By:  Krista Doran

At the corners of State and Washington Streets in Historic Newtown Borough is a wonderful place called The Temperance House.  “The Temp” as many of their regular patrons lovingly call it, is not just a local tavern.  The tradition of the Temperance House began in 1772, when soldier and scholar Andrew McMinn first opened the inn.  Since then, The Temperance House has seen many different proprietors and has been used as a meeting place where drinks, ice cream and even oysters have been served to the locals.  The Temperance House is steeped in history and today owned and operated by Carlene and Pat Deon, who still maintain “The Temp’s” love of Newtown’s colorful heritage.

As you walk in either of the entrances, you immediately feel its charm.  The Temperance House has so much to offer as a tavern, restaurant and an inn, and its casual elegance is just a reminder that once inside, you are going to experience something special.  The culinary team of chefs James Hagan and Derek Fields are always creating new and exciting dishes to please every palate, even accommodating those who choose gluten-free foods or are vegetarians.  The menu changes seasonally to take advantage of all the wonderful meats, seafood and vegetables that are available at the time.  The best way to describe the food would be American, but it definitely has an international fusion flare.  Both chefs are very thoughtful when considering which delights to offer guests, even taking time to consider Chinese New Year and other Holidays important to many.  The food is always fresh, always delicious and very reasonably priced.  Lunch specials start at just $6.00, and dinners start at just $14.00.  The portions are large and very satisfying.  The staff is absolutely wonderful, too, always making sure all guests are comfortable and content.

A night at The Temperance House, whether you are there for just drinks, dinner or a weekend stay is certainly going to be memorable.  The building itself is beautifully maintained.  Considering its age, you will never see cracks, broken trim or flooring anywhere.  Mr. and Mrs. Deon love this building and it shows.  They have taken great care to see that it is continuously cleaned and maintained to keep its charm and beauty.  From elegant fireplaces in the dining rooms, to the beautifully appointed stained glass art and light fixtures, “The Temp” is the place to be in Newtown.  It is definitely a favorite among locals, and can accommodate up to 150 people at one time.  It’s a great place to have a party and if you are looking for a place to host a wedding, shower, fundraiser, life celebration or any type of event, the party “dream team,” headed by Manager Erica Darragh and Event Coordinator Kim Carney, is at your disposal.  Erica and Kim will create a party as simple or as extravagant as you desire, always bringing that “Wow Factor” into all that they do.  If a max capacity of 150 is too small for your event, no problem!  They do off-site catering as well and can do anything from an office cocktail party, a fun luau or themed event to an elegant grill party with steaks and lobsters!  You dream it, they make it happen!  There is no event too big or too small for them to handle and everything from carving stations, to gorgeous flowers and centerpieces, amazing desserts and specialty drinks are handled to meet your individual specifications.  The Temperance House has catered many wonderful off-site charity events too.  In fact, every year they cater a fundraiser for their own personal charity, Pennsylvania Special Olympics.  In the past 8 years, there has been over $250k raised for this wonderful cause!  The 9th Annual Fundraiser will be held on June 20th, 2012 at the Makefield Highland Golf Course.  If you need details or want to participate, please call Erica at 215-860-9975.

Something that is unique to The Temperance House and a favorite among cigar aficionados is their cigar, cognac and scotch selections.  They also play host to many cigar events throughout the year and it’s the perfect place for the guys to have a special night of cigars, food and a scotch tasting.  You can even book one of their 5 private rooms for your smoking pleasure!  It’s perfect for an upscale bachelor party or guys night out.  There are not many places that cater to the cigar lovers but The Temperance House certainly does, offering a fine in-house selection.  If you prefer a special brand of cigar to smoke in the tavern, there are also local smoke shops within walking distance.  The inn upstairs is the perfect place for an overnight or weekend stay for people traveling through the area, or even just a quiet get-away.  The Temp’s 13 nicely appointed rooms are completely remodeled, comfortable and inviting.  These spacious rooms all have private baths and are ideal for wedding parties.

