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A-Y/Dancers To Perform November 9, 2018

The Durang Dance Collective will present A-Y/Dancers at The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N. Market St., Lancaster, on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.

A-Y/Dancers is a new repertory dance company based in New York's Hudson Valley. The group's program features three choreographers who represent the past, present, and future of American concert dance. The program begins with a collage of solos, trios, and quartets by Merce Cunningham, a 20th-century choreographer. The second piece is Doug Varone's critically acclaimed 2003 work, "Of the Earth Far Below," a group dance featuring a cast of eight dancers against Steve Reich's "Triple Quartet." Completing the program will be a work by Danika Bigley and Emmanuel Williams, selected from the Durang Dance Collective's choreographer's showcase. Hannah Garner is also credited with choreography in the program.

Founders and directors performing include Erin Landers, Claire Deane, and Sienna Blaw. They will be joined by guest dancers Piper Dye, Lauren Twomley, Emily Kessler, Madeline Robertson, Jackie Calle, and Paulina Meneses.

A dessert reception will follow. Tickets are available for purchase, with discounts available for students with ID, as well as for groups, seniors, and veterans. For tickets and more information, readers may call the box office, located at Lancaster Bible College's Good Shepherd Chapel, at 717-560-8241 or visit


Program Will Highlight Lions Club November 9, 2018

Elizabethtown Historical Society, 57 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, will host a program by Mike Myers on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.

Myers will provide an overview of the Elizabethtown Lions Club. Myers is an active member of the club, having served two terms as its president. He is a retired mechanical engineer with 35 years of civilian service with both the U.S. Army and Navy. He has been a docent at the Landis Valley Museum, guiding groups of visitors through the museum and lecturing on Pennsylvania Dutch farming and family life. During Maytown's 250th anniversary celebration, he portrayed Benjamin Franklin.

He is one of the E-town Train Guys and can be found at the Elizabethtown Public Library during the Christmas season helping to assemble and then show a large model train display. He and his wife reside in Elizabethtown. They have two children and two grandchildren.

For more details, readers may call 717-361-9382 or email


Preservation Group To Benefit From Event November 9, 2018

The Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society will be among the benefiting organizations during the Lancaster County Community Foundation's annual Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 16. Thanks to donors' support in recent years, the society has established several initiatives.

This year the society's Extraordinary Give emphasis is called "ExtraSpecial." Funds donated will be catalysts for restoration of the mansion's interior, beginning with its historic grand staircase.

Anyone with a credit card and internet access can donate by visiting on Nov. 16 between midnight and 11:59 p.m. A minimum donation has ben set. For more information, readers may contact Dale Good at 717-426-2099 or


Vocal Harmonix Invites Women To Rehearse November 9, 2018

Vocal Harmonix, a women's a cappella entertainment group based in Lancaster County, is offering women of all ages an opportunity to perform at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster.

Women curious about the chorus are welcome to spend time with the group and then sing on stage as the group presents the holiday show "Listen ... Remember ... Believe!" at the Ware Center on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. The show will also feature the Red Rose Men's Chorus.

Any woman who loves to sing and perform can be part of the show's finale when the two choruses sing in eight-part harmony. Interested women may attend 30-minute rehearsal sessions at the Vocal Harmonix rehearsal site, Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Ave., Lancaster, and learn a part.

Rehearsals began on Nov. 12 and will continue at 7 p.m. on Mondays, Nov. 19 and 26 and Dec. 3. Women are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m.

There is a nominal fee to take part, which covers materials. For those who decide to join Vocal Harmonix, the fee will be applied toward the membership dues.

Preregistration is encouraged by calling Michele at 717-625-2279. To learn more, readers may visit or find the group's page on Facebook.


New Residents To Open Old Home For Holiday Tour November 9, 2018

Early one morning, Dave DiFranco heard a horse and buggy clip-clop past his home on East Main Street in Strasburg. A bit later, the steam whistle of an iron horse wafted on the breeze. The two sounds drew a smile to Dave's face. "I can stand hearing that every day," he thought to himself.

