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President Buchanan Re-enactor To Entertain At HMPS Dinner August 21, 2017

The community is invited to attend the seventh annual Tavern Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Haldeman Mansion, 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge. Entertainment for the evening will be a historical re-enactment of conversations between President James Buchanan and Samuel, Horace, and Paris Haldeman.

The dinner, hosted by the Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society (HMPS), pays homage to the times in the 19th century when taverns were the heart of a community. HMPS board member Elaine Jackson noted that in those days people would meet at taverns to socialize and hear the latest news.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a homemade dinner prepared by the members of the HMPS events committee. Appetizers will include a variety of cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, and mint tea and other beverages. The dinner menu will be pear salad, butternut bisque soup, baked ham with a raisin sauce, scalloped potatoes, and baked corn.

As the meal winds down, guests will be served coffee and tea and homemade carrot cake for dessert, and the historical presentation will begin. HMPS board member Dale Good wrote the program based on letters written between President Buchanan and members of the Haldeman family.

Doug O'Brien will make an appearance as President Buchanan. O'Brien is a retired broadcaster who spent most of his career working in New York City. He began giving tours at Wheatland shortly after moving to Lancaster in 2014 and has experience doing re-enactments of President Buchanan and other historical figures associated with him. O'Brien serves as a member of the marketing committee and volunteers at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. He is married to Lancaster native Catherine Smith, and the couple has one daughter and two granddaughters who reside in Tennessee.

Guests can enjoy listening to the re-enactment while taking in the beauty of the mansion, which was built in four stages and was completed in 1811. The home was the birthplace of Samuel Haldeman, who became a prominent and respected scientist and scholar, largely through self-study, and made significant contributions in the fields of zoology and linguistics, according to Samuel was the eldest of nine siblings. His younger brother Horace served in the Mexican and Civil wars, and their younger brother Paris traveled by wagon to the California Gold Rush.

There is a fee per person for the dinner. Reservations are required and should be made by Tuesday, Sept. 5, by contacting Jackson at 717-426-3794. Space is limited.

Proceeds from the event will support the ongoing preservation of the Haldeman Mansion.

Free tours of the historic Haldeman Mansion are offered to the public during open houses on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The property is also available to rent for weddings, reunions, and other celebrations.

For more information on the Tavern Dinner and other events at the mansion, readers may visit


Community Chorus Seeks Members August 18, 2017

The Elizabethtown Community Chorus is seeking new members. People age 15 and up of all voice parts and singing abilities are welcome. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and the last day to join is Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The chorus rehearses on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:20 p.m. in Leffler Chapel/Musser Auditorium on the campus of Elizabethtown College, 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown. Concert performances are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 3.

Readers with questions may contact Matthew Fritz at or 717-361-1112.


Church Posts Auditions For Cabaret August 17, 2017

Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 S. Mount Joy St., Elizabethtown, will hold auditions for its first Community Cabaret on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors are asked to use the carport entrance.

People of all ages are welcome. Duets, trios, and group performances are welcome, and musical acts should bring either sheet music for the piano accompanist or an accompaniment CD. Non-musical scenes from a public domain play or musical with one or more performers will be accepted, and comedy scenes are preferred. Pop songs, profanity, and suggestive lines or lyrics are prohibited.

Rehearsals will occur on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, with performances at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22. The event will be free and open to the public, with a freewill offering received to benefit a local charity. For details, call Deborah Santiago at 717-917-4378.


World War II Encampment Slated August 17, 2017

The Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage Village at Muddy Creek Forks, 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville, invites the public to a World War II encampment weekend set for Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The village will offer a 1940s atmosphere with World War II posters and swing music. More than two dozen WWII re-enactors in authentic uniforms representing both the Allies and Axis countries are expected to be present to interact with visitors. A variety of vehicles and weapons used during the WWII era will be present as well.

Visitors will also see how the railroad supported the war effort and was affected by it. Due to gasoline rationing during the war, the Ma and Pa saw passenger traffic more than quadruple from 1940 to 1943.

Additionally, 45-minute motorcar train rides and tours of the village will also be offered during the encampment.

The Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage Village is open every Sunday through Sept. 3, and it will also be open on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. Admission to the village and buildings is free. Hourly motorcar train rides are available for a fee, and advance tickets can be purchased at

For more information or to schedule a group visit or private event, readers may visit the website or email


Women's Chorus Plans Open Houses August 17, 2017

Women of all ages who are interested in singing a cappella are invited to attend open houses hosted by Red Rose City Chorus. Visitors are welcome to attend any or all of three rehearsals, set for Mondays, Aug. 28, Sept. 11, and Sept. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 Market St., Lititz.

