4th of July Activities

Get ready for an exciting 4th of July filled with hot dogs, burgers, and of course, red white and blue attire!

Conshohocken Fireworks

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If you’re looking for a place to celebrate our nations Independence Day, where could be better than a park with your fellow community members. On July 3rd starting at dusk there will be a lovely display of fireworks along with other entertaining options during the day. The event is open to the public and will feature musical guests, vendors with delicious foods from around the area, and fun games with prizes and other activities the whole family can enjoy! The event takes place at Sutcliffe Park in Conshohocken, directions and more information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2tunL9T

Parade at Lafayette Hill

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A tradition as old as our country itself is to attend a 4th of July parade on our nation’s birthday! This parade starts at the Barren Hill Fire Company and it ends at Miles Park where a park-wide picnic starts. The parade starts at 10 am and the family picnic lasts as long as you and your family want it to! A 5 minute drive from Reserve at Creekside, this is an easy way to celebrate our Independence Day and get to know your community.

Community Picnic at Valley Forge Park

A beautiful autumn sunrise at Valley Forge. The National Memorial Arch is a monument dedicated to George Washington and the United States Continental Army. This monument is located at Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania, USA.

There are few better places to celebrate the 4th of July than at the historic Valley Forge National Park. Throughout the day there will be activities of all kinds, from demonstrations of old black powder cannons, to arts an crafts, everyone in the family can find something to entertain themselves. The kids can have a chance to meet a convincing Benjamin Franklin and sign their name at the bottom of the Declaration of Independence! A mini-parade and a variety of tours are only some of the wonderful options the public has this 4th of July. If you get hungry don’t worry! Just take a walk over to the BBQ tent and get some delicious burgers, hot dogs, and a refreshing iced tea. More information about this wonderful event can be found here: http://bit.ly/2saCvHk

What To Do This 4th of July!

The Lehigh Valley is bursting with activities for 4th of July weekend, as well as the actual holiday.

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Kutztown Folk Festival

The Kutztown Folk Festival is a renown Folk Festival that has been reviewed as one of the most true to tradition and authentic folk festivals in America! The Kutztown Festival is all about good old fashioned family fun. Bring the kids or grandkids to the petting zoo, take a ride on the only horse-powered carousel in the country, try some traditional Pennsylvania-Dutch foods, or just browse the festival grounds! Whatever you decide to do at the festival you are sure to have a great time. The festival starts on July 1st and lasts until July 9th with different attractions, entertainment, and activities from day to day. Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, $5 for children 13-17 years old as well as students, and free for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/2ixKrBK and more information about the festival can be found here: http://bit.ly/1kxoBah

Allentown Art Festival in downtown Buffalo on Saturday, June 11, 2016. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Allentown Street Festival

Allentown’s celebration of our nation’s birthday will take place on Sunday July 2nd and will feature a wide array of family friendly entertainment. The festival will take place along Linden St. and inside the J. Birney Crum Stadium with a wide variety of entertaining options. With performances from more than 10 different bands and dance troupes, you’ll never have a dull moment at this festival. Along with these performances there will be a number of food vendors from local and regional restaurants and mobile eateries. If all of that wasn’t enough to get your attention there is also a pet parade! So if you like cute dogs is 4th of July gear you’re in luck. Last but not least, after all the festivities there will be a spectacular fireworks display to close out the night at 9:30. Information about locations and schedules can be found here: http://bit.ly/2tszBBz

Fun For the 4th!

If you’re looking for some plans for the 4th this year look no further! The biggest celebration of our nations independence takes place right in the city that birthed this great country!

Independence day celebration at Philadelphia
The festivities start early this year with fireworks displays on Friday June 30th and Saturday July 1st at Penn’s Landing. On June 30th, you can take a trip down to Penn’s landing and see the world-renown Philadelphia Orchestra put on a FREE concert for anyone who wants to watch at 8 pm, then watch a dazzling display of fireworks at 9:30 pm! You can keep the celebration going through the weekend on July 1st with the US Army’s Band, “Pershing’s Own” as they put on a free concert of their own at 8 pm, followed once again by beautiful fireworks at 9:30 pm. Both events take place at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. For more information about these events click here: http://vstphl.ly/2su852d

Philadelphia, PA, USA – July 2, 2016: Independence Day fireworks celebration.

