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.