Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Shows in Lancaster, PA

Spring is quickly approaching on the calendar, but thankfully we’ve already experienced a few warm and sunny days. It’s time to start thinking about gardening and flowers, and adding color to the porches at Adamstown Inns & Cottages. The new season allows us to redecorate and spend more time outside, but Lancaster County has us covered with plenty of theatres to visit if we’re having a rainy day!

Sight & Sound Theatre: The adventure of Jonah began this month, and it’s a show that you will not want to miss. I can guarantee they will make you feel like you’re underwater and in the belly of a whale during the show. I’ve never been disappointed by their performances. The acting, lighting, costumes, real animals, and special effects are top notch and bring the story to life. If you have time, the Behind the Scenes Tour is mind-blowing!

American Music Theatre: From oldies to country, and comedy to celebrities, this stage is always filled with big talent.

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre: With dinner and a show, the cast of “9 to 5” will have you laughing at this work related comedy.

Rainbow Dinner Theatre: This comedy follows a group of women who were on the same swim team in college and get together once a year to catch up on each others’ lives!

Fulton Theatre: The Tony Award winner, Sunset Boulevard, follows the struggles of a Hollywood screen writer, featuring music from Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Ephrata Main Theatre: This is the perfect place to go after having dinner at Lily’s on Main, in Ephrata. They are currently showing popular movies, but will have a few concerts beginning in April.

As you can see, there are many options to enjoy a theatrical production on a rainy day or on a warm evening. After a show, enjoy ice cream at Boehringer’s Drive In. Oh and don’t forget to visit your local Rita’s Italian Ice on March 20, for free ice. Happy Spring!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Berks Jazz Fest

I've mentioned before that the arts are abundant in Lancaster County, but our neighbors to the north in Berks County have a great celebration of the arts in the month of March. While Goggleworks and the Sovereign Center are always hosting events, March is especially known for the Berks Jazz Festival. As always, if you happen to be traveling with someone who prefers a bit more adventure, Reading does have many other activities that are perfect for them. This year, the Jazz Festival will be held March 23-April 1. If you’re a fan of blues, pop, or swing, then you won’t want to miss this! Their website has an abundance of information, so I’ll refer you there for the schedule of concerts and events, as well as any news from their blog.
 Goggleworks, the Reading Art Studio & Theater, will be hosting an opening reception for the Jazz Fest on Friday March 2nd.Performances by the Greg Wilson Quartet and some Muhlenberg High musicians are sure to please with this Art of Jazz program. This might seem like late notice, but perhaps you’re already visiting the Inns this weekend and are looking for something to do. If this isn't the case, then just remember that Goggleworks has many other offerings. They continue to host First Fridays and Second Sunday events, and they always have new films playing in the theater.  If you do happen to be visiting this weekend, there are many more events to keep you busy. Kutztown is hosting their 8th Annual Big Band Bash on Friday This year, the Jazz Festival will be held March 23-April 1. If you’re a fan of blues, pop, or swing, then you won’t want to miss this! Their website has an abundance of information, so I’ll refer
you there for the schedule of concerts and events, as well as any news from their blog. Also, Penn’s Corridor, hosts First Friday celebrations as well as Thursdays on Penn. Every week you can explore the shops, attractions, and restaurants in the entertainment hub of Reading.To change things up, you can visit Blue Marsh Lake for a hike or bird walk lead by a ranger, or you can grab a map and explore on your own. The Reading Royals are finishing their ice hockey season this month, so there are a couple games left to catch. If you have the kids along, they’ll enjoy go karts, laser tag, rock climbing, and more at Ozzy’s Family Fun Center.

And if the spring happens to come sooner than expected, float down the Schuylkill River with the Reading River Tribe. With all the events happening this March in Reading, you’ll want to plan your trip soon, to make sure your favorite bed and breakfast, Adamstown Inns & Cottages, has availability for you!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fine Dining Lancaster, PA

I had the opportunity this past Sunday to celebrate my wife's grandmother's 95th birthday at one of the restaurants we recommend to our guests when they visit, Lily's on Main, in the town of Ephrata in Lancaster County.  After my visit with them I'm reminded of why we highly encourage our guests to share a meal together at this lovely restaurant.  Our group consisted of 11 people and we had an area all to ourselves, which was quite nice because we had a couple of little ones with us.  I began with the Calamari as my appetizer, which I always enjoy, and ordered the Guinness Braised Beef Short Ribs as my main course meal.  Well, everything was excellent and I did not walk away wishing I had ordered something else (usually I'm second guessing myself when I order a meal other than steak at a place like Lily's).  Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed their meal and we were all thankful
that we had chosen to stay close to home, and reminded how fortunate we are to have a place like Lily's only minutes away.  The atmosphere was great and the service was outstanding.  We wanted to do some special things for my wife's grandmother at the restaurant, and the staff there were very accommodating and helpful and contributed in making this day special and memorable for her 95th birthday.  I knew there was a good reason why we always recommend guests visit Lily's on Main during their stay, and now I've experienced that reason myself.  Thus, they will continue to remain a top dining spot for the guests here at the Adamstown Inns and Cottages.