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Museums Posts Events June 23, 2017

The National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia, has posted its schedule of programs.

The museum is offering Make and Take Clock Workshops from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays through Aug. 28. Participants will create their own clock to take home. There is a cost to attend. Registration is required for large groups. To register, readers may call 717-684-8261, ext. 234.

A special exhibit, "Art of Time," showcases artists from around the world. The exhibit will run through January 2018.

"Watch Portraits" is a collection of unique horological work by photographer Atom Moore. The exhibit will run through December.

"James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution" is an ongoing expanded exhibit of watches worn by James Bond.

Exhibits are included with museum admission. For more information, readers may call 717-684-8261 or visit www.museumoftime.org.

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Opera Group Will Perform June 23, 2017

Center Stage Opera (CSO) will present a double bill of Leoncavallo's short opera "I Pagliacci" ("The Clowns") with Mascagni's "L'Amico Fritz" ("Friend Fritz") at several locations in June.

Sung in Italian with piano, the performances will take place in three locations in Camp Hill, York and Doylestown. The production will feature singers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Local performances will take place on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 25, at 2:30 p.m. at Covenant Moravian Church, 901 Cape Horn Road, York, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1610 Carlisle Road, Camp Hill.

Family of God Lutheran Church, 4770 Route 202, Doylestown, will host a performance on Friday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be discounted for students and will be available at the door. Cash and checks will be accepted as payment. For more information, readers may visit www.csopera.org/home.htm.

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Irish Dancers To Compete June 23, 2017

Fifteen solo dancers from The Hooley School of Irish Dance will compete at the North American Irish Dance Nationals Championships in New Orleans, La., from Tuesday, July 4, through Monday, July 10. The prestigious event draws thousands of competitors from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well as Great Britain, Ireland, and mainland Europe. In addition to the soloists, the Hooley School will be represented by a dance drama team of an additional eight dancers. The dance drama will tell the story of Hurricane Katrina and hope rising from the storm.

The Hooley dancers range in age from 8 to 20 and include four sets of siblings. Dancers are Avery Winters, Mia Kelly, Natalie Raff, Mia Rajkowski, U9; Annabelle Rajkowski and Abigail Kelly, U10; Victoria Kutz and Olivia Raff, U12; David Irwin, U13; Isabella Carper, U14; McKenna Murphy, U16; Thomas Lane and Carter Ishler, U17; Allyson McDaniel, U19; and Faith Ishler, U20.

The dancers who are competing on the dance drama team are Ellie Hartranft, Maura Hogan, Maya Murphy, Melina O'Neal, Tayten Smolinsky, Chloe Wentling, Makenna Urban, and director Faith Irwin.

The school is led by Irish Dance-certified (Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha) teacher Crystal Carper, ADCRG, and Angelina Glick Press, TCRG.

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Library Posts Photography Exhibit June 22, 2017

Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, will host an artists' reception on Friday, July 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for the 2017 summer photography exhibit that will be on display from Saturday, July 1, through Friday, July 28.

Attendees at the reception will have the opportunity to meet some of the local photographers who have their works on display in the library. Many of the works will feature nature and wildlife shots from the "No Fear Photography" group that meets at the library. Many of the pieces will be for sale. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, readers may visit www.mtpl.info/calendar or call 717-560-6441.

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Art in Balance: Motorcycles and Fine Art" June 22, 2017

Art and motorcycles will collide in style at Susquehanna Art Museum, 1401 N. Third St., Harrisburg, with the summer exhibition "Art in Balance: Motorcycles and Fine Art." "Art in Balance" will feature eight motorcycles and 20 works of fine art, presented in pairings for the consideration of the viewer. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, Sept. 17.

Members of the Susquehanna Art Museum and The State Museum of Pennsylvania will receive free reciprocal general admission to the two museums through Sunday, Sept. 10. Free parking is available for visitors directly behind the museum at the intersection of Calder and James streets. Regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more details, readers may visit www.susquehannaartmuseum.org.

