________________________________ Karen Appold is a Royersford-based freelance writer (www.WriteNowServices.com).


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ON A MISSION TO EDUCATE AND ILLUMINATE On NBC10, myphl17 or around the region, Steve Highsmith works to understand the world around him and make a difference in it. By Maria Martino Evans ON ANY GIVEN DAY, broadcaster Steve Highsmith may lend his rich baritone to emcee a charity fundraiser, chat with the Bacon Brothers or promote the Mummers and their good works. On this day, he’s coming off an interview with Governor Ed Rendell about the state of the legislature, the stalled budget and the Phillies being in the World Series. Community and politics—the areas that matter most to Highsmith, who hosts the Mummers Parade on myphl17 and is Director of Community Relations for myphl17, political reporter for NBC10 and anchor of “NBC10@ Issue.”

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“THIS IS THE REGION I LIKE BEST.” “I learned to like something at every place I was,” he said. “But this is the region I like best.” Highsmith came to Philadelphia in 1981 as an anchor and news director for WCAU Radio. A decade later, he joined New Jersey Network and, in 1994, became then-WB17’s news anchor. In a transient industry, Highsmith found permanence among the farms of Bucks County. He married Jayne, who grew up here. They have two teen-aged sons. CLEARING THE STATIC He of the booming voice and cool demeanor aims to moderate the political conversation, lowering the decibel of discussion that so often constitutes news these days and getting to the heart of the matter. With heart. “I’ve learned that honest and sincere people come at things from different angles,” he said. “The manner in which you conduct an interview and invite someone into the conversation matters. I think it’s a function of how much I moved when I was young. It’s very easy to fear something you don’t know. That’s why we have to educate everyone.” As the media industry changes, Highsmith has also taken the conversation online. He blogs at http://stevehighsmith.wordpress.com and is on Twitter.

Bucks County local Steve Highsmith with the Mummmers in front of the Mummers Museum on Washington Ave in South Philadelphia.

MR. MUMMER Highsmith’s fascination with the Mummers only grows with the years. He has covered 17 parades and gotten to know thousands of people. “Yes, they are entertainers first, but they have literally raised money for the city, mentored kids and saved neighborhoods. A lot of Mummers are working-class, but they are also judges and lawyers and city councilmen. They are all of us,” said Highsmith, who is proud to “bleed sequins and feathers.” Highsmith also adores NASCAR—perhaps a holdover being in a demolition derby at age 19—but his pursuits are a bit milder now. He unwinds by walking around Lake Galena or through Doylestown or pursuing his latest interest: astronomy. And he relishes his relationships with many non-profits, such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He serves on the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. “I have a unique job. I get paid to go out and listen to people,” he said. Steve Highsmith has spent his career bringing those conditions to light—and trying his best to make things better. BL _________________________________________________________ Maria Martino Evans lives in Pipersville, PA.

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BEFORE THIS WEEK, I went my entire life being the only person I knew who had never flown on an airplane. Cruising in a luxurious private plane, flying above Bucks County at over 200 mph, I stared wide-eyed, gliding through the air in a Cirrus SR22-GTS Aircraft. I watched tiny little cars pass by the bite-sized Mercer Museum from far up above, wondering why flying was something my family came to dread. The long lines, crying babies, inevitable flight delays, passengers invading your personal space—all could easily be avoided by flying with Open Air, an air carrier based in the Washington DC metropolitan area and now servicing your own backyard in Bucks and Montgomery counties. The regional point-to-point air carrier company is co-owned by Michael Klein, a pilot and podiatrist, who has been dreaming big since he can remember. “I’ve always wanted to fly, ever since I was little. Every boy wants to be an astronaut,” said Klein, who was inspired to learn how to fly after a helicopter ride to Las Vegas with his wife, Barhareh Klein. “Michael was sitting up front with the pilot and asking questions about everything,” said Barhareh. “Shortly after we got back home, he signed up for lessons at the airport. I remember thinking, ‘I’ll be the cool wife and let him try it out!’ Little did I know that a little chopper trip would be the beginning of OpenAir.”

It was at a flight club where Klein met Boni Caldeira, who at the time was a master independent flight instructor. Together, with some friends, they joined forces to create OpenAir. “I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal, but two years later I was going through the rules and regulations to obtain our charter certificate,” said Klein. Shortly after OpenAir started operating, Boni became an employee of Cirrus Aircraft, where he is the currently the Regional Sales Director at Cirrus Design for Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Northern Virginia. The company purchased their first airplane and started officially operating in January 2006. Since then, OpenAir has added seven planes to their fleet, with fourteen pilots who are entering their third year of flight operations. “When you go up there, it’s freedom. Within a few hours you can be in New York, Boston or the Outer Banks,” said Klein, who has ventured as far as Egypt on the company’s elite Cirrus aircraft. “The biggest advantage at OpenAir is that you are buying time and convenience. You can go to Doylestown, get out of your car and jump into the plane. It’s really no different than walking out of your door and hopping into your car,” said Klein. In addition to catering to personal and business needs, OpenAir transports organs, cancer medications and aircraft parts. They pride

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themselves in being a high-end, top notch service and are available within an hour of your phone call if need be. For an incredibly unique holiday gift, consider reserving one of the many customizable packages offered, including their popular NYC Theater Package. No one knows better than Michael Klein’s mother, Karen Klein, about how memorable the OpenAir travel packages are. “I had surgery in August for recurring ovarian cancer and I was feeling kind of low and a little bit afraid. Michael told me that he wanted to take me to New York City for the weekend. I said, ‘You’re crazy!’ The next thing I knew I was in the front seat of a plane, with the XM Radio going, wearing Bose headphones. We had a limo driver waiting for us and they dropped us off in downtown New York—I felt like a celebrity. I just had surgery and didn’t even know I had it because I was having so much fun,” said Karen. Rick Ianieri, Director of Business Development for OpenAir, has also been interested in flying since a young age. “I can say that my earliest memory is my father taking me to see the Blue Angels at the Willow Grove Airbase when I was four years old. It was the most unbelievable thing I had ever seen. After hundreds of air shows, I still

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cannot pass one up,� said Ianieri, who has since mastered flying and even purchased his own Cirrus SR-22 Aircraft. OpenAir protects passengers by providing highly-trained and experienced pilots, in addition to providing a revolutionized Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, which, in the unlikely event of an emergency, lowers the aircraft and its occupants safely to the ground. In addition to their concern for passenger safety, OpenAir allows you to fly wherever, whenever, while keeping the environment’s carbon footprint in mind. “A small jet comparatively burns way more fuel and costs five times what OpenAir does, all to save a bit of time. To take those turbines and fire them up, those aircrafts use way more fuel and only

get you there a bit faster when you’re traveling approximately 300 nautical miles or less, say from DC to New York City. A few minutes to save the world, I’ll do it every day,� said client Jay Rosenberg of Rosenberg Media. OpenAir is the largest Cirrus air taxi company in the United States. From taking a stress-free business trip to impressing someone with an unforgettable first date, OpenAir offers endless flying opportunities. To inquire about special holiday packages or for more information, call (888) 353-0891 or visit www.flyopenair.com. BL _________________________________________________________ Shannon McLaughlin is Bucks & Montgomery Living Magazine’s Editor-inChief and can proudly say her first ever flying experience was with OpenAir.

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Holidays With Heart Celebrating with style at Seasons Garden Center. By Dava Guerin AROUND THE WORLD, cultures celebrate their respective holidays with diverse traditions including elements of music and dance, food, ceremonies and revelry. In the United States, the Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa holidays, among others, are marked by family get-togethers, where the smells of turkey roasting in the oven and the shimmer of holiday lights linger long after the season is over. Memories are created by people passionately taking the time to bring their homes to life, by personalizing their holiday décor and using objects that have relevance in their lives. From the sappy pinecones that fell from a Douglas Fir in the backyard, to old beads from Grandmom’s jewelry box, putting a bit of heart into holiday decorating will clearly foster a happy memory in the making.

