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.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Make your holidays merry and bright with these festive beverages.
The packages are wrapped, stockings hung, turkey trimmed. But what's a holiday without cocktails? Wow your guests with some of these unique, zesty beverages this year. Spicy Gingerman - Shake one ounce vanilla vodka, one ounce hazelnut liqueur, half an ounce butterscotch schnapps and two ounces ginger ale. Pour over ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Sleigh Ride - I'll admit, I picked this drink just because the name sounded so cozy and festive. But the recipe reaffirmed my choice, because this cocktail is cozy and festive! But this one requires a little planning ahead because five ounces apple cider, one cinnamon stick, one apple slice and two teaspoons honey need to be mixed in advanced and allowed to sit overnight. Then add cider …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
An answer to the age-old local question as to why Lansdale calls its November holiday parade "Mardi Gras Parade"
It's been a tradition in Lansdale every November for 62 years, and it's been known by one festive name — Mardi Gras Parade. Wait, Mardi Gras is celebrated in February, centered around New Orleans. Why do they call it "Mardi Gras" in Lansdale? According to Lansdale Historical Society, the parade originated in 1950 on Friday, Dec. 1. At the time, the Jaycees and the Lansdale Merchants' Association held a community-wide contest to name the parade. Entries were poor, and they chose "Mardi Gras" because it was the best of the lot, according to the society. There was talk of trying again in 1952, but "Mardi Gras" stuck. In the first parade in 1950, $1,200 in prizes were awarded and 1,000 people participated, according to Dick Shearer of the …