WHEREIN WE DISH UP CENTRAL PA’S TOP EVENTS
Battle of the Saisons
What’s that? You just love craft beers, have an Untappd account and give your friends shit about drinking big box beer? But you still have no idea what a saison is? It’s OK, we won’t hold your unfamiliarity with the wide world of farmhouse ales against you (that’s what the trolls on BeerAdvocate’s forums are for). However, we will judge you for not attending the debut Battle of the Saisons at Mount Hope Estate & Winery in Manheim. The four-hour event features a nice selection of saisons from regional breweries – more than enough time to sample your way to a(n) (un)certified degree in saisonology. Class is in session November 1.
Roundtop Fall Extravaganza
The annual Roundtop Fall Extravaganza returns to Roundtop Mountain Resort on November 1 and 2. Though the new and used ski gear sale has long reigned as the main attraction, we recommend getting your fill of everything the event has to offer. Paintball? Check. Live music? Yup. A deviled egg eating contest? You know it. Heck, you can even ride the chair lift up the mountain, offering a unique aerial view of the slopes before the snow. (Load your intelligent phone with the Jurassic Park theme song for listening on the way up. Trust us.)
Alt Flea Markets
Saturday morning yard sales are so 1996. Kids these days rely on more “hip” options for getting their mitts on unique wears/wares. This month, the increasingly eclectic downtown Lancaster scene plays host to not one, but three alternative flea markets. The Hibernating Flea Market serves up heaps of vintage at the recently opened Discerning Eye Center for the Arts on November 2; the annual Lancaster Punk Rock Flea Market returns to the Chameleon Club on November 8 with more than 50 vendors selling thrifty, repurposed, Etsy-worthy crafts and artwork; and the fifth annual Lancaster Flea & Craft Market begins its three-Saturday run at Zoetropolis independent theatre featuring more vintage clothing, home decor and other handmade odds and ends on November 29.
A 700,000-square-foot indoor sports complex doesn’t seem the most likely of hosts for a fancy dinner event. But on November 8, Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim hosts a traditional European Masquerade Ball (read: masks are required) in support of the USA Field Hockey Foundation. In case you didn’t know, the nation’s largest sports facility is home to the U.S. field hockey squad; accordingly, players, coaches and team personnel will join each table for dinner. But, like, you’d never know it. Because of the masks. Spooky.
Rose & Shamrock Fest
In an assumed effort to corner the market on the oft-overlooked One-Third Way to St. Patrick’s Day milestone, the Ware Center and Tellus360 bring the craic to downtown Lancaster at the second annual Rose & Shamrock Festival on November 22. The all-things-Celtic festival celebrates Irish and Scottish culture with live music – 12 performances are split between the two venues – as well as Celtic dance performances, Irish food and beer (Guinness and more Guinness, respectively) and workshops ranging from storytelling to tin whistle instruction.
“It Ain’t For The Faint.” This year’s Bullride Mania tagline is as poetic as it is pragmatic. We’re talking blood, sweat and tears here, as a litany of mere mortals enter the rodeo ring and look to master the worst the barnyard has to offer. The annual mutton-bustin’, bronc-riding, steer-wrestlin’ event returns to the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on November 22. The bull-riding action is complemented
by a performance from country pop starlet Cassadee Pope, season three
winner on NBC’s The Voice.
And four more…
1940s Swing Dance
Railroad Museum of PA, Strasburg
Don’t let the term “swing train” mislead you. The annual Trains & Troops climaxes with a big band dance party. Don some ’40s apparel and get ready to “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”
Fur Ball Gala
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg Hotel, Harrisburg
Anyone can post a bunch of cute cat and dog photos to their Facebook streams, but here’s your chance to party on your pawed friends’ behalf.
Hike & Hot Lunch
Murphy’s Hollow, Wrightsville
Bundle up and get you outdoors! Shank’s Mare Outfitters leads a trek along the Susquehanna to Highpoint Scenic Vista – a 360-degree view of York and Lancaster. Hot lunch is served after (BYOB permitted).
PechaKucha is an international information sharing presentation series – in short, a miniature, localized version of TED Talks. Tellus360 was recently designated Lancaster’s official PK locale, and this is their first event.