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LWAHS Slates Annual Meeting March 22, 2018

The Lower Windsor Area Historical Society (LWAHS) will sponsor a "Show and Tell - What Is It?" event during its annual meeting on Tuesday, April 3. The meeting will take place in the Lower Windsor Township Community Building, 2425 Craley Road, Lower Level, Wrightsville.

Attendees are invited to bring stories or objects of interest or importance from the past. People are also encouraged to bring objects that they do not know what their function is.

The event is free, and the public is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more, readers may call the LWAHS at 717-246-8735. Individuals interested in getting involved with the society are encouraged to attend.


Theatre Academy Plans Classes March 22, 2018

Hershey Area Playhouse Theatre Academy has announced its film and media arts classes for students in fourth through 12th grade. A four-week spring session will be offered on Saturdays from April 7 through 28.

Four teachers will work together to offer intensive work in acting for the camera, camera techniques, film editing and post production techniques to guide young filmmakers in the creation of a short film.

Class will end with a film festival and family fun time as teams race the clock to teach their parents skills learned and create an original on-the-spot film.

This four-week intensive class is open to students in grades four through 12. The scheduled class for grades four to six will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will teach students to condense "who-what-where-why" information into a 60-second movie trailer, using the genre to teach basic film skills, camera shots and angles and encouraging students to get creative and dream big.

Classes for students in grades seven through 12 will run from 1 to 3 p.m. and will teach pre- and post-production techniques to create expressive music videos in a playground atmosphere of creative exploration. Students will be challenged to create a storyline utilizing a camera, simple video editing software, and a time limit of two minutes for the finished product. This intensive four week-session will also include a special emphasis on acting for the camera and production roles.

To register, readers may visit to save their spot, then download and print out their registration. For more information, readers may contact Cory Wilkerson at 717-269-9026.


Neighbors Club Welcomes Speaker March 22, 2018


Art Association Offers Classes March 22, 2018

Hershey Area Art Association (HAAA) has posted its schedule of art classes. Unless otherwise noted, classes will be held in the lower-level community room at the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society building, 40 Northeast Drive, Hershey. Separate fees have been set for HAAA members and for nonmembers unless specified otherwise. Class size is limited, so individuals are encouraged to register early. For more information, including registration forms, readers may visit

Realistic Oil Painting with Paulette Flemmens for beginning to advanced students is set for 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 4 to May 23. The class will focus on painting in a dimensional realistic style using Maroger medium and oils. Artists will receive individual instruction from an experienced art teacher.

The next session of Paint Together, a casual, non-instructive afternoon of painting and camaraderie, will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, March 12 to April 2. There is a fee for the session. Attendees may bring a project they are working on.

Drawing Fundamentals with Paul Gallo will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Aug. 8 to Sept. 26, with no class on Sept. 19. Methods such as accurate drawing with simple measurements and comparisons, line and line quality, composition, and basic techniques will be shared.

Watercolor Secrets You Will Learn! will be a three-day workshop led by Glenn Blue from Wednesday to Friday, April 18 to 20, in the conference room of the SpringHill Suites, 115 Museum Drive, Hershey. Water colorists of all levels who paint landscapes and city scapes will learn how to paint realistic sky, fog, trees, wet streets, light, snow, and atmosphere.

A three-day Watercolor Workshop with Lynne Yancha will take place on Wednesday through Friday, July 18 to 20, in the conference room of SpringHill Suites. Attendees will learn watercolor techniques from an instructor with 50 years of art experience. Her specialties are people and animals.


SSC To Present "Honk! Jr." March 22, 2018

A children's workshop production of "Honk! Jr." will be performed at Susquehanna Stage Company (SSC), located at the rear of 264 W. Market St., Marietta, on Fridays through Sundays, Feb. 16 to 18 and Feb. 23 to 25. Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

The plot of "Honk! Jr." centers on Ugly, a nerdy young fowl played by Anthony Calhoun of Columbia. Ugly, who is really a baby swan, looks quite different from his duckling siblings, played by Grayson Marz, Laurel Fickes, Aidan Fahnestock, and Addison Deluca. As Ugly takes a journey of self-discovery, he meets an array of characters who help him to see that being different does not need to be a negative.

"Ugly is very misunderstood, and he just wants to be accepted," explained Anthony, who also performed on the SSC stage last year in "Once Upon A Mattress." "I was very excited (to get the role of Ugly), but also nervous since it's the first time I was ever a lead," Anthony remarked.

