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Students' Artwork Sought For Posters September 20, 2018

Celebrating York's Unity Through 10,000 Acts of Kindness is seeking artwork to include on posters throughout the county over the next 10 months.

To enter the contest, students from preschool through grade 12 are invited to draw or paint a picture of what kindness looks to them on 8.5-by-11-inch paper. There will be one winner for preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school.

Winners will be chosen by local artists Carol Oldenburg and Ophelia Chambliss and local art teachers. Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 15, at and will be honored at an event hosted by Creative York later in October.

Participants are asked to send their submissions to I-ron-ics, 256 W. Philadelphia St., York 17401. The student's name, age, grade, school, and phone number must be included on the back of the artwork. All artwork must be postmarked by Monday, Oct. 1.

For more information, readers may email with "Kindness Poster" in the subject line or email


Concert To Feature Guest Quartet September 20, 2018


Drama Kids Will Offer Classes September 19, 2018

Central York, Dallastown, Red Lion, and Southern York school districts have reached agreements with Drama Kids of York County to allow students in 14 elementary schools to participate in Drama Kids' developmental school year program during the 2018-19 school year. Each class will meet once per week for one hour and will feature Drama Kids' curriculum consisting of more than 450 lesson plans.

In addition to the 14 public elementary school classes, director Yolanda Olmstead and her team of trained teachers will offer classes at the Eastern Branch YMCA, Paul Smith Library, Red Lion Recreation Center, and the Spring Grove Recreation Center. She expects to have more than 200 students enrolled by December. Classes are filling quickly.

For more information or to enroll a child, readers may visit


Historical Society To Sponsor Presentation September 19, 2018

The Lower Windsor Area Historical Society will sponsor a presentation by Stephen H. Smith on "Phineas Davis and York's Railroad Heritage" on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Windsor Township Community Building, 2425 Craley Road, Lower Level. The venue is located 1 mile west of Craley on Route 624.

All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Readers with questions may call the historical society at 717-246-8735.


Performances Of "Treasure Island" Set September 19, 2018

The musical adventure "Treasure Island" opened at the Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, on Sept. 20. Previews were planned for Sept. 18 amd 19.

The show, based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, was written and directed by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark, with music by Robin, who is celebrating 10 years as the Fulton's artistic director. The Fulton's performances will feature a cast of 36 and a 17-piece orchestra.

The show also features orchestrations by David Siegel, lighting design by Paul Black and Colin Riebel, scenic design by Thomas M. Ryan, costume design by Ryan J. Moller, wig and makeup designs by Anthony Lascoskie Jr., prop designs by Katelin Walsko, sound designs by Jacob Mishler, music direction by Ray Fellman, and casting by Bob Cline.

The story tells of young Jim Hawkins, who is left orphaned and inherits a treasure map that interests swashbuckler Long John Silver. The cast is led by Michael Nigro as Jim Hawkins and Jeremiah James as Long John Silver and features James Patterson, Michael Iannucci, James Michael Reilly, and David Girolmo.

Performances will take place from Sept. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 14. For a complete schedule, readers may visit


CPYB Announces Performances September 19, 2018

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) announced its 2018-19 performances. The season will feature "Cinderella's Ball" on Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts with Alan Hineline's reimagined tale of what really happened the night Cinderella met her prince.

The season will continue with George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" in December, Alan Hineline's "Romeo and Juliet" in April 2019, and the Summer Ballet Series in June 2019. Ticket prices vary by production.

For ticket information and more details, readers may visit


Showing Of "The Wall" Scheduled September 19, 2018

A showing of "The Wall" will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, in the Weinstock Lecture Hall, Willman Business Center, York College, 441 Country Club Road, York. The event is open to the public free of charge and will include a community discussion about immigration issues.

The 80-minute documentary was part of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning report "The Wall: Untold Stories, Unintended Consequences" by the Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network. More information about the project is available at


Museum Offers Book Options September 19, 2018

"The Heisler Locomotive 1891-1941," the definitive history of the Heisler Locomotive Works, has been revised and updated, and is being reprinted. The manufacturer of over 600 geared steam locomotives, over 30 fireless steam locomotives, and a single diesel-electric during its 50 years of production, the Heisler Locomotive Works is profiled in this 200-page softcover book.

Originally published by Benjamin F. G. Kline Jr, the book features a detailed builder's list and owners' index, patent drawings, specification tables and more than 200 black-and-white photographs, in addition to the comprehensive text. Copies of "The Heisler Locomotive 1891-1941" may be preordered from the Whistle Stop Shop at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, by contacting or 717-687-8628, ext. 3005, or stopping by during regular business hours. Expected delivery is by Thursday, Nov. 1, in time for holiday giving.

