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July 3, 2009

With the Fourth of July on the horizon, odds are good that fireworks, watermelon and other traditions are on tap for your household. Perhaps flag-themed T-shirts, swimming trunks, food or decor will also be part of your celebration of the nation's independence.

February 12, 2009

WINCHESTER -- When people hear the words "the White House," visions of stately furniture, secret meetings and men in black suits may come to mind. But an upcoming afternoon tea at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will reveal the lighter, more romantic side of some of the famous -- and infamous -- tenants of the nation's most famed residence.

December 31, 2008

Thinking about having a nonalcoholic holiday? Whether you are hosting a group of teenagers at your house this New Year's Eve or simply prefer to ring in the new year without the ringing in your ears the next morning, there's no reason to restrict your drink table to soda. From sparkling cider to virgin daiquiris, a number of choices are available for celebrants young and old.

December 23, 2008

Need a last-minute gift for that hard-to-shop-for relative? Want to give a thoughtful gift that will provide entertainment as well as strengthen the brain? With all the gift options out there, sometimes the best choice is one that encourages the imagination or provides a challenge for the user.

December 22, 2008

Though navigating the annual hustle and bustle between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is a challenge for many, the season can be especially complicated for divorced parents and their children.

December 18, 2008

STRASBURG -- Mrs. Santa Claus and her helpers will be visiting Hotel Strasburg a few days before Christmas for some refreshments and classical music entertainment -- Victorian style.

December 17, 2008

Visiting various stores around the area, shoppers are sure to notice the practice of making peppermint bark at the holidays has become very popular. They can find the chocolaty candy in almost any direction they turn.

Certain smells and tastes seem to be synonymous with the holidays. Maple, citrus, cinnamon and hazelnut are a few scents that people might associate with early winter celebrations, but nothing seems to say "Merry Christmas" like peppermint.

December 16, 2008

'Tis the season to overindulge. Just look at the unofficial face of the holiday season Santa Claus will never be mistaken as a bastion of physical fitness, giving everyone the perfect excuse to load up on sweets and the like this Christmas -- if he can, why can't I? But if you want to take the healthy route for once, there are many options to choose from. Make sure you're all for it first.

December 13, 2008

MIDDLETOWN -- In the parlor of Belle Grove Plantation, a Christmas tree stretches to the ceiling, but it's the hundreds of tiny eyes peering from under the big evergreen that create a magical scene.




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