Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lancaster is Booming

Fourth of July is right around the corner and Lancaster will be booming. There are many events surrounding the holiday and most of the small towns host their own firework display and accompanying events. In fact, there are almost too many to mention, so we compiled a quick list of a few places here in Lancaster known to throw a killer Fourth of July celebration and display. If you find you are staying at one of the B&Bs over the holiday, be sure to venture and catch one of these shows.
Attracting thousands of visitors each year, Long’s Park Ampitheatre is host to the area’s most popular Fourth of July celebration. Held on July 5 and beginning at 7:30 p.m., the park welcomes The U.S. Army Band, Pershing's Own, to the stage for a patriotic concert. The 65-piece traditional concert band plays a variety of classical and popular music.
The U.S. Army Band, Pershing's Own, will play at Long's Park on July 5.
The Cannon Brigade and firework display at Long's Park.
Bring a picnic or enjoy something from a food vendor and find the perfect spot on the hillside to watch Lancaster’s biggest firework display after the sun sets. Loud booms echo with the start of the display with the Cannon Brigade and finishes with an impressive finale.
Lititz Springs Park celebrates its 198th year of Fourth of July celebrations with a Red, White and Cool theme on July 4. Located in downtown Lititz, the park gates open at noon with a patriotic parade, a baby parade, kid zone, a magic and juggling show, the Queen of Candles pageant and much more. There will ]be over 35 food vendors and trucks at the event with live music from bands including Mama Tried and Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods.
Over 400 candles illuminate the park’s stream and before the fireworks, guests can enjoy a DJ dance party. The fireworks display will also be synchronized to music. Now that’s a celebration!
Lititz Springs Park celebrates 198 years of Fourth of July celebrations this year.

Marietta, the quaint rivertown just west of the city, will host a carnival followed by fireworks on July 11. The celebration takes place at War Memorial Park and begin at 5 p.m. with food vendors, games and live music, followed by fireworks at 10:30 p.m.
Ephrata’s party kicks off with its annual Firecracker five-mile run through the town in the morning. Other festivities for the whole family start around 6 p.m. at 201 Crescent Avenue, including juggling acts, pony rides, games and more. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Ephrata hosts an impressive display of fireworks.


So that’s just a taste of all the Fourth of July celebrations Lancaster has to offer. Celebrate Independence Day here and you won’t be disappointed. There are also plenty of B&Bs scattered throughout the county to accommodate your needs. For more information, visit www.authenticbandb.com.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Summertime and the Livin' is Easy

It's summertime here in Lancaster County, which means many outdoor venues and attractions are kicking off a full schedule of entertainment in the great outdoors. It's difficult to pick just one event, so here are just a few great events coming up in the next two weeks. Whether it's outdoor live music, bicycle trips or an artisan fair, there are plenty of attractions to fit your tastes.
Marion Court Room in downtown Lancaster hosts Live at Five on Fridays.
Marion Court Room in downtown Lancaster introduces its Live at Five music series. Held every Friday at 5 p.m., the large outdoor courtyard features three decks (including one roof top deck), and hosts live music from some of Lancaster's finest musicians. Pocketful 'O Soul plays June 12, followed by Screamin' Daisys on June 19. The series continues through the end of July. Visit the restaurant's website for more information and a detailed schedule. Admission for all shows is free. 
On June 13, Intercourse Bike Works is hosting a bicycle tour with a farm-to-table dinner. Guests can enjoy a leisurely eight-mile bike ride through Lancaster farmland. The tour takes riders through Amish countryside, visits covered bridges and a mansion. Afterwards, guests will enjoy an al fresco dinner with locally grown foods while watching the sunset. Cost is $55 per person and includes bike, helmet, water and dinner.
Take a bike tour followed by dinner with Intercourse Bike Works.

Check out over 30 artisans, live music and food vendors during MakersFest.
The 300 block of Queen Street in downtown Lancaster has become a bit of a hub for local artisans, boutiques and vintage shops. On June 14, the 300 block will celebrate the second annual MakersFest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, hosted by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, is free and features over 30 craftsmen, live music, food vendors and more. Guests can watch demonstrations, as well as purchase art such as ceramics, jewelry, clothing, furniture and more.
Downtown will be alive with music every third Friday evening of the month during Music Friday. Shops, restaurants and parks will feature live music. While you take in the sights and grab a bite to eat, keep your ears open for tunes in the downtown area.
For more special events to check out during your stay in Lancaster, visit www.discoverlancaster.com. And for a great place to stay, visit www.authenticbandb.com.