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Lineup Announced For Mountville Lawn Concerts May 24, 2018

Series Will Run From June 3 to Aug. 19

The sounds of music will once again ring through the streets of Mountville this summer. The Mountville Lawn Concert Series features a variety of musical styles and performances free of charge, thanks to funding from the Mountville Community Services Foundation in conjunction with the Mountville Welfare Association - Ed Froelich Trust Fund.

The concerts will take place on the lawn of Mountville Church of the Brethren, College Avenue and Clay Street, Mountville. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held inside the church. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Sundays from June through August, with the exception of the final concert on Aug. 19, which will start at 6 p.m.

The series will kick off on June 3 with the Bainbridge Band, which will perform concert band music. Acoustic folk rock artist Duane Slaymaker will entertain on June 10. The Fabulous Cheeze Brothers and Sisters will rock out to hits of the '50s, '60s, and '70s on June 17. The Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band will round out the month with brass band music on June 24.

No concert will be held on July 1. The series will start up again on July 8 with a performance of "I'll Fly Away," a new show by Servant Stage Company featuring bluegrass music. The Perseverance Band of Lebanon will offer concert band music on July 15. Audiences will be treated to classic rhythm and blues from Class Act featuring Rita on July 22. The concert on July 29 will feature the Amy Banks Quartet, which will perform traditional standards with Philadelphia all-star musicians, including Aaron Graves, piano; Kevin MacConnell, bass; and Doug Hirlinger, drums, and featuring guest saxophonist and vocalist Erich Cawalla.

Steven Courtney Band will perform bluesy rock 'n' roll on Aug. 5. The Herm Miller Big Band will perform big band music on Aug. 12. The series will conclude on Aug. 19 with concert band music played by the New Holland Band.

Donations to continue the concert series will be accepted. To learn more about contributing or for additional information about the concert series, readers may call 717-285-5122.


Tours To Highlight Local History May 24, 2018 has posted special events on Saturday, June 2.

African-American Heritage Walking Tours will take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in downtown Lancaster. Tourgoers will learn about abolitionists, Underground Railroad agents, preachers, and entrepreneurs. An expert tour guide will take visitors to the important places in African-American history, including black businesses on Penn Square, the site of the Elite Hotel, the Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith historic site, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster County Courthouse, the Hamilton Club, St. James Episcopal Church, the site of the old Lancaster Train Station, Shreiner-Concord Cemetery, Fulton Hall/The Old Jail, and Central Market. Tours will last 90 minutes, and tickets may be purchased on June 2 at the Lancaster City Visitor Center, 38 Penn Square, Lancaster. Tours are given the first Saturday of each month through October.

"Thank Heaven for the English Bill," a Living History at Wheatland event, will be offered at, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster. Tours will be at noon and at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. and will last about a half-hour. In June 1858, Indiana Congressman William English introduced a bill that allowed President James Buchanan to forestall the implosion of the country. Buchanan will answer questions about the state of the union at that point, and First Lady Harriet Lane will show her moxie as a leading fashionista.

Advance tickets are highly recommended for the Living History event and can be obtained at or by calling 717-392-4633.


Kim Wins Music Competition May 24, 2018

The Hershey Symphony Orchestra has announced pianist Ethan Kim as the winner of the 18th Annual Young Artist Competition. Kim received the $1,000 William and Ruth Cagnoli Music Award and will perform with the Hershey Symphony Orchestra at the Hershey Theatre during the orchestra's 2018-19 50th season, which will commence in the fall 2018.

Kim, a rising junior at Manheim Township High School, played the first movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16. He was selected from nine young area musicians by a panel of music professionals including, Dr. Sandra Dackow, Hershey Symphony musical director and conductor; Dr. Douglas Bomberger, professor of music at Elizabethtown College; and Gretchen Decker, performer and music professor at York College.

The late William and Ruth Cagnoli of Hershey played an important role in the lives of local musicians for more than three decades. Their business, Cagnoli Music, served musicians of all ages in central Pennsylvania. The Cagnolis also owned and operated Marty's Music in Lebanon for many years. A professional woodwind player in the region, William was one of the early founders of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra and conducted the musicians on several occasions. He also spent nearly 20 years at the Lebanon Veterans Hospital as a registered music therapist. Allan Cagnoli, William and Ruth's son, provides the annual award to the Hershey Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition winner in memory of his parents, who loved music, education, and their community.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage and foster the best young classical musicians in grades seven through 11 from Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.

