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Did you know that Lancaster is home to the residence and final resting place of the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan?

Wheatland, the home of Buchanan from the time he left office in 1861 until his death in 1868, is a preserved marvel of architecture located just outside of Lancaster City. This beautiful home, built in the popular federal style, contains 17 rooms that have changed very little since the time of President Buchanan.

General Admission tours are open to the public and offered Monday – Saturday at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. To learn more about this wonderful vestige of American history, visit https://www.lancasterhistory.org/visit/.

Not far from Wheatland is the final resting place of President Buchanan. The gravesite, located in beautifully restored Woodward Hill Cemetery (538 East Strawberry Street, Lancaster City), is accessible to the public and may be visited from dawn til dusk everyday. The gravesite is immaculately cared for and is the location of a yearly ceremony to celebrate the birthday of President Buchanan.

If you are looking to visit a preserved piece of American history, while also honoring one of our nation’s leaders, take a day and tour historic Wheatland and the President’s gravesite. Just two of many examples of the rich history located right here in Central Pennsylvania!

 



Despite the chilly weather and the later than normal snowfall, baseball season has indeed arrived in Harrisburg! There are few better ways to spend an afternoon or evening than kicking back on City Island and watching our Senators fight towards a victory! As always, the Senators baseball club has created game day promotions with both children and adults in mind.

On Sunday, April 29th—beginning at 1:30 pm—the first 4,000 fans of ALL AGES to attend the Senators game on City Island will receive a one-day pass to Hershey Park! This is one of largest giveaways in Senators’ history, so be sure to come out to the ballpark for a day of great baseball AND possibly win a chance to visit the sweetest place on earth!

These passes expire on July 31st, 2018. For more information on hours of operation and the overall Hershey Park experience, please visit Hershey Park’s website. For more information on Harrisburg Senators baseball please visit www.senatorsbaseball.com.

Spring has sprung (despite some leftover flurries). As we look to come out of our winter hibernation, our attention to turns toward outdoor activities. Did you know that Central Pennsylvania has a fully accessible, twenty-one-mile long rail trail that’ll take you from the heart of downtown York clear down to the Maryland state line? The Heritage Rail Trail County Park is an ADA compliant, 10-foot wide compacted stone surface that is designed to handle running, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and more!

This linear trail runs through scenic southern York County, crossing through 11 different municipalities. The trail is equipped with facilities including public restrooms, picnic tables, and benches. There are several small communities along the trail’s path that offer food and areas to rest and relax. The Heritage Rail Trail is built to provide a relatively level grade, with elevations between 400-800 feet.  The trail also offers a glimpse into our past, with a historic railroad line running adjacent to the trail. This same railroad line was used by President Abraham Lincoln as he traveled from Washington D.C. to Gettysburg to give the famous Gettysburg Address!

Fresh air, miles and miles of scenery, and surroundings filled with history. If this sounds like your perfect day, then start planning your visit today by learning more online. The park is open year-round, from 8 am until dusk.

Moms are just the best. 🌸 To celebrate moms in May, we are asking for you to submit a story of the amazing moms in your life! We’ll be making posts throughout the first week of May, shouting out to the ones who gave us life!

In order to do this, please submit the following:
🌷 50-150 words about your mom of choice, and why she’s the best.
🌷 a photo of your mom of choice
🌷 link to their Facebook page so we can tag them in the shoutout!

Entry deadline is 5pm on Friday, April 27! 📩 Inbox us on our Facebook Page to submit!

 

One of the best things about the arrival of spring is the increased availability of locally grown produce!

Who hasn’t dreamed—during the coldest days of our Central Pennsylvania winter—of walking through a cherry orchard picking your favorites right off the tree. Or how about walking through aisles and aisles of bright, beautiful fruits and vegetables that are grown practically in our own backyard! If this vision is as appealing to you as it is to all of us here at DO., then might we suggest a visit to Strites Orchard (1000 Strites Road, Harrisburg, PA)! This wonderland of fresh produce is a one-stop shop for all of your healthy eating needs.

Fun Facts about the Strite Orchard:

  • The Strite family has been farming in the Harrisburg area since 1843
  • The farm itself is currently over 300 acres
  • These 300 acres are filled with a diverse variety of fruits and vegetables grown throughout the harvest seasons

If you’d like to plan your visit, or simply learn more about the wonderful products that Strites Orchard has to offer, please take a moment to visit their website. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 8am to 4pm (they are closed on Sundays). Take the family for an adventure, and create a meal together (literally) from farm to table!

