Halloween Events This Weekend in Chestnut Hill



Tonight, October 28th, NEST will be hosting NESTival from 4-7pm! Bring your kids or grand kids to enjoy food & drinks, crafts, activities, a costume contest and trick or treating.

NEST is a child activity center and all-in-one play space for happy families living in Philadelphia and it’s surrounding neighborhoods. NEST offers a wide variety of classes and activities for kids all in a clean, safe, and secure environment.

If you are a purple NEST member, admission is free. For green or basic members, admission is $30 and for non-members admission is $35.

RSVP to Chelsea@nestch.com or call 215.664.4100

For more information about NEST visit http://www.nestchestnuthill.com/

Trick or Treating on the Avenue

Trick or Treating on the Avenue

Take the kids trick or treating a day early, Sunday October 30th, on Germantown Avenue where participating shops will be handing out candy from 1-4pm. Keep an eye out for “Trick or Treaters Welcome Here” signs as those are the shops handing out candy.

Be sure to stop by the Co-op Shop on 8232 Germantown Avenue between 1-2pm to be entered in a Costume Contest! They will post a photograph of your costume onto social media and the costume with the most votes at 4pm will receive a $30 Co-op Shop giftcard.

The Perfect Sleep: Creating Just the Right Atmosphere


luxury vintage style bedroom. 3d renderingWhile some of us can sleep anywhere at any time, from a car ride to an airplane ride, most of us need ideal conditions in which to sleep. A poll taken by the National Sleep Foundation says that 73% of Americans rated a dark room as important to getting a good night’s sleep. Let’s go over some tips for creating that just-right atmosphere for a quality rest.

Room Design

It’s all about the design and positioning of things in your room. Because your room is your sanctuary, it should bring a feeling of calm, peace and serenity when you enter it. The first step to a restful night is creating a relaxing sleep environment. That starts by having a neat and orderly room. Get out all the clutter, which causes anxiety and stress – two things you DON’T want when trying to sleep. Your furniture arrangement should flow naturally so as to encourage relaxation and continuity of form. Choose calming colors that ease your body, mind and spirit.

Keep computers and TVs in another room, as digital devices can be prohibitive to sleep. Ninety-five percent of people say they use a computer, video game, TV or cell phone within an hour of bed. The lights from electronics can act as a stimulant, with the potential to disrupt sleep due to interrupted signals to the brain. In particular, the blue light given off from these devices is known to delay the release of melatonin, keeping you up way past your bedtime.

Room Darkening Shades

As night approaches, our body temperature falls while the hormone melatonin rises, telling us to become less alert and start the process for sleep. If light is seeping into your bedroom at night and in the early morning, you should invest in some room darkening shades. Early sun rays may prompt us to rise earlier than we usually would, which disrupts sleep as well. By keeping the room dark, you’re getting all the sleep your body naturally needs before you wake. If you do have to head to the bathroom in the middle of the night, use soft night lights to guide the way rather than flipping on harsh overheads.

The Right Bed

An uncomfortable bed with springs coming loose is a sure recipe for a disastrous night of sleep. Many mattress companies allow you to try a mattress out for 30 days. This is the best way to determine the best fit for you. When it comes to bedding, choose natural fibers in soothing colors, perhaps with cashmere throw if you get chilly. Use plenty of pillows for comfort, not just for your head but to support your body as well. Choose a hypoallergenic down comforter, especially if you’re prone to allergies.

For more tips on how to create a peaceful and relaxing bedroom, consult with Judd Builders. We have more than 50 years of experience in expert planning, award-winning, energy-efficient home designs.

Fall Fest & Spooky Saturday


Fall fun on the Ave for the whole family

When: Saturday, October 29, 11am-4pm

Join us for a day of spooktacular fun with free activities for the kids, adults and even fido too! Shop from dozens of crafters, enjoy fall fare, and bring your pooch to Amelie’s Bark Shop for a treat and water station. All activities at The Singing Fountain (East Passyunk & Tasker) unless otherwise noted.


