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Historical Society Posts First Event October 23, 2017

The newly formed South Londonderry Township Area Historical Society will present its first public event on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, 2701 Horseshoe Pike, Campbelltown. The event, "The Legend of the Hounds," will feature a dramatic reading of George Boker's 1869 poem about the iron master of the Colebrook Furnace, recounting his deed and its supernatural result. A brief discussion of the historical background of the local story will be included.

The event is free and open to the public.


Herr House To Close For Season October 20, 2017

The Amos Herr House will close its doors for tours for the season on Sunday, Oct. 29. Tours will be conducted that day from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The home will reopen for weekend tours in April of 2018.

The 1852 homestead is located in Amos Herr Park at 1756 Nissley Road, Landisville. For more information, visit or


Presentation To Feature Marietta's First Houses October 20, 2017

James Landis To Speak At Town Talk

The Marietta Community House, 264 W. Market St., Marietta, will host "A Tale of Two Towns: Marietta's First Houses 1800-1810" as the latest installment in its Town Talk lecture series on Sunday, Oct. 29. The public is invited to the free event, which will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Speaker James C. Landis will include a slideshow presentation with his talk and will discuss the oldest houses in and around Marietta before it was incorporated as a borough in 1812. James is well known for his comprehensive research on buildings in the Marietta area. His talk will cover geographical features and physical structures, as well as economic, social, and political events that may have influenced the development of Marietta. He will also share genealogical information about the individuals who built and lived in the homes.

"Some changes that have been made over the years to familiar buildings also will be identified," explained Marietta Community House board member Margaret Landis, who James' mother. "(James') interest in local history is an ongoing avocation, and he has a talent for presenting history in a way that makes it lively and enjoyable."

James was born and raised in East Donegal Township, a quarter of a mile east of Marietta, and he has had a lifelong interest in the region. He has given numerous illustrated talks and has published articles on various historical subjects. He has inventoried the cemeteries in Marietta, is a lecturer annually at the Lancaster Family History Conference, and was co-author of the Chickies Historic District nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, James has appeared in several productions at the Susquehanna Stage Company in Marietta.

After his presentation, audience members will have a chance to ask James questions, and light refreshments will be served.

The schedule for the 2018 Town Talk series will be announced after Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

For more details, readers may contact Margaret at 717-426-1694 or To learn more about the Marietta Community House, interested individuals may visit


HMPS Plans Kristkindle Mart October 20, 2017

Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society (HMPS) members are gearing up for the eighth annual Kristkindle Mart on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Bainbridge Fire Company, 34 S. Second St., Bainbridge. The community is invited to stop by the market any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is free.

The event is modeled after traditional outdoor German Christmas markets that are often held in the streets during the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas - only the HMPS version is condensed into one day and takes place indoors for a warmer atmosphere. "There are a lot of neat crafts that people can buy and get a head start on shopping for Christmas or other gifts," said HMPS board member and event organizer Elaine Jackson, noting that several popular vendors from previous years will be returning.

The Kristkindle Mart will feature a variety of handmade merchandise from local artists and crafters and other unique items. This year's selection will include rocks and minerals, candles, beaded jewelry, doll clothing, baked goods, homemade caramels, stationery, wooden toys and gifts, aluminum and gourd ornaments, knitted hats and scarves, and other crafts.

Breakfast, lunch, and snack options will be available to purchase for shoppers who work up an appetite - or for anyone who would like to stop by the fire hall for a meal or treat. Menu options will include muffins, chili, chicken corn soup, hot dogs, bratwurst, applesauce, chips, and a variety of desserts and beverages.

Activities for children will include crafts and the opportunity to make holiday cards that will be mailed to military service members.

A silent auction will feature items donated by vendors and a few other goods from local businesses.

The first HMPS Kristkindle Mart took place inside the Haldeman Mansion, but the organizers later moved the location to the Bainbridge Fire Company because the mansion does not have a heating system. Board members have been faithfully working to remedy that by hosting fundraising events throughout the year, and all of the proceeds from the Kristkindle Mart will go toward the heating fund for the mansion.

