Memorial Day Weekend Events

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A list of Memorial Day services and summer fun, all happening near our Judd Builders Communities.

Bucks County

Memorial Day Parade – May 30, 2016 at the Warminster Township Building, starts at 10 AM. Parade begins immediately following Ceremony weather permitting.  PARADE ROUTE: starts at the Township Building, east on Henry Ave, north on York Rd, east on Street Rd, north on Louis Drive, parade ends at the VFW Post on Louis Drive.

Memorial Day BBQ at Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road Langhorne PA
After a fun-filled dinner, enjoy a spectacular fireworks show at 9PM (Saturday and Sunday only), set to Sesame Street music, making the festivities on Memorial Day weekend truly memorable.

**Near Poet’s Walk & Renaissance at Morgan Creek 

Lehigh County 

Mayfair Festival of the Arts Come enjoy the work of hundreds of artists and musicians! Indoor and Outdoor Artist Market offers over 100 booths of everything from painting to woodworking to jewelry and more. 7 music festivals on 3 stages: Blues, Bluegrass, Folk, Classic Rock, Jazz, Country Music, and Celtic Music. Hands-on fun for kids at our KidSpace Interactive Arts Center. A national juried Gallery exhibit. Artists-in-Action. Food from festival favorites to gourmet treats. Special Memorial Day service. Kids 10 and under FREE! Military with I.D. FREE! FREE onsite parking! Don’t miss it!

Memorial Day Service – Oley American Legion Post 878 will hold its parade on Sunday at 6 p.m., starting at the Oley High School and proceeding up Main Street to Frieden’s Church cemetery, where a brief service will be held and a 21-gun salute will be fired. The service’s featured speaker will be Brigadier General James M. Lillis, Pennsylvania Air National Guard (Ret.). In case of rain, the service will be held in the high school auditorium.

Exhibit: “The American Revolution” Explore how the American Revolution was fought on the battlefield and in the hearts of Americans. Hands-on activities for children.

**Near Brookshire, Whispering Pines & Meadow View Farms

Philadelphia

Memorial Day Weekend at the National Constitution Center May 28-30, 2016 Throughout the weekend visitors can participate in flag ceremonies when the museum opens and closes each day, enjoy a family-friendly concert, themed crafts, a thank-a-vet letter station, giant flag folding lessons and much more. Free admission on Monday, May 30.

Philly POPS Memorial Day Salute Saturday, May 28, 2016
The Philly POPS will perform Philly’s first major Memorial Day concert this year at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $15 to $25 for most, but free tickets are available for military members and first-responders.

Independence National Historical Park May 28-30, 2016
Independence National Historical Park will be honoring the nation’s veterans throughout Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy special tours, history lessons and more.

**Near Siena Place

Montgomery County

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (May 22–June 1)

Take the quick trip to the Main Line to enjoy the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.The Devon Horse Show will take place each day with various events happening day/night. The Country Fair opens each day at 10 a.m. for the Midway and shopping vendors (except for the first Sunday, when it opens at 11 a.m.). The full schedule of events can be viewed on the Devon Horse Show website.

Woodmere Art Museum (May 26)

In celebration of our military men and women, the Woodmere Art Museum, which is normally closed on Mondays, will open its doors on Monday, May 26. Stroll the galleries of the museum on your day off.

**Near the Reserve at Creekside

 

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend

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Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (May 22–June 1)

Take the quick trip to the Main Line to enjoy the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.The Devon Horse Show will take place each day with various events happening day/night. The Country Fair opens each day at 10 a.m. for the Midway and shopping vendors (except for the first Sunday, when it opens at 11 a.m.). The full schedule of events can be viewed on the Devon Horse Show website.

Chestnut Hill Historical Society’s Bermuda Bash (May 24)

Escape to Bermuda for an evening with the help of our local historical society. On Saturday, May 24, at the home of Liz and Larry Richardson, you’re invited to sip Dark and Stormys on the terrace of their beautiful home and enjoy an evening of delicious food and drink—all to celebrate Bermuda’s National Holiday with a 13th generation Bermudian. Click here to buy your tickets (cost is $100 per person).