As of Nov. 9, Dave and his wife, Debbie, are full-time residents at the house at 51 E. Main St. The couple and their son, David DiFranco Jr., previously lived in Swedesboro, N.J., but for the past two years, every weekend has been spent in their new home, rehabbing it in preparation for full-time living.

The DiFrancos initially purchased the house with David, who has since bought a home elsewhere in Strasburg. While the DiFrancos' home is new to them, it was built in 1852 and has been added to over the years. At first, neither of the DiFranco men were interested in the property, as it needed a lot of work, but Debbie saw its potential. The two men came around, and the family made an offer.

"I'm used to a very modern, 4,000-square-foot house, so this was a change," Dave remarked.

The family worked to refinish floors and paint walls. Debbie enjoyed shopping for Amish-made furniture, and she got to know more about her new community. The DiFrancos had been introduced to Lancaster County by friends approximately 15 years ago, and they had vacationed here every year since.

"Everyone here is so welcoming," Debbie observed. "This town is so friendly."

"We call this our Mayberry. It's so nice to walk to everything," Dave added.

The house is set back from the street, making room for a tiny courtyard where the DiFrancos often relax in the shade of a large tree. The wrought-iron gate will be open to ticketholders from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, as part of the Strasburg Holiday Home Tour hosted by the Strasburg Heritage Society. Folks may tour the first floor of Dave and Debbie's home, which will be decorated for Christmas.

The DiFrancos enjoy celebrating holidays, and they have been in Strasburg for the past few Halloweens. Last Christmas, while more low-key than usual, was held at the Strasburg house as well. David runs a YouTube channel, where, among other things, he posts videos of the family's celebrations. Glimpses of the house as the renovations neared completion can be seen in the two-part video of Christmas 2017. When they heard that the family planned to move from New Jersey, fans of the channel sent housewarming gifts, and several DiFranco-branded items can be found throughout the first floor.

Although the house looks good as it is now - Debbie is especially proud of the bucolic mural on the living room wall - the family still plans to add a few touches. Butcher block countertops are on the wish list for the kitchen, in which 7-foot ceilings harken back to its 19th-century origin. Dave also plans to set up a model railroad layout, but he does not expect it to be ready for the house tour.

Eight additional houses will be part of the Holiday Home Tour, and three churches will participate as well. What organizers are calling Tour Central will be set at First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 S. Decatur St., where guests may buy lunch from a Girl Scout troop and purchase tour tickets, crafts, and greens. Additionally, bids will be accepted in a silent auction for a Colonial dinner for six to eight people.

Tour tickets may be purchased at a discount through Thursday, Nov. 29, at Hart Road Potters, Main Street Antiques, and Speckled Hen. The proceeds will enable the Strasburg Heritage Society to continue its efforts to preserve historic properties and perpetuate interest in the historical and cultural heritage of the borough and surrounding area.

For more information about the Holiday Home Tour, readers may visit, find the organization on Facebook, or contact or 717-687-9039.


Talk To Focus On Steampunk November 9, 2018

On Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to noon, the National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia, invites community members to visit the Museum Theater for this month's Time Talk, which will be a conversation by Kim Jovinelli and Clayton Tongate about the parallel universes of steampunk and historical horology.

The talk will address the following questions: Why is steampunk important to horology?; What are some misconceptions and falsities linked to steampunk?; and How does steampunk educate the public using time?

The Time Talk program is free and open to the public. For more information about the museum, readers may call 717-684-8261 or visit


Hoffman To Highlight Author's Luncheon November 8, 2018

"We are excited to welcome Alice Hoffman for this year's Junior League of Lancaster author's luncheon because she is a very well-known author whose books are familiar to a wide range of people," said event chair Laura McGarry. "In addition, her newest novel, 'The Rules of Magic,' has received a lot of praise. It is exciting to welcome an author who has recently released such a great book, especially one that is tied to as familiar a story as 'Practical Magic.'"

Fans of Hoffman's novels are invited to meet the author at the luncheon, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster. Doors will open at 11 a.m., and the program will begin at noon. Attendees may purchase beverages and place bids in a silent auction prior to the sit-down meal.

