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Cooking, crafting, and camping More fun for free!
May 29, 2012, 9:24 AM
Filed under: Craft Ideas, Healthly Living, recipes
Coconut Flour Chai Spiced Cupcakes -TASTY AND GLUTEN FREE!!!!!
                        By Jamie Calabro
1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
 1 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
 1/4 tsp baking soda
5 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
 1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine dry ingredients together and set aside. Using mixer, combine wet ingredients until they are really well combined and even a little foamy. On low-speed, mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Batter will thicken only slightly and will resemble a pancake batter. Mix till all the lumps are gone. Pour into cup cake papers (2/3 full) and bake for 25-30 minutes.  Cream Cheese icing works well with these flavors or eat them plain.

Buttoned-Up Elegance

Give a lightweight, linen curtain beachy flair  by stitching a border of mother-of-pearl buttons across the bottom of the rod  pocket.

Blackboards

Transform any object with a flat, smooth surface  into a blackboard. Here, enamel bakeware was used, but you can make use of  anything that strikes your fancy, such as an old mirror or a salvaged window.  Apply two coats of chalkboard paint using a small sponge applicator or roller,  as the fibers in regular paintbrushes tend to leave behind streaks. Chalkboard  paint comes in both liquid and spray versions. If you try the spray, be sure to  cover the surrounding area carefully to prevent spatter.

All-American Floral Wreath

4 steps for the winsome wreath

1. Saturate a 12-inch floral foam wreath  base with cool water.
2. Insert green leaves into floral foam, for  texture. Or skip this step and insert short, clipped stems of pink and white  peonies around the base, slightly varying the stems’ angles while concealing the  foam.
3. Display by hanging from florist’s wire, or looping a  grosgrain ribbon belt through the middle.
4. Maintainwreath a  week or more; place it daily in a shallow container, refreshing the foam ring  with cool water.

All-American Floral Wreath

4 steps for the winsome wreath

1. Saturate a 12-inch floral foam wreath  base with cool water.
2. Insert green leaves into floral foam, for  texture. Or skip this step and insert short, clipped stems of pink and white  peonies around the base, slightly varying the stems’ angles while concealing the  foam.
3. Display by hanging from florist’s wire, or looping a  grosgrain ribbon belt through the middle.
4. Maintain wreath a  week or more; place it daily in a shallow container, refreshing the foam ring  with cool water.

Read more: How to Make a Fresh Floral Wreath – Country Living

Cover a Lampshade

Measure the diameter of the lampshade bottom and  top, and add 1 1/2″ to each. Measure the shade’s height and add 3 3/4″. Cut a  length of fabric to size with sewing shears. For the bottom hem, fold the fabric  3/4″, iron flat, and machine stitch. Cut a piece of string 1″ longer than the  fabric’s length, fold the top 1 1/2″ of the fabric over the string, and iron  flat. Machine stitch two straight lines (1/2″ below the fold and 1/2″ above the  fabric’s edge) to create a drawstring seam. Fit fabric over lampshade, draw the  string tightly over top of shade, and tie. Evenly distribute folds and stitch  seam closed.

Candles in Seashells

Lovely on their own or as a companion to sand candles, these small lights  celebrate the beach and the summer. Collect only good-sized empty shells, or  save the shells from your next clambake or oyster fest.

seashell candles

MAKES SIX CANDLES
Supplies:1.5 x 6.5-inch seashells

Six 2-inch lengths thin wire wick, primed

6 wick holders

0.8 ounces stearin

1 disk wax dye, if desired

8 ounces paraffin wax

Directions: 1. Clean the seashells  thoroughly. Then, to be sure they are really clean, put them in boiling water  for a few minutes.
2. Insert the wicks into the wick holders and place  one in the middle of each seashell.
3. In the top of a double boiler over  medium heat, melt the stearin and wax dye, if using. Add the wax. Melt and mix  thoroughly. Heat to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Fill each seashell nearly  to the top and allow to cool completely, or overnight.
5. Trim the wicks  to 1/4 inch and arrange the candles on a dish or in a bowl of sand. Light and  enjoy!

