Chambersburg, PA's Wilson family sets the bar high when it comes to "decking their halls" AND helping others. Each year the family's annual Christmas light display grows rivaling that of Clark Griswold with more than 80,000 beams of holiday splendor.
More important than the visual beauty of the light display is the beauty of what lies at the heart of the family's light display. It is dedicated to the memory of Colbie A. Daywalt, who lost his battle with cancer at age 7. All donations collected from visitors to the Wilson Family Christmas are given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The idea for Wilson Family Lights was conceived by a group of friends on a Christmas Eve night. As they drove together admiring local homes with Christmas lights, one house in particular took their breath away. Thousands of lights synchronized to music lit the home, and the group of friends thought, "We have to do this next year."
Trevor Johns made the commitment to decorate his grandmother LaWanda Wilson's home located at 490 Starr Avenue, Chambersburg, as a labor of love in memory of his cousin, Colbie Daywalt.
Johns invites visitors to the 30-minute light show located at the Starr Avenue home. All are welcome to stay as long as they like. While the light show is free, visitors are encouraged to place a donation in the red box along the road to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in their efforts to heal other children battling cancer.
Colbie's mother, Kim Daywalt of Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, can almost always be found serving hot cocoa, cookies, and candy canes to visitors.
All are invited to visit the display. It's a great way to spend time with family, enjoy the holidays while making memories of their own. Donations go to a great cause.
Last year, Wilson Family Lights raised $4,000; this year's goal is to more than double that amount.
Wilson Family Lights begins Saturday, December 7 from 5PM – 10 PM and runs daily through Sunday, January 5. Complimentary cookies, coffee, and cocoa will be served on Friday and Saturday evenings.
More information can be found at http://www.wilsonfamilylights.com/.
Baltimore, Maryland is a wonderful place to experience any time of the year, but during the holidays … the city comes alive with holiday lights, Christmas festivities, and good cheer. Baltimoreans gather at the waterfront now through the end of December to celebrate the season with friends and family while supporting local shops, restaurants, and attractions.
Baltimore's Waterfront Partnership began "It's a Waterfront Life" holiday campaign in 2011 to draw Baltimoreans to the waterfront area to celebrate the season. Visit It's a Waterfront Life for more information.
Begin December by attending Harbor East's Window Wonderland: The Unveiling Event. Scheduled for Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Promised to be an evening of holiday fun and merriment as you view the unveiling of Window Winterland, a month-long holiday exhibit featuring storefront windows decorated for the season by some of Baltimore's finest artists turning Baltimore's Harbor East into a holiday masterpiece. Join Christmas carolers, stilt walkers and Baltimore neighbors. Visit HarborEast.com for more information.
December 6 kicks off of the Power Plant Holiday Light Show Spectacular at 6PM, 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM. The show will light up the Inner Harbor with an unforgettable display of holiday lights and lasers choreographed to sounds of the season. Shows continue Thursday – Saturday, December 6 – 21 and nightly December 26 – 31.
Experience the National Aquarium's Cultural Series, World Holiday Traditions presented by Macy's on December 6 from 5 PM – 9 PM. Discover traditions and customs about Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Christmas celebrations, witness beautiful nativity scenes from around the world, and listen to the sounds of the season.
Hear over 200 festively festooned tuba and euphonium players welcome the holidays at the 30th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas in the Harborplace Amphitheater on December 7 from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.
The 3rd Annual Rock the Dock Family Bash happens December 14 from 3 PM – 6 PM at the Power Plant's with live music, promenade train rides, holiday-themed arts and crafts, food, drinks and plenty of holiday surprises for young and old.
Visit the Inner Harbor on December 15 to have your precious pup's picture taken with Santa from 1 PM – 4 PM on the circle at President Street. Donations to BARCs, The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, will be accepted to help support animals in need.
Celebrate New Year's Ring in the New Year on December at Maryland Science Center with the 6th Annual Midnight Noon where children can enjoy the ball drop before bedtime.
December 31 celebrate New Year's Eve at Power Plant Live! with gourmet foods, an open bar, and all access to every nightclub and bar with a huge stroke of midnight celebration.
Welcome 2014 at Baltimore Inner Harbor New Year's Eve Spectacular on Tuesday, December 31 from 9 PM to 12:30 AM. A Baltimore City tradition for over 30 years, the New Year's Eve spectacular is a huge city-wide celebration filled with music starting at 9 PM at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater with a colorful midnight fireworks display seen from Baltimore's downtown areas including Fell's Point, Harbor East and Federal Hill.
Baltimore's Federal Hill offers sushi bars and restaurants serving Japanese cuisine, but the one that is standing out among the locals is Brothers Sushi. With its grand opening in early 2013, the paint is still fresh and the furnishings new. The servers are eager to please and the sushi chef provides impeccable service.