As the holiday season kicks in to full gear, Seasons Garden Center sheds its master gardener persona, and transforms itself into “master decorator” status. Lush gardens and manicured lawns take a back seat to exterior lighting, tree decorating, holiday interior design and plantings that capture the essence of the season. And, one of the best ways to create a one-of-a-kind theme that reflects the individual tastes of the homeowner, is to listen to their vision for their indoor and outdoor spaces. Building relationships is the “key to Seasons’ success,” according to Piestor, especially around the holidays, where interiors are the focus. “We have a wonderful client who every season leaves for Florida before the holidays and lets us decorate their entire home for them,” said Dan Piestor, owner of Season’s Garden Center. “Then, when they come back for Christmas, they return to a space filled with the colors and textures we both know they love. And, when they leave for Florida once more, we put the entire house back together for them. The magic of the season comes to life for them because their home was decorated utilizing their vision and our expertise.” YOU GOTTA’ HAVE HEART

While bringing “heart” in to the holiday decorating mix may pose some minor challenges, they are usually overcome by a strong relationship with the garden expert, and on-going communication. Kelly Thompson, Seasons’ master gardener, has been bringing the holidays to life for clients by uncovering what is important to them, and incorporating those thoughts into their holiday décor. “I always want to know my clients’ interests, preferences, and generally what has meaning to them when I’m designing a room

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or an entire house for the holidays,” said Thompson. “One person just adored lime green and red, and had a passion for collecting model cars. So, we did the tree in that theme and used the bright green color as an accent, and it was amazing,” she said. “Another person wanted to use only natural twigs, berries, pine cones and other things found in a typical Bucks County garden, so we spray-painted some of the collected objects with gold and silver paint, used twine for the garland, and created a space that sparkled, yet felt warm and earthy,” she added. “The bottom line is that people should decorate with their hearts around the holidays, so they can have warm and happy memories that will last until the next holiday rolls around,” said Thompson. Seasons Garden Center is located at 1069 River Road in Washington Crossing. For more information, call (215) 4934226 or visit www.seasonsgardencenter.com. BL _________________________________________________________ Dava Guerin is Bucks & Montgomery Living Magazine’s People Editor.

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Above Clockwise: Congress Hall, an elegant hotel set amid landscaped grounds overlooking Cape May’s broad sandy beaches. The Virginia Hotel, offering twentyfour intimate rooms in the main house and five spacious cottages.

Columbia Avenue, Washington Street, and Jackson Street are in the heart of the historic district. Tour the Emlen Physick Estate, designed by Frank Furness and the town’s only Victorian house museum. Rent a bike and take a ride to the lighthouse in West Cape May, where, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can climb 199 circular stairs to an observation deck with a vast ocean view. For another perspective of the water, glide through Cape May’s serene wetlands, in a rented kayak (even in winter!) or with a guide from Aqua Trails. Ask about a paddle at sunset or in the light of the full moon. From strolling on the beach to biking, shopping or taking a fishing excursion offshore, there is plenty in wintery Cape May keep you occupied. And you won’t have to wait on line to do it.

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Passion for Painting The artwork of Bucks County’s own Donna Dvorak.

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for Chalfont’s own Donna Dvorak—an author, editor and Bucks County resident since 1974. Dvorak possesses a passion for painting that represents itself in the abundance of canvases that line the walls of art galleries, restaurants and private homes. While one recognizes the pastoral Bucks County landscapes, the allure of her worldwide travels are also captured with paint. “The depth of my feelings evolves from each painting,” she explains. “When people gaze at my art I want them to be swept to the same place and experience the flavor of the painting. I want them to feel happy and hope my bright hues trigger nice memories that inspire viewers to recognize the scene and, perhaps, place themselves in it.” Dvorak’s subjects are varied and she’s proud of it. From acrylics to oils, she is adept at using texture. When you gaze at her stucco walls it feels and looks like stucco. Her bricks blend together perfectly and her florals are vibrant to the point that you’ll want to pluck a flower from the canvas. Many of her beach scenes, mountains, oceans and modern abstracts were created with a palette knife, which she expertly wields. “I like to vary my scenes and, besides Bucks/Montgomery Counties of course, enjoy capturing The Plaka, in Greece, a Tuscan Villa, sunflower field or vineyard in Italy, the Wall in Israel, an Aegean beach, a Parisian terrace, anything that peaks my interest,” she says. “My inspiration derives from worldwide trips as well as local scenery. To me beauty is everywhere. Sitting on beaches in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Gibraltar or Maine, California, the Jersey shore; anywhere in the world inspires me and opens my mind to the simple values and pleasures of the soul. This is what I strive to project in my art. Even during this time of world strife it’s still apparent how beautiful the world is.” According to Dvorak’s art statement, “Most people know me as an author and poet, so the transition from writing to painting

Above (left to right): Bucks County Grist Mill, acrylic on canvas; Mediterranean Coast, acrylic on canvas.

was easy. When writing a book, I’m painting a picture with words. When painting a canvas I’m capturing color and sight that becomes similar to penning a novel. Creativity flows that presents a whisper into the artist’s mind and how they view the world. As a painting unfolds it resembles chapters from a novel where one can edit or paint over what’s been done to change the internal vein of the picture.” Dvorak’s list of gallery shows include the Long Beach island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, in Loveladies, NJ, Riverbank Arts, in Stockton, NJ, Emlen Antiques, Philadelphia, and others too numerous to mention. Her current exhibition will feature a rare opportunity to see (and purchase) her eclectic canvases that denote a variety of subjects, textures and colors. She hopes to bring joy through her art. “Donna’s work is very colorful with a great rhythm and vibrancy to them, and interesting perspectives. Nurses at the endoscopy unit really appreciate her paintings because they see them every day and it cheers them up,” said Ed Marston, who curates the artist exhibitions at the endoscopy unit at ‘The Pavilion’ at Doylestown Hospital. An exhibit of art by Donna Dvorak is at Doylestown Hospital at the endoscopy unit lobby at ‘The Pavilion.’ Her art may be viewed from November 10 through January 31, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (215) 297-8208 or visit www.donnadvorak.com. For artists who are interesting in being considered for upcoming shows at Doylestown Hospital’s endoscopy unit, call Ed Marstan at (215) 297-8208. BL

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%!&!'#(")*+,-.#, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,/#(*0,-1!*)*+2 Largest Selection Of Hearth Products In The Area We Guarantee The Lowest Price On Our Products! AFTER DISCUSSING PHOTOGRAPHY with Marv Kaplan, one will not have to ask what drives his passion. “People look and don’t see,” is the first thing he will say when describing his work. “All I am doing is showing you what you look at every day. I did realize that I would have to come up with some way to get your attention as you didn’t see what you were looking at in the first place,” he commented with a laugh. “I have been asked about my technique though I prefer to call it exaggeration or even better, amplification. The photograph’s composition is what it’s all about, but it might be that amplification that has you looking at it.” Marv is quite passionate as he talks about his art—his technique makes it very difficult to look away from his photographs. They are stories with movement, a strong variety of color and angles from an extremely sharp eye. “I remember”, he said, “When you would hear someone say that a photo was too grainy. I saw it quite differently as I felt what they viewed as grainy I viewed as having more character, more depth.” He photographs quite an extensive variety of subjects but will admit when prodded, that dogs bring an excitement that is solely theirs. It seems that with every dog photo, he has nailed their personality to even a greater excitement for the dog’s owner. “I want the dog to be in their own environment, their backyard or maybe their favorite park. I will run around with them and make sure they are happy and comfortable. Anyway, it works!” Marv can be commissioned for any of your photo needs. His photos are displayed for purchase at *Shoe* *Café*, 24 North State Street in Newtown. For more information, visit his website at www.photoartistmarvkaplan.com or attend the Holiday Cocktail Party on Sunday, December 6th at Shoe Café, where his work will be on exhibit.

