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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 or by emailing


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 or at the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA, 800 Village Road, Lancaster.


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.


Thrifted Fashions Will Hit The Runway March 14, 2019

Proudly running his hand down a finely striped tie, New Hope Community Life Ministry executive director Neil Uniacke boasted, "I'm wearing thrifted threads."

"So am I, even my shoes," added Beth Tyson, manager of the Community Closet Thrift Store, which is part of New Hope.

Proceeds from the Community Closet, 128 TownsEdge Drive, Quarryville, support New Hope's mission to provide quality counseling for a variety of needs with a faith-based perspective regardless of the client's ability to pay. The ministry is headquartered at 248-A Maple Ave., Quarryville. The thrift store also donates a portion of its proceeds to other local nonprofit organizations.

"We make a serious effort to put out very nice items," Tyson said.

Uniacke concurred, relating that he had bought two brand-new dress shirts still in their plastic packaging at the Community Closet the previous week. "We have an incredible gem of a thrift store," he said. "You can save a lot of money and get really nice stuff."

While the racks and shelves are full of items in good condition, Tyson has been holding back a few select pieces in preparation for the ministry's annual fashion show. The event will be held on Saturday, April 6, at Refton Brethren in Christ Church, 110 Church St., Refton. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the buffet will open for dinner around 5:45 p.m.

A silent auction will run during the evening, with additional opportunities to win door prizes and themed baskets. Tyson has been setting aside donations for the auction, and sponsors have contributed other things. Auction highlights will include gift certificates to local businesses and attractions, jewelry, handbags, handmade chocolate, local designer pottery, a rhinestone-encrusted domed cake plate, a hat tree, and a trip to the state Capitol with Rep. Bryan Cutler.

The highlight of the event, however, will be the fashion show. Tyson has planned for four groups of clothing, and the names of prize and auction winners will be announced between each group. An emphasis will be placed on spring wardrobes. The categories of attire will include casualwear, business/dressy, formalwear in a spectrum of colors, and bridal. Tyson noted that four bridal gowns have been donated to the Community Closet recently, and she plans to showcase them on April 6.

"They're not $4,000 gowns, but with a little bit of embellishment, the practical bride might do very well with (one of them)," Tyson remarked, noting that the gowns have been cleaned. One young lady has already claimed one for her own wedding, but it will still appear in the fashion show.

Practically everything that will be worn in the show has been donated to the thrift store. Tyson would like to borrow one very specific item, however. "I'm looking for a pair of indigo blue cowboy boots around a size 8," she said. "We have a bit of a cowgirl flavor (for at least one outfit)."

Close to 15 models appeared in the show last year, and Tyson anticipates approximately that many this year. New Hope counselor and board member Elaine Campbell will reprise her role on the runway. Other women and men of distinct ages and sizes will participate in the show. Tyson praised one woman in her 80s for her ongoing support of New Hope and her flair as a model. "She's a real showstopper," Tyson commented.

Tickets are required for admission to the fashion show, and they must be purchased by Monday, April 1. Folks may call New Hope at 717-786-2802 to order tickets.

Uniacke noted that while he plans to attend the fashion show, he will be there as a New Hope supporter, not as an employee. Beginning April 1, Uniacke will be working as a bereavement counselor with Hospice & Community Care in York County. He has led New Hope for seven-and-a-half years. The board of directors is accepting applications for Uniacke's successor.

For more information about New Hope and the Community Closet, readers may visit


Line Dancing Classes March 13, 2019

The Golden Connections Community Center, 20-C Gotham Place, Red Lion, will continue line dancing classes on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. There is a cost per class per person or per couple. Walk-ins are welcome.

All proceeds will be used to support programs and services that benefit older adults in the community. For details, readers may call 717-244-7229.


CPCA To Hold Square Dance March 7, 2019

The CPCA (Central Pennsylvania Callers Association) will hold its monthly square dance on Sunday, March 17, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the East Hanover Community Building, 8848 Jonestown Road, Grantville. This old-fashioned, Eastern-style square dance will feature a live band, Common Ground. No experience is required.

CPCA dances take place every third Sunday at venues throughout Central Pennsylvania. An admission fee has been set. For more information, readers may email or call Elsie at 717-599-5444.


Contest Will Determine 2019 Pioneer Of The Year March 7, 2019

Ten Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) High School juniors will compete for the title of 2019 Pioneer of the Year in a pageant-style event that will be held in conjunction with the school's Model United Nations (UN) Talent Showcase. The event will take place at the L-S Performing Arts Center, 1600 Book Road, Lancaster, at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

To start the evening, the contestants will introduce themselves while wearing attire that most represents who they are, the school, or their heroes. During the second segment, the contestants will be reintroduced wearing retro 1980s outfits, while Model UN adviser Adam Titter and fellow teacher Matt Shockey relate humorous stories about each person. The contestants will then face off in a lip-sync contest featuring music from the 1980s. Finally, each contestant will be asked a question during the interview segment.