Bandanna Table Runner   –

Add a cheerful touch to the summer table with  this patchwork-style runner. Line up enough bandannas to fit the length of a  table, leaving some overhang, and stitch together. To back the runner, cut an  old cotton tablecloth (any light-colored one will do) to match its width and  length. Sew together along the edges or attach with iron-on bonding.

Camping-

Here is a a great way to spend time together without spending money.  If you don’t own a tent chances are you know someone who does.   Or you can find a range of tents types and sizes for around $50-$100  for an investment in your family it is well worth it for the years of use and togetherness.

Take the kids camping in the back yard.  Make it Dad and his boys (or girls-they need dad time too)!  Or go to a local park check and see if they permit camping overnight and if they allow campfires or b-b-qs.  Bring your own food, go for a nature walk, horseback riding, bring some outdoor games, go swimming in the lake, cook out, and make s’mores.  Be a family make memories that your kids will remember for years to come:)

Allentown KOA Campground

6750 KOA Dr., New Tripoli, PA 18066-2419 Get Directions
610-298-2160 Toll Free USA: 800-562-2138 Website

Open April 1 through November 1, the Allentown K.O.A. Campground welcomes you and your family to their clean, modern campground. Enjoy the swimming pool, hay rides, and special family oriented activities. Conveniently located near Dorney Park and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and within a short drive to Hershey and Gettysburg.

Lake Towhee

Old Bethlehem Pike, Quakertown, PA 18951 Get Directions
215-757-0571

This 552-acre park has much to offer, including a playground, picnicking, hiking, ball fields, horseback riding trails, boating, fishing, group and individual camping, ice skating, nature area and a 50-acre lake. Open sunrise to sunset.

Appalachia Spring Ranch

7187 Troxelville Rd., Beavertown, PA 17813-9109 Get Directions
570-966-0884 Website
Enjoy a vacation with horses, education, hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing and photography.
For more locations and information search the PA Tourist Commission site. http://www.visitpa.com


Celebrate Memorial Day the Way it was Intended
May 26, 2012, 9:15 AM
Filed under: Uncategorized

Does anyone know why we celebrate Memorial Day?  I fear this honored national holiday has become another excuse to “party” rather than what the day was intended to stand for.  In my family we have had at least one member of every generation serve in the military and we have ALWAYS been taught to honor and thank these brave men and women both living and passed.  It deeply upsets me to see this service disrespected by those who have benefited from the freedoms that they provide with their very lives.  What will you do to thank these people who paid the ultimate price so that you can live free?

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.  Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”

The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.

The “Memorial” in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice:

  • by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
  • by visiting memorials.
  • by flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.
  • by flying the ‘POW/MIA Flag’ as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).
  • by participating in a “National Moment of Remembrance“: at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.
  • by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
  • Buy a solider lunch or a cup of coffee or a drink and sincerely thank him or her for their service.
  • Contact your local VFW and ask if there is a family in need you can help, in any way.
  • volunteer to visit or sit with solders at retirement homes or veterans hospitals.
  • put a yellow ribbon around your tree.
  • Tell your family the real story behind the day.  Teach your children to be thankful and respectful during a parade.
  • Teach your family proper care for our nations flag.  Sing patriotic songs.  http://www.indutex.net/flagcare.html

The U.S. flag should always be treated with utmost care and respect.  Remember, the flag represents a living country and, as such, is considered a living thing.

        • Always display the flag with the blue union field up- never display the flag upside down, except as a distress signal.
        • Always hold the flag carefully- never let it touch anything beneath it: the ground, the floor, water or merchandise.
        • Always carry the flag aloft and free- never carry it flag or horizontally.
        • Always keep the flag clean and safe- never let it become torn, soiled or damaged.
        • Always dispose of a flag properly, preferably by burning it. Always treat the flag with respect.  Never use it for advertising purposes.  Never embroider it on household items or pieces of clothing.  Never use it as part of a costume or athletic uniform.  However, it is proper to attach a flag patch to the uniform of military personnel, fire fighters, police officers and members of other patriotic organizations- provided the patch is properly affixed. (Note: “properly affixed” is best understood by referring to the flag code.)

