Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Autumn!

Now that Autumn has officially arrived, it’s time for hot apple cider, sweaters, Oktoberfest beers, and fall foliage! Lancaster County has plenty to offer in celebration of the season with music, local food and beer, and German demonstrations. The weekend of October 12th is full of activities and shows to give you a break from your daily routine. Join us at the Adamstown Inns & Cottages for the following festivities!

Fall Dop Wop Cavalcade at the American Music Theater: Saturday evening October 13th, enjoy oldies tunes by Buddy Holly, Willie Winfield and the Harptones, and The Chimes and The Fireflies. For only $45 this is a show you won’t want to miss.

Landis Valley’s Harvest Days Festival: On Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th, visit this event of Pennsylvania German foods and demonstrations. From 11am to 5pm, you can learn about making apple butter, blacksmiths, candle making, and log hewing. For the kids there will be a pumpkin patch, horse and carriage rides, and music.

October Microfest: From noon to 4pm on Saturday October 13th, visit Stoudt’s Brewery in Adamstown (right up the road from the bed and breakfast). You’ll be treated with music from Born Cross Eyed and Octavia while you sample beers from different breweries and food from Stoudt’s Wonderful Good Market.

2nd Sunday Flavor Fair:

On Sunday October 14th, join Downtown Lancaster in celebrating their last summertime food event of the year. In the courtyard outside of Building Character, enjoy free parking and free admission as you sample local foods of Lancaster. While you’re there, from 11am to 3pm, make sure to visit the assortment of unique shops that are located inside Building Character.

We hope you can join us for some seasonal fun! Let us know what your favorite thing about Autumn is!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is in full swing! Venture back to the Elizabethan Era and celebrate theatre with Queen Elizabeth and her acting company. You’ll discover that Shakespeare and his rival Christopher Marlowe are competing for the approval of the queen. With each of their artistic flairs, you’ll discover comedy, drama, and music throughout the entire celebration!

The faire is designed around a storyline that you can follow throughout the day.  You’ll begin by welcoming the Queen and her court with a royal fanfare. Don’t be surprised if Shakespeare is there, already trying to win the Queen’s approval. Then you’ll cheer on Marlowe and Shakespeare in a “friendly” human chess match. Towards the end of the day, the Ultimate Joust will determine the winner and then triumphal songs continue into the evening.

Amongst the main storyline, there are plenty of activities, entertainment, food, and shops to explore.  Entertainment ranges from fire eating to comedy, to mud wrestling and hypnotists. Plan your day by choosing the shows that you don’t want to miss! Some of the shows are recommended for adults only, but there are plenty of children’s shows too.

Make sure to try some scotch eggs and turkey legs, and don’t forget to visit the Swashbuckler’s Brewing Company. While you’re chomping down on your turkey leg, you’ll notice that there are plenty of timeless shops around the village. You can learn the art of leatherworking, sample some tea and herbs, and peruse the jewelry. Activities are around every corner too. There is a maze and treasure quest for the kids, while parents can watch demonstrations on glasswork and bees. There are simply too many activities and shows to describe the complexity and well-executed performances of the PA Ren Faire.

At the end of the day, you'll travel back to the future and reminisce about your time in the Elizabethan Era.  But you won't be in the future long before you come across the Victorian bed and Breakfast, the Amethyst Inn, where you can relax and recuperate for another day in Lancaster County.