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The Front Porch View-July 2020

The Front Porch View July, 2020 ISSUE

July 4th is that holiday that kicks off the summer with the best weather, food and company.  Let’s not forget it’s the Holiday that gave us our Freedom.  Freedoms that have become so very important to us.  I hope your day is filled with Family, Love, Laughter and some Thankfulness.  We do live in a great Country.

  

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Check out the link below to add space to your place!

11 Ways to gain square footage without changing your floor plan

  

  

 

Wishing you a Happy 4th of July!! Click the link below to learn the history of the holiday and why we celebrate on the day we do.

Why does the United States of America celebrate Independence day on July 4th?

  

  

  

Fire up that grill on the Fourth of July, enjoy good food good drinks, good times and good friends!

                                                                                                                         4th of July BBQ and grill recipes

  

  

    

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more. Due to COVID-19 please check the venue before heading out.

 

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

Gettysburg Bike Week-July 9th

 

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!

 

30th Annual Peach Festival-August 8th

Adams County Heritage Festival-September 20th

National Apple Harvest Festival-beginning October 3rd

Oyster Stroll-October 10th

Remembrance Day Parade-November 21st

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-beginning December 4th

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View-June 2020

The Front Porch View June, 2020 ISSUE

SUMMER IS THE NEW SPRING
Welcome Summer.  We are happy to see you.  We know you will bring the fun and excitement back.  We are counting on you.
  

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Summer! There are tons of potential “To Do” items now that Summer is arriving, but take some tips from the expert to prioritize your time, check them out below!

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

  

  

 

Wishing a Happy Father’s Day to all of the well-deserving fathers out there, may your day be filled with fun and may lasting memories be made. There are so many ways to celebrate the fathers and father figures in our lives, and below are a few unique ideas to make the day truly memorable. Check them out!

25 Father’s Day Activities That Are Better Than Any Gift

  

  

  

Of course setting off to a new destination is fun, but sometimes it just isn’t feasible. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up on time to enjoy the warm weather and relax! Check out the options suggested below for affordable, yet enjoyable Staycation ideas!

12 Staycation Ideas That Won’t Bust Your Budget

  

  

    

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

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

Gettysburg Brass Band Festival-starting June 10th

Gettysburg Father’s Day Weekend-June 19th-21st

Beer and BBQ Stroll-June 20th

Snack Town Brewfest-June 20th

New Oxford’s Market on the Square-June 20th

 

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!

 

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

Oyster Stroll-October 10th

Remembrance Day Parade-November 21st

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-beginning December 4th

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View-May 2020

The Front Porch View May, 2020 ISSUE

May..  The month of flowers and spring. May we all see the sprouts of new growth as encouragement, hope and joy.  May we be reminded that seasons come and seasons go.  May we grow and learn and be forever changed for the good.  May you be blessed beyond measure.  
 
Stay well and safe. 
  

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It always seems that there’s more to do around the house then there’s time for when the weather warms up, so prioritize with the ideas below.

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

  

  

 

To all of the well-deserving mothers out there, we’re wishing you a relaxing, yet fun filled, Mother’s Day. Take a look below for a few unique ideas on ways to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

35 Fun and Creative Mother’s Day Activities

  

  

  

May 25, 2020

Wishing you a Memorial Day that allows for time spent reflecting on the true meaning of the holiday, and the ultimate sacrifice given by those that we honor on this day. One of the greatest ways to remember those we have lost is to do something significant in their honor, take a look at a few ideas below.

3 Ways to Give Back this Memorial Day

  

  

    

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

Springfest-starting May 7th

Flower & Jazz Festival-May 9th

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival-May 14th

Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show-May 16th

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies-May 25th

5th Annual Strawberry Festival-May 30th

 

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!

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

Beer and BBQ Stroll-June 20th

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

Oyster Stroll-October 10th

Remembrance Day Parade-November 21st

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-beginning December 4th

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View-April 2020

The Front Porch View April, 2020 ISSUE

 
Welcome April- We are happy to see you.  Warmer weather, showers to wash away all the yuckiness of the past few months, and of course the SPRING Market. Please take close note of this month’s stats.  We will start to see in the next several weeks how much of an impact the COVID-19 has had on the real estate market, if any.  I will keep all of you updated with more frequent communications.  For folks who are toying with listing and making a move, please call and we can chat about your specific and personal needs.

Be safe and stay well… 

   

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Spring is here! Get your home ready with the tips below.