Sophie Eckman of Lancaster and Zac Snyder of Columbia will portray Ugly's parents, Ida and Drake, respectively. Both actors agreed that adjusting to the role of playing parents has been tricky but fun. "I like (Ida) because she has a very strong opinion, and she's not afraid to speak her mind," Sophie shared.

The show, which features music by George Stiles and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, is being directed by Nicole Fickes. "It's the ugly duckling story, but in our story I'm having Ugly not transform completely, because I don't like the idea of someone only being accepted because they've completely changed," noted Nicole. "We're having him keep some of his original traits, because as we all age we (tend to) evolve but we still keep some of the same traits that make us who we are."

Nicole and the cast of students, who range in age from 6 to 15 and come from all over Lancaster County, have spent time discussing the themes of bullying in the show. Ultimately, Nicole said, the message behind "Honk! Jr." is to accept people both as they are and as they change. The show is a celebration of what makes people special. "It's a very relatable show for all ages," Nicole stated. "And it's a really great group of kids. I think they're all becoming fast friends, so that's been fun to watch."

Emma Creason, who will play Henrietta and Bullfrog, began performing in shows at SSC when she was 6 years old. "We've gone onward and upward since then, and I honestly couldn't think of a better way to grow up," said Emma. "I was raised as a theater kid, and SSC is my second home." She added that playing Bullfrog has been a challenge, since the part involves comedic timing, speed, and musical accuracy - plus precision in blocking and choreography. "I have had a great time so far and have made friends that will last a lifetime," remarked Emma.

Additional cast members include Abbey Michnya, Molly Kitchen, Harper Kitchen, Portia Keddie, Cameryn Deibler, Bailey Hart Felty, Molly Barrett, Amia Walker, Mia LaFontaine, Reilly Ennis, Ashley Gage, Addison Niven, Allyson Pietsch, Mary Frances Eschenwald, Eve Snyder, Lindsey Steele, Hailey Wickenheiser, Quinn Edwards, Lydia Alkinburgh, Anne Hollinger, Isabella Astuto, Nadia King, Emily Lupold, Sylvie Willing, and Sydney Droege.

For tickets and further information on "Honk! Jr." at SSC, readers may call 717-426-1277 or visit Separate ticket prices have been set for adults and for students.


Students' Artwork Chosen For Exhibit March 22, 2018

Solanco School District has announced that artworks by 25 of its elementary school students is on display at Millersville University's Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, 60 W. Cottage Ave., in Millersville, as part of Studio for Students, the venue's arts engagement program. The exhibit is located in the reception area.

Artwork by the following Bart-Colerain students is included: Leilah Heath, Hadley Evans, Emma Reinhardt, Ava Lisinski, and Justin Poole. The exhibit also includes works by Clermont students Maura Housekeeper, Mia Daniel Morales, Addison Boyd, Danielle Kraynak, Skylar Davenport, Abby Mendenhall, and Sarah Martin. The featured Providence students are Isabelle Tomlinson, Gavin Musser, Alyssa Herr, Mallory Murphy, Blake Jenkins, and Kyleigh Murphy. Artworks by Quarryville students Ella Taylor, Claudia Underwood, Corey Allen, Sarah Curtis, Brendan Lopez, Lilia Reshchykovets, and Grace Messano is also included. Elementary art teachers Sue Ayres, Carrie Woody and Phoebe Bender chose the artwork to be included in the exhibition.

The exhibition, which features works by students in kindergarten through 12th grade, will be on view throughout March from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free.


Deemer To Release Fifth Book On Manheim History March 22, 2018

"Long ago, someone mentioned to me that Manheim was actually the band capital of Lancaster County (at one point). We've had more bands here than you can shake a stick at," stated Henry E. "Hank" Deemer. Thirty local bands and musical groups are featured in Deemer's fifth and final publication in his series on Manheim history, "The Bygone Musical Bands and Groups of Manheim and a Potpourri of 30 Manheim Incidents/Events, People, Places, and Other Good Stuff From Long (And Not So Long) Ago."

The bands pictured and detailed in the 115-page book cover the period from 1870 to the 1980s. "Small bands were very popular ever since the start of the nation and especially during the Civil War," said Deemer. The Liberty Cornet Band is the earliest band Deemer focused on, and a list of the band's members include last names still familiar in Manheim today, such as Bomberger, Gibble, Witmyer, Shearer, Young, Ensminger, and Danner.

