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Vacation season is coming, is a P & S in your future?
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There was so much ‘stuff’ hanging around my neck, shoulders and waist, the image was one out of a comic book. Indeed, it became rather comical. Last summer, I visited Longwood Gardens, an exquisitely beautiful gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., with one subject in mind– the colorful night-blooming water lilies. Loaded down with two cameras, an armful of lenses, random accessories, a tripod and...

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Winterlude, the most fun you can have with frozen toes
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Winterlude, Ottawa’s annual winter festival, is rocking even more than usual. Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year, and Winterlude is getting the party off to a rollicking start. Every year on the first three weekends in February, Canada’s capital becomes a winter playground for about 600,000 visitors. Most, it seems, wear heavy, fur-lined hooded coats. And BIG boots. No dainty footies here. Because it’s Canada’s...

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Eleventh annual Crystal Cabin Fever is 100 tons of icy fun
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Children can find their storybook favorites on TV, internet, books. But again this year, there’s something new that gets the kids out of the house on a winter day, dreaming of fantasy land. And it includes a bit of exercise. This year’s Crystal Cabin Fever is called “Once Upon A Time”, and is an all-ice spectacular in Lakeville, Pa., just east of Scranton.  A week ago, a dozen men...

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Saturday’s Women’s March reached around the world
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  Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington reached far beyond DC and even the U.S., with at least 600 marches taking place in at least 60 countries around the world, according to one British web site. Australia, Japan, Iceland, Chile, Switzerland, Norway and even Antarctica hosted marches. Neighboring Canada hosted more than 30 marches, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “Congratulations to the women and men across Canada who...

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State Farm Show offers something for everyone
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Yes, it’s the Pennsylvania State Farm Show, the largest indoor show in the country. But don’t think you have to wake with the chickens –and milk the cows– to enjoy this nationally-known event. It continues through the week, closing Saturday at 5 p.m. More than 6,000 animals will be herded– or carried– into the halls, and by the end of the week, they’ll have been...

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New Year’s Eve at Longwood Gardens a musical high note
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So, the endless Christmas carols blaring since mid-October finally got to you? One more version of Jingle Bells would send you over the edge of a mental cliff? You aren’t alone, and articles are popping up all over about the saccharine-laced classics, and how they lead us to sanity’s end. With this in mind, Longwood Gardens and its easy-going new year’s eve celebration is a way to ease our souls...

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It’s an up and down evening for the Glen Rock Carolers
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It has been 75 years now that P. W. Shepperd, Jr. first began singing with the Glen Rock Carolers. He’s seen snow, cold, rain, wind and general bitterness. But Saturday evening/Sunday morning was none of that. The weather was perfect for the mobile holiday concert, with temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark, no precipitation and no wind. Perfect– after all, it IS late December....

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Santacon NYC is over, but here’s where to find yours
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Saturday’s Santacon in New York City was another epic event, with an estimated 6,000 people dressed as Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, Rudolph, the Grinch, Kiss and other assorted Christmas-y characters.  And that number might have been even higher. There was even one Jesus, complete with shepards hook, long hair and sandals. How the aforementioned character fit into this all-for-fun pub crawl is a question,...

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At Christmas Magic 2016, trains are a popular stop
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York County Parks’ signature event improves every year. This season, Christmas Magic features more lights (all LED), Santa and Mrs. Claus, nightly entertainers, and an always spectacular train display that highlights the night. An unofficial plea from parks officials suggests that, if at all possible, visit the Rocky Ridge Park event during the week. Weekends are a circus–and not in a good way–with lines...

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There’s still time to print your Year in History
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Did you find three more calendars in your mail today? It seems every military, business and political site, charitable organization and school has one. But friends don’t have yours yet? It’s a heartfelt way to tell them that you’re thinking about them every day. And calendars have become ridiculously easy to make. Have friends missed out on your kids’ vacation photographs, the new baby, soccer club, varsity...

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It’s that time of year again– head to the Conowingo Dam
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Photographers and nature lovers from all over the world visit Maryland’s Conowingo Dam for the crowd of bald eagles there. Some people say they’ve counted 100 eagles there at once. And now until mid-December is the time to visit. Just below the dam, eagles, vultures, cormorants and thousands of gulls fight for the stunned or beaten up fish that have made it through or...

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Autumn color is fading, catch it here while you still can
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A few years ago, during an autumn vacation to see the flaming yellow aspen trees in Colorado, I stopped at a gas station to fill up. It was in tabletop-flat Kansas, and the car on the island’s opposite side was from Colorado. It was a cloudy, bright afternoon, and the driver and I agreed it was a beautiful day to drive. No glaring sun, no wind...

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