Fun Things in Flourtown!

Jazz Age on the Delaware

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This Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm you can be transported back to the Roarin’ 20’s! With musical entertainment, games, dance lessons, vintage style food and drinks, and even a pie baking contest, the options for fun are endless! Bring the whole family because children 12 and under are admitted free! If that’s not enough there will also be picnics, mansion tours, and a fashion show all designed around the time period. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2h6tePE

EAT.PAINT.CREATE

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Try something new this weekend at Spicy’s Kitchen Restaurant in Landsdowne where you’ll get to eat some delicious West African food along with an intimate painting workshop with international artist Shiri Achu. Participants will learn about African culture and about the art surrounding it from one of the artists herself! Achu will advise and provide input to each student, but wants to make sure everyone will have their own connection to what they’ve created. At the end of the evening each participant will sign what they’ve created and it will be framed free of charge! Tickets and other information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2v2LMWf

FREE Krav Maga Class

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Krav Maga is a form of self-defense and this Sunday at the Valley Forge Training Center you can take a free class with no experience required! Krav Maga was developed by the Israeli Army and in the class participants will learn how to defend from multiple attackers and attackers with weapons. Participants will learn the most effective ways of defending against an attacker instead of the most effective way to attack like other martial arts. More information and how to register can be found here: http://bit.ly/2v3d12P

Rooftop Restorative Yoga

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This Sunday take advantage of a guided meditation and yoga class on a beautiful green rooftop in Cira Green in Philadelphia. The yoga portion of the class will focus on stretches designed around loosening the neck, legs, and shoulders, and people of all levels of experience in both yoga and meditation are welcome! So this weekend take a break, release some stress and free your mind for an hour, all you need to bring is a yoga mat or towel. Tickets and more information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2v1UUeh

Must-See in Lehigh Valley

Must-See in Lehigh Valley

With the summer in full swing, you’re probably itching to get out and about to enjoy the scenery in Lehigh Valley. Especially if you’re living in a community like Brookshire or Whispering Pines, right in the Lehigh Valley itself, you want to know where to go and where the fun attractions are. Here’s a list of some must-see and must-do adventures while living in Lehigh Valley this summer.

Jacobsburg State Park

Perched on the north edge of the Lehigh Valley, Jacobsburg State Park is a beautiful area in which to explore and learn. You can participate in one of the many environmental education programs for preschoolers right on up to high schoolers. Or, take part in an environmental problem-solving program, historical program, teacher workshop or public interpretive program. Of course, you can simply pick a trail and explore on your own. It is located on the site where the Henry Rifle was made, with plenty of scenic hikes and multi-use trails.

Coca-Cola Park

There’s nothing better than taking in a ball game in the summer. In Allentown, you’ll find Coca-Cola Park, an 8,000-seat stadium home to the minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies. Enjoy an affordable day or night out with the family as you cheer for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

Take a break from the summer heat and cool off at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. This is an amusement park and water park in one. For one ticket price, you get access to 100 rides, shows and attractions at one of the country’s best water parks. It also happens to be home to the largest collection of kids’ rides in Planet Snoopy, with Dorney Park being one of the most visited amusement parks in the country thanks in large part to its eight roller coasters.

Covered Bridge Tours

Lehigh Valley boasts seven of the 200 covered bridges in all of Pennsylvania. Take a tour of these beautiful bridges, five of which are open to traffic. The Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour is about 50 miles long, so plan to spend the day. You’ll get a chance to take photos, eat a picnic lunch, take a hike, or rest by the babbling brooks. Some of the bridges you’ll encounter include:

  • Bogert’s Bridge in Allentown
  • Manasses Guth Bridge in South Whitehall
  • Wehr’s Covered Bridge in South Whitehall
  • Rex’s Covered Bridge in North Whitehall
  • Geiger’s Covered Bridge in North Whitehall:
  • Schlicher’s Covered Bridge in North Whitehall
  • Kreidersville Covered Bridge in Allen Township

As a resident of our communities in Lehigh Valley, you have access to so many surrounding activities and fun things to do in the summer. If you’d like to be a part of our community, contact Judd Builders today to learn more.

Family Fun Attractions with AC!