To learn more or to sign up to be a vendor at the event, readers may contact Jackson at or 717-426-3794. The Kristkindle Mart is the final event of the year for the HMPS. Readers may learn more about the mansion by visiting


"PAW Patrol Live!" To Visit Hershey October 19, 2017

PAW Patrol Live! will present "The Great Pirate Adventure" at Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, 2018.

Mayor Goodway is getting everything ready for a big Pirate Day celebration in Adventure Bay when Cap'n Turbot falls into a cavern. Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky, and Zuma save Cap'n Turbot and discover a secret pirate treasure map. The pups set out to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway before Mayor Humdinger can get it.

To purchase tickets, readers may visit the Hershey Theatre box office, call 717-534-3405 or 800-745-3000, or visit or More information about the production is available at


Family Of Musicians Plans Concerts October 19, 2017

The Roland Zimmerman Family will perform gospel music in concerts at two local retirement homes in November. The concerts are open to the public.

One performance will be on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the activity room at Colonial Lodge Retirement Community, 2015 N. Reading Road, Denver. The second will take place on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Farm Crest Gathering Room at Fairmount Homes, 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata.

For more information, readers may call the Zimmermans at 717-354-6804.


The Trust Will Present Special Events October 19, 2017

The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N. Market St., Lancaster, will host several events in celebration of the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania. For a full listing of events, readers may visit

The Yang Yang - Xun Pan Piano Duet will perform on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Yang Yang is from Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China. She participated in the Russian Arts Program, funded by the China Scholarship Council, and earned her master's degree at the Nizhny Novgorod State Glinka Conservatory in Russia. Pan is professor of piano and director of keyboard studies and Pre-College Music Division at Millersville University of Pennsylvania's Music Department and is a visiting professor at many universities and conservatories in China. The event is open to the public.

The Lancaster Bible College Chamber Singers will perform a 10th anniversary concert on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. The program will feature this year's ensemble performing favorite repertoire from the past decade as chosen by Chamber Singers alumni. The concert will end with a rousing finale performed by Chamber Singers, both past and present. The concert is free, but tickets are required.

The Sisterhood of Composer/Performers (Annie Neikirk, Sabrina Clarke, and Krystal Folkestad Grant) will present a program exclusively featuring piano music by women on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. Repertoire will include new works for piano by Neikirk, Grant, and Clarke. Pianists Clarke and Grant will also perform music by Amy Beach, Cecile Chaminade, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Ailem Carvajal. The event is open to the public.

For more information, readers may visit or call 717-208-7835.


Historical Society Plans Meeting October 19, 2017

The Hummelstown Historical Society will meet on Monday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Parish House on the corner of Rosana Avenue and North Alley in Hummelstown.

The speaker will be Linda Manwiller, who will discuss "privies" or outhouses. On display will be pictures of restored outhouses in the area and photos from the Orsini collecition. The public is welcome to attend.


Railroad Plans Special Events October 18, 2017

The Stewartstown Railroad, 21 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Stewartstown, will offer special events during the fall season. There is a per-person cost per event.

On Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, the Stewartstown Railroad will operate its Halloween Train. The ride will leave the station in Stewartstown at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. on both days. Scenes along the right-of-way will depict friendly Halloween themes appropriate for all age groups.

To wrap up the fall season on the railroad, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit youngsters riding the special Santa Trains on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Dec. 17. The Saturday trains leave the station on the hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday trains will leave the station on the hour from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy seasonal decorations and an audience with Santa Claus on board the train.

Ticket prices will be discounted for seniors age 65 and older and children age 12 and under. Tickets for all trains may be purchased in the station on the day of the trip or in advance by credit card at The events are hosted by the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad Inc.


Program To Highlight The Rocketones October 18, 2017

The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will meet on Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free, and visitors are welcome.

Guest speaker Jack Mariano will present on The Rocketones, a popular local rock 'n' roll band in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Light refreshments will be served following the program. For more information, call 717-442-9240.


Preschool Activity Series To Continue October 18, 2017

The York County History Center's new Preschool Activity Series offers fun and history for children ages 3 to 6 and their parents, grandparents, or other caregivers. The next event, titled "The Five Senses," will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York.