"I began thinking - more and more - about those men of music and what they all did for a living and how they could do both considering the hardships of life in a rural community like Manheim back then," Deemer wrote in part one. He discovered that in the early 1900s a large portion were engaged in Manheim's thriving cigar industry, while others worked as merchants, shoemakers, bakers, laborers, and farmers. According to Deemer, the hourly wage around 1894 was 12 cents, which caused him to marvel at how musicians were able to afford uniforms, instruments, and repairs and to fit in rehearsals and traveling - most likely via horse and wagon - with their work schedules. Records of the Germania Band's performances in 1904 and 1905 included places like Salunga, Brickerville, Mastersonville, and Gettysburg, along with participation in the Landisville Band Fair and the Franklin and Marshall College Parade.

"I know that I have missed (including) dozens (of bands in the book); it's just that I don't know about all of them," noted Deemer.

The "Potpourri" section of the book covers 30 events and various people, places, and things that Deemer says Manheim natives may or may not remember from 1868 to 2017. Dewey Obetz, Christian Bear, Benjamin F. Heiges, George L. Heiges, and Harry Gantz are a few of the local profiles. Photographs of historic buildings, artifacts, signs, advertisements, and more pepper the pages as well.

"In my closing remarks, I'm always hammering away at history being lost. The history of this town is too valuable to lose," said Deemer. "What I've done here is nothing more than a refresher course and hopefully it jogs people's memory."

As of Wednesday, March 28, a limited number of copies of the new publication will be available for the public to purchase at the following Manheim locations: Longenecker's Hardware, 127 Doe Run Road; Sloan's Pharmacy, 73 S. Main St.; and the Historic Manheim Preservation Foundation, 27 Market Square. Proceeds from the sales of the books will benefit the Historic Manheim Preservation Foundation.

Deemer graduated from Manheim Public Schools in 1953, served in the United States Navy until 1957, and graduated from Penn State University in 1961. Today, he is a retired accountant with a lifetime of knowledge and stories about his hometown.

"Fraternal and Beneficial Organizations of Manheim" was released in 2013, followed by "Manheim: A Selected Look Back," "Manheim: One More Look Back," and "Historic and Notable Buildings of Manheim."

To inquire about obtaining copies of Deemer's earlier books, interested individuals may call the foundation at 717-665-5560. Additional details are available at


Historical Society Sets Meeting March 22, 2018

The East Petersburg Historical Society (EPHS) will hold its next meeting on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at the Community Building on Pine Street.

Guest speaker Martha Tyzenhouse will discuss milestones along Lancaster County highways and byways, or "turnpikes," as they were called at that time. EPHS meetings are open to the public free of charge.

Also, the historical society's Daniel Wolf House is open to visitors the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon, with the next date set for April 7. The house is located on the corner of State and Lemon streets at 1905 State St. Free parking is available behind the house, off Lemon Street. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Lynn Dull at 717-664-3808.


Gamut Theatre Shares News March 22, 2018

The Gamut Theatre board of directors voted at its 2018 annual meeting to move forward with Phase II of its building renovations to create the Gamut Theatre Education Center, featuring the Alexander Grass Second Stage, two renovated classrooms, areas for students to learn about costume construction, scenery design, sound and lighting, and more. Its new four-stop elevator and outdoor access will make this space fully accessible and ADA-compliant.

After securing donations of $1.5 million for Phase I of the new theater construction, Gamut has raised an additional 87 percent of the approximate $700,000 cost of this new Phase II: The Gamut Theatre Education Center. Led by anchor grants from the Impact Harrisburg Foundation and the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, Gamut has steadily been raising funds for Phase II for the past two years and kicked off a public fundraising campaign on March 1 to raise the remaining $88,000 in costs.

Demo and construction is planned to begin in late April and be completed by August before opening Gamut's Stage Door Series. The Alexander Grass Second Stage will be the permanent home for the Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre, Stage Door Series Ensemble, and the Gamut Theatre Academy. In addition to Gamut's in-house ensembles, the Alexander Grass Second Stage will be available to the community as a resource for presentations of all kinds.

For more information and to stay up to date with the project, readers may visit To learn more about Gamut Theatre, readers may visit


Dave Adkins Band To Perform March 22, 2018

Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association (SMBA) will hold its next concert on Saturday, March 31, in the social hall at the Goodwill Fire Company, 2318 S. Queen St., York, in the Spry area. The Dave Adkins Band will perform at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Adkins played at Dollywood for two years when he was 17 years old. He then played country music but returned to his first love, bluegrass music. He has released several solo projects and now has his own band.

The kitchen will be open and operated by the Goodwill volunteer firefighters and ladies auxiliary members.

