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Sample the vino as you explore the wineries along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail during the 10th Annual Tour de Tanks. The event is held Saturdays & Sundays March 7-29, 2015 from Noon to 5:00 pm. The ultimate wine tasting experience! You can partake in exclusive tank and barrel tastings and special educational tours. At each winery’s tasting room along the trail, you’ll discover unique Chambourcin blends, crisp Pinot Grigio, and tantalizing fruit wines. Light refreshments are available as you sample the year’s newest wines.
You have the opportunity to visit twenty wineries that make up the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. Click here for a complete listing of wineries. Tickets can be purchased online or at participating locations. Each ticket includes a collectible wine glass, wine tastings, light refreshments, and presentations. It also includes an exclusive 10% discount on wine purchases at participating wineries.
Sponsored by the American Quilter’s Society (AQS), you’ll find a large variety of products including magazines, books, workshops, patterns, fabrics, catalogs, notions, contests and more. Enjoy hundreds of stunning quilts, huge vendor malls and fun workshops at the AQS QuiltWeek March 11-14, 2015 at the Lancaster County Convention Center located at 3 East Vine Street.
Participate in a variety of workshops with world-renown instructors. There is an additional cost for each workshop. Classes are offered at all skill levels from beginners to advanced on traditional techniques to the latest in surface embellishment. View the complete list of workshops. Hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Wednesday to Friday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online and if bought 30 days before QuiltWeek you save 10%. View the event schedule that includes guest speakers and internationally known authors. For more information on the quilt show or the American Quilter’s Society, visit www.AmericanQuilter.com or call 270-898-7903.
Immerse yourself in the incredible QuiltWeek Experience!
The American Music Theatre located in Lancaster County opened in 1997 with a mission to create an extraordinary musical experience. This is the only theatre of its kind in the country that hosts both touring concerts and original shows. The 2015 season offers a variety of performances from Broadway tours to famous rock stars to stand-up comedians.
Show performances for January & February include:
Upcoming shows that are on sale in January include:
For more information about each of the shows, visit the American Music Theatre website. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 800-648-4102.
This is a great time to visit Lancaster County. Take advantage of our Cabin Fever Special – book a two night stay and get the second night FREE! Many of our area attractions offer unique programs and it is an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. We are sure that you’ll find something of interest to bring you to the B.F. Hiestand House in January. Here is what’s happening…
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum offers a Winter Workshop: Heirloom Seed Project, Attracting Birds and Butterflies on January 10, 2015. This two-part interactive program will show you how to attract birds and butterflies to your garden by providing food, water, habitat and nesting sites.
Join Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez on January 10 and January 20, 2015 at the Lancaster County Parks Environmental Center for an opportunity to watch and learn about wildlife in winter. Learn identification and tracking skills to use throughout the seasons.
The Fulton Opera House hosts the Classic Concert Series: Cabin Fever on January 16-18, 2015. You’ll have no more winter blues after listening to the evocative percussion of Peck’s Glory and the Grandeur, the inspirational interpretation of the festive Mozart ‘Turkish’ with rising violin star Asi Mathatius, and the most endearing of Brahms’ four symphonic works, Symphony No. 2.
The American Music Theatre is having an Elvis Birthday Bash on January 17 and 18, 2015. Widely considered the premier Elvis impersonators, Scott Bruce and Mike Albert return to perform as the young and old Elvis, respectively. Mike Albert has been featured on Oprah Winfrey and Inside Edition, and often appears with Elvis’ original group, the Jordanaires. On January 23 stand-up comedian Billy Gardell is on stage and on January 24 join Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss for an evening of cakes, stories and fun.
On January 17, 18 and 19, 2015 the Antique Automotive Antique Club of America (AACA) Museum hosts a Community Weekend. Throughout the weekend, admission to the Museum will be $7 to everyone and will feature a “CARS” Scavenger Hunt in the Museum. The Museum’s original and restored vintage vehicles are displayed in such a way as to bring the history of the automobile to life.
Is every snowflake different? Learn about snowflakes with Naturalist Karen Waltemyer at the Lancaster County Parks Environmental Center who will answer all your questions at her slideshow presentation on January 18, 2015.
The Ephrata Cloister hosts an adult Winter History Class on January 22, 2015 that brings together scholars, volunteers, staff and interested guests to explore the history of the Historic Cloister, the Pennsylvania German world and early Pennsylvania and local history.
The worldwide hit “Fiddler on the Roof” will be preformed at Lancaster Bible College’s Winter Musical. This Broadway musical promises to be fun for the whole family.
See you in January!
Pennsylvania has the most things dropped or raised in the country on New Year's Eve. This year ring in the New Year by joining the festivities at one of our local communities. All within close proximity to the B.F. Hiestand House Bed and Breakfast, you'll find unique items raised or dropped that are special to that community. The festivities include entertainment, fireworks, food, and more.
Hallam is 10 minutes. Festivities begin at 7 pm at the corner of Friendship & Forney Avenue's. A replica of the Haines Shoe House is dropped at midnight.
East Petersburg is 20 minutes. Festivities begin at 10 pm On the Square with ice sculpting, music and a large Haydn's Jug is dropped at midnight.
