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The Front Porch View-January 2020

The Front Porch View January, 2020 ISSUE

2020 Vision


While we think 20/20 vision means we see perfectly…it really indicates normal vision. 

Hindsight 20/20.   It’s easy for one to be knowledgeable about an event after it has happened.  

Reflecting on past years and experiences can be hard, especially when we are brutally honest with ourselves, but we should also remember the best we had to offer, our victories, our accomplishments.  There are so many life lessons there.

In 2020, I’m hoping to catch on more quickly to learn and adjust from mistakes and celebrate accomplishments bigger and better.   

My goal is not to have a perfect year, but instead to focus my attention on the things that the rear view mirror has prepared me for moving forward.  We only need to look back to show us how far we have come.

May your 2020 be a year of DISCOVERY.

Happy New Year!


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Ring in the New Year by clearing out unneeded items. Take a look at the tips below to get you started.

20 Things to Get Rid Of Before the New Year




Whether it’s last minute or planned ahead, throwing a New Year’s bash requires a lot! Take a look at some ideas below to help you along the way. 

15 Best New Year’s Eve Party Ideas to Kick Off 2020

20 Dazzling Decorations For the Best New Year’s Eve Party

15 Best New Years Eve Games to Help You Ring in 2020 With Lots of Laughter




15 New Year’s Eve Superstitions That Might Bring You Good Luck

15 U.S. Towns With Wacky New Year’s Traditions





Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

National Wreath Project-January 1st-15th

Gettysburg Ice RinkThrough January 5th

Murder Mystery Party-January 11th

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in Gettysburg-January 25th


Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2020. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

Groundhog Day at Hollabaugh’s-February 1st

Downtown Mount Airy Chocolate Crawl-February 14th

Chesapeake Fire & Ice Festival-February 14th

The Gettysburg Wedding Show-February 16th

Mount Hope Maple Madness-February 29th

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival 2020-March 14th

Irish Festival in Downtown Westminster-March 14th

PEEPshow-beginning April 3rd

Charm City Bluegrass Festival-April 24th & 25th

Gettysburg Festival of Races-April 26th

Earth Day Festival-April 28th

Springfest-starting May 7th

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival-May 14th

Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show-May 16th

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies-May 25th

5th Annual Strawberry Festival-May 30th

Frederick Festival of the Arts-June 5th-7th

4th of July Community Concert & Fireworks-July 4th

Gettysburg Bike Week-July 9th

30th Annual Peach Festival-August 8th

Adams County Heritage Festival-September 20th

National Apple Harvest Festival-beginning October 3rd

Remembrance Day Parade-November 21st

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-beginning December 4th







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The Front Porch View-December 2019

The Front Porch View December, 2019 ISSUE

Counting My Blessings 

To be totally transparent,  I’ve lost track of time over the past month and a half. I woke up Wednesday morning to see there was a dusting of snow in Westminster, got to singing “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” and realized I hadn’t yet pulled together my December message. I can’t say I’m ready for the holidays. In fact, I’m far from being ready and waiting to “exhale”.  No worries though, with a little help from my awesome husband and family, I will get there.  Please know I consider you all blessings.  I hope your lives haven’t been as hectic and that you are well on your way to being able to “exhale” and enjoy all the festivities this season has to offer. My Christmas wish to you is that you be happy, safe and healthy! Merry Christmas!


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Make sure your home is prepared for the cold weather that we’re experiencing! Take a look at the the link below for tips.

Bob Vila’s 10 “Must Do” Projects for December




Take some time to get out and enjoy the beauty of the season.

12 Winter Getaways Within an Easy Drive of DC

Winter Adventure Day Trips Near Baltimore




25 Surprising Christmas Facts You Probably Didn’t Know  





Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

Ocean City Winterfest of LightsThrough December 31st

Festival of WreathsThrough December 8th

Saturdays with Santa-Month of December

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-begins December 6th

2019 Westminster Christmas Market-December 6th-8th

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens at the Majestic Theater-December 20-22nd






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