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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

Posted originally on Bellabooonline.com:

 

Happy August 1st! As summer begins to wind down, the first day of school is right around the corner. Make sure your little ones are prepared with fun accessories from Skip Hop that are both fun and practical! These are some of our favorites.

ZOO KIDS ROLLING LUGGAGE

Your little one will travel in style with Zoo luggage. Sized perfectly for carry-ons and overnight trips, Zoo luggage is sturdy enough for everyday use. Carry or roll it with the detachable straps. We love the front zip pocket with mesh divider that makes it easy to reach smaller items like snacks or books!

ZOO PACK

This is the perfect whimsical backpack for your little one that is always on-the-go, easily holding all the supplies your preschooler might need for a busy day of “work” and play. Features include a mesh side pocket that adjusts to fit a juice box, sippy cup or water bottle, as well as the front pouch that is ideal for snacks and includes extra pockets for pencils and other school necessities!

ZOO LUNCHIES

Make lunchtime fun time with wild lunch bags! Sized just right for little kids or a mom and baby on-the-go, these soft lunch bags have a roomy main compartment that holds your kiddos favorites snacks and drinks. The insulated, wipe-clean interior keeps food and drinks cold and clean. Choose from a variety of animals perfectly fit for your little one’s school day!

 

ZOO TAKE ALONG NIGHT LIGHT

A comforting companion in the dark! This portable, cord-free nightlight helps little ones foster independence. The oversized on/off button and an easy-grip handle makes it perfect for little hands. Send your little one off to sleep on a school night with this comforting companion.

MOONLIGHT & MELODIES NIGHTLIGHT SOOTHER

Plug-in this décor-driven friend and experience the multiple ways to soothe your baby, including music, lights and projection. Turn on the dimmable nightlight that emits a warm glow, and one of the eight gentle melodies and calming nature sounds available. Get baby to sleep quicker this season with this nightlight soother.

Shop everything your little one will need this school year at Bellaboo—in-store and online!

Lancaster Pride Fest is excited to announce the first ever Lancaster Pride Film Festival. Slated for June 19-25, the festival features two classic queer films—How to Survive a Plague and Kiki—for public viewing at Zoetropolis Art House, 315 W. James Street, Lancaster. The community is invited to enjoy both films, as well as one night of special events created to complement the movies.

 

How To Survive a Plague captures the desperation and power that defined the peak existence of ACT UP, a legendary activist group whose dedication to fighting HIV occurred in the late 1980s. The movie traces the journey of ACT UP and their partner organization, TAG, in New York City as they take on the immense and government-ignored work of fighting AIDS. The activists become experts in politics, science, and public health. Far from just a political movie, How To Survive a Plague shows the activists’ personal struggles as they confront their own HIV+ statuses.

 

Just like How To Survive a Plague, Kiki gives viewers an intimate look at queer life in New York City. The film focuses on young queer and trans people of color who are part of the underground competitive dance scene in NYC. Many of these young people have faced devastating homophobia in their lives, resulting in them being kicked out of their homes and struggling to survive. They find solace and community in their dance groups, where they focus on “voguing” competitions.

 

On Friday, June 23rd, Lancaster Pride Fest welcomes Kiki star Chi Chi Mizrahi to our own community. He will host a special night in three parts: Q&A, performance, and dance party. Immediately after the showing of Kiki that night, attendees will have the opportunity to ask Mizrahi questions. Mizrahi will display his dance skills, and community members can join him and dance together until 2 am.

 


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About the Collaborators: Lancaster Pride is a local organization dedicated to celebrating our LGBTQ community. Their main event, Pride Week, provides a perfect backdrop for the Film Festival. Zoetropolis Art House is an art hub showing a mix of alternative and local films.

 

Showtimes/Schedule:

Monday, June 19, 5pm: Kiki

Tuesday, June 20, 5pm: How To Survive A Plague

Wednesday, June 21, 9pm: Kiki

Thursday, June 22, 5pm: How To Survive a Plague

Friday, June 23, 6:30 pm: Kiki**

Saturday, June 24, 3pm: Kiki and 7pm: How To Survive a Plague

Sunday, June 25, 2pm: How To Survive a Plague and 7pm Kiki

 

**June 23 panel discussion after the 6:30 screening of Kiki with star Chi Chi Mizrahi at Zoetropolis Art House.

Followed by the “Kiki After Party” with performance by Chi Chi Mizrahi

Doors open at 9pm Location:

Performance at 10pm Fruition Collective

Dance party from 10:30pm-2 am 24 W. Walnut St., Lancaster, PA

 

featured photo by www.funfix.com

The 319 café at Refreshing Mountain is officially open for the summer!

