February Favorite #9: Longwood Gardens

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When the weather is nice, I enjoy taking my camera out for some pictures. One of my favorite locations is Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. While I prefer to go there in when the weather is warmer, they do have year-round displays, including an amazing Christmas display that everyone should see. However, if you do want to go in the colder months, they do have some beautiful indoor displays. Right now, their main display is the Orchid Extravaganza.

In addition to the gorgeous gardens, Longwood also offers classes, talks, and musical performances. The classes range from ‘how to start a vegetable garden’ to landscape design to identifying plants. Spotlight talks are guided tours where you can learn more about Longwood and their plants. But if you love music, Longwood really is the place to go. They have a variety of performances every year. Jazz, Irish, Pop - it’s difficult to list the range of the performers. Longwood has a calendar of events on their website. I recommend taking a look at it to see if anything interests you.

If you ever get a chance to visit the Philadelphia area, I highly recommend taking some time to check out Longwood Gardens. You need to see their fountain shows, at the very least. Don’t believe me? Check out their Instagram to get a glimpse into what they offer.

Koziar's Christmas Village

I completely forgot to talk about this. If you live within driving distance of Berks County and have children, you might enjoy checking out Koziar's Christmas Village. My husband and I took our 7-year old daughter over the weekend and she had a pretty good time. Basically, Koziar's is a large plot of land with various buildings entirely decorated with Christmas lights. When you walk in, there's an area to the right that has three trains running on a track around a little village. On the pond, there's a lit-up pirate ship. Nearby, there's a lit train with a couple of cars. As you walk through the village, there are buildings dressed up with themes like "Christmas Around The World." There's also an old-fashioned post office and fire station. And, of course, the kids can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus.

For the adults, there are a couple of gift stores where you can buy ornaments or nutcrackers or little things for the kids. My in-laws bought my daughter light-up reindeer antlers and a light-up Rudolph nose. There were also a variety of really cute hats, including a pig with wings and a blue elephant. If you get cold or hungry, there's plenty of hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and cookies.

Just make sure you get there early! Otherwise the line is huge!

Music review: Live - Pillar of Davidson

Artist: Live Members: Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals and guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass guitar) and Chad Gracey (drums) Album: Throwing Copper Release date: 4/26/94 Video link

Lyrics: Warm bodies, I sense Are not machines that can only make money Past, perfect, tense Words for a feeling and all I've discovered I'll be along son With medicine supposed to, designed to Make you high I'll be along son With words for a feeling and all I've discovered

Old, bad eyes Old, bad eyes Old, bad eyes

On loneliness comes Go see the foreman, go see the profiteer On loneliness drives We're takin' our time movin' shit for this holy slime

Old, bad eyes Old, bad eyes Old, bad eyes, almighty fear

The shepherd won't leave me alone He's in my face and I The shepherd of my days And I want you here by my heart And my head, I can't start 'til I'm dead About the song: Live comes from a fairly small town not too far from my house. Like many small towns, York, Pennsylvania is a blue-collar town. This song is about the people working hard in a crappy job to support their family. It's a pretty powerful song with a hard drum beat and a steady bass line that give the song a dark feeling. You're left feeling sorry for the people forced to live these sorts of backbreaking jobs just so they can put food on the table.

Website of the Week: Shaving Grace Barbers

This week's website is a little different because it's not really about the website. It's about the service that this company offers. Shaving Grace Barbers are pretty much what they sound like - barbers. However, they are also a sort of men's spa. Besides offering the very rare straight-razor shave, they also offer massages, hair waxing (both eyebrow and chest/back), manicures and pedicures. Everything is geared toward men, even the decor. There are dart boards, televisions with various sports playing, a pool table and they even sell cigars. I bought a shave and a haircut package for my husband for Christmas a few years ago and he loved it. There are two locations in Exton, PA - one in the Main Street shopping center by the Exton Mall and one in the Eagleview Towne Center. If you are a man, give it a try. If you are a women, this would make a perfect gift for the man in your life.