Lancaster is 20 minutes. Festivities begin at 10 pm in the 100 block of N. Queen Street. Free concert by Swift Techniques and a red rose is lowered at midnight along with fireworks.
York is 20 minutes. Festivities begin at 10 pm on Continental Square. A white rose is dropped at midnight followed by a fireworks display.
Hershey is 30 minutes. Festivities begin at 9 pm on the Square. Free entertainment by The Swaines, All Jacked Up and Alex & Sierra (season 3 winners of the X Factor USA). A Hershey Kiss is raised at the Historic Press Building at midnight.
May your New Year be blessed with peace, love and joy!
This holiday season give an early present to that special someone - tickets to an extraordinary live theatre performance and an overnight stay or two with us. Enjoy one of these performances now on stage!
The American Music Theatre is a unique venue that hosts many original shows meaning that they are written, directed and produced completely in house. This includes their popular "Christmas Show: Joy to the World." Performances are Tuesday through Sunday now through December 30 with afternoon and evening shows. Visit the website for dates and times. Tickets can be purchased online. It is a musical memory that you won't want to miss this holiday season.
It will be snowing inside The Fulton Theatre a National Historic Landmark. The ever popular and heart warming show "White Christmas" makes the stage. Enjoy the spectacular singing and dancing of this classic Bing Crosby film. Performances are Tuesday to Sunday from November 18 through January 4 with evening and afternoon shows. Visit the website for show dates and times. Tickets can be purchased online. Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!
The Ten Commandments, one of the greatest Biblical epics of the Old Testament, comes to life on stage at the Sight & Sound Theatre, the largest Christian live theatre in the U.S. "Moses" takes you back in time to the grandeur and power of ancient Egypt and the oppression of the Hebrew slaves. Afternoon and evening performances are Tuesday to Saturday now through April 18, 2015. Visit the website for show dates and times. Tickets can be purchased online. Wonder in amazement the parting of the Red Sea and the Burning Bush.
A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol is now on stage at The Susquehanna Stage Co. located in historic Marietta. Evening shows are available December 5-7 and 11-13. A 2 pm matinee is available on December 14. Don’t miss this entertaining show about the mayhem of a live radio show.Visit the website for show times. Tickets can be purchased online.
At the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center located in York, PA, you’ll find everything from family-friendly performances to variety acts to amazing concerts and hilarious stand-up stars. Visit the website for show times and to purchase tickets. Upcoming events include:
Nov 26: Lightwire Theatre: A Very Electric Christmas
Nov 29: York Symphony Orchestra Pops: Christmas Pops Spectacular
Nov 30: Jim Brickman On a Winter’s Night
Dec 3: Evil Dead – the Musical
Dec 5: The Wizards of Winter: A Trans-Siberian Experience
Dec 6: David Bromberg Quintet
Dec 7: Michael McDonald: This Christmas, An Evening of Holiday & Hits
Dec 13 & 14: Midstate Ballet: The Nutcracker
This holiday season; rejoice in the spirit of the season at one of our many local dinner theatres. All offer quality performances with top-notch professional actors and serve a delicious meal prior to the show. Each theatre offers a unique dinner theatre experience and is a fun place to enjoy with family and friends.
The Rainbow Dinner Theatre, located in Paradise, is an all-comedy dinner theatre offering wonderful Broadway comedy and an all-you-can-eat buffet. “Burglar’s Holiday” (a Christmas comedy) will be performed November 1 to December 28. Matinees, evening and twilight shows are available Tuesday through Sunday. Visit the website for dates and times. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 800-292-4301.
The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, located in Lancaster, is in its 26th season of bringing traditional classics to the stage. Enjoy an All-American buffet. “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be performed from November 1 to December 23. Matinees, evening and twilight shows are available Tuesday through Sunday. Visit the website for dates and times. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 717-898-1900.
The Theatre in the Mansion at Mount Hope Estate & Winery, located in Manheim, offers a special twist on the Dickens’ classics and a unique dining experience at the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern. “A Dickens of a Christmas” will be performed December 3 to December 23. Matinees and evening shows are available daily. Visit the website for dates and times. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Virtual Box Office or in the Mount Hope Estate Wine Shop. Performances sell out quickly so it is advised to buy tickets in advance.
Bring the whole family and create a new holiday tradition!
One of the oldest, continuous, holiday tours in Pennsylvania, the 49th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held on December 7 from 11am to 7pm. Spend the day visiting eight private homes located in the small town of Marietta along the Susquehanna River. One of the homes on this year's tour is the B. F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy a variety of events from carriage rides, a Victorian Tea, table decorating display, strolling carolers, Nissley Vineyard Wine Tasting & Sales, Artists & crafters, and Susquehanna Stage "Dickens' Market." This is a walking tour and shuttle buses will be available from the parking area and between sites. Parking is available at the Donegal Intermediate School located at 1177 River Road in Marietta.
Tickets are available in advance at select local businesses until November 29 for $17 or online and day of for $20. Visit the website for more information. Proceeds from this event are used by the Marietta Restoration Association to maintain and restore many of the historic buildings in town such as Old Town Hall, the Union Meeting House and the Bank Building.
