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6 Steps to Getting Your Home Ready for Summer

After what seemed like the snowiest and coldest, longest winter in many years, summer is finally starting to show signs of appearing.

We know your mind and body are ready for some warmer temps and summer sun, and today we're offering a few tips for getting your house ready as well. 

  1. Tune up air conditioners – experts recommend having the refrigerant checked yearly and changing filters for units monthly while in use.
  2. Gutter clean up – this is that time of year to make sure that all your gutters are free of leaves and debris. A twice-yearly clean out will help ensure that your gutters will work properly.
  3. Ceiling fans – make sure that you switch the direction of your fans so that the air is now pushed down towards you. (In the winter, it’s best to reverse the flow.)
  4. Dryer vent – be sure to check and clean out your dryer vent to avoid a source of potential fires.
  5. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – if you have not changed the batteries or checked your detectors in awhile, now is the time.
  6. Pour a tall glass of iced tea, wine, or crack open a beer, sit back, and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us this time of year here in the Northwest Corner!

Click here to check out some great local events to put a little more spring in your step

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    Summer Fun: Sharon Playhouse 2019

    One of our favorite things about summer is that our local theater schedule picks back up. 

    The Sharon Playhouse draws crowds from near and far to see their impressive performances. It's time to mark your calendar for 2019, see what's coming up, below: 

    Crazy For You | June 21 - July 7: Crazy For You is a zany rich - boy - meets hometown-girl romantic comedy.  It tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. 

    Beauty & The Beast | July 19 - August 4: Beauty and the Beast is the classic story that tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed to remain enchanted for all eternity.

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | August 9  -25: Audiences around the world adore this first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar).  And 2019 celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary! With dazzling sets and costumes and rock concert lighting, this high energy sung through tour of the famous bible story is full of catchy songs, from a parody of French ballads “Those Canaan Days”, to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven” and even calypso “Benjamin Calypso”, along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door” and wildly entertaining dance numbers “Go, Go, Go, Joseph.”

    Nunsense | August 30 - September 4: Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God. The remaining "Little Hobos" parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be buried.

    And don't miss a very special Divas event, July 13 - 14!  Click here for tickets and more info on all the shows

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