The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society is looking to expand its corps of volunteers who welcome visitors to the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage
Village at Muddy Creek Forks. This living history museum, depicting life as it was circa 1915, includes a 19th century general store, roller mill, grain elevator, fertilizer warehouse, and bank barn, complete with a five mile excursion train ride through the Muddy Creek Valley. During the season, which runs from early June through mid-December, historically trained volunteers (known as docents) interact with guests, enriching their experience. The Ma & Pa Society’s annual docent training day takes place Saturday, May 6th, 10:00 a.m. to 3p.m. in the General Store at Muddy Creek Forks, 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville, Pa. The Society is looking for additional volunteers to be trained as train operators, store clerks, millers, station agents and other period-specific positions. This year's training will revolve around the people of the railroad and village, the jobs they did and what their lives were like. Both newcomers and experienced docents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Last year volunteers contributed 6,500 hours of service. Historic interpreters are vital to the operation of the museum.
Following the required training, volunteers have the opportunity to work in the various docent roles according to their specific interests and availability. Five or more days of participation per year are preferred. Most volunteer days are only five to six hours in length. Those interested in volunteering (or wanting additional information) are asked to contact the Ma & Pa Railroad Preservation Society at volunteer@MaAndPaRailroad.com, by May 3rd or call Bob Weiners at: 443-922-9216. Advance registration for the docent day training is required to provide an accurate attendee count for lunch and for preparation of Docent Manuals and other
materials. Volunteers are also needed for maintenance and restoration tasks such as track work, right of way maintenance, mechanical work, carpentry, welding, painting, masonry, and lawn and garden care. The Society's two spring work camps are a great way to meet other volunteers and explore these opportunities. A track work camp is scheduled for May 15 – 20 and an equipment work camp June 19 – 24. No experience is required for either camp; however for the equipment work camp familiarity with woodworking tools may be helpful. For more information contact the Society by e-mail at volunteer@MaAndPaRailroad.com.
The 2017 season of the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village opens June 3 and 4 with a World War I Encampment. There are seven other special event weekends scheduled this year. The village is located at 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville, PA. (Geo Code: 39.808470, - 76.475649).
Additional information on special events and full schedules can be found on the Society website: www.MaAndPaRailroad.com
The next group in our concert series at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lancaster will be the Youth Choirs of Abington Presbyterian Church. The singers and ringers of the Chapel Choir and Festive Ringers from Abington, PA will offer an uplifting spiritual concert on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. St Peter's is located at the corner of Route 501 and Delp Road.
The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering is collected during intermission.
The Susquehanna Chorale will present its spring program, “The Promise of Living,” on May 5 and 6. The Susquehanna Chorale is a nationally-recognized chamber choir based in central Pennsylvania. Founder and Conductor Linda Tedford has created a program of music that expresses joy, wonder and hope, concluding with a profound reminder to cherish life and those we love. The concert will feature selections by Britten, Byrd, Copland and Robert Page.
The May 5 performance will take place at Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey. The May 6 performance is at Messiah College. Both concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.
For tickets or more information, visit susquehannachorale.org.
On May 6-7 the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, Boy Scouts of America will hold its tri-annual Council Camporee at Long’s Park, Lancaster. The theme of this year’s event is Time Travel. The public is invited to visit and participate in planned activities on Saturday, May 6th beginning at 9:00 AM.
The mission of the 2017 Pennsylvania Dutch Council Time Travel Camporee is to explore:
* Ancient Egyptian culture through hieroglyphics, chariot racing and pyramid
* Western culture through the work of a farrier, quilter and printing press operator.
* Creative arts through musicianship, rope making and wood carving.
* Futurist technology through communications, costuming and transportation.
Planned activities include of the day’s highlights will be an evening show of The One Man Side Show, by David Darwin at the Long’s Park Amphitheater. David appeared on America’s Got Talent.
Organizations or businesses interested in being a part of or attending the event are asked to contact Daniel Hanson, Council Program Director, at 717-394-4063 or Daniel.Hanson@scouting.org.
The Pennsylvania Dutch Council of the Boy Scouts of America serves and inspires nearly 5,000 young people in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.
