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FeAtUReS 40 Shore Thing

Surf’s Up and the Livin’ is easy

64 Swing Into Summer tee off this Father’s Day!

59 out & about

10 Our Top Picks of the Month

good deeds

14 Community Efforts

57 Bucks Happening Bucks County Sisters Make Things Happen

senior perspective

7th Annual Resiliency Conference

25 Words and Wisdom

socially speaking

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26 Are you Retirement Ready? Univest National Bank

home & garden

28 A Rose By Any Other Name Queens of the Garden

75 Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days

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letter from the director Dear Readers, Summer is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited. Both of my daughters are graduating from college, so thoughts of finals and exams are fading away as we focus on celebrating in the sun. We’re looking forward to spending a family vacation at the shore, where our publication can now be found. We have recently extended our reach out from the shore to the Poconos, where we look forward to welcoming those areas in as family. This month we’re featuring some of the top shore towns to visit this summer, which includes one of my family’s all-time favorites, Ocean City, NJ. I have many fond memories of family trips to Ocean City as a child, so to be able to bring my own children and grandchildren there to celebrate is an experience I’ll never forget. To all of the other families who have had finals and exams on their mind for the past few months, I hope you are able to unwind and enjoy some sunshine and fresh salty air with your loved ones. Our area is filled with vacation hot spots—from weekend excursions in Atlantic City to fine dining and shopping in Cape May, there are endless possibilities for vacationing. Also in this month’s issue we are spotlighting some incredibly talented women in the area, so be sure to catch up on our profiles while soaking up the sun this summer! For those who wish to spend a lazy, yet fulfilling day at the shore, make it a point to review our relaxing beach reads. Before you know it, you’ll finish a book before your sunscreen wears off! We hope you enjoy our summer issue and we look forward to delivering you captivating content throughout the rest of the year and beyond. Have a wonderful summer! Karen A. Lavery Director of Operations

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out & about Our Top Picks of the Month

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Devon Horse Show and County Fair Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, June 5 starting at 7am

In 1896, the Devon Horse Show started as a oneday show. Now, years later, it has become the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. It is internationally recognized, USEF-A rated, and one of the most exciting events to happen in our area. While it draws top competitors from around the world, the show continues to reflect the local traditions and lifestyles of the Philadelphia Main Line. The Devon Horse Show and County Fair is located at Lancaster Pike and Dorset Road in Devon, PA.

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Friday Night Fireworks in New Hope and Lambertville Friday, May 27 through Friday, September 2

Back by popular demand, the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce and Lambertville Chamber of Commerce are announcing the return of Friday Night Fireworks, a spectacle of lights over the Delaware River. The 15-week summer long promotion kicks-off on Friday, May 27 every Friday night at 9:30 pm until September 2, 2011. Orchestrated by Garden State Fireworks, a glittering ten-minute firework show will illuminate the sky over the Delaware River for the summer season. In addition, most retail businesses on both sides of the river will stay open late. Also in the works are special celebrity guests to conduct the countdown, live music and other promotions. In the case of inclement weather, please check the website by 12 noon on Friday’s for possible cancellations. Visit www.NewHope LambertvilleFireworks.com for more information.

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New Hope Historical Society 18th Annual Garden Tour Saturday, June 4 from 10am to 4pm

Ecstasy of Spring is the theme of the 18th New Hope Historical Society Garden Tour featuring six private Bucks County gardens. This self-guided tour includes a few rewards including a mini-lecture on tropicals by Pamela Pyle at the end of tour day and a garden rewards bag filled with gifts and offers from our sponsors and national partners including the American Horticultural Society, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Country Gardens Magazine, W. Atlee Burpee Seed Co. and Espoma. A limited edition commemorative bracelet will be made available to ticket holders for $20. Parry Mansion is located at 45 S. Main Street in New Hope, PA.

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Glee Live Tour 2011

Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30pm

Cast members from the popular Fox TV show Glee will be performing live across the country and stop in Philadelphia. The show is completely sold out from the venue, you can get tickets from the ticket link. Be sure to order tickets now for this Wells Fargo Center concert, located at 3601 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA.


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Fireworks and Fountain Show Saturday, June 18 at 9:15pm

Come for the blooms...stay for the booms at Longwood Gardens. Enjoy fireworks like you have never seen before! Spectacular fireworks and colorful fountains light up the night sky and dance to stirring music on five spectacular evenings. Don’t miss this fun summer tradition for the entire family. It’s a Stravinsky ‘Stravaganza featuring famous works by the celebrated Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. From the infamous “Rite of Spring,” to the powerful Petrushka, to the dazzling “Firebird” finale, this is a show you won’t forget. Longwood Gardens is located at 1001 Longwood Road at Route 1 and Route 52 in Kennett Square, PA.

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Philadelphia’s 11-Day Wawa Welcome America! Festival Friday, June 24 through Tuesday, July 5

Where better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than in Philadelphia, the very city where our nation began? People of all ages are invited to experience Wawa Welcome America!, the City of Philadelphia’s free July 4th Festival, from June 24 through July 5. With 11 patriotic days packed with free events, a full-scale parade, fireworks, history, live entertainment, food, culture and pageantry, there is fun for the whole family. Highlights include the elaborate Independence Day Parade, three spectacular fireworks displays, a Birthday Party stretching more than a mile, an innovative tasting event, interactive children’s programs and the largest free concert in America featuring a line-up of prominent, world-class musicians, promised to “wow” all. Wawa Welcome America! is a multi-day festival that celebrates America’s birthday in America’s birthplace, Philadelphia, and is produced by Welcome America, Inc. For more information, please visit www.welcomeamerica.com.

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6th Annual Brandywine Big Bang BBQ Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 from 12 to 5pm

From Pig Pickin’ to Chickin’ Lickin’—BVWT is planning a fun BBQ & Wine outing. Beat the shore crowds and spend a rousing Fourth of July Weekend with great BBQ & Wine outings at the wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. The familyowned and operated regional wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail will be offering a variety of wines, food, picnicking and music to celebrate Independence Weekend. The BBQ event will be held at the Paradocx Vineyard at 1833 Flint Hill Road in Landenberg, PA. To submit events for our upcoming issue, feel free to email Shannon Collins at shannonblm@gmail.com.


good deeds Community Efforts Raising Hope in the Face of Adversity Educator Maria Petsos Advocates for Families Struggling with Autism By Shannon Collins

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On March 23rd, Spring Mill Manor held the Bucks County 7th Annual Resiliency Conference dedicated to healing and letting go of guilt, shame and stigma. The conference honored youth and families who exemplified resiliency by demonstrating strength and hope in the face of adversity. Maria Petsos of Ivyland, PA was awarded the Bucks County Behavioral Resiliency Family Award for overcoming struggles with educating her autistic son, Drake. Local Living Magazine originally became friends with Maria when we highlighted 11-year-old Drake’s school, the Comprehensive Learning Center this time last year. Family friend Elsie McHale introduced the Petsos’ story to the guests at the conference by opening with, “Maria is one of the most resilient women I have ever known and truly an inspiration to mothers caring for their children in the midst of adversity.” Maria survived the diagnosis of her son Drake’s autism, the loss of their home and all of its contents to a ravaging fire be-

Above: Maria Petsos with sons Kosta and Drake (right) at the Bucks County 7th Annual Resiliency Conference.

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fore Christmas 2008 and the tragic death of her husband shortly thereafter. “Through grieving the tremendous loss, she still pressed on and her two sons were impacted as minimally as possible,” said Elsie. “After two very churning years, the sea has calmed somewhat for Maria,” explained Elsie. “Her home has been rebuilt, her boys are doing well and Maria has remarried a fine man who loves her and cares deeply for her children. Drake is thriving at his school and hopes for an independent future for him are bright.” With the help of Drake’s teachers at the Comprehensive Learning Center in Southampton, PA, he is learning to communicate effectively, care for his own needs and manage his behavior. The Comprehensive Learning Center is giving Drake the skills he needs to be an independent, contributing member of society. “Though Maria is thousands of dollars in debt and may ultimately have to sell her home to continue to keep Drake in his present school (she continues to fight her district over his private school placement), it is clearly evident that the sacrifices she continues to make for Drake are worth every penny,” said Elsie. Maria urges her community to be involved with The Comprehensive Learning Center Scholarship Program, a PA educational improvement tax credit program that allows you to create a future for a child with autism at virtually no cost. To help Drake and other children with autism succeed; apply to participate in the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. By using tax credits to donate to the CLC EITC Scholarship program, you will be helping cover tuition for Drake and other students at the Comprehensive Learning Center that qualify. It costs next to nothing, but will mean everything to them. In his short 11 years, Drake has faced autism, a fire that destroyed his home and the early death of his father. His past can’t be changed, but his future can. By participating in the EITC program, you will be making a difference in his and his classmates’ lives. For further information, email Maria at ionikos5@verizon.net or call the Comprehensive Learning Center at (215) 322-7852. LL Shannon Collins is Local Living Magazine’s Editorin-Chief.


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April in Paris

Recent Happenings in the Area

Photos courtesy: Carol Ross

Saturday, April 2, 2011 | The Bucks County Chapter, Board of Associates of Fox Chase Cancer Center was established in 1983 as a non-profit organization devoted to raising funds for cancer research and prevention for Fox Chase Cancer Center. This year, the Chapter hosted an elegant evening soirée, “April In Paris,” on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

ABOVE: Moland House Board Members Murrie Gayman, Debbie Dadey (event chairperson), Chaya Gayman, Ed Price, Dave Mullen BELOW: CB East High School seniors and volunteers Sarah Goetz, Jackie Soldano and Becky Dadey got into the spirit of the event and lent a hand

Colonial Tea and Fundraiser ABOVE: Dr. Michael Seiden (President and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center) and Louis Della Penna (board member of Fox Chase Cancer Center) RIGHT: Eleanor Guiterman and “April in Paris” Chairperson Sara Moyer

Taking place at the opulent Keenan Motors Mercedes-Benz dealership in Doylestown, “April In Paris” was an unforgettable evening of cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing along with live and silent auctions. Guests enjoyed delicious cuisine by The Waterwheel of Doylestown and live music from Key Largo while helping to raise funds to fight cancer everywhere. This year’s event sponsor was Riggs Distler and the media sponsor was the Bucks County Herald.

Sunday, March 20, 2011 | The Moland House, a historical treasure located in the heart of Warwick Township, and the site of George Washington’s Bucks County Headquarters during the Revolutionary War, hosted a Colonial Tea and fundraiser on Sunday, March 20, 2011. The event included a light lunch, entertainment and an enlightening visit from Martha Washington, her slave Oney Judge, and other reenactors. Guests were enthralled by Martha Washington, portrayed by Alisa Dupuy, and her slave Oney Judge, portrayed by Cathy Simpson, who told stories of their lives, experiences and personal struggles throughout 18th century colonial America. Colonial era music was provided by Susan Ward and students Monica Dailey and Cassie Mulcahy. The event raised over $1,000, which will benefit the Warwick Township Historical Society and its efforts to maintain the Moland House property.

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socially speaking The Bucks County Chapter hosts several celebrated charity events each year including the Annual Holiday Art Show and Exhibition, Annual Golf Outing, and the largest fundraiser, “April In Paris.” The April benefit took the place of the Annual Garden Party that had been held in June for the past 22 years. Last year, the Chapter contributed $165,000 for research and prevention at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Recent Happenings in the Area Alzheimer’s Memory Walk at Citizen’s Bank Park Sunday, November 14, 2010 | This past winter, Seniors Helping Seniors of Bucks County did their part in the effort to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease. On Sunday November 14th, forty four Seniors Helping Seniors volunteers participated in the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, and collected nearly $3,000 in donations. “We had a great day together. I can’t wait to do this next year and see how our support for the 2011 Memory Walk will grow.” shares Sharon Santoni. The Alzheimer’s Memory Walk is the principle fundraiser for The Alzheimer’s Association. In every section of the United States the local chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) works towards this annual event to create awareness of the disease and to raise funds. The association is dedicated to helping people with Alzheimer’s disease, and their families through education, advocacy, sup port, and by funding promising research. The Association’s goal is to provide a comprehensive system of compassionate care and family support and to support research efforts to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter hosts a total of 5 Memory Walks each year. The Philadelphia Walk at Citizens Bank Park is the largest walk in the Chapter, with 10,000+ walkers and over $530,000 raised.