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Junction Center Plans Concert June 22, 2017

The Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim, has scheduled several concerts. They will take place in Landis Hall.

The JJ Weeks Band will perform on Sunday, July 9, at 7 p.m., and Building 429 will perform on Friday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Russ Taff willl perform on Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m. He is known for his solo work and as a member of the Gaither Vocal Band and the Imperials.

Written in Kings will present a concert on Wednesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, readers may visit www.thejunctioncenter.com.

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Museum Plans Reading Railroad Days June 22, 2017

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, will highlight the history of the Reading Railroad during Reading Railroad Days, which will take place from Sunday, July 2, through Sunday, July 9.

The centerpiece of the weeklong event will be an enormous, detailed HO-scale model train layout of the Reading Railroad, which will be operated by members of the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society in the museum's climate-controlled Rolling Stock Hall. In its heyday, the Reading Company was a multifaceted industrial giant. Originally established as the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad in 1833 to transport anthracite coal, the pioneering 94-mile line evolved into a mighty corporation that served eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Operations included coal mining, iron making, canal and sea-going transportation, and shipbuilding. With its great complex of shops for locomotive and car building and repair, as well as constant advances in railroad technology, the company held a position of leadership in the railroad industry for more than a century.

During Reading Railroad Days, visitors may view Reading Company equipment in the museum's collection of more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars. These include the multiple-unit car No. 800, switching engine No. 1251, Crusader observation car No. 1, and the 1928 turntable. Visitors may also watch restoration activities taking place in the museum's workshop live via closed-circuit TV. The Stewart Junction railway education center will offer fun and challenging hands-on activities for the young and young at heart. The "Safety First: The Evolution of Railroading Safety Practices" exhibit in the second-floor gallery will also be open during Reading Railroad Days.

The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the week. Separate admission fees have been set for youths ages 3 to 11, for individuals ages 12 to 64, and for seniors age 65 and older. Children age 2 and under will be admitted free of charge. The museum offers free on-site parking and Wi-Fi.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is a Smithsonian Affiliate and one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History, with the active support of the nonprofit Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. For more information, readers may visit www.rrmuseumpa.org or call 717-687-8628.

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The History In A Name June 21, 2017

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum curator Bruce Bomberger had two goals in mind when he assembled the pieces that would become the "Signed, Stamped, and Engraved" exhibit. "I wanted to get out some of our very best Pennsylvania German pieces, and I wanted to show some of the great diversity in this collection," said Bomberger, who noted that the museum's archives include 150,000 objects.

Bomberger credited Landis Valley's recently retired site administrator, Jim Lewars, with the idea for the exhibit, which delves into the many reasons names are placed on objects. "Signed, Stamped, and Engraved" will be on display at the museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, through at least Sunday, Dec. 31.

The various displays that make up the exhibit are labeled a bit differently than in the past. Because each area represents a different reason that a name would appear on an object, Bomberger had the information printed in a larger font and placed it front and center for the observer.

The exhibit carries a variety of objects, including a pumper apparatus from the Rothsville Fire Company - which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year - along with a hotel ledger from Manheim, baseball cards, textiles, hope chests, and a family Bible, among others.

According to Bomberger, the exhibit points out the differences in demographics of the people whose names are represented on the items as it tells their stories. One stark contrast is found in a case that holds both a hope chest, probably made by a father for his daughter who, at about age 16, would begin filling it with items for her own household, and a contract for a 10-year-old girl who was an indentured servant in a Manheim Township household. The contract, dated 1808, stipulates that the girl would be indentured until age 18. In return for doing domestic work in the household, while learning to cook, sew, spin, and clean, the girl would receive shelter, clothing, and a certain amount of education. "(The man with whom she made the contract) would have been responsible for her spiritual and moral upbringing," said Bomberger. When she left his employ, she would have the bare minimum she needed to set up house, including furniture, a spinning wheel, and a cow.

