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Traditions of New Year's Eve

a vintage clock nearing midnightIt’s almost time to bid goodbye to 2016 and usher in a New Year. While we celebrate with parties, noisemakers and dropping a large glass ball in Times Square, our ancestors had a different way of embracing the calendar change. In the distant past, it wasn’t simply a matter of sharing memories and recalling events. The ‘old year’ had to be ushered out properly so the New Year could bloom and thrive.

Holiday Pet Safety

tabby cat sitting in branches of Christmas tree, surrounded by red balls and bowsIf you’re like me, you adore furry friends. Amid the hustle-bustle of the holidays it’s easy to overlook or forget precautions related to their safety. As a cat owner for years, I know my felines loved glittery Christmas balls, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper. It’s one matter for frisky felines to “sled” across the carpet on a piece of wrapping paper, another to bat a glass ornament until it falls and shatters, creating a safety hazard for soft paws. To help keep your cats and dogs safe, here are some handy tips to remember when preparing for the holiday season:

Brownstone Real Estate Celebrates 45 Years of Business

45 year anniversary logo in gold and silver on royal purple backgroundIt’s been 45 years since Brownstone Real Estate first opened its doors for business in 1971. A lot has changed since our humble beginnings in a small office in Hershey, but much has remained the same. We’re still the same hometown, family-run business we’ve always been, with a commitment to providing exceptional real estate service. We’ve expanded since those foundation years, growing from a single office of two, to two offices with 53 agents, 8 staff, and an affiliate title company.

Brownstone Real Estate Sponsors the Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes

Quaint country inn with covered front porch upper dormer and brick chimney on side of homeMany who live in our area know summer is synonymous with the Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes and Gardens. Once again, Brownstone Real Estate is the proud sponsor of this popular event. Held Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 10AM to 5PM, the tour offers an intriguing glimpse into the fabulous architectural styles that comprise Mt. Gretna’s beautiful homes and cottages.

Eight homes, three historic buildings, three gardens—designed by a local artist, Ryan Fretz—the Mt. Gretna School of Art Studio, and a trolley ride to a lakeside home are all featured on this year's tour.