Marietta is the quintessential small town. Incorporated in 1812, Marietta was a major anthracite iron and lumber industry center during the 19th and early 20th century. Its economic history has positioned Marietta to be the jewel it is today. Many homes still have their historic character intact. More than half of Marietta is now designated a National Historic District and is recognized for its restoration efforts.
While you are in town for the Candlelight Tour, enjoy Marietta's unique restaurants and historic charm. Stop by Shank's Tavern established in 1814 to help observe its 200th year in a friendly neighborhood tavern.
Summer has ended, kids are back to school and Fall is here! October is a great time to enjoy the cooler temperatures and Fall colors by participating in a variety of outdoor activities.
October 4: Bridge Bust is an annual festival that is held on the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge joining Columbia in Lancaster County to Wrightsville in York County. Browse through more than 300 antiques, crafts, arts and food vendors. Stop to enjoy the live entertainment as you take in the spectacular view of the mighty Susquehanna River. Festival hours are 8 am to 4 pm. Visit www.parivertowns.com for more information.
Now thru November 30: Covered Bridge Scooter Ride. Want to see exceptional views of the Lancaster County countryside especially the Amish farms? Then hop onto a one or two person 50 cc scooter and enjoy a guided covered bridge tour. You will experience a unique way to explore over 40 miles of Amish country back roads. For more information go to www.strasburgscooters.com.
October 11 & 12: 56th Annual Harvest Day Event at the Landis Valley Museum. Watch apples become apple butter, witness wool go from sheep to shawl and take in a plowing demonstration or horse drawn wagon ride. Taste homemade cider and fresh turned ice cream. Hours are 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit www.landisvalleymuseum.org.
October 18: Rocks & Ruins at Chickies Rock. Join Geologist Jeri Jones and Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel for a one-mile history walk at Chickies Rock County Park. Starting at the Breezyview Overlook, north of Columbia, you will hike down a steep trail to the Susquehanna Heritage Trail. Learn about the Susquehanna River, the infamous Chickies Rock and the 19th century iron industry. For more information and to register, call 717-295-2055.
October 18: Fall Canoe Trip. Naturalists Lisa Sanchez and Christina Schwindinger will lead a canoe trip down the Conestoga River. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the river and the glorious fall foliage. Bring a packed lunch. Meet at the Lancaster County Environmental Center where you will be shuttled to and from the river. For more information and to register, call 717-295-2055.
October 25: Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk. Jog or walk the scenic 5K course through the historic Woodward Hill Cemetery and the Lancaster County Central Park. A “spooktacular” fun day. Race begins at 9:15am. Register online or day of. Benefits the Lancaster YMCA and Woodward Hill Cemetery.
October 29: Trick or Treat in the Vineyard. Come in costume (optional) and participate in the 2nd Annual Trick or Treat event at The Vineyard at Grandview located in Mount Joy. Enjoy a hay ride through the vineyard, taste the wine and enjoy good food. Hours are 4 pm to 6:30 pm. Visit www.thevineyardatgrandview.com for more information.
Come as you are and have a frightfully spooky Halloween in Lancaster County. From haunting theatre to ghost tours to thrilling coaster rides, experience one or more of these after dark attractions.
Opening September 12 and every weekend through November 9, Field of Screams offers a number of heart-stopping attractions such as Haunted Hayride, Den of Darkness, and Frightmare Asylum. Each attraction is unique and filled with horrifying thrills and terror. Located in Mountville, you can purchase tickets for one or all of the attractions. Live bands, special events and competitions are held each weekend.
Hear seldom-told folklore stories and walk among the long-departed spirits. Experience an entertaining evening on The Candlelight Walking Tour. Your costumed tour guide will share frightening tales of haunted mansions, eerie graveyards and spirits that roam the historic streets of Strasburg. Tours are available Friday and Saturday in September, nightly in October and Saturdays in November. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.
Experience Hersheypark in the Dark with its thrilling “roller ghosters,” spooktacular attractions and live entertainment. Open weekends in October and November from October 17 to November 2. Hersheypark is transformed into a Halloween treat and after 9:00 pm take the opportunity to ride the Lightning Racer, Wildcat and Comet with the track lights OFF for a frightfully fun time. Enjoy your favorite Halloween tunes performed by the “Bunsen & The Burners” and the “Screaming Mummies.” Encounter creatures of the night at Zoo America. Bring your flashlight and get a glimpse of more than 200 native North American animal’s nighttime habits. Visit the website (link) for times, prices and to purchase tickets online.
Guests to the Historic Mount Hope Mansion in Manheim will experience the tales of Poe Evermore. The year is 1846, and Mr. Edgar Allan Poe and his Louisiana natives will share haunting works of mystery, horror and suspense. Beginning November 5 through November 16, mid-week and weekend performance are available. Make it a lunch and a show or dinner and a show at the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern adjacent to the Mount Hope Mansion. There are limited meal and show combination tickets. For meal and show times and availability visit the website. Reservations are recommended and tickets can be purchased online.