  • FREE pumpkin decorating, fall and Halloween-themed arts & crafts, BenFM music and Trick or Treating from the Crafters 11:00AM-1:00PM
  • Costume Contest staggered by age group:
    • 11:00AM – Ages 4 & Under
    • 1:30AM – Ages 5 to 8
    • NOON – Ages 9 to 12
    • 12:30PM – Dogs
  • Trick or Treating down the Avenue 1:00PM
  • FREE treats and music at the Mifflin Triangle (EPA & Mifflin) 1-4:00PM


  • 1:00PM – Shakey & Winky
  • 2:00PM – Mia Johnson
  • 3:00PM – Las Palabras


Nice Things Handmade is bringing in dozens of local artists with crafts, artwork, clothing and more.


Enjoy outdoor eats and drinks from Stogie Joe’s, Pub on Passyunk East, Mamma Maria Ristorante, and Weckerly’s

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Chestnut Hill has a Magical Transformation this Weekend During the Harry Potter Festival

It’s been almost 20 years since we were introduced to the world of wizards, muggles and He Who Must Not Be Named in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and the obsession is not dying down. Every fall thousands of wand-wielding fans flock to Chestnut Hill to manage some mischief during the two-day Harry Potter Festival.

The festivities start on Friday, October 21st, with the Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College during the day, followed in the evening by the popular Potter Pub Crawl, with the organizers reporting a record 1,000 tickets snapped up in under eight minutes. Both are already sold out.


On Saturday, for the first time, six blocks of Germantown Avenue will be closed to cars for the festival, so you can cast your spells in the street. Here’s your chance to sip Butterbeer and snack on Bertie Bott’s jelly beans while listening to the Muggles Read-a-thon (a reading of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), get lost in the Triwizard straw maze, and snap photos at an Instagram-ready Hedwig’s Hollow. Characters from the books will be wandering about, teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts lessons and uncovering your true nature with Sorting Hat demonstrations.

Coinciding with the fest is the seventh annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament, taking place on the Chestnut Hill College campus.


Limited parking will be available in the 5 public parking lots throughout Chestnut Hill. Limited parking will also be available at the Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church (8855 Germantown Avenue) and United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity (102 E. Mermaid Lane). Or take the opportunity to take the Chestnut Hill East or Chestnut Hill West SEPTA regional rail lines.

View your full Festival Guide HERE. For all other information visit Chestnut Hill PA.

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How to Houzz

When contemplating home improvements or décor changes for your home, you likely head to the Internet for inspiration. You’ve probably come across the website Houzz in your travels and may wonder how it works. Here are some tips on how to use Houzz to help inspire your home designs, decor and more.

Be Direct

Finding what you want can sometimes be tricky when doing a general Internet search. When using Houzz, be direct in your search, utilizing quotation marks for searches with more than one word. For example, instead of typing in simply “backsplash,” search for what you really want: “blue mosaic backsplash.” If you’re searching for photos, use the “+” in between each word, such as “+green+chiffon+drapes.”

Narrow Down Your Results

Once you’ve hit on some possible results, you can further refine that search by clicking on a room link, such as kitchen, bath, or bedroom, on the left-hand side of the results page. Get even more specific by room, style and location in the home, as well as object, color and price range.

Locate Guides

To further give you insight, you’ll want to find guides and articles related to your desired search. Ideabooks are a great way to go about that, so click on the green links at the top of each ideabook; you’ll find some in every category written by Houzz professionals. You’ll get peace of mind knowing those guides were created by experts in their fields, such as architects, designers and contractors.

Check out Recommendations

Part of stumbling upon inspiring ideas is seeing what others love. Go to the  Recommended Photos section under Your Houzz to view pictures of objects related to your search. Hit the Suggestions tab to see even more professional recommendations according to your past searches and personal style. You can also post your own photos or make a comment to your followers. Need advice? Want to run something by people? Looking for ideas for your weekend warrior project? Use this feature for real-time feedback from your peers.

Organize Photos

Similar to Pinterest, you can add photos you find in your website searches and put them all in your very own ideabook. In the “Add photos to this ideabook” drop-down menu, look for the Houzz Bookmarklet or choose the option: “Add a photo from website.” Organize your ideabook any way you want using the copy feature.