On the actual birthdate of our nation, there will be a massive Party on the Parkway from 12-7 pm on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The event is open to the public and will feature musical acts and other forms of entertainment all day long as well as delicious food vendors of every variety. At 7 pm get ready for a show with performances by Mary J. Blige and Philly’s own Boyz II Men! After the free concert, the festivities come to a grand close with a fireworks display at 9:30 over the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art. For more information about the Wawa Welcome America Festival click here: http://vstphl.ly/1jj6ce1

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Outdoor Space Inspiration

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With the gorgeous summer weather, it’s natural to want to spend more time outside. Get inspired for your outdoor spaces so you can maximize the room you have as well as your entertainment potential. From front porch ideas to deck decorations to landscape plans, here are some ideas to kick off your summer fun at The Reserve at Creekside.

Voted the Community of the Year, The Reserve at Creekside offers brand new carriage homes in Flourtown with 8 different home designs, superior construction, state-of-the-art appliances, and luxury finishes – including a back deck and a charming front entryway. Here are a few ideas to help you put a personal touch on your outdoor spaces.

Front Porch

Your front porch is your chance to make an unforgettable first impression on your guests. Showcase your style whether it’s modern, rustic, or traditional – here are a few elements you can incorporate into your front porch décor to impress your friends and families.

For a rustic style, mix elements of the indoors and the outdoors with your front porch style. Select wood-inspired chairs, mixed with cozy quilts and pillows and matched with a modern lamp, such as a Tiffany lamp – pictured herehere. For more of a classic style, hanging baskets filled with ferns along with hanging or freestanding lanterns can frame your entry way, while adding some lush color to your front porch. Add a rocking chair and a brightly colored seat cushion for a welcoming addition to your home.

Back Deck

Enjoy some fresh air on your back deck with a glass of wine or entertain some of your friends for a summer cookout! Get creative and add a small bar to the deck, where you can whip up margaritas in the summer.  Or if you’re more into relaxing and reading then add a calming water feature off to the side and plenty of greenery to make your deck your Zen place, as suggested by Better Homes and Gardens.

Landscape

Adorn the outside of your home with gorgeous greens that are low-maintenance and sustainable, consult a local landscaper for recommendations on native plants. Native plants thrive in climate conditions, so you can work less to enjoy the outdoors more. If you’re looking to add a pop of color, add a few potted plants to your front walkway – you can start with whites and pinks in the summer and switch to yellows and reds in the fall.

Whatever outdoor style fits your personality, you can make it yours with one of our 8 home plans at Reserve at Creekside. Kick off summer the right way, with a beautiful new home in Flourtown, PA.

5 Tips to Keep the Grandkids Occupied

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Now that the summer is here, it’s easier than ever to keep your grandkids occupied when they are visiting! As the owner of a single-family home in a 55+ clubhouse community by Judd Builders, you’ll have more time on your hands without the worries of outdoor maintenance. Whether you live at Meadow View Farms or Renaissance at Morgan Creek, there are tons of ways to spend your days with those precious kids!

Maybe you watch your grandkids while their parents work all day, or maybe you just get to see them on weekends and during holidays. Whatever the case, it’s always a good idea to have a few activities on hand to keep them interested whenever you see them. From swimming to hiking to ball games, here are five activities to keep your grandkids occupied throughout the summer.

  1. Swimming: Renaissance at Morgan Creek features a sparkling swimming pool where your grandkids can splash and cool off on warm days. The pool is safe and gated, with access only granted to homeowners, so you can rest assured your little ones will be safe.
  2. Golfing: For older kids and teens, why not take them for a round of golf? Whether you’re at Meadow View Farms or Renaissance at Morgan Creek – you’re not far from a variety of great golf courses and country clubs. There’s the Lehigh Country Club, Brookside Country Club or Saucon Valley Golf Club. Spend some quality time with your grandkids on the green.
  3. Go shopping: Got teen girls who love to shop? If you live at Renaissance, head over to nearby Allentown, PA for some shopping at the South Mall or the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall. For a full day of shopping, Fairgrounds Square Shopping Mall and The Shoppes at Wyomissing in Reading, PA aren’t too far away from Meadow View Farms!
  4. Celebrate history: The Township of Oley, where Meadow View Farms is located is listed on the National Register of Historic Places – with multiple historic sites. Even as Oley has modernized, you can still find touches of the history throughout the village. Or visit historic Bethlehem, a quaint town with many museums, shops and architecture for a day trip, just 35 minutes away from Renaissance at Morgan Creek!
  5. Just hang out: Not sure what to do to fill an hour or two in between playing, swimming and sightseeing? Head to the community center or clubhouse at both Judd communities. It’s the perfect spot to grab lunch with the grandkids, host your little one’s birthday party or even teach your grandkids to play cards.