Opening Weekend at Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway (May 24)

Morris Arboretum’s garden railway opens to the public with an afternoon affair on Saturday, May 24, 1–3 p.m. This year’s train features the Who Lives Here? theme, taking guests on a journey to the homes of various animals. Kids are invited to take part in a fun craft and enjoy free ice cream.

Woodmere Art Museum (May 26)

In celebration of our military men and women, the Woodmere Art Museum, which is normally closed on Mondays, will open its doors on Monday, May 26. Stroll the galleries of the museum on your day off.

Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and serves as a special time we can honor the men and women of the military, both past and present. How will you celebrate this weekend? Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest 

Opens Friday, May 27, 2016

For a second year, the area will transform into a warm-weather haunt with an outdoor roller rink and — new this year — a nine-hole mini-golf course and urban beach lounge.

2. Memorial Day Weekend at the National Constitution Center

May 28-30, 2016

Throughout the weekend visitors can participate in flag ceremonies when the museum opens and closes each day, enjoy a family-friendly concert, themed crafts, a thank-a-vet letter station, giant flag folding lessons and much more. Free admission on Monday, May 30.

3. Philly POPS Memorial Day Salute

Saturday, May 28, 2016
The Philly POPS will perform Philly’s first major Memorial Day concert this year at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $15 to $25 for most, but free tickets are available for military members and first-responders.

4. Independence National Historical Park

May 28-30, 2016
Independence National Historical Park will be honoring the nation’s veterans throughout Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy special tours, history lessons and more.

5. Franklin Flea at Reading Terminal Market

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Browse handmade and vintage items from dozens of vendors at Franklin Flea. The expansive outdoor market is known for a wide array of vintage goods, handcrafted items, jewelry, artisanal food, furniture and much more.

6. Service at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Sunday, May 29, 2016
In 1868, Laurel Hill Cemetery was the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia. This year, the cemetery is honoring its past with a Decoration Day Service with the General Meade Society. Guests are invited to gather around the General George Gordon Meade’s burial site for a service that honors all fallen veterans with wreath-laying, speeches and more.

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Bucks County Weekend Events

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 3.22.16 PMFun for the whole family in Bucks County!

  1. Go for a hot air balloon ride – Take the whole family on a fun adventure you’ll never forget! The fun starts on the ground, where you can help the crew assemble the balloon for launch. Be sure to bring your camera for some great shots with the crew! When the balloon is ready, you’ll climb on board to begin your flight. In the air, you’ll experience breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside including vineyards, horse farms and wildlife. check out their website!
  2. Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village – May 21-22, 2016 Celebrate spring at the annual Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village, where festive foods, children’s activities, pie-eating contests and a lively lineup of family entertainment are just some of the weekend’s exciting attractions. Culinary highlights include strawberries served fresh and unadorned, dipped in chocolate and deep-fried in fritters, sliced atop shortcake, baked into assorted pastries and blended up into fruit smoothies. Alongside the edible eats, an array of craftspeople will exhibit and sell their original handcrafted works. Live entertainment and family-friendly activities will also take place throughout the weekend, along with pie-eating contests that have become a tradition of this annual spring event.
  3. Experience outdoor art at The Michener Art Museum – The Michener Art Museum will participate in an exciting public art initiative this spring/summer! Doylestown is hosting 12 reproduction art images from the PMA installed outdoors in various locations around the borough. Guided one-hour walking tours will be offered to the community. The tours are led by specially trained Michener Art Museum docents. Tours start and finish in the Michener Art Museum Lobby.
  4. Visit Shadybrook Farm one of the last working farms in Bucks County, PA is THE place for family fun. Fresh produce, pick-your-own crops, gardening and nursery stock, Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream, Rose Bank Wines and more!
  5. Quakertown Arts Alive! May 21st, 10AM-4PM. Broad Street in downtown Quakertown will be transformed into a festival of artists, crafters, jewelers, musicians, food vendors, activities, and so much more. This free, annual festival, now in its 16h year, features over 100 juried exhibitors and has something for everyone of every age. True treasures and unique finds can be found up and down East and West Broad Street, which will be dotted with unique food vendors, artists and crafters, and fun and informational booths. All the local merchants open their doors and invite you to browse their offerings, event specials, and extra goodies. raindate May 22

Enjoy! All events located near our communities- Poet’s Walk and Renaissance at Morgan Creek.