ABOVE / RIGHT: John Otto, Mary Walrond, Lisa James Otto, Tom and Lizanne Bernlohr Russ Gilsdorf and Ron Prybycien Lisa Adelberger and Georgia Ford

The mission of Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services is to provide seniors with the ability to choose an independent lifestyle in their own homes, for as long as possible, with the dignity and respect they deserve, by providing compassionate seniors to help. This innovative program provides the support seniors need from people who understand them the most. Since SHS helpers are also seniors, they understand more about the twists and turns of life. They provide essential services such as companionship, transportation, meal preparation, light housekeeping, yard work, overnight stays, pet care and handyman services. Providers are seniors with the heart of a volunteer, doing what they love to do, but are also compensated for their time. Senior Providers are there because they really want to be and services are performed with the utmost of love, care and compassion. For more information about Seniors Helping Seniors of Bucks County, visit the website at www.seniorshelpingseniors.com.

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good reads This Summer’s Best Beach Reads Engaging stories perfect for thumbing through while at the beach, on an airplane or on a weekend when you’re looking for something light and fun. My Life in France

The Other Boleyn Girl

When she arrived in France, Julia Child was a gawky, six-foot-two, wide-eyed girl from Pasadena, unable to cook; or, for that matter, speak French. Despite this inauspicious beginning, 32-year-old Child was able to transform herself into a cooking genius. In this memoir, completed after her death by her grandnephew, Child reminisces about her culinary training, her life in France and her beloved husband, Paul.

A rich and compelling tale of love, ambition and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.

By Julia Child, Alex Prud’Homme

Spirited Away By Cindy Miles

Knight Tristan de Barre and his men were murdered in 1292 and they were cursed by their murderer to roam their home Dreadmoor Keep for all eternity. That was, until forensic archeologist Andi Monroe begins excavating the site and studying the legend of a medieval knight and his men who had disappeared.

By Philippa Gregory

Best Friends Forever By Jennifer Weiner

Addie Downs believes that she and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever after Valerie moves across the street when they’re both nine years old. In the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, Valerie is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy Addie becomes her school’s scapegoat. Best Friends Forever is a hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets.

Bossypants By Tina Fey

Tina Fey’s entertaining new memoir shows that strangeness has been her constant companion. From growing up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, to her college and Saturday Night Live shenanigans, Fey makes it apparent why she is such a role model to women. It’s impossible not to laugh out loud at the sometimes tragic and always mesmerizing life of this Emmy Award-winning 30 Rock star.

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession In the Amazon By David Grann In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned from his journey. Over the years, countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels one of the greatest explorations of the twentieth century. All book reviews are referenced from www. goodreads.com. June | July 2011 Local Living

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profile

The Art of TAMING AND TRAINING BUILDING TRUST BETWEEN HORSE AND RIDER By Shannon Collins

T

ara Jones dares us to open our hearts to horses, to recognize their gifts of unconditional love and to relate to them with grace and gentleness. She has been training horses and people for years, creating the “Pieceful Solutions” method of training and healing. “I started riding horses when I was a very young girl. My mom and dad were into horses and it was the kind of thing where they would throw me on the back and we’d go on trail rides. I had a little pony and that’s how I got started,” said Jones, who lived the dream of any young girl. When Jones turned twenty-one, she became interested in riding again and she found herself buying a horse and building a barn for it with her family. Her travels soon led her to Cumberland, Virginia, for a riding apprenticeship, where she discovered her true passion in life.

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“I loved that apprenticeship so much that I wanted to span out and go to other places, so I signed up for a three week apprenticeship in Wyoming.” Before Jones departed for Wyoming, she was introduced to horse trainer Kenny Harlow at a clinic. After hitting it off with him, Jones embarked on a year-long certification program with Harlow, where she ended up graduating with one of the highest scores ever. On the last day of her apprenticeship, Harlow hired Jones to travel with him to train riders at clinics up and down the East Coast. “He gave me my start,” said a thankful Jones. “He asked if I wanted to move down there and do all of the monthly training horses. So, I stayed working for him for about five years and just recently decided to move back home to Pennsylvania and explore on my own.” Trainee Jen Starkey met Jones at Kenny Harlow’s certification program, where Jones was assisting in training. “Her methods work,” said Starkey. “If you have problems, she can see them and not only can she train horses, she can train people. That’s why I’m her student, because she has that rare quality,” said Starkey, who owns nine horses of her own. Jones’ strength is that she can look at a horse and rider duo and see where the issues stem from and how to work through it.


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“A horse is like charades,” Jones said, “they have to decipher what you’re trying to tell them. They’re thinking in their mind, ‘I think I feel a leg. I guess that means go…oh no, she’s just bumping her legs because she can’t sit still,’” she laughed. Jones has been breaking down barriers for female trainers ever since she realized she wanted to change something about the industry. “Once I reached the point where I got frustrated because I wasn’t being taught what I wanted, I decided to teach people who wanted to learn but couldn’t find the right person.” It didn’t take long for “Pieceful Solutions” to emerge—a training program stemming from three components: simple, systematic and straight-forward. According to Jones, horses want a routine because that is what they are accustomed to in nature. “If you put five horses in a pasture, they’ll duke it out until they find their pecking order to figure out who is going to be dominant,” said Jones. “All of the horses know where the line is with that one, and that’s what the person has to become. It doesn’t mean you have to be aggressive with the horse, but you just have to say, this is where the line is. That’s when the horse will learn to respect you.” Jones explained that whenever trainers have an issue with a horse or a rider, there are always holes in it—pieces that are missing. “When you think about a huge jigsaw puzzle, you have to put together the border, start the foundation and get the fundamentals on solid ground first,” said Jones. “Then you start putting together things piece by piece by piece and it brings together a whole solution to whatever issue you’re having.” According to Jones, as long as you keep raising your expectations while constructing a horse’s training, the rider is always making the horse better. With horse riding, it’s always black and white, which is why Jones instills a unique blend of riding skills using techniques based on imagery, mobility and balance. “I always say may all the puzzling aspects of your riding find a pieceful solution, because that’s what it is. It’s either a piece of the horse that isn’t working or a rider error that isn’t working. You have to bring both together so you have the rider coming together with the horse and the horse coming together with the rider,” she explained. Jones asks that her riders keep the door open for letting their horse teach them. “Don’t just try to be better for yourself, be better for your horse as well.” For Jones, the history is the past when working with problem horses. One little problem pony she met while in Virginia made a huge impact on Jones’ training methods. “I was out in the barn when this little, tiny pony comes down the aisle and their owners are leading it. It was the cutest pony I had ever seen in my life. His owners told me his name was Cinco de Mayo and when I asked what was wrong with him they told me he had a problem with bucking. They couldn’t have him around their barn because they gave children’s lessons and he was out of control,” she said.

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Whether the horse has behavioral issues or not, Jones gives the horse a clean slate. She works to find the holes in the training by going to the beginning to figure out how the problems began to arise. “With this horse, the owners said he had been to four trainers and I was the last resort,” said Jones, who soon took Cinco de Mayo to the pen to observe his behavior. “We put the saddle on and he went around bucking, spitting and growling. We worked through it and a couple of days later we were riding him and everything was fine.” Jones kept the horse for six weeks and was greeted by a shocked owner who couldn’t believe it was the same horse. She later found out by email from the owner that Cinco de Mayo was now the star pony with the kids. “Those little emails make everything worth it,” said Jones. During a recent trip to Australia, Jones worked with a dressage trainer from the Royal Riding School in Spain, who is just one of the many lifelong friends Jones has met along her journey. “I have this motto that the good trainers settle for what they already know and the great trainers never settle because they know they will never know it all,” said Jones. “That is what I live by because education never stops. The day I stop learning is the day I will never ride again. I want my students to reap the benefits of my hard work.” For Jones, she recently discovered that she could do whatever she put her mind to at a 3-day, all women’s trainer challenge. “The horse that I was assigned to was really tough and at the end of the challenge, I did end up riding it. Everyone was shocked that I could get on it,” said Jones, who was only given an hour

each day to prep the horse to run a timed obstacle in front of an audience. “With that challenge, the coolest part was that it gave us women the opportunity to say that we can be just as good as the guys are,” she said. When Jones is not in the saddle, she is writing training manuals, which are available for purchase on her website at tarajonestraining.com. The manuals are complete with riding exercises to enhance any rider and horse combination from the start of a young horse all the way up to high-level maneuvers. Jones is currently working on a book titled “Solving the Riddles of Riding,” which she is hoping to complete by the end of the summer. The book focuses on training the horse and how to ride while being influential. “I’ve learned through the years that the horse is your best teacher and most of the things I’ve figured out on my own because the horse tells you when you’re right and when you’re wrong,” said Jones. At the end of the day, Jones gives all of the credit for her amazing talent to the horses. “Horses have taught me to be patient and more willing and open. It’s amazing how much responsibility they teach you and how much they give you when you give back to them,” said Jones, who admits to having the coolest job on the planet. No matter what your profession, Jones’ undying ambition and positive outlook on life is an inspiration to anyone looking to pursue their passions. For more information on workshops and clinics offered by Tara Jones, visit www.tarajones training.com. LL Shannon Collins is Local Living Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.

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senior perspective Words and Wisdom I’m An American By Diane Burns

I’M AN AMERICAN We’re of many shades and colors. We practice many different faiths and religions. Our customs and cultures are as varied as we are. We are strong, determined, selfless and selfish, creative and destructive. Each sure of his freedoms and of the rights he believes are theirs. Is there enough time or love to help these people learn to live together as brothers for the betterment of us all? I’M A MILITARY AMERICAN I’m a member of every branch of the military; Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard I’m on the front lines around the world in defense of my country. I leave my family and friends for months at a time because I have a duty to perform I pray that while I am protecting my country and its people; they are caring for my family and my fellow comrades as they return home. I’M A NATIVE AMERICAN Tired, bewildered, betrayed, angry and frustrated, Struggling to maintain my right to my own heritage Trying to overcome the many years of feeling like a secondclass citizen Seeking the same freedoms as my fellow Americans. What must I do to have a share in the greatness of this land we call America? I’M AN IMMIGRANT AMERICAN New to this land, poor, homeless, from war-torn countries, used to being oppressed Searching for a quiet freedom, a giving people, a welcoming hand Displaced from our homelands for many reason Longing to make a new beginning, a fresh start. Will this land called America have room for me, will its people care?

I’M A YOUNG AMERICAN Brash, eager, idealistic, and concerned Seeing the faults of my country and willing to try and change them Working hard for those that I believe in Denouncing loudly those I feel betray the ideals of my country. Am I capable of taking over the reins of leadership and am I prepared to make this country a Better one for future generations? I’M AN ELDERLY AMERICAN Bald or graying, moving a little slower than I used to, my brow wrinkled, my days empty I’ve lived and learned for a great many years I did my part to make America great. I’ve acquired a sense of humor, patience, knowledge and wisdom. Why does my country feel that I’m useless, my knowledge not required, my wisdom ignored? The differences and concerns of these Americans were answered on 9/11. On that day our country became a target for destruction from those who have no sense of decency or concern for human life, whose only desire was to cause as much tragedy and loss of life as possible. But the result was not division of country but an unparallel sense of patriotism that spread across the country. LL Diane Burns is a freelance writer who lives in Montgomery County, PA.

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pate in a 401K program, try to maximize your contributions and take advantage of any company match available. If you don’t have access to a 401K, consider a traditional or Roth IRA. If you are able to fully maximize your retirement plan contributions, consider saving outside of retirement accounts also. In addition to saving, planning for retirement also requires an understanding of your expenses, debt and income sources. Keep an eye on your debt level, reducing it as much as you can prior to retiring. Consider your income sources for retirement – social security, pension, personal savings or investments and retirement account withdrawals. How does this factor into your plan? Most studies show a typical retirement need of 80% of your pre-retirement income, but remember that your expenses and life style can play a big part of the income need.

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James M. Spindler, CFP®, Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor, Univest National Bank and Trust Co. our nation is starting to see the largest generation in history, the baby boomers, retire. Over the next 10 years, many of the 78 million boomers will enjoy this new phase of life, while others will still be working to realize some form of retirement. This raises an important question, are you retirement ready? How will you pay for basic necessities, afford good medical care and maintain your current standard of living? While the prospect of retirement planning can seem daunting, when successfully done, it relieves the stress which tends to surround financial issues.

