Friday, July 26, 2013

Outdoor Entertainment: Summer 2013

Music in the Park: Longs Park Summer Music Series is underway again this summer. Each Sunday, a different performer will fill the evening with music from one of the band shells on the grounds of the park. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or a blanket. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. These events are coordinated by the park and sponsored by many community businesses.

Movies in the Park: This event is sponsored by Moravian Manor Retirement Community, a vibrant part of the town of Lititz. Movies will play on the big screen at the large central band shell in Lititz Springs Park on July 12 and August 16, 2013. These movies will be, respectively, Despicable Me and The Avengers. More information about this event may be found here, and a schedule of events can be found at the park website. The movies will begin at dusk.  
Merchants in the Park: Longs Park Arts and Crafts Festival is one of the area’s premier fine art and craft shows. The show will take place Labor Day Weekend, Friday through Sunday, August 30 to September 1, 2013. The hours of the show are 10-5.  Tickets are required to view the selection of 200 artists and craftsmen selected from among 1,000 applicants.

Annual Lititz Rotary Club Craft Show, Saturday, August 10, 2013.  This event is one of the largest and most popular of the craft shows in the region. The area of Lititz Springs Park and the surrounding streets (at the town square) are filled with canopies and tents. Parking is available and the event is free to everyone. The Lititz Rotary Club website has more information about the craft show at

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sunday Drive: Back Roads and Buggies in Lancaster County PA

As summer approaches, the hills and valleys of Lancaster County are returning to their green, luscious state. The trees, rivers and meadows of the countryside are fresh and beautiful, the perfect places to spend a quiet Sunday afternoon.
        Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area: This six-thousand acre tract of land, preserved by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, contains picturesque woodlands, wetlands and fields on the border of Lancaster and Lebanon counties. At certain times of year, the land is covered by migrating birds—snow geese, Canada geese, swans and various ducks. During the summer months, however, the wildlife area is a more likely place to see songbirds, herons, egrets and other indigenous Pennsylvania species, as well as plants and wildflowers. A mile-long pleasure walking trail brings visitors to a large lake and picnic area on one side of the wildlife area, while a network of hiking trails covers another area.

        Dutch Country, the Amish of Lancaster County: Lancaster County is well known for the Amish population here. Though visitors may see the pristine houses and barns, quilt shops and neatly planted fields, from many a back road (and many main roads as well), some of these roads offer a more picturesque drive than others. If you wish to see Amish country, there are various maps available at visitor’s centers around the area. Also, some of the roads you may wish to travel include Route 23 (New Holland Pike), and Route 340 (Old Philadelphia Pike).  These routes take you through many small villages where a large part of the population is Amish.

        The Lower Susquehanna River: Along the Susquehanna River, there are many places to stop and view the scenery. One such place is Chiques Rock Park, located just north of the town of Columbia. Other small towns along the river include Holtwood and Pequea. Roads that run near the river include Route 441 and River Road.