But what may be needed to return the solemn, and even sacred, spirit back to Memorial Day is for a return to its traditional day of observance. Many feel that when Congress made the day into a three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day. As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address: “Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.”To date, there has been no further developments on the bill. Please write your Representative and your Senators, urging them to support these bills. You can also contact Mr. Inouyeto let him know of your support.

The Hatfield Borough Memorial Day activities start off with a wreath laying ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at 9 AM.  The 71st PVI will be doing a salute.  The Veterans Memorial at East Broad and Market streets Hatfield, PA starts at 7:30am.
Immediately following the ceremony, the parade will step off from the Veterans Memorial and head up Broad Street, make a left on Koffel Road and end up at the Hatfield American Legion Post 933.
71st PVI Military and Civilian members will gather at the Hatfield American Legion at 7:30 AM.  We will start to shuttle 71st PVI members down to the Veterans Memorial staging area at 8 AM.  Cars will be left at the Legion.
Immediately following the parade, there will be a ceremony at the Hatfield American Legion.  The Hatfield Post 933 Legionnaires, Local Borough officials and a guest speaker will honor our fallen Veterans and POW/MIA’s.  The 71st PVI will conduct a salute.
The Hatfield American Legion then opens the doors to the local community for a complimentary luncheon.
The festivities conclude after lunch.

Bristol

The Robert W. Bracken American Legion Post 382 in Bristol Borough   will hold Memorial Day services on Monday, May 28th at the  Harriman   Monument on the corner of Farragut Avenue and Monroe Street at 9:00am,   continuing at St. Mark’s Church on Radcliffe Street at 9:30 a.m.,    followed by St. James Church located at Walnut and Cedar streets at 10:00    am. and concluding at the Bristol Cemetery on Route 13 at 11:00am.

Langhorne

Langhorne’s  Memorial Day Parade kicks off at 9:00am on May 28 outside the American Legion  Jesse W. Soby Post No. 148 at 115 W. Richardson Ave.  After a service  there, the parade will run through the streets of Langhorne and part of  Langhorne Manor. Legion auxiliary members will collect items for troops  serving overseas and in military hospitals during the parade. They ask  for non-perishable personal care items such as razors, toothpaste, soap,  shampoo, etc.

Newtown

The Newtown Memorial Day parade kicks off on May 28th at 9:00am.   The parade is organized by American Legion Post 440. It starts at the   Commons West Building and continues through  the Newtown Cemetery, where   a short ceremony will be held. The parade continues on through several   other cemeteries and ends at  Post 440 on Linden Ave.

Penndel/Hulmeville

The Penndel-Hulmeville Memorial Day Parade takes place May 26th  beginning at 9:00am in Lincoln Avenue (Hulmeville) and concluding at  the Penndel Memorial  Ball Field. The Penndel-Hulmeville Memorial Day  Parade was founded with  the intent  to honor those who work to defend  our beautiful country.

Warminster

The Warminster Township Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade is on May 28th with the ceremony starting at 10:00am. The parade begins  at 11:00am, weather permitting. This event begins at the Warminster  Township Building and ends at the VFW Post on Louis Drive. Yardley

Local veterans, borough officials and community volunteers have again   all stepped up to support the 2011 Yardley Memorial Day events.   Starting at 7:00 am on Monday, May 28, 21-gun  salute will be issued at   Slate Hill, Saint Andrews and Saint Ignatius  cemeteries.

Doylestown

2012 will be celebrated as a milestone year for Doylestown as  we will mark the 200th anniversary of Doylestown becoming the county  seat of Bucks County. To commemorate, we are planning a weeklong event  to take place beginning from Memorial Day, May 28th to Saturday, June  2nd. Planned activities included: a Moustache Contest; Art Exhibition;  Antique Car Show; Walking Tours; Historical Lectures; Mock Trial; School  Plaque Dedication; Fashion Show; Veterans Appreciation Day; Time  Capsule Dedication; Old Fashioned Pet Pageant & Carnival;  Firefighter Day; Community Picnic; Fireworks and more.

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The annual tradition continues! The Doylestown Memorial Day parade starts 10:00am on May 28th at CB West. The parade will proceed east on West Court Street, east on West State Street, north on North Main Street to the Doylestown Cemetary for a service.