Factors to Consider when Planning

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A common rule of thumb is spending 4% of your nest egg each year will ensure it lasts through retirement. While studies have shown this 4% strategy generally works, you can’t blindly follow this rule. Factors to consider include what age you plan on retiring, what you want to do during these years, your asset allocation and how long this phase will last. As life expectancies continue to rise, retirement planning becomes evermore important. Answering the following questions can also help you better understand your financial needs for retirement. • Where is your family? How often do you want to visit or travel to other places? • What type of activities do you enjoy? • How often do you want to go out to dinner? • Would you like to own a vacation home? • What are your desires for charitable contributions? • How is your physical health? • Will you supplement your retirement income with a job?

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There is so much to consider when planning for retirement. For this reason, most individuals and couples seek support from a trusted partner. A trained professional can tailor a retirement plan to suit your needs so you can make sure you don’t outlive your money. Planning ahead identifies the proper steps you need to take to accomplish your goals and achieve the retirement of your dreams. The customers at Univest National Bank and Trust Co. have trusted Univest’s experts to get them retirement ready for 135 years. If you are ready to start developing your retirement plan, contact a Univest Wealth Management Advisor today at 215-703-5247 or email wealthmanagement@univest.net. Investment products offered by Univest National Bank and Trust Co.’s Wealth Management and Trust Division are not FDIC insured, are not a deposit of or bank guaranteed, and are subject to risks, including possible loss of principal amount invested. LL Snap the tag to view the website for Univest National Bank and Trust Co. directly from your phone!


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HOME & GARDEN

A Rose By Any Other Name Queens of the Garden,

and With Good Reason By Marisa Gillen Rose blooms are synonymous with summer, when their sweet intoxicating aroma mingles with the warm summer air. Unlike in

Victorian times when large rose gardens were in vogue, most home gardens rarely plant them nowadays. Citing the need for pruning, spraying, fertilizing and thorns, many homeowners have backed away from roses to plant easier shrubs, annuals and perennials. Roses are prone to attacks of bugs like Japanese beetles, spider

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mites and aphids. It is also true that they can get funguses like black spot and powdery mildew and viruses like rose mosaic virus. Why bother growing them, then? There are few flowers that offer such stupefying beauty when in bloom, gorgeous flowers by the armful for picking and displaying in vases. If for no other reason, they should be grown for their fascinating names—Imperial Tipsy Concubine and Queen Elizabeth grow happily together as do Bashful, Happy and Snow White. Rose hybridizers are constantly working with varieties to increase their vigor, and their resistance to insect damage and disease. In the past decade or so, a whole new class of roses designated, “landscape roses” have flooded the market. These roses include the enormously popular Knockout Rose Series. Knockouts come in several colors, from the original single flowered fuschia, light pink, coral, and rainbow colors, to the newer double flowered Knockouts. Though they have little pronounced scent, their sheer exuberance and disease resistance have made them hugely successful. Miniature roses have become easy to find and easier to grow as has the class of roses called floribundas which are generally lower growing shrubby roses with several little bouquets on a branch. For those who long for the antique roses they might have seen and smelled in their grandmother’s backyard, the line of David Austin roses give modern gardeners the look, and the scent of antique roses, with generally better resistance to disease, insects, and funguses. The English roses are, for the most part, large bushes, better suited to specimen planting than for use in mixed beds. Many have a large bloom season at the end of June and sporadic or no blooming through the dog days of summer, finally climaxing in a grand crescendo of bloom in September. When planting a rose, a larger hole is better than a small one. Place a dirt mound at the bottom of the hole and spread the roots over the mound. In our area, plant to a depth that covers that bud union by about two inches. If your rose is grown on its own root such care need not be taken and rose may be planted at same level it was grown in the pot. The label on the container will tell you whether or not your rose was grown on its own root. Fill slowly, with a good soil mixture, combined with your own garden soil if it isn’t too heavy with clay. Roses don’t like their feet wet and clay holds in the water at the roots. Tamp the soil taking care that you don’t leave large air pockets. Water when you have filled the hole halfway, and then water thoroughly when the rose is planted. Mulch to prevent weeds and to help retain moisture. Do not fertilize after Labor Day because new growth may be too tender to winter over. Unless plants become too unruly, pruning should generally be done in early spring. Winterkilled branches are generally all that need pruning on shrubs, floribundas and miniatures, while hybrid teas and climbers will require shaping. LL Marisa Gillen is a freelance writer who lives in Jamison, PA.


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ribeye steaks, preferably 1-1/2’ or 2’ thick-cut garlic, minced shallots, sliced herb love (equal parts of parsley, thyme and rosemary) bay leaves red wine olive oil salt and pepper plastic zip lock oil

In a large resealable gallon-sized plastic zip-lock bag, combine the garlic, shallots, herbs, bay leaves, red wine and oil. Add the steaks. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Drain and discard marinade. Gently season steaks with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Lightly oil the preheated grill. Grill steaks, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 8-10 minutes or until the meat reaches desired doneness. (For medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 130 degrees F; medium, 140 degrees F; well-done, 160 degrees.) Remove from grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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Grilled Fresh Mozzarella Wrapped in Prosciutto

3/ 2oz. mozzarella balls, cut in half lengthwise 3 prosciutto slices 2 c. plum tomatoes 2 garlic 8 basil leaves, julienned 1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil To taste salt and pepper 1 French baguette, cut on a bias (slant) 1/2” slices Layout 3 slices of prosciutto flat on a cutting broad and equally cut into 6 lengthwise strips. Season fresh mozzarella very lightly with salt and generously with freshly cracked black pepper, then roll up mozzarella tightly to secure the ball. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, place onto a preheated grill over medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes on each side, turning to ensure an even cooking time. Allow prosciutto to slightly char for additional flavor. To make bruschetta: Toss the whole tomatoes with garlic, basil and olive oil, season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Roast in a 375 degrees F oven for about 20-25 minutes. Take them out and let them cool completely, peel off the skins and chop. Place 2 tbsp. of tomato bruschetta onto serving plate. Cut baguette into 1/2” slices on a diagonal. Brush cut slices with olive oil. Place bread, on grill rack and grill for 2 minutes on each side or until toasted golden, 2 pieces per person.


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Eagles Mere Inn Hosts a Culinary Journey Around the World Every fall and spring, the 19-room Eagles Mere Inn, established in 1886, hosts a bi-annual Food and Wine Weekend. Themed and popular as evidenced by the many returning regulars, the two-day fete amounts to two decadent dinners—which are worked off by day during hikes via the Loyalsock Trail, through one of the area’s picturesque state parks (Ricketts Glen and World’s End), or enjoying the gorgeous view at nearby Canyon Vista. It’s a collaborative effort between Innkeeper and Chef Toby Diltz and wine expert Ken Phillips, who began outlining the blueprints three months ahead of time. The theme “Tradition v. Innovation,” explored the different yet complementing flavors of classic French cuisine and wines versus innovative preparations and techniques much like California-inspired fare paired with California wines. The first night’s buffet-style dinner in the downstairs pub was casual yet utterly delicious by way of rich and buttery Beef Bourgignon with morel mushrooms; decadent lobster bisque flecked with sweet chunks of the crustacean; classic green beans amandine; a sensational truffled potato dauphinoise with goat cheese Saturday night’s seated threecourse dinner in the dining room showcased proteins cooked in two ways –with carefully chosen wines for each variation. Tradition Lobster Newburg was juxtaposed by an innovative take on Lobster “Benedict,” which was a lobster crab cake sitting beneath a “quail egg” made of coconut and gelatin and a mango-papaya “yolk.” Followed by two more protein courses—house-made venison sausage offset by Sous-vide venison tenderloin and wilted greens Diltz picked himself that morning; and a duck confit versus a shaving of foie gras. Diltz, a Hetlerville, PA native, runs the small, yet efficient kitchen that churns out homemade crackers, jams and muffins, scratch-made desserts as well as in-house butchering, smoking and everything else under the son. It’s all local, which you could say is Diltz’s favorite word evidenced by his daily visits to farms for fresh meat, dairy and produce. LL

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Q& A With Physical Therapy at St. Luke’s Bone & Joint Institute

Q: How can physical therapy help prevent injuries? A:

REDUCE IMPAIRMENT AND IMPROVE FUNCTION - Physical Therapists can instruct people in appropriate exercises to stretch tight muscles and joints. They evaluate the patient looking at the specific job, sport or activity that the patient is involved in, and then teach the appropriate exercises specific to that person and their activity. Physical therapists can teach people correct posture and body mechanics to prevent back injuries, and they can assess balance and gait abnormalities for people who are having difficulty walking and help reduce their risk of falling.

Q: Can exercise improve symptoms associated with arthritis?

A: Yes. Maintaining normal range of motion and strength are

essential for minimizing joint inflammation and reducing the associated pain involved with arthritis. Also, exercise has been found to improve the level of the body’s natural pain killing endorphins. Physical Therapists at St. Luke’s Bone & Joint utilize an underwater treadmill called a HydroTrack to allow patients with arthritis to begin their exercise program and reduce the stresses of arthritis on injured joints.

Q: What is the most common injury patients use physical therapy for?

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At St. Luke’s Bone & Joint Institute we commonly see people with a wide variety of diagnoses, including knee and shoulder injuries, neck and back problems and a range of sports and work related injuries. Physical therapists are skilled in treating myofascial (muscle) pain, bone and joint disorders and mobility problems. We frequently see people for rehab following orthopedic surgeries and also see people following injuries such as sprains/ strains, tendonitis and repetitive motion injuries. Physical Therapists can help athletes return to their sport, and non- athletes regain normal level of function following injury. We are able to help people with dizziness and balance disorders, difficulty with walking and other problems that limit ability to perform normal daily activities.

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Q: How long does physical therapy take? A: Patients usually attend physical therapy for 2-3 times per

week for 2-8 weeks or more depending on the injury. Each patient receives a thorough evaluation and a treatment plan designed by the Physical Therapist to help achieve the patient’s goals.

Q: What if my child needs physical therapy? A: The therapists at St. Luke’s Bone and Joint Institute ad-

dress physical limitations for all age groups from birth to the elderly. Children and their parents often seek physical therapy to reduce impairments limiting physical activity due to developmental disabilities, diseases, orthopedic injuries, and accidents.

Q: How can physical therapy help work related injuries?

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In addition to treating the injured body part, the Physical and Occupational Therapists assess the patient’s injury as well as their strength, range of motion and posture. They determine how all of these factors relate to the injury so that further injury is prevented and to insure that the patient is fully ready for return to work We also offer a full range of Occupational Therapy and Hand Therapy, including custom splinting, ergonomic assessments and injury prevention by our Certified Hand Therapist. Work Capacity Evaluations using the widely recognized KEY Assessment Method to measure and quantify work capability are available. Five specific functional capacity assessments assure that legally defensible and predictable outcomes are received.

Physical Therapy at St. Luke’s is available at the following convenient locations: St. Luke’s Bone & Joint Institute 1534 Park Avenue, Suite 110 | Quakertown, PA St. Luke’s Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center 2793 Geryville Pike | Pennsburg, PA Physical Therapy – Center Valley 5848 Old Bethlehem Pike, Suite 102 | Center Valley, PA For more information please call 1-866-STLUKES.

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SURF’S UP and the Livin’ Is Easy

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Heading to the Jersey shore offers a myriad of options as diverse as the sunny little towns that dot the Atlantic coastline. From family friendly to romantic and fun after dark, there’s a downtheshore for just about everybody. Brigantine

Home to many casino employees who want to be close to work without the urban feel of Atlantic City, Brigantine is more than just a company town for the gaming industry. Broad, clean beaches that aren’t nearly as crowded as other towns, an 18-hole Scottish Links golf course, and affordability, not to mention proximity to the action, combine to make Brigantine popular with second home owners and vacationers too. Weekly and monthly rentals abound but second homeowners comprise the majority of summer residents. What Brigantine may lack in terms of dining scene or boardwalk, it makes up for with recreational programs, including surfing clinics and sports leagues, designated surfing, fishing and four-wheeling beaches, (permit required) a dog park and even surf chairs for disabled beachgoers. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a nationally recognized non-profit that assists in marine mammal rescues, offer free tours of its facilities as well as dolphin and whale watch excursions. Marinas dot the bayside of Brigantine and fishing charters from Fish Finder are a great way to spend the day. At night, the Laguna Grill beach bar in the Celebrity Resort is one of the area’s only beachfront restaurants. Beachgoers can also carry cocktails from the bar to their beach chair.