The Dinner Menu
Brothers Sushi offers Baltimore diners a casual environment and a dinner menu with lots of variety. To start, there are four hot soups and many hot and cold appetizers. Choices include salads, Tuna Tar Tar, an interesting Tuna Pizza, Fried Tofu, Vegetable Tempura, and much more. Most of the vegetable appetizers are about $6, the tuna appetizers are about $10.
Sushi Bar entrees average about $16 and offer a variety of combinations of sushi and sashimi with rice and rolls. You can also customize a Bento box for $15 that is served with a house salad, miso soup and rice. Sushi a-la-carte can be selected with most types of fish available in 2-piece sushi or 3-piece sashimi orders for about $5.
If you prefer to depart from sushi, a Teriyaki menu offers chicken, ribeye beef, salmon and shrimp teriyaki along with a few fried chicken options. Fried Rice with meats and assorted vegetables or noodle dishes are also available.
Brothers also offers 16 different special rolls averaging $10 per plate. From rainbow to volcano to Mexico to Federal Hill, there's sure to be a roll to please every palate.
Lunch and Happy Hour
Lunch at Brothers offers a shortened selection of the dinner menu along with a Roll Combo, stir fried noodles, and fried rice. The restaurant's Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 and offers a shortened menu with most choices at about $5, along with beer and sake specials. They also offer take out service for those on the go.
One customer states "Literally could not wait to write my review, I'm still at the restaurant! This place is a gem!" With a 4.5 out of 5 overall rating on Yelp, Brothers Sushi seems to be making everyone happy. Here are what some other comments included:
Hours and Location
Open from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, you can find Brothers Sushi at 1035 S. Charles Street in Baltimore.
Stop in at Brothers Sushi and grab a take out for lunch, grab a snack and a drink after work, or bring a date for an evening meal that is sure to impress.
York, Pennsylvania is a town full of rich history, fine dining, wineries, museums, theaters and shopping ... lots and lots of shopping! Not only will York shoppers find "bargains by the bagsful", you learn how many of your favorite products are made at over 20 factory tours in the area.
York has an eclectic mix of shopping from its factory outlets to farmer's markets, antique shops, and local clothing boutiques.
Fresh Produce and Local Vendors
Farmers' Markets give you an opportunity to experience local produce, handmade crafts and wares when shopping in York, PA and surrounding areas.
Operating year-round, Central Market on West PhiladExelphia Street is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Along with farm stands with local produce, this farm market features restaurants, lunch counters, delis, bakeries and various gift selections including collectibles and antique vendors. On Saturdays, enjoy the sounds of live music for a few hours before lunch.
A short 7-mile trip west of central shopping in York PA is Morningstar Marketplace. Located in Thomasville PA Morningstar Marketplace is open all year on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This shopping venue is home to a farm market, antique gallery and flea market. Pick up fresh local produce, browse a variety of antiques and find great gift ideas and home accents in their flea market.
There are ample additional opportunities to enjoy farm markets in the area. You don't have to travel far to find quality local produce, baked goods and vendors when you're shopping in York PA.
Discover Vintage and Antique Treasures
If you're someone who loves exploring antique shops in search for historic treasures and vintage accents, you'll find it nearby when shopping in York PA.
Dover Antique Mall, Etc.
Just west of York is where you find Dover Antique Mall on Carlisle Road in Dover. They open every day at 10 a.m. and they're much more than antiques. Within their walls, you'll find crafts, handmade items, collectibles and primitives.
Shrewsbury Historic Village
South of shopping in York PA is Shrewsbury Historic Village. It's a collection of hometown shops unique to the area. You can find everything from handmade jewelry to new and vintage furniture. Shop fine arts, photography and sample award-winning wines. There's also a day spa and wellness center to help you unwind after shopping and treasure seeking.
Burning Bridge Antiques Market
Located on Walnut Street in Columbia PA, Burning Bridge Antiques Market features over 250 dealers and over 100 consignors in a historic three-story building. They're open every day except major holidays for your shopping pleasure and have an elevator to help you navigate all three floors of their building.
Malls, Marketplaces and Outlets
West Manchester Mall
Conveniently located on Loucks Road, West Manchester Mall is a prime example of great shopping in York PA. They have everything you expect from a mall including anchor stores like Macy's and Kohl's and the unexpected bonus of a Wal-Mart Supercenter. See a movie at Regal 13 Cinemas, satisfy your snack craving with an Auntie Ann's pretzel and explore all the great stores within the mall.
Markets at Shrewsbury
If the usual big name mall arrangement isn't what you like, take a trip to the Markets at Shrewsbury in Glen Rock, PA. They're open Thursday through Saturday all year and combine the best of all types of shopping. There are farm markets, eateries, crafts, collectibles, and quality Amish furniture here. Find food to feed your family, items to decorate your home and have a fun day of shopping.