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IT WASN’T TOO LONG AGO that it was thought impossible to have

the finest skin care, body treatments and hair removal services in a healthy and holistic environment that enhanced both your beauty and the earth. Not so at the Skin Studio, Yardley Borough’s only full service eco-lux day spa, where green, nurturing, natural, chemical-free services have been the company’s trademark for years. “We were green before it was vogue,” Susan Pilate, owner of The Skin Studio, is fond of saying. “Now, we’re taking it to the next level.” Just in time for the holidays, the nurturing green refuge is offering an extensive line of eco-friendly gifts, spa packages and gift certificates that will make anyone enjoy the season in a special and wellness-centered way. From a line of natural fragrances to organic skin care products to the unparalleled eco aesthetic and wellness treatments, the Skin Studio has the perfect gift, whether you’re treating yourself, friends or family.

“These are great gift ideas,” said Pilate. “Anyone will appreciate a present that offers them a nurturing, green, healthy opportunity to feel more beautiful.” The toughest part may be choosing from the wealth of offerings at the one-of-a-kind spa. There’s non-invasive microdermabrasion facials that restore the skin with pure oxygen, there’s multi fruit and enzyme peel that nourish the skin with antioxidants, an outstanding list of massage therapies and organic gift packages for brides and expectant moms. And there’s a complete line of Jane Iredale cosmetics, a natural, mineral-based product. Passionate about its long held philosophy to bring a natural, chemical-free experience to its clients, the Skin Studio is on the cutting edge of combining the latest technologies with the finest natural, organic and food grade products. “We want our clients to not only look their best, but feel their best too,” explained Pilate, who has been an esthetician for over a decade. “These are not just quick results; they are long lasting { 30 }

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Left: Susan Pilate, owner of The Skin Studio, prides herself in offering green, natural services, with a wide variety of natural products offered to clients. Above: They also boast an incredible list of massage therapies, which are a great way for easing away the stress this busy season tends to bring.

changes that affect the whole person. We want people to look their best but not at any cost.” The Skin Studio approaches beauty and wellness as shared goals. In a green, tranquil, unpretentious refuge, clients are treated to services that inspire health and well being. From the linens and laundry supplies used at the spa, to every product offered, the mission is one of natural true beauty. Always looking for ways to grow and improve, The Skin Studio has recently launched its chakra reflex pedi treatment, incorporating gemstone reflexology, while rebalancing the 7 energetic centers of the body, and providing all the benefits of a spa pedicure. “It’s so much more than a traditional spa pedicure,” said Pilate, of one of The Skin Studio’s signature treatments. Striving to offer natural alternatives to age-reducing treatments like Botox, The Skin Studio has added Revitalight LED Light Therapy to its wide range of services. Developed by NASA to accelerate wound healing in space, the light-emitting diodes

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The chakra reflex pedi treatments are the perfect gift to treat yourself to some post-holiday primping.

stimulate cellular turnover in a completely non-invasive way to encourage collagen production and the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and ages spots. As with the New York Hair Co. hair salon, housed in the same building so clients can have all their services under one roof, the Skin Studio’s highly-trained staff is always looking for new, safe, effective treatments, services and products. Whether its organic Apoteke, a cosmeceutical developed in the United Kingdom that regenerates the skin by delivering oxygen and nutrients into the cells, or the most advanced eco-aesthetic and wellness therapies including various massage treatments, The Skin Studio’s mission is to serve its clients in a the most healthy way possible. “Our philosophy is based on continued education for ourselves and our clients,” said Pilate. “It’s important for people to understand more than 50% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bodies and choosing cleaner, more natural products and services is part of a preventative wellness lifestyle.” The Skin Studio is located at 84 S. Main Street in Yardley. For more information, call (215) 369-9787 or visit www. theskinstudio.org. BL

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_________________________________________________________ Freda Savana is a freelance writer and lives in Doylestown.

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The  Bucks  County  Zoo  and  Animal  Junction  traveling  zoo  teach  children  and  adults  about  the  fascinating  diversity  of  exotic  animals  around  the  world.  A  staff  of  wildlife  educators  includes  the  infamous  Jungle  Joe,  whose mission is to share his passion  for  wildlife  and  how  to  protect  and  preserve  the  worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  animals  and  environment.  To  learn  more,  go  to  www.animaljunction.com.

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::: HEALTH & WELLNESS SPOTLIGHT

A VACATION IN YOUR BACKYARD The Doylestown Serenity Day Spa & Wellness Center aligns your chakra for the holiday season.

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FOR MOST OF US, cat naps, glasses of wine and vegging out in front of the tube fail as relaxing strategies, and instead become monotonous reminders that a vacation or at least a weekend getaway is desperately needed. While a monthly holiday may not be within a budget, a retreat to Serenity Day Spa & Wellness Center promises to not only put that spark back into your life, but also help you rejuvenate your body, inside and out, all without the hassle of airport security. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, this Doylestown gem has successfully found its niche by promoting all aspects of health and wellness for the body, mind and soul by embracing worldly techniques and holistic measures in their preventative approach. Here, one finds their chi, not complimentary highlights. “We are a different experience,” says owner and a seasoned massage therapist Jennifer Wiegand. “We are truly a luxurious spa. We practice high-touch bodywork and

alternative healing,” continues Wiegand. In fact, Serenity Day Spa & Wellness Center has created one of the most varied and exciting menus incorporating ancient and modern techniques from around the world. From a list that is properly labeled ‘Exotic Journey,’ the Spa offers a slew of body wraps, massages, facials, non-surgical facelift procedures, manicure and pedicures and now even yoga and meditation classes. In one session, an Indonesian body scrub of coconut milk and soothing jojoba is followed up with a cooling yogurt body mask, honey cucumber facial and lastly, a jasmine-scented oil massage, with an option to add a Thai Massage. During a Tibetan Body Balance you start with a steam or sauna, then indulge in a spine massage with essential oils, while warm river stone and foot reflexology techniques all expertly blend to center you body and mind. There is also a Mandarin Empress treatment which infuses Asian ginseng and pearl for a { 35 } BUCKS & MONTGOMERY,)6).'s DECEMBER 2009

Above (clockwise): Serenity Day Spa and Wellness Center offers guests luxurious massage rooms to relax and unwind. Their Roman steam bath and Finnish sauna services are especially popular in the winter months. Serenity’s Fiji Island hot stone massage is a favorite among clients.


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Your destination quality spa right here at home in Doylestown! Offering advanced facial toning techniques, photo rejuvenation facials, body scrubs and wraps, global styles of massage such as: Ashiatsu Oriental Bar, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Hawaiin Lomi Lomi massage, steam and sauna, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Yoga and Meditation, Far Infrared sauna and Ionic Foot Detox, Spa Manicures and Pedicure Rituals, Clients can kick back in Serenity’s stylish lounge before getting a green tea manicure and pedicure in the Serengeti Room, where their whisper-quiet, ultra sanitary whirlpool pedicure chairs await.

one of a kind, acupressure facelift, followed by a green tea manicure & pedicure, exclusive to Serenity Day Spa & Wellness Center. Prior to a myriad of services offered, each client is also cordially invited to unwind in a Roman steam bath or a Finnish sauna, or simply relax in a lounge luxuriously tailored for immediate comfort and warmth. Acupuncture, yoga classes and even Henna tattooing all complete the idea of a non-traveling, mini vacation within the confines of the Spa. “A spa outing is one of the best preventative ways to take care of your body, it helps alleviate diseases caused by stress, propels digestion and overall body function,” says Weigand.

