Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Years Eve celebrations

It's that time of year, or end of year, again when everyone township, borough, county, and city drops something to bring in the New Year.  Not far from the Adamstown Inns and Cottages a number of different communities are going to be dropping all kinds of things for their New Years Eve celebrations. 
In Kutztown, the Kutztown Bologna Co. has made an oversized, six foot long, 100lb. bologna that will be dropped at Ninth and Cumberland streets at midnight.  What will they do with all  that bologne you  may wonder.  Well after the giant bologna drops to ring in the New Year the bologna will be donated to Lebanon Rescue Mission and Agape Shelter.

Another New Year's Eve celebration will take place in Cleona, Lebanon County, with the dropping of a two foot wide, 10 pound, and about six inch high Pretzel from Shuey's Pretzels in Lebanon.  So far this is the biggest pretzel Shuey's has ever created and it is more than 100 times the size of a normal Shuey pretzel.  The giant pretzel is as large as the Shuey's oven will hold. The huge pretzel will be dropped from a tower at the Cleona fire station on New Year's Eve for the borough's 75th anniversary.

Throughout Lancaster County all kinds of items will fall from the sky for the New Years celebration.  In the city of Lancaster the New Year will be celebrated with an amazing display of fireworks.  From 5pm-Midnight Lancaster will be bustling with plenty of fun activities, over 100 different performers, and 20-25 different shops opening their doors to pass the time until the fireworks begin to usher in 2010.  In the town of Akron, only minutes South of the Inns and Cottages, a shoe will be dropped.  In Elizabethtown a M&M will fall, and in Reamstown a Barrell will drop from the local resturante and pub to celebrate the town's 250th anniversary.   
So whereever you will be spending New Years Eve, whether with us here at the Inns, or in your own local community, Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Adamstown Inns & Cottages Christmas Dinner

Tis the Season for Christmas parties! Sunday, December. 20th, was the big Christmas Dinner for the staff at the Adamstown Inns & Cottages. It was a highly anticipated dinner, due to the mouthwatering baby back ribs Wanda would be cooking.

I headed out Thursday afternoon to gather all the food and supplies we would need to make a memorable Christmas get together. After I loaded all 40lbs of meat into my cart, I decided that I had better call Wanda, just to make sure this wasn’t too much meat. As I heard Tom yell in the background, #%&* what 40lbs, I think it was safe to say we had too much meat, so we decided on 30lbs

Supplies gathered, home I went to prepare for a day of cooking. Bright and early Friday morning I awoke and headed off to work to start my cooking for the coming weekend. First I had to make a trip out to collect all the stuff I had forgotten on Thursday- even with a list I still can’t remember things. Liz and I cooked all day on Friday. We made a scrumptious sweet potato casserole, delectable spinach & asparagus risotto, and some homemade coleslaw to accompany the ribs. We also prepared some lemon cream stuffed grapes & parmesan twist for appetizers. Liz decided she does not like making the parmesan twist, I don’t blame her, they were hard to make.

So food was made, all we needed to do was show up Sunday afternoon to eat. There was no way we were going to let a little bit of snow keep us from enjoying good food. The 10” of snow gave us some concern on Saturday, as we all sat around thinking…what are we going to do with all this food? Nevertheless, we all braved the snowy roads to devour sweet smelling ribs. We ate and ate, until everyone was full. I was pretty sure -I would not have to eat for days. Everyone talked and we played a few Christmas word games. We had a lovely Christmas Dinner.

Now I’m sure you would love to know just how much we actually ate. Out of the 5 crock pots filled with ribs, we ate 2…. we will be eating ribs for the next week for lunch and dinner.
Kristin-Innkeeper Adamstown Inns & Cottages

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Trees, Christmas lights, and Christmas trains

Here are a couple more Christmas activities in Lancaster County you may want to check out if you are visiting us at the Adamstown Inns & Cottages. Through January 10th at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square they will be displaying twenty indoor “rooms” and acres of outdoor gardens that feature dazzling living floral displays, opulent ornaments, stunning trees, a half-million lights and dancing fountains. As well as renowed ice skaters who perform daily in a fairy-tale setting. The horticultural showplace dazzles young and old with spectacular Christmas decorations and holiday music and thousands and thousands of lights. Longwood Gardens also offers a variety other activities to celebrate Christmas. If you were so inclined you could enjoy the 500,00 strong light display by starting off with a meal at the yuletide buffet. Or you could enjoy one of the many organ waltzes performed in Longwood's historic ballroom played on their very own 1928 organ. They also have carolers wandering about the property as you explore the gardens taking in the wonderful light displays. I visited Longwood Gardens last year at Christmas time and it really is something to see when half a million lights gleam in the December night. If you stay with us at the Adamstown Inns and Cottages I would definietly recommend making the trek to Longwood Gardens for some Christmas cheer.