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Over several years, Refreshing Mountain Retreat and Adventure Center  has built up their adventure center to include a giant swing, climbing tower, nine (9) obstacle high ropes course, and three (3) unique zipline courses. This year, this amazing activity center has added yet another 22 elevated obstacle elements under what they call the Elevated Obstacle Course.

In preparation, Refreshing Mountain wants to give you a sneak peak! Coming this Spring of 2018, the Elevated Obstacle Course has been designed specifically for families and individuals alike. Combining elements of fun and challenge, these obstacles will test one’s physical and mental strength.

Refreshing Mountain is also happy to announce that gift certificates bought at Christmas can be used for this course.

Additionally, Refreshing Mountain is the presenting sponsor for Shadey’s Rugged Run held on May 5 of 2018. In doing so, Refreshing Mountain is giving participants the opportunity to train in the Spring 2018 at a discounted cost on these elements prior to Shadey’s Rugged Run.





+ Element stats:

  • 22 challenging high rope elements designed in 2 separate levels of 11 elements each. Ranging in difficulty these two levels will accommodate persons up to 250 lbs. Depending on age participants can do one level or both levels. The course is designed for families and individuals alike.
  • Brave 11 (Level 1) difficulty ranges from Easy to Intermediate
    • Ages 5+ makes it a great course for families
    • Elements arranged in circular pattern
    • 11 elements ranging from 3-13 feet above ground
      • Suspended Fries
      • Rope Bridge
      • Hoops/Uneven Circles
      • Tibetan Bridge
      • Snake
      • Climbing Wall
      • Brave Crossing
      • Wooden Bridge (Banana Shape)
      • The Wave
      • Walking Net
      • The Barrel
  • Courageous 11 (Level 2) difficulty ranges from Intermediate to Challenging
    • Ages 8+ makes it a great course for families
    • Elements arranged in circular pattern
    • 11 elements ranging from13-23 feet above ground
      • Tunnel Net
      • Slackline
      • Short Hoops
      • Flying Carpet
      • X-Cross Bridge
      • Hanging Platforms
      • Hanging I’s
      • Vertical Logs
      • Monkey Bridge
      • Courageous Crossing
      • Fisherman Rope
  • Epic 22 (Both Levels) difficulty ranges from Easy to Challenging
    • Ages 8+
    • Elements arranged in circular pattern
    • 22 elements ranging from 3-23 feet above ground

 

Find out more information about the Elevated Obstacle Course here: https://refreshingmountain.com/activities/elevated-obstacle-course/

 

There are numerous articles out there claiming to know what people actually want for the holidays, but are they what people actually want? Here is a list of gifts that DO. thinks your list of recipients will love this holiday season! Feel free to comment with great gift ideas of your own!

Car Wash Voucher

Car washes are something people want, but don’t often dedicate funds towards—so what better way to say “happy holidays” than with the gift of a clean ride? Shop local: Mister Car Wash & Express Lube.

Movie Theatre Gift Card

Who doesn’t love movies? Gift your loved ones or friends a movie theatre gift card so they can spend some much-needed personal time on their own or with their partner to see a flick. Ideas: Regal Cinemas or Penn Cinema.

Gas Gift Card

Most people drive a vehicle and those who do obviously need gas to get around! Quick, easy and guaranteed to be a great gift. Ideas: Sheetz, Turkey Hill, Wawa, Rutters.

Makeup

Don’t know what to get someone for the holidays? Help cut costs for makeup lovers by giving the gift of face magic! Ideas: ELF is inexpensive and cruelty-free!

K-Cups for Keurig

If your person is a coffee lover and owns a Keurig, get them some delicious K-Cups. This is an easy and unexpected gift that they will be thankful for! Ideas: you can get cheap K-Cups at Ollie’s.

Alcohol

A bottle of wine or whiskey never hurts for those wine or whiskey lovers in your life. Shop local: get them a gift card for Tellus 360, The Pressroom, Springhouse or The Belvedere!

Bath & Body Anything

Literally, anything from Lush (cruelty-free!), The Body Shop, or Bath & Body Works—lotion, soap, hand sanitizer, or fragrance would be a delightful gift. Shop local: Bona Dea Apothecary, Lyes & Lathers(vegan!).