Hoffman will be available to sign her books and take photos before lunch, and she will answer questions after her presentation. A local bookseller will be on-site with many of Hoffman's titles for sale. Beginning in 1977 with the publication of her first novel, "Property Of," Hoffman has published nearly 40 books for readers in a range of ages. "Practical Magic" was published in 1995 and was made into a feature film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman in 1998. The story's prequel, "The Rules of Magic," was released in 2017.

"We hope to hear Ms. Hoffman speak about her experience as an author, the differences between writing adult and Young Adult books, and the role that libraries have had in her life," McGarry remarked.

McGarry noted that this is the 16th annual author's luncheon and one of the Junior League's fundraisers. The proceeds from the event will support the mission and vision of the Junior League of Lancaster by helping to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Current and past projects include Girls + STEM, the Rain Garden Initiative, Wheatland and Rock Ford Plantation restorations, the Children's Room at Lancaster County Library, and the Hands-on House Children's Museum of Lancaster outdoor classroom.

In addition, this year the Junior League has partnered with Reach Out and Read, which is a program that provides new books to children from birth to age 5 during well-child pediatrician visits at various local doctor's offices. Luncheon guests are invited to bring new, age-appropriate books to donate to Reach Out and Read. Each book may be traded for a free entry in a prize drawing, up to three entries per person.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the luncheon, readers may visit


VFW Post Plans Dance, Craft Show November 8, 2018

Red Lion VFW Post 1446 has planned two upcoming special events.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, from 7 to 11 p.m., the post will hold a dance featuring the band Kodiak.

A craft and vendor fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, from noon to 5 p.m.

All post events are open to the public.


"Tea For Three" Scheduled November 8, 2018

Emmy Award-winning actress Elaine Bromka will star in "Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat, and Betty," a one-woman play at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

"Tea for Three" is a fictionalized account based on the lives of first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford, set in the White House during the years of 1968, 1974 and 1976. The play seeks to humanize the political scene by looking at the life of each first lady as she nears the end of her White House stay. Inspired by her roles in the PBS show "The Presidents," Bromka collaborated with playwright Eric H. Weinberger to create the show.

A free 20-minute Audience Perspective talk by a local scholar will begin at 6:45 p.m. to provide insight and perspective related to the performance.

Bromka's stage credits include Broadway and off-Broadway, and she has also done television work. She has played lead roles at regional theaters across the U.S.

To purchase tickets and for more information, readers may visit or call 717-871-7600. Tickets are also available in person at the Ware Center box office and at the Student Memorial Center, Room 103, on the Millersville University campus.


Local Musician To Perform At Kennedy Center November 8, 2018

Fifteen-year-old accordionist Cody McSherry has been asked to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. McSherry hails from Lancaster.

Though he may be young, Cody is a veteran performer, having performed on both the East Coast and West Coast as well as in Germany. He has won many national and international competitions, most recently at the Leavenworth (Washington) International Accordion Celebration. He began his musical studies with piano at the age of 4 and accordion at the age of 6, adding additional instruments to his repertoire in the ensuing years.

Cody is an accomplished musician, playing three different types of accordion (piano accordion, diatonic button accordion, and chromatic accordion). Additionally, Cody plays the piano, pipe organ, and theater organ and is an award-winning singer. He also fronts his own polka band, Polterabend (German for "noisy night"). Cody also performs in local theater productions, most recently as one of the lead performers in Servant Stage's summer production of "I'll Fly Away."

For the hour-long Kennedy Center event, Cody will perform on both piano accordion and diatonic button accordion and sing. His performance will be in the Kennedy Center's Millennium Theater on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and no tickets are needed. Those who cannot attend in person can watch the performance on the internet, as the performance will be live-streamed on the theater's website, The performance will also be archived in the theater's archives.


Christmas In The Country Set For Nov. 10 November 8, 2018

The 41st annual Christmas in the Country bazaar and craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Church of the Apostles United Church of Christ (UCC), 1850 Marietta Ave., Lancaster. The bazaar typically draws more than 1,000 visitors each year and boasts 60-plus juried crafters who are carefully selected for each new show.