According to a National Geographic article, “our human footprint doesn’t end after we buy and consume things; the final product impact occurs when we discard items and we Americans discard four-fifths of a ton of trash per person, per year.”

Wow. Take a sec and read that again.

Let Spring of 2018 be your year of renewal. Let it be the year you commit to wasting less and conserving more. How, you ask? There are quite a few ways, actually.

 

Buy non-packaged produce

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Make a commitment to stop buying bags of salad, or pre-sliced mushrooms packaged in tons of plastic. Central Market is open three days a week as well as various other farmer’s markets in the region. If you work downtown, plan on spending your lunch break once a week at Central Market to pick through fresh, locally grown produce. Bring a backpack or a tote bag to put everything in. When buying eggs, bring in your used egg container. Purchase your weekly milk from Maplehofe Dairy in their reusable glass containers. Buy the beeswax wraps from Lemon Street Market (or make your own) for cheeses from various vendors.


Opt for glass containers

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You can thrift tons of glass storage containers with glass, metal, or wood lids for your fridge and pantry rather than plastic. If you want to go for something fancier and support a local business, visit Mise en Place. This commitment also includes opting for, as an example, the glass bottle of olive oil rather than the plastic option.

 

Get a damn bike

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What are you waiting for? Stop whining about walking everywhere and bike instead. The Common Wheel is a great place to start. If you are in an area with access to buses, subways or trains, transition to public transportation more often.

 

Eat fewer animal products

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The reality is, consuming meat and other animal products drastically affect the environment in a negative way. Consuming fewer animal products can single-handedly be the best thing you can do for the environment. Try “Meatless Mondays” or cutting dairy here and there.

 

Buy recyclable products

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 Try purchasing recyclable toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags and other products. Look for products that are sustainable, compostable or are made from recycled materials.

 

Obviously, recycle.

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If you can recycle or even compost, that would be dope. The environment thanks you kindly.

We are just touching the surface of ways you can transition to a sustainable lifestyle as there are so many ways you can make an impact. We are aware that not everyone has the resources or income to be able to buy these products but if you can make baby steps, that’s fantastic. The reality is, the environment needs some for real TLC and we need to step up and take care of it. Imagine a world without a rainforest, polar bears, lightning bugs, flowers, fish. It’s comforting knowing that there is a vast, beautiful world out there for us to explore but one day, that might not be the case. All it takes is the promise to yourself to try harder.

FOR MOTHER EARTH!

 

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We took a little field trip to Harrisburg to discuss some big plans in the works for DO.! St@rtup Harrisburg was our first stop where we spent some time cranking out work and having great conversation. This coworking space is refreshingly modern with various pieces of bold, urban art. Nuzzled in a little neighborhood of Harrisburg but not far from the capital, this coworking space is a perfect little spot for freelancers and other professionals to gather and network.

 

Founded in 2013, St@rtup developed their space with the mission of WE > ME to facilitate innovation in local startups in the area. They hope to spread the culture of collaboration and the “get shit done” mentality to the region. Their space started off as an office of just 3,000 square feet, then gradually grew into a newly remodeled space three years later. St@rtup believes in their investment in Harrisburg city and thanks the community for their ongoing support of this project.

 

After our little St@rtup field trip, we made our way to Millworks Restaurant and Brewery. We have a ton of tremendous things to say about this trendy artisan restaurant but we will keep it short and sweet.

 

Okay, GO: This spot is a MUST-VISIT for date night (especially during warmer days when guests can utilize their outdoor patio) and experience their DELICIOUS, sustainable food and handcrafted drinks. We may have had the best darn salad and kombucha we’ve ever had, and that is not even an exaggeration. Madison, our DO. photographer and writer, repeatedly said over and over to the team, “this is the best salad I have ever had in my life.” She had their Wood-Grilled Warm Kale and Broccoli Rabe Salad with a Lemon Ginger Kombucha.

 

Anyways, if you are in the Harrisburg area and need a hip little spot to work (it’s not actually little, but you get what we mean), hit St@rtup Harrisburg. If you need a refreshing new spot for food and bevvies, roll through Millworks. For real.

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.