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Facts and Fun: Friday the 13th

cat on tree branch silhouetted against full orange moonIt’s Friday the 13th! Falling in October, so close to Halloween, this Friday the 13th may feel extra ominous to some. Surprisingly, although the date is usually associated with bad luck, some people have met with amazing fortune on this day. A British couple reportedly won 17 million after buying a lottery ticket on a Friday the thirteenth, and some consider it lucky for children to be born on this day.

Brownstone Real Estate Sponsors the Original Mount Gretna Cicada Music Festival

artistic representation of piano with sheet music in a wash of lavender and roseBrownstone Real Estate is proud to be a contributing sponsor of the Original Mount Gretna Cicada Music Festival, a highly anticipated, sold out event. The dazzling selection of entertainment kicks off at 8:00 PM, beginning Monday, August 7, with the final performance on Tuesday, August 15. From the classic rock and roll of America’s golden age with Phil Dirt and the Dozers, to the Everly Brothers Experience, and Hotel California—the original Eagles Tribute Band hailing from Ontario, Canada—there is something for everyone.

Swimming Pool Safety Tips

dog in funny floppy hat and sunglasses on chaise lounge by swimming poolThe first day of summer is right around the corner and pool season is already in full swing. Among warm-weather favorites, almost everyone loves swimming. Whether in your own pool at home, community pool, or a pond or lake, water safety is something everyone should be conscious of. Here are a few tips that will keep you safe while enjoying one of summer’s favorite pastimes:

Front Porch Style

Front porch with rocker and porch swingThroughout the decades porches have added interest and appeal to a home, as well as being a gathering place for relaxing. I spent part of my childhood in an old home with a large covered front porch. My parents often sat outside in the evening during warm weather, chatting to the neighbors who strolled up and down the street.

An inviting white porch swing provided a comfortable seat for leisurely rocking, something my cousin and I instantly claimed whenever she came to visit. The adults were more than satisfied with wicker chairs sporting comfy overstuffed pillows. Eventually, my cousin and I would scuttle into the yard, leaving the adults to converse and reflect on the day.