Now, as the holidays are approaching and stress is at its ultimate, taking an exotic vacation may not be in the cards, but devoting a few hours at Serenity Day Spa & Wellness Center to nurture your body and spirit may be the ideal ticket to rejuvenate your mind and begin the New Year with a healthier body. Serenity Day Spa & Wellness Center is located at 64 E. Swamp Road (Rt. 313) in Doylestown. For more information, call (215) 230-3487 or visit www.serenitydayspa.com. BL _____________________________________ Alina Makhnovetsky is a freelance writer and lives in Philadelphia, PA. { 37 } BUCKS & MONTGOMERY,)6).'s DECEMBER 2009

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!Tis the Season   for Shopping 

at Skippack Relax, shop and dine among the best   this holiday season at Skippack Village. By Susan Haine Photos by Brandi Kerekes & Shannon McLaughlin

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has reached this corner of the county, but the village itself remains untouched by chain stores and fast food restaurants. From unique shops nestled in historic buildings to a variety of restaurants with cuisines to fit every mood, you’ll find them all here. George Washington led the Continental Army through Skippack during the Revolutionary War on horseback and by foot. In the early 20th Century, visitors arrived in Skippack by trolley or carriage. Today, it’s just a car ride away. Avoid overwhelming holiday crowds at the mall and the same tired gifts this season, and visit Skippack Village and rediscover how joy filled a shopping experience can be.

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Skippack Village  boasts more than  80 shops and  restaurants, and  unfortunately,  "#$%&'()*+,$"-.,#$ about them all.  /#-#+0$1$0123(#$ &4$"51,$6&'+(($4.*)$ "5#*$6&'$7.0.,8 1(,5&'95$6&'+-#$ CREATIVE STITCHERY sure to make some   CAROLYNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 3+)00!#+0)+% fun discoveries of     WWWCAROLYNSCREATIVESTITCHERYCOM Stocked with unique, beautifully handcrafted items, Carolynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creative Stitchery offers your own. FOR THE YOUNG (AND YOUNG AT HEART) AMAZING NEWBORN 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWAMAZINGNEWBORNCOM Those shopping for a newborn or a new mom will find number of great options at Amazing Newborn. Looking for something practical, playful or just plain adorable? Stop by! Unique options include ultrasound picture frames, diaper cakes or the ever popular Boo Boo Bunnies (terry cloth ice packs great for when a little one tumbles). Their retail side provides nursing wear and unique baby gifts for those hard-to-buyfor friends and family.

up a bevy of special gift optionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including American Girl Doll clothing, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothes and christening dresses, and baby gifts. CENTERFIELD COLLECTIBLES 3+)00!#+0)+%    A visit to Centerfield Collectibles is reminiscent of visiting a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house after school to check out their latest baseball card acquisitions. Located in the same building as Black Dog CafĂŠ, Centerfield Collectibles is located just up the stairs on the second floor, and is jam-packed with sports memorabilia and comic books. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re shopping for a long-time collector or a rookie just starting out, your selection will surely hit a home run.

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FROM THE PASTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES AND COLLECTIBLES 3+)00!#+0)+%    Every little girl needs a dollhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find everything you could possibly want, from dĂŠcor to dolls, right here in Skippack. The options are limitless. Create your own masterpiece from a kit, or buy a beautiful newly constructed structure. Lighthouses, Victorian homes, three stories or one big room, and all the furnishings you could possibly imagine are all available here.

FOR THE FASHIONISTA ADORNMENT 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWADORNMENTEACOM Clutches and handbags and totes, oh my! Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll adore the adorable products at Adornment (we just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help ourselves!). Unique finds are at your fingertips, including sunglasses and scarves, hats and handbags, and just about everything in betweenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; these are options you just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find at the mall.


BELLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BOUTIQUE 3+)00!#+0)+%    Bright, cheery and just plain pretty, this shop is sure to bring a big smile to your face, and an even bigger smile to your giftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipient. Clothing, accessories, jewelry, and much more, this store often options that will stave off the winter blues. MSQUAREDCREATION 3+)00!#+0)+%    Mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, aunts, girlfriendsâ&#x20AC;Śno two women are exactly alike, so why buy jewelry thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like what you can find elsewhere. At msquaredcreation, located in the Village Barn Shoppes, there are loads of unique pieces to choose from, in colors and styles to fit any personality. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find exactly what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for, not to worry, msquaredcreation offers custom jewelry design services as well.

PAGE SIXâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HAUTE 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWPAGESIXSKIPPACKCOM Seeking something fancy for your holiday outings? Page Six offers stylish sophistication for any event. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find everything you need to complete your look from head to toe, and have fun doing it. And for those women surprised with a winter engagement, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to visit Page Six for bridesmaids attire as well.

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STYLEKRAFTERS 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWSTYLEKRAFTERSCOM Skippack Stylekrafters, recently relocated in the heart of Skippack Village, has been successfully making people beautiful since 1994. Owner Karen Lovett has been in the business of style for over 35 years and is always looking for fun, exciting events to mix things up at the salon. Holiday pedicures, a Toys for Tots campaign and Locks of Love are just a few happenings that are taking place this holiday season.


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THE WOODEN DUCK 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWWOODENDUCKSHOPPECOM To be sure, The Wooden Duck has a little bit of everything for just about anyone on your gift listâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including some gorgeous clothing options for women. Here, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find snuggly sweaters, classic coats, all selected for the woman with discerning taste. In Skippack since 1989, stop and experience the uniqueness you have been looking for. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss some of their other amazing holiday present options, including Byers Choice Carolers, on your way out the door.

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AN ENCHANTED FLORIST 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWSKIPPACKmORISTCOM An Enchanted Florist at Skippack Village is an upscale flower boutique, overflowing with the most beautiful flowers both fresh and silk. The designers at An Enchanted Florist make each and every jaw-dropping floral arrangement, gift and gourmet basket custom made. Stop by for the freshest, most beautiful flowers in the area, served up by one of the friendliest staffs youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever meet! { 42 }

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BLACK SHEEP POTTERY 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWBLACKSHEEPPOTTERYORG Black Sheep Pottery, a ceramic arts studio and gallery, offers private and group pottery wheel or sculpture classes and workshops. They even have â&#x20AC;&#x153;paint your own potteryâ&#x20AC;? classes, featuring handmade pottery production and next day pick-up of fired work by request. Their holiday after school clay program from December 21st through 31st supports the Pennsylvania and National standards in the Arts and Sciences. Black Sheep Pottery is passionate about providing serious artists time and space to work in clayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something creative for the little black sheep in every one of us! GREEN WOLFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ELEGANT JUNQUE 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWGREENWOLFSVILLAGEBARNCOM With a beautiful assortment of antiques and reproductions, Elegant Junque sets itself apart with pieces for the discerning shopper. Here, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll discover beautiful furniture, lovely home accents, and charming artwork. Elegant Junque takes you back in time to the original concept of antique stores. A great selection of antiques, custom made furniture, recycled antiques made from old barn wood, architectural artifacts, gifts and so much more! Since 1971, Green Wolf â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Village Barn Shoppes have been serving the Skippack community and contributed to the rich history that Skippack Village has to offer.

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FLORAL & HARDY OF SKIPPACK 3+)00!#+0)+%    Indoors and out, a present from Floral & Hardy will get the â&#x20AC;&#x153;oohsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;aahsâ&#x20AC;? that make gift giving so much fun! With fun holiday dĂŠcor, outdoor accents and plants galore, Floral & Hardy lives up to its name offering customers a touch of whimsy, and of course, the perfect present. Be sure to enjoy the sounds and smells of your Christmas past as you browse the charming Christmas gifts and beautifully decorated fresh wreaths and greens. LE BLEU GOOSE 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWLEBLEUGOOSECOM Le Bleu Goose is a full-service interior design studio that transforms ordinary spaces into extraordinary places. They directly provide and oversee all services necessary to complete any residential or commercial interior design project. Together, they work with their clients to transform your interior design dreams into a beautiful lasting reality.