Go Bigger

If your tablet doesn’t provide enough viewing space, connect your iPad to your big-screen TV by using a cable connection or a wireless connection on Apple TV. This way, you can expand your viewing options to get the full effect.

Follow Judd Builders on Houzz for home design & decor inspiration and more information about our communities throughout the Lehigh Valley and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Once you have a plan in place, make your vision come true by contacting Judd Builders. We stand behind our quality workmanship backed by 50 years of experience in designing beautiful, award-winning home designs.

Philly’s Cheesesteak & Food Fest

cheesesteak-festPhilly’s Cheesesteak & Food Fest, a day to celebrate the city’s signature foods, will be held on October 15th at Citizens Bank Park, just a short drive from Siena Place.

In its second year, the event will feature over 50 food vendors sampling their signature cheesesteaks, hoagies, roast port, water ice, and other Philly favorites! Guests can also enjoy a craft beer garden, carnival games, and live music. The famous Phillie Phanatic will even make an appearance (after all, Cheesesteaks are one one of his favorite foods!). Philly’s Cheesesteak & Food Fest promises to be one tastiest events of the year!

When: Saturday, October 15th from 12:30 to 5 PM

Where: Citizens Bank Park
1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

General Admission: $20
(includes free parking)

Premium: $45
(includes 10 food samples, free parking and 2 Phillies Tickets)

VIP: $65
(Includes 15 food samples, early entry at 11 AM, free parking, a commemorative cap, 2 Phillies Tickets, and access to the VIP Rooftop).

For more information or to buy tickets visit: http://www.cheesesteakfest.com

7 Fall Decorating Tips

Rustic Decorations for FallAs autumn descends upon us, embrace the spirit of the season and get crafty. Decorating your home for fall isn’t nearly as daunting as you may think it is. Let the season inspire your home decor with these crafty and colorful decorations!

1. Add Seasonal Greenery: Arrange a bunch of magnolia leaves to a simple clear vase — the perfect way to add a refreshing appeal to a muted living room, especially when atop a rustic reclaimed-wood mantel, says House Beautiful. A bowl of pine cones and fresh cinnamon sticks completes the look.

2. Pile on the pumpkins: To welcome visitors to your door, add piles of pumpkins and gourds in a variety of colors, textures and sizes on each step. Offset them with potted croton and mums to cheer up your front porch. You can even add vinyl house numbers to a tall pumpkin to complete the festive look, as seen on HGTV.

3. Swap out your accents: Whether you like it or not, it’s time to swap out the linens and cottons from the summer and replace with autumnal tones. Add velvety, textured throw pillows in rich reds and golds, offset by coordinating throws as you get ready to warm yourself by the fire.

4. Add seasonal color: Boosting curb appeal in fall is easy when you choose hardy plants and flowers that are sure to withstand the winter’s frosty welcome. If you have window boxes or gardens, fill them with white, purple or fuchsia ornamental cabbages, pansies and English ivy for a splash of color. Inside, add fall-inspired flowers to clear vases on end tables and entryways. Sunflowers and alstromeria make excellent choices.

5. Display your memories: With friends and family coming over soon for the holidays, why not come up with some old memories for them to peruse during gatherings? Go through those old photo boxes, choose pictures that mean something to you, and put them in odd size and style frames. Choose one wall of your home as the gallery space and put them on display for all to see. This stroll down memory lane is the perfect way to spend quality time with those you love.

6. Create a Fall Wall: Perfect for above an entryway table, you can create your very own Fall Wall that embraces the spirit of the season. On the table, place a pumpkin and bowl of pine cones, apples or pears. On the wall, hang eclectic frames filled with pressed leaves, autumn prints, and rustic wreaths that welcome everyone who pass by.

7. Sweeten up your entryway: Expecting guests? Light their way with lanterns or tall glass hurricanes with pillar candles nestled in coffee beans, acorns or candy corn.

Fall is the perfect time to improve your home through simple décor changes or something a bit more permanent. After all, the holidays are coming. Call Judd Builders to start planning now!

2 Brand New Model Home Designs Coming Soon at Meadow View Farms!

Judd Builders is excited to announce The Grayton and The Hampton, two brand new model home designs available soon at Meadow View Farms, a 55+ active adult community in historic Oley Township, Berks County, PA.


