Spectacular Philly Events Happening this March

Celebrate March and welcome Spring this month by attending some of Philadelphia’s amazing events. With a robust lineup of events in the Philadelphia area, you won’t want to miss out on any of the entertainment! From the always popular Philadelphia Flower Show to home openers and performing arts, check out these must-do events this March!

PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
March 3rd – 11th
This annual celebration is back at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, showcasing the largest indoor show of its kind. The theme of the show this year is Wonders of Water, which features and amazing entryway with a rope bridge, 25-foot waterfall and great entertainment. Don’t miss this year’s Flower Show and view the vibrant and colorful landscapes that have been created!

Philly Wine Week
March 22nd – 29th
Get ready for vino-filled opportunities this March by attending the ever-expanding Philly Wine Week. Enjoy tastings, dinner parties, and educational sessions. Philly’s Wine Week features hundreds of events in 50-plus restaurants and bars across the city over eight days!

The Best of Broadway at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
March 9th – 11th
This March, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will host three unforgettable nights of performances you don’t want to miss! Showcasing popular tunes from Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and more, you’ll want to reserve your tickets now. Performances from Debbie Gravitte, Susan Egan, and Christopher Seiber, who have performed a total of two dozen Broadway shows collectively, will light up the stage this month.

Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 11th
Grab your green clothes and spend the day celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day! Enjoy the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which marches down Broad Street all the way to Penn’s Landing. There will be marching bands, decorated floats, music, and dance groups to get the festivities going!

Philadelphia Union Home Opener
March 3rd
If you’re a big soccer fan, get ready to cheer on our home team, The Philadelphia Union, at their home opener game this March! Facing off against the New England Revolutions at Talen Energy Stadium, this opener will be an exciting and challenging game! For more information, click here.

Winter Blues Festival at Longwood Gardens
March 2nd – 29th (select dates)
The always beautiful Longwood Gardens is hosting a Winter Blues Festival this March. Enjoy a beautiful backdrop of hydrangeas and poppies, while talented blues artists play soulful music. Click here for more information!

Swan Lake at the Academy of Music
March 8th – 18th
Get your tickets and watch the legendary ballet, Swan Lake, at the Academy of Music. This timeless ballet features the traditional Tchaikovsky score and is a must-see for anyone who is a performing arts lover! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this March. Make plans with your friends and family all month long and enjoy what Philadelphia and the region has to offer! If you’re looking to move into the South Philadelphia/Packer Park area, consider Siena Place, one of Judd Builders luxury new home communities!

Exciting March Events in the Flourtown Area

Call your friends and family and prepare to make plans this March! There are amazing events planned all month long. Don’t miss out on any of the fun this month in Flourtown and the surrounding area. From celebrating the Academy Awards to the extremely popular Philadelphia Flower Show, there’s bound to be an event that everyone will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this March!

Ambler Awards Weekend
March 2nd – March 4th
Do you love award shows? Celebrate the upcoming Academy Awards in Ambler from March 2nd to March 4th and enjoy fantastic shopping and dinner specials throughout the town! Also, don’t forget to go to the Ambler Theater on Sunday, March 4th for a party and viewing of the Academy Awards to finish off your fun-filled weekend!

Community Autism Network: “I CAN Paint Too!” – Painting with a Twist Fundraiser
March 3rd
Located on 6134 Germantown Avenue, this fundraising event will be sure to entertain creative types! Stop by the Soup Factory Studio, where the event will be held, and join the fun. Tickets are $35 dollars, which includes admission into the event and appetizers. Don’t forget to BYOB! And while you’re at it, invite your friends to join in on the festivities.

PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
March 3rd – 11th
This annual celebration is back at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, showcasing the largest indoor show of its kind. The theme of the show this year is Wonders of Water, which features and amazing entryway with a rope bridge, 25-foot waterfall and great entertainment. Don’t miss this year’s Flower Show and view the vibrant and colorful landscapes that have been created! 