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LE BUTLERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PANTRY 3+)00!#+0)+%    Le Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry has the recipe for great gift ideas. Cookie cutters in dozens of different shapes? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got it. Aprons in seemingly every imaginable color? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got that too. Unique cookie molds, Bundt pans and baking tools? Yup, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find it at Le Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry. Everything and anything you could imagine for the kitchen, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure to find it, and probably even a few items you never thought you needed before. PENNSYLVANIA TRADITIONS 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWPENNSYLVANIATRADITIONSCOM Warm and inviting, a visit to Pennsylvania Traditions will make you want to sit down in front of the hearth with a steamy mug of hot apple ciderâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and sells everything you need to get that feeling right at home, including antique-style hinges, unique lighting fixtures, fun dĂŠcor and accents and beautiful furniture.

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URBANFusion 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWURBAN FUSIONCOM For the home thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;chic uniqueâ&#x20AC;? URBANFusionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got the accents to bring interior style to the next level. Blending traditional and contemporary, effortlessly casual with sophistication, the furniture and dĂŠcor here is a must-see. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also find a selection of gift items that include Pandora Jewelry and presents for babies and toddlers.

FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING THE ARTISANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEST This shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rustic feel belies the oodles of marvelous gift items youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find within in metal, wood, leather, and silk. Shop here for unique handcrafted items, including jewelry, pottery, various dĂŠcor items for both indoors and outdoors, scarves and more. This season, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find holiday decorations, including hand-wrought metal ornaments that are simply delightful.

DREAMCATCHER 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWSHOPDREAMCATCHERWEBCOM You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to travel to the Southwest to find authentic Native American jewelry and art. At Dreamcatcher, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find storytelling dolls, wedding vases, hand-beaded necklaces and, of course, dreamcatchers. JUSTINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CARRIAGE HOUSE 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWJUSTINSCARRIAGEHOUSENET Be sure to visit Justinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carriage House for a family outing or romantic date, where they serve lunch and dinner 7 days a week. From healthy gourmet and garden fresh salads to fresh seafood, steak and sandwiches, Justinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carriage House has food to please any taste buds.

MELANIE MICHELE PHOTOGRAPHY 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWMMPSTUDIOCOM With facilities for both inside and outside portraiture, Melanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio can fit most everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. Specializing in pet, maternity, infant, child and family photography, Melanie Michele and Dee Mitchell, a mother and daughter team, strive to capture photographic memories that you, your family and friends will treasure for a lifetime. MOYO 3+)00!#+0)+%    WWWMOYO YOGACOM MOYO presents a community for the modern yogi that is committed to outstanding yoga through superior programming, evolving teachers, grounding practices and peaceful lustrous spaces. Their vision is to raise awareness of conscious living through evolutionary power yoga practice that incorporates complimentary philosophies, techniques and approaches.

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for him Make the men in your life go gaga over these must-haves. (shown page 48) Brandolin shirt $150 tVisconti shirt $150 t Di Bello shearling jacket $1,800 tAssortment of black and white ties $95 tTone jet cufflinks $175 tCrystal cufflinks $150 Rigg 98 espresso boots by Donald J Pliner $325 | items from Rococo | (215) 671-8333 Cashmere camel jacket imported from Italy $395 tMulti hand knit sweater $295 | from Savioni (215) 862-5010 www. savioniboutique.com (shown left)Round silver pocket flask $45 t Tokens & Icons buffalo nickel cufflinks $65 t Tokens & Icons wallets with mercury dime coin and Indian head penny $45 Saddle hunting log, buckskin fly fishing log and burgundy wine log by Rustico $26.50 tShaving set white ceramic “Mach 3” razor badger brush and stand $210 tThe Art of Shaving sandalwood essential oil $70 t pre-shave oil $22 tshaving cream $22 t after-shave balm $38 items from Sharp Unique Gifts for Men (610) 584-1818

for the kids From tots to teens, pick out one of our gifts for short recipients. (shown left) Ribbons Quick Change Watch $25 tBrown and black print Bagette purse with fur detail $22 Multicolored purse tTwo’s Co. gem pad and pen $10 | from Adornment (267) 640-7956 | www.adornmentea.com

for them Presents that prove you can please everyone, from your co-workers to acquaintances. (shown top right) Graphic bicycle helmet $30-40 tZip-up bicycle jacket $80-120 from Guy’s Bicycles | (215) 355-1166 | www.guysbicycles.com Eco-rejuvenating gift card from The Skin Studio (215) 3699787 Gift Card from The Institute for Laser & Aesthetic Medicine | (215) 230-1804 | www.ilamed.com tHandmade vase and bowl $85 from Black Sheep Pottery { 50 } BUCKS & MONTGOMERY ,)6).'sDECEMBER 2009


‘Tis the season to show your loved ones that Santa Holiday Wreaths isn’t the only one around here who is good at by Floral and Hardy finding that perfect gift for that special someone.

As you walk up the drive leading to Floral and Hardy in Skippack Village, you’ll notice the large assortment of fresh Christmas greens including garlands, swags, rope, Winterberry bunches and wreaths. Their wreaths are made locally of Pennsylvania Frasier, Douglas, Boxwood and mixed greens and are adorned with all sorts of berries, bows and other goodies by their staff. Each wreath is a piece of art ready to welcome your guests to your home. Floral and Hardy: (610) 584-0797

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Mood for the Holidays The Seasons Garden Center design team has a few quick and easy suggestions for personalizing holiday dĂŠcor, and other ideas can be found in their free, new Holiday Decorating Guide. First, develop a theme that has meaning. Next, try to plan holiday decorating one year in advance, and, finally put the plan in writing. In addition, they recommend some additional tips for cost-effective holiday decorating: create a beautiful ambience for holiday guests by taking canning jars and filling the bottom with coffee beans for fragrance, and then add candles; take cut greens from the yard and layer them on the table for a holiday buffetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the more variety of greens, the more texture it creates; and since the holidays are about family and friends, take pictures at the party and then email them to as a thank you for attending.

Decorating Tips from Seasons Garden Center a. Luminary jars: Take canning jars and fill bottom with coffee beans for fragrance, add candles and line your walkway to light the path at night for your guests. b. Small wrapped boxes with beautiful wrapping paper and ribbon to decorate your mantle, tabletop, and home. c. Put holiday greens in arrangements with cuttings from the yard.

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for the pets Show your four-legged friend you care by spoiling them with the latest, greatest doggie treats. (shown opposite page) Gingerbread Man coal sack and Santa dog toys $12 t Dog bed $79 from Dogs and Cats Rule (215) 497-7477 www.dogsandcatsrule.com Blue Hanukkah dog collar by Elmo’s Closet $14 t Red snowstorm dog collar by Elmo’s Closet $15 | from Sharp Unique Gifts for Men | (610) 584-1818 | www.sharpuniquegifts.com

for her These classic finds will catch any fashionista off-guard, even if she has a black belt in retail. (shown on page 48) Knit coat by Midnight in Paris $485 from Marisa Boutique | (609) 571-5938 Giancarlo Paoli black leather platform boot $542 tTaupe and black suede patent convertible clutch by Babee D $288 | from Shoe Café | (215) 860-6980 tBlack luxury string lingerie by Anais $114 tBlack push up bra by Anais $195 tRed half body push up bra by Marie Jo Haute Lingerie $187 Red luxury hot pant by Marie Jo Haute Lingerie $71 | from Heidi’s Boutique | (215) 504-7399 | www.heidisboutiqueonline.com (shown opposite page) Long rib blue wool gloves $24 tRecycled leather hobo bag $143 |from Dominique Daniella (215) 8622022 | www.dominiquedaniela.com Miche bag with Lexi giraffe print faux leather cover with red accents $40 for Miche insert bag; $40 for Lexi cover from Adornment | (267) 640-7956 | www.adornmentea.com tTolani flare bottomed grey scarf $79 from Luna Chick Boutique | (215) 579-6110 www.shoplunachick.com tJ. Reneé black peep toe sandal with beaded ankle strap $125 from Chickie’s Daughter | (215) 885-9077

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Celebrate the Holidays in Newtown! December 1st through December 31st in Newtown Newtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Santa parade is a family tradition and continues to provide a magical experience to the whole community. Join us at Newtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Santa Parade on December 6th at 2pm at The Stocking Works in Newtown. Highlights include: Mummers Uptown String Band, CRHS North and South bands, parade floats, fire trucks, horse drawn carriages, a live nativity, appearances by Santa and much, much more! For more information, call (215) 968-3440 or visit www.newtownpa.us.