Red Rose City Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide women's barbershop organization. The chorus performs songs in both the barbershop and a cappella styles.

Those who attend the open house will learn a song and will be welcome to perform with the chorus at its annual show at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, on Saturday, Sept. 23. All learning materials will be provided. Reading music is not necessary. Melody and harmony singers of all voice parts are needed.

The open house is free. Registration is encouraged but not necessary. To register, readers may call Cheryl at 717-627-1587.


Playhouse Unveils Its 2018 Schedule August 17, 2017

Thought-provoking dramas, inspirational stories, heartwarming tales, and comedies will all be a part of Hershey Area Playhouse's 2018 season. The Hershey Area Playhouse, 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey, will kick off its 18th season in February 2018 with "The Secret Garden," a musical about Mary Lennox, who is sent to live in England after her parents die in India. "Italian American Reconciliation" will follow in April, with "Once Upon a Mattress" as the playhouse's summer show in July 2018.

October will bring the production of "Inherit the Wind." Rounding out the playhouse's 2018 season will be the Christmas show, which will take place in December. The title will be unwrapped at a future date.

All performances will take place at Hershey Area Playhouse. Discounted season tickets are available by purchasing at least four shows. Individual tickets are also available. For tickets and more information, readers may visit


HAAA To Offer Fall Classes August 17, 2017

The Hershey Area Art Association (HAAA) will offer a lineup of art classes in the fall. There is a cost to attend, with a discount for HAAA members. For more details and registration, readers may visit

Abstractly Yours will be offered on Thursdays, Sept. 21 to Nov. 9, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Realistic Oil Painting will be held on Wednesdays, Sept. 27 to Nov. 15, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting will be held at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9.

Paint Together Sessions will be held on Mondays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 30, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. No instruction will be provided, just artistic camaraderie. Oil Painting with Relaxed Style will be held on Fridays, Sept. 22 to Nov. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with no class on Nov. 10.


Choral Group Seeks Singers August 17, 2017

The Voices of Palmyra is looking for singers who enjoy singing and putting on concerts. Registration to sing in the chorus's Christmas concert will begin Tuesdays, Sept. 5 and 12, at 7 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer United Church of Christ, 500 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey. Chorus rehearsal will follow registration.

During rehearsal on Sept. 12, the chorus will hold a meet-and-greet for those who are thinking about joining but would like to sing with the chorus for a week before making a decision to join. Light refreshments will be served.

The Christmas concert is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 10.

Rehearsals are held weekly from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer. No auditions are required, though there is a registration fee. For more information, readers may call 717-473-8019.


Berks Military History Museum Opens August 16, 2017

Veterans, local officials and members of the community joined state Rep. Mark Gillen on Aug. 12 for the grand opening of the Berks Military History Museum (BMHM), located at 198 E. Wyomissing Ave., Mohnton. The museum, housed in a former wagon works, includes photos, newspaper articles and memorabilia that have been loaned or donated to the museum.

A large crowd gathered for opening ceremonies, followed by tours of the museum led by volunteers. Gillen, who conceived of the idea to establish the museum several years ago, credited the volunteers for making the opening of the building possible.

"This museum is a miracle in and of itself," Gillen stated. "It is a testament to the faith and hard work of a lot of volunteers. For 20 out of 24 hours a day over the past few weeks and months, this building has been occupied by volunteers."

Gillen explained that the nonprofit BMHM charity purchased the building, which was constructed in 1873, in June 2016. Display cases were added to display objects such as dog tags and medals worn by local veterans. Also featured are uniforms, weapons, flags and military equipment.

A section of the railway that ran under the World Trade Center and was damaged during the Sept. 11 attacks is featured at the entrance to the museum as part of a memorial to those who lost their lives during the attacks. Additionally, members of the Women Veterans of Berks County helped create a room for a women veterans display.

"If you look around the building and you don't see what you donated on display, we will rotate the displays and use every artifact that has been provided for us," Gillen told those in attendance.

Gillen explained that in addition to displaying artifacts, the building has a room that can used for meetings by veterans groups.

Gillen pointed out that the museum's motto is "Remembering Those Who Served." "We are here to honor those who served," he stated. "We are not interested in war. We are about peace. Sometimes it takes men and women putting on uniforms to keep the peace."