At 1,188 sq. ft., The Grayton model features a lavish first floor owner’s suite, an open living & dining area with gourmet kitchen leading to a breakfast nook, an additional bedroom & bath on the first floor, and a 2-car garage. An optional loft and third bedroom & bath are available on the second floor. The Grayton model is available in Manor or Traditional style exteriors.


At 1,625 sq. ft., The Hampton model welcomes you into a foyer leading to the great room with optional fireplace, dining room, gourmet kitchen and breakfast room. A luxurious owner’s suite with walk-in closet and additional bedroom & bath are located on the first floor. The home also features a 2-car garage and plenty of storage space with an optional loft, attic, and third bedroom & bath on the second floor. The Hampton model is also available in Manor or Traditional style exteriors.


Priced from the low $200’s, the single-family homes at Meadow View Farms are beautifully designed for an active lifestyle, as well as energy efficiency. The highest quality materials and workmanship are used in their construction. Meadow View Farms is a milestone in luxurious, active adult living set in the rolling hills of Berks County. Unlike some other 55+ communities, you own your home and the land at Meadow View Farms.


Our elegant and welcoming community center is the perfect place to host a birthday party, meet the grandkids for lunch, play a hand of cards with new friends, browse the Internet in the business center or stay in shape at the well-appointed fitness center. The Oley Valley offers a peaceful, yet convenient location with easy access to recreational activities and area attractions. Enjoy the outdoors, the arts, and the area’s rich local history, while living a carefree, satisfying lifestyle. With most typical home and yard maintenance chores out of the way, your time is finally your own!


Discover the beauty of truly carefree living in the scenic Oley Valley! For more information about Meadow View Farms, please contact Tim Bambule, Sales Manager at 610.987.0422 or visit http://www.juddbuilders.com/PA/berks-county/meadow-view-farms.php

4 New Models Opening October 15th

The Moment You Have Been Waiting For

Please join us for a tour of our 4 NEW model home designs: The Fairmount, The Gowen, The Ardleigh & The Springfield. Enjoy hot dogs and light refreshments, while you explore our new models. Attendees can also speak with a loan officer from Santander Bank to answer any questions about financing your home.

WHERE:  The Reserve at Creekside  |  101 Linden Court  |  Flourtown, PA 19031

WHEN:  Saturday, October 15th  |  11 am – 4 pm

For more information, contact us at: 610.834.8600 or sales@reserveatcreekside.com.

This event is proudly sponsored by Santander Bank

What Makes a House a Home?








There’s an old saying “home is where the heart is”. A house is four walls and roof that provide shelter from the elements. A home is a safe haven from all of “life’s little storms”. Above all, home is place where you feel comfort, security, and love.

The People (and Pets!) You Share it With
Your kids are in the backyard playing fetch with the dog and your husband’s making a sandwich in the kitchen. Meanwhile, the cat’s napping on your keyboard, again. Everyone going about their routines gives your home the unmistakable buzz of life.

The Rituals You Create
From standing Saturday movie nights complete with popcorn to your annual Independence Day barbeque, the traditions you keep with family and friends create fond memories — and get everyone looking forward to making more.

The Smells of Good Cooking
For many folks, a house isn’t a home until it’s been cooked in. From the wafting aroma of soup to the mouthwatering smells of baking cookies, every meal you stir up in your home is nourishment for both body and soul.

Comfy Corners
It may be that reading chair you’ve moved into every place you’ve lived since college, or your memory foam mattress with the plush covers you splurged on. No matter how clean and modern your style, every home needs at least one or two cozy spaces where you curl up and relax.

The Memories You Make
This is where you were standing when you found out you were pregnant with your first child. Here are the marks on the wall measuring your children’s growth. And it was at this dinner table that you celebrated your last big promotion. Every cocktail party, Christmas Eve, or simple Sunday afternoon leaves its impression, making your house a repository for every experience of a life well lived.

Siena Place’s luxury townhomes are built with superior workmanship and the finest quality amenities, within one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods. At Siena Place, your home is your sanctuary. Learn more about this spectacular community by visiting: http://www.sienaplace.com or calling our sales manager at 215.339.5390.

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