The concert will be a family show and will be smoke-free and alcohol-free. Separate ticket prices have been set for SMBA members and for nonmembers. Annual memberships are available for a set cost per family and can be obtained the night of the show.

The current show schedule is posted at For more information, readers may call 717-395-7128 or 717-515-3324.


The Emporers New Clothes" March 21, 2018

The Company Theatre, a new nonprofit professional theater organization based in Downingtown, will present "The Emperor's New Clothes," a family-friendly musical, at Steel River Playhouse (SRP), 245 E. High St., Pottstown. The show will be staged at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, April 7 and 14, and on Sundays, April 8 and 15.

Additionally, the cast will perform the musical for local students free of charge thanks to a grant provided to SRP from the First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown. "We have a grant that is allowing us to perform an additional six shows," said the play's director, Beth McDonnell, who is the founder and CEO of The Company and the director of sales and marketing for SRP. "We are busing in 1,100 students over six performances to allow them to see the show at no charge."

"The Emperor's New Clothes," based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, revolves around 15-year-old Emperor Marcus the Third, played by Alex Harding, who is nervous to take the throne. "This young teenager is all of a sudden emperor because his parents are gone," said McDonnell. "He is thrust in the role, and he is scared he is not going to do a good job."

Deciding that he can only gain confidence by dressing in the finest garments, Marcus commands his royal clothes maker to dress him in fine attire. Taking advantage of Marcus' uncertainty and immaturity, the Swindler, played by Zach Haines, promises to make magic clothes that he says are invisible to fools or those unfit for their jobs. "(Marcus) feels that if he looks the part, he could run the empire," said McDonnell. "The con man sells him magical clothes that don't exist."

Marcus pays the Swindler a lot of money to weave the cloth to create the clothing. Even though he cannot see the cloth, he pretends he can, fearing he is either is stupid or incompetent.

Even the emperor's advisers - William, played by Tim Novak, and Deena, played by Kathryn Tilley - will not admit that they cannot see the clothes. "They are not brave enough to tell him the clothes are not real," McDonnell noted. "Rather than tell him the truth, they pretend they can see them."

When Marcus parades through the streets thinking he is wearing his new clothes, only his friend Arno, played by Stephen Waters, has the courage to tell him the truth about his "clothes."

"He goes to the parade to announce being emperor and walks around in his underwear. Arno is the only one who is truthful," McDonnell said, noting that the play offers important life lessons. "What matters is self-confidence. What you look like is not important. You can still reach your dreams without looking a certain way," she said, adding one more important lesson: "Never be afraid to tell the truth."

She said the play, written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, features colorful costumes and catchy music. "It is written by the same people who wrote 'Seussical,' 'Ragtime,' 'Anastasia' and 'Once on This Island,'" noted McDonnell. "They are a (popular) composing duo from Broadway.

"Any child coming to it would get engaged," she continued. "It's a fun musical. It's bright and colorful with crazy hair and crazy costumes. It's the perfect show for kids because it's a little over an hour long. It's a nice family (activity)."

For more information or to purchase tickets, readers may visit or There will be discounted ticket prices for seniors age 65 and older and for students. For group discount ticket sales and more information, readers may email or call 610-970-1199.

Cast biographies and more details can be found at


Museum Slates Lunch "Time" Program March 21, 2018

Individuals are invited to pack a lunch and join the National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia, for its Lunch "Time" presentation on Wednesday, April 11, from noon to 1 p.m.

Museum director Noel Poirier will discuss the ancient Antikythera Mechanism, the theories for its use, and what it tells about ancient timekeeping capabilities. Those attending will be able to examine the museum's model based on drawings made by Dr. Derek de Solla Price during his study of bronze fragments in the early 1970s.

The purpose of Lunch "Time," a complimentary educational program, is to offer a time of casual conversation and understanding of timekeeping, including developments beginning during ancient timekeeping. Attendees can discover objects from the museum collection or learn about various aspects of the history of time and timekeeping.

The public is welcome to attend Lunch "Time" programs, which are held every other month. The next program is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13.

For more information about the museum, readers may call 717-684-8261 or visit


Cemetery Tours Scheduled March 21, 2018

The historic Prospect Hill Cemetery Heritage Foundation will offer free historic Sunday tours at Prospect Hill Cemetery, 700 N. George St., at noon and 2 p.m. on Sundays, April 8, May 27, June 10, July 15, Aug. 5, Sept. 9, and Oct. 14. The foundation encourages community members to explore York County's history as shared on the free tours, which are wheelchair friendly and are geared toward everyone.

