I attended the 4:00 pm Trans-Siberian Orchestra show at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA this afternoon. I have always been a big fan of TSO but have never been to one of their concerts. Now I am an even bigger fan!
The concert lasted two hours and 35 minutes. It’s divided into two parts. Their new Christmas production, The Lost Christmas Eve and then after an introduction of the band and singers, they played a string of their songs from previous albums. They ended with their Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen mash-up (which gets played on the radio a great deal this time of year).
Musically, I think they are superb. Their level of talent is phenomenal and the music speaks for itself. What you miss out on by not seeing them live is their incredible stage production. All is can say is, WOW! Lasers, strobes, fog, fire, pyrotechnics, elevated platforms and musicians running through the audience playing, is just some of what you can expect. It is sensory overload, but in a good way. I just saw Australian Pink Floyd at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA last month. They have an amazing stage production and laser light show but it was nothing like what we were treated to by TSO! This was Pink Floyd on steroids!
The crowd was into it and TSO really fed off of our energy. They were doing a second show at 8:00 pm! People were waiting to get in as we were leaving. I bet they get an equally great show. You can tell this group of musicians loves what they do! They were having a great time entertaining us.
The tickets were very reasonably priced and my friends and I felt we got great value for our money based on the length of the show, the stage production and quality of the music.
I give two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to TSO and highly recommend you go to one of their concerts if you are a fan. You won’t be sorry!
To check out TSO tour dates or learn more about the group, you can visit their website here: http://www.trans-siberian.com/
Falling gas prices are hitting numbers not seen since the beginning of the year.
How about under $3 a gallon in North Jersey?
“It’s very busy,” said a worker who declined to share his name. ”Like Hurricane Sandy all over again.”
Falling gas prices have brought a little bit of holiday cheer at the gas pump where many in the region had grumbled while the price of unleaded hovered around the $4 mark.
The average price of unleaded regular has dropped to $3.75 a gallon in the Buffalo area, down from $3.89 a month ago, according to GasBuddy.com, which tracks gas price trends across the country. Nationally, the average price was down to $3.27 a gallon as of Saturday.
The downward trend can be attributed to two things, according to Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.
POTTSTOWN — Despite a light rain that insisted on sticking around throughout the day, small groups of people took to the sidewalks throughout the borough Sunday for Pottstown’s 26th holiday historic building tour.
The Historic Pottstown By Candlelight tour was a hit again, with hundreds turning out to visit 20 century-old homes, churches and businesses that they might otherwise never notice.
“This house tour, if I’m going to say anything, brings out the positive of Pottstown,” said Sue Krause, a chief organizer of the event. “You drive by these places and you’d never know how lovely they are inside.”
By Sunday, more than 200 advance tickets were sold. The record for the event stood at around 313 several years ago — a reachable goal by the end of Sunday.
From the traditional to the contemporary and everything in between, holiday decor was on full display throughout Reading’s Centre Park Historic District on Sunday.
By late afternoon, more than 500 tickets had been sold for the 28th Annual Christmas House Tour and Champagne Brunch, which celebrated the historic district’s 30th anniversary.
“We were a little concerned with the weather,” said Beth Ireland, vice president for the historic district’s board of directors. “But I’ve heard a lot of people who have done these tours say this is the best one they’ve been on yet.”
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BELLEFONTE – This weekend you will find Bellefonte full of activity everywhere you look; it is the 31st annual Victorian Christmas. There will be something for everyone. Just some of the highlights are a Breakfast With Santa, arts and crafts at three locations, carriage rides, the home tour, walking tours and wonderful concerts.
The event’s opening ceremony is Friday at the Bellefonte Elementary School at 6:30 p.m.. featuring the Bellefonte Community Band, the Nittany Knights, the Bellefonte Elementary School fourth and Fifth Grade Choir, middle school Women’s Chorale, St. John’s Elementary School Choir, and other special performances including a preview performance of “Dickens’ Holiday.”
Mayor Kent Addis will officially open the event.
This year the Bellefonte Historic and Cultural Association offers historic walking tours downtown on both Saturday and Sunday. The tours meet at 2 p.m. at the courthouse both days.
