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SCPGS Slates Monthly Meeting March 26, 2019

The South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (SCPGS) will hold its next monthly meeting on Sunday, April 7, at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York. A brief business meeting will begin at 2:15 p.m., and the program will immediately follow.

The program topic will be "Securing the Lands Over the Susquehanna: The Blunston Licenses, 1734-1737." The speaker, Aaron McWilliams, is a reference archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives.

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Program To Highlight Korean War Experiences March 26, 2019

On Wednesday, April 10, John Bach, Stewartstown Area Historical Society board member, will present a program on his experiences during the Korean War. The program will be held in the fellowship hall of the Stewartstown United Methodist Church, 14 College Ave., Stewartstown, at 7:30 p.m.

A freewill offering will be received to support the historical society. For more information, readers may contact the historical society at 717-993-5003 or visit www.stewhist.org.

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Historical Society To Hold Program March 26, 2019

The Historical Society of Salisbury Township will hold a program on Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the Pequea Valley Library, 31 Center St., Intercourse. The topic, "The Lancaster to Gap Trolley Line," will be presented by Herb Fisher.

This is a free program open to area residents interested in local history. For more information, call Julie Lawson at 717-768-7676.

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Open House Set At Historic Site March 25, 2019

The 1756 Uwchlan Meeting House, 5 N. Village Ave., Lionville, will be open to the public on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. The site holds an open house on the first Sunday of each month from April to November.

The Woman's Community Club of Uwchlan manages rentals of this historic site for the Uwchlan Conservation Trust and uses it for meetings. Members serving as hostesses will show a film and discuss the historical significance of the meeting house, which is preserved as the oldest public building in Uwchlan Township.

For additional information, readers may call Mary Nielson at 610-363-9726.

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Historical Society To Hold Meeting March 22, 2019

The East Petersburg Historical Society (EPHS) will hold its next meeting on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the East Petersburg Community Building, 6051 Pine St. The guest speaker will be longtime East Petersburg resident Steven Hain, discussing Bart Lynch, a local historical figure.

All EPHS meetings are free and open to the public and are very informal. Readers may visit the EPHS Facebook page or www.eastpetehistory.org or call Lynn at 717-664-3808 for more information.

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AACA Museum Plans Program March 22, 2019

The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, will host "Tucker: The 50 Production Cars" on Saturday, May 11, in the second in a series of programs on the Tucker Corporation. The presentation will run from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Regions and Chapters room, followed by a question-and-answer opportunity from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Tucker historians Mark Lieberman and John Tucker Jr. will present this program. They will discuss the characteristics and evolution of Tucker cars. Details of the running changes during production will be shown, along with the mechanical and design features in each of the cars' variations. Many archival and contemporary photographs, along with on-site displays, will also be presented.

Admission will be free to all Tucker Automobile Club of America (TACA) members, with a cost set for AACA Museum members without TACA membership, and a higher cost for nonmembers of TACA or the AACA Museum.

For more information, readers may call 717-566-7100 or visit www.aacamuseum.org.

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History Society Schedules Trip March 22, 2019

The Hershey Derry Township Historical Society is sponsoring a trip to the matinee performance of the Chinese cultural production "Shen Yun" at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 1. "Shen Yun" features ethnic dance, storytelling and music.

A cost has been set for Society members, with a higher cost for nonmembers. Details may be found at www.hersheyhistory.org or by emailing trips@hersheyhistory.org.

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Dayspring To Present "My Fair Lady" March 21, 2019

Dayspring Christian Academy, 120 College Ave., Mountville, will present a pilot school edition of Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" as its 2019 upper school spring musical. The show will be performed on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 6, at 2 and 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. The show is being presented through arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady," based on George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion," centers around a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle. Due to her poor accent, Eliza enlists the help of a phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, who believes he can teach any woman to speak so properly she could be mistaken for a duchess. Eliza hopes she will sound more like a lady in order to work in a flower shop. The musical highlights the comedic yet complex relationship between Eliza and Henry as they form an unlikely friendship.

According to the school, "My Fair Lady" offers insight on the struggle of finding one's identity, the power of words, and transformation.

"It is a musical about words," noted director Joanne Kroll. "They have power - what we say, how we say it, and what actions are behind them. Words can bring life or death.

"It is also about transformation," Kroll continued. "If the characters in the show can be transformed, there is grace and hope for us all to be transformed by God when we allow Him."

"My Fair Lady" features a cast of 28 students from sixth through 12th grades, including Spencer Esh as Henry Higgins, Areanna Kroll as Eliza Doolittle, Cameron MacKilligan as Col. Pickering, Noah Sierocinski as Alfred Doolittle, Zoe Martin as Mrs. Pearce, and Jackson Stone as Freddy Eynsford-Hill.