"An American Railroad Dream: My Life As A Railroad Engineer" by Susie Gaglia is also for sale. Gaglia will be one of the featured presenters during the museum's upcoming Members Day event on Saturday, Sept. 29, and attendees can have her sign their book during the event.

For more information, readers may visit


LSO Moves To New Location September 18, 2018

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has moved its offices from North Arch Street to a new location at 48 N. Christian St., Suite 200, Lancaster. The move was necessary to better suit the needs of both the staff and patrons. With the recent purchase of ticketing software, all tickets are being sold directly through the LSO box office rather than through multiple performance venues.

The new office location boasts an 1,800-square-foot open concept floor plan, three enclosed offices, a large music library room, spacious reception and box office area, kitchenette and ADA compliant restroom. The common area will serve multiple purposes and include a conference and entertainment space. The showpiece of the office is a recently donated baby grand piano that will be used for intimate performances and special events.

Now in its 72nd season, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra is an organization of professional musicians serving 32,000 music enthusiasts with 12 yearly subscription concerts.


Appell Center Adds To Schedule September 18, 2018

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., York, has added new programming to its 2018-19 season. The additions include nine big stage performances, four new CapLive shows, the return of CapComedy, two film festivals, and more.

Memberships are tax-deductible and provide the opportunity to get choice seats, plus new benefits, including free tickets to film and comedy in the Capitol. To see a full schedule or to purchase tickets or Appell Center memberships, readers may visit or call the box office at 717-846-1111.


Tape, Trees, And More September 18, 2018

Harvest Festival Will Feature Historic Crafts

"This is really like coming home," said Susan Faulkner Weaver, reflecting on her planned participation as a demonstrator at the Conestoga Area Historical Society's annual Harvest Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 4 p.m. The event will take place on the society's museum grounds, 51 Kendig Road, Conestoga.

"It struck me that this is my own background, and I should be involved," Weaver continued. She noted that she graduated from Penn Manor High School and then Millersville University. Her interest in handweaving has taken her to Mexico, and she has explored a wide range of weaving techniques from an array of cultures. Recently, she published a book on handwoven tape. Before the invention of elastic and zippers, Americans in the 18th and early 19th centuries used narrow bands of woven tape to fasten their clothing, close sacks, and even hold up their stockings.

"In Pennsylvania German culture, communities had village weavers (of cloth)," Weaver explained. "Tape looms were small, portable devices. Almost every household had one. They were so valuable. Family members would take turns weaving - if you had a spare minute, you'd sit down at the loom and weave a few rows. Everyone had a hand in it, from children to grandparents."

During the Harvest Festival, Weaver will have a variety of tapes and looms displayed, and folks may try their hands at weaving. Other fiber artists will be on hand to demonstrate spinning, dyeing, and cloth-weaving.

Another German-influenced craft is that of feather trees. Ron and Carol Wardell of Lititz will display examples of the holiday decorations, which were popular from the mid- to late-1800s. Carol explained that the trees were invented in Germany as the result of deforestation. They are made by wrapping goose feathers around straight branches to create sparse yet strong frames from which to display ornaments.

"The oldest ones are 5 or 6 feet tall," Carol remarked. "I can't imagine making that."

Based on a design perfected by Ron, who is a mechanical engineer, Carol makes feather trees that range in height from 18 to 54 inches. Ron continues to assist by building museum reproduction bases and attaching the wrapped branches to the trunks. Additionally, the couple manufactures natural sisal "bottle brush" trees, German-style sheep, a variety of fences and structures, and ornaments.

"Both of our grandparents were Germanic, so we stick with those," Ron said.

Additional craftspeople will demonstrate pottery-making, woodworking, tinsmithing, blacksmithing, broom-making, rug-making, cobbling, and the creation of powder horns decorated with scrimshaw. Early American farm machinery and water rams will be on display. The squirrel tail bake oven and the open hearth fireplace in the Harnish House will be in operation. Activities for children will include pumpkin painting and the opportunity to play with early American toys. Live music will be played by Dillweed. Food will be available for purchase from a Manor Township caterer.

Also, the historical society will have reproductions of various antique wall maps available for purchase. These include Manor Township circa 1852, Lancaster County circa 1852, and the new American Republic circa 1846.

No admission fee will be charged for the Harvest Festival, but donations will be accepted. For more information, readers may call the museum at 717-872-1699.


Red Lion Area Historical Society Will Kick Off Fall Programs September 18, 2018

The Red Lion Area Historical Society will kick off its fall season of programs on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m., at St. John's United Church of Christ, 161 N. Main St., Red Lion. The program will be "Wash Day." Bob and Sue Lee of the Wringer Center will share their antique laundry collection and explain how clothes were cleaned in the past.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Parking is available behind the church. For more information, readers may call Robin Miller at 717-244-1912.