Chestnut Hill Brewing Company Presents Live Music
March 3rd and March 10th
On both Saturday’s in March, enjoy live musical guests that will keep you entertained all night! The event takes place from 7pm-10pm and features an array of different artists. The musical guest for the March 10th show hasn’t been announced yet, but on March 3rd enjoy the Americana/Bluegrass band River Bones! Located on 8221 Germantown Avenue, make sure you don’t miss out on this event!

Shirley Scott and Stanley Turrentine: Philly’s Jazz Organ Meets Pittsburgh Sax Titan
March 9th
Enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz with a bunch of friends and family at the Woodmere Art Museum, located on 9201 Germantown Avenue. Make sure to get there before 4:30pm to get your tickets! There are no advance reservations, so it’s important that all parties are present to purchase tickets! Click here for more information!

Wednesday Night Trivia
March 14th, 21st, 28th
If you’re looking for a relaxed night of fun, try out Wednesday Night Trivia! Plan to go out with a group of friends or family and grab some food and drinks while answering trivia questions! The event takes place at Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, located at 8221 Germantown Avenue. You’ll definitely enjoy a night of good eats, trivia, and friendly competition! Click here for more information!

The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience
March 17th
This event is back by popular demand! Enjoy The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience on March 17th at the Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm! Located on 6026 Germantown Avenue, this event highlights and brings awareness to the Underground Railroad, Civil War, and the life of Harriet Tubman, one of 19th century’s most celebrated and important figures.

Corks & Cupcakes – Spring Edition
March 23rd
Nothing sounds better than a night filled with dessert, fun, and wine! Located on 7709 Germantown Avenue, enjoy the Spring Edition of Corks & Cupcakes, which takes place at the Event Studio from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Enjoy gourmet cupcakes paired with featured wines and get introduced to the “wine slushy.” Don’t miss out on this tasty event! For more information, click here.

Get in on the fun this March and clear your calendars! These events are a must-see, so call your friends and make your plans! You won’t be disappointed! And if you’re looking to move to the Flourtown area check out our amazing clubhouse community, The Reserve at Creekside.

Fun Friday Nights: How to Have Fun While Staying In

You don’t always have to go out to have a good time! That’s right, you can just as easily stay in on Friday night and have all the fun in the world. Plan to invite your friends and neighbors over and try out some of these fun at-home activities that will keep you entertained all night long.

Game Night
This classic is still one of the best ways to have fun while staying in. Invite your friends or your neighbors over for a rowdy night of card and board games that are sure to create lasting memories. Also, if you want to go big for game night add a theme and decorate accordingly.

Movie Night
Having a movie night is always a surefire way to have an awesome Friday night. A movie night is always easy to pull off and it can be very relaxing after a long week of working. However, you can also take movie night to a grander scale by having a big screen in your backyard. Pick a nice night to sit outside and project a movie onto a sheet. Not only is this different and fun from an original movie night, but you can also enjoy the outdoors.

Neflix Night
Similar to movie night, you can easily have a wonderful night in by hosting a get together and watching the latest Netflix series or a show that you and your friends have missed out on. Are you trying to catch up on a series? Gather with your friends and binge as much of the season as you can. At the end, not only have you spent quality time with your company, but you’ll have endless theories to chat about after the binging is over. If you don’t have Netflix don’t worry, just stick with the classic movie night and you’ll be sure to have a good time!

Girls Night: Spa Night/Bake Off
Forget girls night out. Instead have a girls night in and have a spa night or bake off. You don’t have to stick with the classic game night to have a fun time with your ladies. Relax and unwind from a stressful week of work and treat each other to a spa treatment. Paint your nails or give yourself a facial, whatever you decide to do make sure it’s relaxing and fun. However, if spa night is not for you, you have other options to choose from. Have a bake off and try out all the recipes that you’ve been dying to try. The options are endless, so plan the perfect girls night in for you and your favorite ladies.