This year's bazaar will include many longtime and new vendors who will feature crafts such as handmade wreaths, baskets, pillows, stained glass decorations, jewelry, paintings and other artwork, doll clothes, holiday and seasonal ornaments and decor, hand-carved wood novelties, and more. In addition to the crafters, the bazaar will include the Apostles Crafters Room, which will offer handmade craft items created throughout the year by church members. There will also be a Corner Cupboard with jams, jellies, candies, and other homemade treats.

Food will be available in the fellowship hall throughout the event. The menu will include soups, sandwiches, hot dogs, barbecue, beverages, and a large variety of homemade baked goods. The soups for sale will be vegetable beef, vegetarian chili, and chicken corn.

An assortment of homemade pies and apple dumplings will once again be made by the Bischoff family and members of the Apostles choir. This year, pie varieties will include apple, blueberry, sweet and sour cherry, and pumpkin. A selection of sugar-free pies and dumplings will also be available.

Throughout the day, special music will be presented in the sanctuary by some of Church of the Apostles' talented musicians and choir members. Visitors are invited to sit, relax, and enjoy the music during shopping breaks.

Proceeds from the food tables, Apostles Crafters, and rental fees will go to the UCC Disaster Ministries Fund, a ministry that responds to the needs of people affected by hurricanes around the world, as well as to outreach missions, community projects, and special needs of the church.

There is no charge to attend Christmas in the Country, and there will be ample parking available at the church. For more information, readers may visit or call the church office at 717-392-5718.


Concert Will Feature Flutist, Pianist November 8, 2018

Lancaster Church of the Brethren's Starlight Tea Concert Series will continue with a concert by a pair of international soloists on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at the church, 1601 Sunset Ave., Lancaster. Brazilian flutist Guilherme Andreas and Chinese pianist Gianne Ge Zhu will join forces to present a program titled "The Sound of Brazilian Classical Music." The concert will be presented as part of the church's weekend-long Celebration of Global Missions event.

Born in Jiangsu, China, Zhu began her piano study at age 5. In 2008, she came to the United States to further her training at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance and pedagogy at James Madison University (JMU). She has competed and won awards at various international competitions, including being named a finalist at the Brescia International Piano Competition in Italy.

Andreas began his musical journey in his church's wind ensemble in Brasilia, Brazil. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Brasilia and then was appointed principal flute of the Brazilian Marine Wind Symphony in Rio de Janeiro. He continued his flute studies and earned a graduate diploma in chamber music at the Brazilian Music Conservatory. He also studied at JMU and the Peabody Institute. Currently, Andreas serves as music director of Grace City Church of Baltimore and was recently appointed principal flute of the chamber orchestra Symphony Number One. He has won various competitions, including first prize in the São Paulo Symphony Masterclass Competition. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall performing with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

All Starlight Tea concerts are free, and a freewill offering is received. A tea and cookies reception with the artists will follow.

For more information, readers may call 717-397-4751 or visit


Historical Society Posts Meeting November 8, 2018

The Mount Joy Area Historical Society, 120 Fairview St., will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. Guest speaker Robert Kinsey, a historian, will speak about "Water-Powered Grist Mills of Northwest Lancaster County." Kinsey has visited more than 1,300 mills in 25 states since retiring from teaching in the Middletown Area School District.

Parking is available in the Rainbow's End Youth Center parking lot in front of the building and at the rear of the museum in the east end of the former Lions Club Pool parking lot. Refreshments will follow the program. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The society building is open to the public every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, including membership details, visit


Steam Into History Honors Donors November 8, 2018

Steam Into History, located in New Freedom, welcomed and honored donors at a special reception on Oct. 25. The event included the reveal of Steam Into History's new campaign donor wall, which features the names of all donors who contributed to the $3.5 million capital campaign.

Volunteer capital campaign executive committee members and donors D. Reed Anderson, Mike Patrick, Judy Simpson, and Phil Yates each received a specially framed lithograph of the No. 17 William H. Simpson steam locomotive. Copies of the lithograph were also given to lead donors Powder Mill Foundation, Kinsley Construction, Glatfelter Insurance, the Arthur J. and Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation, New Standard Corporation, the Brougher Foundation, Peoples Bank, and the Graham Foundation.