Coffee Gift Card

Because who doesn’t want a quick coffee buzz? Shop local: Perkup & Co.Square One, Passenger, BUZZ, Copper Cup as a drive-through option.

A Wine Key or Bottle Opener

We all know that wine keys and bottle openers have a magical way of disappearing. Replenish your loved one’s kitchen gadgets with these easy and inexpensive gifts. Shop local: Mise En Place Kitchen Store.

Building Character

If you’ve never been to Building Character, you should stop in! This place is FILLED with handmade local products that are super unique that would make great gifts!

 

We hope this list helps with any holiday gift-giving anxiety! Happy Holidays from DO.

Last evening, Creative York hosted the 2017 Monster Drawing Rally at the Central Market in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The event was sponsored by CGA Law Firm.

What is the Monster Drawing Rally?

The Creative York Monster Drawing Rally is part live art-making performance, part art-bazaar, part silent auction, and one of Creative York’s liveliest fundraising events! During the rally, artists create artwork within an hour of allotted time from start to finish right before your eyes. The live audience is then able to silently bid on the works while and after they are created. The rally offers a rare and exciting opportunity to watch artists in action and a chance to take home their completed pieces, all while supporting a good cause.

Do the artists have to create “monsters?”

Not at all! While artists were more than welcome to create monsters art, they were not limited to that subject. Individuals at the rally created mazes, collages and assemblages using magazines and record covers, clay taxidermy, felted cacti, beaded bug people, water color paintings, robot paintings, animal drawings, portraits, and so much more.

Food and drink was provided by The Busy Bee and Mudhook Brewing Co. Um, and the music as DOPE. Shawn Beck aka DJ Cache provided a chill-ass soundscape for the evening’s festivities!

2017 Monster Drawing Rally Artists included…
Kipp Allison
August Bellanca
Tina Berrier
Mark Broomell
Christopher Carpenter
Ashley Chiang
Peter Danko
Ellen Ehlenbeck
Karen Fornadel
Erica Silva Furjanic
Sam Georgieff / Poordogfarm
Angela Goetz / Black Sheep Everything
Paul Godfrey
Kara Gonzales
Brett Greiman
Sandra Grippi
Keith Gurnee
Judeth Pekala Hawkins
Mariah Hertz
Steph Holmes
Eleanor Justice
Amy Kopperude
Jeremiah Linton
Allison Moats
Carol Oldenburg
Jimmy Purkey
AnaLisia Salcedo
Dillon Samuelson
Mikayla Steele
Emily Truman
Emilyy White
Rita Whitney
Kandra Wynne
Andrew Yeager

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Monster Drawing Rallies were initially conceived by Southern Exposure in San Francisco, and have been recreated by nonprofit organizations in cities like Richmond, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and now YORK through Creative York!

Creative York (formerly YorkArts) is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization located in downtown York, Pennsylvania, featuring 3 art galleries, art classes for all ages, and several community outreach programs. The proceeds of this fundraiser help Creative York’s educational and outreach programs.

Thanksgiving Donating and Volunteering

‘Tis the season for giving thanks but also for giving back! DO Thanksgiving right this year by donating and volunteering at your favorite organizations. There are countless charities around Lancaster who are in need of your support!

 

Hope Community Services

This growing organization offers translation services for Spanish speakers in Lancaster. They also provide drug and alcohol support groups. They hope to offer transitional living services for former addicts and a youth community center as well.

Hope Community Services

220 W. King St.

Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 295-1435

 

The Salvation Army – Lancaster, PA

This outstanding initiative offers disaster relief services, food and clothing donations, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, and clothing and shelter to the homeless in our area. Donate your time or dollars to help those in need this Thanksgiving.

The Salvation Army

131 S. Queen St.

Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 397-7565

 

Meals On Wheels

This organization delivers meals to the elderly who are desperately in need. The goal is to give back to our neighbors, veterans, and grandparents. Give back to your community this season and all-year-round by volunteering at Meals On Wheels!

Meals On Wheels

1085-B Manheim Pike

Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 392-4842

Have other organizations you want to promote? Shoot us a message on Facebook and we will promote your organization this season. Thank you for giving back!