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The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute is a staple in Philly with fun and exciting attractions year-round. If you’ve been before you’re sure to enjoy this time even more with the recently-opened Spy exhibit. Keep those shades on inside and you’ll fit right in with the exhibit which focuses on the Secret World of Espionage. Get out of the heat for a while and chill out in the cool Tuttleman IMAX Theater which offers a great rest from the fun of the Franklin Institute. More information can be found here: http://vstphl.ly/1ADzWNb

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Adventure Aquarium

The Adventure Aquarium is the perfect place to escape the heat this weekend and enjoy the sights. The whole family is sure to have a wonderful time in the nearly 200,000 square feet of comfortable air-conditioned space where you’ll be surrounded by stunning creatures in marvelous exhibits. With over 8,500 animals to see, you’re sure to be entertained and cooled off all day. More information about the Adventure Aquarium and their exhibits can be found here: http://vstphl.ly/1dnjN1d

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Please Touch Museum

Take a trip with the kids this weekend and head to the Please Touch Museum, the only museum where you’re encouraged to touch the exhibits! For a limited time only, beat the heat and take advantage of the River Adventure’s exhibit where you and your family can race sail boats in water currents and play with bubbles without having to worry about your kids in this heatwave. After all the fun and festivities take the family to grab a cool Rita’s water ice in the Please Taste Cafe. More information can be found here: http://vstphl.ly/1d4cJsp

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The Free Library of Philadelphia

What’s better in this heat than to get lost in a good book? There’s no better place to get away than the Free Library where you can search through thousands of books to find the story you want to take you away for the day. If that doesn’t interest you then be sure to check out The Rare Book Department for an adventure you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Stay cool!

What’s Happening this Week in the Lehigh Valley

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2nd Annual Southside Swing at Steelstacks

From July 20th to the 22nd is the return of the Southside Swing! Grab your dancing shoes and get ready for three fabulous nights of swing, rockabilly, and jazz music! Performances include The Avalon Jazz Band, which specializes in French and American Swing Jazz, as well as The Evan Turner Big Band, which stays true to its name at a full 16-piece jazz party band! These wonderful musical performances are all free to the public and the Southside Swing will feature large wooden dancefloors on both the Levitt Lawn and the Air Products Town Square at Steelstacks. If your swing-dancing might be a little rusty, don’t worry! Before the festivities all guests are invited for a free beginner swing lesson before the show in The Gas House Dance Hall. Concert times and more information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2uJcwuX

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Bath Community Days

Bath Community Days are from July 20th to the 22nd from 3pm to midnight every night! The Bath Volunteer Firefighters & Ambulance Corp with help from the community has arranged these days and nights filled with fun for the whole family! Throughout the night guests can expect to see dazzling fireworks, exciting amusement rides, wacky games, delicious food vendors, and even some demonstrations from those putting the event on! If you’re feeling fit there will also be a Bath 5K for whoever wants to participate. The fun all goes down at Firefighters Park, 300 N. Chestnut St., in Bath, PA. Be sure to bring the whole family to share in the fun!

Allentown’s 80’s Art Scene Revisited

Come down and celebrate Allentown’s rich arts and culture scene every Tuesday through Saturday until August 2nd from Noon to 8pm. At 2400 Chew Street in Allentown PA you can come by and soak in the art from specifically 1978-1988. Events will display some concurrent exhibitions of work by 12 local artists from the specific period as well as performances from local bands and radio broadcasts from the time. Take a trip back to the 80’s this week and enjoy the creative inventions of a time not so long ago.

DIY Summer Wreaths

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Who says wreaths are just for the holidays? Decorate your front door with a beautiful, light and whimsical summer wreath that shows off your personal style. Spend an afternoon crafting or make it a fun activity for your grandkids when they come to visit. You can spruce up your Renaissance at Morgan Creek or Meadow View Farms front door with these 3 DIY summer wreaths.

Summer Lemon Wreath

You will need:

  • Green grapevine wreath form
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic boxwood garland
  • Baby’s breath
  • Two bags mixed-size plastic lemons

What to do:

  • Cut the garland into small manageable pieces.
  • Use the hot glue gun to attach them to the wreath. Leave spaces here and there for the lemons.
  • Hot glue the lemons randomly.
  • Hot glue the baby’s breath randomly as well.

Take a look at the finished product here.

Cupcake Liner Wreath

You will need:

  • Foam wreath
  • Patterned cupcake liners
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments

What to do:

  • Cut the middles out of your cupcake liners.
  • Pin the cupcake liners in place and attach to foam wreath.
  • Use ribbon and other embellishments as needed to finish the look.

Check out the finished look here.