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Through December at Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol The Bristol Riverside Theatre is a professional regional theatre in the historic district of Bristol. This season, the theatre is performing Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; classic tale as seen through the eyes of Tiny Tim on December 9th and 12th at 10am. From December 3rd through 20th, Bristol Riverside Theatre will be showcasing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Musicale,â&#x20AC;? with holiday pop standards, Broadway and smooth jazz performances! For more information or to order tickets, contact (215) 785-0100 or visit www.brtstage.org.

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December 10th from 6-8:30pm at the Aldie Mansion, 85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown Be sure to stop by the annual Christmas at Aldie open house! Many fabulous local guests will be in attendance, including Wendy Pfeffer, an award-winning author of many childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books; Eco-Man (Richard McLaughlin), who has performed hundreds of concerts for thousands of children bringing his message of ecology through his interactive music show. For more information, contact (215) 345-7020 or visit www.aldiemansion.com.

CB Cares is a community coalition of individuals, businesses and agencies, whose goal is to promote positive values, attitudes and behavior, in our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth based on the 40 Developmental Assets approach. As a nonprofit organization, we are most appreciative of donations from organizations and individuals like you. For as little as 50¢ a month during the school yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the cost of a container of milkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you can help keep our valuable programs in place for Central Bucks youth and their families. Please help CB Cares create a healthier community by sending your tax-deductible donation to the address below. To learn more, please visit our website: www.CB-Cares.org.

Bucks & Montgomery Living Magazine would like to extend a very special thank you to the Tsarnas family for allowing us to photograph their lovely home. We would also like to express our gratitude to Black-Eyed Susan (www.besusan.com), who worked their holiday decorating magic in the Tsarnas home for our photo shoot. Also, we would like to show our appreciation to Seasons Garden Center (www.seasonsgardencenter.com), who was gracious enough to allow us to use their beautiful location as our seasonal backdrop.

    

 

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BOOK REVIEW Fasten Your Financial Seatbelt It’s never too late for great ideas!

“Americans are wealthier than they’ve ever been, yet never more confused about how to manage that wealth.” -Thomas C. Scott YES, DECEMBER IS HERE AGAIN and so are holidays, gift giving, indulgence, frantic anticipation, economic blues, and the dreaded New Year resolutions. Good ole’ Father Time won’t stop our march toward retirement so here’s a book to help you rethink your current plan, or lack of plan, for a solid financial future. Make sure a financial plan is one of your top resolutions! “Fasten Your Financial Seatbelt” by Thomas “Tom” C. Scott is for those of us short on time, short on money, and short on a solid financial track. BTW, this book reads like a novel and I finished it before drowning in a third cup of coffee. To begin, let me tell you the author survived the first-ever fatal crash of a 747 in 1974, and in the midst of the burning wreckage, he kept his head and helped a dozen people escape with their lives. Since then

By J. Henry Warren

Tom has endeavored to rescue people from economic catastrophe. In “Fasten Your Financial Seatbelt,” Tom has identified the “Ten Common Mistakes” people make when dealing with their money: people make decisions based on the past (much like driving forward while only looking in the rearview mirror); they think short term; often stampeded by herd mentality; some speculate instead of invest and don’t know the difference; they’re inconsistent (bouncing between complacency and panic); they stick their heads in the sand and refuse to learn about investment options; most add to winners when it’s time to sell, and selling losers when it’s time to buy; many hug to only one kind of investment such as CDs, municipal bonds, technology stocks or real estate; being overconfident; and lastly many use borrowed funds to get more bang for the buck. Tom grew up during the 1950s in southern California. Even then, he was fascinated with the way money in his savings account

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could make money. Tom worked in his father’s elevator maintenance business and by the age of twelve Tom had already saved enough money to pay for his own flying lessons. Foregoing college, Tom became a commercial pilot where he signed on with Lufthansa. On November 20, 1974, he learned another very important lesson. The Boeing 747 on which he was a crew member crashed on takeoff at the Nairobi, Kenya airport. Miraculously unhurt in the impact, in the next 60 or so seconds, Tom dragged, pushed or carried a dozen passengers out the fuel-soaked wreckage before it exploded into a deadly fireball. All of the surviving passengers had been securely strapped into their seats for takeoff. Tom learned another lesson: something which appears substantial and safe may not be. “There are always hidden dangers, always unexpected difficulties for which we must plan.” This is the same, he understood, with our investments and our financial plans. Tom returned to Orange County, where his experiences with money and survival began to coalesce. For 25 years, Tom’s Scott Wealth Management Company has offered his protective advice to investors; and when necessary, he is still determined to drag or push people out of the wreckage of their financial lives towards safety. Tom’s mission is to make sure people pay attention to his “pre-flight” safety instructions and fasten their financial seatbelts in case of disaster. I know you’ve heard, “Most people spend more time planning a vacation than their retirement!” Here’s a book to help you think through your 2010 financial resolutions. “Fasten Your Financial Seatbelt,” published by Platform Press ISBN 978-0-9824117-1-1, is available at all your favorite booksellers. Scott is a regular Forbes.com guest columnist. BL _________________________________ J. Henry Warren is a Bucks County writer.


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FINANCIAL Top Year-End Investment Tips existing investments do. Or you might look into an investment that you have avoided in the past because of its high valuation if it’s now selling at a more attractive price. Diversification and asset allocation don’t guarantee a profit or insure against a possible loss, of course, but they’re worth reviewing at least once a year. KNOW WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM

When contemplating a change in your portfolio, don’t forget to consider how long you’ve owned each investment. Assets held for a year or less generate short-term capital gains, which are taxed as ordinary income. Depending on your tax bracket, that rate could be as high as 35%, not including state taxes. Long-term capital gains on the sale of assets held for more than a year are taxed at lower rates: 15% for most investors, 0% (through tax year 2010) for anyone in the two lowest tax brackets. (Long-term gains on collectibles are different; those are taxed at 28%.) Your holding period can also affect the treatment of qualified stock dividends, which are taxed at the more favorable long term capital gains rates if you have held the stock at least 61 days. (Those days must occur within the 121-day period that starts 60 days before the stock’s ex-dividend date; preferred stock must be held for 91 days within a 181-day window.) The lower rate also depends on when and whether your shares were hedged or optioned during those 61 days. Check with your tax professional to make sure you don’t inadvertently incur unnecessary taxes by selling or buying at the wrong time.

JUST WHAT YOU NEED, RIGHT? One more time-consuming task

to be taken care of between now and the end of the year. But taking a little time out from the holiday chores to make some strategic saving and investing decisions before December 31 can affect not only your long term ability to meet your financial goals, but also the amount of taxes you’ll owe next April.

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The first step in your year-end investment planning process should be a review of your overall portfolio. That review can tell you whether you need to rebalance. If one type of investment has done well—for example, large-cap stocks—it might now represent a greater percentage of your portfolio than you originally intended. To rebalance, you would sell some of that asset class and use that money to buy other types of investments to bring your overall allocation back to an appropriate balance. Your overall review should also help you decide whether that rebalancing should be done before or after December 31 for tax reasons. Also, make sure your asset allocation is still appropriate for your time horizon and goals. You might consider being a bit more aggressive if you’re not meeting your financial targets, or more conservative if you’re getting closer to retirement. If you want greater diversification, you might consider adding an asset class that tends to react to market conditions differently than your

Now is the time to consider the tax consequences of any capital gains or losses you’ve experienced this year. Though tax considerations shouldn’t be the primary driver of your investing decisions, there are steps you can take before the end of the year to minimize any tax impact of your investing decisions. If you have realized capital gains from selling securities at a profit (congratulations!) and you have no tax losses carried forward from previous years, you can sell losing positions to avoid being taxed on some or all of those gains. Any losses over and above the amount of your gains can be used to offset up to 3,000 of ordinary income ($1,500 for a married person filing separately) or carried forward to reduce your taxes in future years. Selling losing positions for the tax benefit they will provide next April is a common financial practice known as “harvesting your losses.” Example: You sold stock in ABC company this year for $2,500 more than you paid when you bought it four years ago. You decide to sell the XYZ stock that you bought six years ago because it seems unlikely to regain the $20,000 you paid for it.