Some of the items in the collection tell a larger story. A Bible, one of the few borrowed items on exhibit, has family names, including the name of the great-grandfather of George D. and Henry K. Landis, who founded the museum. Bomberger noted that the Bible was already quite old when it arrived with the first large wave of Mennonites to come to America 300 years ago in 1717. The display label explains that family members' names were not recorded in the Bible when the Mennonites lived in Europe because they lived under the threat of persecution. In America, the freedom to record those names was accorded to the family.

Not all stories are complete, and the exhibit contains a few items that have mysteries attached to them. One such item is a quilt with a number of names written or stamped on the pieces. While the quilt was known to be a gift for a woman named Caroline, the other names on the quilt represent several ethnicities, Christian denominations, and three Pennsylvania counties, and the commonality that linked the women's names is unknown.

The exhibit also contains a 1769 tombstone of a young man named Frederich Weber, who lived to be 9 years and 2 days old. "The stone was donated in 1970, but no one asked the donor where he got it," explained Bomberger. "There may be nothing else that expresses (the boy's) existence."

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum encompasses 100 acres in Manheim Township. The goal of the nonprofit organization is to collect, preserve, and interpret Pennsylvania German community history from 1740 to 1940. More information about the museum may be found by visiting www.landisvalleymuseum.org or by calling 569-0401.

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Concert Band Will Perform June 21, 2017

The Ephrata Concert Band will feature many tunes with patriotic themes as part of a concert on Sunday, July 2, at 7:15 p.m. at Ephrata Borough's Grater Park in the park band shell at the foot of Cocalico Street. The concert will be the third of the band's 2017 concerts and the first with Carl Tobias conducting.

The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside the Ephrata Recreation Center at 130 S. Academy Drive.

The first half of the July 2 program will include Fillmore's "Americans We," George M. Cohan's "Star-Spangled Spectacular," F.W. Meacham's "American Patrol," J.J. Morrisey's "Waltzing Clarinets," H.L. Walters' "Birthday Bouquet," "America the Beautiful," and John Philip Sousa's "The Liberty Bell March." Martin Hinkley, director of the band, will be the vocal soloist on Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," and the band will conclude the first half of the program with the march "Armed Forces Salute."

Sousa's march "America First" will open the second half of the program. The band will then play Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

The second half of the program will also include John Enck's "Festival Parade"; the instrumental special "Auditorium Session" featuring Glenn Beard and Bob Sweigart, percussion; a selection from Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man"; Walters' "One Finger Polka"; the Navy Hymn; and the closing march, Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Admission is free. The band will play at the park each Sunday evening through July 23.

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History Center Sets Family Programs June 21, 2017

The York County History Center will offer a new series of fun and casual activities for caregivers and babies, preschoolers, and school-age children starting in July. All the programs are free for History Center members. No registration is necessary. The programs will take place at the Colonial Complex, 157 W. Market St., York.

A Stroller Tour Series walking tour will depart from the Colonial Complex on Wednesday, July 5. The tour will last from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Attendees may bring a stroller and discover the history of York's downtown. In the event of inclement weather, readers may call to confirm if the tour has been rescheduled. There is a fee for nonmembers of the History Center.

A Preschool Activity Series event, for ages 3 to 6, will take place on Wednesday, July 12, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Attendees will walk through the kitchen garden to experience the garden's smells, colors, textures, and tastes. Attendees will find out what was grown in the garden and how it was used. Participants will complete an activity to take home. The event will take place rain or shine. There is a fee for child nonmembers of the History Center. Adult caregivers may attend for free.

A Teddy Bear Picnic, part of the Family Activity Series, will be offered on Saturday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to noon for families with children age 4 and up. Attendees may bring a blanket, a picnic lunch, and a stuffed bear. The History Center will provide games for the family and a selfie station with Colonial costumes. In the event of rain, the picnic will be moved inside. There is a fee for child nonmembers of the History Center. Adult caregivers may attend for free.

For more information, readers may visit www.yorkhistorycenter.org or call 717-848-1587, ext. 303.

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