All of our communities are located in great areas with many nearby attractions and options for you to enjoy and also to entertain your grandkids! From indoor activities, to outdoor adventures, the opportunities for fun are endless at Meadow View Farms and Renaissance at Morgan Creek! So, how does community living sound? Call Judd Builders now to learn about our communities. Fill out our convenient online form for more information.

Stylish Living Room Tips For Siena Place

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Whether you just moved in or just signed your contract at Siena Place, thoughts of interior design and decorating your new space are swirling. If you’re still searching for a new home in South Philly to fit your style, then look no further than Siena Place. These luxurious townhomes are exceptional, with spacious bedrooms, beautiful areas to entertain, and even space to relax outside with your friends and family. But, let’s focus on your living room – it’s probably where you’ll spend most of your time, especially when entertaining. Here are a few simple décor tips that will freshen up your style and impress your house guests.

Repurpose Your Furniture

If you’re packing up your old place or exploring antique shops looking for the right addition for your new home,  be on the lookout for functional or statement pieces that you can rearrange or refinish. Upcycling is a great way to take an older piece of furniture and make it new again. Bring some vintage pieces to warm up your new, modernized home. Another option could be to re-upholster an outdated couch with a completely new fabric, such as crushed velvet, for a beautiful focal point and conversation piece.

Using an existing piece of furniture from your previous home or apartment is an ideal way to save money in a living room, says HGTV. Before you run out and buy all new things, look around your home and see what you can repurpose. Why not take an old entryway table and turn it into a bar for the corner of your living room? Add some classic decanters and glassware and you’ll have the perfect vintage bar to treat your guests to a cocktail.

Add Art

An inventive way to add art to your living room is to create an art gallery wall comprised of large canvas pieces in a linear or random pattern. Vertical pieces are great for living rooms with tall ceilings, bridging the gap between these cavernous spaces. Bold and visually appealing at the same time, why not make a stunning impression on guests as they enter the room? Head into downtown Philly for a local art show or research galleries nearby – you can find many great local artists to feature in your home!

Windows to the World

If you have the potential for plenty of natural light, highlight your windows with luxurious draperies that boost the luxurious feel of your living room. Don’t get too heavy or ornate, but instead focus on a high quality of material perhaps with a one-of-a-kind trim to give it just the right amount of accent. Customized drapes are the easiest way to boost the glamour of your living room.

Pillows, Pillows and More Pillows!

Pillows are perhaps the most affordable and versatile way to add life to your living room. They’re inexpensive plus you can let your true personality shine by mixing and matching your favorite designs. Hit local flea markets to pick up some vintage fabrics and make your own down insert pillows for an extra personalized touch. Use different textiles, fabrics, colors and patterns that are complementary yet different for a unique style all your own. Best part is, you can switch them out through the seasons to provide a décor update for the room that is always refreshing.

Can’t wait to put your own finishing touches on your new home? Or searching for the perfect home for your style, contact us today to learn more about Siena Place and our available homes.

Father’s Day Ideas

Arts and Crafts

Mid-adult caucasian father excitedly receives a homemade card from his daughter. The cute card could be for Father's Day, his birthday, or Valentine's Day. Card reads "I Love You Daddy". This cute parent and child are sitting at an outdoor table in the backyard. The little girl hides the card behind her back.

When deciding what to get your dad this Father’s Day, consider making something with your own two hands! Your dad will appreciate anything you get him this year, but putting effort into making him something that money can’t buy is sure to go further than that 12-pack of socks!

Alone Time

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Father’s Day is a holiday to celebrate families and being together, but everyone needs a break! Giving your dad a little time to himself to watch the game, read a book, or just take a dad nap, will be much appreciated. Alone time is the easiest gift you can give a dad, and it might be the one he uses the most.

