Sunday, October 17, 2010

Youth Reclaimed

There is an old saying that once we have left home and return later in life, it is not our hometown we miss, it our youth!

In 1951 Jay and Ruth Musser purchased a large Victorian home at 214 Marietta Avenue, Mount Joy, PA from the estate of the late Dr. & Mrs. Oliver G. Longenecker. Over the next 40 years the Mussers raised four children in this home. Jay was the Vice President and head chemist for the Kline Chocolate Company in Elzabethtown, Pa. (now the M&M Mars plant). With the children all grown and Mr. Mussers passing, the home was too large for Mrs. Musser. She sold the home and moved to a retirement home in the Hershey area.

After two intermediate owners, Doris and Burt Tyson purchased this intact and private Victorian home in 1997 to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast and also have it as their own home. And so, in June of 1998 it became "The Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast".

Fast forward to 2010. Early in the year Doris received a phone call from Sue (Musser) Miller. She said that her mother Ruth Musser was going to be 90 years old on August 31st, 2010. She was inquiring about the possibility of renting the entire “Victorian Rose” for the weekend of August 27th, to have a family reunion for Mrs. Musser's birthday. Over the next several months Doris and Sue worked out the details and confirmed the date for Saturday August 28th. The family arrived Saturday afternoon and set up for an outdoor meal on the large porch. They grilled large steaks and had a large assortment of food and beverages. In the evening, for several hours they showed slides of their youth and growing up here. They shared with us some of their deeds and misdeeds.

When they left on Sunday, including Mrs. Musser, they all were ecstatic with the opportunity that most of us will never have, and that is, for even a short period of time they were able to reclaim their youth!

In attendance:
Mrs. Ruth Musser & gentleman friend.
Sue (Musser) Miller and spouse.
Charles “Chuck “ Musser and spouse.
James “Jim” Musser and spouse.
Janet (Musser) Allen and spouse.
Family friend of the Musser girls

Submitted by Doris L Tyson, "The Victorian Rose"

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Christmas in Lancaster, PA

Christmas is in the air and the cold days have everyone in Lancaster PA hoping for a white Christmas. The holiday season is a wonderful time to take that romantic weekend getaway or family vacation that you’ve been meaning to take all year. Just imagine sitting in front of a warm fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and laughing with the family. Or looking out the window and seeing the rolling hills of Lancaster Amish Country with a fresh coat of snow. You’ll also get personal dinner recommendations and have your concert tickets reserved for you. But the best part of these vacations is sleeping in and having a gourmet breakfast prepared for you! Where can you find this hospitality and comforts of home, you may ask? At 41 unique bed and breakfasts of Lancaster Pennsylvania you can be pampered and get in the Christmas spirit with all the local events and shows.

Heading into the Christmas season there are plenty of shows and concerts to get you in the Christmas spirit! Of all the shows I’ve seen in Lancaster, I’ve been amazed at the talent and creativity that goes into each performance. The American Music Theatre presents their original Christmas show through December 30. It will be another exciting show of singers, dancers, and even a children’s choral and dance group.

Sight and Sound’s Millennium Theatre is showing the Miracle of Christmas. This show recounts the story of the kings, angels, and a faithful couple with brand-new sensory experiences. At the Living Waters Theatre, Voices of Christmas, celebrates the joyful season with carols, dances, animals, costumes, music, and stories.

For more traditional organ singalongs and choral ensembles, Longwood Gardens features daily performances throughout the Christmas season. While you’re there, make sure to visit the beautiful gardens, fountains, and Christmas trees!

As you can see there are plenty of shows to see in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You just might have to plan more than one visit to see all of the performances! Contact an Authentic innkeeper of one of the bed breakfast inns to book your stay and inquire about reserving tickets for one or more of these shows. Let them take care of the details so you can enjoy your winter vacation!

Adamstown Inns & Cottages