Guests at the event included members of Mohnton Borough Council, state Sen. Judy Schwank, state Sen. David Argall, state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie and state Rep. Jim Cox, among others. State Rep. Barry Jozwiak, Gillen's colleague at the House of Representatives, presented him with a plaque for his efforts in opening the museum. The keynote speaker was Brig. Gen. Anthony Carelli, adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

The BMHM, which is located next to Mohnton Park, will be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional hours will be added at a later date as volunteers become available.

School groups, senior groups and veterans organizations can make an appointment to view the collection. For more information, readers may visit or


WWII Program Planned August 16, 2017

The Tri-County Heritage Society, Morgantown, has rescheduled its World War II program, originally scheduled for June 6, to Saturday, Aug. 26. The event will be held in the Community Room of the Caernarvon Township Municipal Building, 3307 Main St., Morgantown, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The society has researched the 75 WWII veterans listed on the Caernarvon Township War Memorial located at the American Legion in Joanna and compiled a booklet of this information along with additional biographies of local and society member WWII veterans. There will be various displays of World War II memorabilia. Period music with be played.

A Rosie the Riveter contest will be held. Anyone coming dressed as the iconic woman worker of the period will be entered to win a prize. A cake walk will be held at 2 p.m. A silent auction will be held of WWII military items and vintage items from the 1940s. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be door prizes.

The public is invited to attend the free event. For more information, readers may visit or contact Diane Bowman at 610-286-6991.


Duo To Perform At Cafe August 16, 2017

Singer-songwriter duo Ben Hallowell and Joe Navin will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, Aug. 26. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30 p.m.

The duo started playing in the beginning of 2013, joining several open microphone communities and starting several others. They play covers and original songs.

Admission to the upcoming concert is free. Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. For more information, readers may call 717-478-3672, email, or visit or


History Center Will Be Closed August 16, 2017

All sites of the York County History Center will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day holiday. The museums will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

For information on programming and museum exhibits, readers may visit


Fall ART in mARTin August 16, 2017

Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, is seeking submissions of up to 50 pieces of art for its September "ART in mARTin" event. This quarter's gallery, themed "Latino Heritage," will go on display Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the library. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, in conjunction with the library's Latino Heritage Celebration.

Artists are invited to submit four original pieces of 2-D or 3-D artwork. The artwork must be wired for hanging (no saw tooth hangers) and have a maximum frame size of 48 by 36 inches. Photos of artwork should be submitted to Each image should be labeled with the artist's last name and title of the piece. The body of the email should include artist contact information, the name of each piece, dimensions, media type, and price. The deadline for entry is Friday, Aug. 18, by 5 p.m.

Artists will be notified of their acceptance by Wednesday, Aug. 23. At that time, the library will provide a gallery contract and notify artists of artwork intake times. All artwork must be delivered to Martin Library by Wednesday, Aug. 30. Readers may call Stephanie Auker at 717-849-6926 or Sarah Fretz at 717-849-6949 for more information.


Riffe Named To DreamWrights Post August 15, 2017

DreamWrights Center for Community Arts has hired Laurie Riffe as director of artistic programming. Riffe has 23 years of professional experience as a director, teacher, mentor, coach, and performer. During her career, she has worked with youths and adults, built programs, and expanded opportunities.

Riffe has worked for Shakespeare and Company, American Shakespeare Center, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, The Young Actor's Ensemble, and Westridge School. A member of Actor's Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Riffe holds a Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and performance from Mary Baldwin University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

She has directed 70 productions and performed in more than 100. Highlights of Riffe's career include involvement with the opening of ImaginOn, a partnership between Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library System, and directing for the Shakespeare in the Courts program, a partnership between Shakespeare and Company and The Berkshire Juvenile Court.

Riffe will be in attendance on Thursday, Sept. 28, when DreamWrights celebrates its 20th anniversary with the greater York community. During the events, DreamWrights will also show off its new studio space and upgraded facilities. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about DreamWrights, 100 Carlisle Ave., York, readers may visit


CPYB Posts Season Lineup August 15, 2017

The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) has announced its 2017-18 performance season.

The season will open with "Hansel and Gretel," the Alan Hineline adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22.

CPYB will present George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" for the 25th year in the Sunoco Theater at Whitaker Center on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10, and at the Hershey Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17. The show will include choreography, elaborate stage elements, enhanced lighting, and visual effects. The Hershey performances will feature the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Stuart Malina.

The world premiere of Hineline's new adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be presented on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, 2018.

The season will conclude with the June Series, CPYB's mixed repertory production featuring five programs displaying new works by contemporary choreographers, classic works, and more. The June Series will take place from Wednesday to Saturday, June 20 to 23, 2018.