Atlantic City

Atlantic City’s casinos are known worldwide, but there is a lot more to Atlantic City than slot machines, celebrity chef restaurants and high-rise hotel towers. Atlantic City visitors in the know leave the mega resorts behind for family-owned restaurants like the iconic Knife and Fork; the Ducktown Tavern, where one order of lasagna can feed two hungry people, or the Gilchrist, a greasy spoon breakfast fave soon to re-open in Gardner’s Basin. A dockside restaurant with a great bar scene, a marina, fishing charters, dolphin watching excursions and an aquarium are part of the scene at Gardner’s Basin, and the historic Absecon lighthouse is right up the street. The beaches are free in Atlantic City, and relatively uncrowded, even in the height of the season. The Boardwalk, the first of its kind originally built to keep sand out of the city’s grand hotels, is still a draw, with the venerable Steel Pier giving families

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a thrill and the Pier Shops at Caesars offering designer shopping on a pier jutting 900 feet over the ocean. The Walk is an outdoor outlet mall with national brands and well-known chain restaurants that stretches from the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway to the Boardwalk. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire may have rekindled public fascination with AC’s notorious past but presently, there’s plenty to hold a visitor’s interest from the casinos and beyond.

Ventnor

Stretching south from Atlantic City toward tonier suburbs Margate and Longport, Ventnor boasts a predominantly year round population with enough room for visitors and summer residents. Renters can find funky converted garage apartments, high-rise condo rentals, a few bed and breakfasts and some rambling beach houses with broad covered porches and short walks to the beach. While its northern neighbor is decidedly urban, and its southern neighbor feels more like a beach town, Ventnor is more of a residential suburb that happens to be on the beach. Numerous small, family-owned restaurants like Hannah G’s, famous for the “Yo Bobby Yo” omelet of feta, spinach and bacon, and Jagielky’s candy store, give this shore town a hometown feel. A quiet boardwalk that stretches 1.7 miles along the shore is perfect for strolling and bike riding. Ventnor has designated beaches for surfing, Hobie Cats, and kayaks, plus a fishing pier and volleyball courts on two beaches. Grab a sub from the original Sack ‘o Subs (a rival to Atlantic City’s famous White House Subs) and enjoy a beach picnic, or head over to the bay for some fishing or crabbing from the docks. If you’d rather bring your own than catch your own, Sage is a local favorite for fine dining and BYOB affordability.

Margate

Margate is an upscale suburb that sits to the south of Ventnor and Atlantic City on Absecon Island. Margate’s year round population of 7,500 swells to more than 23,000 when the summer residents descend. Coupled with the 20-somethings who make Margate their weekend retreat because of its great beaches, bars, restaurants and proximity to Atlantic City, Margate has an easy, beachy, good


time vibe all summer. Margate boasts exceptional community facilities—tennis courts, ball fields, playgrounds a weekly farmer’s market—even a dog park. The Jewish Community Center offers a vast complement of classes, clubs, teams, trips and an enormous health club. Head down Amherst Avenue where fishing charters and boat rentals dot the bayfront. Beachgoers enjoy delivery service from Dino’s subs and in the evening—Steve and Cookie’s is still the best table in town. Roberts—a hole in the wall bar - serves up some of the best hot wings at the beach. Margate’s mascot, Lucy the Elephant—a three-story pachyderm that was built to lure turn of the century real estate shoppers downbeach—is not only a landmark, but a must see. If Margate is your summer destination even for just a week—pop in before June 1 to take advantage of half-price beach badges—$7 instead of the usual $15.

munches like Johnson’s caramel corn (watching them mix it in giant copper bowls is an event in itself ) and Mack & Manco pizza, draw stampedes of visitors every night in season and even though it can be crowded, it’s a happy, easy-going group. While most shore towns have one shopping street or boardwalk, Ocean City boasts two. Asbury Avenue shopping rivals its beachfront sister and boasts longtime family owned favorites like Ward’s Pastry—a vacation must for crumb buns, and mile high lemon meringue pies, and Rauhauser’s own make candy store and upscale gift shops like PFrancis. Vacation rentals abound here, ranging from entire homes on the beach at the south end of town, beyond the reach of the boardwalk bustle, to motels, condos, apartments and homes nearer to the action. Ocean City is a dry town, but Circle Liquor in nearby Somers Point delivers.

Longport

Sea Isle City

Ocean City

Avalon

Extravagant beachfront homes sit alongside comfy beach cottages in this one half square mile town at the southernmost tip of Absecon Island. This tiny borough is short on commerce and long on leisurely beach vacations. The usual Saturday chaos of weekly renters coming and going is non-existent here as the few rentals that are available are offered for a minimum of a month at a time. Ozzie’s luncheonette, one of the only restaurants in town, bustles at breakfast thanks to its homey menu, nostalgic vibe and proximity to the beach. The town’s fishing pier is legendary among anglers. For sunsets and happy hours, check out The Shore, a bayside crab bar and grill at the Seaview Harbor Marina, one of the finest marinas on the Jersey coast. Longport is only 15 minutes from Atlantic City and a beautiful causeway bridge connects the town to Ocean City with its boardwalk amusement piers and the rest of the Southern Jersey Shore. Curious folks may wonder why Longport’s southern end starts at 11th Street. That’s because First through 10th Streets slowly moved to Ocean City between 1900 and 1916. Longport is the perfect shore town for people who value peace and quiet but like easy access to the action when the mood suits.

Avalon claims to be ‘cooler by a mile’ and whether it’s the breezy temperature or the sophisticated style of this town, it is, indeed, a bit cooler here. One of the most affluent Jersey shore towns, Avalon is also cooler in terms of community initiatives like dune grass planting, the shore’s first electric car charging station, and even a trolley that helps keep the good times rolling while keeping the drunk drivers off the main drag. Summer residents swell the tiny population and an impressive line up of sports leagues, special

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America’s Greatest Family Resort works hard to deserve its tagline and the numerous accolades it has received for its squeaky-clean image, beautiful beaches and renowned boardwalk. Ocean City has a knack for lighthearted special events like the annual hermit crab races hosted by Martin Z. Mollusk, a silly Doo-Dah parade celebrating the end of tax season, and more traditional sidewalk sales, baby parades and more. A bustling boardwalk complete with amusement piers, mini-golf and memorable

While Sea Isle lacks Ocean City’s boardwalk or Avalon’s cache, families return to this town year after year for its clean beaches, family-friendly town center and bayfront seafood shacks. Raw, U-peel or deep fried, Mike’s Seafood & Market has been serving it up from the dock at 42nd Street for years. More of a do it yourselfer when it comes to vacation seafood? Sea Isle is a fisherman’s paradise with a substantial fleet of fishing charters taking four, six and eight hour excursions, as well as trips to the canyon for trophies. Captain Robbins, one of the best known, has been operating from Ludlums Landing Road dock for 60 years. JFK Blvd, (41st St) the main street into town, intersects with Sea Isle’s one and a half mile oceanfront Promenade to form a town center of shops and restaurants, where the sunburned set meets nightly for a stroll and a cone. Braca Café at this town hub and Busch’s Seafood, with its famed she crab soup that’s only available on Tuesday and Sunday are part of the vacation tradition for generations of Sea Isle visitors. Rental units are plentiful in Sea Isle and are nestled cheek to jowl, but don’t be lulled into last minute planning. The best of the bunch are reserved a year in advance, and Easter is not too soon for a rental hunting road trip.

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events, camps, classes, movies on the beach and concerts in the park keep the locals, visitors and half-timers entertained. Vacation rentals are abundant and command top dollar here, but the accommodations, helped along by stylish shops like Armadillo Ltd, and the Preppy Palm as well as Antiques, Etc. are impressive. Local realtors like MM Real Estate are essential for finding the best. The Golden Inn, the town’s only full-service hotel is renowned for great packages and resort-style accommodations not typically found at the Jersey shore. If a bit of pampering is on your vacation agenda, Fusion Salon and Day Spa is the spot. Lots of restaurants come and go, and in Avalon the dining is often quite fine, but The Princeton with its great deck scene and top-notch nosh, always draws a crowd. The Princeton also offers pick up and delivery service for its patrons – another cool thing about this town.

Stone Harbor

Piping plovers, red knots and other migratory birds join in-the know visitors looking to rest and recharge in Stone Harbor; home to the Wetlands Institute and

Stone Harbor Point, true destinations for both dedicated and casual birders. Stone Harbor Point is a unique beach where guests can catch a tune from the songbirds in the thickets or take in a sunrise or sunset surrounded by swirling shorebirds who nest in the sanctuary. But Stone Harbor isn’t all guidebooks and field glasses. There’s a sailing and social scene anchored by the members only Stone Harbor Yacht Club and even though homes routinely sell for north of $1 million, the town can be decidedly unpretentious. Main Street America is evident on 96th St., where most of the town’s 100 largely family owned boutiques and shops, like Island Art of Stone Harbor and Global Pursuit flourish. Flip flops and a cooler of beer are welcome at most restaurants including Kushimba, a 10-table steak and sushi restaurant run by a local school teacher and Jay’s on Third, a well-regarded fine dining spot where the chef serves locally-grown veggies and environmentally-responsible seafood. Don’t miss an ice cream cone from Springers for dessert, or anytime. The town’s year round population mushrooms from 1200 to 20,000 between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but the bustle never seems to invade these shores.

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The Wildwoods

TripAdvisor readers named Wildwood to its 2011 list of the top 25 beaches in the US— and they’re FREE—no beach tags required. But the five-mile beach, with its trolley that ferries beachgoers from the street to the waterline, is not the only super-sized attraction here. With its 1950s throwback Doo Wop architecture, 2.5 mile boardwalk with more rides than Disneyland, including one of the east coast’s tallest Ferris wheels, Wildwood is a one of a kind shore town that’s actually three towns in one. Wildwood itself is where the action is, and North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest to the south offer a quieter vacation experience. The beach, boardwalk and contribution to the 50s and 60s music scene all combined to cause Time.com to name Wildwood to its list of 50 Authentic American Experiences. Even those who aren’t sure about an overnight in a doo wop motel like the Bel Air can still enjoy the diners, curly fries and arcade games that populate the landscape. The town’s Morey brothers operate some of the world’s best amusement parks, Surfside Pier, Mariner’s Landing and Adventure Pier and beachfront water parks Raging Waters and Ocean Oasis. Budget conscious coaster fans will take advantage of the annual passes and other value packages.

Cape May

Trip Advisor named Cape May the second best beach in the US – besting even Hawaii among readers of the

well-known travel site. Why? Silky white sand beaches, charming, restored Victorian homes, many of them bed and breakfasts, stores or restaurants as well as private homes, and a warm welcome from residents who are passionate about their town. Cape May boasts a year round schedule of fairs, festivals and special events that keep the place hopping even in the off-season. Head over to Sunset Beach at least once for the sunset flag lowering ceremony and collect a few quartz pebbles, known as Cape May Diamonds, as a souvenir. Visitors who enjoy a little education mixed in with their beach-bumming will find historic attractions like the Emlen Physick estate and the fully restored Cape May Lighthouse are worth a look, or a climb. Check out the Turdo Vineyard, a family owned winery, now in its 8th year. The tasting room is part of the family’s home and for $5 guests sample five wines and receive a souvenir glass. Active vacationers will enjoy the Salt Marsh Safari—a birding and wildlife tour of the salt marshes, as well as fishing boats that leave daily and backbay kayaking from Miss Chris Marina.