Fuel up for the parade festivities with the Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm on May 28th at the Doylestown Masonic Lodge’s Annual Event.

A Memorial Day Doylestown Open House will be at the Bucks County Civil War Library & Museum from 8:30am- 12:00pm on May 28th.  Residents are invited to take guided tours with    uniformed docents.  Active duty military families can visit before or    after the  Doylestown Memorial Day Parade to share history in  partnership  with  the Blue Star  Museums program as developed by the  National  Endowment  for the Arts.

In the Civil War Encampment, living historians introduce visitors to the early days of the Civil War in the North at Mercer Museum in Doylestown on May 26th from 10:00 am – 4:00pm and May 27th 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Visit with engineers and map makers, join the ranks of new    recruits to the Union Army, watch medical demonstrations, interact with    local civilians, and participate in special demonstrations and    activities. Program marks the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the    Civil War. Rain or Shine. Included with museum admission.

Quakertown

Join in remembrance of veterans at  the American Legion Post #242 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.  Event  is being held on May 28th beginning at 9:00 am.  The parade  begins at 9th & Park Avenue and will proceed north on   9th Street  to Mill Street, turning east onto Mill Street and going to   Memorial  Park. A ceremony will be held at the monument and at the   conclusion of  ceremony the parade will continue east on Mill Street to   Fourth  Street. Turning south on Fourth Street going to Broad Street and    heading east on Broad Street to the American Legion Post #242 at 610 E.    Broad Street.

A job fair for veterans will be held at June 9, 10am-2pm at the Coatsville VA Medical Center Building 5 RSVP by emailing: VHACOACareerFair@va.gov.

   Hero Walk Hometown Parade at Trinity Lutheran 1000 West Main St.  Lansdale June 9th at 9am for registration 10 am Parade start  All proceeds benefit the wounded warrior project.  215-362-1089

Visit Help Restore the Traditional Day of Observance page for more information on this issue, and for more ways you can help.pa ledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation’s gratitude,–the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.” –General John Logan, General Order No. 11, 5 May 1868



Job Hunting
May 21, 2012, 9:35 AM
Filed under: Financial tips, Job Search

I have recently had the good fortune to be advised in financial matters by a respected member in this field.  I asked him if he had some suggestions for navigating todays economy.  His answers surprised me at how simple they were.  Most were things I had heard or known about but was unaware how to put them into practice.

1) When you are unemployed, make obtaining a position you full-time job.  Typically you work about 40 hours a week, 8 hours a day.  Take that time to pursue a job.  What I mean is spend your time focusing on your resume, and references.  A trusted friend to look it over and give you some advise.  Go to job fairs and open houses.  Mingle with new people, Facebook and friends can be helpful.  Ask around.  Don’t ask for a job, instead ask “I would really like to get involved in the hospitality industry, and I am anxious to learn all about the industry.  I was wondering if you had a suggestion as to where to start.”  This is less threatening than asking for a job.  It frees  the person from feeling obligated and uncomfortable and makes it more likely they will offer help.  Another way is to socialize.  Go to places where you can meet people in the industry.  Be willing to start at the bottom. Volunteer at your church, synagogue, or charity organization.  It’s a great way to meet people in a non threatening way.

2)  Make small goals.  Your job hunting is a series of small goals.  First the goal of your resume is to get an interview.   The goal of an interview is to get another or perhaps even an offer.  Be authentic and honest.  Canned answers rarely get a second look.  Make a connection with the boss or interviewer.  Find something that intrigues him or her.  This means be attentive and listen to pick up on subtle clues.  Don’t be afraid to ask open-ended questions.

3)  Most employers are looking for fire.  They want to know that you will have the drive to succeed.  Positive attitude is also very important quality.  Do you have the ability to handle problems in a positive manner and find solutions.  Work ethic is also big.  Do you have a good work ethic; that is are you willing to put in the time and have the dedication to be extraordinary?

 



Cleanout Cooking
May 15, 2012, 8:20 AM
Filed under: Healthly Living, recipes

Cleanout Cooking.  Hey readers if you like our recipes try this one as well she is another small town girl living out her experiences!  She has really great insights and is easy to read!



