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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.





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  • 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/

 

‘Tis the season for hot cocoa (with extra mallows), snuggles, and holiday movies. With the chilly weather rolling in, what better way to spend an evening indoors than with your special someone—or alone because you’re independent AF—watching classic holiday movies! We have compiled a list of our favorite holiday movies for the 25 days of Christmas! If you don’t have plans one evening, check out our list, and put a movie on!

Dec. 1st – The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

This is a perfect movie to transition from fall to winter.

 

Dec. 2nd Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

The visuals of this movie are absolutely insane.

 

Dec. 3rd Just Friends (2005)

Ryan Reynolds. That’s all we have to say.

 

Dec. 4th – Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Did you know that Taylor Momsen (Cindy Lou Who) is now in a rock band called The Pretty Reckless? She’s actually a total badass now.

 

Dec. 5th – Four Christmases (2008)

Vince Vaughn is hilarious in every single movie he’s been in. Be ready for some serious laughs.

 

Dec. 6th – Jack Frost (1998)

This may be one of, if not THE most underrated holiday movie out there. An absolute tear jerker.

 

Dec. 7thNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

If you haven’t jumped on the National Lampoon train then you are severely missing out. Actually, have yourself a weekend and binge the movie series.

 

Dec. 8thPolar Express (2004)

This film is visually breathtaking and a lovely homage to the original book.

 

Dec. 9thMiracle on 34th Street (1994)

My mom made me watch this when I was younger and I am very glad she did because it is actually a pretty awesome holiday movie.

 

Dec. 10thWhy Him? (2016)

James Franco is FOR SURE on our list of top people to meet. This movie is hilarious, slightly dirty and James Franco. James Franco, James Franco, James Franco.

 

Dec. 11th The Best Man Holiday (2013)

A phenomenal movie with humor, scandal, and straight tears.

 

Dec. 12thHome Alone Movies (1990, 1992, 1993)

We will just lump all three of the Home Alone movies into one day because let’s be serious, once you watch one, you’ll want to watch them all.

 

Dec. 13thEight Crazy Nights (2002)

Can I say underrated?! I did not see this movie on any “Top Christmas Movie” lists which is quite disappointing. For an animated movie, I certainly did LOL.

 

Dec. 14thThe Santa Clause (1994)

Overall classic family flick starring our personal childhood favorite, Tim Allen from “Home Improvement.”

 

Dec. 15thGremlins (1984)

Not sure why this is considered a holiday movie, uh, but it is… and it’s awesome.

 

Dec. 16thLove Actually (2003)

Classic romantic flick which will really get the snuggles going.

 

Dec. 17thBad Santa (2003)

Let’s be honest, if you’re not watching this movie this holiday, you’re doing something very wrong.

 

Dec. 18thLast Holiday (2006)

We’ll say it once again, UNDERRATED. Queen Latifah is a total queen in this flick and LL Cool J is his typical sexy self, so….watch it!

 

Dec. 19thNoel (2004)

This movie is on Netflix and TBH the plot is a little jumbled, but overall we’ve rated it a pretty decent movie—with a fantastic cast featuring Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, and Penelope Cruz.

 

Dec. 20thA Christmas Story (1983)

Everyone always watches this movie on Christmas Day but let’s mix it up a bit and watch it a little earlier this year! Classic and funny.

 

Dec. 21stThe Holiday (2006)

Absolutely amazing movie. Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz totally shine as hopeless romantics in this story. Ladies, grab some wine and cry with them! Jack Black adds a little pinch of funny bone to the film, and we do love seeing him in a more serious role!

 

Dec. 22ndChristmas with the Kranks (2004)

Jamie Lee Curtis will always be a fan favorite. This film provides some laughs and tears—typical holiday movie.

 

Dec. 23rdDie Hard (1998)

Considering this is on every single list of top movies to watch this holiday, we had to throw this one on there. This action-packed adventure will really get your blood flowing!

 

Dec. 24th The Family Stone (2005)

Okay, everyone—this might just be one of the best holiday movies ever. It has funnies, tears, and a terrific cast! Please, please, please watch. You won’t regret it.

 

Christmas DayElf (2003)

Instead of watching A Christmas Story on Christmas Day how about we mix it up and watch Elf on Christmas?! We haven’t met a single person who doesn’t like this movie (and if you’re a person who doesn’t, we don’t wanna know—blasphemy). Will Ferrell kills it in his role of Buddy the Elf, and the entire family will enjoy this film on Christmas Day.

 

We hope everyone enjoys their holiday season this year. Happy binging!

 

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.

There’s just one week left to get your fill of Halloween spooks and scares before it’s too late — muah ha haaa ← spooky laugh?

 

Here’s our list of last minute Halloween to-DO.’s before the 31st:

CentraliaTuesday, Oct. 24th

 

The ghost town that’s still on fire. Take a spontaneous road trip this beautiful fall evening to one of Central PA’s notorious spooky towns. If you haven’t checked this one off the list yet, today is a perfect day to do so!

For more info click here!

 

Eastern State PenitentiaryWednesday, Oct. 25th

Terror Behind the Walls consists of six haunted attractions that create a seamless experience. All six attractions are included in one admission price. Doors open at 7:00 pm and lasts until 11:00 pm! Prices vary.

For more info click here!

 

ShocktoberfestThursday, Oct. 26th

Pennsylvania’s premier haunted scream park opens from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and offers a variety of ticket options. Don’t miss out on their must-see attractions!

For more info click here!

 

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm Flashlight MazeFriday, Oct. 27th

Don’t miss the annual Flashlight Maze during the Fall Harvest months! The maze opens from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, and don’t forget to bring your flashlight! Prices vary.

For more info click here!

 

High Fever: Clownin’ AroundSaturday Oct 28th

Halloween clown-themed dance party at The Village with beer pong, carnival games, a drag show, drink specials and featuring DJ Salinger. Event is from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am and there is an $8 cover. Clown costumes not required, but certainly encouraged!

For more info click here!

 

Field of Screams Sunday, Oct. 29th

Ticket booths open at 6:00 pm (cash only/credit card online ONLY) and all patrons must enter by 9:00 pm to experience attractions. Prices vary.

For more info click here!

 

Lititz Halloween Parade Monday, Oct. 30th

This year’s Lititz Lions Halloween Parade will be from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Downtown Lititz, PA.

For more info click here!

 

Trick or Treat on the 300 Block Oct 31st

Your favorite merchants on the 300 Block of North Queen St. in Lancaster, PA will be handing out candy for all of the families trick or treating this year. This event goes from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

For more info click here!

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

 

 

 

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!

 

“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.

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 Farm Animal Experience, guests will experience a close-up and hands-on experience to explore some common (or not so common) farm animals such as horses, ponies, goats, alpacas, chickens, pigs, and more! Your group will learn how to safely handle and interact with these animals and you’ll even have the chance to pet, brush, or feed them. Ideal for ages five to fifteen years old, each session is guided by a qualified staff person.

Hannah Harnish, Refreshing Mountain’s Equine Programming Coordinator, gave Things To Do Lancaster a general overview of their Discover Package during an interview:

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