Tickets for the musical are available at www.DayspringChristian.com or by calling 717-285-2000.

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Mitura To Speak At ALLVETS Event March 21, 2019

ALLVETS will welcome speaker Paul Mitura at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at the York History Center, 250 E. Market St., York. ALLVETS is a nonprofit organization that records veterans' stories.

Mitura served in the Army for more than 30 years and is the author of "The Best Worst Tank" and other books.

ALLVETS meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the York History Center. The free event is open to the public, and free parking is available. For more information, readers may contact Linda Bean at 717-881-6651 or Allvets1york@gmail.com. Veterans who are interested in sharing their story may contact the group.

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Inspiring Wonder, Raising Funds March 21, 2019

"I like sparking wonder in the hearts and minds of our audiences. Wonder is the moment that takes your breath away, that moment when time seems to stand still and anything seems possible," said illusionist Brett Myers. He and his wife, Labrina, will aim to provide many such moments when they perform as part of the 19th annual Comedy and Magic Spectacular that will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Lancaster South on Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at Lampeter-Strasburg High School, 1600 Book Road, Lancaster.

Brett grew up in Chambersburg and began learning illusions as a hobby when he was 14. He first performed for his parents and then for classmates and friends. As a high school senior, Brett began partnering with churches and other nonprofit organizations to use illusions as a way to share a message of love and hope. By his mid-20s, Brett was performing full time, both in the United States and around the world. "We partnered with organizations like HOPE International to help raise funds to make poverty disappear," Brett quipped.

Labrina brings comedic talents and dynamic performing to the Myerses' act, Brett said. Labrina grew up in Tennessee, and the couple met at a magic conference in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Brett's magic mentor, Duane Laflin, had hired Labrina to help him with his magic theater shows. When Brett arrived for the conference, Laflin's wife, Mary, played matchmaker.

Brett and Labrina balance a career and raising a family. The couple has been performing regularly, and for nine months in each of the past four years, they have performed their Magic & Wonder Show at a theater in Bird-in-Hand. On April 13, the couple will present part of their show from the 2018 season.

"The audience can expect to see a wide array of illusions that surprise and delight," Brett promised. "They can expect to see people appear and disappear right before their eyes. They'll see our full cast show with dazzling costumes."

Other performers during the Comedy and Magic Spectacular will include innovative magician Tony Chapek, Cuban illusionist Jarol Martin, and master of ceremonies R.G. Smith. Smith will host a game of bingo after intermission, and each attendee will receive one free card.

"I am truly humbled and honored to be asked to headline the show with magicians whom I've looked up to since I was a teenager. It truly is a dream come true for me," Brett remarked. "I know that each Rotary sponsors a different community organization. I am happy to be a part of these shows because I know they are making a difference in the communities they serve."

The Comedy and Magic Spectacular is the largest annual fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Lancaster South. The proceeds from ticket sales are used to fund scholarships to graduating seniors at Lampeter-Strasburg, Penn Manor, and Solanco high schools, and the club also contributes to youth programming at the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA and to other community needs. Most recently, the group donated $5,000 each to capital campaigns run by the West Lampeter Township Community Foundation and the Southern End Community Association.

"The biggest challenge that every illusionist faces is getting the audience to care about what you're doing. At first, I thought it was fooling people. I thought that as long as no one knew how trick was done, I was good. However, no one likes to be fooled," Brett commented. "How then do you take an art form that is based upon deception and make it enjoyable? You master the art of entertainment and by making the performance about how good you make the audience feel. You inspire them to dream that anything is possible, to experience childlike wonder again, and to be surprised and delighted by what you're doing."

Folks who would like to experience all of that and more may purchase tickets for the Comedy and Magic Spectacular at www.lancsouthrotary.org or at the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA, 800 Village Road, Lancaster.

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Choir To Present Concerts March 20, 2019

The Brandywine Area Community Choir (BACC), under the direction of Steve McFalls, will present encore performances of "America: A Pilgrim's Prayer, A Patriot's Dream" at several venues this spring.

Concerts will be held at the Tel Hai Retirement Community, 1200 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook, in the Stonecroft Center for Worship and Performing Arts, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27; at St. Joseph Parish, 332 Manor Ave., Downingtown, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 31; and at Freedom Village at Brandywine, 15 Freedom Blvd., Coatesville, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3.

Featured will be patriotic offerings, including a salute to past and present members of the armed forces, well-known anthems of faith, a tribute to volunteers and more.

The group will be accompanied by Jane Hall. She is the former organist at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Coatesville and at St. Joseph's Parish in Downingtown, and she was an accompanist at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown and with the renowned Chester County Voices Abroad.

