Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Celebrate Lancaster PA

Join Adamstown Inns and Cottages this weekend as we Celebrate Lancaster! This annual festival draws over 15,000 people to enjoy the entertainment, food, shopping, and firework display. Focusing on the local culture and food, you’ll get a taste of just how diverse Lancaster County is. This all day event on Friday June 22 is free and open to everyone from 11:30am to 10pm. Local pubs and wineries will be showcasing their products, and over 20 food vendors will line North Queen Street and Lancaster Square. Enjoy cuisines from Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Hess’s Barbecue, Dutch Country Concessions, Sa La Thai, and more.

While the food entices many people, the major draw for this event is the live music. Covering genres from bluegrass, R&B, rock n’ roll, Celtic, and more, there are stages at Binns Park and in Penn Square. Use the following schedule to plan your day of musical enjoyment.

5pm: Jordan Rast--a local musician who performs popular songs, folk ballads, and honky-tonk.
6pm: Bright Side Baptist Church Choir: lively gospel music.
6:30pm: Burning Bridget Cleary--a lively performer of Celtic and folk music.
7pm: Rotimi Hundeyin & Afrophonik Rhythms Crew--he plays many instruments to create a mix of afrobeat and folk music.
8:15pm: The Ragbirds--Using instruments from around the world, this group plays folk rock & pop.
8:30pm: Frankie Morales & Mambo of the Times Orchestra--A Latin Jazz singer.
Throughout the evening: The Happy Wanderers (German Quartet) and the MFE Community Chorus (music from around the world)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Berks County: Part 2

Berks county continues to entertain throughout the month of June. From farmers markets and art festivals to secret tours and car shows, you’ll struggle to fit everything into your schedule and have time to relax. Choose between a family vacation with your dog, or a romantic getaway with your spouse. The gourmet breakfast, attention to detail, and amenities at Adamstown Inns & Cottages will ensure you have a relaxing vacation!

If you’re overwhelmed with the abundance of activities in Reading Pa, then I suggest starting with the Best Kept Secrets Tour. This adventure (set up like a home and garden tour) has planned  visits to 35 unique locations. You’ll get to experience a little bit of everything without the hassle of researching each place, and you will receive special deals and treats. The actual businesses remain a secret until you purchase your tickets ($7), but some of the places you’ll visit include log cabins, bonsai gardens, art galleries, dairy farms, and sweet treats. Once you purchase tickets, you’ll be given information for all the businesses, and can visit as many as you can in a couple days, or a week.

The Centre Park Historic District has planned their Gourmet Garden Tour for Friday evening June 22. This self guided tour takes you around luxurious gardens of the historic district. Each garden is paired with a food and beverage, as well as live music.

For adventures all in one place, check out the following:

Spend a Sunday morning moseying around the West Reading Farmers Market. Many of the vendors are local and produce organic items. Fruits and vegetables are quickly coming into season, so you won’t want to miss out! Some of the stands include: goat cheese, specialty coffees, produce, poultry, breads, flowers, and baked goods.

Penn Corridor is hosting their 18th Annual Arts on the Avenue on June 16th. From 11am to 6pm, travel down Penn Avenue and visit with crafters and artists. There will be food, music, and entertainment as well.

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association is planning a Car Cruise and Antique Car Show for Saturday June 16th. In addition to displaying these antiques, they will do a hill climb, fashion show, and have a seminar on Automotive Differential. Plan to spend the whole day there, as they’ll be serving both breakfast and lunch.

And if you can’t fit all these activities into one stay, we’re not opposed to you visiting again!

Berks County: Part 1

This summer you can split your time between Lancaster and Berks Counties. Reading has many activities planned at Penn Corridor, and around town. Whether you have the whole family, your girlfriends, or your significant other with you, there’s plenty to explore. Check Penn Corridors schedule for specifics on IMAX movies, free concerts in the park, restaurant deals, and other events. Here’s information on a few that you won’t want to miss.
Reading has started a  First Thursday celebration, many of the shops in West Reading will have extended hours, including Art Plus Gallery.  Restaurant specials include steak night at Judy's on Cherry, and complimentary Happy Hour from 6-8pm at A Running Start.  Their Happy Hour continues throughout the entire summer, during every First Thursday even.  For entertainment, visit open mic night at Good Eatz Green Care from 7-9pm.  The Speckled Hens open mic night runs from 9pm-midnight, and they'll be having drink specials.  Don't forget to swing by Penn and 6th Avenue fro the free concert series (6-8pm).  

For the kids this weekend, visit Goggleworks and enjoy craft projects, pottery, and glass blowing demonstrations.  Don't forget to stop into Ady Cakes, winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars.  With 16 daily flavors, and 4 seasonal flavors, you'll have trouble choosing which one to try!  

This is just the beginning of the summer activities in Reading PA! Check back next week for more Berks County recommendations from your innkeepers at Adamstown Inns & Cottages.