May 2012

Staging Your Home for Sale

By Nancy Moffett Though home sales in the Lehigh Valley aren’t anywhere near the volume of the “boom” days, they are on the rise. According to, the number of homes for sale increased 3.5% from April 2011 to April 2012. Even more encouraging to sellers is the year-to-year jump in homes under agreement of 42.4% in the same period. So if you’re ... »


By Nancy Moffett Queen of the Valley 6702 Vera Cruz Road South  l  Zionsville, PA  l  610-967-6371  l Billed as the “Premier Pet Resort in the Lehigh Valley,” Queen of the Valley Farm Pet Resort offers dog daycare, lodging, grooming and training in a quiet, 32-acre country setting. Here, canine guests find generous accommodations with an outside p... »

Carpenter Cup Classic

Photo provided by the Philadelphia Phillies By Frederick Jerant Year after year, there’s plenty of hoopla about the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and the Reading Phillies. Both are solid teams, with ardent fan bases that pack their stadiums. And some players move onto the Phillies’ roster. But there’s another baseball event that produces major-league talent, and is recognized as... »

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

By Mary Beth Schwartz As a writer, there are memories that I will always treasure. Top on my list is a 10-day trip to England, where I visited the historical sites of some of the greatest writers. One day was set aside just for Will, as my friend and I called him, at his birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon. Another fond memory is seeing Kenneth Branagh’s epic Hamlet at the R... »

Summer Camp Roundup 2012

By Frederick Jerant When the final school bell rings in June, it signals more than the end of classes…it’s a harbinger of the need to keep the kids occupied. Why not send them off to camp? We don’t mean roughing it in the woods – we’re talking about the many gymnastics, art, drama, sports and other special-interest camps that dot the Valley. There, children have loads of f... »

Membership has its Benefits: Lehigh Valley Country Clubs

By Mary Beth Schwartz Imagine emerald green golf courses, professional tennis courts, Olympic size swimming pools, and fine dining restaurants. Add health, fitness and spa programs. Top that with family activities such as camps, social events, junior programs and even arts and crafts. All of this and more is possible at the exclusive country clubs of the Lehigh Valley. The... »

Spring Clean Your Mind

By Sara Vigneri As we age, our minds slow down, reaction times dim and we aren’t as quick to recall information. But part of this decline, for me anyway, is the insane amount of information I keep in my ready access memory. On any given day, my brain is struggling to keep track of random bits of information. For example, my head is currently swimming with: daughter’s karat... »

The Truth About Acupuncture

By Kathleen Mory With swimsuit season right around the corner, many people in the Lehigh Valley are committing to a healthy lifestyle and getting back in to shape. With the number of gym memberships skyrocketing and weekly Zumba classes heating up, the Lehigh Valley is looking a little fit these days. But, what about taking care of one’s internal health and trying to chang... »

Women & Wine in the Lehigh Valley

By Mary Beth Schwartz We shop for it. We cook with it. We gather with our girlfriends and gossip with it. And in the year 2012, women are receiving state and national recognition for making it. I recently interviewed four Lehigh Valley experts who are making an impact in the wine industry – Sommelier Rebecca Pichetto from Vintage Restaurant & Bar; Award-Winning Winemak... »

Right Here, Write Now. Writers' Groups in the Lehigh Valley

By Sara Hodon Have you ever thought about sitting down and actually writing the novel you’ve been toying with for years? Or earning extra money as a freelance writer? If you’ve been itching to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) but aren’t sure where to start, there are a number of groups in the Lehigh Valley that can help you hone your craft and work toward reaching... »

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