Between the segments, students from all schools in the L-S School District will perform as part of the Model UN Talent Showcase. From Lampeter Elementary, Camilla Mazzagatti, Chloe Miller, Keira Gavely, and Liah Kuhns will team up to perform a cheerleading routine, and Brielle Grove and Ashlyn Wise will deliver vocal solos. Performers from Hans Herr Elementary will include vocalist Quinn Flory, as well as sisters Audrey and Eileen Wieand, who will sing a duet. Martin Meylin Middle School performers will include dancer Tanner Emmerling and vocalists Alexandria Fernandez and Sarah Baum. The high school performers will include Zach Berger in a lightsaber routine, Dom Brazzle and Nick Smucker playing band instruments, Julie Stinson doing a baton-twirling routine, Jillian Pontz and Hannah Miller singing a duet, Laureli Newell and Kait Tordoff singing solos, sisters Esther and Emma Landis performing a duet, and a performance by pianist Emma Houck and vocalist Haylee Dangro. Special guest Lou Abbattiello will present a comedy and magic routine.

The students competing for the Pioneer of the Year title along with the club they are representing include Zach Berger, Council of the Nerds; Lexy Campbell, Asian Cultures Club; Arylissa Diaz, WLSH; Emma Houck, Varsity Club; Jacob Kopelman, Ski Club; Anthony Milazzo, Model UN; Justin Miller, Interact; Andy Shutty, Mr. Titter's flex period; Lexi Wagner, Student Council and swim team; and Madison Whitaker, Scrub Club.

The Pioneer of the Year will be an ambassador of L-S school spirit and help the high school Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) with events throughout the next school year. The winner will be determined by a combination of judges' scores and audience votes, which will cost a dollar each. Prizes for the new titleholder will include doughnuts for their homeroom, a select parking space during their senior school year, a Spirit Pass for high school sporting events, two 2019 prom tickets, and two 2019 post prom tickets.

Proceeds from the evening will be given to the Model UN to support Doctors Without Borders and to the high school PTO to be used to fund the Spring Blast and post prom events on Saturday, May 18.

Tickets for the Pioneer of the Year contest and Model UN Talent Showcase will be sold during lunch periods the week of the event and will be available at the door on March 15.

For more information about the Pioneer of the Year contest or post prom, readers may email


Ballroom Dance Event Planned March 5, 2019

A ballroom social dance, sponsored by York USA Dance Chapter 3008, will be held on Sunday, March 24, at Alert Fire Hall, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville. Rebecca Gentry, from a dance studio in Lancaster, will teach a salsa lesson at 3 p.m. Open dancing from 4 to 7 p.m. will feature a mix of swing, Latin and ballroom music provided by disc jockey Dance Avanti.

The dance is open to the public for dancers of all ages and experience levels. Admission fees, which include the lesson, have been set for members, guests and students with IDs. Light refreshments will be available, and food donations will be accepted.

Information about dance instruction and dances in the area is available on the chapter's Facebook page and at


Cafe To Host The Launies March 4, 2019

Celtic duo The Launies, consisting of Jamie O'Brien and Henry Koretzky, will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, March 16. The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30 p.m.

London-Irishman O'Brien lived in Pennsylvania for almost 20 years before moving to Arizona in 2006. He currently performs regularly throughout the Mid-Atlantic states, the Southwest and Hawaii, and he also tours frequently in Canada and Europe. His repertoire includes songs he learned at hooleys (family gatherings) from parents, grandparents and other relatives, along with other tunes he picked up from fellow Irish musicians on his journey through Europe and across the Atlantic to the U.S. He also plays island music he learned while collaborating with musicians in Hawaii.

Koretzky, from Harrisburg, performs an eclectic mix, including bluegrass, swing, and country. He sings and plays the mandolin, mandocello and guitar as a solo performer, accompanist and band member. In addition to The Launies, he performs with Sink or Swing, the Harrisburg Mandolin Orchestra and others.

In The Launies, O'Brien sings and plays the guitar and ukulele, and Koretzky contributes vocals, mandolin and mandocello. Together, the musicians present a wide-ranging selection of music from styles found on both sides of the Atlantic, accompanied by descriptions of the material.

Admission to the concert is free. The cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. For more information, readers may call 717-478-3672 or email


Miskie To Perform At Cafe February 27, 2019

Singer-songwriter Matt Miskie will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, March 9. The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30 p.m.

Miskie's repertoire consists largely of classic singer-songwriter tunes, folk rock, and classic rock of the '60s and '70s intermixed with familiar traditional American and Celtic ballads. A typical performance may include selections from John Denver, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Credence Clearwater Revival, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, and others.

