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Living in Your Wilkes-Barre Apartment

When you are living in your Wilkes-Barre apartment, you are living in a city immersed in Pennsylvania history. This article will give an overview of this lovely city of Luzerne County in Northeastern Pa. for those considering moving here or renting an apartment near-by.

The city of Wilkes-Barre was originally settled in 1769. It is named after its two founders, John Wilkes and Isaac Barre (1806) and from what I gather is the only hyphenated city in the USA. (Just a bit of trivia there!) The city was mainly an industrial anthracite coal town in the late 1800s and early 1900s where it saw a boom in economic wealth during this time. By the 1950s the coal industry had dried up, but the city continued on, though it suffered some bump and bruises along the way. (Agnes flood of 1972 I’m thinking of).

The city has recently been renovated and is quite beautiful. From your Wilkes-Barre apartment you will experience a diverse and dynamic amount of things to do and see. A short drive or walk downtown will take you to a hub of businesses and entertainment.

Recently the R/C Theaters Wilkes-Barre 14 opened on North Hampton Street, along with renovation of the city blocks around it. The $31 million project welcomes over 10,000 visitors each week. Around the corner on Main Street nestled among other shops and stores is a new Barnes & Noble bookstore and cafe. Further along in the city square sits The F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, a majestic theater that hosts concerts, plays, and performances by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

From your Wilkes-Barre  apartment you can visit the lovely historic district of town, where the large houses and mansions of the past still stand beautifully renovated. This neighborhood is located near two great colleges, Wilkes University and King’s College. Many of these incredible homes are now used by the colleges or house business offices. Some remain residential homes or apartments.

Victorian house in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

If art is your thing, you can venture out of your Wilkes-Barre apartment to visit the  Wilkes Sordoni Art Gallery, part of the Wilkes University community. The gallery is open daily, regularly has new features, and is free to the public.

If you have children, your Wilkes-Barre apartment may be close to one of the many nice schools in the area’s school district. Two of the three high schools in the district were listed on US News and World Reports Best High Schools list. Private schools and Catholic schools are nearby also.

The city is nestled next to the Susquehanna River and on a day when you want to get out of your Wilkes-Barre apartment and exercise the River Common walking trail is just the ticket. This paved trail leads along the river’s banks, goes through parks and recreation areas, and is a fun and energetic time where you can walk, run, or bike and see the beauty of the valley.

Within a fifteen to thirty minute drive you will find more shopping opportunities in Wilkes-Barre Township where the Wyoming Valley Mall and the Arena Hub shopping centers are located. The Mohegan Sun Arena, the areas largest in-door stadium, features the local Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey team games as well as world-wide concert tours and shows. The Mohegan Sun Casino is a short drive away for gambling and “night-out” fun from your Wilkes-Barre apartment.

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images: Movies 14 picture by Ed Sabol via city-data.com
Wilkes-Barre overview via Event Premium Tickets (hockey tickets!)
Victorian House by Anthony T.P. Brooks via city-data.com

Bucks County Tavern Featured On Food Network Monday Night (via CBS Philly)

The fabulous Pineville Tavern in Bucks County Pa will be featured tonight on The Food Network….

WRIGHTSTOWN, Pa (CBS) – A Bucks County tavern, which has been popular with locals for decades, is making its national television debut Monday night on the Food Network. The Pineville Tavern is located just off of Route 413 in Wrightstown. Drew Abbruzzese, executive chef, says his family bought the tavern in 1989, but the building has a long history. “The original building has been here since 1742. It has operated as many different things from a f … Read More

via CBS Philly

The Arts in Doylestown PA

If you leave your Doylestown apartments and drive around you cannot miss this building because, well, it’s a castle!  The Mercer Museum and the Fonthill Museum are creations of Henry C. Mercer (1856-1930) and his creative vision is kept intact by The Bucks County Historical Society.  At the museum you can view collections from American daily life preserved with great care, ranging from hand tools to horse-drawn carriages.  The six-story concrete castle was erected by Mercer in 1916. Each level of rooms houses its own unique perspective of exhibits, with small alcoves for small exhibits all arranged according to Mercer’s illuminating classifications such as: healing arts, tinsmithing, dairying, illumination, etc.  Visitors will view objects in a new way. Before heading back to your Doylestown apartment, be sure to check out the Fonthill, Henry C. Mercer’s home that was built in 1910 which houses Mercer’s famed Moravian tiles produced during the American Arts & Crafts Movement.  The Mercer Museum is located at 84 Pine Street in Doylestown, Pa.Come to Me All Ye that Are Heavy Laden, oil on canvas, William Schwartz The Michener Art Museum has been called the Art and Soul of Bucks County, Pa.  When venturing out of your Doylestown apartment to view some art be sure to visit this museum located on South Pine Street.  This museum offers exhibits, events and programs for all ages, as well as creative art classes for families and children.  A museum shop is featured and volunteer opportunities are available.  Check out their website for more information. Present exhibits include an American Icons photography collection, artist Si Lewen, and abstract painting exhibits.  Artwork above: William Schwartz, oil on canvas, “Come to Me All Ye That Are Heavy Laden.”