Bob Vila’s 10 April “Must Do” Projects 

  

  

 

May your Easter be filled with lasting memories and true appreciation for the holiday. Take a look below at unique sweet ways to celebrate!

51 Easy Easter Desserts-Almost Too Adorable to Eat  

  

    

This month we celebrate Earth Day, take a look below at ways to celebrate and save!

How to Celebrate Earth Day and Save Money, This April and Beyond 

  

  

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

PEEPshow-beginning April 3rd

Charm City Bluegrass Festival-April 24th & 25th

Wine Stroll-April 25th

Gettysburg Festival of Races-April 26th

Earth Day Festival-April 28th

 

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!

Springfest-starting May 7th

Flower & Jazz Festival-May 9th

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

Beer and BBQ Stroll-June 20th

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

Oyster Stroll-October 10th

Remembrance Day Parade-November 21st

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-beginning December 4th

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View–March 2020

The Front Porch View March, 2020 ISSUE

 Ringing in Spring

March is the month where you find yourself done with the residual effects of winter and you are hopelessly devoted to ringing in spring.  So, we are doing our part to keep ourselves motivated. 

 It’s a busy month here at the Brokerage.  Lot’s happening to celebrate.  Our very own Allison is expecting her second little one.  We are excited to be adding to our Brook-Owen Family. 

This year we are a proud sponsor the Westminster Celtic Canter on March 14th.  Our sponsorship will be used specifically to fund Outreach programs at Crossroads Community Church to include Justin’s House, Thrive Camp, and the Cold Weather Shelter, just to name a few.   Come out and say hello, or run with us. To find more about the race go to   http://celticcanter.org/

March 28th We are hosting a Buyer Seminar at our office.  Please share this with someone who may be entering the housing market in the next year or so.  It’s never too early to learn all about the process.    We love sharing our knowledge and believe an educated buyer has a happier and more joyful experience.   

Until next month….

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
 May good luck be with you Wherever you go, and your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.
 May your days be many and your troubles be few, May all God’s blessings descend upon you,
May peace be within you, May your heart be strong, May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam.
 May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been
the foresight to know where you’re going
and the insight to know when you’re going too far.
  

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Spring is on the way! Get your home prepared with some tips below.

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

30 Ways to Spring Clean Your Whole House–Naturally 

 

  

 

It’s that time again! Don’t forget to change your clocks, and be sure to check out the facts below–how much do you know?

Daylight Saving Time Fast Facts

    

      

  

Who Was St. Patrick, and Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? 

  

  

 

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

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

Irish Festival in Downtown Westminster-March 14th

In The Footsteps of the Irish-March 14th

 

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!

PEEPshow-beginning April 3rd

Charm City Bluegrass Festival-April 24th & 25th

Wine Stroll-April 25th

Gettysburg Festival of Races-April 26th

Earth Day Festival-April 28th

Springfest-starting May 7th

Flower & Jazz Festival-May 9th

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

Beer and BBQ Stroll-June 20th

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

Oyster Stroll-October 10th

Remembrance Day Parade-November 21st

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-beginning December 4th

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View-February 2020

The Front Porch View February, 2020 ISSUE

We’re Turning 3!

We are heading into February and that means a few things: Brook-Owen’s 3rd Birthday and Valentine’s day. While it is nice to have a special day to celebrate love with our friends and family, it reminds me that I love what I do everyday, and my clients.  My clients have become friends and because of you Brook-Owen exists.  To show my gratitude and appreciation for all of you, please join me for our 2nd Annual Casino NightCasino Night will be held on March 6th at our Brook-Owen office.  Keep a look out for your invite being mailed out soon!

P.S. You may want to read the entire newsletter for a surprise opportunity! 

 

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Take a look below for ways to care for your home this month!

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

 

  

 

There’s no right or wrong way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, your celebration can be whatever you prefer, extravagant or DIY!

Take a look below at some ideas, and ways to include everyone.

