November 2011

Singing At The Piano

By Ruth Heil As you hustle through the holidays, there is one thing that does not require advance preparation, and anyone can do it. This season, whenever you have the chance, I encourage you to sing. Yes, sing. Today in America, it seems the only people who sing are those we pay to perform. Professional concerts are a great way to enjoy music, but consider the fun our anc... »

America On Wheels

By Frederick Jerant Americans are crazy about things with wheels. It doesn’t matter whether they have two, four, six or more, or whether they’re used for fun or profit – we love to fire ‘em up and hit the road. And America On Wheels (AOW), a 43,000 sq. ft. museum in Allentown, is chock-full of historic bicycles, automobiles, trucks and other vehicles that have fueled our p... »

Hosting a Holiday Open House

By Mary Beth Schwartz The holidays are here, and event planning beckons. This year may find you with a tight budget, limited design elements, and a hectic schedule. The perfect solution: a holiday open house – a festive yet frugal substitute to the traditional holiday party. Guests arrive at your house between specified hours for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, or even entre... »

Holiday Calendar

By Sara Hodon The holidays are a special time of year in the Lehigh Valley. Whether you’re young or young at heart, there are plenty of local happenings that are sure to put you in a yuletide mood. Below is a sampling of the many events scheduled this season: Welcome the holidays with the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on November 26th. Enj... »

Don't Be SAD This Winter

By Sara Vigneri Cold, brisk air. Quiet snowfalls. Sitting by the cozy fireplace. The winter season is a time to settle indoors, spend time with family and friends and enjoy skiing and sledding. But for some, the dark chilly winter days usher in a melancholy that physicians refer to as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.  Sure, we all feel a little blue at times and winter... »


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Holiday Gift Guide

By Sara Vigneri FOR THE COLLECTOR WINTRY WILLY SNOWMAN HEAD, $46 Missing Piece | 462 Bushkill Center Rd. Nazareth | 610.759.4033 | SANTA FIGURINE, $29.95 Country Candles and Collectibles 2895 Township Line Rd., Orefield 610-398-1815 | ORNAMENT/PLACE CARD HOLDERS, $24.95 for package of 6, $21.95 for package of 4 Something Different ... »

Beer Basics

By Maureen Sangiorgio This time of year, we’re all doing a lot more entertaining, including serving drinks to our guests. If beer is your preference, you’re certainly not at a loss for selections. There are many different types of beer available now, so how do you know what kind of beer to serve? And what type of beer do you serve with certain types of food? I’ve recently ... »

Winter Skin Care

By Sara Vigneri Skin is your body’s largest organ. It covers, protects and defends against toxins and other harmful elements so it’s vital that you keep it healthy. The appearance of your skin speaks volumes. For example, wrinkles and sunspots send a message to the world: you may have had fun in the sun, but now you look like a prune. Luckily, there is always the opportuni... »

Lovin’ from the Oven: Hosting a Holiday Cookie Exchange

By Mary Beth Schwartz For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed baking Christmas cookies. Sugar cut-outs, gingerbread men, jam thumbprints, oatmeal raisin, Snickerdoodles, Hidden Kisses, Spritz, criss-cross peanut butter, Tollhouse. There is nothing like a warm cookie just out of the oven with a glass of cold milk. Or the wonderful smells that waft through the house fr... »

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