If you’re not the big museum type, when you head out of your Doylestown apartment you have many other options and The Chapman Gallery on East State Street is perfect.  Founded in 1989, the gallery specializes in original artwork and fine prints by Bucks County area artists. The galley exhibits oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, and pottery.  They also buy and sell past Pennsylvania Impressionist and New Hope Impressionist paintings.

print by Daniel Garber

The Gallery offers custom framing and restoration of oil paintings, watercolors, and antique picture frames.

The highly informed staff will help you when you venture out of your Doylestown apartment and visit the Chapman Gallery.

For more information check out their website.

If you are a renter in Doylestown Pa, or looking to move to the Bucks County area, visit Apartments I Like for renting and moving information to make your move as easy and stress free as possible.  Landlords with available apartments check out the website and list for free!

In and Around Bethlehem Pa

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Bethlehem is a beautiful town. Just take a walk or drive downtown and experience the architecture and the wonderful shopping you will find.  Leaving your Bethlehem apartment will be easy with so many things to do and see.  Bethlehem is a charming city with a rich industrial history.

You will find plenty of things to do outside your Bethlehem apartment.  The town is home to many art and music festivals, including Musikfest and Christkindlmarkt.  Dining and sophisticated shopping can be found everywhere.

Just minutes away is the Sands Casino Resort, where you can get your game on, take a chance, socialize, shop, and meet new people.  Consider all the wonderful things you can do when looking for your Bethlehem apartment.

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The Arts in Bethlehem, Pa

When venturing out of my Bethlehem apartment, I discovered that the town of Bethlehem is full of artistic interests.  The first interesting find is the Bethlehem Bach Choir. Founded in 1898, it is the oldest Bach choir in America. Musical America has this quote about the choir: “Having heard the Bethlehem Bach Choir pour its heart into the master’s vocal music, one will never listen to it in quite the same way again.”

The present 95 volunteer members “sing with dedication and enthusiasm of the Bach Choir of a century ago.”  The concerts feature a full professional orchestra and world renowned soloists.  When living in your Bethlehem apartment be sure to check out this fascinating group for musical inspiration.
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Once settled into your Bethlehem apartment, the artist in you will have to visit the Banana Factory.  This dynamic cultural arts center includes three galleries, 28 resident artists, a glass works studio (the only one in area), The Olympus Digital Imaging Center, and the Fowler Arts and Education Center.

The main objective of the Banana Factory is to make the arts accessible to everyone.  The cultural center offers art education classes and programs for area schools.  Explore your creative side by taking one of the 200 plus visual arts classes or workshops offered throughout the year.  A children’s summer camp is also available.

If you are a film fanatic, living in your Bethlehem apartment will be a wondrous move, for the SouthSide Film Festival community is right around the corner.  The Third Thursday Film Club is a communal event designed to bring awareness to independent films.  The screenings are free and usually feature well-crafted documentary works not presented in movie theaters.  Films are usually shown at the Victory Firehouse on Webster Street.  The organization also features an annual art festival and benefit parties, a great excuse to get out of your Bethlehem apartment and join the community.  Visit the website for more info on parties, films, artists, and the 2011 Film Festival.

Are you an amateur or professional photographer?  Why not join the Lehigh Valley Photography Club?  They meet at the Banana Factory, right near your Bethlehem apartment, and offer photo-inspiration assignments to club members.  The intent of the club is for people in the Lehigh Valley community to share their work, meet each other, and discuss photo experiences. The LVPC is a member of the Photographic Society of America.  Visit here for more information on the club.

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Sights to see in Allentown, Pa

Perhaps the beauty you will find in the city will make living in your Allentown apartment all the more enjoyable. Stepping out for a walk down the main streets as night is quite lovely.

Check out the pretty neighborhoods in and around your Allentown apartment. Take a walk or a drive.

Setting our of your Allentown apartment can lead you to wonderful eating spots and shops to visit. On the days of nicer Pennsylvania weather, and outdoor cafe is not out of the question.

Allentown center square is nice place to drive by when setting out of your Allentown apartment.   Let’s head out for some fun and adventure…and feel like a kid again…

A short drive away is one of the best theme parks on the east coast, Dorney Park. Visit Steel Force, the highest roller-coaster around.  Just another excuse to get you out of your Allentown apartment.  Dorney Park, of course, is open seasonally through October. We had a blast there at night during the October haunted park special they have each year to celebrate Halloween.  Fun for all!