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You sell your XYZ shares at a $7,000 loss. You offset your $2,500 capital gain, offset $3,000 of ordinary income tax this year, and carry forward the remaining $1,500 to be applied in future tax years. TIME ANY TRADES APPROPRIATELY

If you’re selling to harvest losses in a stock or mutual fund and intend to repurchase the same security, make sure you wait at least 31 days before buying it again. Otherwise, the trade is considered a “wash sale,” and the tax loss will be disallowed. The wash sale rule also applies if you buy an option on the stock, sell it short, or buy it through your spouse within 30 days before or after the sale. If you have unrealized losses that you want to capture but still believe in a specific investment, there are a couple of strategies you might think about. If you want to sell but don’t want to be out of the market for even a short period, you could sell your position at a loss, then buy a similar exchange-traded fund (ETF) that invests in the same asset class or industry. Or you could double your holdings, then sell your original shares at a loss after 31 days. You’d end up with the same position, but would have captured the tax loss. If you’re buying a mutual fund in a taxable account, find out when it will distribute any dividends or capital gains. Consider delaying your purchase until after that date, which often is near year-end. If you buy just before the distribution, you’ll owe taxes this year on that money, even if your own shares haven’t appreciated. And if you plan to sell a fund anyway, you may minimize

taxes by selling before the distribution date. A NOTE ON AMT

The lower tax rates on long-term capital gains and qualifying dividends apply to alternative minimum tax (AMT) calculations as well. However, because they’re included in calculating alternative minimum taxable income, large long-term gains and qualifying dividends can indirectly increase AMT exposure, and could potentially push you into the phaseout range for AMT exemptions. If this might affect you, talk to a tax professional. The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investment(s) may be appropriate for you, consult your financial advisor prior to investing. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. The tax information provided is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax planning advice. We suggest that you consult with a qualified tax advisor. Portions of the material were created by Forefield Inc. BL

___________________________________________________ Adam Soloff is the President of the Soloff Wealth Management Group in Jenkintown.

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Above (left to right): The dining room at Tj Smith’s has a cozy, earth-toned atmosphere, with wide open spaces and high ceilings. The endive, apple and watercress salad with crumbled bleu cheese, candied walnuts and white balsamic vinaigrette.

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the warmer months as well. Although there are TVs throughout the restaurant to catch Philadelphia games, Smith says TJ’s is not a typical sports bar. “Our menu is more diverse than what you’ll find at a typical sports bar. It’s part of what we do, but not fully what we are,” said Smith, whose wife Debbie owns the popular hair salon, Elite Concepts, located in Holland. If you are a beer connoisseur, you can look forward to a selection of over 70 beers from all over the world, including twenty on draft and a full wine list which is broken into three price sections— $20, $25 and $25 plus. Smith has been in the restaurant industry for more than twenty years, starting out washing dishes in a restaurant in Washington Crossing and working his way up to owning his own successful restaurants in nearby historic Newtown. Michael noticed the need for an exceptional independent eatery, so together, with head chef, Ben Diaz (formerly of Le Bec Fin and The Logan Inn), Smith created an amazing menu that delivers a one-of-a-kind dining experience in a place that is perfect for socializing and catching up with friends or bringing the family for a night off from cooking. When asked what’s appealing about the restaurant business,

Tj Smith’s has an upscale, family-friendly atmosphere with booth and table seating, a free-flowing S-shaped bar that is always jam-packed and a seasonal outdoor dining patio that seats 50.

Smith says, “I like the hustle and bustle of it, interacting with the customers and meeting different people.” TJ Smith’s is located at 1585 Easton Road (Rt. 611) between Bristol and Almshouse Roads. Complimentary valet parking is offered Friday and Saturday nights, with overflow parking allowed at Holbert’s Motor Cars every day of the week. Happy hour is held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during which all 20 draft beers, appetizers and house wine are half price. Happy hour prices are available throughout the entire restaurant, not just at the bar. Live music acts are held Friday nights beginning at 9:30 p.m. Also, starting in January a full-scale brunch will be offered every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (215) 343-1440 or visit www. TJSmiths.com. TJ Smith’s will be open the evenings of Dec. 24 and 31; closed Christmas day. BL ___________________________________________________ Karen Appold is a Royersford-based freelance writer (www.WriteNowServices.com).

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EASE INTO HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING Make party planning easier during the most wonderful time of the year. By Kimberly Cambra

AH, THE HOLIDAYS. Nothing like them to make you feel more pressure than usual, spend more money than you need to and overindulge the feedbag to emotionally offset that pressure and spending. When it comes to holiday entertaining, play it smart, get yourself a game plan and a budget that you can stick to. It’s been a turbulent year and you deserve to enjoy the special things that are meaningful to you like your family, friends and home. Entertaining allows us to celebrate those things that are important in our lives and make special memories in the process. If you find yourself hosting a holiday gathering you may want to consider some of the following suggestions to make your own holiday home more enjoyable to you, because you deserve it! Here’s a little secret—plan a gathering on a Sunday afternoon—it is the most cost effective way to go, especially if you are hosting an open house because you really don’t have to serve a dinner to your guests. Open house gatherings are typically from 1 to 4 pm, so most guests will be home in time for dinner. Another pro with Sunday afternoon get-togethers is that you can offer a lighter menu such as appetizers and sweets. You can make the task of cooking even easier if you know where to buy well made prepared food items like a specialty deli, gourmet shop or Wegmans, which offer a plethora of items on their catering menu. Appetizer trends right now are black and bleu meatballs, Asian lettuce wraps, mini crab cakes and chicken satay. For desserts, cupcakes are still rule when considering an easy to bite treat. Devil’s food cupcakes with a peppermint bark frosting will leave a good taste in your guest’s mouth before heading home. Fork-free foods allow the guests to enjoy the sampling without having to sit down to eat. How many times have you gone to a reception where the hors d’oeuvres were free flowing but you never thought twice about the need for flatware as you stood still and trays of food were being butlered? The devil can be in the details and should be in the cupcakes…so keep it simple.

In the spirit of spirits for your bar, keep that simple too. Create a signature sparkler for all ages and punch it up with a flirty adult beverage you can make by the batch. Home entertaining does not require a full “Mad Men” stocked bar.

