Sunday, February 26, 2012

Exciting Events in Lancaster County

Make your plans now to see some of the exciting events available in Lancaster County.

The  American Music Theater has “pulled out all of the stops” for this year’s show “Broadway: Now and Forever  It runs through Oct 12, 2013. The cast is large, the sets and costumes are great and the kids do an amazing job with the song from “Annie”.  It is a fast moving show.  Check the AMT calendar for show days and times.  They also have Willie Nelson on June 10th , Kenny Vance & the Planotones, The Duprees & The Classics on June 22nd and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on July 17th.  Check their web site for more of the Celebrity series.  AMT is an Authentic B&B Association's Passport partner, so ask your Authentic Bed and Breakfast innkeeper about a discount coupon before you buy tickets to the “Broadway: Now and Forever” show.

Join the Rainbow Dinner Theater  until May 25th for “Fun between the Covers”.  It is about a small town bookstore, just in case you were wondering.  If you can't make it here in May...well, from June 4 - August 4 you get to enjoy "Marriage Go Round”.   Two perfectly happy married scientists think they can predict the results of any experiment…WRONG!!!  It is always a good laugh at the Rainbow Dinner Theater. They are an Authentic B&B Association's Passport partner so check with your Authentic Bed and Breakfast innkeeper about a discount coupon before you buy tickets.

Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “CATS” is onstage at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater May 16 - June 29th.  This is followed by “South Pacific” July 6 – August 17 and then "Menopause The Musical” August 22 – September 28. An Authentic B&B Association's Passport partner. Don’t forget to check with your Authentic Bed and Breakfast innkeeper about a discount coupon before you buy tickets.

By now you must have heard about "Noah" at the Sight and Sound Theater.  What an amazing display for the eyes, wonderful musical talent for the ears and the whole story about Noah and the Ark and all of the amazing animals. “Noah” runs through Nov. 2, 2013 but the 2 final performances on Nov. 2nd are already sold out. Show days are Tuesday – Saturday.  

Returning for the Christmas season is "Miracle of Christmas" at the Sight and Sound Theater. The story is everlasting. The costumes, animals and singing will remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. The show starts Nov. 22 and runs through Dec. 30, 2013. Show days in Nov. are Friday & Saturday. Show days in Dec. are Tuesday – Saturday except for the week of Christmas.

In case you haven’t heard, the story of “Moses” opens at the Sight and Sound Theater on March 8, 2014.  Tickets are on sell now.  Get ready for a truly phenomenal production.  This show runs until Feb 7, 2015 and show times are earlier, for those who have been to the theater previously.  Show days are Tuesday – Saturday.  Don’t wait too long to buy your tickets and book your Authentic Bed and Breakfast rooms.

For those who read Beverly Lewis’ books, you'll enjoy the musical talent during "The Confession" Musical running through Aug. 24, 2013 at the Bird-in-Hand Family restaurant and Stage.  Starting Sept 10 and running through Nov. 30, 2013, is a new production of Wanda Brunstetter’s “Half-Stitched” The Musical.  If possible, avoid seating in the last 5 rows as the performance is very hard to see due to the fact the chairs are all on the same level.  Most days only has one performance and usually sells out, as it is a small space, so make your plans now for this experience.  You can do lunch or dinner and a show or show only.  Show days are Tuesday – Saturday.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is coming to the Fulton Theater June 4 – 30, 2013.  If you've never been to a production at the Fulton put it on your list of things to do while in Lancaster, PA.  It will blow you away.

If you are not into theater, check out the National Clock & Watch Museum. Their current exhibit is titled “Enlisting Time” covering military timepieces and stories.  As you will discover on their website, mention the code word: “OPERATION OVERLORD” to receive 25% Off Museum Admission.  You don’t want to miss the hand carved 8 foot x 8 foot clock that operates every quarter hour.  An Authentic B&B Association's Passport partner but you can’t combine discounts.

The 30th Annual Demuth Garden Tour is June 8th & 9th.  What treasures you will discover in the creative urban gardens and unique home interiors of Lancaster residences as you stroll from home to home.  This is always a fun event come rain or come shine.

The Authentic Bed & Breakfasts are waiting for your call.  Get you calendar out and plan your stay in Lancaster County.  There is so much to do and experience here. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Posted by: Ann Willets, Innkeeper of the King’s Cottage Bed and Breakfast

Friday, February 10, 2012

Great Meals at Shady Maple

Many people who visit Lancaster County are very familiar with Shady Maple. It is often a mandatory stop on an itinerary. What is not to like - the largest smorgasbord in the area with two hundred feet of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Your can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Lunch and dinner include an elaborate salad/soup bar, eight breads, eight meats, fourteen vegetables, ten cold desserts, three hot desserts, eight pies, six cakes and a sundae bar.

Some visitors may be familiar with only the smorgasbord, but there are many other areas to eat on the property. In the same building, on the ground floor by the 40,000 square foot gift shop is the Dutchette. There you can get a platter with three sides, sandwiches, salad/potato/taco bar or ice cream. This may be an option for a smaller meal when you are not ready to handle the immensity of the smorgasbord.

Next, outside of the farm market, is the Maple Leaf Café. Here you can enjoy a soup/salad bar, chinese buffet, or you can go through a cafeteria style setup to enjoy sandwiches or dinners including a variety of side dishes. There are booths as well as tables to enjoy your meal. This is an excellent stop before or after shopping in the farm market.

Even more casual and laid back is the snack shack which features hot dogs, soft pretzels and ice cream as well as a weekly special which could be steak sandwiches, meatball hoagies, fish sandwiches, or a chicken dinner. This is a great option when you are really in a hurry. There are tables set up in the farm market lobby where you can sit down to enjoy your quick bite.

Last, but not least, is the catering. They will cater your party, wedding reception, reunion, or business meeting at their location or yours and you can treat your guests to that wonderful cooking you have enjoyed. The meals can be plated or served as a small, private buffet.

Shady Maple has many eating options. Next time you are there, you may want to try something different

Submitted by:  Bonnie and David Konya, Country Hearth Bed and Breakfast, New Holland