We’re back with our annual centerpiece contest here at DO.

The leaves are falling and we know your tummies are grumbling and ready for some full fall plates. We would love to see how you decorate your table this year, no matter the size of the gathering. Whether you’re going for fancy or casual, we want to see what you’ve put together as your Thanksgiving table adornment. Winners receive two (2) free tickets to Zoetropolis Art House and Theater.

THE RULES:
+ Take a picture of your centerpiece, either standalone or at the table with the rest of the settings
+ Send us your picture via Facebook message
+ All submissions are due by Sunday, November 26 at 11:00pm
+ Winners are chosen on Monday, November 27
+ By submitting your photo, you give us permission to tag you in a shoutout post on Monday, November 27
+Winners receive a shoutout on our Facebook page as well as two (2) free tickets to Zoetropolis Art House and Theater — we can mail these.

 

Here are some examples of what we’re talking about:

The weather is getting slightly too cold for camping these days—but if you still want that feeling of unplugging your electronics and settling into the beautiful outdoors, we highly recommend booking a cottage or cabin at Refreshing Mountain Retreat Center! Rejuvenate your relationship with both nature and your family/friends.

Refreshing Mountain’s newly built family-style cabins provide a clean, restful, and wholesome opportunity to get away with your entire family or friend group. All you have to worry about is relaxing and having fun. You can take a hike on their woodland grounds with gorgeous overlooks or enjoy togetherness around a campfire. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, add one or more of their outdoor adventure activities to your cabin rental—canopy zipline tours, horse rides, or the farm animal experience! They even offer a special discount for this combination.

The cottage cabins are fully furnished, sleep up to 8 people in 2 bedrooms (1 queen bed and 4 bunk beds), have a private bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen. Every cabin is heated for your comfort (and has AC in the summer, too.)

Bonus: All pricing includes WiFi, linens, and towels. There are also meeting spaces in select cabins.

 


 

Each Cabin Rental Includes:

  • 2 bedrooms (1 queen bed, 4 bunks)
  • Sleeps up to 8 people
  • Private bathroom
  • Living room area with fold-out futon
  • Kitchen with electric range (no oven), microwave, and refrigerator/freezer
  • Cabinets stocked with pots, pans, utensils, bowls, plates, and cups
  • Linens & towels
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access
  • Air-conditioning & heat
  • Campfire pit
  • Free outdoor pool access (seasonal)
  • Note: There is no television in the cabins

    (717) 802-8173 | Book Here | Request Info Here

 

 

 

We’ve chosen a few of our favorite restaurants and eateries for you to try out! These restaurants are currently featuring seasonal, heart-warming yummies for you to enjoy on a crisp autumn day.

HORSE INN
There truly is nothing better than a hearty bowl of Mr. Bill’s clams and a Wacker Brewing Co. pilsner!
Available at Horse Inn!
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PERKUP & CO.Photo by Madison DeWispelaere
A cup of warm apple cider with caramel, whipped cream and cinnamon is the perfect treat on this crisp fall day!
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RACHEL’S CREPERIE

It’s back! The pumpkin cheesecake crepe from Rachel’s Cafe and Creperie is truly a fan favorite. People wait all year long for this delicious dessert to reappear on the menu. And, if you eat it for breakfast, we won’t tell!
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BUZZOh no, you didn’t. This amazing grilled sandwich is filled with turkey, gouda, sweet potato mash, spinach, and onions on Thom’s cranberry pecan bread. “Happy fall, y’all.”
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ROBURRITO’S

Roburrito’s is currently grinding out their pumpkin seed salsa! Add it to your next Trinity or Burritodilla… Mmmm…
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After a few year break, the Homebrewer’s Ball is back! The Candy Factory, which has now expanded into 14,000 square feet of office and event space, will once again host this unique event right here in Lancaster in partnership with Lancaster Brewers—a club that focuses on homebrewing.

If you’ve ever had the privilege of attending the Homebrewer’s Ball in the past, then you already know you’re in for a treat! The first two Homebrewer’s Ball events served food from a catered menu. This time around, however, they will be featuring multiple restaurants with a nice mix from different cultures. “We’ve partnered with local area restaurants who specialize in world cuisine to breathe new life into the classic pairings of food and beer,” says Jeremiah Eastep, member of Lancaster Brewers.