Join your mother, your daughter- even your friends at the 2017 Paws Tea at the Purcel Frienship Hall (109 McCorkle Rd in Hershey) on Sunday, May 7. Doors will open at 1pm and the tea will be served at 1:30. Door prizes, raffle baskets, entertainment and food! ...tea sandwiches, scones, fruit and tea are among the menu items. Tickets are $32 for adults and $25 for children.
Questions? Email tea @pawsofpa.org. For tickets rsvp by April 30 by visiting http://pawsofpa.org
The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a spring birds walk from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Nixon County Park.
Parks naturalist Francis Velazquez will lead participants along trails to identify returning summer residents. We hope to see and hear vireos, phoebes, warblers and tanagers. Bring binoculars and a field guide. A limited number of lending binoculars will be available.
The program is for children ages 10 and older. It is free with no registration required.For information on this and other programs, go to www.yorkcountyparks.org.
When - Eight 1-hour classes on Fridays at 4:15pm beginning on March 24 and ending on May 12.
Where - The Game Table Cafe - 4900 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
This is hands-on learning from the start as everyone has their own keyboard to use in class. The cost of the book (Bastien Piano Method) is included in the price, so all students will get their own copy to take home. By the end of the 8-week session, participants will have a basic understanding of the keyboard and basic music theory. Youth students will be able to play simple melodies one hand at a time; older children will be able to play a simple melody with basic accompaniment. Andrey Lubimstev is instructing.
Some of the topics covered include: music theory, notation, melody/chords, hand position, posture
Group classes for beginners offer a number of advantages over starting with private lessons. Besides the cost savings, the group environment offers more time to learn with an instructor. Playing along with others is also a benefit to learning, and it’s more fun! Plus, these classes have been organized as a fundraiser for the new nonprofit music school, the Keystone Musical Arts Center, so you can feel extra good about learning how to play piano!
Free introductory class for those registered. More info and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
St. John’s Blymire’s United Church of Christ, Dallastown, has announced that monthly Chicken BBQ of 2017 will be on Saturday, May 13th. The dinners include a ½ chicken, baked potato, roll and butter for $8.00. The hours of selling the dinners is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The church is located at 1009 Blymires Road, Dallastown, PA 17313.
To reserve your dinners or for more information, please call the church office at (717) 244-0655. Walk-ins are also invited on the day of the barbeque.
On May 14th, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Mansion let us give mom the royal treatment while she enjoys spending quality time with her favorite people - you! This program combines fresh air and exercise with a brunch in the lovely mansion dining room. The moderately-paced 2 mile hike is from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and is optional. At 12:00 PM, enjoy brunch and the expansive view from the mansion dining room. All ages are welcome. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Expect uneven terrain. Brunch price is $20 per person
Registration Required. For more information or to register call (717) 486-5031 by Friday, April 28.
Kenbrook Bible Camp is proud to offer a new program to the public through the Venture Out program. We have expanded past simply offering wilderness and adventure experiences and are now offering training in survival skills! These experiences are geared particularly for families and family pairs, but are also suited for an individual. The Saturday training events are open to participants ages 10* and up. The courses will focus on one topic or skill each month and include 3 hours of instruction, dialogue, demonstration and or skill/practice.
The end of our seven month course schedule will culminate in a weekend trip in the fall that will be designed to give opportunity for each family group, pair or individual to put their acquired skills to the test. Each class is limited to only 30 people! $15/person per each course, $25/pair per each course
"Packing" March 4, 9am - 12p http://www.kenbrook.org/survive/
"Back Country Stove Anatomy 101", April 8, 9am - 12p http://www.kenbrook.org/survive/
Kenbrook Spring Volunteer Work Day, May 6, 8a - 12pm. Free lunch to follow. http://www.kenbrook.org/springworkday/
"Trail Food - Something For Everyone", May 6, 9a- 12p http://www.kenbrook.org/survive/
Kenbrook Bible Camp Summer Camp Open House, May 13, 1-4pm http://www.kenbrook.org/openhouse/
Mother's Day Buffet, May 14, 11:30 - 1:30p RSVP required http://www.kenbrook.org/welovemoms/
The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will present a Mother’s Day nature walk from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at Richard M. Nixon County Park.
Parks Program Coordinator Jeri Jones will lead participants on an easy walk along a stream to enjoy the spring woodlands, see the fleeting blooms of spring and hear the calls of birds and frogs.
