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The winter blues are a real thing and super easy to catch. That’s why Kathy Romano created this list of ways to stay busy and, most importantly, stay safe. Introducing the Avoiding the Winter Blues Activity List full of local businesses hosting experiences designed to keep you smiling while we wait for Spring. 

Conquering Cuisine is offering cooking demonstrations that allow you to participate from the comfort of your own home. Participants gain a full understanding of each dish as the chef showcases ingredients, techniques, and traditions from around the world.  Participants will also gain a better understanding of how particular wines can enhance the flavors in different foods. They have a number of classes throughout Jan and Feb.  Prior to class, participants will pick up their ready to heat and serve meal package and purchase select bottles of wine at their Doylestown location. Then participants join virtually via Zoom to enjoy the featured menu, drink, learn and relax. Link

Virtual Beer and Bonsai by Slip Pot Bonsai is taking place this Friday, January 29th.  Sign ups close at noon on Friday. Participants pick up their beer and supplies for the workshop at Town Tap by Conshohocken Brewing Co in Havertown then login to the Zoom at 6pm to put together & style and learn to care for your bonsai tree. Slip Pot Bonsai is also offering a kids virtual workshop with the supplies delivered anywhere within 15 miles of Drexel Hill, PA! Workshop participants receive a healthy, two-year-old, pre-bonsai tree, ceramic pot, soil, wire, clippers, and instruction to style and care for your very own bonsai tree. It’s a one hour  Zoom at the scheduled time of your choice! Link

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Berwyn Indoor/Outdoor Market is open every Saturday & Sunday from 8am-4pm. Free admission and free parking.  The vintage market includes antiques, collectibles, vintage fashion, jewelry & fine jewelry repair, primitives, textiles, gem stones, art work, Vinyl and so much more. Link

Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington holds its Magic Mornings on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.  It’s an indoor & outdoor program for kids ages 2-5 to join with an adult.  They explore outside, do crafts, play games, tell stories and more.  Each week features a new theme! Masks are required. Link

Hammer and Stain is offering take home kits which include your choice of a custom wood project, colors, and all materials needed to make your favorite Hammer & Stain projects in the comfort of your own home! Orders for the custom wood projects open each Sunday morning at 8am & will close Tuesday night at 11pm.Pick up (or delivery is available) the following weekend from when your order is placed. Use code CRAFTS for 10% off 3 or more kits! Kathy’s home location is Hammer And Stain Holland, find the store closest to you here.

The Lucky Cupcake Company in Peddler’s Village is selling activity kits for the kids or for yourself.  They are also offering in person baking classes.  You can choose from the different themed classes & kits: Superbowl, Mardi Gras, Winter, Valentine’s Day and more. Link

  • Jan 28th – Hot chocolate bomb making workshop
  • Feb 10th – Valentine’s Day sweets
  • Feb 11th – Valentine’s Day Cocoa bomb class
  • Feb 15th – Love for baking – winter camp

The Home Made Bakers Club is a monthly baking subscription.  Each box includes: 1) Pre-measured non-perishable ingredients. 2) a recipe booklet 3) ingredient card with measurements to remake each dessert. 4) items including parchment paper, toothpicks, canned & jarred ingredients needed for the dessert. February is Frosted Sugar Cookies.  March is Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies. Link

Crossing Vineyard and Winery in Newtown PA is a 200 year old estate.  They hold a number of events throughout the winter including a Tarot Card Reading and Wine Tasting at the Vineyard on February 4th. Link

Charcuterie Chic Philly offers customized grazing boxes and boards for every occasion. On February 10th they are hosting a virtual Valentine’s Workshop.  The hour long, hands on event comes with a box filled with charcuterie, cheese and accompaniments along with a shopping list for future creations. You’ll have to pick up your box between 5p-9p on February 9th at 19th & Market. Link

The Mercantile at Doylestown is hosting a Mommy & Me Cookie Decorating Class on February 10th . There are also offering cupcake decorating for young adults on Feb 11th & 25th, Mommy and Me Cupcake decorating on Feb 17th, and Hot Chocolate Bomb Making for young adults on Feb 18th. Link, a small local business, is hosting a live truffle making & wine pairing event at Morning Glori Farmette in Evesham Township, NJ. A Philadelphia chocolatier will be instructing guests on how to make their own truffles and pair the confectionaries with wines from White Horse Winery in New Jersey.  In addition, they will be teaching the class how to infuse chocolate covered strawberries.  This is a social distanced event outside on a covered patio with heaters. and a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with friends or that special someone. Link

Kathy’s Avoiding the Winter Blues Activity List first appeared on the January 28th episode of The Preston & Steve Show. Audio can be heard below. If you participate in any of the events or want to suggest a new company, tag @kathyromano and use hashtag #KathysActivities