Friday, December 6, 2013
Strasburg, est. 1693
Founded by a French trader, Strasburg remains a beautiful town dotted with red brick buildings. In the 18th century, the town mainly consisted of one story log buildings, of which approximately 24 still remain. The best known historic sights of Strasburg include the Carpenter’s Cemetery, John Herr Mill at Mill Bridge Village, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Strasburg Rail Road. Visitors may also wish to take a stroll through the historic district of Strasburg’s Main Street
The Strasburg Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum just outside of town give visitors a glimpse into the railroading heyday. Full-size trains from the earliest days of steam engines to modern electric and diesel trains line the aisles of the museum, while the Strasburg Railroad gives visitors a chance to ride on a historic train through the idyllic Lancaster County countryside.
Sight and Sound Theater is located just outside of Strasburg on Route 896. Producing musical depictions of Bible stories for almost 40 years, the Lancaster County location is one of the top live theater destinations in the country. For a current show listing, visit www.sight-sound.com.
Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Association has 2 different Bed and Breakfast located in or near the Strasburg Area.
At The Limestone Inn, guests are able to slow down, relax and experience Lancaster County the way it was meant to be. Perfect for relaxing or touring Lancaster County, the 200-year-old home comprises six guest rooms tastefully decorated to be comfortable and home-like with immediate access to downtown Strasburg, eateries, and attractions.
Flowers and Thyme B&B is also located close to Strasburg. Built in the 1940's the B&B overlooks a working Amish farm and is surrounded by lush gardens filled with perennials and annuals.
The Strasburg Country Store and Creamery is located on Main Street at the town square and maintains an early 20th century atmosphere in the middle of a bustling small town. An old-fashioned soda fountain and fudge shop attract Lancaster County natives and visitors alike with sweet treats.
Located near Sight and Sound Theater, Hershey Farm is a family-friendly dining and shopping experience. Offering Pennsylvania Dutch-style food, a quaint Inn, and over 4,500 square feet of shopping in the country store, outdoor market, boutiques, and on site bakery, the Hershey Farm is more than a restaurant—it’s an attraction in and of itself.
If you are looking for more of a romantic, fine dining feel The Iron Horse Inn is located in the heart of Strasburg. They offer various wines, certified Angus beef and some great local dishes.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Lancaster County Christmas traditions are as varied and diverse as the history that surrounds them. The Moravian Putz, The Ephrata Cloister Christmas, and the Landis Valley Museum’s Days of the Belsnickel are merely a few of the events surrounding Lancaster’s history. Christmas tree lightings and other small-town events are also on the calendar for this Christmas season, so be sure to stick around for a Lancaster County hometown Christmas.
- The annual Moravian Manor Putz will be on display for this Christmas season. A 16-foot long diorama that is maintained throughout the year by the Lititz Moravian Church, the shows are run by the Moravian Church for the community. The presentation shares the history of the Putz as well as the Christmas Story.
- The Ephrata Cloister hosts several events throughout the Christmas season.
- Christmas at the Cloister runs the weekend of December 9 & 10. The program entails seasonal readings and holiday music in the c. 1741 meetinghouse.
- Christmas Lantern Tours cover the four days after Christmas this year, December 26-29. During these evenings, student historians guide visitors through the cloister by lantern light, dramatically retelling the history of the Cloister. Registration begins on December 1.
- The Landis Valley Museum epitomizes the Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas tradition of great food, friendships, and the visit of the Belsnickel—a legendary Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas character.
- The Days of the Belsnickel tours occur on December 4 and December 14. The tours include food, fun and Pennsylvania German culture. The evening comes to a close with a visit from that infamous character of Pennsylvania German legend, the Belsnickel. A bewhiskered man dressed in fur, the Belsnickel drives a sled and brings switches for the naughty and sweets for the nice during the Christmas season.
- Other events at the Landis Valley museum this holiday season include a Holiday Bonfire and a Children’s Old Fashioned Christmas. For more information about these events visit http://landisvalleymuseum.org/.
The ideal hometown Christmas is something that many people dream about, complete with a Christmas tree lighting in the town square. In Lancaster County the dream comes true in many a small-town.
- Lititz will host its home-town Christmas tree lighting on December 6 this year. The event will take place in Lititz Springs Park with appearances from Mayor Ron Oettel and the Minister of the Moravian Church among other special guests. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage and the audience will enjoy a special performance from the Moravian Trombone Choir.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Every first Friday of the month, Lancaster City stays up late and puts on a celebration of the community, the arts and the city. Musicians and vendors come out in the downtown area to socialize and support the community.
Locals and out-of-towners alike come to mill around the streets shopping and socializing in the evening during this once-a-month event.
In contrast to Lancaster City’s glamour and glitter, Lititz brings a small-town feel to this monthly celebration. The boy scouts and other local organizations sell baked-good and other refreshments while musicians play in front of the shops up and down Main Street. Stores that normally close early in the evening are open late and may offer special deals to shoppers on this special night.
This is a place where locals socialize and get together, and where people from other areas can get a feel for the spirit of the town Budget Travel’s readership voted “America’s Coolest Small Town.”
Each month, the town of Mount Joy sets up a themed celebration for the town, the businesses and all of their guests. Block parties, Fire and Ice, Home for the Holidays, Death by Chocolate and other themes are used to create a festive atmosphere in the downtown area. Like Lancaster and Lititz, Mount Joy hosts this event to celebrate a town , a heritage and all of the people involved in both.
The River Towns—Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville—have their own version of the Friday evening community celebration. These Susquehanna River towns celebrate arts, culture, entertainment, antiques and community in their restaurants and business as well as in the streets.
American Music Theater: This fall immerse yourself in the sounds of Broadway and the sounds of the season with two magnificent performances. The Broadway Show includes scores from great musicals including Les Miserables, CATS, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins and more. Later in the season, join AMT for their special Christmas show, “The First Noel,” which combines many of your favorite holiday songs in one acclaimed show.
Fulton Theater: In their 150 years of operation, the Fulton Theater has brought us Singing in the Rain, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the Fiddler on the Roof, among others, with great success. This fall, they are bringing back some old favorites and bringing to life some new ones. The season includes Mary Poppins, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, The Woman in Black and more quality productions.
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra: This professional orchestra has been playing to South-Central Pennsylvania audiences for more than 60 years and Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser is a veteran of 33 seasons. View a schedule of their current season here.
Sight and Sound Theater: One of Sight and Sound’s most popular shows, Noah, has returned this season due to popular demand. The show, which features many live animals and amazing special effects, will run through October. The remainder of the season will be filled by the theater’s annual Christmas show depicting the birth of Christ in Bethlehem.