32 Unexpected Valentine’s Day 2020 Date  Ideas

15 Fun Valentine’s Day Family Traditions

    

      

  

March 17, 2020

Guide To President’s Day in Washington DC

7 Fun Ways to Celebrate President’s Day With Your Children 

  

  

 

 

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

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

 

 

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2020. The first person to call the Brook-Owen office (410-871-1110) and say, “Roses are red, Violets are blue, I’m doing what Brook-Owen asked me to do, Happy Valentine’s Day to me and to you!” will win a gift card to a local restaurant of their choice, for a Valentine’s Day dinner! Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

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

Irish Festival in Downtown Westminster-March 14th

In The Footsteps of the Irish-March 14th

PEEPshow-beginning April 3rd

Charm City Bluegrass Festival-April 24th & 25th

Wine Stroll-April 25th

Gettysburg Festival of Races-April 26th

Earth Day Festival-April 28th

Springfest-starting May 7th

Flower & Jazz Festival-May 9th

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

Beer and BBQ Stroll-June 20th

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

Oyster Stroll-October 10th

Remembrance Day Parade-November 21st

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-beginning December 4th

  

 

 

 

 

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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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The Front Porch View-November 2019

The Front Porch View November, 2019 ISSUE

Give Thanks

I am looking forward to a turkey dinner with the family that I don’t have to shop, prepare or cook for. It is this time of year I remind myself to Give Thanks. Even in life’s storms, there is always something to be thankful for. All we need to do is change our lens and look at things differently. Car not running right? Give thanks for the car. Kids not acting right? Give thanks for the kids. A friend hurt your feelings? Give thanks for the friend. Imagine life without some of the everyday things we find ourselves complaining about and recognize most times, what we find ourselves complaining about are first world problems that folks in third world countries wish they had. Take time to give thanks. Today I give thanks for all of you, my trusted family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

  

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Cold weather will be upon us soon enough, take a look below for a few tips on getting prepared.

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

  

  

 

We can never say “Thank You” enough to those that have served and continue to serve our country and protect our freedoms. Make sure to take time to acknowledge all of the dedication and sacrifice of those in our armed forces.

5 Facts to Know About Veterans Day

  

  

  

  

“Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy” -Jefferson Bethke

May your Thanksgiving be filled with joy and warm memories, and a time to truly reflect on all of your blessings.

10 Ways to Give Thanks this Thanksgiving    

 

  

  

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

Westminster’s Mistletoe Mart –November 7th, 8th, & 9th

Veterans Day Concert– November 9th

Carroll County’s Christmas Markets Open House-November 16th

5th Annual Gingerbread Village FestivalNovember 21-30th & December 1st

Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies-November 23rd

Maryland Christmas Show-November 22-24th & November 29th-December 1st

Ocean City Winterfest of Lights-November 21-December 31st

Hanover Christmas Parade-November 29th

Festival of Trees-November 29-December 1st

Festival of Wreaths November 29-December 8th

 

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2019. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

Saturdays with Santa-Month of December

“A Holiday From the Heart” Seasonal TourDecember 1st

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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The Front Porch View-October 2019

The Front Porch View October, 2019 ISSUE

Pun Intended

Greetings friends and family. I hope you are settling into your fall routines nicely. Next up Oktoberfest, Columbus Day and then Halloween. Call me corny, but I laughed way too hard at the Halloween section of the newsletter this month. You don’t want to miss the “pun” costume ideas below.  If you decide to sport one of the pun costumes please be sure to stop by the office either on Halloween or during Westminster’s Trick or Treat down Main Street – October 26th. We will be outside, weather permitted, between 3 and 6PM! Bring the kids of course, (I mean after all, it is their event 😊). 

 

  

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As the seasons change so does your decor, check out the link below for some cost effective ideas.

Bob Vila’s 50 Fall Decor Updates for $5, $15, $30

  

  

 

How much do you know? Take a look below for fast facts about the holiday.

Columbus Day-Indigenous Peoples Day Fast Facts  

  

  

Trick-or-Treat! Halloween is around the corner, take a look below for a few unique costume ideas.

59 Family Halloween Costumes That Are Clever, Cool, and Cute

60+ Best Couples Costumes for Halloween

25+ Pun Halloween Costumes That Are Too Good to Pass Up

     

 

 

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

Baugher’s Fall Harvest Weekends-Weekends in October

Fall Carlisle-begins October 2nd

Music on the Main-October 5th

The Hops & Harvest Festival 2019-October 5th

National Apple Harvest Festival-begins October 5th

Oktoberfest of Carroll County-October 6th

Wings of Freedom Tour 2019-October 10th-13th

Fall Harvest Celebration-October 12th

5th Annual Westminster Oyster Stroll– October 12th

2019 Harvest at the Hill Festival-October 19

Annual Harvest Day and Parade-October 26th

Halloween Trick or Treat Event-Spooky Saturday!-October 26th

 

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2019. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

Carroll County’s Christmas Markets Open House-November 16th

Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies-November 23rd

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-begins December 6th

  

  

 

 

 

 

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