The program will feature stations and exhibits throughout the museum that can be seen, touched, heard, smelled, and tasted. The activities are planned to keep preschoolers engaged and busy and to spark their imaginations and stimulate their love for learning. Each program will also include a make-and-take craft.

History Center members may attend for free, and nonmember children may attend for a fee. Nonmember caregivers may attend for free as well.

No preregistration is necessary. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-848-1587, ext. 301.


College Plans Performances October 18, 2017

York College's Division of Music will present faculty artist and flutist Alicia Kosack on Friday, Oct. 27, and the York College Rock Band on Monday, Oct. 30. The performances will take place on the campus of York College, 441 Country Club Road, York.

Kosack's recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in DeMeester Recital Hall, Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. From the exotic sounds of Ian Clarke's "Spiral Lament" to Anne Boyd's gamelan-inspired "Bali Moods," Kosack and faculty colleague and pianist Kenneth Osowski will present a recital of flute soundscapes.

The York College Rock Band will present a Black Sabbath tribute at 7:30 p.m. in Waldner Performing Arts Center. The concert will also feature a classic rock cover band presenting a diverse set list that everyone in the audience can enjoy.

Both performances are free and open to the public. For more details, readers may visit


Friends Group To Host Afternoon Tea October 18, 2017

An afternoon tea will be hosted by the Friends of Springton Manor Farm on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Springton Manor Farm, 860 Springton Road, Glenmoore.

The public is invited to hear Elizabeth Bertheaud speak about "Clothes Make the Woman - 18th-Century Style" in a lighthearted presentation. Bertheaud is the historic site administrator at the Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County and will bring authentic and reproduction examples of women's clothing.

Following the presentation, guests will be able to enjoy a tea, featuring specialty teas selected to pair with scones, salad, tea sandwiches, and sweet treats.

Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Springton Manor Farm and their mission to promote preservation, education, outreach, and cultural and community activities.

Tickets are available for purchase, and preregistration is required. For more information, including how to register, readers may email Registrants are asked to include the names of others they wish to sit with, as well as dietary restrictions.


Evans To Lead Iron Furnace Walking Tour October 18, 2017

With the advent of the "hot blast" anthracite-fired iron furnace in the 1830s, according to Rivertownes PA USA president Dave Haneman, the stretch of land between Marietta and Columbia became a hotbed of activity. Using the Susquehanna River as a conveyor of anthracite coal from northeast Pennsylvania, as well as the Pennsylvania canal and railroad systems, the eight furnaces provided "pig iron" for the quickly growing population of the United States.

The furnaces are just one element of the region's rich history that Rivertownes aims to preserve and promote. The nonprofit organization will host its biannual Iron Furnace Walking Tour from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, beginning at Breezy View Overlook, 881 Chickies Hill Road, Columbia.

The tour is free to the public, but donations for the Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center in Marietta will be appreciated. Individuals may preregister by calling Haneman at 717-314-4060.

After an overview of the valley, attendees will drive to the Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center, located in the Chickies Rock County Park. The center features displays, articles, and drawings that tell the stories of the region's iron industry and the residents who made the area "the Pittsburgh of the East." Additionally, attendees will be able to view the diorama of the Musselman Vesta Furnace, which produced iron until 1926. Following time at the center, participants will step off for the walk, which will be approximately three quarters of a mile along a flat, paved surface on the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail.

Walking tour attendees will visit seven furnaces, including the Marietta Furnaces, the Donegal Furnace, and Chickies Furnaces I and II, before ending at the Henry Clay Furnace, where Dr. June Evans will discuss the archaeological digs and findings at the site.

A Hellam native, Evans is a retired archaeologist who taught at Millersville University (MU). She conducted five MU summer archaeology field schools at the site of the ruins of the Henry Clay Furnace between 1988 and 1994. The classes recovered more than 50,000 artifacts, which are cataloged and stored at the Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center.

Evans has been conducting furnace tours for more than 25 years.