There is no fee for the program and registration is not required. For more information or to register, please contact the Nature Center at Nixon Park at 717-428-1961. For information on this and other programs, go to www.yorkcountyparks.org.
South Central PaARTners at Millersville University, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, will be funding an innovative artist-in-residence program at Lancaster’s Wharton Elementary afterschool program. The residency features BodyHoops-certified instructor and performer, Jenny Hill, whose background ranges from circus arts, to poetry, to hula-hooping.
In her program, “Anyone Can Hoop Circus Playshop” , which takes places April 6th-May 19th from 3:15pm-5pm, Hill’s students will learn how to craft their own hula-hoops out of industrial materials. They’ll incorporate creative movement into this hands-on, non-stop workshop, where they will gain a new and profound understanding of diameter and the value of pi. Creative movement and the arts are a specialty of long-time teaching artist, Hill, who will work with twenty children in grades two through five, and who will hold two all-school assemblies to give all the students a taste of the action.
Wharton Elementary School is located at 705 North Mary Street in Lancaster. Contact Marci Nelligan at 717-871-4207 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eichelberger Performing Arts Center has quite a lineup for spring of 2017 – featuring national country recording artist Sara Evans. Tickets now on sale.
The 60’s Boys on Saturday, February 11 at 7pm
Superlative vocals, musicianship, and a genuine love of the music they perform. A new show that re-creates the hit songs from the 60’s. Eastern Pennsylvania’s Premier 60’s Band. Entertaining audiences of all ages with authentic vocal renditions. Tickets are $24 for orchestra/balcony
The Young Irelanders on Saturday, March 4 at 7pm
See and hear what Ireland’s traditions of music, song & dance look and sound like like in the hands of some of the most talented young performers in the world. Tickets are $29 for orchestra/balcony, $34 for preferred seating
Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles on Saturday, March 25 at 7pm
An exciting showcase of The Eagles mega-hits such as “Take it Easy”, “Heartache Tonight”, and “Hotel California” as well as newer releases “Get Over It” and “Love will Keep Us Alive”. Tickets are $30 orchestra/balcony, $35 for preferred seating
The Fabulous Hubcaps on Saturday, April 1 at 7pm
This band’s flair for capturing the true likeness of the original artist will make you want to rock the night away.- with sounds of Doo-Wop, Country, Motown, Group Harmony, Rockabilly, Classic Rock, The Hubcaps will take you on a ride you won’t forget. Tickets are $28 for orchestra/balcony, $32 preffered seating
3 Redneck Tenors on Saturday, May 6 at 7pm
Get ready for one sidesplitting ride as we go on an excursion only the 3 Red Neck Tenors could have had, delighting audiences with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs and music ranging from Gospel, to Country, to Broadway, Pop and Classical. Tickets are $29 orchestra/balcony, $34 preferred seating
Sara Evans on Friday, May 19 at 7pm
Multi-platinum selling country singer and songwriter, Sara Evans has been called “one of the most compelling vocalists of her generation.” Tickets are $52 orchestra/balcony, $59 preferred seating, $99 VIP Meet and Greet
Tickets are available online at TheEich.org or Eichelberger Box Office Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 717-637-7086.
For more information, or high resolution photos, contact:
David Adler, Executive Director, at 717-637-7086(w), 410-340-0420(c) or dadler@theeich
Great Strides events provide a fantastic opportunity for family, friends and co-workers to come together in support of a worthy cause. As the CF Foundation’s largest national fundraising event, it continues to gain momentum, year after year, generating over $40 million nationwide. Inspired by the difference the CF Foundation is making in the lives of those touched by the disease, tens of thousands of co-workers, friends and family come together each year as one community for one cause – to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Great Strides Lancaster will be held on Saturday, May 20 at Garden Spot High School, New Holland, PA starting at 9am. The Lancaster event is the BIGGEST in Central Pennsylvania, with over 700 participants walking to find a cure for CF. To register your team, please go to greatstrides.cff.org
May 20, 2017 from 9am to the last item sold: The Hope for Haiti Benefit Auction is a true Lancaster County experience for both natives and tourists. A day filled with a live auction, kid’s games, great food, and everyone’s favorite homemade Amish baked goods. Auction day is a day for the Plain and English communities to come together for the same purpose which is for education in Haiti.