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The Arts in Allentown, Pa

Well, at this time of year boredom can set in as you live in your Allentown apartment, but we have artistic news for you…The Allentown Art Museum, located on 5th Street offers a refreshing change of view, especially if you are into art.  The museum was founded in 1934 by noted Pennsylvania painter and illustrator, Walter Emerson Baum.  Here you can see collections of European art, American art, and textiles.  Escape from your Allentown apartment and view the museum’s recent expansion, where classrooms and more gallery space was added, as well as a cafe, expanded gift shop, and an all new glass facade on the 5th Street side. This attraction boasts of visitors from many areas of Pennsylvania, including Doylestown, Reading, and Bethlehem.

Also now part of the Museum is the Baum School of Art, a non-profit community art school where you can spend some evenings out of your Allentown apartment and take a class. They offer over 200 for children, teens and adults.  Come and join this wonderful community.

Your musical intuition that tells you to get out of your Allentown apartment and listen to some classical live music will lead you to the Allentown Symphony Hall.  This Lehigh Valley performing arts center hosts the Allentown Symphony Orchestra where it performs its seasonal concert productions.  You can find many shows and events, including family and musical education events here that will give you something to do outside your Allentown apartment.  Check out the Allentown Symphony for more information.

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In and around Reading, PA

It is easy to step out of your Reading apartment and see the sights, and the Reading area has quite a few sights to behold.  This picture, taken by Stinkfoot, shows a view of the downtown from a tourist attraction called the Fire Tower.  I think I can see my Reading apartment from here….(just kidding!).  But a short distance away I find the coolest attraction in the area: The Pagoda.

Love this picture by Ethan Carl.  The Pagoda was built near the turn of the century by William Abbott Witman.  He hired his friend Charles C. Matz to build this wonderous structure on 10 acres of the southern tip of Mt. Penn.

The Pagoda, when built, was intended to be a luxury hotel.  Mr. Witman was inspired by a post-card sent by Matz, and the magestic red brick and tile structure was built in the style of a Shogun Dynasty battle castle.  There is nothing else like it in the United States.  But Mr. Witman was not granted a license to serve liquor by the state, so the hotel plans never materialized.  Instead this feat of architecture stood empty, and eventually fell into the hands of a local bank.  The Pagoda then became owned by the City of Reading shortly afterward.  It was used as a signaling tower before radio became commonplace. Now it is one of Reading, Pennsylvania’s biggest attractions.  Come out of your Reading apartment for a while and drive up to see this one-of-a-kind castle.

There is so much to enjoy living in the Reading community…

Lovely waterways and recreations areas for taking a picnic.
Images by Janet Sobczak.

And in the evening, why not take a short drive north and visit The Christmas Village in Bernville.  Leaving your Reading apartment will be a treat any time of the year as this little shopping town boasts of everything with a Christmas theme.  Christmas year around – who could want more?!

Enjoy living in your Reading apartment or house and enjoy the wonderful sights in and around Reading, Pa.

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The Arts in Reading, PA

The lovely industrial town of Reading, Pennsylvania is perhaps most famous for its history in all of Berks County, but the local apartment dweller can find stimulation in the arts as well with the local organizations, businesses, and museums in or near down town.

When living in your Reading apartment you will find so many artistic things to check into and do, right outside your door.  Take a walk down Penn Avenue and spend an hour or two  exploring the Art Plus Gallery.  This non-profit gallery regularly features local artists who exhibit and sell their work.  The gallery encourages musicians, art students, and senior citizens “to explore the world of art.”  We think they do a great job supporting local arts in the Reading community.

And, while you visit the gallery, why not purchase a nice piece of original art to adorn one of those blank walls in your Reading apartment.  Not only will you own a one-of-a-kind conversation piece, you will also help support the arts in your community.

If you are an artist, perhaps you would like to be an art contributor.  Is that little corner in you Reading apartment you own studio?  Check out the Art Plus Gallery’s news page for info on how to join the artist community and submit your own work to the gallery.

Those long winter nights in your Reading apartment can get boring without something to do, and if you are so gifted perhaps you’ve been working on a fine piece of needlework. If so, this store is for you.  Stitch N’ Stuff is a unique shop only a short drive to on Pottsville Pike.  The store features all you counted cross-stitch needs: books, fabrics, threads in every imaginable color, and custom framing is available too.  They also carry a complete line of Vera Bradley purses and accessories.

If you would like to step out of your Reading apartment and stitch with others, the store offers a “Stitch-In” sessions where you can spend part of the day with other artists, share your work, have great discussions, and get to know fellow artists of needlepoint in your area.

Another stop: the Reading Public Museum is a state-of-the-art museum where you can fuel your mind and stimulate your imagination. Step out of your Reading apartment and get a taste of the many venues this museum has to offer in art, science, history, culture, and the world of outer space (planetarium). This prestigious museum is the best in the area and features painting and sculpture galleries that include works by Degas, Rodin, and other European masters of art, enough to grow new brain cells and get your creative juices going.  Visit the museum website for more details.