For more information about the Hershey Symphony Orchestra, readers may visit


Sounds Of Strasburg To Launch June 9 May 23, 2018

Big Boy Brass will perform during the first of five concerts in the Sounds of Strasburg series to be held at the Strasburg Community Park this summer season. The band's eight players will make a big sound at the park's outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The group, which made its debut in 2016, is a mix of Millersville University music education, music business, and music performance students and alumni. Known for a sound that fuses New Orleans brass band music with popular hits, rhythm and blues, funk, and jazz, the band will share its talents during this family-friendly show. A local favorite in Lancaster, the group has become well-known through performances at local venues, street corner fests, and fundraisers.

The band includes Connor Devlin on sousaphone; Ben Ewing, Jose Johnson, and Vincent Shickora on trumpet; Nick Franks on saxophone; Matt Woodson on drums; and Sam Yoder and Tim Zettlemoyer on trombone.

"We anticipate that (the musicians) will create a loud and brassy sound that results in an infectious party atmosphere. We hope to have many guests on hand for this energetic and gifted group's performance," said Dale Kaufman, president of the Strasburg Community Parks Foundation. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate the start of the summer concert season than with their upbeat brassy sound. Our guests will be sure to enjoy their original songs as well as unique arrangements of other artists' songs. I expect we will hear some selections from their recently released album, 'Live @ Tellus 360.'"

Concert attendees are advised to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating at this open-air event that will be held in the park's amphitheater. Coolers and alcoholic beverages will not be permitted. Those who wish to eat a pre-show picnic meal are welcome to use picnic tables inside and beside the park's pavilion. Food vendors will be on-site.

"We encourage our visitors to patronize our food vendors, as they serve a delicious selection of food items, cold beverages, and refreshing Italian water ices," Kaufman remarked.

The Sounds of Strasburg concert series will continue on Saturdays, July 14, Aug. 4 and 18, and Sept. 1. Admission is open to the general public and is free of charge due to financial support from local sponsors. All shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. The park's main parking lot at 151 Precision Ave., Strasburg, is reserved for handicapped-accessible parking, and a golf cart shuttle transport service is available for disabled guests. Ample off-street parking can be found along Precision Avenue.

For more information about the Big Boy Brass concert, the 2018 Sounds of Strasburg concert series, concert updates, and the Strasburg Community Park, readers may visit, find Strasburg Community Park on Facebook, or call Barb Rathbone-Frank at 717-572-6830.


Friends Will Sponsor Ramble May 23, 2018

The Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Gap will host a Ramble to the Golden and Silver States, California and Nevada, from Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 14. Participants will ride trains, enjoy the history of the Old West, and delight in scenery and attractions on the customized trip. The trip will depart from Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown.

A brochure on the ramble and a registration form are available at Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is Friday, June 15. Readers may call after the deadline to determine if spaces are still available.


Theater To Present Broadway Series May 23, 2018

Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey, will present four Broadway productions that will take the stage at the historic venue as part of its 2018-19 season. The Broadway Series programming will open with "Finding Neverland" from Tuesday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 7. "Spamalot" will take the stage in January 2019, followed by "On Your Feet!" in April and "Cats" in August.

Subscription packages for the shows are available now. Tickets for all Broadway shows will go on sale to the public on Monday, July 30, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Hershey Theatre Box Office, by visiting, or by calling 717-534-3405.


Museum Holds Car Show May 23, 2018

Car show season at the AACA Museum Inc. has begun, with the Cars 4 Critters Car Show taking place on May 12.

This year's show expanded to include a variety of makes and models of vehicles, not just exotic sports cars. The show supported Castaway Critters, The James A. Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals, a fundraising partner for the event.

The award winners include the Best American Car, Todd Hoover, 2002 Dodge Viper; Best Asian Car, Bryan McCree, 2013 Scion FR-S; Best British Car, Jere Haigh, 2015 Ultima; Best European Car, Terry Brubaker, 2016 Volvo polestar; Best German Car, Daniel Groninger, 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo; Best Italian Car, Rhys Myers, 2006 Lamborghini Spyder; Museum 15th Anniversary Award, Steve Landersman, 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado; People's Choice, John Rinehart, 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS; and Best of Show, Rhys Myers, 2006 Lamborghini Spyder.

Chase, the new K-9 officer from Lower Paxton Township, greeted guests. Castaway Critters was on-site with several dogs that were in search of their forever homes.

Local TV meteorologist Tom Russell served as master of ceremonies, and disc jockey Kyle Atwell played music for the event.

Upcoming car shows will include a car cruise-in with the AACA Hershey Region on Friday, June 1; A Bus Spring Fling on Saturday, June 2; CARnival Car Show and 15th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 16; Buick Club of America Mason-Dixon Chapter on Saturday, June 30; Cadillac and LaSalle Club show on Saturday, July 7; a Wish Upon a Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, benefitting Make-A-Wish Foundation; Corvair Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 22; and the Matchbox Toy Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 23.