Guys Night: Sporting Events/Competition
If girls can have a girls night in, why can’t guys do the same? Don’t limit yourselves to game night or movie night, get creative and think about what you and your guys would enjoy. Does a flag football game sound fun or would you rather grill and chill with your buddies? Whatever you decide to do just remember to have fun with it!

Host a Winning Super Bowl Party!

With the Super Bowl just around the corner, you’re probably thinking about how to celebrate. Hopefully your team made it to the final showdown, but if they didn’t you can still have fun and throw a winning Super Bowl party to enjoy the festivities with your friends and family. Here are some great tips, trick, and recipes to help you throw a spectacular Super Bowl party, even if your favorite team isn’t competing.

Decorating:
Decorating is essential for a fun Super Bowl party. Not only is it fun to decorate, but it also gets everyone in the perfect mood for the game. Get creative with your décor and follow a football theme that everyone will love. From AstroTurf coasters to a football field table runner, the décor options are endless! Check out some of these great ideas for Super Bowl décor and have fun decorating! Also, don’t forget to decorate with your team’s colors!

Food:
The most important aspect of the party, other than the game of course, is the amazing food. Opting to serve traditional tailgate food is probably the best way to go, but don’t be afraid to have fun with your food. Get creative with how you set up the food you are serving and take inspiration from some of these great ideas! If you’re having trouble finding recipes to enjoy during game day, look no further. The Today Show has got you covered! Check out their list of the 50 Ultimate Super Bowl Party Foods! However, if you’re looking for healthier finger foods try out some of these healthier recipes of traditional tailgate food.

Games:
Depending on what time your party begins, you can plan to play some games in advance. If you are starting the festivities early, play a game of flag football to get everyone pumped. However, you can opt for more low-key games as well. One of the best ways to get your guests interacting with games is to have a Super Bowl pool. Have your friends and family wager who will win and what the final score will be. At the end of the game make sure to have a small prize (a gift card would be great!) for the person who had the closest prediction. The game options are endless! This site has plenty of great Super Bowl party games if you need any help or inspiration!

Whether you decide to go all out for your Super Bowl party or throw a low-key party, make sure to enjoy the game and the time you spend with your friends and family! Hopefully your favored team wins and if not, there’s always next year!

Fun February Events around Philly

February in Philly has a lot more to offer than just Valentine’s Day celebrations. Make room in your schedule and plan on going to some of these fun February events in the Philadelphia area! From theatre and history to the always popular Philadelphia Auto show, there’s plenty to do during the month of February!

Philadelphia Auto Show
Jan. 27 – Feb. 4
Get up close and personal with the newest vehicle models that dealerships will have around the region at the Philadelphia Auto Show! Check out the automotive industry’s latest creations, innovations and designs. You may even have a chance to test drive select models! For more information, click here.

Black History Month in Philly
February 2018
Taking place throughout the whole month of February, many major attractions around the city will be celebrating Black History Month with special programming. Stay up to date with all the Black History Month events taking place with this guide!

Broadway Philadelphia’s Waitress at Forrest Theatre
Feb 13-18, 2018
Quick! Get your tickets to this uplifting musical and don’t miss out on Waitress! This women and pie powered musical is a must see at The Forrest Theatre. Combining music by Sara Bareilles and screenwriting by Jessie Nelson, you don’t want to miss your chance to see this musical!

Valentine’s Day
February 14
From romantic dinners to swoon-worthy events, enjoy Valentine’s Day with your special someone in the city! If you’re struggling to find an idea for great activities check out Visit Philly’s guide to The 35 Most Romantic Attractions and Activities in Philadelphia!

President’s Day Weekend
Feb 17-19, 2018
Enjoy a weekend of special programming and events for President’s Day this year. There will be plenty to do to celebrate our nation’s past presidents, which will make for a very fun weekend!

East Passyunk Restaurant Week
Feb 26 – March 9, 2018
Foodies get ready! Easy Passyunk Restaurant Week is back February 26th to March 9th for its 5th year. Make your reservations now and get ready to chow down on some delicious food at more than 24 different restaurants in the East Passyunk area!

Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Birthday
Feb 22 & 24, 2018
The Reading Terminal Market turns 125 years old this year and they are gearing up to host a 19th century gala to celebrate. Enjoy Victorian period costumes, Victorian décor, and more on February 22nd, the Market’s official birthday. Also, make sure to keep your eyes and ears open about any further celebration. The market plans to have a year-long celebration, which will easily extend the fun throughout 2018!

Broadway Philadelphia’s Something Rotten! at the Academy of Music
Feb 27 – March 4, 2018
This comedy musical has 10 Tony® nominations and is a huge hit among audiences and critics alike. Set in the 1590s, this musical tells the story of two brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play in competition against the widely famous play-writer Shakespeare. After hearing that the future of plays involve singing, dancing, and acting, Nick and Nigel Bottom set out to make the world’s first ever musical. Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderfully fun musical and get your tickets now!

Fabulous February Events around Flourtown

February doesn’t have to be all about Valentine’s Day anymore! Mix up your daily routine and try something new this month! From catching a show at the theatre to watching and learning new international dance styles, you won’t want to miss out on any of these exciting activities in or around the Flourtown area.

The Revolutionists at Theatre Horizon
Feb 1-25, 2018
Set during the French Revolution, this play follows four women renegades with very different backgrounds as they try to navigate the Reign of Terror. This comedy is armed with sharp and rebellious wit while exploring how we go about changing the world. Make sure you don’t miss out on this play and get your tickets and more information here!

Philadelphia Auto Show
Jan. 27 – Feb. 4
Get up close and personal with the newest vehicle models that dealerships will have around the region at the Philadelphia Auto Show! Check out the automotive industry’s latest creations, innovations and designs. You may even have a chance to test drive select models! For more information, click here.

Winter Wellness Walks Saturdays
Every Saturday from Jan. 13 – March 31,2018
From 10:30am – 11:30am, enjoy a winter wellness walk every Saturday from January 13th to March 31st. Meet at Morris Arboretum at the Widener Visitor Center and be prepared to get your heart rate up with these brisk winter walks!

Wednesday Night Trivia
Feb. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
If you’re looking for a relaxed night of fun, try out Wednesday Night Trivia! Plan to go out with a group of friends or family and grab some food and drinks while answering trivia questions! The event takes place at Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, located at 8221 Germantown Avenue. You’ll definitely enjoy a night of good eats and trivia! Click here for more information!

International Folk Dancing
Feb. 9th, 16th, 23rd
Learn folk dances from all around the world with International Folk Dancing Fridays! From the Balkans to the British Isles, you can pick up these unique dances even if you don’t have a partner to dance with. The best part is that your first visit is free! Located at 8855 Germantown Avenue, you’ll be sure to have fun learning new dances from around the world!

Mardi Gras Dance Party
Feb 23, 2018
Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Commodore Barry Club located at 6815 Emlen Street Philadelphia, PA. Enjoy dinner, dance lessons, and live music at this event while listening to Cajun music that will be sure to keep you dancing all night long! For more information, click here.

Intro to Nature Play with NaturePHL
Feb. 24, 2018
If you’re looking to get your family outside, this is the perfect way to do it! Nature Play takes place at the Schuylkill Center where you and your family can enjoy unstructured nature play and a hike!

I Ought to Be in Pictures
Feb 27 – March 25, 2018
Make sure to get your tickets to I Ought to Be in Pictures playing at the Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA. This play follows Herb, a Hollywood screenwriter, who has to deal with the surprise of his teenage daughter reappearing. The New York Times review even noted how wonderful this play is saying, “When you don’t laugh until you cry, you cry until you laugh.” This show is one not to miss!

7 New Home Gadgets for 2017

Womans controls Internet of Things in smart home with appGot a new home? Then you need some new tech-savvy gadgets to go with it. Every year, new items come out that help increase our comfort, convenience, security, and entertainment levels at home. This year is no different. Check out seven of the best tech gadgets to invest in for your home for the new year.

