http://flymagazine.net/ is a great site to visit if you live in or visit Lancaster, York or Harrisburg. Keeps you up to date on what’s going on, events, dining, music and arts and culture. Happy Friday!
Kat Clark, 25, has chosen to make a home in West Philadelphia after graduating in 2012 from Swarthmore College.
“It’s just a great place to live,” she said as she sipped coffee at La Colombe in the shadow of City Hall. Though the Chicago-area native considered relocating to New York City after school, the lure of Philadelphia’s cultural offerings, combined with the city’s comparative affordability, proved too tempting.
“There are a lot of artistic people around and this great academic scene,” she said, ticking off a laundry list of attributes that drew her to move here. “It’s not too large, but you can still do everything else you would do in a big city.
“In Philly, there’s still a lot going on, but you have space to grow,” echoed her friend, 24-year-old Tayarisha Poe.
West Chester, PA On a chilly fall day, residents warmed up in the borough with hot peppers for the 12th year in a row during the Rotary Club’s Chili Cookoff.
More than 70 chili recipes were shared with thousands of patrons on Gay Street Sunday in an effort to raise more than last year’s $50,000 to support 14 local nonprofits.
Among the dozens of recipes shared at the festival were some crowd favorites, like those of the Habanero Brothers.
The brothers, who have been coming to the event for the past 10 years, compete in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, for chances to show off their varying recipes.
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
The next two weekends are jam-packed with tasty events.
Here’s your outlook this weekend:
Bacon 5K Challenge and Bacon & Brews Bash – Friday and Saturday, Allentown
Coca-Cola Park, 1050 Iron Pigs Way, is hosting a Bacon 5K Challenge on Friday where participants need to consume a half-pound of bacon when they reach the 2.5-kilometer mark. A post-race party follows.
On September 6th, the second annual Lancaster Craft Beerfest is returning to the vibrant, growing, and creative city of Lancaster. Last year was a huge success with a sold out crowd of over 2,000 attendees, and this year it’s going to be bigger and better. Like last year, our goal is to provide craft beer drinkers with an amazing selection of unique beers so they can discover new and old favorites. There will be dozens of options from some of the best breweries, including those right in our neighborhood and from across the country. Not only will there be craft beer, there will be great food and live music to enjoy as well.
To check out the website for all the festival information, click here: http://lancastercraftbeerfest.com/
Hazleton residents can help remodel the downtown by voting in a survey for their favorite style of banners, buildings, crosswalks, lights, landscaping, benches and bike racks.
They will find the survey at http://www.derckandedson.com/hazleton through the end of September. Photos show examples, and residents can click a thumbs-up for the styles they like.
Derck and Edson, a design firm in Lititz, Lancaster County, posted the survey after winning a commission to write a strategic plan for the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress.
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.
WILKES-BARRE — Thursday seemed like the best possible day to release a report on a downtown survey.
Public Square was filled with people attending the weekly farmers’ market and Mother Nature cooperated by offering a spectacular day of sunshine.
Patty Kopec and her daughter, Frankie, were enjoying some of the food and sunshine. Even with no entertainment on the band shell stage, the Kopecs raved about the city and the downtown and said they wished more events were planned for Public Square.
“It needs this kind of stuff,” Patty Kopec said. “It needs more events that appeal to families.”
Sly Fox has let borough officials in Pottstown know of plans to move the annual spring Bockfest to Pottstown’s Circle of Progress from its traditional location at the brew pub along Route 113.
Like a maturing adult, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival is moving out on its own.
“At first, there was a natural synergy,” says J. Kevin McMahon of the first three years of the festival, when it was held on a weekend with the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. “But we found we were competing with ourselves.”
He is the president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the organization that organizes the jazz festival. He has watched the festival grow during its first three years to the point where he and other planners decided it was time to move it to its own weekend — June 20 to 22.
It has drawn enough people — jazz fans, not simply strays from the arts festival — that it deserves to be on its own, he says. It adds another exciting weekend to the city, he says, and allows employees of the Cultural Trust to concentrate on the jazz festival rather than dividing their efforts.
The words effortlessly pour out of Carla Christopher’s mouth whether she’s behind a mic reading an original poem, or sitting at a coffee table at New Grounds talking about arts in the City of York.
She’s no stranger to the talk or the mic, as she just completed a three-year stint as the city’s poet laureate.
But now, York has tasked her with a new goal — one that’s already near and dear to her heart: arts and culture liaison.
“Carla’s ability to connect to so many different people needed to be capitalized upon,” Mayor Kim Bracey said.
WILKES-BARRE, PA — Larry Newman, executive director of the Diamond City Partnership, Friday released limited details of an online survey that asked respondents to assess the downtown.
While Newman wouldn’t give specifics, citing an unfinished analysis of the data, he did say he was pleased with what he has seen so far and that was good news for the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association.
“We’re thrilled with the results,” Newman told about 50 members of the association at a breakfast meeting at the Westmoreland Club. “We received thoughtful opinions and insights and we learned what it takes to bring people to the downtown — their likes and dislikes.”
Newman said the success of the downtown is like a four-legged chair — organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring. He said the downtown business group is the promotional leg that offers events and activities to draw people.
POTTSTOWN — When New Year’s Day revelers gather this morning in Riverfront Park and take a moment to mourn the unexpected passing of borough Parks and Recreation Director Eileen Schlegel, they will become part of a much larger group of people who have expressed shock and sadness at her passing.
Schlegel died unexpectedly Saturday at her home in the borough.
She was 65.
“This is truly a loss to the Pottstown community,” Crystal Williams, former director at the Ricketts Community Center, posted on The Mercury Facebook page.
A friend of mine suggested that something like this would make a great festival for Pottstown. As many residents recall, tractor trailer loads of pumpkins made their way into Pottstown every fall to become Mrs. Smith’s pumpkin pie, before the company was sold. She suggested in addition to the pumpkin carving that a “pumpkin toss” might be fun when the pumpkin viewing was all over.
Several locations come to mind, Memorial Park or Riverfront Park would be at the top of the list.
This would be a great “homage” to Pottstown’s past. Pumpkin parade, pumpkin queen, Pumpkin 5K and the list goes on and on 🙂
Just another example of what is possible if there’s a vision. I grew up near Corning and always enjoyed going there. Now it’s even better. Congrats to Corning, NY on their designation as “Most Fun Small Town in America” by Rand McNally!
The 3rd Annual TriCounty Community Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd at Sunnybrook Ballroom. We anticipate upwards of 80 employers participating and a large community presence at the event! TCN is looking for volunteers who can give an hour or more of their time to help out at the Career Fair. If you can help, please contact Don Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tom Thunstrom (email@example.com) with your availability.
Volunteers are needed from 8:30am to 3pm. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
Billed as America’s oldest fair, the York Fair runs from September 10 – 19, 2010 at the York Fair Grounds, 334 Carlisle Avenue, York, PA 17404.
Grandstand shows this year include, Lady Antebellum, Selena Gomez and Uncle Kracker.
For more information visit their website:
Fair Info Voice: 717-848-2596 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Grandstand Tickets: 717-848-2033 or email@example.com