Fabuolous Fast Starts to Your Day
May 15, 2012, 7:23 AM
Filed under: Healthly Living, Life style, recipes

Here are a few breakfast ideas under 300 calories.  There’s bound to be a few that will intrigue your taste buds.  Good Luck readers!

1) Peanut Butter/apple quesadila- 2 8” whole wheat tortillas, 1tbsp peanut butter, 1 sliced apple.

2) 1 egg scrambled in 1tsp oil.  1 whole wheat bagel thin; 1 turkey sausage link, and 6oz low sodium vegetable juice.

3) Strawberry French Toast-1 slice whole-wheat bread dipped in 1 beaten egg and cooked in 1 tsp butter and 1 cup sliced strawberries.

4) Pancakes and bacon-2 frozen pancakes, one tsp honey, 1/2 sliced banana, 2 slices turkey bacon.

5) Maple Almond Oatmeal- 1 cup oatmeal cooked, 1tbsp almond butter, 2 tsp maple syrup.

6)  Smoothie-1 cup nonfat plain yogurt blended with 1 cup frozen peaches, 1/2 cup calcium fortified OJ, 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, and pinch nutmeg.

7) Greek Yogurt Parfait 8oz plain Greek yogurt, 1 diced nectarine, 1tsp honey, 3 tbsp sliced almonds.



Who says you have to spend money to have a good time!?!
May 14, 2012, 9:35 AM
Filed under: Uncategorized

Wake up to the fabulous and free Philadelphia!  Have fun this summer with out spending a dime!

Franklin Institute

This a great place for children and the inner child in us. The exhibitions are educational as well as fun. Take a walk through the giant heart, become an engineer for the day, or take the sports challenge. Admission is free to the Franklin Institute every third Wednesday of the month but call ahead to verify. You can visit all the exhibits including the IMAX. I just recently learned of this and believe me, my family will be visiting very soon.

Penn’s Landing

Visit the place where William Penn arrived on his ship Welcome, Penn’s Landing. Take a stroll and stop to view the Gazela of Philadelphia. This ship was built in 1883 and was sailed until 1969 for cod fishing. Today it is used as a small maritime museum when it is not being sailed by volunteers. You can also stop by the Independence Seaport Museum. On Sundays between 10a-12p, pay what you wish. Exhibits include Divers of the Deep which is a look at undersea technology, and On the Rivers, On the Shores which displays small craft of the Delaware River Valley.

XPN Free At Noon Concerts

XPN is the local alternative radio station for Philadelphia. They offer an ecletic mix of alternative rock, folk, blues, country and more. Two of my favorite shows are World Cafe and Echoes. Check out the free at noon concerts. You get to see live music with great artists. Previous concerts featured artists Carrie Rodriguez and John Legend. Check the XPN website for other free events.

Free at Noon Parking Info

Penn Park Located at 31st and lower Walnut Street (also known as Jones Way) this lot is available for public parking seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Daily rate for this lot is normally $8 per day on a first-come, first-served basis. The lot is operated by the University of Pennsylvania. You can access Penn Park, from Chestnut Street, via south 31st Street. Click here to see a map of the area.

XPN Free At Noon Concerts

XPN is the local alternative radio station for Philadelphia. They offer an ecletic mix of alternative rock, folk, blues, country and more. Two of my favorite shows are World Cafe and Echoes. Check out the free at noon concerts. You get to see live music with great artists. Previous concerts featured artists Carrie Rodriguez and John Legend. Check the XPN website for other free events.  Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For directions to the venue, visit World Cafe Live.

Philadelphia Art Museum

On Sundays, you can tour the Philadelphia Art Museum for free or donate as much as you wish. The layout of the museum has changed. There is a lot more to see than in past years. The Museum houses over 225,000 works of art that are displayed in rotation so you may not be able to see it all in one visit. Some of the permanent collections include European art, Asian art, American art, Modern Art, Dutch Ceramics and my personal favorite, Arms & Armour. Admission on Sundays also includes free admission to the Perlmann Building galleries so that adds more to the days itinerary. Any exhibitions requiring an additional fee is not included in free Sunday admission. Sunday hours are 10a-5p.

