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Bike Ride To Showcase Local Area April 28, 2017

Manor Township was home to numerous settlements of Native Americans. Participants in a 16-mile bike ride on Saturday, May 13, will explore this area, with tours leaving every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and noon. The tours will begin and end at Ann Letort Elementary School, 561 Letort Road, Washington Boro. Support will be available if needed.

Groups of bikers will experience the saga at 11 stops along the way, where historians and Native American storytellers will present 10-minute historical and cultural stories.

The ride is not meant to be too difficult even though it rests among the "River Hills." The tour is intended to be an enjoyable and educational experience for families, school groups, and individuals wanting to learn more of the area's native history. Individuals who are unable to ride may drive the route, but they are asked to start at the school in order to carpool.

In addition, Barry Lee of Spirit Wing will give a concert of contemporary and traditional Native American music at 3 p.m. at the longhouse on the grounds of the Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street. The longhouse will be open, and storytellers will be available to answer questions. Attendees sould bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Bike tour registrants should arrive 20 minutes before their start time. Groups intending to ride together should make their request when registering. To register for the bike tour or the concert and longhouse tour, readers may visit or call 393-9745.

In the case of inclement weather, the tour will be held on Sunday, May 14, with groups beginning at 2 p.m. The concert will be at 7 p.m.


Music Association Announces Events April 28, 2017

Harmonia Music Association has announced National Music Week events.

On Sunday, May 7, at 7 p.m., the annual Festival of Choirs with eight participating groups will be held at Kochenderfer's United Methodist Church, 1105 Kochenderfer Road, Lebanon.

On Monday, May 8, at 6 p.m., the annual banquet will be held at Hebron Banquet Hall, 701 E. Walnut St., Lebanon. Banquet reservations were due by May 1. At 7:30 p.m., the Lebanon County Musicians Hall of Fame 2017 induction will be free and open to the public. The inductees are Mary Beazley, James H. Garrett Jr., Russell C. Hatz, David Lazorcik, Bonita Luciotti, and Patricia Walter. For information on the induction, readers may call Pat Walter at 273-0915.

On Sunday, May 14, at 7 p.m., National Federation of Music Clubs scholarship winners William Hume, piano, and Paul Bergeron, cello, who are both Eastman School of Music students, will perform a fundraiser concert at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 22 S. Sixth St., Lebanon. Separate admission fees have been set for adults and students.


Hempfield Sets Dance Theatre April 28, 2017

Hempfield High School, 200 Stanley Ave., Landisville, will present "A Night in the Museum" as the 33rd annual Dance Theatre production, created and directed by Cody Smith. Performances will take place in the high school's Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 14.

A senior citizen preview performance of "A Night in the Museum" is slated for Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. The dress rehearsal is free to all residents of Hempfield School District who are age 65 and older. Tickets and preregistration are not necessary for the preview.

In the 2017 production, iconic works of art will come to life with the use of multimedia technology and the language of dance. Degas' ballerinas will dance off of the canvas, and audience members will be able to feel the movement of Monet's "Water Lilies" and Van Gogh's "Starry Night," and the haunting quality of Munch's "The Scream." The production will also explore the rise of various art movements, including graffiti art, abstract art, and surrealism. Sculpture and a natural history exhibit, along with the planetarium and the well-known space race, will also be part of the production.

Dance Theatre has a cast of more than 100 student dancers. Senior principal dancers include Bethany Joyce and Rachel Smith, with junior principal dancers including Audrey Kepple, Grace Bruckner, Jordan Hooks, and Emily Young. Sophomore principal dancers include Megan Kosmela, Rachel Male, Alaina Simmons, and Katie White.

All seating is reserved, and separate costs have been set for adults and for students, children, and seniors age 65 and up. Tickets may be purchased at or at the box office on Wednesday, May 10, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The box office will also open 45 minutes prior to show time for ticket sales.


School District Plans Concerts April 20, 2017

Lampeter-Strasburg School District will host a series of spring concerts showcasing the talents of student instrumentalists and singers. All concerts are free and open to community members.

The concerts will be as follows: Thursday, April 27, jazz band; Tuesday, May 2, high school band; Thursday, May 11, high school chorus and orchestra; Tuesday, May 23, grades four and five chorus, orchestra, and band concert; Thursday, May 25, grades six through eight band, chorus, Madrigals, and orchestra.

All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at the high school, 1600 Book Road, Lampeter. The high school and Martin Meylin Middle School marching bands also will perform in the Strasburg Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29, at 9 a.m.