COLLEGEVILLE – The nonprofit Collegeville Economic Development Corporation is hosting Collegeville’s First Holiday House Tour on Saturday, Dec. 15, from noon to 4 p.m. Eight of Collegeville’s most beautiful homes will open their doors.
At 4 p.m., the House Tour Reception begins at the Appalachian Brewing Company in Collegeville Station. There will be appetizers, hot cider or mulled wine, a holiday bazaar and a silent auction.
Of the 200 volunteers it takes to put together the Christmas celebration taking place Friday through Sunday evenings at Historic Joanna Furnace, Lisa and Marissa Martin have one of the more enviable jobs.
They’re coordinating the kitchen portion of the event’s living-history demonstrations, which means the mother-daughter team spent a good portion of last week testing out 19th century cookie recipes – you know, for authenticity’s sake.
With the cookies available for visitors to sample, the stakes were high – but Lisa Martin said the 19th century recipes she found online should please modern palates.
“My kitchen all approved it,” she said.
Pottstown, PA – Revel in the spirit of the season at historic Pottsgrove Manor with the annual “Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight” open-house on Sunday, December 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The public is invited to take a self-guided tour of the 1752 manor house, where costumed interpreters will portray the colonial residents of Pottsgrove Manor. As visitors make their way through the house, they will hear the strains of music played on historical instruments, see English country dancing, catch a whiff of the delicious smells in the kitchen as historical cook, Deborah Peterson, prepares a colonial feast, play traditional tavern games, and enjoy the beauty of the mansion lit by candlelight and bedecked with greenery.
After touring the house, guests will want to visit Pottsgrove Manor’s museum shop for unique, historically-oriented gifts like locally-made redware pottery and ornaments, reproduction glassware, handcrafted candles and soaps, books, toys, games, and more.
Next door to the mansion in the Miller’s House, young visitors can make free colonial crafts to take home, and complimentary seasonal refreshments of hot spiced cider and cookies will be served. Outside in the manor’s courtyard, visitors will be able to warm themselves by a bonfire (weather permitting) and enjoy historic carols sung by the Colonial Revelers singing group between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
A donation of $2 per person is suggested for this event. Visitors are asked to park at the Carousel at Pottstown building, 30 West King Street; a shuttle will transport visitors to and from Pottsgrove Manor throughout the event. Handicapped parking is available in the museum’s parking lot.
Can’t make it to the open house? Visitors can enjoy the spirit of the season at Pottsgrove Manor now through January 6, 2013 with a guided tour of the mansion, decorated for the holidays. Tours are offered during regular museum hours, and the museum shop will also be open for holiday shopping. Regular museum hours are: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours are given on the hour. The last tour of the day begins as 3:00 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should pre-register by calling (610) 326-4014. The museum is closed Mondays, as well as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Pottsgrove Manor, home of John Potts, colonial ironmaster and founder of Pottstown, is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Pottsgrove Manor is operated by MontgomeryCounty under the direction of the Parks and Heritage Services Division of the Assets and Infrastructure Department. For more information and a full calendar of events, visit the website at http://historicsites.montcopa.org/pottsgrovemanor or follow Pottsgrove Manor on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PottsgroveManor.
We’re all familiar with the songs of the Season . . . “Away in the Manger”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” or “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, to name a few, but is Christ’s story alive to your family and a part of your Holiday celebrations?
On December 16th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., as a gift to the community, we invite you and your family to join us, free of charge, under the blanket of the night sky for a journey back in time. You will walk, outside, with a Shepherd Guide, following the star of Bethlehem and visiting six live, walk-thru, scenes and hear the story of Jesus’ birth, as narrated by your Shepherd Guide.
You will visit the manger–see the live animals; hear how the angels and shepherds joyously spread the word about Jesus’ birth; see the delight of the Wise Men presenting their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh; share in the joy of the Christmas Story and complete your journey with some artistic scripture displays from the Bible.