Masonic Temple

A fascinating peek into one of the oldest fraternal organizations in history. Considering that many of our founding fathers including such notables as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were Freemasons, we could not boast our visit to historical Philadelphia was complete without touring the Masonic Temple. The architecture is outstanding and worth the trip alone. In addition, there is an extensive library with over 75,000 volumes for the study of freemasonry. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9a-5p, Mondays by appointment only. Saturdays 9a-12p. Call ahead if you want a guided tour to get the available times.

The Comcast Center Building – Comcast Experience

Comcast Experice HD Video Wall.  This is a very fast and entertaining. “The Comcast Experience,” is a short video on the 2,000 square-foot LED screen against the wall of the Comcast center lobby. It supposedly has resolution 500% greater than that of an HD television.

It is a giant 84 foot wide by 25 foot high,HD video screen that projects seasonal themed videos. They run throughout the day, year round. there is no charge. The public is welcome and encouraged to watch.

Elfreth’s Alley Philadelphia

For the no cost, and super fast trip, stroll along the alley. The alley isn’t long, less than a city block for sure, but very scenic.  Then stop in the museum shop for a fast look of what the downstairs of one of these homes looks like.  Remember too that there are private residences along this street. My guess is that they enjoy all of the positive attention but keep in mind, this is their home so treat the street with respect and enjoy your time there.  The big plus about this trip is that, in a matter of a few minutes, you can say that you have visited America’s oldest residential street.

Rodin Museum

The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia is within walking distance of the Philadelphia art museum.  The Rodin Museum, while technically free, does ask for a $5 donation, but there is not pressure to pay.

Christ Church

The Church is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM for tours, visiting, and individual mediation and prayer.   Visiting the Church Is Free but there is a suggested donation of $3 for adults and $2 for students to help maintain the Church.  2nd Street above Market Philadelphia,PA.  The Burial Ground, is open MARCH – NOVEMBER  Monday-Saturday – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Sunday – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

The Burial Ground has 1,400 markers including some of America’s most prominent Colonial and Revolution-era leaders. It is estimated that more than 5,000 markers have disappeared due to erosion with time.  This is the final resting place of five signers of the Declaration of Independence, the founders of the U.S. Navy and many of America’s early medical pioneers. Grave markers include people from three centuries of American history.  Some famous and notable people buried in the burial ground include:

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Diplomat, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

Commodore William Bainbridge (1774-1833) Commander of Old Ironsides

 



Hot Fun in the Almost Summer Time For Moms
May 11, 2012, 8:43 AM
Filed under: Fun on a budget

Weather reports say that this weekend is going to be a hint of summer that will carry over to next week!  Hurray!  So let’s get out there and do something.  Let the wind thru your hair, put your play clothes on, leave the indoor chores at home, and spruce up the yard, take a hike, go for a picnic, go boating or canoeing at the lake.  Whatever you do go out there and save money and spend time together!

May 11-12-Gardners Warm Up!  Whip that outside into shape.  Burpee will host a two-day garden training event at Fordhook Farm it’s research facility in Doylestown.  From 9:30-5pm, guided tours are available, tips and tricks for your flower bed or vegetable garden.

May 11-Second Friday in North Wales.

May 11-Ladies Night Out at The Roadway Inn Montgomeryville.  Ten dollars gets you into this fundraiser for North Penn Relay for Life event.  There will be raffles, prizes, giveaways, and fun and pampering for all who attend.  To purchase tickets call 215-361-6130. There will also be a gold for cash vendor, so bring all that broken jewelry and turn it into cash.  Cash bar will also be on hand.

May 11-12 Smoke in the Valley BBQ Competition @Green Lane Fire Co.  Beer garden, bonfire. 4-11.  Saturday Mango Men bonfire noon-11pm.  Fun and games for kids noon-dusk. Both days will have crafters on hand.

May 11-Lansdale Library Friday free movie War Horse Vine St Lansdale.

May 12-13 Skippack Spring Fest-10am-5pm  Food, vendors, fun, crafts, shops and much more.  Skippack Village.

May 12-Pennypacker Mills Mother’s Day Workshop.  610-287-9349.  Kids will make cards and thoughtful gifts.  Ages 5 and up.