Friday, June 15, 2012
Summer Events in Lancaster Pennsylvania
This summer, Lancaster County is overflowing with activities and events. Some of them are annual and some are once in a lifetime, but all of them are worth considering as you plan your vacations. These events are often advertised only by word of mouth and posters stapled to telephone poles, but here are a few that deserve a special mention.
For those who are interested in the art of storytelling, or merely enjoy listening to a good story, Lititz is hosting their first Storytelling Festival. Housed in the Steinman Arts building at the Linden Hall School on Main Street, the festival last for two days. The first day, a collection of stories from various genres will be told. The second day is devoted to two different performances—one of tall tales and exaggeration, the other a “storytelling concert” about the things that we call home. The event will take place over the weekend of September 14 & 15. Tickets and more information are available at www.StoryPartners.net.
Music lovers will enjoy the Long’s Park Summer Music Series—a summer long series of beautiful music in a wide open, manicured yet slightly wild park. This event has been held annually for fifty years and this year is becoming one of the best. From a Latin-Jazz orchestra to an Army band, the park will be filled with music every Sunday evening from June 3rd until the end of the summer. Concert attendees should plan to take chairs or blankets to sit on. All concerts begin at 7:30pm. More information may be found at the park’s website.
An interesting event for history buffs and fans of railroads may enjoy the Reading Railroad Days, held in Strasburg at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Guests may view the museum filled with real train cars and participate in the many special activities, including tours, designed for the entire family. The event will take place from July 3rd through July 8th. Admission for this event is the regular admission rate for the museum.
Another event to intrigue history lovers—or parents who wish to instill a love of history in their children—is the Hans Herr House driving tour, which will take place on Sunday, September 15th. Visitors will be greeted at the visitors center and given a map and directions to all of the historical sites on the property. This property is the site of the first permanent European settlement in Lancaster County, and was founded in 1710. It is also the site of the oldest home still standing in Pennsylvania and the oldest remaining Mennonite meetinghouse in the country.
These are merely a few of the hundreds of events that will take place in the Lancaster County this summer. Explore more by visiting www.lancasteronline.com , the Lancaster County Visitor Center, or the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association website. Have a great summer!