Susquehanna Chorale Slates Concerts September 18, 2018

The Susquehanna Chorale has announced its 2018-19 concert season, titled "The Susquehanna Chorale: Make It Your Tradition." The chorale is a nationally acclaimed adult chamber ensemble of 36 auditioned singers. It was founded in 1981 by artistic director and conductor Linda L. Tedford.

The Youth Choral Festival will kick off the new season with a concert on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. at the High Center at Messiah College, 1 College Ave., Grantham. The intergenerational event will feature performances by the 160 voices of the chorale's educational choirs for children, youths, and young women, as well as the Susquehanna Chorale.

The Candlelight Christmas concerts will feature guest brass and percussion instrumentalists from Messiah College. The concerts will feature Lara Hoggaard's "Personent Hodie" ("On This Day"), Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria," Glenn Rudolph's "The Dream Isaiah Saw," Dan Forrest's "Festive First Noel" and "The Work of Christmas," and "A Musicological Journey Through the 12 Days of Christmas." The concerts will conclude with the chorale's traditional finale, "Silent Night," sung in the round by candlelight. Performances will take place on Friday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. at the High Center; Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 S. Mount Joy St., Elizabethtown; and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. at Market Square Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Second St., Harrisburg. A 15-minute prelude will be presented by the Messiah College Faculty Brass prior to each concert.

"Singing the Dance of Life" will be the theme of the spring concert series. The repertoire ranges from chant and other selections from the Renaissance and Baroque eras to a mix of works by modern and classic composers, including standards from the American Songbook. Guest artist Dr. Todd Goranson will accompany the chorale on saxophone. Performances will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019, at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey, and Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the High Center. Both concerts will start at 8 p.m. A pre-concert recital will be presented by Goranson beginning 15 minutes prior to each concert.

Also this season, the chorale will join the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Messiah College Concert Choir, and the Messiah College Choral Arts Society for two performances of "Gloria" by Francis Poulenc on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, 2019, at the Forum in Harrisburg.

To purchase tickets or subscriptions, readers may visit or call the Messiah College box office at 717-691-6036. Subscriptions may be purchased through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more people.


Area Historical Society To Meet September 18, 2018

The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will meet on Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

Guest speaker Gerry Treadway will discuss the Parkesburg Iron Works.

Visitors are welcome, and admission is free. Light refreshments will be served after the program. For more information, readers may call 717-442-9240 or search for "Sadsbury Township Historical Society" on Facebook.


Historical Society Plans Meeting September 13, 2018

The Historical Society of Salisbury Township will meet on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Salisbury Township Building, 5581 Old Philadelphia Pike, White Horse. Gloria Slater will present a program titled "A Bird's-Eye View of the Holocaust."

Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call 717-442-4071.


Donegal Society Sets Bus Trip September 13, 2018

The Donegal Society is sponsoring a bus trip to the American Philosophical Society (APS) in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The trip will also include a tour of the Peale Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank Museum, as well as the Library of the APS, where the group will see some documents relating to the early frontier days of the Donegal area of Lancaster County.

The APS was founded by Benjamin Franklin 275 years ago, and the group will be able to view "Franklin's Footsteps," an exhibit highlighting the groundbreaking work of APS members and the innovations they have made that changed the world. Members have calculated the size of the solar system, explored distant lands, unearthed ancient fossils, invented computer technologies, cured diseases, and walked on the moon.

Highlights of the exhibition include David Rittenhouse's astronomical telescope, Benjamin Franklin's personal library books, one of Lewis and Clark's journals from their expedition, and photographs of the first Bikini Atoll atomic bomb test.

The society is sponsoring four students from Donegal High School to attend the trip. The bus will leave Donegal Presbyterian Church, 1891 Donegal Springs Road, Mount Joy, at 8:30 a.m. and will return at approximately 4:30 p.m. A lunch will be included.

There is a per-person cost. The deadline to register is Saturday, Oct. 6. For more information, including how to register, readers may call Lisa at 717-203-8830.


Display To Highlight Road Maps September 13, 2018

The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, will highlight road maps in a display that is guest-curated by Dave Leach of the Road Map Collectors Association (RMCA). Visitors will be able to learn about collecting road maps and see a display featuring examples of early maps and later maps.

The display is being offered in conjunction with the RMCA, which will host MapCon, its annual convention, at the museum on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22. Museum visitors are encouraged to stop by the event, and there is no additional admission charge to the convention. Readers may visit to get connected with the RMCA, which was founded in 1994 and has several hundred members in the United States and abroad.