Prospect Hill is the final resting place of men and women from the 18th to the 20th centuries who created the industrial and social fabric of York County, as well as soldiers from every war in which the nation has participated.

The "people mover" trolley will accommodate 22 to 24 guests per 90-minute tour ride through the cemetery grounds. The tours will explore the beginnings of Prospect Hill Cemetery, which was chartered in 1849, and many other topics, including military history, Victorian symbolism, the community mausoleum, the first responder and veteran memorials, Soldiers Circle, and the Court of Valor and Safekeepers Shrine monuments.

Last year was the first year the foundation offered these tours, and more than 350 visitors took part.

Seating is limited, and registered guests will be seated first. Additional seating, if available, will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Private tours for groups of 10 or more may also be scheduled. Dates and times are scheduled to change due to weather or at the discretion of the foundation. For more information on reserving seats, readers may email


Art Program Seeks Participants March 21, 2018

A local group is exploring the possibility of hosting an art program in York in connection with the services of Fine Arts Miracles Inc. The program will be open to adults who are on the autism spectrum; people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; people with physical, emotional or economic challenges; and anyone else who is having difficulty with the activities of daily living.

Anyone interested in participating in the pilot art program may call 717-318-0782 or email Callers may leave messages.


Organization Will Offer Matching Funds March 21, 2018

To promote giving to the arts during the Give Local York one-day online giving campaign on Friday, May 4, the Cultural Alliance of York County will provide a $25,000 arts match stretch pool for York-based arts and culture organizations.

The Cultural Alliance Arts Match is available to participating Give Local York 501(c)3 organizations with arts and culture as their primary mission. The Cultural Alliance Arts Match pool will provide a 1:1 match of all qualifying online gifts made through the website on May 4, with a maximum of $2,500 total match available per arts participant.

Arts organizations must sign up to participate in Give Local York and qualify for the Cultural Alliance Arts Match stretch pool by Sunday, April 1. For more information on Give Local York and to register, readers may visit the aforementioned website.

More information about the Cultural Alliance is available by calling 717-812-9255, visiting, finding the Cultural Alliance of York on Facebook, and following @CulturalYork on Twitter.


DreamWrights Welcomes Board Members March 21, 2018


Rock Ford Plans Children's Tea Event March 20, 2018

Rock Ford Plantation, 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, will host its new Tea With Kitty Hand event on Sunday, April 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is recommended for children ages 5 to 12 and their family members.

Attendees will experience a taste of an 18th-century tea party with Katherine "Kitty" Hand, wife of Gen. Edward Hand. Activities will include learning about fans, playing a memory game, finding objects in the mansion, and exploring the aromas of teas. A re-enactor portraying Mrs. Hand will serve tea and cookies to the guests.

The event will be held rain or shine on the Rock Ford porch and inside the mansion and the barn. In the event of rain, guests are asked to bring umbrellas, as they must walk from the barn to the house.

Reservations are required by Friday, April 20, and there is a fee per person. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-392-7223.


Area Historical Society To Meet March 20, 2018

Sadsbury Township Historical Society will meet on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville. Guest speaker Marion Piccolomini will speak about her book "World War II and Chester County, Pennsylvania." Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For details, call 717-442-9240.


Society Receives Book Donations March 16, 2018

Local author Todd Gontz recently donated several copies of his book, "Operation Cinder," to the East Petersburg Historical Society (EPHS), 6045 Lemon St., East Petersburg. The society is open on first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information about the book, readers may visit

This summer, EPHS will host Civil and Revolutionary War encampments. More information is available by searching for "East Petersburg Historical Society" on Facebook.


Theater Names Producer March 15, 2018

The Gretna Theatre board of directors has announced the appointment of Brian Kurtas as the organization's new executive producer.

Kurtas will now lead the theater through its next phase of growth. Producing its professional theatre season in only the summer months, Gretna's plans include expanding educational programming in order to offer workshops, classes, and touring outreach shows for schools during the rest of the year.

A native of Lancaster and a local Manheim Township High School graduate, Kurtas brings 10 years of experience from New York and Philadelphia, coming directly from Walnut Street Theatre, one of America's oldest and most successful nonprofit theaters. There, he is credited as the casting director for more than 50 plays and musicals and for assisting the producing artistic director in shaping the programming for more than 50,000 subscribers. He has produced commercials and live corporate events throughout the East coast, and is a member of the Casting Society of America.

Gretna Theatre is a nonprofit theater company based in Mount Gretna that holds performances at the Mount Gretna Playhouse. For subscriptions, tickets, and information, readers may call 717-964-3627, or visit

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