1. Amazon Tap: This wireless, Alexa-enabled portable Bluetooth speaker offers the utmost in entertainment convenience. Simply tap lightly on the microphone button and ask to hear tunes from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. Connect to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot not only to play your favorite music but also to read the latest news and sports, get the weather and order takeout. Powered by Dolby sound, Amazon Tap feature two stereo speakers with 360-degree omni-directional audio for nine hours of playback.

2. Youmo: This modular systems allows you to create your own power system depending on your needs. Build on a basic power module and power base cord and then attach more modules that include Wi-Fi, USB, wireless charging, power LAN, a light and speakers.

3. Nest Cam: With capabilities of monitoring your home 24/7, you can back up video to the cloud so that important information can quickly be observed if your home is robbed, vandalized or attacked. Best part is, you can view your home and what’s going on in and around it right from your smart phone.

4. Canary: This home security device features a video camera, to be sure, but it also will sound an alarm if someone has entered your property or home. It’s simple to install, and it works wonders to scare intruders off your property.

5. August Smart Lock: Keep your home secure with this device that ensures you never have to worry about losing your keys again. Got your smart phone? You can unlock any door in your home, thanks to the ability of August Smart Lock to communicate with your phone via Bluetooth.

6. Panasonic SC-BTT195: This home theater system is top rated for 2017, delivering high-quality tallboy speakers, Energy Star-certified system, 5.1 channel system, bass boost speakers, and wi-fi system that allows you to stream media from anywhere.

7. Nest Learning Thermostat: Nest has been topping lists for a few years now, but this new-generation thermostat has even more features that can integrate nicely with other smart phone home products. With easy to use apps and software, you can program your heating and cooling system from your smartphone, tablet or other device. With a recent hardware update, Nest Learning Thermostat is a leader in the smart home comfort industry for good reason.

To learn how Judd Builders can help you achieve higher comfort, convenience, security and entertainment value for your new home, call us today.

20 Hobby Ideas for Retirement

Staying fit the fun wayWhether newly retired or well-established in retirement life, you may find yourself at a loss for what to do. Filling your time with meaningful pursuits can be a bit daunting, especially when you’ve never had the time to really find out what hobbies interest you most. Here are a few hobbies and activities that will keep you busy!

  1. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, nursing home, elementary school, library or community garden club. This can be a rewarding and fulfilling way to spend a few hours a week, or more if you really love it.
  2. Buy a used RV and travel the country. Hit every state in the contiguous USA, and collect souvenirs from each one.
  3. Get crafty with yarn and fabric: try your hand at cross-stitching, embroidering, knitting, quilting or sewing.
  4. Take up painting. Local community colleges have classes that are affordable and meet at night or during the day to fit your schedule.
  5. Learn woodworking. Take a course or learn on YouTube, then put your talents to use making anything from bedside tables to birdhouses. Speaking of birdhouses…
  6. Do some bird watching. Put up bird feeders and chimes that gently sing in the wind. Pick up books on birds and familiarize yourself with your regular “customers.”
  7. Get fit. Take an exercise class or water ballet at your local gym or senior center.
  8. Get into a routine every morning where you work out with friends and then grab a coffee and low-fat muffin.
  9. Try a pottery class and make home made gifts.
  10. Dance like nobody’s watching. Take a dance class at the local senior center or studio to stay in shape and sweat off those extra pounds.
  11. Join a club. Look in your community forums, newspapers and town hall for all the clubs offered in your town, from gardening clubs to reading clubs at the library. If you don’t see something you like, start your own, such as a card club, checkers club, dominoes club or canasta club.
  12. Try baking and cooking. If you’ve always wanted to spend more time in the kitchen, now’s your chance.
  13. Use your culinary creations as a way to bring people together. Cook for your spouse, invite your kids and grandkids over, and treat your neighbors to your latest recipe.
  14. Get outdoors. Camping, hiking, nature walking, and biking are all great ways to burn off energy and get fresh air.
  15. Take up gardening. Many communities have gardening clubs where you can garden with others, spruce up neglected areas in town, and even work on your own projects.
  16. Spend time with your grandchildren. Teach them your new gardening skills, so they can take pride in growing something in the ground.
  17. Engage in an adult education program. It’s time to teach your skills to a younger generation. Offer to teach a course at a community college, such as baking, knitting, photography or even public speaking.
  18. Do something as a team. Develop a hobby with your spouse or companion. Learn golf or tennis together and make a date every week for a round or match.
  19. Start scrapbooking. You’ll need somewhere to document all these new hobbies you’re trying!
  20. Plan a home improvement. Make a master suite with spacious bathroom, create a man cave or expand your kitchen. Call Judd Builders for some innovative ideas that work with you in this next phase of your life.