“Hi” Floral Grapevine Wreath

You will need:

  • Grapevine wreath
  • 12-inch wood cutout that says “Hi” or you could use your initials (painted white or similar)
  • Floral stems, trimmed
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire

What to do:

  • Position the stems around the corners of your wreath. You may want to keep them in one area so you’ll have room for the “Hi” sign later.
  • Add flowers and greenery with hot glue gun as desired.
  • Secure the “Hi” sign in place with wire.

Check out what it looks like here.

If you’re looking for a new front door to decorate this summer, let us help you find your next home. Check out Judd Builders and our communities. Call us today to take a tour of Meadow View Farms in Oley, Berks County, PA or Renaissance at Morgan Creek in Quakertown, PA.  Renaissance at Morgan Creek and Meadow View Farms are lovely 55+ communities priced that offer a carefree, satisfying lifestyle.

$30K in Savings at Renaissance at Morgan Creek

ren logoRenaissance at Morgan Creek is offering $30K in savings for a limited time!* The beautiful 55+ active adult community of single-family homes in Quakertown, PA is now priced from the upper $200s! The community offers the very best in 55+ clubhouse living, meaning you’ll spend less time on home maintenance and more time enjoying the things you love!

A spectacular clubhouse is at the very heart of Renaissance at Morgan Creek, where residents can enjoy a well-appointed fitness center, a sparkling outdoor pool, a library/business center, and other fabulous amenities. The clubhouse is also the perfect place to enjoy cocktails, a game of cards, or lunch/dinner with friends, neighbors and family.

The home designs at Renaissance have 1,674 to 2,426 square feet of living space and feature 2 to 3 bedrooms, up to 3 baths, luxurious owners’ retreats with walk-in closets, bath with a soaking tub and a separate shower; as well as large gourmet kitchens with center islands, breakfast nooks and natural gas appliances. The floorplans also offer 2-car garages, spacious grand rooms, and abundant closet space. Single level or two story loft homes are available. Wooded lots are also available.

The good news doesn’t stop there, because there are two homesites now available for quick move-in! The Darien II Traditional and Brighton Manor are beautiful properties and could be your new home! The Darien II Traditional is a home priced at $346,313 with 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, complete with an upgraded kitchen layout, a study, a deck, a 2-car garage and to top it off it is one of the last remaining homes backing a beautiful wooded area!

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The Brighton is another spectacular model priced at $358,985 that comes with 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, a stylish loft, 2-car garage, a full basement, an expansive deck, and a fireplace! If you’d like to learn more or see the homes for yourself, you can call Sales Manager Deanna Goodfellow at 215-538-3600, or come down to 1343 Creekside Lane in Quakertown, PA this Sunday July 16th for an open house from 12-4pm!

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At Renaissance at Morgan Creek community members enjoy a low maintenance lifestyle where mowing your lawn, shoveling snow, and raking leaves are all a thing of the past! Also, since this is a 55+ community, homeowners will be with like-minded neighbors who share their same interests, attitudes and commitment to an active lifestyle. Located at 1343 Creekside Lane, Quakertown, PA 18951, the sales office and decorated models are open Monday, and Thursday – Saturday from 11-5; and Sunday from 12-5. Call the sales office at 215-538-3600 for more info.

Events This Weekend!

Barre3 at the Park

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Barre3 at the Park is an open invitation for all who’d like to attend! It takes place at the gazebo at Wentz Park, only a 10 minute drive from The Reserve at Creekside, on this Saturday July 15th! The event is free, they just ask that you bring your own yoga mat and water bottles! So if you want to get in shape surrounded by people doing the same, this is the place for you. Registration starts at 8:30 am, and the class begins at 9 am. For more information click here: http://bit.ly/2vlihvI

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Weekend at Morris Arboretum!

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This weekend take your children or grandchildren to Morris Arboretum to see their favorite characters take over the Garden Railway for the whole weekend! On July 15th and 16th, the lovable trains Toby, Emily, and of course, Thomas will be taking over the rails from 10 am to 5 pm. The Garden Railway features tunnels, loops, and bridges that are sure to entertain! The beautiful landscape made entirely out of natural materials is sure to impress all visitors young and old! More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2tbbXu0

Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival

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All day this Saturday July 15th in Philadelphia’s beautiful Powelton Village, from noon to 7 pm you can hear the best jazz musicians the city of Philadelphia has to offer! Enjoy the atmosphere at the 11th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival and listen to the musical stylings focused on this year’s theme which is the “New Wave of Jazz.” Along with a day full of entertainment, look forward to the multitude of delicious food trucks that will be serving all types of food throughout the day. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/1jPzUwZ

Best Activities to Beat the Heat

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With summer in full swing, here are some of the best activities in the area to keep you busy while keeping you cool.

