Way back in the 1990s, I started going to the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
Every March, I’d go back to find not only that the festival had gotten bigger and bigger – too big, it became clear this year, when four people were killed by a runaway drunken driver – but also that the city was mushrooming along with it.
In Austin, the livability factor is high – warm temperatures, live music, BBQ – and the stream of transplants so steady it doesn’t take long for new residents to start moaning about how everything was better before people who arrived after them came to town.
Which brings me to the latest indicator that everybody has figured out Philadelphia is a cool place to live. It’s the modeled-after-SXSW Forbes Under 30 Summit, the money magazine’s inaugural gathering of boldface billionaires and tech titans (and upstart entrepreneurs who wish to emulate them) that will take place in its planned-to-be permanent home from today until Wednesday.
York may not be known for its oysters, but according to the York County Heritage Trust, it hasn’t always been that way.
“When they were doing the restoration of the Colonial Complex, they found oyster shells in the ground surrounding the buildings,” said Melanie Hady, director of marketing and public relations at the trust.
“There was obviously some trade going on between our area and the Chesapeake Bay area.”
In tribute to that historic link, the trust is celebrating its 40th annual Oyster Festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The 2014 Pottstown Halloween Parade will take place on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00pm on High Street.
For more information: http://www.artsquest.org/festivals/oktoberfest/brewersvillage.php
Sat & Sun, Oct 4th & 5th
10am – pm, rain or shine
Centre Square, downtown Easton
Check out their website for all the information you need: http://www.eastongarlicfest.com/index.php
Folks in eastern Lancaster County have only a few days to recover from the dizzying carnival rides and deep fried Oreos of the Ephrata Fair before the action shifts to New Holland.
The 87th New Holland Farmers Fair opens Wednesday in the 100 blocks of East and West Main Street.
The four-day fair opens with the annual Spectacle of Bands parade, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Fair website: http://pcrdesigns.net/nhf/index.php
Ninety-six years young, the Ephrata Fair takes to the streets of the borough starting Tuesday.
The county’s oldest fair fills Main Street from Lincoln Avenue to Park Avenue, and State Street from Locust to Fulton, stopping just short of the Pioneer Fire Company building.
On the midway, the fair-goer will find food stands selling everything from full meals to sandwiches and cotton candy, including the Akron Lions’ Club’s famous toasted cheeseburger, along with games of chance and rides for all age groups, provided by Houghton Enterprises Inc. In Thomas Grater Memorial Park, Lancaster County’s youth shows off the best in livestock.
On Wednesday, the 81st annual Ephrata Fair Parade takes to the streets. This year’s edition features not one, not two, but three Mummers bands from Philadelphia, the Fralinger String band, the Uptown String Band and the Quaker City String Band, first place winners in the 2014 Mummers Day Parade.
Fair Website: ephratafair.org
A world map stood out among hundreds of motorcycles in front of Harley-Davidson‘s York Vehicle Operations.
Pins marked hometowns of bike enthusiasts who had traveled to visit the manufacturer’s annual open house.
John Minor pushed a pin through Hartford, Wis., a closer ride than two open house guests who made the trip from India.
Thursday marked Minor’s first visit to the Harley-Davidson factory in Springettsbury Township.
Editor’s note: Take the time to watch this. Phenomenal!!
The Thrival Festival starts Monday, featuring a week’s worth of novel computer products and people brainstorming about how to persuade tech types that Pittsburgh fosters innovation. Plus, there’s music. Talib Kweli will play on Saturday, and Moby will perform on Sunday.
“The goal of this year is to make some noise, to get Pittsburgh on the map more than we already are — to darken the blot,” said Bobby Zappala, CEO of Thrill Mill, an East End tech business incubator sponsoring the festival.
The Elizabethtown Fair has a lot of fans. One of them is the chief executive of the commonwealth.
Gov. Tom Corbett will take part in the fair’s opening ceremony at 6:45 p.m. this evening, fair spokeswoman Sally Nolt said.
He’ll then be given a tour, she said.
This will be Corbett’s fifth trip to the fair, she said: He came three times as attorney general and once before as governor, she said.
“He’s been a good supporter for fairs,” she said.
Stargazing might be on the rise in Lititz after all.
The developers of Rock Lititz Studio made clear from the start that the mammoth rehearsal facility under construction in Warwick Township is designed for technical crews, not performers themselves.
But the company is acknowledging that performers might also pop in for a day or two at some point in the tour-preparation process.
LITITZ, PA—This town of 9,400 people in Amish country tells the story of the modern concert industry.
In 1968, when Frankie Valli and his group rolled in for a show, two young brothers who did sound for local dances turned the Four Seasons into one of the first music acts to tour with its own speaker system. The brothers built a reputation on the road, but they never moved out of Lititz. Their company became an anchor for a cluster of businesses that now supply the sound and spectacle for many of the world’s biggest acts.
The effect that lets pop-star Katy Perry soar over her audience while clutching a bunch of balloons. The battalion of speakers blasting Paul McCartney’s voice in stadiums designed for sports, not music. The sliding catwalk that takes a singing, dancing Justin Timberlake from the stage to the rear of an arena. All this gear, currently crisscrossing America in tractor-trailers, was engineered and built in Lititz, along with the apparatus for blockbuster tours of the past by U2, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Michael Jackson. The place has an air of secrecy: Because entertainers want a surprise when the curtain goes up, much of the work here is done in secret by companies that don’t put their names on their buildings.
Once wired with tinny speakers and harsh lights, the world of live entertainment is now powered by computer systems that control sophisticated video displays on sets worth tens of millions of dollars.