Three picks for what to do in Central PA on Friday, June 5.
1) Shawan and the Wonton Live at Parliament (York)
We’ve been watching Shawan & The Wonton for quite some time – in fact, she’s featured in our June issue. Singer-songwriter Shawan Rice’s powerful Etta James-meets-Adele vocals combine with keyboardist-guitarist Mike Dempsey’s haunting instrumentals to create the duo’s unique sound. The opportunity to see them live is not to be passed up. Fortunately, you can catch Shawan & The Wonton tonight at 6 p.m. at The Parliament (116 East King Street) in York as part of the Royal Square Dudes & Brews festivities for First Friday.
2) Camel & Ostrich Racing at Penn National Race Course (Grantville)
Maybe you’ve seen a horse race – but odds are slim that you’ve ever seen a camel or an ostrich race, let alone on the same day. You need no longer live this deprived existence: after the fourth and sixth races on the card, Penn National Race Course will be running ostrich and camel exhibition races. Get there before 6 p.m. to see the show and ensure that you will have, by far, the most interesting new anecdote the next time you meet friends for drinks.
3) Pop-Up Pig Roast at the Federal Taphouse (Lancaster)
Nothing rounds off a long week like a good pig roast. If you’re in the mood for some pork this afternoon, head over to the patio of the Federal Taphouse in Lancaster. (While you’re waiting for your food, be sure to check out their new smoker, which is being brought out for the occasion.) $8 will get you a plate of pig, buttery cornbread, and baked beans; add on an extra $4 for a Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel tripel, which promises to pair nicely with that fresh-roasted pork. The pig-carving and beer-pouring kicks off at 5 p.m.
Want more? You don’t have to wait ’til 3 p.m. to check out FLY’s live music, bar entertainment and performing arts calendars.