St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church will hold its annual picnic on Sunday, June 4, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. at Serb Park, 1131 Eisenhower Boulevard, Swatara Township. Admission and parking are free.
At the event, which is open to the public, roasted lamb and pork, sarma (stuffed cabbage), and other ethnic foods will be available for sale. Serbian pastries, palacinke (crepes filled with cheese), walnut rolls, and strudel will also be sold.
Entertainment will include continuous music by Sviraj and Orchestra Pobeda of Pittsburgh. Activities for the children include a special appearance by Mr. Music.
For more information, please visit the parish website at www.stnicholassteelton.orgor call the parish office at (717) 939-3872.
South Central PaARTners at Millersville University, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, will be hosting local artist, Beverly Leviner in a residency at Mifflin Park Elementary School at 598 Governor Dr in Shillington, Pa. For twenty days, from April 3- June 2, Leviner will be working with the students to teach them the basics of tile mosaics, from design, tile making, and glazing to installation. The residency focuses on fourth graders, though children across grade levels will be working collaboratively to create a colorful, sparkling mural that celebrates healthy foods, and which will adorn one of the main walls in the cafeteria.
Art teacher Jonna Holgate will be working closely with Leviner to learn new techniques and to implement the project, so that in future years, she will be able to install tile mosaic projects independently, allowing the residency to impact learning across the entire school.
Parents will be volunteering in the classroom to assist in making tiles and to help with installation. The entire Mifflin Park family will be invited to view the completed mural at Parents’ Night on June 2nd, when the mural will be dedicated to the school.
CONTACT: Marci Nelligan, at 717-871-4207,Marci.email@example.com
Friday, June 16, 2017 from 4:00pm -9:00pm at Conestoga Home and Gardens (1608 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603)
Join us for a fun summer evening of art appreciation through the promotion of functional pottery. Taste signature drinks from local Lancaster City Bars, Breweries, Restaurants, and Wineries while snacking on appetizers and bidding on our Silent Auction Items!
Regular Admission ($35), VIP Admission ($115 limited to 60 guests)
*5pm-9pm Each ticket holder receives their selection of a handmade ceramic cup to use during the event and to take home afterwards. Cups donated by a selection of PA university and high school students, as well as local ceramic artists. Local bars and Restaurants will be offering signature cocktails/ beers/ wines to sample during the event. Light Appetizers will also be served.
*4pm-9pm VIP guests have the opportunity to arrive an hour early to allow for first choice cup selection. These guests will also be given access to to a more intimate VIP area of the gardens where they will get to taste additional desserts from local bakeries and pastry shops and accompanying alcohol pairings. Each guest will also receive a handmade ceramic appetizer plate by our Executive Director Hollace Kutay.
For ticket information please go to https://www.ceramicartandcultureinstitute.org/new-events-1/
Join us for the Seventh Annual Chocolate Tour to support cancer research at Penn State University. There is something for everyone! Exciting events to choose from include The Mike Geltrude Foundation Chocolate Tour 5K or10K Walk, The Chocolate Tour 5K or 10K Run/Race and The Briova Rx ChocolateTour Cycling Events (10, 30, 50, 75 and 100 miles). With rest stops every mile,runners and walkers will enjoy local chocolate. Cyclists will enjoy rides through the beautiful countryside of central Pennsylvania with its Amish farms,wooded areas, and covered bridges while visiting areas surrounding the local historic chocolate towns of Hershey (home of Hershey’s chocolate factory),Elizabethtown (home of M&M/Mars chocolate factory), and Lititz (home of Wilbur Chocolate Company). Cyclists will taste local chocolate at the rest stops. All participants will be provided with a meal at the end of their event.
Registration and Packet Pick-up Friday, August 4th4:00-6:00 p.m. (Check in for preregistered participants ONLY)
Saturday, August 5th 6:30-8:45 a.m. (please register a minimum of one hour before your event):
8:00 a.m. The Briova Rx Cycling Events
9:00 a.m. The Chocolate Tour 5K or 10K Run and the Mike Geltrude 5K or 10K Walk
Award Ceremony for the Chocolate Tour 5K or 10K Run/Race directly following each run/race event.
