Friday, January 25, 2013

Living History
        During this cold snap, all over the country people are looking forward to summer. Things that we look forward to  about the season—flowers, the smell in the air, the greener grass and budding trees—also include chances to see our history in a new, special way, with the many living history museums of Lancaster County.
Ephrata Cloister: Built in the 1730’s, the Cloister was a place for people seeking a spiritual life to live and worship. At the height of its population, the Cloister housed approximately 300 members. The Cloister was also a place for the outside community to come to learn and worship. Today the Ephrata Cloister is preserved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.  The Ephrata Cloister is open for tours all year long.
        Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum: The Landis Valley Museum was created by a pair of brothers to preserve Pennsylvania German culture and heritage. Today they preserve 18th and 19th century farming methods, heirloom plant varieties, and many historic buildings. The museum is open for tours all year long, with special group tours and themed tours available.
        Lititz Museum and Johannes Mueller House: The Lititz Historical Foundation exists to preserve the history of the small town of Lititz. They preserve historical buildings in and around Lititz, as well as property that is of historical significance, and facilitate the Lititz Museum and Johannes Mueller House. The museum offers a costumed 45-minute guided tour. The museum and house are open from 10-4, Monday to Saturday, from Memorial Day through October, along with selected weekends in May, November and December.
        For more information on Lancaster County Museums, visit Lancaster County Museums at, or the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at .

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Scrapbooking in Lancaster County PA

During the cold, wet weather typical of January in Pennsylvania, indoor activities become very attractive. For many, winter is a time to catch up on organizing photos and preserving memories of family gatherings, friends, special occasions, and vacations. Lancaster County is home to various scrapbooking supply stores, classes and groups, that supply all of your scrapbooking needs, provide advice, ideas, and companionship while you work.
Here is a short list of scrapbooking stores in the Lancaster area that offer retreats, classes and much more. For more information about scrapbooking supply stores and groups, visit this site for a scrapbook store list.

Sharecropper’s Corner
2 E. 28th Div. Highway
Brickerville House Unit C
Lititz, PA  17543

Pages In Time
16 E. 28th Division Hwy (Route 322)
Lititz, PA 17543

Country Cottage Creations
3501 W. White Oak Rd.
Paradise, PA 17562
Phone: (717) 687-0655

Farmhouse Memories
148 A Harristown Rd.
Paradise, PA 17562
Phone: (717) 442-1907

Scrapbooking from the Heart
95 Spring Rd.
Paradise, PA 17562
Phone: (717) 687-3711

Friday, January 11, 2013

Upcoming Events in Lancaster County, PA

Upcoming Events in Lancaster County

The coming of a new year brings many things to look forward to—new places to go, things to see, and things to do. This New Year, Lancaster County is filled with new events as well as some old favorites. The winter months may tempt you to stay inside enjoying the warmth, but there are some great activities just waiting for you to bundle up and brave the chill.

Second Friday Celebration: Jan. 11th and Feb. 8th, 2013. This is Downtown Lititz’s version of first Friday. The town stays up late, entertainers stay on the sidewalks in front of stores, and everyone comes out to see friends and enjoy an evening out.

First Friday Celebration: Feb. 1th, 2013. Held in Downtown Lancaster, this is a monthly celebration of the arts. Stores stay open late, and vendors and performers line the streets.

Maple Sugaring at the Farm: Feb. 2nd, 2013. Historic Schaefferstown offers guests a chance to learn about maple sugaring processes and products.

Fire and Ice Festival: Feb. 15th-17th, 2013. Downtown Lititz puts on a grand show of ice sculptures lining the sidewalks and bonfires glowing in the middle of Main Street. The local Boy Scout troop sells funnel cakes, s’more fixings and hot chocolate. The high school puts on their annual Winter Wonderland and Chili Cook-off, and a family movie night.