So, you can take Will Ferrell’s advice in the movie Old School and have a “pretty nice little Saturday” going to the Home Depot” (definitely not our choice), or you can head out for a number of great outdoor events. Beer and wine fests, a gumbo cook-off, plenty of great music and much more are all going on today.
Mount Hope Brewfest
Looking to try an array of new beers and flavors from far and wide? Look no further than the seventh annual Mount Hope BrewFest at the Mount Hope Estate & Winery in Manheim. BrewFest features more than 40 different breweries from around the country – everything from local favorites like Spring House Brewing in Lancaster and Liquid Hero Brewery in York to national big boys like Deschutes Brewery in Oregon and Elysian Brewing Co. in Seattle. Two different sessions (11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.) are in place for beer tastings and food samplings. Live music is also on tap with the sounds of Lovebettie, Sweet Leda, Silver City Rodeo and more. While you’re at it, sample some local ciders from the Central PA cideries we’ve highlighted in our cover story this month – Big Hill Ciderworks, Hauser Estate (makers of Jack’s Hard Cider), Rumspringa Brewing Co. and Wyndridge Farm.
Shades of the Susquehanna Wine & Music Festival
Sip some wine and listen to some tunes during the inaugural Shades of the Susquehanna Wine & Music Festival at MYO Park (on West Pearl Street just off Route 147) in Millersburg. The event, which runs from 12-5 p.m., features 10 different wineries from around the region, including Spring Gate Vineyard in Harrisburg and The Vineyard at Hershey. Live music is provided by Mike Foltz & The Suggestions, David Schell, Patrick Cusick & HIP 450 and Erica Shellenberger & 61/49. More than 50 vendors are also on hand selling everything from cigars to clothing. And for a unique experience, take a ride on the Millersburg Ferry – the only remaining ferry boat crossing the Susquehanna River.
Music & Art of the Wolves
Ever wonder what the combination of music, art and wolves would entail? Now’s your chance to find out during the annual Music & Art of the Wolves at the Wolf Sanctuary of PA north of Lititz. The fundraiser benefitting the only regional wolf sanctuary features a full day of live music, games for kids, artists selling their wares, educational tours of the grounds, food concessions and more. Come bark at the moon from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Taste of Steelton
Try the flavors of the region’s ethnic cuisines during the annual Taste of Steelton on Front Street (between Franklin and Gibson streets) from 2-4 p.m. Held in conjunction with the annual Veteran’s Appreciation Parade, the event features food samplings, art and craft vendors, children’s activities and more. A silent auction includes everything from gift baskets from local merchants to an outdoor heater for a deck or patio. And the best part? The event is completely free.
Gumbo Cook-off at Shank’s Tavern
Get in the spirit of Cajun country during Shank’s Tavern’s annual Gumbo Cook-off for Animal Rescue at the bar and restaurant in Marietta from 1-5 p.m. Ten gumbo cookers bring their best recipes and all compete for the top honor of the best gumbo around. A $10 donation gets you in for gumbo tastings all afternoon, snacks and door prizes. Classic rock and blues band Street Scene plays live music, and there’s also a Yards Brewing Co. promo. Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations.
Steel Blossoms at Burning Bridge Tavern
The duo of Sara Zebley on fiddle and guitar and Hayley Prosser on guitar and vocals decided to leave their homes outside of Pittsburgh last year and head to the confines of Music City USA to find their musical voice. The Steel Blossoms have been playing their up-tempo blend of country and folk in bars and clubs around Nashville since December. Now they’re taking their act on the road, coming to Burning Bridge Tavern to play their original tunes. And if you get thirsty during the show, it’s also a Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy keep-the-glass night.
ALSO: Classical guitar concert with living great Carlos Barbosa-Lima at First United Methodist Church (Lancaster); Willie Jack & the Northern Light at the Abbey Bar (Harrisburg); the inaugural Pop Punk Recording Challenge and Contest at The Depot (York); Stoudts Garden Party and Vintage Fashion Show at the brewery (Adamstown)