Other current exhibits feature Mustangs, Thunderbirds, the Prototype DeLorean, and the 1985 Modena Spyder, the vehicle in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Beginning in mid-November, the museum will feature "Land Yachts: Post-WWII Luxury Convertibles," along with the annual "Cars and Christmas" holiday celebration with decorated trees and model trains.


Prima Announces New Location September 13, 2018

Since its genesis in 2010, Prima, a contemporary theater organization in Lancaster, has performed at more than a dozen venues across Lancaster County. Being nomadic has limited performance dates, consumed nearly one-third of the organization's annual budget, and depleted nearly 40 percent of staff time, while also inconveniencing audiences.

To address this challenge, Carol Culliton of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, as well as Sequinox, has made visionary investments toward Prima acquiring a home in the western part of Lancaster city. Formerly known as the Hamilton Ballroom, the new Prima venue, located at 941 Wheatland Ave. in Lancaster, offers 125 free parking spaces with a 200-person capacity. The space will offer flexible seating and staging arrangements, including in-the-round, thrust, and proscenium setups. With the design and construction leadership of TONO Group, Prima's new home is undergoing a transformation to become a contemporary destination for theater, music, film, and special events. Prima will be situated for complete hospitality services with a full kitchen. Illuminated Integration is installing state-of-the-art audio, video, and lighting equipment. Total improvements include an initial investment of over $500,000.

Prima plans to offer multiple series of events, including MainStage and Altro (concert) Series, as well as musically focused film. In addition to Prima programming, the venue will also be a unique venue for business and personal special events. With a grand opening concert production of Piano Men, which will run from Friday, Dec. 7, to Saturday, Dec. 15, Prima will begin offering more performance dates and variety in programming in a well-equipped venue.

In order to utilize this new community resource to its fullest potential, a three-year, $3.2 million effort has begun called FWD, launching forward Prima's new home. Nearly half of the funds to be raised ($1.57 million) have been committed thus far for renovations, lease, and operational growth. Contributions are now being sought for investments in furthering the Prima experience for the Lancaster community. Gifts to FWD will expand artistic programming and support artists, including student internships and local performers. Prima launched the announcement of the new venue with a music video. To view the video or to donate, readers may visit


Local Student To Perform In National Production September 13, 2018

Eighth-grader Seth Erdley played the title role of Oliver Twist in the production of "Oliver!" at Northeastern Middle School in February. Seth is now in New York City rehearsing for his role as one of the brothers in the national tour of "Finding Neverland," which is the tale behind the creation of the story of "Peter Pan."

Local residents may see Seth in the 2018-19 tour when it opens on Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 2 to 7, at Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey. Northeastern High School Dramatics recommends that students and staff attend the show on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., as this is the Family Night on Broadway showing with special entertainment prior to the show and reduced rates for tickets, which are limited. Attendees will travel independently, but car pooling is being arranged. Also, assistance will be offered to students with financial difficulty to offset the ticket price.

Tickets are available at

Additionally, readers may follow Seth's adventures at the Instagram handle @seth_in_neverland. To view the show's official program, readers may visit


Singers Sought For Christmas Concert September 13, 2018

Southern Lancaster County (SLC) Community Choirs will host a community Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville. While readers are welcome to put the event on their calendars, director Rebecca Hess is announcing the performance several months in advance because she is recruiting vocalists to be part of the choirs that will perform that night.

"Singers are invited from the Solanco community and beyond," Hess said. "The mass choir will include singers in grade nine through adult, while a children's choir will involve students in grades four through eight."

Hess noted that interested singers should be able to read music or learn parts on their own with the assistance of rehearsal tracks, which will be provided. There will be a number of rehearsals, the dates of which are being confirmed. There is a cost to participate, but part of the fee will be refunded after the sheet music is returned following the concert. The deadline to register to participate in one of the choirs is Monday, Oct. 1.

The SLC Community Choirs groups will be joined in the concert by the Solanco High School jazz band and chorale. Tickets for admission will go on sale closer to the event. All proceeds from the event will support the Solanco Education Foundation (SEF), which funds numerous teacher grants and student scholarships each year. Hess related that her children attend fifth grade and kindergarten at Solanco schools, and she teaches private piano and voice lessons to families in the district. As a result, she is aware of the foundation and the work it does.

Hess noted that the choirs have hosted community events to fund two $2,000 scholarships, but the logistics are challenging. "We decided, why reinvent the wheel?" she said. "SEF is funding and awarding lots of grants and scholarships, so let's combine our efforts with theirs. If our concert can help a few additional teachers and/or graduating seniors, it (will be) well worth the effort."

For more information about the community Christmas concert or to register for one of the choirs, readers may email Hess at

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