Single tickets will be available for purchase beginning on Friday, Sept. 1. To purchase tickets, readers may call the Whitaker Center at 717-214-ARTS (2787), visit, or stop by the Whitaker Box Office at Whitaker Center, 222 N. Market St., Harrisburg. Tickets for the Hershey performances of "The Nutcracker" may be purchased by calling Hershey Theatre at 717-534-3405, visiting or stopping by the box office at the theater, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey.


Historical Society Plans Meeting August 15, 2017

The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will hold a meeting on Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m in the Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

Guest speaker Paul Kutta will give a presentation on the topic "Railroads in the Area." Kutta worked in the railroad industry for 35 years and is a past member of the National Railway Historical Society.

Admission is free, and visitors are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

For more information, call 717-442-9240 or search for "Sadsbury Township Historical Society" on Facebook.


Half-Day Field Trips Planned August 15, 2017

Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will offer half-day field trips on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. The tour will visit numerous locations, including the house of Martin Mellinger, the prominent deacon who gave the congregation its name.

To register, visit or call 717-393-9745. The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 21, and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Bible Festival Programs Posted August 15, 2017

The 2017 Mount Gretna Bible Festival will continue with several events, all of which will take place at the Mount Gretna Tabernacle, located on the Campmeeting grounds at Third Street and Otterbein Avenue. The Mount Gretna Campmeeting grounds are on the south side of Route 117. Admission is free for all the programs. A freewill offering will be received. Parking is available at the lot behind the fire hall on Boulevard. On Aug. 6, attendees may also park at the Mount Gretna Roller Rink.

The National Christian Choir, headquartered in the nation's capital, will perform on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. The choir sang its first concert in 1984 in Constitution Hall and has since performed at many venues across the nation, including two appearances in California's Crystal Cathedral. The choir's mission, which reflects Psalm 95, is to glorify God through a ministry of music.

The Brothers in Grace quartet will perform on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. Bobby Gernert will make a special appearance with the group, which has performed Southern gospel music throughout the Mid-Atlantic region since Brothers in Grace's founding in 1994.

Dave Stahl and the Sacred Orchestra will lead a worship service on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m. The group will offer familiar hymns played in a new style, along with personal witness testimonies. At 7 p.m., the Rev. Tom Long will provide a message.

Long last spoke at the Tabernacle 20 years ago. Since then, he has preached and offered guidance for pastors at the start of their careers. Long is the director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His career at Emory University has focused on the history and practice of preaching.


Chorus Plans Registration August 11, 2017

The Hummelstown Community Singers will begin rehearsals for the fall season with registration on Mondays, Aug. 21 and 28 and Sept. 11, at 7:15 p.m. Registration will take place in the sanctuary of Hummelstown United Church of Christ, 104 E. Main St.

The Hummelstown Community Singers group performs two concerts each year, as well as performances at area retirement and life care communities and local events. Practices are held on Mondays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The only requirement for membership is a registration fee to cover the cost of the music. The group is open to people age 16 and up, and no audition is required.

For more information, readers may contact Valerie at 717-566-9312 or Barbara at 717-566-6601. Information is also available by searching for "Hummelstown Community Singers" on Facebook.


AACA Museum Shares News August 10, 2017

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum Inc., 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, recently announced its newest project - the Clyne Gateway Exhibition Gallery. Construction of the new gallery will begin later this summer, with an estimated completion for fall of this year.

The museum's Clyne Gallery is the visitor's entry portal to the AACA Museum Inc. and turns the space into a vintage automobile dealership façade, complete with chrome and glass. Inside will be space for two to three vehicles, artifacts, and automotive advertising. The new space will have an innovative use in that it will allow the museum to partner with many marque clubs or similar groups to showcase some interesting vehicles related to their club or organization.

With this vision, the first exhibit will feature The National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) and will be slated for the gallery opening this fall into the spring of 2018. For the fall of 2018, the International Thunderbird Club (ITC) will be featured in the gallery. In between these exhibits, the space will be used for the summer 2018 exhibit "The Road to Safer Cars," which is guest curated by Roger White, Smithsonian, National Museum of American History, as part of the museum-wide summer 2018 exhibit. The AACA Museum invites inquiries from automotive clubs and organizations who would like to be a part of the space for future exhibits.

There is an admission fee to the museum, with discounts for seniors age 61 and older and children ages 4 to 12. Admission is free for children age 3 and under and AACA members. Blue Star Museum families will be admitted for free through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, readers may call 717-566-7100 or visit

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