Shopping in York and its surrounding areas offers endless choices for home goods, quality hand-made products, gifts, entertainment and food.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania may best be known for its picturesque landscapes dotted with authentic Amish farms, local artisan crafts, and Pennsylvania Dutch cooking.
After a long day of sightseeing, what better way to end your Lancaster County adventure than with a visit to one of the area's local, award-winning wineries or breweries?. We've provided you with a list of some locations in and around Lancaster to "Savor the Flavor":
Tamanend Winery is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Best known for its classically-styled premium wines, the production of Tamanend wines are directed by Dr. Richard Carey, California born and educated winemaker.
From red to white and dry to sweet, Lancaster's Tamanend Winery is certain to offer something for every wine lover's taste.
Sample Tamanend Wines at one of three tastings rooms:
Contact Tamanend Winery at 717-560-9463 (WINE) for more information.
Mount Hope Wine Gallery
Producing great wines since 1980, the Gallery's extensive selection of wines include a Royal Series, New World Series, Fantasy Series, and much more. The shop contains a wide variety of wine accessories, kitchenware and specialty gourmet food items for any wine tasting party you may host yourself.
The Barn Cafe has a local Rumspringa and other microbrews on draft and offers local hand-crafted artisan cheeses, smoked meats and signature Pennsylvania Dutch desserts. Don't forget to try their Barbecue, a tasty meal after a long day in the vineyards.
Location: 3174 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania; (717) 768-7194
Lancaster Brewing Company
Lancaster Brewing Company has reignited a passion for brewing ale in the locale Lancaster community. Experience Brew Master, Bill Moore's, hand crafted ales and lagers like Baked Pumpkin Pie Ale, Pale Ale, or even the Hip Hog IPA while dining in a historic working brewery.
Lunch and dinner are served in a casual setting with freshly prepared items served weekdays 11:30 AM to midnight, Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to 2 AM.
Location: 302 North Plum Street, corner of Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA; (717) 391-6258
Considered a pioneer in American craft brewing, Stoudt's offers a stunning variety of Lagers and Ales. Free tours of the brewery are available on the weekends, and the beer can be enjoyed in the cozy pub next door or taken home in 750 ml bottles to enjoy at home.
Fine dining and pub menu available. The restaurant offers a fine selection of aged beef, seafood bar, domestic cheese bar and daily tapas and seasonal salads. Light foods and a children's menu is also available.
Location: 2800 N. Reading Road, Route 272, Adamstown, Pennsylvania; (717) 484-4386.
If you're moving to Pennsylvania, contact the local real estate team at Homesale Realty to find a home in Lancaster.
The serene Greenspring Valley of Maryland in Baltimore County is renowned for its beautiful landscapes, scenic views and regal estates. Situated on the Atlantic Coastal plain to the south and the Piedmont Plateau to the north, it's small wonder why Greenspring Valley has become such a popular destination to live in recent years.
Beautiful Vistas, Wonderful Neighborhoods
Aside from the outstanding scenic viewpoints and sprawling natural landscape, Greenspring Valley is replete with an array of impressive architecture flavored with many styles that were prevalent from the 1700's well into the 20th century. Many horse lovers have relocated to Greenspring Valley because of the community's rich outdoor properties and love of equine events.
Greenspring Valley Hunt Club
Greenspring Valley homeowners often join the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club. Originally established in 1892 to promote the sport of fox-hunting, today's members still participate in weekly hunts during the fall and winter months as well as exclusive events like the Greenspring Valley Point-to-Point.
Steeped in tradition and rich heritage, today's Hunt Club members enjoy various activities like swimming, tennis, golf along with dining services and great summer camps. Located at 30 Greenspring Valley Road in Owings Mills, the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club opens at 9am Monday through Saturday with tee times open from sun up to sun down. After dusk, the club stays open to accommodate the clubhouse and those interested in having a fine dining experience.
Greenspring Valley Living
If you'd like to begin house-hunting in the Greenspring Valley area, begin by going down Maryland Route 130, also called Greenspring Valley Road, which is a nearly 6 mile state highway flanked by beautiful equestrian properties, historic sites, gated estates, and an impressive golf course. There are a myriad of homes available in the Greenspring Valley subdivision that can be found in the mailing addresses of Reisterstown, Pikesville, Owing Mills, Garrison, Lutherville Timonium and Stevenson. You may also like to take a look for your new home near Jones Falls, not far from Stevenson University.
Relocate to Greenspring Valley
By anyone's standards, Greenspring Valley is a wonderful, graceful and unique place to call home. With such a cultured combination of natural tranquility, history and engaging venues, there will never be a shortage of things to do or see.
If you've long been interested in relocating to Greenspring Valley, there are plenty of homes available to choose from. Contact Greenspring Valley real estate professionals Prudential Homesale YWGC Realty with questions about the area or for help finding a home in Greenspring Valley.