The Annual Great Pumpkin Carve

The Great Pumpkin Carve will be taking place this week in Chadds Ford, PA! The event will take place on Thursday, October 24th and continue through Saturday, October 26th. At the three day annual event over 60 giant pumpkins will be on display, all carved by local artists. The pumpkins will be lit after the carving is completed and then displayed all three nights. Treat yourself to great food, live music, hayrides and a chance to win a raffle item. The fun begins this Thursday from 5pm to 9pm on the grounds of the Society’s Barn Visitors Center. Admission is $10.00 for adults 18 and older, $5.00 for ages 7 to 17; Ages 6 and under are free! Also, Chadds Ford Historical Society members are free with membership card. For more information on the local event visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org.

Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips

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Plan on carving a pumpkin this year? In addition to having fun, the most important thing to remember when carving a pumpkin is safety. Pumpkin carving is an activity that needs to be approached with caution, especially if you’re planning to include the kids. Below are a few safety tips to keep in mind when creating those jack-o-lanterns. For more information and free Pennsylvania homeowners insurance quote visit our website today, http://www.kimberleyvassal.com.

  • The Workstation: Set up your carving workstation on a well-lit dry surface. You don’t want those pumpkins to slip and slide! Use a tray or jar to store your tools when not in use. If the kids are going to help, make sure they can easily reach the work surface.
  • Knife Selection: If you’re reaching for a chef’s knife, please put it down now! A small knife with a short serrated blade is your best bet for pumpkin carving. The knife that’s included in a pumpkin carving kit you find at the store is a great example of what you should use. That type of knife usually has a serrated blade that’s not as sharp as the kitchen knives you have at home. Sharper isn’t better when it comes to pumpkin carving, and the serrated edge will make your work even easier.
  • Point the Blade Away: Point the blade edge away from you as much as possible while carving out the design. If your hand slips or you loose control of the blade, you’re less likely to get cut.
  • Saw Instead of Slice: Gently saw back and forth through the pumpkin to complete your design. Take your time and avoid the urge to make big slices so that you don’t injure yourself.
  • Watch Where You Put Your Hands: Be mindful of where you put your free hand while carving. If you use one of your hands to steady the pumpkin, be cautious that you don’t poke or slice all the way through the pumpkin to the other side.

Hayrides at the Hagley Museum

On Saturdays in October, families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard. Enjoy live bluegrass music, sip apple cider, and make kid-friendly fall crafts. Make an extra craft to raise the spirits of a child at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. New crafts are offered each week and the bands change regularly, so come back every week! While you’re visiting, don’t forget to see the roll mill in action, visit the nineteenth-century machine shop and steam engine, and explore Workers’ Hill. Stay all day and stop for lunch at the Belin House Organic Café. For more information on Hayrides at Hagley visit www.hagley.org or click here.


Happy Halloween!


Today is officially Halloween! Hurricane Sandy was unable to scar us hard enough to abounded this fun spooky holiday. From everyone at Kimberley Vassal Insurance, we wanted to say Happy Halloween. I also wanted to remind everyone of some important Halloween safety tips to keep in mind when out with your children trick or treating tonight!

  • Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, but be cautious of possible debris, tree branches and wires that may still be on the walkways, sidewalks and roadways.
  • Trick or Treat close to your home, on streets that you and your family are familiar with.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Bring a flashlight with you and keep it on at all times to help you see the pathways and walkways better and others that may be out Trick or Treating.
  • Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Go out early when there is still some daylight and return home early to keep everyone safe.
  • Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers and only enter homes if you are with a trusted adult.

We would also like to remind people who are driving tonight that there will be a large amount of youths who are out Trick or Treating and to use caution when driving and remember have a fun and spooky Halloween night!

Hurricane Sandy Threatens East Coast

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Meteorologists have grown increasingly concerned, as Hurricane Sandy made landfall Thursday in Cuba and already turned deadly in the Caribbean. Much of the U.S. East Coast has a good chance of getting blasted by gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe even snow early next week by an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm, federal and private forecasters say.

Some have compared it to the so-called Perfect Storm that struck off the coast of New England in 1991, but Cisco said that one didn’t hit as populated an area and is not comparable to what the East Coast may be facing. Nor is it like last year’s Halloween storm, which was merely an early snowstorm in the Northeast. This has much more mess potential because it is a combination of different storm types that could produce a real whopper of weather problems, meteorologists say. All in all, the storm could morph into a monstrous nor’easter and slam the U.S. East Coast or it could miss us entirely, only time will tell.

With the potential risk of the storm hitting close to home we wanted to remind everyone to stay safe and ensure that you are properly covered with the right Pennsylvania Homeowners Insurance. For a free insurance quote contact a Kimberley Vassal Insurance agent today!

Apple Releasing iPad Mini

Apple is expected to announce the iPad Mini this coming Tuesday, a pint-sized version of its iconic tablet. Being an Apple fan myself, I am very curious of what the new iPad Mini will look like and how it will differ from its “big brother” the iPad 2. Apple itself hasn’t offered any information on the new iPad, or even acknowledged its existence, but do to a number of leaks and rumors we have a good idea what the new release will have in store for us and after doing some research myself I found this article via Yahoo.com with some good information:

Screen Size

Current rumors peg the iPad Mini sporting either a 7.85- or 7-inch screen. That puts it in the same class as the Nexus 7, Google’s darling tablet that debuted earlier this year, as well as Amazon’s newKindle Fire HD 7.


While it’s a certainty the iPad Mini will be priced lower than the original iPad, that’s about all we know about how Apple will position it. While other 7-inch tablets draw customers with a low price point (typically starting at $199), for Apple such a low price would put the iPad Mini in direct competition with the even smaller-screen iPod touch, which starts at $299.

Lightning Connector

Debuting earlier this year in the iPhone 5, Apple’s Lightning connector will no doubt be the connector of choice for the iPad Mini (and all of its mobile products going forward). However, that means the new tablet, much like the iPhone 5, isn’t going to work with a number of different accessories without the help of an adapter.

Launch Date

Current rumors point to Apple launching the iPad Mini a week after Tuesday’s announcement, Nov. 2. While the tablet may or may not hit stores that day, a launch in early November is certain capitalizing on the holiday season is an obvious part of Apple’s timing.



Second Presidential Debate

The second presidential town hall debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama took place last night.  In case you missed it below is the debate in full. I enjoyed this debate much more because it was “town hall” style, meaning people could ask questions etc. Check it out for yourself and leave some feedback!