The event starts at the Milton Hershey School Campus Athletic Complex, Henry Hershey Field, 665 Brook Drive, Hershey, PA 17033(please visit thechocolatetour.com for directions and more details).
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! To register, or for more details about this event, visit thechocolatetour.com
Pennsylvania Lions Beacon Lodge Camp is a camp for special needs children and adults. It is supported by the Lions, Lioness, and Leo Clubs of Pennsylvania.
Our mission is to provide individuals with special needs the opportunity to enjoy a camping experience encompassing recreational, educational, and personal
adjustment. Our 2017 camping season starts June 3, 2017 and ends August 13, 2017.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 814-542-2511
The York County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Sunset Scramblers will present the popular Sunset Scramble bike rides along the Heritage Rail Trail this year. Each ride begins at 6:30 p.m. and is a 13- to 15-mile roundtrip journey.
Participants must bring a bike, helmet, light, water and snack money. Riders depart from the selected parking area and travel south on the Rail Trail. The rides are free with no pre-registration required. Follow York County Parks and Recreation on Twitter at twitter.com/YorkCountyParks (@YorkCountyParks) for program cancellations.
Rides are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
Parking Locations Series #1 Series #2 Series #3
Rudy Park (North. Ext) April 11 May 30 July 25
Brillhart Station April 18 June 6 Aug. 1
Glatfelter Station April 25 June 13 Aug. 8
Seven Valleys May 2 June 20 Aug. 15
Hanover Junction May 9 June 27 Aug. 22
Railroad May 16 July 11 Aug. 29
New Freedom May 23 July 18 Sept. 5
TheYork County Department of Parks and Recreation and Sunset Scramblers are pleased to announce the schedule for this year’s moonlight bike rides along the Heritage Rail Trail County Park. The monthly Saturday rides start in May and end in September. All rides begin at 8:30 p.m. with the exception of September, which starts at 7:30 p.m.
Riders on the selected nights will depart a parking area for a nine-mile roundtrip ride along the Rail Trail. After 90 minutes on the trail, riders will enjoy a snack and drinks. Participants need to supply their own bicycle, light and helmet. The program costs $5, but children under age 12 are free. Registration is not required. The schedule is as follows:
Date Starting location Distance (miles)
May 13 Brillhart Station Parking Area (S) 10
June 10 Glatfelter Station Parking Area (S) 11
July 8 Seven Valleys Parking Area (N) 10
August 12 Hanover Junction Parking Area (N) 9
September 16 Brillhart Station Parking Area (S) 8*
(N) or (S) – Starting direction of travel
*– Special astronomy program included
For updates pertinent to inclement weather, follow York County Parks and Recreation on Twitter, twitter.com/yorkcountyparks(@YorkCountyParks) or on Facebook, facebook.com/yorkcountyparks. For more information, call York County Parks at 717-840-7440 or visit yorkcountyparks.org.
The York County Department of Parks and Recreationwill host three excursion programs this year with rides designed for anyone who wants to see the parks’ backwoods and enjoy the outdoors. Participants are transported by the “People Mover,” a trailer with benches pulled by a pickup truck. Parks Program Coordinator Jeri Jones will narrate the rides. Participants should dress for the weather. In the event of rain, parks staff will cancel the trip. These one-hour rides will be on Thursdays. Registration is required.
June 15:John Rudy County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road, York. Travel through the park to see some of its features, including the Master Gardeners’ gardens, Canine Meadows, maintenance building, sport fields and view the sun through a telescope at the observatory. Rides are at 11 a.m. and 1 pm. Cost is $7 per person.
July 27:Heritage Rail Trail County Park, Brillhart Station parking area, Days Mill Road and Brillhart Station Road. Take a ride on the Rail Trail passing through Howard Tunnel and learn some of the history and folklore of the region. Departures at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person.
Oct. 12: Heritage Rail Trail County Park, Brillhart Station parking area, Days Mill Road and Brillhart Station Road. Take a ride on the Rail Trail passing through Howard Tunnel and learn about the history and folklore of the region. Some geologic information will also be shared in honor of National Earth Science Week. Departures at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person.
For more information or to register, call York County Parks at 717-840-7440. For more information on this and other programs, go to www.yorkcountyparks.org.