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail 5 oz sparking wine or champagne ½ ounce of pomegranate liqueur Orange twist To add glitz and glamour to this cocktail, freeze cubes of pomegranate seeds and ginger ale in a tray. Make cubes a day ahead of time. This beverage can be prepared individually or by the pitcher for the ease of allowing your guest to serve themselves. Use two bottles of champagne to ½ cup of pomegranate liqueur. For younger partygoers just use ginger ale and pomegranate juice. As for decorating, you’ll find evergreens are the easiest way to bring the outdoor season indoors and the piney fragrance is a plus too. Simply cut long and short branches from your yard or stop by a nursery that sells Christmas trees and ask for the tree trimmings. Purchase a couple bouquets of white or red flowers like carnations and some metallic branches from a craft store. If you’re uncertain about color for florals and candles, you can never go wrong with tea lights. Poinsettias strategically placed are great for impact in front of the fireplace. But the best aspect of hosting an afternoon soiree is you get your house back by Sunday night with plenty of time to vacuum, wrap and toss the remnants of the party. Wishing our readers of Bucks & Montgomery Living the very best of the season for your home, your community and your life! BL

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TABORA FARM AND ORCHARD Make an impression this season with homegrown holiday gift baskets. By Cheryl Baker WHEN VISITORS OPEN THE DOORS of Tabora Farm and Orchard in Chalfont, they are overcome with the aroma of fresh goodies—a familiar treat to those who remember the delicious smell of something always baking in their grandmother’s oven. The sweet scent brings back a certain childhood joy that can’t easily be recreated, that is, until you step inside Tabora Farm. The fragrance of frosting fills the air— with endless shelves of cakes and cookies tempting hungry shoppers in the bakery. At Tabora Farm, care and affection is expressed for family and friends through the preparation of delicious sweets and treats that can’t be found anywhere else. A nostalgic undercurrent flows through the entire store, from the wooden beams on the ceiling to the original venue’s design that dates back to twenty years ago. The inviting country store is tucked in the middle of beautiful Bucks County, surrounded by endless nature. Together with their three children, owners Caleb and Patricia Torrice have been upholding old traditions while adding exciting features of their own to this family-owned and operated business. One of the Torrice family’s recent additions to the farm market is the U Pick Rest Area, a new welcoming patio where the community can enjoy live, local entertainment in the spring, summer and autumn. “People can come here, get a meal, dessert and/or a snack,” said Patricia. Visitors can kick their feet up and relax on the patio while listening to live music and watch the spring’s gorgeous flowers bloom, enjoy ice cream during the scorching summer heat or take in the rich fall foliage. The farm has also recently installed restrooms, complete with heating, air conditioning and a wash station to ensure the comfort of their visitors. An expanded coffee bar with espresso and cappuccino is also in the works for those visitors who like a little jolt of energy with their made-from-scratch treats in the morning. “Our goal is to give customers a more enjoyable experience,” said Caleb, adding that “our focus is on the community.” “How do you find something fresher than your own backyard— something that didn’t come from across the country?” he asked. There’s no better way to capture the holiday spirit than to surround yourself with the warmth and aroma of fresh-baked holiday breads as you stroll through a good old-fashioned farm and orchard shop. At the center of Tabora Farm is their very unique gift basket business, all of which is offered on their newly-designed, consumer friendly website at www.taborafarm.com. There’s a basket for every occasion or celebration, including: coffee, chocolate, cookie, anniversary and holiday baskets. This spring, Tabora will be expanding to include a build-your-own option where customers can choose from any item in the store and create their very own customized baskets. “This is a true bakery basket,” Caleb said of Tabora Farm’s enormously popular gourmet gift baskets. Every item on their shelves is made in-house and from scratch, with over 160 homemade items from the deli and bakery made daily.

Owners Caleb and Patricia Torrice along with their three adorable children.

Tabora Farm’s bakery is chock full of mouth-watering delights— with an assortment of homemade sweets inside baskets and on shelves all over the store. It’s a bakery haven, housing everything your taste buds could ever wish for, from pies and cookies to jams and chocolates, and even homemade ice cream. Tabora Farm also has quite a following for their produce, where visitors can pick their own fresh fruit and vegetables in their orchards during warm weather. Their full-service deli is also always booming, with freshly-prepared salads, soups and entrees awaiting your appetite. A wide variety of sandwiches are made daily with Tabora’s scrumptious cold-cuts and served on homemade bread. Also on-site is a country store, where delectable delights such as gourmet chocolates, fair trade coffee beans and a plethora of snacks are available for purchase. The country store is a great place to find unique gifts for all occasions, especially the holidays—with everything from homemade soap and potpourri to picnic baskets filled with jams and jellies. Keep Tabora Farm and Orchard in mind when decorating your home for the holidays, where they have everything you need from Christmas trees to wreaths. If you haven’t been there in a while or are looking to discover a place many customers have called a “hidden treasure,” Caleb and Patricia invite you to explore Tabora Farm and Orchard. Due to numerous customer requests, Tabora Farm and Orchard’s hours of operation will change to 7am to 7pm beginning in April 2010. Tabora Farm and Orchard is located at 1104 Upper Stump Road in Chalfont. Check out what’s new with Tabora Farm and Orchard by calling (215) 249-3016 or visiting www.taborafarm.com. BL

___________________________________________________ Cheryl Baker is a freelance writer and pet photographer who lives in Montgomery County (cheryl.baker1@yahoo.com).

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DECEMBER 4 ANNUAL BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP TREE LIGHTING EVENT: Enjoy the holidays at the Annual Buckingham Township tree lighting event, with crafts, refreshments and music by the CB East Choir starting at 6pm on the porch. Santa will be arriving by fire truck at 6:30pm.

5 WATERFOWL WATCH: Fall migration continues, with new arrivals and departures daily. Enjoy the late-moving ducks and geese before the winter ice forms! Green Lane Park, Green Lane, PA (610) 270-0215, 1pm

5 CANDLELIGHT TOUR: The Farmstead will be aglow and offer the experience of a traditional Pennsylvania German seasonal celebration. Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2100 Schultz Road, Worcester | (610) 584-5104, 2-8pm (www.peterwentzfarmsteadsociety.org)

6 CHRISTMAS GIFT WORKSHOP: Join Black Sheep Pottery to make or paint your own votive Christmas houses, gingerbread houses, cookies for Santa’s plates, baby’s first Christmas commemorative, ornaments and much more! Reservations are recommended and priced per project. Black Sheep Pottery is offering a $10 sitting fee for their all-in-one paint your own pottery shop through December. Black Sheep Pottery, 4038 Skippack Pike, Skippack | (610) 584-5877, 2-6pm (www.blacksheeppottery.org)

9 WINTER’S SLEEP: Take a look at the winter habits of our local animals at the Norristown Farm Park. 1001 Sterigere Street, Norristown (610) 270-8820, 1pm (www.farmpark.org) 12 CLAY FIREBIRD WORKSHOPS: Visit the Phoenixville Art Center when they make claybirds destined to be placed in the burning Phoenix at the Phoenixville Firebird Festival. 207 Bridge Street, Phoenixville | (610) 983-9430, 6 TO 7:30PM; 8 TO 9:30PM

12 VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: The staff at Pennypacker Mills will greet you at the front door as family and sing with the family music box inside, while enjoying a holiday atmosphere from long ago! 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville | (610) 287-9349, 2-8pm (www.montcopa.org)

19 SANTA ARRIVES AT BYERS CHOICE!: Here comes Santa Claus! Meet and greet with Santa at Byers Choice! 4355 County Line Road, Chalfont | (215) 822-6700, 1pm (www.byerschoice.com)

24 HOLIDAY TOURS AT PENNYPACKER MILLS: Holiday Tours at Pennypacker Mills: The holidays haven’t begun until you visit the Mills for a special holiday tour of Governor Pennypacker’s mansion. 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville | (610) 2879349, November 24 through January 3rd during regular business hours.

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27 POTTSTOWN YMCA WINTER BLAST: Join the Pottstown YMCA for their Winter blast, an invitational swim meet for swimmers! Adam & Jackson Streets, Pottstown | (610) 323-7300, Warm-ups at 9am, Meet 11am 31 NIGHT OF 111 STARS SPEAKEASY GALA: Ring in 2010 with a festive evening at Talamore Country Club that includes cocktail hour, dinner and casino-style gambling! 723 Talamore Drive, Ambler | (215) 230-8777, 8pm-1am (www.twilightwish.org)

ILLUMINAIRE NIGHTS: Visit with Santa every Friday night at IlluminaireNights, where Skippack Village is aglow with luminaries. Complimentary holiday refreshments will be served in shops throughout the village,horse-drawn carriage rides from Hotel Fiesole, live music at Justin’s Carriage House every Friday night. Skippack Village, Skippack | (www.bestofskippack.com)

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The newest gem in the OpenAir Fleet, the Cirrus SR22GTS is a fully loaded premium flight experience. A simple afternoon flight becomes an exercise in pure pleasure. Extravagant? More like invaluable. Its peerless design makes it the perfect marriage of safety and luxury.

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