Miskie's performance credits include support concerts for Tom Rush, Tom Chapin, Dave Mason, and more. Over the years, he has been a featured performer at many major arts festivals and has performed at venues and events from North Carolina to Wisconsin.

For more information about Miskie, readers may visit

Admission to the concert is free. The cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. For more information, readers may call 717-478-3672 or email


Bible Museum Trip Planned February 27, 2019

A bus trip to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., will be held on Tuesday, April 16. The trip will leave from White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St., York, at 7 a.m., with arrival in Washington, D.C., at 9:30 a.m. and departure at 2 p.m.

The set price for the trip covers transportation, a driver gratuity and admission to the museum, with proceeds benefiting the center. Money is due by Thursday, March 14. For more information or to register, readers may call 717-843-9704.


Celtic Music Concert Planned February 22, 2019

Harmonia Music Association will sponsor "The Seasons," a Celtic music concert, on Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m. at Londonderry Village, 1200 Grubb Road, Palmyra.

The concert will feature fiddle, guitar, harp, hammered dulcimer, concertina, and bodhran.


Quebecois Band To Present Concert February 22, 2019

Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) will sponsor a concert by Quebecois band Bon Debarras on Sunday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg.

The band brings together a fusion of Quebecois music, traditional step-dancing, and global influences. The trio aims to unite the worlds of music, dance, and poetry through a collaboration between Montreal artists Dominic Desrochers, Jean-Francois Dumas, and Veronique Plasse utilizing guitar, banjo, violin, and harmonica.

Desrochers grew up in a family of singers, dancers, and accordionists. Over time he added percussive dance to his passion for poetry and music. Dumas, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, grew up in a family of musicians and singers and has performed with artists including La Bottine Souriante, Cedric Watson, Juan Sebastian Larobina, and Edgar Bori. Plasse, a trained actress and musician, is passionate about Quebec traditional music. Plasse, a violinist and singer, has been active on the international folk scene for about 20 years.

Bon Debarras' self-titled debut album was nominated for an ADISQ award in the Traditional Music Album of the Year category. The band was nominated again in 2013 for "Errance," its second recording.

Separate ticket prices have been set for general admission, for SFMS members, and for students ages 3 to 22. Advance tickets are available at or by calling 800-838-3006. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-745-6577.


Fire Company Announces 2019 Fundraisers February 21, 2019

For sale: one red firetruck in good condition. Ready to go immediately.

For the past year, the Conestoga Volunteer Fire Company (CVFC), 3290 Main St., Conestoga, has been trying to sell its 1990 E-One engine. Several fire companies from out of state have been interested, but so far, no one has opened their checkbooks to cover the $19,900 asking price.

"It's a good, solid truck," commented Missi Frankford, who is an active supporter of the fire company.

"We used it until we got the new one," agreed fire company president Troy Bresch. "When we got this one (new in 1990), we thought we were in heaven. Now, 30 years later, we got (another) one, and now we're thinking we're in heaven again." He explained that for rural fire companies that are still using engines from the 1960s and '70s, the 28-year-old E-One will be a dream come true.

The newest occupant of the CVFC's engine bay is just over a year old. It is a 2018 model manufactured by 4 Guys Fire Trucks. It was built to the CVFC's specifications, which included a rescue body so it can carry more tools and other supplies.

"It's our first-out piece," Bresch said. "It was at the (Enola Low Grade Trail) trestle bridge fire."

Considering new engines start at about $600,000, the members of the CVFC are pleased that only $85,000 is left to pay on the purchase. Community donations and fundraisers will help to continue to reduce the debt, along with funding the general operations of the fire company.

"We'd like people to support the fire department fundraisers. It would be nice if everyone donated, because then we wouldn't have to run fundraisers," Bresch remarked. "But when people come out to the dance, they have a good time while supporting the fire company."

Bresch was referring to the CVFC's annual spring dance, which will be held this year on Saturday, March 9, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Millersville VFW, 219 Walnut Hill Road, Millersville. The evening will include dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and opportunities to enter to win cash and other prizes.

"We will have a different DJ this year but the same amount of fun ... and hopefully more," Frankford wrote in a post on "If anyone wants to donate something (for the silent auction), we'll pick it up."

If folks do not like pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, baked corn, and coleslaw, which will be served at the dance, they can mark their calendars now for the annual turkey supper on Saturday, April 6, and the annual ham supper on Saturday, Oct. 19. Additional fundraising events will include a gun giveaway drawing on Saturday, June 1; a festival on Saturday, June 29; and a car show on Saturday, Sept. 28. Conestoga Township residents can also keep an eye out for fund drive letters, which will be mailed soon.

And, of course, someone can buy that firetruck.

