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Halloween Season in Ringoes and Lambertville, NJ

Published October 22, 2017 by Maryanne

DSCF0559Loving the baby goats in Ringoes

Today was my first full day back in New Jersey since the trip to Atlanta. While I didn’t miss the Jersey attitude, I certainly missed the autumn colors. It was great to spend a Sunday on the road with my husband, going to farms for produce and taking in the super beautiful day.

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This house in Lambertville has these incredible decorations — all handmade. They are very Burton-esque. We first discovered them a few years ago; and were happy to see that they are not only there again, but the display expanded from the front lawn to around the alleyway!

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DSCF0591My husband, Dennis Lords — Mr. Halloween himself! 

TUSK: New Hope Winery, New Hope, PA

Published December 29, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_3306New Hope Winery

A long awaited show, as this night was supposed to happen 14 days ago but we had a storm and it was postponed (even though my husband Dennis and I were more than willing to make the effort!) It was our first night ever at New Hope Winery (http://www.newhopewinery.com/) and I fell in love with the place, a rustic 18th century barn with an event room. We sampled a semi-sweet Solebury Red wine, which was absolutely delicious!

We were seated in the front next to another couple who knew a lot about music, so it was awesome. This was my sixth time seeing Tusk (my husband’s fifth). After the last show over the summer (see blog: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/tusk-the-ultimate-fleetwood-mac-tribute-linden-new-jersey/) Tusk guitarist Scott McDonald wrote to me on Face Book thanking me for the blog and we became good friends on the internet. Then I did phone interviews with all the Tusk members, so stay tuned for a future blog which will coincide with their Stockton Bridge CD release party. (Stockton Bridge is Tusk’s original band with all the same members).

Thanks to Scott for comping us this show! It was fantastic, as usual, and there were some extra special surprises like the cover of Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road,” Tom Petty’s “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” and Christmas songs including “River” by Joni Mitchell (which Kathy Philips sang beautifully) and “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” sung by bassist Randy Artiglere. It was also cool seeing Kathy Philips as Stevie Nicks dressed in white instead of black for a change during the second set. I absolutely love white, especially in winter (See photo below, such a pretty outfit!)

Unfortunately the Winery had a “no flash photography” policy, so we couldn’t take photos of the performance. (We tried without the flash, but no luck). But it was super cool meeting the band after the show for a photo op. As a journalist, it’s always surreal meeting people in real life after you meet them on the phone. And it was doubly surreal meeting Scott after conversing and joking around on Face Book for four months! You gotta love the modern world we live in. *smiles*

SAM_3304From left: Tom Nelson (drums), Randy Artiglere (bass), Kim Williams (keyboard/vocal), Kathy Philips (vocal), Me (applause in audience) and Scott McDonald (guitar/vocal)

After the show Dennis and I took a nice drive through New Hope and then Lambertville to look at all the Christmas decorations. We had so much fun!

SAM_3309“Loves Saves the Day” store front

Love Saves the Day was once one of my favorite stores in NYC, right around the corner from St. Mark’s Place. I was devastated when it closed down a few years ago. Thank God the one in New Hope still exists! It has lots of fun vintage toys, clothes, comics, etc.

SAM_3310My fur is faux, I’m an animal lover!

SAM_3311Pretty nativity scene in front of church

SAM_3319Reminded us of Queen’s “Innuendo” cover!

SAM_3324Stunning antique clock

SAM_3326Beatles lamp