McFalls, who led BACC for more than 45 years, retired from the group in 2013 but decided to return for the choir's signature "America" piece. McFalls also directed the Coatesville Choraliers for more than a decade and was choir director at the Forks of the Brandywine Evangelical Presbyterian Church for 46 years.

BACC has performed musical cantatas for more than 45 years in the greater Chester County area and beyond. Members consist of men and women representing various church choirs in the area, as well as those who have a love of singing. This year's choir is made up of nearly 70 singers.

Although the concerts are free and open to the public, BACC has in the past received freewill offerings for various charities. Offerings received this spring will be for the benefit of David's Drive 831, which was created in memory of David Turner Jr., who died suddenly in 2009 at the age of 20 of a suspected heart arrhythmia. David worked at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center and had a tremendous respect for the veterans he served, many of whom were homeless, were in early stages of recovery or came to the hospital without essential items.

David's Drive 831 is committed to improving the quality of life for hospitalized and homeless veterans and people in need in the community. More information about the charity can be found at www.davidsdrive831org.

The "America" cantata was first performed in 2001 before the events of 9/11, and the group came together again following that tragic day for the benefit of the New York fire and rescue personnel. Forming again in 2007, the group performed "America" for the benefit of Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA), established in 2004 by Kristen Holloway, whose parents sing with the group. At that time, through numerous performances, the group raised more than $20,000 for OTA, which provides wish list items for troops deployed around the world, as well as home essentials for returning veterans.

BACC has also presented "America" for the benefit of the Travis Manion Foundation, whose namesake is a young Marine who was killed while serving America in Iraq in 2007. The foundation's mission is to empower returning veterans and families of the fallen in character development. BACC last sang the cantata on the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11 for the benefit of Downingtown-area fire and emergency personnel.

For more information about BACC and the upcoming concerts, readers may search for "Brandywine Area Community Choir" on Facebook.

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LBC To Host Energetic Band March 20, 2019

Lancaster Bible College (LBC), 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, will host Ranky Tanky, a high-energy band offering a blend of blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues, on Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m.

The band's name comes from the West African language of Gullah. Loosely, the phrase translates to "work it" or "get funky," a sentiment that is embodied in the band's blend of music. Based in Charleston, S.C., the band released its debut album in October 2017. LBC students will also have the chance to perform with the musicians of Ranky Tanky, as the college's 50-voice chorale will provide backup vocals for the award-winning ensemble.

Tickets are available for a range of prices, and group, senior, and student prices are available. For tickets and more information, readers may visit www.lbc.edu/events or call 717-560-8241.

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Playhouse Slates "The Glass Menagerie" March 20, 2019

Hershey Area Playhouse will present "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams as part of the Playhouse's 20th anniversary season. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays to Saturdays, April 4 to 6 and April 11 to 13, as well as at 2 p.m. on Sundays, April 7 and 14.

"The Glass Menagerie," Williams' autobiographical "memory play," opened in Chicago in 1944 and went to Broadway in 1955. It won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award.

The play is directed by Lew Silverman. The cast consists of Nancy Parson as Amanda Wingfield, Kim Greenawalt as Laura Wingfield, Tyler Chick as Tom Wingfield, and Adam Estep as Jim O'Connor.

In addition to Silverman, the production team for "The Glass Menagerie" includes Jeff Miller, producer; Patt Roth, stage manager; Carlton Hoke, scenic designer; JoEllen Myers, costume designer; Stephen Hensel, lighting designer; and Renee Swayne-Howard, property mistress.

Separate fees have been set for teenagers and adults and for children age 12 and under. Tickets are available by visiting www.HersheyAreaPlayhouse.com or by calling the Playhouse's box office at 717-533-8525.

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Choir To Participate In Local Tour March 20, 2019

Each spring, the Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster (MCCL) participates in a one-day local tour, singing at schools, retirement homes, and community centers. The singers learn about and build connections with the local community as well as share music with those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to hear MCCL.

On Friday, March 29, the Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, both consisting of students in grades six through 12, will sing at the Water Street Mission, Calvary Homes, and Faith Mennonite High School.

On Friday, April 5, the Carol Choir, consisting of children in grades two through five, will share music at Fairmount Homes Retirement Community, Hinkletown Mennonite School, and Ten Thousand Villages. The choirs are directed by Sarah Wingard and Rosemary Blessing.

The repertoire of each choir within MCCL reflects the musical diversity of the church around the world and through time.

In addition to the choirs that will go on local tour days, MCCL offers a Men's Ensemble directed by Jonathan Shoff; Prelude Music, for children in kindergarten through grade one, led by Shoff, interim director; and Choristers, for children in grades two through seven, directed by Kit Baker.

The mission of MCCL is training children and youths to glorify Jesus Christ through excellent choral singing. The choirs and the Prelude Music and Choristers programs are open to children from all church backgrounds and are sponsored by Lancaster Mennonite School as a service to the community.

