This Weekend: Cigars, wine, craft beer, food ... and puppies

Another (mostly) sunny weekend is on its way. And we’re not saying this is going to be the last chance to enjoy the fall landscape before another olar-pay ortex-vay rears its ugly head, but, after last year’s winter, anything’s possible.

The good news is that there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house and enjoy a night on the town this weekend. Here are a few of our staff picks. Of course, you can always peruse our entertainment calendars for a second opinion…



Highland1014Whiskey and cigar party

The new Lancaster Cigar Bar in downtown Lancaster may have lost its “new bar” smell as soon as the first stogie was lit, but that’s cool. It’s a cigar bar. And at tonight’s event, the other reason to visit Lancaster Cigar – we’re talking about its stock of the brown stuff – takes center stage as Orkney, Scotland-based distillery Highland Park debuts its new expression, Dark Origins. The single-malt has received high marks from the whisky community across the pond, so we’re confident our far-less-discriminating American palates will like it just fine. Oh, and there will be live cigar-rolling going on, too.



PintsforPups1014Craft brews … and puppies

The Humane League of Lancaster hosts its inaugural Pints for Pups Beer Tasting & Festival on Saturday at Buchanan Park in Lancaster. As so perfectly described on the event website, “each pass admits one human and one friendly, leashed dog.” It also gets you a nice picnic-style buffet catered by The Greenfield Restaurant. Oh, and then there’s the whole craft beer and wine tasting thing, too. And live music. And canine costume contests.



Cornucopia1014Harvest wine trail

Saturday and Sunday mark the kickoff of the Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country‘s signature fall event, Cornucopia Wine Quest. The progressive wine festival features 14 Central PA wineries across two weekends, with each offering unique special events (from pumpkin painting to pumpkin chunkin’), winery tours and – obviously – tastings of their wines. Check the event page for participating wineries. And it should go without saying, but “progressive” indicates that driving is involved. Be smart, folks.


This year’s Yorktoberfest has moved to a new location at the York Fairgrounds, allowing for a bit more room as you stroll through Tasting Town, which this Saturday and Sunday boasts a population of more than 70 craft brews and vintages from 9 regional wineries (and craft root beer for the responsible designated drivers out there). The grounds will also feature local food and crafts vendors, and, we’re told, some authentic German tuneage. Because German music and craft beer.



TasteofCentral1014Taste of Central PA

The 27th annual Taste of Central Pennsylvania – the leading fundraiser for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – returns to Harrisburg’s Strawberry Square on Sunday. This crash course in all-things-drinking-and-dining here in Central PA features restaurants, caterers, breweries and wineries showcasing their signature dishes, brews and vintages for your tasting pleasure. Please, for the love of all that is holy, come hungry.





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Mike McMonagle is a late-to-bed guy who tries daily to be an early riser. He drinks coffee, beer, whiskey and water regularly. He moonlights as a singer/songwriter by the name of Mike McMonagle. He makes photos sometimes, usually of his cat, or of puddles. Mike is the former digital editor for Fly; he left in 2015.

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