The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society to Present Spirited ‘Spanish Flavor’

2017-01-11_12-49-36Concert to Feature Guest Performers Violist Cynthia Phelps from the New York Philharmonic and Dancer Carlos Fittante from Boston Early Music Festival

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. will perform the second of a three concert series on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, located at 150 Park Avenue in Leonia, New Jersey.  The riveting concert, ‘Spanish Flavor’, will showcase music by Spanish composer Joaquín Turina, as well as Italian composers Luigi Boccherini and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Continue reading

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LEGO ® Architecture Skyline Build Event

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Jan 5, 2017 at 7:00pm (Free Event)

Barnes & Noble, 765 Route 17 South, Paramus, NJ 07652

Welcome LEGO ® fans and builders! You are invited to Barnes & Noble for an Architecture Skyline Build event featuring London and Chicago.  This event will give fans an opportunity to build the LEGO ® skyline in-store display! This event is geared towards older LEGO ® builders.

Great Boozy Holiday Gifts

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via Marquerite Preston at The Wirecutter – Like a lot of people, I’ve given the gift of alcohol many times. Sometimes it’s the gift of last resort: the bottle of wine I buy on the way to a party, the bottle of whiskey for that one person who really has me stumped this year. Alcohol is an easy present to give anyone who drinks because it’s guaranteed to be used, guaranteed to be enjoyed. But for the right person—the wine connoisseur, the beer geek, the cocktail enthusiast—the gift of booze (or something booze-related) can also be exciting and special.

Here are the boozy gifts we’d be excited to give—and get—all offering a little something more than the basic bottle of wine, or, for that matter, any of the practical gear we spend all year testing. We’ve included the best spirits your loved ones may never have tried, the best books to expand their drinking horizons, and the gear to make every cocktail hour feel like a special occasion.

This list comes backed by the pros. I asked for advice from five experts in the world of drinks and drinking: Talia Baiocchi, Joshua M. Bernstein, Martin Cate, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, and Ann Tuennerman. Baiocchi is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Punch and the author, with Leslie Pariseau, of the cocktail book Spritz; Bernstein is a beer and spirits writer, and the author most recently of the book Complete IPA; Cate is the owner of San Francisco’s renowned tiki bar, Smuggler’s Cove, and the author of a book by the same name; Morgenthaler is a cocktail writer, author of The Bar Book, and bar manager at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon; Tuennerman is the founder of Tales of the Cocktail, a world-renowned series of cocktail festivals. Everything here is something one (or more) of them recommended, and sure to please even the most discerning of drinkers.

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Manners: Holiday Edition

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The holidays are upon us, which means it’s time to brush up on your etiquette and rules for best behavior during this season of events and gatherings. There’s nothing more fulfilling than knowing you presented yourself well as a host or guest. Fortunately, we’re sharing advice on everything from attending the office party to hosting your own holiday shindig to giving memorable gifts. Read on for 20 practical tips you can use for this holiday season!

Always RSVP

A timely holiday invitation should always be sent at least a month prior to the event. If the event is more formal, plan on sending out invitations up to two months in advance. The invitation should include specific details about the celebration, such as the date, time and location as well as the dress code, if any. If your party is an adults-only occasion, avoid using the phrase, “no kids,” and opt for a friendlier approach that lists the names of the guests you intend to invite. Most importantly, include an RSVP date for recipients to respond. This will give you a headcount prior to the party to create a menu that serves everyone attending. If you are a guest, make it a priority to RSVP as soon as you know you can or cannot attend. Avoid missing the RSVP date by setting a reminder on your calendar.

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Elements of Brunch

berries-quicheOr How to make a fabulous brunch. The holiday season is upon us and those waffles aren’t going to make themselves. Here are some tips for making a great brunch from Yellow Table. 

1) Don’t try and do everything. If you’re hosting, you’re already having to clean your place, set the table, and at least buy some of the food. Let other people help out in other ways!! If you have a friend who loves to do flowers (or even better has a garden), let them bring the flowers. Tell everyone to bring a bottle of sparkling wine, or some OJ or coffee. Let people help out by bringing a dish, or picking up croissants or fruit.

2) Make some sort of main course and keep the rest of the food extremely simple. I also try to have something savory, something sweet, some sort of fruit, and some sort of salad. For this brunch, I decided to make a couple of crustless quiches for the main course and kept everything else super-easy: I bought some croissants, tossed together an arugula salad (with apples and watermelon radishes), and put out a bowl of berries. I also made a strawberry-rhubarb compote to go with the croissants, which took about 10 minutes to make and was a nice homemade touch.

3) Make a fresh-squeezed mimosa bar. This is SO easy and is a really nice touch. Before guests arrive, squeeze some oranges (I love Cara Cara or blood oranges) and/or grapefruit juice, pour into pretty little pitchers, and set out beside chilled bottles of bubbly. People can just make their own mimosas, which leaves you free to finish the food or talk to everyone as they arrive. And have at least a little something to nibble on when guests arrive, even if it’s just some olives or nuts or crostini.

4) Make a bunch of little flower arragements from one bigger bunch of flowers. I was lucky to have my friend Jenn‘s help with flowers – she just bought a few bunches of lilac, cut them into smaller bundles (which she tied with butchers’ twine) and stuck them in some little pitchers and vases I had. Then she tucked a few sprigs in bud vases. This is such a simple, affordable way to create pretty flower arrangements on the table! The key is to keep things low so people can still see each other over the flowers.

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Be Inspired

2016-11-22_10-28-50Lauren Conrad‘s stylish Pacific Palisades, CA, home is the thing interior design dreams are made of any day of the year, but come the holidays, it’s truly enchanted. Lauren invited Good Housekeeping in to check out her Christmas decorations, and she shared some of her style and entertaining tips with the publication. She revealed, “No matter where I’m trying to entertain, everybody ends up in the kitchen. Wherever the food and drinks are that’s where they’ll be. I try to drag them to other rooms. I’m like, ‘Come on, guys, I’ve decorated this whole room,’ but they don’t care. They’re like, ‘The cheese platter is here.'” Don’t worry, Lauren! We want to see your decor. Keep reading to check out the rooms Lauren so stylishly decorated.

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Happy Stylish Thanksgiving

Whether your taste in tablescapes is subdued or sumptuous, get ready to give thanks in style. Browse photos of beautiful Thanksgiving table settings, centerpieces and accessories for ideas and inspiration.

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Natural Elements

Look to nature for easy, elegant ways to embellish your Thanksgiving table. HGTV fan chasingpaige brought the beautiful colors of fall to her table by incorporating gourds and pumpkins into her centerpiece and topping each place setting with a pear.

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