Roundtable Meeting Posted April 20, 2017

The Central Pennsylvania World War II Roundtable will meet on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 433 E. Main St., Hummelstown.

The speaker will be Art Lentz, who served with the 119th Infantry, 30th Division. In January 1945, while carrying hand grenades and other ammunition to his troops, Lentz was shot by a German sniper. He was flown to a hospital in France for treatment. Lentz recovered from his facial wounds and rejoined his company. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, readers may contact Charlie Lloyd at or 503-2862 or visit


Theater Performances Slated April 20, 2017

Spring theater performances have been set at Elizabethtown College, 1 Alpha Drive. Productions will take place in the college's Tempest Theatre. Separate ticket costs have been set for each production.

"Getting Out," a play written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and performed by Elizabethtown College Theatre, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28, as well as at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. Performances were also held on April 20 to 22.

Arlene, known as Arlie in her rebellious youth, wants to start a new life as she emerges from prison. However, Arlene and Arlie, played by two different actresses, fight for control. Michael Swanson is the director of the production, Richard Wolf-Spencer is the scenic and lighting designer, and Teresa Wolf-Spencer is the costume designer. The sound designer is Tyler Rossi, the makeup designer is Jason Mountain, and the stage manager is Emily Leister.

Additionally, the one-woman play "My Brilliant Divorce" will be performed as Kierra Swisher's senior theater project at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. The play, written by Geraldine Aron, focuses on main character Angela's journey back to happiness.

Readers may reserve tickets by calling 361-1170 or emailing


Historical Society Plans Tour Of Cuba April 20, 2017

The Hershey Derry Township Historical Society will offer a trip to Cuba from Thursday, Nov. 30, to Friday, Dec. 8. There is a cost to participate, and group size is limited.

A special feature of the itinerary is a half-day tour of Hershey, Cuba, the village, plantation, and refinery established in 1916 by Milton Hershey to provide sugar for chocolate production. Other highlights will include visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Trinidad and Old Havana, Ernest Hemingway's home, art museums and public markets, and culturally enriching performances by musicians and traditional dance troupes plus the scenery of national parks and coastal vistas of the Caribbean.

Deposits are due by Sunday, April 30. For more details, readers may visit or contact 520-0748 or


Dayspring Will Stage "Anne Of Green Gables" April 19, 2017

Dayspring Christian Academy will present a musical adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved novel "Anne of Green Gables" at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28, and at 1:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, in the school's auditorium at 120 College Ave., Mountville. The show was written by Wayne Scott and is an original LifeHouse production.

"Anne of Green Gables" is the story of a young orphan girl's quest for a place to call home. The touching tale about the hopes and dreams of a girl with a big imagination is filled with heartwarming drama and hilarious mishaps as the precocious Anne Shirley learns to find her way in the world and eventually into the hearts of the people of Avonlea.

"'Anne of Green Gables' is a wonderful classic that appeals to all ages," said faculty adviser Angela Adams. "Many of us can probably remember the first time we read the book and fell in love with the characters. Such a lively musical is a great way to introduce the flamboyant character of Anne to our own children."

The main character, Anne (Areanna Kroll, with Callie Smucker as understudy), has a heart for adventure, which she carries with her to her adoptive home with siblings Marilla Cuthbert (Marissa Rabold, with Lindsey Fair as understudy) and Matthew Cuthbert (Spencer Esh, understudied by Cameron MacKilligan). Not everyone in the town of Avonlea is happy with Anne's knack of getting into trouble, but Matthew understands Anne's value and works to show the rest of the town the unique, kind-hearted girl that he sees.

Adams noted that biblical principles can be found in the story. "Anne is judged based upon her appearance, especially her red hair, and sometimes her overenthusiastic imagination," she said. Adams pointed to 1 Samuel 16:7, which states that God does not pay attention to outward appearance but looks only at the heart. She noted that "Anne of Green Gables" invites its viewers to see others from God's point of view. "At Dayspring, we like to emphasize classics for their elevated language and for the glimpses of truth we find within their pages," Adams noted.

The musical will be fun and entertaining, since, as Adams mentioned, "Anne certainly does a great job of getting herself into some hilarious predicaments." People of all ages will enjoy laughing at the humorous scenarios throughout the musical and will appreciate the redemptive story woven throughout. "Anne is a wonderful example of a young girl moving toward maturity, and (the play tells the story of) the people that she influences and that influence her along the way," Adams said. "It's a very appealing story."