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Egg-Decorating Workshop Slated March 19, 2019

The Strasburg Heritage Society will present a workshop on traditional Pennsylvania German methods for decorating Easter eggs on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is open to the public and will be held at 28 E. Main St., Strasburg.

Working in an 18th-century walk-in fireplace, participants will dye eggs using natural materials such as onion skins and marigolds. They will then learn how to further embellish the eggs by scratch decorating them. Each participant will take home several decorated eggs. Participants will also paint and grain a small box in which to put one of their keepsake eggs.

The workshop will be taught by Linda Taylor of Leola and Ann Lainhoff of Strasburg. Both ladies have led workshops in traditional Easter egg decoration at the Landis Valley Museum.

Participants are encouraged to wear old clothing and to bring an apron and a hat pin for scratch decorating their eggs. All other materials will be provided.

Participants will also need to bring lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Separate fees have been set for Heritage Society members and for nonmembers.

For additional information, readers may contact Lainhoff at 717-687-8816 or Lainhoff@Netscape.net.

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Museum Will Host Antiques Event March 19, 2019

New Freedom Heritage, 22 Railroad Ave., New Freedom, invites the public to attend the next event in the museum's monthly program series. "Antiques Roadshow, New Freedom Style" will be held on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Donna Peace will lead the program, and attendees are asked to bring an antique to share.

For more information, readers may visit www.newfreedomheritage.org.

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YSO Announces 2019-20 Season March 19, 2019

The York Symphony Orchestra (YSO) recently announced the 2019-20 season, featuring performances of a variety of classical and popular pieces from the past and present. The 2019-20 season will offer audiences nine performances, including six Classical Series concerts and three Pops Series concerts.

Season subscriptions and Pick 5 packages for the 2019-20 York Symphony Orchestra season are now available. This year, guests can select Pick 5 packages during the season subscription presale. With the Pick 5 package, guests may create a custom season experience by mixing and matching five performances (Classical or Pops). Season subscription guests have the option of subscribing to the complete Classical and Pops season or selecting the Classical or Pops series individually.

Single tickets will be available for purchase in the summer. Season subscriptions, Pick 5 Packages, and single tickets may be purchased, when available, by calling the Appell Center Box Office at 717-846-1111 or visiting www.yorksymphony.org. Details on all performances are also available on the website.

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Dancers Honored At International Competition March 19, 2019

Dancers from the Midstate Ballet of Greater York Dance traveled to Pittsburgh in January to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix international ballet competition.

Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is a global network of dancers. It fulfills its mission of dance education through scholarship auditions, master classes, alumni services, educational and outreach activities, performances, and films. It focuses on the support and development of dancers ages 9 to 19 and identifies promising young dance talent. In 2010, YAGP was the subject of a documentary film, "First Position," which followed six YAGP participants on their journey to YAGP's finals in New York City.

Greater York Dance has announced that this year Ashlynd Talbert received Top 12 honors in her age division and Katie Dietz received a Top 24 in her age division. Each season, Greater York Dance's artistic director and ballet mistress identify dancers who have shown an intensive study in ballet and contemporary dance and invite them to begin work on a variation in the spring through private weekly lessons. This preparation gives the dancers several months of technical polishing and stamina improvement before competing on the stage at YAGP.

For additional information about Greater York Dance, readers may call 717-755-MOVE (6683) or visit www.gydance.org.

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Piano Festival Set In West Chester March 19, 2019

James Anemone, a recent graduate of West Chester University (WCU) and a current graduate student at Temple University who operates a classical piano studio in Exton, has created a piano festival for this spring. Jacobs Music, 1572 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, will host all festival events in its recital hall.

The performances will include two masterclasses taught by classical pianists. Timothy Blair, former dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at WCU, will perform on Saturday, April 6, at 3 p.m., and Vincent Craig, current associate professor of piano at WCU, will perform on Saturday, April 27, at 3 p.m. Anemone will give a solo piano recital by mostly lesser-known composers on Saturday, May 4, at 4 p.m., and students from his studio will give a spring recital on Saturday, June 15, at 4 p.m.

Admission to all events will be free and open to the public. For more information, readers may contact Anemone at anemonestudios@gmail.com or 516-281-5320 or visit www.jamesanemone.com.

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Polka Dancers To Hold Event March 19, 2019

The White Rose Polka Dancers Association of York has announced plans for its dance on Saturday, April 6, at the Alert Fire Company, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville, from 7 to 11 p.m. The Joe Kroboth Band, a German-style band, will play a variety of music for dancing.

The fee to attend will include refreshments. Admission tickets will be available at the door at a set cost per person. Tickets may also be purchased in advance by calling 717-244-3436.

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