9th St Italian Market Festival

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A South Philly favorite returns this weekend! Stop by the 9th Street Italian Market Festival – the nation’s oldest outdoor market.

Bring the entire family to experience the Annual Procession of Saints, and to enjoy the Live Entertainment, Family Events, Crafts, Food, Food and more Food.

Check out the official event website for details and photos of last years festivities!

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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Simple ideas to help lower your energy bill this summer.


Skip pre-rinsing dishes.
 It’s good to scrape food off before putting dishes in the dishwasher, but there’s no need to rinse them. You’ll save up to 6,500 gallons of water per year.

Replace furnace air filters often. A dirty air filter can make your furnace work harder and use more energy. Replace the filter every two to three months.

Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). CFLs can last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use 75% less energy. LED bulbs are mercury-free and may last three to five times as long as CFLs.

Clean air ducts. Keep your air ducts clean to improve air flow and reduce stress on your furnace and central air conditioner.

Upgrade your thermostat. A programmable thermostat can save you over $100 a year on your energy bill.

Install low-flow toilets and showerheads. Toilets consume up to 40% of a home’s average water use. Using low-flow toilets can save more than 9,000 gallons of water a year. A low-flow showerhead only uses 1.5 gallons per minute while most conventional showerheads use 5 gallons per minute.

Install ceiling fans. For summer use, ceiling fans can cool a room more efficiently than an air conditioner. For winter use, most ceiling fans have a reverse switch so that their blades force heated air down from the ceiling.

Plant deciduous shade trees near the house. Leafy trees on the west and southwest sides of a house can keep your home cooler in the summer.

A New Spin on Retro

retroFresh takes on vintage styles and how to incorporate them in your home!

Flea-market chic décor has never been easier. You can find a few local steals at flea markets, yard sales and online to re purpose and restyle vintage items for a whole new look. Check out these retro decorating tips to incorporate into your home, no matter what style you have.

Dazzling Dining Room

Instead of a formal dining room chandelier, get a dangling and dazzling, vintage chandelier featuring a hanging wire planter adorned with strands of beads and hanging prisms peppered with votive candles, like the one shown here on Woman’s Day. Another option is to spray paint an old chandelier in baby blue or another bold color to make the fixture really pop.

Re-purposing Old Items

If you just can’t part with that vintage toy, the tarnished spoons your grandmother gave you or the toy train track you had as a kid, breathe new life into these items and turn them into tabletop art. Glue these pieces onto old frames to bring them back to life and give them new purpose again. Hang on the wall or place on a side table for a conversation piece.

Hanky Curtains

Handkerchiefs used to be a staple of men’s pockets back in the day, but together they’re all but relegated to the back of drawers. It’s a shame, too, as there were many patterns and colors to choose from. Instead of throwing out those fantastic fabrics, sew them together, add rings to the top and hang them in your kitchen for a whimsical touch on an old classic.

Bookcase Bargains

A re-purposed, painted or stained bookcase can get a new lease on life when lined with classic books, fun family collections and flea market deals for a distinctive look, points out Better Homes and Gardens. Add bowls, book ends, old fashioned camera, sea shells, black and white framed photos, and more for visual interest.

Get Retro with Color

The 60’s were a time of simple, streamlined designs and complementary colors. Incorporate a pea-green shaded lamp alongside a wooden cabinet with sleek drawer pulls reminiscent of that age, with accents in blues, browns and oranges. Frame an old drive-in movie poster for added charm.

Transform Outdated Elements into New

 Many older homes feature cut-outs in the wall where the home phone used to go. Today, with so many people relying on cell phones as their main form of communication, those spaces are obsolete. However, you can utilize that quaint niche by making it into a shadow box to display items. Choose tiny antiques, photos, Japanese fans and small vases.

Consult with Judd Builders for more vintage ideas on how to transform your home retro-style.

