Sunday, April 24, 2016

Only in Bucks County: Summer Antique and Classic Car Shows

  The heat of summer seems far off, but pretty soon it will be ice cream season, concert season, and car show season. 

Bucks County has an amazing amount of meets, shows and cruise nights, and the first car show to pop up for the 2016 season in Bucks County is a big one; Bristol Borough's 38th Annual Antique Auto Show on Sunday May 1st, 2016. I've enjoyed car shows since I was a kid, and I'm particularly interested in the American cars of the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Those are the cars that I gravitate to at the local shows I've been to, although of course there are also plenty of antique autos, foreign cars and sports cars at these events. 

My favorite Bucks County car show is definitely the Newtown Business Association's Antique and Classic Car Show, which is scheduled for July 10th this year. You can't tell by my photos, but it is always extremely hot that day...

The Doylestown At Dusk Car Show is a really fun show that doesn't really begin til twilight.
 It is planned for July 16, 2016 from 5-10 pm. 

The very popular two-day New Hope Auto Show will take place on August 13th and 14th.

As I said, I'm a sucker for the big old American cars of the 60's and 70's. Nostalgia I guess. 
I love how the interiors are symbolic to the technology and design of an earlier time. 

Look at that price! 

Does anybody remember steering wheels like this?

At a small car show this Fall, I found my first car, a 1976 Pontiac Trans Am with a 400 horsepower engine. Definitely the favorite car I've owned!

The interior was almost identical to the one I owned, I still remember the feel of its small, thick steering wheel.

I love the chrome on these older cars!

And I love the fenders.


Loving the lines. Look at those fenders!

If you can't wait for the summer shows for your fill of classic and antique autos, many of our towns have already kicked off their Cruise Nights in April. Here's a terrific list assembled by Movin' on Kruzers Car Club.
Click here to see a gallery of my photos on Bucks Happening's website from the 2016 show!

1959 Mercury -  Can you imagine getting picked up for a first date in this?

"My grandmother was probably the first person who I thought was beautiful. 
She was incredibly stylish; she had big hair and big, big cars."

~ Tom Ford, American Fashion Designer

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Only in Bucks: Bucks County Soapstone

    If orange is the new black, then soapstone is the new granite!

Soapstone has become a very popular material for counter tops, showers, sinks and floors.

And a store in Perkasie, PA is filling the need for customers in Bucks and Montgomery Counties by taking orders in its new showroom, and turning those custom orders around in just three weeks.

I had the opportunity to join a local couple who are in the midst of a kitchen renovation at Bucks County Soapstone Company this weekend. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and we got to spend some time with owner Scott Seuren, who gave us insider tips and suggestions as well as a quick education about soapstone and all its properties.

The shop, located at 515 W. Walnut Street in Perkasie, was absolutely adorable, inviting, and merchandised beautifully. All of the soapstone products we got to see were made on site in their nearby soapstone facility!

Look... no stains!
Soapstone is non-porous so it won't absorb liquids. Spilling a glass of your favorite red wine on a soapstone counter top wouldn't result in staining, and acidic liquids can be wiped right off as well.

With soapstone you also don't have to worry about taking a pot from the stove and putting it right on the counter, The stone won't get damaged from the heat and doesn't stain. Did I mention that soapstone is also very scratch resistant?

Natural soapstone ranges from milky white to marbled gray. The spots or marbling in soapstone are actually quite desirable. Soapstone can be made a darker when oiled repeatedly with a natural mineral oil. In fact, mineral oil is the only upkeep required!

If you are considering bringing soapstone ANYTHING into your home,
Scott personally invites you to visit his showroom and shop so you can see and touch the product.

If you're curious about soapstone and how to incorporate it into your kitchen or baths, go ahead and check out Bucks County Soapstone. We visited on a Saturday- just make sure to schedule an appointment!

"I took the tour and LOVED it."