Rehoboth, DE

Simultaneously family friendly and hip, this gay-friendly town (originally established as a Methodist retreat) features beautiful, free clean beaches, a great dining scene and tax-free shopping galore on Rehoboth Avenue and numerous outlet malls off shore on Route 1. Like any beach town, Rehoboth has its notorious noshes including

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Grotto Pizza, (Voted Best of Delaware year after year) Thrashers Fries and Dolle’s saltwater taffy, but foodies have found home here too. The folks at The Back Porch Café, make everything, including the pickled lemon that goes into the chutney and the ginger beer that spices the dark and stormy cocktails. And Lewes-brewed Dogfish Head, a 30 barrel micro-brewery, has helped put the town on the map, with its long list of awards and tap houses in both Reheboth Beach, and in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In Rehoboth, accommodations run the gamut from oceanfront hotels and condominiums to broad-porched beach houses on leafy side streets. While the summer population of 25,000 drops down to a cozy 1,300 or so, off-season, Rehoboth is truly a year-round destination thanks, in part, to an ambitious calendar of events including a

Halloween SeaWitch festival, a film fest in November and Christmas activities that help bridge the seasons. In season, there’s almost always something going on at the bandstand, just off the boardwalk on Rehoboth Avenue and everyone’s welcome to join in the nightly volleyball and other games on the beach between Rehoboth and Baltimore Aves.

LBI

LBI, as Long Beach Island is known in local lingo, is an 18-mile-long beach lover’s paradise. Even at the widest point of this island strewn with small shore towns and long stretches of white sand, you’re never more than half a mile from the other side. Made up of a bunch of small communities, LBI include Barnegat Light, to the north, which includes Barnegat Lighthouse and the commercial fishing port of Viking Village. Also in the north are the chill towns of Brant Beach, Loveladies, North Beach, Holgate and Harvey Cedar. Head south to find bustling Surf City, Ship Bottom and Beach Haven, the island’s main action center. Families flock to the Victorian Fantasy Island Amusement Park, with its nonstop entertainment, turn of the century carousel and plenty of water features. Then there’s the kid-friendly mini golf at Settler’s Mill and water adventures at Thundering Surf Water Park and Golf. After dark, stars from television and stage perform in shows like Rent and Love Letters at Surflight Theatre, celebrating its 62nd season this year. When it’s time to eat, there are plenty of options, including the friendly BYO Blue Water Café in Haven Beach, known for their delicious crab cakes. For breakfast? Chipped creamed beef on toast at Mustache Bill’ in Barnegat Light can’t be beat.

Bethany Beach, DE

Founded as a Christian Tabernacle town in 1901, “a haven of rest for quiet people,” Bethany Beach is still a retreat, one of the beaches along a seven-mile stretch of Atlantic coast tucked into the southeastern corner of Delaware, kept company by South Bethany and Fenwick Island. Riding the waves is a favorite pastime, abetted by a surf that stays warm from late May through early October. On the gentler bayside, there are endless opportunities for sailing, windsurfing, fishing and crabbing. At night, it’s a stroll along Bethany Beach’s 1/2 mile long boardwalk, with its requisite arcades, shops and restaurants. A bandstand in the center of it all delivers entertainment, arts festivals and more. A haven for independent, owneroperated businesses, Bethany’s restaurant scene includes the likes of The Buttery, fine dining with global flair in a restored Victorian, Bootsie’s for authentic barbecue, including picnics to go and Cloud 9, a destination eat-

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ery specializing in seafood. Take a tour of Dogfish Head brewery in nearby Milton for a behind the scenes look at the brew house, cellars and packaging halls, offered most Tuesday through Saturday afternoons.

Lewes, DE

Named after the town of Lewes in England, Lewes is the town on the other side of the Cape-May Lewes Ferry. But there’s more to this lively spot than just an afternoon excursion from Cape May, spent strolling along the waterfront and eating lunch facing the Delaware Bay. Just 85 miles south of Philadelphia, Lewes offers plenty of diversions, inside, and out. On a rainy day, (or for a break from the sun) head to Zwaanendael Museum, which traces Lewes past as an ill-fated Dutch whaling settlement dating back to 1631. Don’t miss a stop at The Manor at Cool Spring Lavender Farm, where partners Mary Ann Etu, Sharon Harris and Marie Mayor of Milton grow about 30 varieties of lavender and blend them into all kinds of soothing beauty and bath products. Antique lovers will enjoy perusing the Heritage Antique Market as well as the Antique Village Mall, with 80-plus dealers. About 1 mile east of Lewes is Cape Henlopen State Park, a naturalist’s paradise with 4,000 acres of rolling dunes, ocean front beaches, pine forests and salt marshes. Stop by the Nature Center before you head into the park for maps and info on local critters worth spying. Of the many great restaurants in town, Annabella’s Italian Restaurant is worth a visit, known for the chef ’s delicious homemade pastas and an excellent bowl of paste e fagioli.

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Kite Flying 34th – 38th St. South Fishing Beaches North of 14th Street North 45th Street - 47th Street 49th Street (the area north of Seaside Road) South of Jetty (Absecon Inlet) Brigantine Bridge

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The Pier Shops at Caesar’s 1 Atlantic Ocean 609-345-3100 www.thepiershopsatcaesars.com The Walk At the foot of the AC Expressway 609-872-7002 www.ACOutlets.com The Knife and Fork Inn 3600 Atlantic Ave. 609-344-1133 www.knifeandforkinn.com

Natasha and Nikita Weiss Dog Park 42nd St. and Brigantine Ave. 609-266-7600 ext. 220 or 221 www.brigantinebeachnj.com

Ducktown Tavern 2400 Atlantic Ave. 609-449-1212 www.ducktowntavern.com

Marine Mammal Stranding Center 3625 Atlantic Brigantine Blvd. 609- 266-0538 www.marinemammalstrandingcenter.org

Gardner’s Basin 800 N. New Hampshire Ave. 609-348-2880 www.oceanlifecenter.com

Fish Finder 3645 Atlantic Brigantine Ave. 609-264-0918 www.fishfinder-charters.com

Absecon Lighthouse 31 S. Rhode Island Ave. 609-449-1360 www.abseconlighthouse.org

Laguna Grill Beach Bar 1400 Ocean Ave. 609-266-7731 www.lagunagrill.com

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Longport

Sage Restaurant 5206 Atlantic Ave 609-823-2110 www.sageventnor.com

Ozzie’s Luncheonette 2401 Atlantic Ave. 609-487-0575 (no website)

Hannah G’s 7310 Ventnor Ave. 609-823-1466 www.hannahgs.com

Longport Pier Rte 152 Between Longport and Somers Point

Designated Beaches Fishing Pier – Cornwall Ave. Surfing – next to Fishing Pier Kayaking – Princeton Ave. Hobie Cats – Somerset Ave. Beach Volleyball – Cambridge and Somerset Aves. Sack O’ Subs 5217 Ventnor Ave. 609-823-2552 www.sackosubs.com

Seaview Harbor Marina Ocean City Longport Blvd. 609-823-2626 www.Seaviewharbormarina.com

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Ward’s Pastry 730 Asbury Ave. 609-399-1260 www.wardspastry.com

Jagielky’s Candy 5115 Ventnor Ave. 609-823-6501

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Lucy the Elephant 200 Atlantic Avenue (609) 822-7268 www.lucytheelephant.org Dino’s Subs & Pizza 8016 Ventnor Ave. 609-822-6602 www.dinosofmargate.com Robert’s Place 7807 Ventnor Ave. 609-823-5050 Steve and Cookie’s by the Bay 9700 Amherst Ave. 609-823-1163 www.steveandcookies.com

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Mack & Manco Pizza 3 Boardwalk locations 609-399-2548 www.mackandmancos.com Rauhauser’s 721 Asbury Ave. 609-399-1465 www.rauhausers.com Johnson’s Popcorn 3 Boardwalk locations 609-398-5404 www.johsonsonspopcorn.com PFrancis 709 Asbury Ave. 609-399-5570

609-368-3000 www.armadilloltd.com MM Real Estate 2743 Dune Dr. 609-967-3099 www.mmavalon.com Fusion Salon & Day Spa 3007 Dune Dr. 609-967-3292 www.fusionavalon.com The Princeton 2008 Dune Dr. 609-967-3456 www.princetonbar.com

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Mike’s Seafood & Market 4222 Park Rd. 609-263-3458 www.mikesseafood.com Captain Robbins Fishing Charters 2 Ludlum’s Landing Rd. 609-263-2020 www.captainrobbins.com Braca Café 18 41st St. ( JFK Blvd.) 609-263-4271 www.bracacafe.com Busch’s Seafood 8700 Landis Ave. 609-263-8626 www.buschsseafood.com

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Golden Inn On the beach at 78th St. 609-368-5155 www.goldeninn.com Armadillo Ltd 2761 Dune Dr.

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The Preppy Palm 2533 Dune Dr. 609-368-7300 www.thepreppypalm.com

Stone Harbor

Island Art of Stone Harbor 98th and Third Ave. 609-368-9540 www.islandartstoneharbor.com

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Antiques, Etc. 280 20th St. (609) 967-5500

Global Pursuit 262 96th St. 609-368-5556 www.globalpursuitsh.com Wetlands Institute 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. 609-368-1211 www.wetlandsinstitute.org Yacht Club of Stone Harbor 9001 Sunset Dr. 609-368-1201 www.ycsh.com Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream 9420 Third Ave. 609-368-4631 www.springersicecream.com Jays on Third 9836 Third Ave. 609-368-1000 www.jaysonthird.com Kuishimbo 330 96th St. 609-967-7007

Wildwood

Bel Air Motel 5510 Ocean Ave. Wildwood Crest 609-522-4235 www.belairmotel.net

Above: Global Pursuit, located on the shore at Stone Harbor, NJ, has all the brands that are pioneers in the environmentally conscious clothing industry. Vineyard Vines, a company committed to supporting local charities and American made brands that include Bill’s Khakis and Collared Greens are among those companies that Global pursuit is proud to partner with to bring visitors the best style from companies with a purpose. Join Global Pursuit this summer in celebrating their 20th year on 96th Street!

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Morey’s Piers 609-770-4815 www.moreyspiers.com Surfside Pier and Ocean Oasis 25th and Boardwalk Mariner’s Landing and Raging Waters Schellenger Ave & Boardwalk Adventure Pier Spencer Ave. & Boardwalk

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Emlen Physick Estate 1048 Washington St. 609-884-5404 www.capemaymac.org Cape May Lighthouse Cape May Point State Park 609-884-5404 www.capemaymac.org Miss Chris Marina 1218 Wilson Dr. 609 884 3351 www.misschrismarina.com

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Turdo Vineyard 3911 Bayshore Rd. 609-884-5591 www.turdovineyards.com Sunset Beach At the end of Sunset Blvd. Cape May Point, NJ 800-757-6468

Back Porch Café 59 Rehoboth Ave. 302-227-3674 Thrasher’s Fries 29 Rehoboth Ave. 302-227-8499 Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 320 Rehoboth Ave. (302) 226-2739 www.dogfish.com

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Fantasy Island 320 Seventh Street Beach Haven 609-492-4000 www.fantasyislandpark.com Surflight Theatre 201 Engleside Avenue Beach Haven, 609-492-9477 www.surflight.org Settlers Mill Golf/ Thundering Surf Water Park and Golf 8th Street & Bay Ave. Beach Haven 609.492.0869 www.thunderingsurfwaterpark.com

Salt Marsh Safari Dolphin Cove Marina 609-884-3100 www.skimmer.com

Blue Water Cafe 11205 Long Beach Blvd Haven Beach (609) 207-1300 www.stefanoslbi.com

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Mustache Bill’s 8th Avenue and Broadway (609) 494-0155

Grotto Pizza Boardwalk North Boardwalk South Rehoboth Ave. www.grotto.com

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Dolle’s Rehoboth Ave. & Boardwalk 302-227-0757 www.dolles-ibachs.com

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Henlopen State Park (302) 645-8983 www.destateparks.com/park/cape-henlopen/index.asp

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The Buttery 2nd and Savannah Rd. Lewes, (302) 645-7755 www.butteryrestaurant.com

Heritage Antique Market 16168 Coastal Highway Lewes, (302) 645-2309

Bootsie’s Barbecue 95 Atlantic Avenue Ocean View, (302) 539-9529 www.bootsiesbbq.net

Zwaanendael Museum 102 Road 268 302) 645-1148 www.history.delaware.gov/museums/zm/zm_main.shtml

Cloud 9 234 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach 302-226-1999

The Manor at Cool Spring Lavender Farm Cool Spring Rd. Milton 302-684-1514 www.lavenderfieldsde.com