There is always something fun going on at The Temperance House!  If you love live music, it is the only place in Newtown that hosts the area’s top bands in all genres including Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock, Top 40 and Acoustic.  Wednesday through Saturday the place is always hopping with a great looking people who like to have fun.  They offer some really spectacular specials featuring half price draft beer and appetizers plus $1 off mixed drinks and house wine from 5-7 pm every day of the week.  Week day specials are:  Monday – half price appetizers from 5-9 pm, Tuesday – “Tini Tuesday” with $5 house martinis, Wednesdays – $5 glasses of house wine, Thursdays – $2 domestic drafts and $3 Craft beers.  On Fridays and Saturdays from 5-7 pm – half price draft beer and appetizers plus $1 off mixed drinks and house wine.  Weekend day food specials are $1 Hot Dogs on Saturday $4 Cheese steaks (Beef or Chicken) on Sunday.  Make The Temperance House your place to watch the Flyers play and enjoy $3 Stellas during all games.  Other events that The Temperance House is known for are their Wednesday Jazz Celebrations, Special 4 Course Tasting Menus, and The NFL Draft with Merrill Reese of WBCB and draft expert Tom Hepler.  On Easter and Mother’s Day, a beautiful and elegant brunch is offered that the whole family will enjoy.  The next big event on the agenda is Valentine’s Day, so why not make plans now?  The Temperance House will be offering a very special and romantic evening featuring a special dinner menu, running 2/10 through 2/14.  For “The Temp’s St. Patty’s Celebration” Celtic Pride will be performing from 8 – Midnight on Friday 3/16/12.  There will be traditional Irish food and beer specials. Reservations are required for all special events!    For all events and information about specials please visit their website at www.temperancehouse.com.

The Temperance House offers so many great ways for you, your friends and family to enjoy its elegantly casual atmosphere, professional and welcoming staff, fresh and delicious food and top notch entertainment.  It’s the “total package” when it comes to restaurant/bars, and is hands-down, the jewel of Newtown Borough!  I highly suggest you go try The Temperance House.  You will be glad you did!

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By: Krista Doran

index~~element42For the last couple of years Fish Out Of Water has been rocking some of the best venues for music in the area.  Playing a great mix of Classic and Modern Rock, R&B and Dance tunes, these 5 guys get the party started and keep it going until closing time! I spoke with Lead Guitarist, Brian Kelly who told me, “Our shows are like one huge party with LOTS of dancing and doing shots.  It’s a memorable experience, every single time, for everyone that sees our show!”

Fish Out Of Water band started out about 10 years ago as a not-so-serious jam session among friends.  Over some time, they saw the potential and things have been spiraling upwards ever since. This band has worked really hard to cover all aspects of the songs they perform in order to keep the sound true to the original.  But Brian explained that since all of the members have experience writing music and Music Theory backgrounds, they “like to add their own personal twist to many songs or jam and improv a song if the crowd is enjoying it.”  To me, this is one of the most FUN things a cover band can do while performing.  In my experience as a musician, it is important to keep the song familiar, but when you can add your own personal touches to a song, or jam out on it in a way to show off your own originality and strengths, that is what makes a cover band unique.


When you go to see Fish Out Of Water, expect to see a band with lots of energy.  They will typically start the night off with some more “mellow” yet, great tunes.  As people start to loosen up they will rock things up a bit and then by the third set everyone is singing, dancing and have a great time.  I asked Brian what type of music they liked playing the most and he told me, “we like to play just about everything, but especially the “dancey” stuff is really fun to us – it drives the crowd crazy and everyone is has fun!”  They even play some originals when they can fit them in, which also shows the musical versatility of this band.

You can “catch” Fish Out Of Water at some great live venues, including
Currans Irish Inn, Bensalem, PA, Kenny’s Spirited Eatery in Southampton, PA, Bailey’s in Levittown, PA and Flukes, Sweeney’s and Daly’s all in NE Philly.  If you want to be part of a huge crazy party, go check these guys out!