In conjunction with an exciting and innovative evening of globally-inspired food and beers, these Lancaster-based homebrewers donate the fruits of their labor in the name of raising funds for a significant cause. This time around, all proceeds will be donated to benefit refugees and immigrant individuals.

The cost of your ticket entitles you to a relaxing evening with live music, excellent food inspired by cultures from around the glove, a DJ’ed dessert lounge, and lots of merriment.

As a charity-based event, we appreciate your support!


In compliance with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board guidelines, any individual who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older and is not visibly intoxicated who has not made a ticket purchase will be permitted access to a sample beer taste upon request. 

Have questions about Homebrewers Ball 2017? Contact Lancaster Brewers & The Candy Factory

Purchase your tickets here: http://ow.ly/vriQ30eQg7h

A unique art show benefitting young girls in Haiti is coming to Lancaster city. “For the Girls,” is an empowering evening of art dedicated to help raise money to purchase a new home for the girls at St. Francis Xavier Orphanage in Petite Riviere, Haiti. The event—held at Moira Lazarus Records and Juice Bar (112 West Orange Street)—will feature the eclectic work of local female artists, a raffle of local arts and goods, interactive art work, refreshments, an opportunity to engage with the story of the orphanage, a live DJ, and more.

Co-organized by local ladies Erika Firestone and Ashley Cleaver, the event will take place on September 9, 2017 from 6 to 10pm.

“This show has a global impact,” Erika says. “The money raised for the eight girls at the SFX orphanage will not only ensure they have a roof over their heads, but will also provide them with the safety and stability needed to continue their studies and work toward their dreams.”

There is a video on the event page of a young girl named Nadia singing and dancing. Another photograph depicts Berline, a young woman wise beyond her years whose dream is to become the president of Haiti. In the meantime, she is dedicated to her school work and enjoys dancing.

“‘For the Girls’ is a collaborative movement created by Erika and myself that has been fueled by the Lancaster community,” Ashley says. “We are raising money to provide not only housing, but to guarantee that each young girl at SFX orphanage is able to pursue her passions to the fullest which in turn helps guarantee a thriving future for generations to follow.”

Admission to “For the Girls” includes refreshments and various forms of entertainment for $20. The evening will include raffles from Maejean Vintage Jewelry, Cocoa Kayaking Float Yoga of Lancaster, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Passenger Coffee, and more. Rijuice will provide cocktails. And Ninkasi Brewing will provide craft beer.

Featured artists include Ashley Cleaver (photographer), Emily Truman (collage artwork and an opportunity for guests to create their own collage), Emily Lockley (ceramics), Meg Yoder (prints), Lauren Beauchner (oil painting), Ellie Miller (painting), and Christi Albert (organic skincare and healing tinctures).


Contact Information:

Erika Firestone
(717) 202-5129
me@erikafirestone.com

Ashley Cleaver
(717) 926-8429
Ashleycleaver4@gmail.com

Lancaster, PA On behalf of the team at That Shuu Girl, we are excited to announce the grand opening of our second boutique, Nicole Taylor Boutique on {Friday, September 1, 2017}.    

 

As the sister store to the popular That Shuu Girl Boutique, known for its trendy fashions and handcrafted accessories, the Nicole Taylor Boutique will continue the tradition of featuring local designers and showcasing quality ready-to-wear clothing and fine gifts from US brands. However, this new upscale womens clothing boutique is dedicated to creating a memorable shopping experience for an eclectic, contemporary clientele.   

 

“The Nicole Taylor Boutique is focused on providing the same quality and care we are known for at That Shuu Girl. With our take on classic professional looks and on-trend ready-to-wear styles, the Nicole Taylor woman knows her signature look, and embraces a style that highlights her personality.” – Nicole Vasquez, owner, Nicole Taylor Boutique  

Come join us for our soft opening event {Thursday, August 31, 2017} from 5:00pm 9:00pm. Check out the latest styles, enjoy live entertainment, and receive an exclusive offer with your first purchase   

For more information about the Nicole Taylor Boutique please contact owner, Nicole Vasquez.

Thank you,

Nicole Taylor Boutique Team