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HYPER-LOCAL! BUCKS COUNTY SISTERS MAKE THINGS HAPPEN

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hile many visitors flock to Bucks County each year to relax among the scenic views, the Bucks County world that entrepreneurs and sisters, Angela Giovine and Tina Paparone, exist in is an exciting, fast-paced environment. Giovine and Paparone are the women behind the successful online magazine, BucksHappening.com. After launching in 2009, the site quickly grew to one of the most viewed websites in the area and was voted the “Best Blog” in Philly in 2010. Growing up in Bucks County provided the foundation for Giovine and Paparone’s entrepreneurial success, although they had no idea at the time. Like many kids in Bucks County, the sisters didn’t always appreciate the serene landscapes and quaint towns. Both girls were active in the local teenage scene—participating in sports, dance, charities and even going through the lower Bucks right-of-passage of holding high school jobs at Sesame Place. However, soon Angela and Tina were rushing off to college in New York City, confident in the way that only

eighteen-year-olds can be, that their futures involved the hustle and bustle of the big city. Fast forward a decade and the now twenty-something yearold sisters found themselves drawn back to the tight-knit Bucks County community that they had failed to appreciate growing up. The young women were getting ready to make some major changes in their lives, jumping onto the rollercoaster ride that is entrepreneurship after leaving behind the corporate careers they found unfulfilling. Just two years ago, Giovine and Paparone launched an empowering product-based gift business for girls called BeMe and a corporate event planning company called Lime Events. As they found passion for their new careers, they also discovered a new-found love for their community. To chronicle their adventures around Bucks County and help others find things to do, they started a website called BucksHappening.com. Little did they know that a hobby, writing about their love for all things Bucks County, would take off into the most successful of their ventures. June | July 2011 Local Living

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Within a year, Bucks Happening had taken off to become one of the most successful websites in the area, even being voted the “Best Blog” in Philadelphia in the summer of 2010. Giovine and Paparone, recognizing the amazing opportunity they had tapped into, quickly built upon what they had started, rolling out a restaurant guide; monthly events; and even recently awarding a local couple over $10,000 towards their wedding. In addition to building up BucksHappening.com, Giovine and Paparone, as young, female entrepreneurs have seized the opportunity to inspire others to discover a career they are passionate about, to stand against the status quo despite the inevitable criticism entrepreneurs face and to take a chance on following a dream. Embracing the opportunity to show students that they can achieve anything with the right combination of passion and hard work, they have lectured at colleges including Philadelphia’s own St. Joseph’s University and their alma mater, Fordham University, in New York City. They very much look forward to sharing their expertise on social media and digital marketing at conferences in the future, including the Social Media Business Life conference happening at Del Val College on June 1st. Reacting to the success of Bucks Happening and interest from entrepreneurs around the country who want to launch their own hyper-local online magazines, a parent company called Happenings Media was launched by Paparone and Giovine in January 2011. The passion that started with Bucks County has grown into a passion for helping individuals launch their own community-based businesses around the country. In between running BucksHappening.com, maintaining their other businesses, and becoming involved in community outreach activities, these sisters are now spreading their concept across the country and establishing a national brand. Happenings Media provides the tools and training to help passionate entrepreneurs recreate the success of Bucks Happening in their own communities. By the end of May 2011, the Happenings Media family of websites will include BucksHappening. com for Bucks County, Pennsylvania; BrevardHappening.com for Brevard County, Florida; NassauHappening.com for Nassau County, Long Island; MontcoHappening.com for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and WestchesterHappening.com for Westchester County, New York. What started as a shared love for Bucks County is propelling entrepreneurial success across the country, having a positive impact on individuals and communities. With five Happenings sites launched and several more on the way, there is no slowdown in sight for these savvy sisters. LL 58

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Surprising Summer Getaways Places to Recharge and Renew This Season By Beth D’Addono You need a vacation, but not the same old same old. A holiday for body, soul and spirit is what you’re seeking, a place to engage and edify, recharge and renew. Perhaps it’s the great outdoors

the 20th century’s greatest architect into sharp focus. Wright’s love for nature is reflected in the gentle expressiveness of the Johnson Wax Building in Racine, with its slender columns and streamlined design. Then there’s Taliesin, in Spring Green west of Madison, a 600-acre estate that represent the evolution of his illustrious career. www.travelwisconsin.com; www.wrightinwisconsin.org

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin

Stay Local: Falling Water, the architect’s masterful glass house outside of Pittsburgh, should be the first stop on any Wright pilgrimage. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year,

you seek, an inspiring cityscape or a place at a memorable chef ’s table. Stretch your boundaries to find the perfect antidote for the daily grind.

Tool around the architect’s home state to view an impressive collection of public Wright buildings, a body of work that brings

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Memphis Heart and Soul

African American history permeates the Memphis landscape. Home to the National Civil Rights Museum, constructed on the site of the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, the museum is the nation’s first dedicated to documenting the complete history of the American civil rights movement. The museum is a must-see for visitors of every age. Memphis is home to the Burkie Estate/Slavehaven, an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Other heritage sites include the home of W.C. Handy, who wrote Memphis Blues in 1909, Beale Street Baptist Church, the first brick constructed multi-story church for Blacks in the country and Church Park, a recreational area dedicated to African Americans founded in 1899 by Robert Church, the first African-American millionaire in the South. www.memphistravel.com Stay Local: If you can’t eat ribs at Rendezvous, the place Memphians take out-of-towners for down home food, sample mighty fine barbecue cooked up by chef Erin O’Shea at Percy Street Barbecue on South Street in Philly, a smoky meat lovers’ emporium that speak to the chef ’s Southern roots. www.percystreet.com

Rev War, South Carolina Style

Most people think of the Civil War when they think of South Carolina. But just south of Charlotte there’s a region rich in history and revolutionary war sites called the Olde English District, named for the region’s early settlement by the English in the mid 1770s. Start your tour with a visit to Historic Brattonsville, a 775-acre living history village and Revolutionary War battlefield site featuring 29 historic structures, an award winning heritage farm program and eight miles of hiking trails. Historic Camden to the south offers a view of colonial village life during the Revolutionary War period, including circa-1800 log houses, and the authentically reconstructed Kershaw-Cornwallis House, a stop on the Revolutionary War Trail. Come the first weekend in November for Revolutionary War Field Days, a colorful fest of local crafts, living history demonstrations, regimental drills and other family activities. www.sctravel.net Stay Local: Pennsylvania has battlefields to spare, both Rev and Civil War. July is the month to visit Gettysburg for every kind of reenactment, a big annual event with music, lectures, demonstrations, camps and battles each day. www.gettysburgreenactment.com

Divine Dining in New Orleans

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the initiated, there’s no better place to connect with a culture through its cuisine than the Big Easy. You have to eat at one of the traditional spots for Creole fare—Galatoire’s, Arnaud’s and Broussard’s are three of the best (or Brennan’s for dinner, not breakfast). Then depart for more contemporary styling from the city’s top chefs, John Besh, Emeril Lagasse, Susan Spicer and Donald Link to name four. Although August will always reign, Besh’s Luke enervates the French brasserie with serious N’Awlins style, and his latest Domenica in the Roosevelt Hotel gives Narberth, PA native Alon Shaya a chance to dazzle with regional Italian cuisine. All of Emeril’s places are worth a visit, but a recent stop at Delmonico, under the stewardship of chef de cuisine Spencer Minch, earned raves. From house charcuterie to sausage stuffed olives and aged New York strip served with homemade Worcestershire, Emeril’s Delmonico is takes classic steakhouse and makes it better. For all things wine, it’s Link’s Cochon and Susan Spicer ’s Bayona is always a good idea. www. neworleansonline.com Stay Local: Catch some Louisiana rhythms with live Cajun and Zydeco music at the TK Club in Conshohocken, where the motto is kick off your shoes, throw ’em in the corner! Monthly concerts come with dance lessons to get you in the swing of things. www. allonsdanser.org

Mountain Views

Which of America’s national parks is the most visited? You might have guessed Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. And you’d be wrong. It’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a vast and mysterious wilderness shared by Tennessee and North Carolina. Get close to nature on the Tennessee side through the gateway of Pigeon Forge, a one-stop family fun destination that serves up wholesome entertainment, stick-to-your-ribs dining and Dollywood, all within minutes of the Smokies. Rent a cabin or book a condo at River Stone Resort, an upscale home base for your visit that offers well appointed full kitchens and all the amenities of home. Start your outdoor adventure at Sugarlands Visitor Center, for a movie about the park’s founding, helpful advice and trail maps and educational exhibits on area wildlife and landscape. www.mypigeonforge.com; www.nps.gov Stay Local: Head to the “palace in the wilderness,” the grand Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains about three hours west of the Delaware Valley. Renovated to the tune of $120 million in 2007, the resort is nestled in a gorgeous mountain setting guaranteed to recharge your batteries. www.omnihotels.com/findahotel/bedfordsprings.aspx LL Beth D’Addono is Local Living Magazine’s Travel Editor.

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Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) is what Neopolitans quite literally call “The Perfect Pizza.� Fearful that the traditional pizza would soon be lost to cheaper ingredients and faster methods, a group of pizza makers in Naples formed an association to preserve the authentic Neopolitan pizza. And so the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana was born, and with the support of the Italian government, who granted it D.O.C. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) status, a long list of exact specifications was created to define this perfect pizza. Now a rigorous certification process is required by any restaurant wishing to serve authentic Napoletana pizza. Only a handful of establishments in the United States and the World have earned this distinction, and we are proud of the fact that Massimo’s is the first restaurant in the Mercer County area to earn this honor. Ingredients, as well as the entire preparation process, are clearly defined by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association (VPN). We have undergone the certification process and must adhere to incredibly strict standards in order to serve you an authentic Vera Pizza Napoletana. We are committed to the standard of excellence set by this association. As a member of the Association, we abide by these strict requirements and serve D.O.C. Pizza. We hope you enjoy it. Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana

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Swing

Into SUMMER Tee Off This Father’s Day! By Shannon Collins

Father’s Day is quickly approaching and what better way to spend time with your dad or son than by treating yourself to a round of golf at one of the area’s top courses. There is no parent-child time like golf—whether you’re hitting balls on the range or playing on the course, it’s absolutely priceless. Nothing will make dad happier than putting greens on his special day, just be sure to avoid the sand traps.

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With so many scenic area golf courses around, it’s nice to take advantage of some of the relaxing destinations in your own backyard. Here is our comprehensive guide to some of the top golf courses in the area to explore this summer.

Location: Harleysville, PA Access: Public Green Fees: $50-75 Opened: 2006 Par: 71 Contact: (215) 513-3034, lederachgolfclub.com

Wyncote Golf Club

Located in Chester County, Wyncote is reminiscent of an inland Scottish links course and features moguls, mounded bunkers, windy rises and wetlands. A par 72-course, Wyncote has 4 tees and ranges from 5454 yards from the front to 7149 from the back tee’s. A lush carpet of bent grass covers the Chester County golf course from the tees to the greens. The “Heathlands” style course was designed by award-winning architect Brian Ault and rewards golfers with the finest playing conditions available. Wyncote also offers four different tee placements, encouraging every age and skill level. Ted Bradley, a Wisconsin native, is Wyncote’s teaching professional for the 2011 golf season. The golf club is offering junior summer golf camps for children ages 6-14. Their specialized teaching methods reach out to children on any level and instruct in all aspects of proper play in a fun and creative manner. They group students by a combination of factors that include age, maturity and ability. Their goal is to create enthusiastic, well-mannered junior golfers who walk away from their camp with a love of the game and a solid foundation of skills that they can build upon. Stop by today and help us celebrate over 17 years as one of the “best courses you can play in Pennsylvania,” according to Golfweek. Location: Oxford, PA Access: Semi-Private Green Fees: $35-70 Opened: 1993 Par: 72 Contact: (610) 932-8900, wyncote.com

Lederach Golf Club

Created by course architect Kelly Blake Moran, Lederach Golf Club is located just north of Philadelphia. Lederach is amid gorgeous rolling farmland, with a decidedly links feel. The course’s difficulty isn’t found in forced carries or other modern design gimmicks. Rather, the course utilizes the property’s ample undulations, scenic ridges and sweeping valleys. The layout features tees specifically for junior players, as well as four other sets ranging in distances of 4,989 to 7,023 yards. With holes allowing players to run out drives or chase approaches to greens, as well as a tee box to suit the lengths and strengths of any player, Lederach promises to be an instant classic on the region’s golf scene. Junior golf camps will be offered Monday through Thursday for three hours, with Eric Thompson as the camp’s instructor.