Steam Into History's three period passenger coaches were also dedicated at the reception. The coaches were branded South Branch, named for the Kinsley Family and Kinsley Construction; the Abraham Lincoln; and the D. Reed Anderson, named for a founder, past board president, and current advisory board president. Anderson was also given a resolution thanking him for his service on the board of directors. Guests were then treated to an excursion to Seitzland.

For more information about Steam Into History, readers may visit, search for "Steam Into History Inc." on Facebook, or call 717-942-2370.


Watch Evaluation Event Planned November 8, 2018

The National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia, will present an Evaluation Evening on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Extraordinary Give. Robert Cheney and Ralph Pokluda from "Antiques Roadshow" and Don Dahlberg, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) volunteer watch expert, will be on hand to identify and give some background on attendees' watches and clocks. Evaluations will be provided at no cost, but donations to the Extraordinary Give will be accepted.

The experts cannot comment on the value of any timepieces. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the museum, visit For details on the Extraordinary Give, visit


Local Society Plans Meeting November 7, 2018

Members of the Historical Society of Salisbury Township will meet on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Salisbury Township Building, 5581 Old Philadelphia Pike, White Horse. "Historic Barns of Southeastern PA" will be presented by Greg Huber, who will share his passion for the historic barns in the area. For more information, call 717-442-4071.


"A Christmas Carol" To Open November 7, 2018

Open Stage, 25 N. Court St., Harrisburg, will present "A Christmas Carol" from Saturday, Dec. 1, to Sunday, Dec. 23, in its intimate 120-seat theater. The seasonal favorite, a reimagining of Charles Dickens' classic story, will follow Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly owner of a counting house.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 20; Fridays, Dec. 7 and 21; and Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, and 22. Matinees will begin at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 and Sundays, Dec. 2 to 23. A matinee will also be offered at 11 a.m. on Dec. 22. A 7 p.m. performance will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Tickets and details may be purchased by contacting 717-232-6736 or or by visiting Student and group discounts are available.


Cafe To Host SongSmith November 7, 2018

Lynn Royer and Steve Davis, together known as SongSmith, will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe on Saturday, Nov. 17. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Royer has provided her vocal abilities to a number of musical projects both acoustic and electric. She has several songwriting awards to her credit. She is also a teacher for children with special needs.

Davis, who is also a freelance graphic designer, has an extensive and varied background in music. On the acoustic and electric guitars, he plays music in a wide range of styles, and with the use of loop, bass and harmony pedals, he can make the SongSmith duo sound like an entire band. Steve also adds lead and harmony vocals to the mix.

SongSmith performs throughout southcentral Pennsylvania. To learn more about the group, readers may visit

Admission to the event is free. Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. The cafe is located at 1886 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster. Emmaus Road Cafe can be contacted at 717-478-3672 or


Historical Society Plans Meeting November 7, 2018

The West Manchester Township Historical Society will hold a general meeting on Monday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in the West Manchester Township Building, 380 E. Berlin Road, York. In addition to a discussion about the historical society's operation and future plans, the meeting will feature a display of some of the group's artifacts.

Nonmembers are invited to attend free of charge. To learn more, readers may visit or call 717-764-3212.


Historical Society Plans Program November 7, 2018

The Red Lion Area Historical Society will hold its final presentation of 2018 on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ, 161 N. Main St., Red Lion. The featured speaker will be Red Lion Area Historical Society member Tom Brenner.

Brenner will discuss ways the Miller brothers helped shape early Red Lion. He will give a brief history of the Miller family beginning in the 1780s. The presentation will include information about three Miller brothers, William H., Jacob A., and David A., who moved into Red Lion in the early 1880s. They had an impact on the early development along East Broadway, on well-known town landmarks, and on early town organizations and elected offices.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Parking is available behind the church. If Red Lion Area School District schools are canceled, the meeting will be canceled too. For more information, readers may call Robin Miller at 717-244-1912.

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