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 email@example.com.
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 www.extragive.org/organizations/haldeman-mansion-preservation-society 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.strasburgheritagesociety.org, find the organization on Facebook, or contact email@example.com 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 www.museumoftime.org.
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 www.artsmu.com 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, www.kennedy-center.org. 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 www.apostlesucc.org 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 www.lancob.org.
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 www.mountjoyhistory.com.
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 www.steamintohistory.com, 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 www.museumoftime.org. For details on the Extraordinary Give, visit www.extragive.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.openstagehbg.com. 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 www.songsmithentertainment.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.facebook.com/westmanchestertwphistoricalsoc/ 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.