Gardening Tips

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There is nothing more joyous than growing your own fruit and vegetables. It’s beautiful addition to your landscape, and can provide your family with produce all season long. As the last frost is upon us and the soil warms up, now is the perfect time to start thinking about planning a garden.

Gardens are an efficient way to save you money at the grocery store. For one, typically what you’ll grow you’ll have enough for yourself and your family, and neighbors and friends. To start a garden depends on what you want to plant; however, the most important element is soil. Type of soil, temperature of the soil, acidity of soil and the overall health of the soil are all going to determine how your plants grow during the season. Lots of people buy soil from a gardening or hardware store, which already has a lot of the nutrients that your plants will need. Another route is to compost. Composting is a money saver, and usually yields better produce and flowers if taken care of correctly. There are two types of compost: greens and browns.

Once you have determined what kind of soil you want to use, and how you want to make it (by buying it, adding nutrients to your current soil, or using compost), you’ll want to determine what you want to grow and how much space you’ll need. I would suggest picking up a few books of growing vegetables*. It will tell you which plants grow throughout the season, like strawberries, versus plants that only grow once during the season. Some plants like more acidic soil, like blueberries, and others prefer more alkaline soil, so it’s best to get a soil/pH test before you start planting your garden.

Next, you’ll have to determine whether you want to grow your plants directly in the ground or build on raised beds. The advantage of the raised beds is that you can control the soil better, but the disadvantage is the space it allows you to grow both horizontally and vertically.

Finally, you’ll need seeds. You can find them at your local gardening store, or buy them in bulk online at places like Johnny’s Seeds. They also have organic seeds if you’d like to plant an organic garden. No matter what you choose, you’ll have an abundance of produce that you’ll enjoy all season long!

Happy gardening!

Tips to Brighten and Lighten Your Home

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Brighten up your space for spring with these simple tips.

1. Let The Sun Shine In
Swap those heavy, dark drapes for a light, sheer fabric. If your room gets a lot of sun, opt for light colors that won’t fade. The most recommended lightweight fabrics for panels are cotton, linen, and silk blends because they tend to hang well.

2. Use The Right White Paint
OK, so maybe white paint is a no-brainer for perking up gloomy interiors, but picking the right white? Easier said than done. To make sure you’re picking the right shade of white, check out this list of favorite white paint colors chosen by top interior designers.

3.Opt For Open Shelving
Open shelves can add depth to a small room, and feel less heavy than dark cabinets. If you’re going to try this look, make sure to edit glassware, decorative accessories, or anything else that will be on display. Baskets can be a great way of adding storage without visual clutter.

4. Add a Mirror
Mirrors can visually expand a room and also reflect light, making any space feel bigger and brighter.

Weekend Events

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 1.17.30 PMHere are some fun ideas for an outing this weekend – all located nearby in our beautiful city!

Spruce Street Harbor Park – I’m sure you’ve heard of this place by now!  The beloved pop-up park will continue to invite visitors to lounge on its signature hammocks, enjoy food on its floating restaurant, cool off with drafts from the beer garden and hang out and play games – ping pong, shuffleboard and more – along its waterfront boardwalk. Read more here.

Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square – brings more than 150 artists from across the nation to the sidewalks of Rittenhouse Square for its sixth year in a row. The three-day juried fair showcases unique pieces that range from ceramics and furniture to jewelry and clothing. You’ll also find a new, emerging artist section set-up in the center of the show, as well as on-going and free, hands-on activities.  May 13, 14 & 15, 2016. Fri & Sat // 11-7pm. Sun // 11-5pm. more

Chinese Lantern Festival Through June 12, 2016
As part of the celebration of Franklin Square’s 10th birthday, Historic Philadelphia is lighting up the landmark park with the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival to occur in the Northeast United States. The square at 6th & Race streets is glowing with 25 illuminated lanterns, handcrafted giant flowers, a three-story pagoda and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. Nightly performances will also take place. read more

Opening of Creative Africa Exhibition Creative Africa brings an expansive display of works from visionary artists all throughout Africa to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building through a series of five special exhibitions. From contemporary photography and fashion to architecture and centuries-old sculpture, museum-goers can explore a wide range of mediums from a variety of time periods.