Refreshing Mountain is a year-round retreat and adventure center, and has provided family-friendly fun and refreshment for over 30 years in Lancaster County, PA. They provide facilities and services for large group retreats and even rent cabins for overnight getaways. Additionally, they also provide a variety of outdoor adventures, day field trip,s and corporate team building events with activities including zipline canopy tours, high ropes course, climbing tower, problem solving challenges, and much more.

Built on 80 acres of beautiful Pennsylvania woodland, Refreshing Mountain is conveniently located just 25 minutes north of Lancaster, 30 minutes east of Hershey and 90 minutes west of Philadelphia. Come and be refreshed!

Whether you are relaxing by the pool or cooling off after an exiting zipline tour, the 319 Café has refreshments to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger! Plus, valid Saturday only, they’ll have panini sandwiches to pair with your favorite frappe for $2 off! They offer sweets, yummy food, hot chocolate, lattes, chai, frozen drinks, and so much more!

 

Yesterday, I had the privilege of experiencing the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Hirshorn in Washington, D.C.

Knowing next to nothing about Kusama, her artwork, or the nature of the exhibit and what it showcased, we decided to take an adventure. Literally the only thing I knew about the exhibit was that a visitor recently destroyed one of her thin, hollow, plastic polka-dotted pumpkins while taking a selfie. (That’s a whole other topic that I witnessed yesterday which I may decide to discuss as a side note at the end of this blog.)

We left Lancaster for an overnight stay about 30 minutes outside of downtown Washington, D.C. The next morning, the alarm clock went off at 5am and off we went, aiming to reach the Hirshorn at 6am. Through overhearing discussions once we stepped in line (behind 60 other people bundled in blankets and coats in the 55 degree weather), I discovered that only 700 free passes would be given to those in line and they wouldn’t start giving them out until 10am. Thankfully, we packed plenty of books to read, sketchbooks to draw in, Yahtzee, fruit, and water to drink.

All of my assumptions about this exhibit were completely and utterly wrong, guys. Aside from the expectation of bewilderment as a result of staring at endless polkadots, I had literally no idea what I was getting into.

You see, I honestly thought we would be free to enter the so-called “infinity mirror” rooms freely with the freedom to walk out of one and into the other. But Kusama had a different intention entirely. The infinity mirror rooms are enclosed in box-like structures with a door that opens and shuts. Basically, you wait in line with whomever you’ve come to visit the Hirshorn with. When it’s your turn to view one of the five infinity rooms, a staff member opens the door, allows you to enter, and shuts the door behind you for either 20 or 30 seconds. There,  you stand in silence and awe looking at the objects inside (lights, glowing pumpkins, pink polka dotted balls). The box is coated in mirrors and gives the feeling that the objects go on forever and ever and ever and ever.


There were several different feelings which popped up for me personally. The first and most apparent was that of voyeurism. We all have gone to art exhibitions and looked at artwork, but have you ever been met with your reflection? In the infinity mirror rooms, you are met with the image of your self as you turn and look into an imaginary abyss of infinite lights. It was almost uncomfortable at times watching myself, jaw open, in awe.

But this caused me to be completely present. The lines—which seemed to take forever with a grumbling tummy—seemed to last forever. A lot of wonderful conversation was had in each line as we waited for those 20 to 30 precious experiential moments. It was truly amazing. It taught patience and presence, and was full of illumination and voyeuristic qualities which only brought it back to feeling present again.

I have never experienced an exhibit quite like Yayoi Kusama’s. The themes that intricately wove themselves throughout the Hirshorn were incredibly relevant in today’s digitally connected—and therefore existentially disconnected—world which we experience everyday through our phones and computers. It was refreshing and revitalizing.

Thank you for reading! I hope local artists can revisit these themes in their artwork so we can all have similar experiences!

 

Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama at Hirshorn

 

Vinyl fans and music enthusiasts must give these dudes a listen.

Listen Hard is a podcast created by music nerds Nick Reiner (DJ Salinger) and Max Kornhauser. When these two get together, their musically centered podcast features one central theme special guests, and—of course—vinyl records. Equal parts music and discussion, Max and Nick invite you to listen while they explore their personal record collections and discuss the joys (and pains) of collecting.

You can see a list of all their episodes here: https://www.mixcloud.com/Listen_Hard/

In their most recent episode (below), Nick and Max interview their first official interviewed guest, Mike Madrigale—owner of Mr. Suit Records.

The Vineyard at Grandview is kicking off their annual Saturday Cigar Nights on Saturday, May 20 from 6 to 8:30pm.

Enjoy a laid back evening on The Vineyard’s deck with friends! Cigars are provided by Cigars 4 Good, and donations are accepted. Cigars 4 Good help improve the quality of life for children all around the world. Admission is $8 the night of and season passes are $20.

