Sunday, December 16, 2012
As 'highly sought after collectibles,' Dr. Lori takes a look at Christmas Cards from the President and family over the years.
President Ulysses S. Grant made Christmas Day (Dec. 25) a national holiday in 1870. From that point forward, a Christmas card from the White House was a special keepsake. While these cards are highly sought after collectibles, these coveted Christmas cards are rare and do not come to the antiques and collectibles market without a high sales value. Here is a look at some of the facts surrounding the official holiday card from the President of the United States. President Truman took office after President Roosevelt’s death in April of 1945. As World War II came to an end and Christmas of 1945 was upon the nation, the mood was ripe for a great big holiday celebration. The Truman White House sent out official, yet conservative White House …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Get your Clark Griswold on: Decorate your home for the holidays, upload pictures and be in the running to win $100,000 for North Penn School District
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Go crazy on those Christmas lights. The more extravagant, the better. Then, snap a picture of your display and upload it to the "Deck the House" contest page. Your picture could land $100,000 for North Penn School District. Patch has launched a nationwide contest to find the best-dressed home in the country. The winner’s school district will receive $100,000, no strings attached. None. Here are the details: Through Dec. 16, you can nominate your home by uploading a photo to the contest website. During that same time period you and your neighbors will also be able to vote for your favorite festive home. One house per Patch will be chosen — by you! — as the winner in your Patch. Of these best and brightest, our judges will select 24 …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Photos from Skippack's Jack Frost Friday and Illuminaire Nights.
Skippack shoppers enjoyed Jack Frost Friday and Illuminaire Nights on Dec. 7, and Patch was on hand to snap some photos. Village visitors took in the lit-up village, and participated in a shopping challenge.
St. Mary's Villa for Children opens to the public on Saturday for guided tours.
St. Mary's Villa for Children and Families opened the doors to the historic Lindenwold Castle to the public for the second year on Saturday, Dec. 8, for tours. The castle and grounds opened to the public for guided tours for the first time in over a decade in January of this year. The holidays tours on Saturday are the second time the grounds have been open to the public. St. Mary's Villa for Children and Families is a subsidy of Holy Family Institute of Pittsburgh. After a long history, dating back to 1911 as a boys orphanage. Today, St. Mary's cares for children who are abused, abandoned or need extra supervision and attention in school and residences. St. Mary's cares for children in the greater Philadelphia area.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Santa Claus, Little Miss Lansdale and Mayor Andy Szekely marked the beginning of the Christmas season Friday night with the lighting of the traditional Christmas tree in Railroad Plaza. It was also First Friday
With the flip of a switch, the 25-foot-tall conifer in the middle of Railroad Plaza in Lansdale lit up Friday night, signifying the start of the Christmas 2012 season in the borough. Residents of all ages and sizes packed a cordoned-off Madison Street, as Santa Claus, Little Miss Lansdale and Mayor Andy Szekely helped usher in the holiday season. The annual tree lighting also occurred during a special Discover Lansdale First Friday. Lansdale Business Association's Holiday Christmas Tree Display also opened its doors to the public at 311 W. Main St. Check out our photo gallery for all the joyful cheer from Friday. And be sure to add your own photos and videos too.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Santa Claus will arrive in the borough this evening to light the traditional Christmas tree at Railroad Plaza. Then, Santa takes a seat in the Santa House for the rest of the night. Meanwhile, it's also First Friday
Christmas comes to Lansdale tonight. Santa Claus — good ol' belly-like-a-bowlful-of-jelly St. Nick — arrives in the borough this evening, with Fairmount Fire Co. as his sleigh, to hit the switch and light up Railroad Plaza with Lansdale resident Randall Rosenberg's donated Christmas tree, signaling the start of the holiday in Lansdale. Be sure to say "hi" to Little Miss Lansdale and Mayor Andy Szekely too. Then, Santa will take a seat in the Santa House for the rest of the night. Oh, might I also mention it's December's First Friday (on the fourth Friday), courtesy of Discover Lansdale? Let's not forget — 311 W. Main St. opens its doors, somewhat, to the Lansdale Business Association's Holiday Christmas Tree Display. The Grinch will be at …
Lansdale Historical Society presents "Holidays at the Homestead" on Saturday, complete with artifacts and antique toys
In what has become an annual tradition, the Lansdale Historical Society will host its annual holiday open house, "Holidays at the Homestead" on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jenkins Homestead. On hand to greet visitors will be John and Sarah Jenkins, who will invite their guests to what John Jenkins referred to as his "mansion" in the late 1700s. Playing the role of John Jenkins I will be Bob Gleason, a member of the American Historical Theatre of Philadelphia, who has performed in such venues as the White House Visitors Center, Ford’s Theatre, the Smithsonian, Independence Hall, Constitution Hall and the National Constitution Center. This will be his second appearance as John Jenkins at the homestead. Joining him will be …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Save big by shopping after-season sales.
Find steals on everything, just by buying out-of-season. That $50 Halloween costume? Get it for $25 on Nov. 1. A $10 pack of detailed Valentines will be $2.50 on Feb. 15. And the $90 leather boots will be a mere $22 come spring. Spend less money just by waiting it out. After Holiday Sales The day after a big holiday, like Valentine's Day, Halloween or Christmas, stores mark down everything, sometimes as much as 75 percent off, to clear the shelves for the next holiday. After Valentine's Day, stock up on Valentine's cards and envelopes for next year. They're paper, the never go bad. Pick up a few bags of heart-shaped or pink-wrapped candy to snack on. After Halloween, of course, you'll find discounts on costumes and decorations at big box …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Lansdale residents Keith and Kristen Heffintrayer have a bright idea for a new holiday event at White's Road Park
Lansdale residents Keith and Kristen Heffintrayer have a bright idea for in wintertime. The couple proposed an event to the Lansdale Borough Economic Development Committee Monday night – Lights on White’s. The concept: a Christmas light display located along the walking trail of White’s Road Park during the holiday season of 2012. “Honestly, we were just tired of driving up to Allentown each year,” Keith said of the inspiration for the Lansdale event, referencing that city’s “Lights in the Parkway” annual event. “Lansdale already has established holiday traditions, including the tree lighting at Railroad Plaza, the Santa House, the lights and decorations down Main and Broad, and the recently-added Lansdale Business Association’s Holiday …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Share your photos and videos of your awesome presents
So, what did Santa bring you this year? Share your photos and videos of your awesome gifts in our gallery!