For a full listing, readers may visit


University Professor To Present Talk May 23, 2018

The Millersville Area Historical Society will meet on Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m. in the Millersville Municipal Center, 100 Municipal Drive.

Dr. Robyn Lily Davis, associate professor of history at Millersville University (MU), will present on the topic "The Whiskey Boys and the Watermelon Army: Tax Protests on the Pennsylvania Frontier." Beginning in 1791, farmers in western Pennsylvania protested the new federal excise on distilled spirits. Resistance grew into a rebellion that, by 1794, instigated an armed confrontation with the national government. To suppress the uprising, President George Washington led a 13,000-man army into the field. Davis will explain that the Whiskey Rebellion was not only a battle about taxes, but it was a contest over the meaning of the American Revolution. A question-and-answer session will follow the talk.

Davis, the colonial and Revolutionary American specialist at MU, holds memberships in numerous career-related organizations, including the American and Pennsylvania Historical Associations, the History of Science Society, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. The Lancaster resident began teaching at MU in 2012, after serving as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she received her doctorate and master's degrees in history. Fluent in French and Spanish, the native New Yorker earned her bachelor's degree in French literature at Columbia University.

The event is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. For more information, readers may call 717-872-8837 before 5 p.m. or email


Zimmerman Family Plans Concert May 23, 2018


Historical Commission Plans Open Houses May 22, 2018

The Edith P. Moore one-room schoolhouse, 9 N. Village Ave., Lionville, and the Cadwalader House, 21 N. Village Ave., Lionville, will be open to the public on Sunday, June 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. Members of the Uwchlan Township Historical Commission will be present to provide information and answer questions.

The schoolhouse was established in 1859 and operated as a township school for 100 years. In the building, visitors may view the 1880 slate chalkboard, desks, books and the cast iron stove that heated the room.

The Cadwalader House, circa 1712, served as the meeting and worship site for the Welsh Quakers who were the principal settlers in the township. The house features a permanent display of models of historic buildings that were part of the Lionville Village. In June and July, the house will include a display of vintage tea cups from Patricia Meister's collection, which includes cups from England, France, Poland, Germany, Japan and occupied Japan.


Area Historical Society To Meet May 22, 2018

The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will hold a meeting on Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m. in the Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Dr. William Watson, a professor of history at Immaculata University. He will present "Duffy's Cut," the story of the deaths of 57 Irish immigrant railroad workers on the Main Line.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 717-442-9240 or search for Sadsbury Township Historical Society on Facebook.


Summer Theater Camps Scheduled May 22, 2018

Theatre Arts For Everyone (TAFE) will offer summer theater camps for students. For additional information, readers may visit or call 717-884-8233.

Story to Stage day camps will be offered from Monday, July 9, to Friday, July 13. Children ages 5 and 6 will attend from 9 a.m. to noon, and children ages 7 to 9 will attend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Everything Theatre Camp will be offered to youths ages 10 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and from Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20. Participants will experience all of the non-technical theater arts, including being a playwright, acting, directing, and stage management.

Step Back in Time, designed for youths ages 11 to 19, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday, July 30, to Friday, Aug. 3. Campers will spend a week immersed in King Henry's England and then attend the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair's Youth Day on Thursday, Aug. 2, and share all they learned on Friday.

There is a cost to participate. Some work and financial need scholarships are available. The summer camps will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 700 E. Market St., York.


Art Exhibition Slated May 22, 2018

On Sunday, June 10, the second art exhibition of the 2018 season will open with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown. The exhibit will feature the work of Karen Riedy and will remain on display through Friday, Aug. 3.

The reception is free and open to the public. Music will be provided by Nicole Seiberling and Zane Ruth, members of the band Simple Tenants. Refreshments will be served.

Riedy grew up in a family of artists but did not begin painting until her children were grown. Her mother had worked in watercolors, so Riedy selected that medium when she began painting. She has studied under various teachers, including Rey Malici, Susan Tilton Pecora, Lynn Yancha, Glenn Blue, Pam Wenger, and Janet Rogers. She enjoys painting people, animals, and nature. Riedy is married to a minister. She has three children, three children-in-law, and five grandchildren.

For more information, readers may visit or call the library at 717-993-2404.


White Rose Chorus Receives Awards May 22, 2018

In a multi-state regional competition in Virginia, the White Rose Chorus won two honors. First, the chorus was awarded the 2018 Central Division Plateau A Chorus Champion plaque. The group also went on to win the plaque for the 2018 Central Division Most Improved Chorus.

The White Rose Chorus of York is affiliated with the global Barbershop Harmony Society. The group rehearses on Thursday evenings at Senior Commons on Powder Mill Road in York. New choir members are welcome.