Fish Out of Water is Gary Smith (lead vocals, guitar), Brian Kelly (lead guitar, vocals), Ray Palmer (keys, vocals), Santiago Cannon (bass, vocals), Jack Fireno (drums) and you can book the band by calling Brian at 215-480-1656 and be sure to check out their website to see pics and view the band’s full schedule at www.fishoutofwaterband.com!

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By Helene
Italian_Still_Life_Paintings_2-706x525 copyLa Casa Di Lucia Italian Restaurant and Pizza, located in the Trent Plaza, 14425 Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia is the best bet for this Valentines Day. The food here is home-made and definitely made out of love.  Owners, Joe and Lucia, have been married now for 50 years, so they know what love is all about. A match made in heaven, Lucia’s love of cooking and Joe’s business sense and love of Italian food (lol)  was the special ingredients it took to make this little spot successful and special to everyone who has ever spun some of that delicate pasta around their fork. Yes, it is a family spot but it is also perfect for lovers too. And on Valentines Day you can look forward to quite a few dinner specials to share with your love. And even better, they will have live entertainment for a little dancing with your sweetheart.

As a matter of fact they offer some great live entertainment five days a week; Wednesday to Sunday.  Catering services too with a large room to accommodate guests for any special occasion! Want a great deal? Check out their Early Bird Specials Monday-Friday from 3-6pm, which includes Soup or Salad, choice of Dessert, and a Beverage. Want Lunch? Monday thru Saturday from 11am to 3pm you can get great lunch specials too. Of course they cater to the little ones, which will fit anyone’s budget.

While writing this I have sweet memories of the last time my guest and I reveled in their food. This particular night, Joe sat down with us while we dined and enjoyed his and all of the staffs’ great hospitality.  We started out with the Fried Calamari Marinara, a great big serving enough to share and some fresh hot Bread for dipping. The Calamari was lightly floured and delicious! We each had a cup of their Home-Made Soup; I had the Escarole, with a shake or two of fresh Parmesan Cheese and my guest, had the Pastina. Both were light, hearty and scrumptious. Next came the entrees, I had the Eggplant stuffed with Ground Beef and topped with Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese. It was baked to perfection. The sauce (or as Italians say the gravy) was magnificent, sweet and spiced just right. Every bite was tantalizing! My guest ordered one of Lucia’s Signature Dishes, the Chicken Francaise.  Boneless Chicken lightly floured, prepared in an egg batter and sautéed with White Dry Wine, Butter and a touch of Lemon. For our sides, Joe suggested that we sample their famous Home-made Gnocchi and Raviolis; both were delicate, perfectly molded and stuffed with Ricotta Cheese. Simply wonderful! Of course we could not resist their tempting desserts! They offer Home-Made Tiramisu (my favorite) , Rum Cake (also my favorite), Cheesecake and Rice Pudding. Plus they have ice cream and pie if that is what you are yearning! Well you already know that we had for dessert- the Tiramisu and Rum Cake! Both were simply irresistible and and were a great ending to a wonderful meal!
So if I were you…..I would make sure I got my sweetie to La Casa Di Lucia’s, where you will get the Best Italian food around! And your sweetie will love you even more! For reservations call (215) 677-6111. Happy Valentines Day to you!

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Blondies’ East the upscale sports bar & Grill located at 1470 Buck Road in Holland Pa will host the “STUPID IS CUPID PARTY” on Feb 12th….Time is 9pm till….Look for $4 Love Potion #9 ‘s along with $2.50 Domestic Drafts…plus the best dance music ever….Blondies’ is the newest place to party and for sports bars one of the most upscale locations in the region….Great looking crowds each week. Live Music Fridays and weekly Hot DJ’s along with the best drink specials and top it off with top quality food..not your average bar food but top end.
Coming for Valentines Day…come treat your date to an great dinner with : Soup, salad, entree,dessert, Glass of Champagne  and a Rose . The holiday special rings in at $24..95 per person. Make a reservation now by calling 267-364-5836  visit them on the web at :  www.Blondies3.com  ; (See them online at www.ootonline.com ) See the full lineup now in the latest OOT GUIDE!
*Photo  from the special GLOW Party held some weeks back….Blondies’ special party nights are always over the top.

