WHEREIN WE DISH UP CENTRAL PA’S TOP EVENTS
Repeal Day Ball
Though it’s highly unlikely you were alive on that wonderful day in 1933 when the baker’s-dozen-year dry spell known as Prohibition was lifted, it’s very likely you’ve raised a glass in its honor many, many times. On December 5, Thistle Finch Distillery in downtown Lancaster hosts the Repeal Day Ball, offering you the chance to party like it’s 1933 with old-school drinks (Prohibition Punch, anyone?), flapper girls and rag-time music. Period dress is encouraged, so watch you some Boardwalk Empire and get ready to boogie.
This month marks the first leg of Hibrewnation’s winter trifecta. The craft beer festival makes its Harrisburg debut at the PA Farm Show Complex on December 13, followed by a January 17 occurrence at the Allstar Complex in Gettysburg, all before returning to the York Expo Center on February 7. With more than 80 craft brews for the sampling and food trucks on hand, Hibrewnation is a craft beer fan’s winter oasis. Hibrewnation is produced by CrocodileDog Marketing – the brains behind the Taste of Pennsylvania Wine & Music Festival, Yorktoberfest and the Treasure Island beer garden at Foodstruck. (Meet organizers Matthew Davis and Brian Dudley in this month’s Profile.)
Timeline Arcade Film Festival
What Tommy did for pinball and The Wizard did for Super Mario Bros. 3, SBK – The Movie aims to do for the niche world of competitive skeeball. Timeline Arcade in Hanover debuts SBK at its Film Festival Night on December 13, along with a showing of the 1982 action film Megaforce, meet and greets with comedian Richard Christy (from The Howard Stern Show) and cult horror actor Jim Krut (“Helicopter Zombie” from Dawn of the Dead) and a whole lotta skeeball. SBK’s tagline says it all: “One Man. Nine Balls. Zero Limits.”
Author Lew Bryson has long stood out as an authoritative voice in the world of beer, wine and whiskey. This fall, the Philly resident published Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits – a comprehensive guide to turning any brown liquor lover into a font of whiskey (and whisky) knowledge. On December 16, Bryson comes to the Lancaster Public Library’s Bates Auditorium for Whiskey: A Glassful of History, an educational event aimed at all things whiskey – from how it’s made to the differences between whiskey and whisky (yes, they are different).
Our research shows that Central PA loves the holiday season, but if we printed every single event on this page, we would have had to rename the feature The Ninety-Five. So instead of covering the page with Santas, Christmas tree lightings, folk art sales and Christkindlmarkts, we’ve rounded ’em up in one big ol’ list for you .
New Year’s Eve
What do a pickle, a white rose, a red rose, a strawberry and a wrench have in common? They all prove that there’s no wrong way to ring in the new year. There’s a whole lot going on December 31 as the region bids farewell to 2014. Check out where to watch the ______ drop and get ready to party like it’s 2015.
And four more…
Harrisburg Cupcake Cup
Appalachian Brewing Co., Harrisburg
An event dedicated solely to sampling cupcakes may seem excessive, but your sugar rush is not in vain; cash and food donations are taken for the Central PA Food Bank.
Opens December 26
Heritage Hills, York
Golf course by summer, snow tube track by winter. AvalancheXpress is a fine way to enjoy a polar vortex.
WWE Live in Hershey
GIANT Center, Hershey
Nothing says “the holidays” like a bunch of spandex-and-mask-wearing dudes and burly gals busting chairs over each other’s heads. Right?
Harrisburg Listening Lounge
Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg
Audiophile? This is the group for you. HLL meets monthly to nerd out on audio production and found sounds – and new ways utilize them in the art of storytelling.