Friends Plan Poland Tour May 22, 2018

The Friends of the York County History Center have planned a 12-day trip to Poland. The tour will be filled with visits to important landmarks and new, exciting experiences. Destinations will include Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Torun, and Gdansk.

There will be an informational presentation at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York, for those who are interested in the trip.

For more information or to sign up for the meeting, readers may contact Lynn Pentecost at 717-881-7859. For more information on Friends of the History Center, readers may visit


Klein To Receive Lukens Award May 22, 2018

The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum (NISHM) in Coatesville has announced that its 12th annual Rebecca Lukens Award will be presented to historic preservationist and museum management consultant Janet S. Klein.

The award will be presented to Klein at a reception in the Lukens National Historic District, 50 S. First Ave., Coatesville, on Thursday, May 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased, and reservations are required. For event information and reservations, readers may contact NISHM at 610-384-9282 or visit

The award was established by the Graystone Society to honor individuals who exhibit the qualities of Rebecca Lukens. Klein proved vital in the seminal stages of the restoration of Terracina, the home of Rebecca Lukens' daughter Isabella Huston and the first historic home in the Lukens National Historic District.

According to Eugene DiOrio, a Graystone founder and historical adviser for NISHM, the William Penn Foundation initially underwrote programs for historic house assistance in the Philadelphia region. The group applied for the grant, and Klein paid a visit and was impressed. Although the group did not win that year, it did the following year, and Terracina was chosen as one of six houses to receive operational and restorative advice from experts.

Klein, a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is known for her work inspiring and promoting Fairmount Park house tours for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is also credited with the creation of such projects as The Liberty Trail, for which she designed and promoted a 165-mile automobile route of historical attractions, installed road signs, and produced and distributed a corresponding color map and brochure. She became affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which provided technical assistance to 18 historic house museum agencies. Klein has also served in various capacities with numerous organizations and businesses.


History Center Joins Program May 22, 2018

The York County History Center is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families during the summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program was slated to begin on Memorial Day, May 28, and run through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at

Site information and museum hours are available at


Smucker To Perform At Cafe May 22, 2018

Singer-songwriter Jessica Smucker will be in concert at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, June 2. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and music will start at 7:30 p.m.

For much of her life, Smucker sang for fun and dabbled on the piano, but her real passions were poetry and nonfiction writing. She published numerous poems and essays in magazines and literary journals as a young adult, but as time went by she increasingly found herself turning to the piano for inspiration. She is now eight years into her music career.

Smucker has performed all over the U.S. and has won several national songwriting contests, including the Connecticut Folk Festival Song Competition in 2013 and SolarFest's Singer/Songwriter Showcase Competition in 2010. She has opened for acts like Cheryl Wheeler, Bill Staines, and The Kennedys; shared festival stages with Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Dar Williams, Antje Duvekot, and others; and co-billed with performers like Heather Maloney and The Stray Birds. She released her second full-length album, "Tumbling After," in September 2014.

To learn more about Smucker, readers may visit

Admission to the event is free. Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. The cafe can be contacted at 717-478-3672 or


Storytelling Program Announced May 22, 2018

Rock Ford, Plantation 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, has announced the return of its summer storytelling program, Stories on the Porch. It will be offered on Tuesdays, June 19 to Aug. 7. Programs will begin at 10 a.m. and run for approximately 30 minutes.

During this program, a Rock Ford docent reads a selected story of Early America to children while gathered on the porch of the mansion. Following the story, children participate in an activity. Afterward, children and their caregivers may enjoy the grounds of the plantation.

Stories on the Porch is geared toward children from preschool through fifth grade. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. The event is free, but donations will be welcome.

Reservations are not required. Programs will be held rain or shine.

Historic Rock Ford is operated by the nonprofit Rock Ford Foundation and is open for tours on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from April to October. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-392-7223.


Living History Schedule Posted May 21, 2018

The National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, has announced the 2018 Living History schedule for the spring and summer 2018.

Encampments will include infantry units and more, and museum visitors will be able to see the flash and smell the smoke of Civil War muskets and rifles. Visitors are encouraged to visit the camps and ask living historians questions about their attire, food rations, and daily life. Most infantry groups will perform loading and firing demonstrations each day, as well. Saturday demonstrations will be at 11a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., and Sunday demonstrations will be at 1 and 3 p.m.

The schedule of Saturday and Sunday events is as follows: June 2 and 3, 24th North Carolina; June 9 and 10, 4th Maryland Light Artillery; June 16 and 17, 87th Pennsylvania; June 23 and 24, Thompson's Battery; July 7 and 8, 2nd South Carolina, Co. I; and Aug. 18 and 19, 2nd Rhode Island, Co. B.

Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.

For a complete listing of events at the museum, readers may visit or call 717-260-1861.

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