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Scruples At the Oakford Inn – A Great Gentlemen’s Club!

By Mike Vagnoni
Scruples at the Oakford Inn is one of the area’s best Gentlemen’s Clubs. Located at Bristol Rd & Old Lincoln Hwy, Oakford Pa. is open 7 days and nights a week. What you will find at Scruples: “Free parking”  and never a “cover charge”….They have a complete kitchen and the hours of operation are from 11:30 am to 10pm at night.  Your typical kind of bar food is offered and the portions are a nice size and  priced just right.  For lunch you can order their famous $6.00 special with a Draft….They also have a selection of Domestic and Imported beers and have added in a good selection of the new Craft Beers….now for the Entertainment. Scruples has  put together a  line-up of the hottest dancers daily…yes, the Girls, Girls ,Girls are here and they have such a great bunch of dancers who look good and ….The have a all new sound system and DJ’s with personalities. that keep the party going…The Girls that work Scruples are all  good looking and they have cool personalities to match.  Scruples has their special Champagne Room $150 for 20 minutes of a private dancer and a bottle of champagne and is available for those that would like the experience of couch dances…The base price is $20.00 for a couch dance.  Scruples can also host private parties for groups and for any kind of an event. Call them anytime to make your reservation.
Look for UFC pay per-view fights – with “No Cover” and also all sports events are always on the HDTV’s set up in the room.  They have a good sized bar area and friendly bartenders…also pool tables.  For a night of fun – you will be sure to find it here at Scruples!
Scruples has custom made T-Shirts that are available…Scruples at the Oakford Inn is a great place to check-out and it is one of the best area Gentlemen’s Clubs in operation today.
For more info:  Go to: www.Theoakfordinn.com ( see their ad also online at: www.ootonline.com )
* In this special issue of the OOT the cover photo is that of Candy…some Candy on Valentine’s Day hits the spot…Stop by and see Candy…she is one of the girls that works only at Scruples.
For more information call:  215-750-1319
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DJ Codie (Jessie Cartlidge)
From: Mc Stews Irish Pub
042_42We have for this month one of the best all around DJ’s working at Mc Stews Irish Pub in Levittown Pa., by the name of DJ Codie. You can see him in action each thursday at Mc Stews with the Biggest Beer Pong night in the region and also on friday nights with his “FREE SHOT FRIDAYS”.
DJ Codie works for A Sharp Productions from Huntingdon Valley. He is an Emcee, he also is a dancer and lead singer. In addition to working Mc Stews Irish Pub, DJ Codie also is working the private sector and is in demand working for Weddings,Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and any kind of private party…(Plug) call 215-892-5232 You know you will have the best performer for your event when DJ Codie is hired. He also is the lead singer in a band called  Reverse and  at one time was in the Rockets for a short period. He wanted more control of the music and left the band.
He is really into the music, the people, and has well over 8 years professional experience..He is full of passion for the business and that is good to see. From old school hits to the sound of today’s hottest club music, DJ Codie does it all. “There is more to being a DJ just by playing the music”, he says. He really makes the night one big party and wants to know his crowd….he loves to make people leave their troubles behind and just wants to see everyone relax and enjoy there life and their night out. He is an entertainer and knows how to push the right  buttons to make people enjoy themselves. He is so excited about the Fridays at Mc Stews and works along with Kevy Kev and Danielle Thomas..”Kevy Kev will spin music from time to time” he says. DJ Codie will  work the crowds and get them dancing. Danielle who is also part of the team makes sure everyone is having a good time and is the club hostess – she also meets and gets to know all the patrons.. They all work it out together each week as a team and the final product is the atmosphere at Mc Stews. It becomes party city …and this is all taking place in the new room. The name of the room we are told is the Red Room at Mc Stews…DJ Codie’s  key to being a great DJ personality is his ability to interact with his fans and patrons…He is really into what he is doing and it shows. DJ Codie is a resident of Levittown.

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