For more information about CVFC fundraising efforts, as well as to purchase tickets for the dance, readers may contact Frankford via Facebook Messenger or by calling 717-629-1990.


Motorama Event Held February 21, 2019

The 41st annual Motorama Events and Races were held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex on Feb. 16 and 17. The events included Arenacross, go-kart racing, and Quarter Midget racing, along with a variety of remote control racing events, featuring scaled trials, Mudboss, and demolition derby competitions. A Custom Car, Truck, and Bike Show took place in the Expo Hall, and a Speed Show was held in the Main Hall. Ryan Evans and Shannon Aikau from the History Channel series "Counting Cars" interacted with fans and vendors.

The Large Arena hosted Arenacross action in front of a standing-room-only crowd. More than 900 competitors raced for top honors in various classes. The Holeshot Award was presented to the first rider in each class to drag race from the start gate through the first turn. The Feb. 16 winners included Bryan Dilch, Justin Rodbell, and Derek Leatherman. Holeshot Awards for Feb. 17 went to Zane Martin, John Natalie, and Derek Leatherman.

Motorama kicked off the racing season for several area go-kart teams. More than 130 teams packed into the Northeast Hall.

Quarter Midget racing took place on both days in the Northwest Hall. Winners included Hoyt Conant, Jaden Brown, Kenny Beinhower, Cody Cordova, and Will Fisher.

The Robot Conflict took place in the Small Arena. Competitors tested their robots in three-minute grudge matches against their opponents.

The Mudboss competitions also returned to Motorama. Taking home the Stock Mudboss title on Feb. 16 and the 13.5 Mudboss title on Feb. 17 was Brian Wynn from New York. For the fourth consecutive year, Motorama included a demolition derby.

Both new and old custom cars and trucks were displayed in the Custom Car, Truck, and Bike Show. On the other side of the complex, the Speed Show featured several hundred racing and high-performance vehicles. Speed Show awards were presented to cars in various categories.

Fans and drivers donated to four preselected charities. The recipient organizations were Vista Adult Services in Hershey, the Elizabeth Loranzo iCare Foundation in Middletown, Sick Recovery in Pine Grove, and the Eagle Foundation, which is a part of the Cumberland Valley School District. In addition, the Central Pennsylvania Blood Blank held a blood drive in the Giant Expo Hall.

A two-day Ms. Motorama pageant concluded on Saturday morning on the Speed Show stage, with Regina Swinger of Lilly announced as the winner.

For complete race and show results, readers may visit


Cafe To Host Wheeler, Vintage Heart February 20, 2019

Matt Wheeler and Vintage Heart will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, March 2. The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30 p.m.

The group's music features Wheeler's songwriting and an orchestral folk sound incorporating bass, drum, violin, and cello. In his songwriting, Wheeler often draws inspiration from classic works of literature or creates original stories. His band's influences include Denison Witmer, Iron & Wine, and James Taylor. More information is available at

Admission to the concert is free. The cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. For more information, readers may call 717-478-3672 or email


Annual Street Fair Scheduled February 19, 2019

The 44th annual Olde York Street Fair will take place on Sunday, May 12, in and around Continental Square in downtown York city from 12:30 to 6 p.m. This Mother's Day tradition features handmade crafts, a wide variety of food, live entertainment in several areas, a Kids' Fun Block with inflatables and games, nonprofit and informational exhibits, a Red Cross blood drive, and more.

To download applications for this year's event, readers may visit More information is also available by emailing or calling 717-849-2217.


Polka Dance Event Slated February 19, 2019

The White Rose Polka Dancers Association of York will hold its next monthly dance on Saturday, March 2, at the Alert Fire Company, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville, from 7 to 11 p.m. The dance will have a St. Patrick's Day theme, with music provided by the band Joy.

Admission tickets will be available at the door at a set cost per person, which covers refreshments. Tickets may also be purchased in advance by calling 717-244-3436.


Line Dances Slated February 19, 2019

Community Outreach Line Dances will be held on Saturdays, March 9 and April 13, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Chanceford Presbyterian Church social hall, 1783 Woodbine Road, Airville. This event will happen the second Saturday of every month through November. Line dances will be taught at approximately 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. each night.

Kenny Witmer will be the disc jockey, and food, beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. This event is for people of all ages, and all children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the church grounds.

Admission will be free. For more information, readers may call Penny at 717-862-3732.


Choir Seeks Singers February 13, 2019

One Voice Community Choir is seeking singers for its first spring concert. Weekly rehearsals will begin on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 11 N. Richland Ave., York. The sacred presentation of "He's ALIVE!" will be on Saturday, Apr. 13.

The choir's motto is "Building Unity Through Community." Choir director Linda Cross may be reached at 508-341-7082 or

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