Finally, the Family Life Center will be filled with familiar sounds of the Christmas music we all love and enjoy, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies; free craft activities for the children and an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas with your friends and family.
The Live Nativity will be from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Cedarville UMC, 1092 Laurelwood Road, Pottstown, PA. This is an outside, walking, event, so please dress accordingly. Please note that this walking tour is made handicapped accessible via the use of golf cart. The event and parking are free. For directions or more information you may go to our website at www.cedarvilleumc.org or call the church office at 610-326-4173.
The Freedom Valley YMCA at Pottstown, 724 North Adams Street, will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, November 24th from 8 to 11 am. Santa’s making his list and checking it twice, so plan to share a pancakes & sausage breakfast with Jolly Ole St. Nick. Proceeds benefit the YMCA’s Seahawk National Swim Team. Photos ops with Santa will also be available.
Tickets are available at the Y in advance or at the door – $3 for ages 3-11; $5 for ages 12 and older and children under 3 eat free.
For more information, call 610.323.7300 orwww.fvymca.org.
Pittsburgh police are hoping Light Up Night revelers will avoid the buzz kill of a parking ticket or trip to the tow pound.
They are recommending extra caution tonight for those who drive to the festivities. Because several parking meters have been removed and replaced with kiosks, the temporary “no parking” signs might not be as in-your-face as when they were attached to each meter. They recommend that visitors park in lots or garages rather than on the streets.
As an added precaution, they are urging visitors not to leave valuables like iPods, laptops or GPS devices within sight in their vehicles.
“The holiday season is upon us and there are predators who seek the opportunity to vandalize vehicles when they observe unsecured valuables left in plain view,” said police spokeswoman Diane Richard.
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About 3,500 proud participants will march down Penn Street this Saturday in the Reading Holiday Parade, presented by the Downtown Improvement District.
The Reading Police Honor Guard will lead the parade as it kicks off at 9 a.m. from City Park at 11th and Penn streets. The Reading High School Marching Band will be the first of 10 school bands to fill the air with music.
When the parade arrives at Fifth and Penn streets, it will stop briefly while Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer lights the Christmas tree and the Menorah. Then the parade will continue to its conclusion at Second and Penn streets.
“We expect more than 11,000 spectators,” said Barb Tarczynski, who celebrates her 25th year as parade chairperson this year.
With the historic site’s annual “Twelfth Night Tours,” visitors of all ages can enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful 1752 Georgian manor house, decorated with greenery for Yuletide. Along the way, guests will learn about traditional English celebrations of Twelfth Night and how they differed from modern Christmas celebrations.
The tours are offered during regular museum hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, as well as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Tours are given on the hour; the last tour of the day begins at 3:00 p.m. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for the tour. Groups of 10 or more should pre-register by calling (610) 326-4014.
Visitors will also want to stop into Pottsgrove Manor’s museum shop for unique, historically-oriented gifts like locally-made redware pottery and ornaments, reproduction glassware, handcrafted candles and soaps, books, toys, games, and more. The museum shop is open during regular museum hours.
Pottsgrove Manor, home of John Potts, colonial ironmaster and founder of Pottstown, is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Pottsgrove Manor is operated by Montgomery County under the direction of the Parks and Heritage Services Division of the Assets and Infrastructure Department. For more information and a full calendar of events, visit the website at http://historicsites.montcopa.org/pottsgrovemanor or follow Pottsgrove Manor on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/PottsgroveManor.
Reading and its struggles with poverty will be the Christmas story this year on CBS.
The network has asked Odyssey Networks, a multifaith media coalition, to produce an hourlong special to be broadcast on Christmas Eve, said the Rev. Eric Shafer, Odyssey senior vice president and a Berks native.
“We’ve decided to come to Reading to tell ‘One Christmas Story: People Rich in Spirit,’ ” he said. “The special will rejoice in the true spirit of Christmas through the words of the Gospel, glorious choral music and the unique character of the community in Reading.”
Shafer said the Collegiate Churches of New York City have already given a $50,000 grant toward the television production and plan to award an additional $50,000 to help fight poverty in the city.
Happy second day of Christmas!