Relax in Your Yard with Activities and Hobbies

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It’s summer, you have a backyard you finally get to enjoy, you have some spare time, and the weather is perfect. What better way to spend the summer months than being outside in the fresh air doing something you love? From gardening to creating a back yard oasis, here are plenty of activities and hobbies to relax outside.

Bird Watching

Whenever your life seems to be on fast forward and you just want to reconnect with nature, sit outside for an hour and do some bird watching. Grab a birding book or better yet, download a birding app on your smart phone to make the most of your time. Try Birds Near Me, eBird by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, or BirdsEye Bird Finding Tool to learn about all the winged creatures in your neighborhood, how to spot them and how to categorize them.

Gardening

Give your back yard a makeover this season with a pop of color in a garden all your own. Try something different than the standard, such as a Wine Country Garden, reminiscent of a Napa Valley country-inspired cottage style garden complete with lavender, rosemary, irises and fruit trees, suggests Country Living. Or, create a path with boxwood hedges leading to a tranquil fountain and peppered with porcelain berry vines, black-eyed Susan, cat mint and bee balm.

Create a Backyard Oasis

If your yard is just ho-hum, it’s time to spice things up a bit by creating an outdoor living space that defines you. Add a full kitchen, fire pit, eating, sitting and living areas, with each element you add bringing harmony to the whole. From custom pools and gazebos to arbors and water features, you can finally have the backyard of your dreams. Imagine, relaxing by the pool with a drink in your hand, listening to the soft gurgle of a small waterfall and fountain, followed by roasting marshmallows over an open flame later in the evening. By bringing the inside out, you’re no longer held back by the parameters of your home.

Star Gazing

Astronomy is a fun pastime for many with a clear view to the sky. Check out these cool apps as outlined by Network World that will help you pursue your backyard hobby. iSkyGaze help you locate your favorite solar system object from your location on any given day, along with rise/set times, current location in the sky and viewing tips. Get Mars weather reports on Phoenix Mars Mission and connect with area astronomy clubs and their stargazing events as part of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Go StarGaze.

There’s plenty to do in your backyard this summer. Get creative, have fun, and learn something new. In many cases, such as when creating a garden, you can cultivate your own food to incorporate into your nightly dinners, from fresh berries to lettuce to tomatoes.

Judd Builders can help you create that outdoor oasis. Give us a call to find out how to get started.

Be a Part of Folklife History at the Kutztown Folk Festival!

Kutztown Folk Festival

The Kutztown Folk Festival, the oldest, continuously-operated folk life festival, runs 9 days from July 2-10. The unique festival showcases over 200 talented craftsmen and folk artists who demonstrate and sell their creations. Enjoy traditional Pennsylvania Dutch food, live music and entertainment. Kids will love the farmyard theater, petting zoo, pony rides and 19th-century horse-drawn carousel! The festival also features the largest quilt sale in America and has an internationally attended Quilt Auction of top prize-winning quilts.

Event Location: Kutztown Fairgrounds, 225 North Whiteoak Street, Kutztown

Event Website: http://www.kutztownfolkfestival.com

Event Times: Every day from Jul 2 – Jul 10, 2016 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)