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The Golf Course at Glen Mills

GolfWeek named The Golf Course at Glen Mills as one of Pennsylvania’s best of 2010. At The Golf Course at Glen Mills, superior golf is surrounded by natural beauty. Opened in 2000, Bobby Weed’s 6,646 yard design rolls across 235 acres of spectacular Chester County countryside. The Golf Course at Glen Mills is a realistic, hands-on training program within the Glen Mills Schools, the oldest existing residential facility in the country for troubled youth. The Golf Course at Glen Mills is dedicated to educating their students in turf management and golf house operations. Net proceeds generated from the operation of the course provide funding for their student programs and activities. Location: Glen Mills, PA Access: Public Green Fees: $55-95 Opened: 2000 Par: 71 Contact: (610) 558-2142, glenmillsgolf.com

PineCrest Country Club

Rolling fairways and challenging greens make up the 18-hole, 70 par championship course at PineCrest Country Club. Master golf architect Ron Prichard drew upon his experience designing some of the country’s top golf courses to create this challenging 6,300 yard course. Each hole has its own singular intrigue, creating a challenging and exciting experience in a beautiful setting. PGA of America Member and head professional Gerard Davis instructs groups, junior leagues and clinics. Davis’ teaching methods are simple. No magic secrets, just sound fundamentals presented in a variety of approaches to fit your personality, age, ability and physical build, to help improve your golf game. “Little Putters,” the club’s summer clinic for boys and girls between the ages 5 and 8, will run for a three week period for June and July, every Monday. The club also offers a junior golf clinic program, for boys and girls, ages 6-15. PineCrest is pleased to host the 2011 Adult Golf Clinics, where participants learn all aspects of the game, including full swing, short game, rules and course etiquette. In addition to their beautiful golf course, PineCrest has all you need for your important occasions.


Location: Lansdale, PA Access: Public Green Fees: $1,650-$2,150/season Par: 70 Contact: (215) 855-4113, pcrestcc.com

Location: Jamison, PA Access: Public Opened: 1971 Par: 70 Contact: (215) 343-6930, neshaminygolf.com

Horsham Valley Golf Club

The Bucks Club

Opened on July 4th, 1964, this 18 hole golf course was designed and constructed by Jock and Doug Melville. Horsham Valley Golf Club places a premium on accuracy. With over 1,200 pine trees and small greens, golfers must be precise with their tee shots and have a solid short game. Water comes into play on holes 13 through 16, with hole 15 as the signature hole. The greens roll smooth and true, with playability as the golf club’s number one goal. Flower beds and rock gardens are sprinkled throughout the course, as the facility is manicured for your golfing pleasure. Horsham Valley offers men’s and women’s golf associations, an over 60 club and two weekday twilight leagues— all open to the public.

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Location: Ambler, PA Access: Public Green Fees: $28-$38 Opened: 1957 Par: 66 Contact: (215) 646-4707, horshamvalleygolf.com

Neshaminy Valley Golf Club

The Neshaminy Valley Golf Club was started by Charles Schneider, whose son George once said to him, “Dad, let’s build a golf course.” In 1969 while traveling along Almshouse Road, Charles started looking for a plot of land to place a golf course. As soon as he discovered a milk farm with a long driveway, he knew he was going to build the golf course there. Two years passed and the dream became a reality. Since that time, the surrounding area changed from being a rural community to an incredibly desirable destination. One of the best things about playing golf at Neshaminy Valley is the beautifully serene wooded surroundings and open space. The club has the Neshaminy Creek running alongside the 14th hole, which has given the course its name.

The Bucks Club was designed by William Gordon in the early 1960s. The rolling terrain of the original layout is reminiscent of the design features used in many of the Philadelphia area classic course routings of the 1920s. While the original front nine remain, new developments have altered the back nine. These back nine holes reflect a contemporary target-oriented design. Less than an hour North of Philadelphia, The Bucks Club is your scenic escape to the peace and quiet. Whether you are exploring membership options, a location for your next tournament or golf outing, or you are looking for the perfect venue for a special celebration, The Bucks Club is a unique country club. Location: Jamison, PA Access: Public Green Fees: $25-$49 Opened: 1961 Par: 70 Contact: (215) 343-0350, golfbucks.com

Northampton Valley Golf Course

The Northampton Valley Country Club is a premier golf course, set with tree-lined fairways, strategically placed bunkers and ponds and slightly sloped greens. Established in 1963, the country club is celebrating its 48th year as a local favorite. Consisting of 127 acres of well-manicured grounds, the golf course has been rated one of the best golf clubs in the Philadelphia area. Planned with a classic style in mind, the course was designed by architect Edwin Auit. This 18-hole championship course with a challenging 70 par and professional PGA staff offers members and guests a challenging experience for golfers of all abilities. This is a perfect setting to host a golf outing, entertain business associates or enjoy a peaceful day of golf with friends and family. Be sure to stop in after a round of golf for delicious food from the 19th Hole Bar & Grille.

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Location: Richboro, PA Access: Public Green Fees: $25-$65 Opened: 1964 Par: 70 Contact: (215) 355-2234, nvgc.com

Fairways Golf & Country Club

Built in 1965, Fairways Golf & Country Club was designed by William Gord on, who also designed other area golf courses including Saucon Valley, Doylestown Country Club and Old York Road Country Club. 4,503 yards in length, Fairways offers a very challenging course with a par of 65, rating of 62.1 and slope of 104. It is a very challenging course, maintained in country club type conditions, with fully irrigated bent grass tees, fairways and water on 11 holes. The course has five leagues to offer golfers— from the younger golfer to twosomes to mens’ and ladies’, Fairways offers a fun and friendly golf atmosphere. Location: Warrington, PA Access: Public Green Fees: $19-$42 Opened: 1958 Par: 65 Contact: (215) 343-9979, fairwaysgolfclub.com Photo courtesy PineCrest Country Club

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Westover Golf Club

Situated on 135 acres in Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania, Westover Country Club holds its place as one of the finest public golf and entertainment facilities in the Delaware Valley. With scenic fairways, a beautiful clubhouse and fine cuisine, Westover is a favorite for tournament play, banquets and wedding receptions. Designed in 1967 by George Fazio, the club features 18 holes on over 12,000 square feet. Marrying colonial charm with modern lines, the design makes Westover’s clubhouse unique. With rich red brick, quaint shutters, baluster-lined patios and a stately portico, the club’s striking architecture provides a rich, yet relaxing atmosphere. Westover was originally developed as a private country club but over the years has transitioned into a public club, dedicated to meeting the needs of their guests. Beyond the scenic fairways and greens common to most golf courses, the club sits in a nicely wooded area with natural vegetation and wildlife aplenty. Location: Norristown, PA Access: Public Opened: 1967 Par: 70 Contact: (610) 539-4500, westovercountryclub.com

Pickering Valley Golf Club

Located 45 minutes Northwest of Philadelphia, PA, this family-owned public golf facility was established in 1985. The course is in the rolling hills of an ice age glacier that cut through Phoenixville, now named The Great Valley. Pickering Valley Golf Club offers must more than challenging golfing and beautiful Chester County vistas. In addition to 18 holes of parkland golf, Pickering Valley provides a natural turf driving range, putting green and 19th hole. The club also offers golf lessons, club fitting and repair services, in addition to having an on premise pro shop. Location: Phoenixville, PA Access: Public Green Fees: $18-$49 Opened: 1985 Par: 72 Contact: (610) 933-2223, golfpickeringvalley.com

Atlantic City Country Club

With velvety fairways, spectacular banquet and wedding facilities and culinary delights, the 110-year-old Tap Room Grille and an extraordinary staff, Atlantic City Country Club continues to maintain a tradition of excellence. Recently named the “#1

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Public Golf Course in New Jersey by Golfweek Magazine,” The Atlantic City Country Club is one of America’s oldest and most prestigious golf clubs and home to the “birthplace of the birdie.” The course has a tradition of fast and firm greens, with uncompromising playing conditions and its bayside setting reminiscent of the historic links in Scotland and Ireland. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of champions on the legendary golf course where six USGA major championships have taken place. The Atlantic City Country Club Bell was originally used in the early 1900s to remind golfers that the last trolley was about to leave for Atlantic City. Nowadays, golfers ring the bell at the end of each day, so be sure to honor the tradition when you visit by ringing in! Location: Northfield, NJ Access: Semi-Private Green Fees: $65-225 Opened: 1897 Par: 70 Contact: (609) 236-4400, accountryclub.com

Trump National Golf Club

Located in Pine Hill, New Jersey, Trump National Philadelphia is adjacent to Pine Valley Golf Club and covers the Philadelphia market. Designed by the world-renowned golf course architect, Tom Fazio, this award-winning course on Southern Jersey’s highest point provides splendiferous views of the entire Philadelphia skyline. The accolades for this 18-hole course have rightfully put Trump National in its place among some of America’s greatest courses. Built on the site of a former ski resort, the 43,000 square foot clubhouse provides panoramic views of the landscape and Philadelphia skyline. Location: Pine Hill, PA Access: Semi-Private Green Fees: $115 Opened: 2001 Par: 70 Contact: (877) 450-8866, golfpinehill.com

Raven’s Claw Golf Club

Opened in 2005, Raven’s Claw Golf Club has enjoyed an incredible reception onto the stage of Pennsylvania golf and beyond. Located in Limerick Township, Montgomery County, Raven’s Claw Golf Club is one of the premiere golf and residential communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Designed by Ed Shearon of Shearon Golf, the course has been laid out with a variety of hole styles, many of which have been carved from rolling hills and mature wooded areas that require creative shot-making with stunning views. With bentgrass tees, greens and fairways, this championship par-71 golf course east of Pottstown provides playability and a challenge for golfers of all skill levels on a layout that stretches from 4,834 to 6,941yards. Since it first opened its doors Raven’s Claw has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Top New Courses in the United States and Golfweek has ranked us in the Top Ten in Pennsylvania six years in a row. “We are thrilled that Golfweek continues to find our course as one of the top in the state, we work hard to keep the course challenging and playable. We also keep it fresh by offering new incentives and fresh playing opportunities,” said Gene Carpino, Director of Golf. Location: Limerick, PA Access: Public Green Fees: $25-$71 Opened: 2005 Par: 71 Contact: (610) 495-4710, ravensclawgolfclub.com Shannon Collins is Local Living Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.

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ART & CULTURE

Stone Harbor’s Island Art An Art Lover’s Beach Getaway Island Art is a big, bright, airy store on the corner of 96th Street and Third Avenue in the beautiful beach town of Stone Harbor, NJ.

One step in the door and you are “on vacation.” The first thing I noticed was the large surf and sand giclees. I immediately started imagining the artwork over my sofa or maybe my headboard so I could have that beauty and serenity around me all the time. The owner, Spencer, showed me the artwork he is displaying this year, which is beach and tropical themed. There are sailing ships at sea, shore birds like egrets and blue heron, children playing on the beach and dolphins at play. I loved the antique photos and postcards that were enlarged and printed on canvas. Spencer explained to me how they could

take my own vintage photos that have special meaning to me and enlarge, heal and print them on canvas. I started thinking of the pictures I have of my parents and the beach house they had built—wouldn’t that be a lovely gift? One of the “Captured on Canvas” photos they displayed was of a child splashing in the ocean. His grandmother brought a photo in to be captured on canvas for a lasting memory of that great day at the beach. All the canvas pictures were framed and ready to hang. Another eye-catcher was the family portraits on the beach. A lot of families have a beach portrait done each year. They gather the family together and Spencer takes them to the beach

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where he shoots photos of them on the dunes, in the surf and sometimes on the lifeguard stand or the lifeguard boat. After they choose their favorite shots, they are printed on canvas and framed for a lasting and irreplaceable remembrance of the day. These photo shoots are fun for the whole family and so easy to do. Best of all there is no “sitting fee.” And Spencer even does “Pampered Pet” photo shoots where your dog gets to be the star. I witnessed a family who had recently purchased a new home in a nearby town and couldn’t agree on which picture would fit the space. Spencer offered to take the artwork to their home, where they could see for themselves if it worked in that spot. At Island Art, there is a whole wall of gorgeous stainless and copper 3D wall hangings that are so stylish and very impressive. A large selection of all styles of lamps, some with nightlights, which complement all the occasional furniture with that “beach cottage” feel that is hard to resist. I bought a weathered white chest with wicker baskets for drawers to hold our games and DVDs. Island Art is a real specialty shop. Fresh coffee beans from their large selection of gourmet coffees are ground right there for you. A large selection of Rothschild Farm dips and sauces are available with a dipping station where you can sample daily

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selections. Etched wine and beverage glasses had me envisioning a cocktail party and you can make up your own gift basket for a unique hostess gift. They also carry Wade’s original gurgling jugs—you can get a demonstration if you ask about it. Wonderful kitchen accents for entertaining and whimsical books, too. Island Art is open during the spring, summer and fall seasons. During the winter it is best to make an appointment. Call Island Art at (609) 368-9540 or contact Spencer at (609) 231-6777. For more information, visit www.islandartstone harbor.com. LL


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style Swimwear Trends for 2011 Discover the Swimsuit Fashion Styles That Will Turn Heads This Season By Shannon Collins Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the Jersey Shore or in your own backyard, we’re here to point out the hottest swimwear silhouettes and designs to help you find your place in the sun.