For more information, readers may email or visit


Friends Board Names Members October 18, 2017

The Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania recently elected four new members to its board of directors during the annual meeting of the membership. The three-year terms will begin on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Elected were William Cluley of Lancaster, Albert J. Giannantonio Jr. of West Chester, Doug O'Brien of Lancaster, and Tom Ohlhaber of Wrightsville.

Other members of the 2018 board of directors include Charles Coxson of Thorndale, Stephen Ferrell of Exton, John Gummo of Beech Creek, Craig Haberle of Lancaster, G. Wayne Laepple of Lancaster, James R. Rose of Jenkintown, David Wood of Mount Gretna, and Patrick C. Morrison of Landisville, ex officio.

The Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania nonprofit organization has about 2,000 members and has provided significant programming, collections, administrative, operational, volunteer, paid staff and financial support to the museum. Memberships are available at


Indian Summer Jars Plans Concert October 17, 2017

Indian Summer Jars (ISJ) will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, Oct. 28. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Honoring styles of folk, blues, bluegrass, and gospel, ISJ creates a sound featuring harmonies and vocals reminiscent of Indigo Girls and Natalie Merchant. The group's songs are inspired by travel, experience, growth and change. Though it is typically seen performing as a quartet, the band plays in configurations ranging from two to six musicians.

ISJ has been playing in the eastern United States for eight years, including performances on the stages of MusikFest in Bethlehem; 30A Songwriters Festival in South Walton, Fla.; The Saint in Asbury Park, N.J.; The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, W.Va.; and The Blockley in Philadelphia. ISJ also has had radio airplay and recognition by NPR and Virginia Tech Radio. ISJ has shared stages with Vicki Genfan, Joe Stevens from Coyote Grace, Liz Longley, and Nahko and Medicine for the People.

Admission to the event is free. Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. Emmaus Road Cafe can be contacted at or 717-478-3672.


NAWCC Hires Wilcox, Plans Events October 13, 2017

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) Inc. recently announced the hiring of executive director Thomas R. Wilcox III and posted several celebratory events. As of Aug. 28, Wilcox replaced the retiring Steven Humphrey, who had finished a 10-year career with the organization on Aug. 25.

The NAWCC is a museum, research library, educational institution, and international community of horological professionals and enthusiasts dedicated to clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping.

Wilcox and his team will host the 40th Anniversary Celebration Night on Wednesday, Nov. 29, commemorating the official opening of the museum in 1977. NAWCC will celebrate another milestone, the 75th anniversary of the institution's founding, during an event in mid-July 2018. The 2018 NAWCC National Convention will also take place in July at the York County Utz Convention Center.

Wilcox holds Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees and active licenses to practice law and real estate. His professional career also includes numerous executive and professional positions. He has also been an adjunct law and business professor for 18 years, teaching international law and business classes, and has studied art at the Barnes Foundation and EU law at Cambridge University. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards, conducted leadership training for association professionals, and published works. Wilcox and his family were planning to relocate to the Lancaster area from the Philadelphia suburbs.


Society Will Hold Meeting October 11, 2017

Members of the Historical Society of Salisbury Township will meet on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Salisbury Township Building, 5581 Old Philadelphia Pike, White Horse. Gregory Scott, an architect, will speak on "C. Emlen Urban, Architect."

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


Science Factory Commissions Mural October 11, 2017


Ensemble To Present Poetry, Music October 11, 2017

Kenòr will perform on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N. Market St., Lancaster. Kenòr is a modern chamber music ensemble featuring Christopher Brooks, violin; Lj Palmer, hand percussion; and John Milosich, accordion and vocals. The word kenòr is modern Hebrew for "violin." King David played the kenòr, occasionally translated as lyre, which was some kind of string instrument.

On Oct. 24, the ensemble will present poetry by Brooks and improvised world music. The performance will be under an hour long and will be acoustic, with no amplification. Children are welcome. The material is serious but appropriate for children. The performance will be part of the Governor's Awards for the Arts Series. Tickets are available for a donation.

For further information, readers may contact the Trust Performing Arts Center at 717-208-7835 or visit

More details about the Governor's Awards for the Arts are available at

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