Father’s Day Coupon

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This idea is an oldie but a goodie, a handmade coupon redeemable for anything the crafter chooses! Or something the dad chooses! This one is the best way to give your dad a gift he’s sure to love. If you can never figure out what to get your dad for father’s day, you could even give him a few blank coupons for him to fill in! These adorable coupons will make his Father’s Day much more enjoyable

Dad Specific

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If your dad could be described as a sports dad, handyman dad, funny dad, or anything else you can think of, whatever your dad is, tailor your gifts that way this year. If your dad loves working in the shed building and fixing things, try a toolbox or a utility belt! If your dad loves sports, get tickets to the local sports teams and go as a family! But remember, whatever you get him, he’s sure to love.

Make Him Comfortable

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Leaving dad alone on Father’s Day is surely a gift he’ll appreciate, but if you can make his alone time even more comfortable then why not! A pair of slippers, comfy pajama pants, or anything you can think of to make his leisure time even more leisurely is sure to be a hit. For an added bonus you can fill the comfy gift with his favorite snacks and other treats, like pictured above! 

Father’s Day Ideas

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Classic Card

While it might seem cliche, writing your dad a nice letter telling him how much he means to you and how much you love him goes a long way. Store bought cards work just as well as the ones you’d make when you were little. Just give him a hug and the card and he’s sure to have a great Father’s day being reminded of how much his family loves him.

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Adorable Keychain

This innovative new idea is a great one for families with young children. The little ones can make a drawing for their dad, and in no time at all that drawing can be made into a usable metal keychain! For more information about this wonderful new idea visit the link provided: http://etsy.me/1g6Rhc1 and click “Request a custom order” in no time at all you’ll have your own special gift your family can cherish forever.

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Dad Coupons

This idea is an old one but works just about every time! This option allows a little bit of creativity, requires no money, and is sure to make everyone happy! These adorable coupons are perfect for a child who doesn’t know what to get their father. You can choose from several templates on the internet or get creative and make your own! They can make however many coupons they want to and Dad can redeem them whenever he wants! It’s a win-win and makes some beautiful memories.

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Recreate Old Family Photos

This idea has already swept the internet, so why not try it out! Like in the picture above, you just need an old photo of some members of your family, and clothes that look similar to the ones in the photo. This gift is a great way to reminisce with the family and create new fun memories trying to make the photo look the same. It’s a creative way to shake things up this Father’s Day and still have the focus on family.

Father’s Day Gifts

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Quirky Dad

A Quirky Dad is a dad who likes quirky things! Whatever it might be, a love of crafts, the outdoors, cooking, fixing things, get him something this year that will help him do the things he loves! A new grill for the bbq masters, a new headlamp for the outdoor explorers, anything suited to your dads interests will be a big hit!

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Sporty Dad

A sporty dad would love any family outing where the kids played a few games with him, so this year, make time and play together! If your family can’t play sports together, giving him a gift with his favorite teams logo on it will always go over well. If your family wants to go above and beyond, going to a local sports team’s game together will be fun, and is sure to make this father’s day a special one.

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Fashionable Dad

A Fashionable Dad is easy to shop for (and hard to come by) so if you have a Dapper Dad in your life, this year look no further! Buying your dad a good belt can change the rest of his outfits forever. Or if your dad already has a good set of belts and clothes, try a classy watch this year to help him accessorize and take his style to the next level.

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Funny Dad

If your dad loves to joke and laugh, we’ve got you covered this year. Making a homemade card with your own jokes is sure to be a side-splitter, but maybe the comedy gene skips a generation! Not to worry, these hilarious gift ideas are sure to get a chuckle from any dad! http://bit.ly/2sAHeGq Share a smile with the family this year!

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Any Dad!

If your dad doesn’t fit into one of these categories don’t worry, we still have some great ideas that any dad would love. First, spend some time with him! Quality family time is easy to make happen, free, and is sure to be one of the more memorable gifts you can give a father. So this year, don’t stress about making a card, or buying the right gift, just tell your dad how much he means to you and spend some time together as a family. Happy Father’s Day!

Food Truck Border Brawl

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This weekend on June 10th the Food Truck Border Brawl comes to 645 E. First Street
Bethlehem, PA where 20 of Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s top food trucks battle it out to see who’s top dog when it comes to mobile eateries. The festivities will be from noon to 3pm, and again at 5pm to 8pm. For the food truck enthusiasts there are even VIP tickets that allow you to taste the delicious dishes from all of the trucks an hour earlier than those with general admission tickets.

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Be sure to get to the Food Truck Border Brawl for a great time, refreshing drinks, and delicious food! A list of the participating food trucks, tickets, and more information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2rdGQZ2