Small Prints

Instead of opting for plain colors, show more sophistication by picking up prints that are complemented well with pure shades. Small prints starred at many swimwear designers’ runway shows this year. Opt for geometric shapes, florals, elaborate patterns—everything you like.

One-Shoulders

A stylish, one-shoulder swimsuit is one piece that should find itself a place in your wardrobe. Thankfully, a standout one-shouldered swimwear piece won’t be hard to come by this season. Subtle and sexy, you have the option of sporting a one-shoulder monokini or bikini with deep cuts.

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dle of a one-piece, along the bottom of a tankini top or tiered with several layers at the bottom.

Denims

Surprisingly, denim is turning heads as it managed to take a different route from the popular jeans’ line. From one-pieces to bikini styles such as corsets and vests, denim will be varied in swimwear this year.

Sexy Cutouts

Cutouts are one trend that most women should look forward to, whether you have a petite or voluptuous figure, there is a cutout piece for every shape and size. One-piece suits may be seen with cuts along the waist, hips, thighs and upper body to match your figure, while bikinis will be seen with small, subtle cuts to give you an edgier look.

Bold Bandeaus

Similar to a bikini, but with a strapless, straight top, bandeaus are an excellent alternative to the classic triangular top. Look for bandeaus in new styles, interesting prints and exciting colors. For women

with a full bust, a bandeau style can be quite flattering on your body shape, in addition to looking feminine for those who have a smaller bust.

Vintage

Fashion changes every season, but vintage always remains timeless and classy for those who wish to exude sexiness without revealing too much. This style is perfect for women who are shy to show off their bodies, but want to look tempting. Subdued colors, cute prints and ruffles will all be very trendy in vintage wear this summer.

Soft Colors

Despite the fact that vibrant colors and patterns are definitely prevalent in swimsuits, soft hues are also equally as irresistible. Light blue and green, delicate rose and violet, white and beige are especially desirable this season. With soft colored swimwear, attention is accentuated on the body rather than the swimsuit itself. LL Shannon Collins is the Editor-in-Chief of Local Living Magazine.


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Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer Throwing a Memorable Party Outdoors is All About the Little Details By Shannon Collins It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy­—it’s finally time to break out your summer wardrobe and take the top off your grill! Summer

is all about backyard adventures, barbecues and late nights on the patio—whether the event is impromptu or planned for weeks, throwing a soirée doesn’t have to leave you too exhausted to make it to your own party. Feel the heat and get inspired by our great summer entertaining tips:

Outdoor Oasis

Take a little extra time to create the right ambience by transforming your outdoor party into a soirée your guests will never forget. When the sun sets, turn your backyard into a starlit paradise by using lanterns, garden lamps or small white twinkle lights to create a sophisticated atmosphere. For that extra wow factor, place a few floating candles in bowls of water for a centerpiece or in a birdbath to create some unexpected elegance. June | July 2011 Local Living

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Cluster colorful paper lanterns to create a summery, romantic feel, both indoors and out. Light them up with LED battery powered lights and string them in your garden to add a beautiful glow to your backyard. Planning something more last minute? Setting the mood with china, crystal or silver votives will provide some sparkle for the table, while citronella candles will help deter unwanted guests.

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garitas and pina coladas. Pitchers of sangria chock full of fruit, planters punch or hip and colorful cocktails will help guests beat the heat. Serve a cool sparkling wine, such as Italian Prosecco, to get the evening off to a spectacular start. A nice dry rose wine is a good accompaniment to nearly any summer meal, and guests can make and serve their own cocktails, which is always a fun time. Another fun addition to any summer party is homemade popsicles. You can mix any fresh juices and pureed fruit to make creative combinations. Think outside the box by creating a Mexican menu and finishing with mango-pineapple or guava-lime ice pops. If you’re planning a 4th of July celebration, try blueberrylemonade American flag-inspired popsicles.

Plan ahead and keep the menu simple, but don’t feel forced to stick with the traditional burgers and dogs. Grilling is a summer staple but if you’re looking to entertain your guests, consider serving a sushi and sake soirée—which is not only healthy and delicious—it’s a light meal perfect for warm weather. Celebrate with Style For those who are more traditional, consider a meal that is cooked entirely on the grill—your guests can pitch in and the Decorate with vibrant, sun-drenched colors. A summer table sense of camaraderie will only add to the fun. When grilling, try looks great decked out in saturated colors. Try a combination of to think past the usual barbecue fare fuchsia, orange and cherry red, adding and prepare something more innovavintage tea tins filled with petite clustive and exciting. Try grilled fish from a ters of gerbera daisies. Use a festive Don’t get too caught up in grilling basket for a stunning presentatablecloth and napkins for your table making sure your patio furniture tion, or a butterflied leg of lamb, which décor. Foster’s Toys & Party Center is also delicious grilled. (www.fosterstoysandpartycenter.com) is spotless or worrying about Even though you might not be at in Doylestown carries all the latest the beach, try a clam bake. You can party supplies and balloons guaranwhat will happen if an unexpected do it inside or out, but everyone will teed to make your party a hit—from storm causes your summer shindig love feasting on lobsters and shellfish. grass skirts and tiki torches to 4th of Interested in purchasing a new grill July décor, they’ve got you covered. to go south—sit back, relax but don’t really know where to start? Enjoy the sunshine and take your Grates & Grills (www.gratesandgrills. best tableware outdoors. Celebrate and cross your fingers for com) in Dublin have been keeping the glory of eating surrounded by a bright, sunshiny day! folks warm since 1975, carrying the nature—use crystal pitchers to serve full line of Weber barbecue, charcoal sangria, silver or china platters for and gas grills for your outdoor enjoyburgers and hot dog and whimsical ment. They also carry Fire Magic barbecues, which makes it a metal bowls for fresh fruit salad. To make an outdoor party truly whole heck of a lot easier to prepare five-course gourmet meals. elegant, skip the plastic plates and tumblers and break out the For the devoted charcoal aficionados, Grates & Grills stocks goods. China and silver used outdoors is unexpected and makes various brands and styles for you to choose from, including the your guests feel pampered. Plant bright flowers in hanging planters—allowing them to Big Green Egg. cascade downwards over your guests. Make sure there is enough Mix things up by serving “family style” at the table or setseating for all your guests, including children, who will be comting up a buffet and letting the host take a breather while the fortable sitting on blankets, bean bag chairs and pillows. Perk up guests serve themselves. Tie place settings of flatware in colorful last season’s lawn furniture by covering it with decorative cushcotton napkins, using rustic materials such as raffia, to make it ions and slips; it’s a great way to incorporate new trends with old easy for everyone to grab a set on their way to their table. From the basic to the obscure, Lahaska’s Cookery Ware Shop (www. furniture. The options are endless when it comes to planning a cookeryware.com) has everything you could ever need for a sumsummer soiree, which may sometimes seem a bit overwhelming. Don’t get too caught up in making sure your patio furniture is mer bash, including gorgeous linens you won’t find anywhere spotless or worrying about what will happen if an unexpected else. Their store, located in Peddler’s Village, has extensive lines storm causes your summer shindig to go south—sit back, relax of cookware and cutlery, along with a never-ending supply of and cross your fingers for a bright, sunshiny day! LL barware, utensils and table décor that will suit anyone’s partyplanning needs. On days when the temperature rises, nothing is quite as Shannon Collins is Local Living Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. refreshing as ice cold, fruity cocktails, frozen daiquiris, mar76

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Good to Know

compliled by Karen Lavery

School may be out for the summer, but the learning never stops at Local Living Magazine, where we have collected some fun, summer facts for you to share with friends and family!

❂ Watermelon is actually a vegetable! It is from the botanical

family Cucurbitaceae and is most closely related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash. The watermelon is composed of 92% water.

❂ The average American eats around 5 1/2 gallons of ice

cream a year, more than any other nationality. The late President Reagan declared July National Ice Cream month.

❂ A cricket’s chirp frequency fluctuates with temperature. You can tell the temperature (in Fahrenheit) by counting the number of times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds. Just add 37 to whatever number you reach and BAM you have an approximate outside temp!

❂ The first baseball caps were made of straw. ❂ The practice of identifying baseball players by number was started by the Yankees in 1929.

❂ Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.

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❂ 97 percent of summer trips are to domestic destinations while 3 percent are to international destinations. During the remainder of the year, international travel drops to just under 2 percent.

❂ Tornadoes occur more often during the summer, although

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❂ A study done a few years ago indicated that Americans eat

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❂ People drinking beer are more likely to attract mosquitoes than those not drinking beer, so are people wearing black clothing.

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❂ In ten minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world’s nuclear weapons combined!

❂ Contrary to popular belief, lightning travels from the ground

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June k July 4 | Beautiful Blossoms at Byers’ Choice A community flower show with prizes awarded in flower arranging, houseplants and specimens. 4355 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA | www.byerschoice.com, (215) 822-6700, 12 to 5pm

5 | Fine Arts and Contemporary Crafts Show at Peddler’s Village This juried outdoor exhibition features a variety of original artwork, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, jewelry and contemporary crafts. Peddler’s Village, Route 202 and Route 263, Lahaska, PA | www.peddlersvillage.com, (215) 794-4000, 10am to 6pm

10 | Wine 101 In a laid back atmosphere—and with wine on the table—the instructors at the Wine School of Philadelphia will have you swirling, sniffing and sipping with the best of them in a few hours. 127 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA www.vinology.com, (800) 817-7351, 7:30pm

24 | Summer Wine Concert Series Bring the whole family to hear great local bands, enjoy wine tasting by Rose Bank Winery and have the chance to relax on Shady Brook Farm’s beautifully

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25 | A Shore Thing Summer’s here and it’s time to head down the shore. The Garden State Discovery Museum will have crafts, games, music and more to get you ready. 2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100, Cherry Hill, NJ | www.discoverymuseum.com, (856) 424-1233, 9:30am to 5:30pm

4 | Fonthill’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebrations The “good old days” are recreated on the grounds of the Fonthill Museum. This family-friendly event features a variety of activities including the traditional children’s decorated bike parade, oldfashioned games, live music and much more. 525 E. Court Street, Doylestown, PA | www.mercermuseum.org, (215) 348-9461, 12 to 5pm

8 | BlobFest 2 | The 62nd Annual Kutztown Folk Festival Step back into time when life was simpler and enjoy a day in the country! Visit to see the largest selection of beautiful handmade quilts, crafts and Carolers figurines, plus enjoy great food! Kutztown Fairgrounds, 144-205 N. Whiteoak Street, Kutztown, PA | www.kutztownfestival. com, (215) 822-6700, 9am to 6pm

3 | Sangria Tastings Put away the yard work, gather a group of friends and enjoy these lazy, hazy Sunday afternoons featuring tastings of Chaddsford Winery’s saucy summer sangrias. 20 Merchants Row, Lahaska, PA | www. chaddsford.com, (215) 964-9655, 11am to 5:30pm

BlobFest is a kitschy, family-friendly celebration of the movie The Blob, which was filmed in and around Phoenixville in 1957. The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA | www.thecolonialtheatre.com, (610) 917-1228, 7 to 11pm

21 | 2011 Best of the Delaware Party A fun event that celebrates excellence and raises funds for worthy local causes. Guests are excited to get out, see old friends, make new ones, dance, drink and sample the vast array of delicious food and enjoyable products. Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE | www.delawaretoday. com, (302) 656-1809, 5 to 9pm


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