Music Schedule:
5/20: Two Pints Shy Duo
6/17: Any Given Thursday
7/15: The Steven Courtney Band
8/19: Mark DeRose & The Dreadnaught Brigade
9/16: Jazz Me Band


We recently opened an envelope addressed to us with some tickets inside… Much to our delight (!!!), the tickets were for admission to Wine by the Vine ON DECK, a series of music and food entertainment at The Vineyard at Grandview, occurring from May to September each year. We literally cannot wait to attend!

Every Friday, beginning on May 5, The Vineyard at Grandview hosts a series of food trucks from 5:30-8:00pm, with a rotation of musical guests playing from 6:30-8pm. The cost is only $8 to get in (, and food and wine are for sale! The Vineyard opens at 1pm on Fridays if you are interested in perusing the vineyard beforehand.

FOOD: Food will be available for purchase at each event. You are also permitted to bring your own!
WINE: BYO wine glass! The Vineyard at Grandview wines will be available for purchase at each event, except for the September Bluegrass concert where wine can be purchased by the bottle only. Credit cards are accepted! NO carry-in alcoholic beverages. You can also purchase a logo glass for $3 or 2/$5.
SAMPLING: Samples are NOT available during the concert. Come earlier for sampling/tastings!
RAIN? Bring an umbrella. The concert will be moved inside if weather is inclement.

Let’s drink and be merry!
The Vineyard at Grandview
1489 Grandview Road, Mount Joy, PA 17522 (use “Mt. Joy” on GPS)

 

Purchase your tickets for Wine by the Vine ON DECK Season Passes here!

 

Makers of all ages: mark your calendars for Saturday, May 6!

MakerShift—a public celebration of makers of all ages and abilities from across the Capital Region and Central PA—will be showing off their innovative and creative projects in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.)! MakerShift pulls together makers in an effort to make a collective impact on the places we live and work.

Every hour on the hour from 10am to 2pm, hear special speakers give lightning talks (about 10-15 minutes each) about S.T.E.A.M. trends in themed venues followed by fun and engaging project demos! Venues are in easy walking distance along 3rd Street in Midtown Harrisburg, PA.  Bring along friends and family to learn about making and talk with local makers.  MakerShift is for all ages!

FAQ About This Event:

Who? MakerShift 2017 is composed of regional makers, local volunteers, community leaders, and select vendors who gather together to celebrate making and the intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.)

What? MakerShift is a celebration of makers throughout the Capital Region. While some select vendors and professionals are invited to participate , MakerShift seeks to recognize the work of amateurs who tinker and create for the love of it.

When? MakerShift 2017 will be held between 9am and 3pm on Saturday, May 6th.

Where? MakerShift 2017 will take place Midtown Harrisburg on 3rd Street between StartUP Harrisburg and Susquehanna Art Museum.

Participating venues include:
• Startup HBG: Tech Venue
• Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (HMAC): Engineering Venue
• Historic Harrisburg Association (HHA): Math Venue
• Midtown Scholar Bookstore and Cafe : Science Venue
• Susquehanna Arts Museum: Arts Venue
• Broad Street Market: General Venue

Why? While the Maker Movement has received national attention it still is largely unknown to the general public. MakerShift aims to raise local awareness through the celebration of local makers while shifting conversations and thinking toward education for 21st Century life and work.

How? A one day celebration will be held where local makers, volunteers, community leaders, and vendors gather together to share their work with the general public. In addition to having the opportunity to engage local makers and learn about their work, the public will also hear from experts who will give lightning talks and demonstrate new technology. Information and resources will also be shared on where to go for further info and involvement.

Find out more information online at: www.makershift.io

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein

Refreshing Mountain was founded in the early 1980s as a place for families to feel refreshed. Marlin and Sharon Harnish originally started out with two bunk houses and a stable where a horse camp used to stand. Currently, Refreshing Mountain hosts hundreds of groups and thousands of individuals each year.

Marlin says he would have never been able to grasp the concept of Refreshing Mountain today when he first started, but he just took one step at a time, and this is where it has led thus far.

Refreshing Mountain offers several types of packages to enrich lives of visitors and fulfill their innate sense of curiosity and connection with themselves, animals, and nature. Through their Discovery Package, guests will experience a perfect mix of nature exploration and outdoor fun. The Discovery Package includes 25- to 30-minute sessions of each activity, including a Hands-On Reptile Exhibit, GPS Nature Hunt, Sling Shots, and Archery Target Shooting. A staff member leads guests throughout the entire program. The Discovery Package is perfect for smaller families!

Refreshing Mountain also offers very exciting School Field Trips under the “Nature Education Package,” which gives the option to come and experience our nature programs curriculum and equine program to larger groups.

Mark Layton, Refreshing Mountain’s Nature Programming Coordinator, gave Things To Do Lancaster a general overview of their Discover Package during an interview:

 

Refreshing Mountain

School Field Trips


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(717) 802-8173
455 Camp Road, Stevens, PA, 17578