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If you live in our beautiful Siena Place, you’re close by many of Philadelphia’s summer attractions. Between now and October 1, be sure to visit Spruce Street Harbor Park, returning for its fourth season. This temporary park has colorful hammocks you can relax on in the warm weather, sample delicious local fare in its floating restaurant, drink cold drafts from the beer garden, and participate in plenty of team games such as ping pong and shuffleboard. It’s located at Spruce Street and S. Columbus Blvd in Philly.

Want to catch a movie under the stars? Head to Penn’s Landing every Thursday night in July and August for a public outdoor showing of a different movie on the big screen. Just bring your own blanket or a lawn chair to enjoy the latest movie while perched on the scenic banks of the Delaware River.

Lehigh Valley

If you call Whispering Pines in Coopersburg, Lehigh County home, take in a ball game in nearby Allentown at Coco-Cola Park. This 8,000-seat stadium is a cheap night out as you cheer for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Also in Allentown is Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, where you pay one low price and get to enjoy both parks. With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, you can spend a whole day and night here with the family or grandkids. Ranked one of the country’s best water parks, and home to the largest collection of kids’ rides in Planet Snoopy, Dorney Park happens to be one of the most visited amusement parks in the country. Which one of the eight roller coasters will be your favorite?

Bucks County

Do you live in Renaissance at Morgan Creek? If so, and you have grandkids who like to come visit on the weekend, a visit to Kids Castle in Central Park in Doylestown is a must. This impressive play area includes an eight-story wooden playground structure created in 1997. There are designated areas for kids ages two to five, and other areas for kids five to 12 years old. You’ll find this iconic park at 425 Wells Road. On a rainy day, head to the Bucks County Children’s Museum at 500 Union Square in New Hope. Enjoy a fun, educational, and hands-on environment for children and parents that celebrates Bucks County’s charm, history and character.

If you’re looking to find the perfect house in Pennsylvania, rely on Judd Builders to connect you with your new home. Browse our website and give us a call to learn more about our many communities as well as the many things to do around here.

Comfort and Convenience at Siena Place

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Looking for comfort AND convenience in a new home? You’ll need to check out Siena Place, gorgeous brick townhomes in Philadelphia created and sold by Judd Builders. Starting in the upper $400s, we guarantee you’ve never seen town houses quite like this before. The benefits of living at Siena Place are many. Come see the comforts that are standard in these homes and why this community is better for you than others.

Siena Place: A Great Place to Call Home

When you think of home, you think of peace, comfort, and warmth. You get all that and more with Siena Place, nestled in South Philadelphia – a truly unique place filled with character and ambience thanks to a rich history, culture and entertainment.

Let’s take a look at some general features in design that will catch your eye when you come see us for the first time:

  • Private attached garage with driveway
  • Decorator exterior lights in front and back
  • Plenty of parking
  • Decorator style front door with brushed nickel door handle
  • Brick front available depending on individual building elevations
  • Low-maintenance exterior

Just visualize living here in Siena Place, where luxury and comfort comes together in a stylized blend of modern décor. From nine-foot first-floor ceilings to hardwood floors in the foyer, kitchen, breakfast nook and powder room, you will be immersed in comfort from day one.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Siena Place keeps you comfortable through all seasons by ensuring we adhere to all the latest energy saving initiatives, building materials and appliances. From a PEX water system and high-efficiency furnace to natural gas heat and central air conditioning, we have you covered. Plus, we help insulate your home with Andersen® double pane windows and top-rated insulation products for your ceiling.

Perks of Siena Place

As a resident of Siena Place, you’re a member of the Homeowners Association, plus you have access to all pre-construction and pre-settlement orientation meetings. And with a 10-Year Limited Home Warranty Protection plan and the 10-Year Tax Abatement Program, you get peace of mind knowing your investment is protected for the long-term.

From deluxe kitchens where you can entertain and cook, to luxurious bathrooms where you can relax in style, Siena Place has everything you need for comfort and convenience. Call Judd Builders today at 215.339.5390 to learn more!