The people Anne encounters in Avonlea include her new best friend Diana Berry (Emma Hasting), an antagonizing classmate named Gilbert Blythe (Spencer Esh, understudied by Jackson Stone), and Marilla's persnickety friend, Rachel Lynde (Bryanna Still, with Kate Myers as understudy). Dayspring students who will play additional characters include Aiden Diffenderfer, Molly Bruner, Yowel Ali Bakhsh, Ali Bruner, Callie Smucker, Cole Ployd, Felicia Russo, Kate Warfel, Goldfinger Johnsons, Carly Groff, Alyssa Longenecker, Actura Diffenderfer, Eriyona Weaver, Hannah Armstrong, Mikayla Stoltzfus, Ohnika Celotto, and Sophia Arsel. Additional students will work backstage, and Alyssa Shuman will run the spotlight.

Tickets for the musical may be purchased at or by calling 285-2000.


Robinson To Perform At Cafe April 19, 2017

Rob Robinson will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, April 22. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30 p.m.

Robinson is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, drummer, teacher and clinician. Over the years, he has performed pop, rock, country, folk, blues, classical and jazz. From the age of 9 into his early twenties Rob was immersed in Drum Corps International (DCI) activity, becoming the first three-time DCI national snare-drumming champion. He went on to teach and write for several university band programs and drum corps.

During his teenage years, Robinson became interested in performing popular music. He became involved with several bands and original music projects in the Philadelphia area, and he eventually toured and recorded with roots-based artist Ben Vaughn.

Robinson released his first solo album, "Catchin' A Ride," in the fall of 2013, and in 2014, he signed on with Lou DeMarco and the Momentary Love Management Group. Since then he has taken his music on the road to many U.S. cities and has been a featured guest on NPR's "Acoustic Highway." He continues to drum for artists such as Suzanne Gorman and Memphis based singer-songwriter Dan Montgomery. He is also an active clinician in the rudimental drum community and in 2007 was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. In 2012, Robinson returned to his roots by competing in and winning the DCA national snare-drumming competition. He is currently working on a follow-up solo album.

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 or 478-3672.


Local Artist To Debut River Series April 19, 2017

A painting a week for one year - creating more than 50 pieces of art - was the challenge that local artist and Columbia resident Diana Thomas set for herself in December 2015. "I wanted to stretch myself and make painting a regular part of my life instead of only an occasional pastime," Thomas said. Having lived near the Susquehanna River for more than 30 years, Thomas said she found it a fascinating and inspiring subject suitable for such a challenge, especially since the mood and color of the river changes so dramatically and often.

As part of the challenge, Thomas went to the river several times a week and took photographs of whatever interested her. She compiled the weekly photos into albums, adding a weekly written entry about her experience and thoughts on the progress of the work and the river itself. While away on vacations, she enlisted the help of friends to take photographs for her, and she continued painting during her travels.

Her desire was for the project to be challenging, but not to become impossible or overwhelming. However, late in the summer she found herself becoming discouraged as she fell behind by six to eight weeks. In order to find fresh motivation to complete the project, Thomas decided to reach out to organizations whose work it is to care for and promote the value, health, and history of the Susquehanna River. "I offered to lend the whole body of work to anyone who could use it in the promotion of their work for the good of the river," explained Thomas.

However, the project was put on hold in September 2016, when one of Thomas' daughters died unexpectedly. Only weeks later, her daughter's partner of 10 years died, leaving the couple's 8-year-old son an orphan. The entire family was stunned.

In the weeks that followed, Thomas continued taking photographs of the river until eventually she felt it was time to pick up the paintbrushes again. "These new paintings are a little different in style, even somewhat abstract, but then I'm different too, so I guess that is natural," commented Thomas.

"Finishing the paintings will take a little longer to complete than I planned, but life is filled with the unexpected. I've learned to go with the current," Thomas said with a laugh. "That's something I really enjoy about the river. The current washes things away but also brings something new."

"Looking back, I would most definitely do it again even if I could know what the future would hold," remarked Thomas. "Painting is a very peaceful and restorative thing for me to do, and so is spending time on the river."

The complete works of Thomas' "Current Color" series will debut during Fourth Friday in Columbia on April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the cottage at Mount Bethel Cemetery, 700 Locust St., Columbia. The exhibit will also be open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. Light refreshments will be served. The series will include 50 completed paintings and two that are partially complete. "I decided to show them in progress, as that may also be interesting to some people and I really wanted to have 52 paintings for the show," noted Thomas.

The original works are not for sale this time, but prints are available to order.

Thomas has been an artist all her life and is a 1973 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. To learn more, readers may search for "Artsy Girl" on Facebook.

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