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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


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!

 

Inspired by the dancey, sneaker squeakin’ musical sounds of the 80s and 90s, YOUTHFOOL brings that funky pop-rock feel to the stage—with a sexy lil’ twist of glam. All around, this band is way too fun to listen to, and they’ll definitely have you in the mood to groove. 

Lucky for us, YOUTHFOOL will be stealing all of our hearts on April 29 at The Chameleon Club! These Philly natives have been working hard on their newest release—an extensive 8-track EP called “Before You Leave.”At its core, YOUTHFOOL is really a solo project by Joston Michael himself. However, a live band fills the stage when playing at venues. Singer-songwriter Joston Michael also plays lead guitar. When I first heard the song “That Strange Talk!” I legitimately freaked out, texting my buddy Ben Roth of The Kaleidoscope recording studio, as he was the one who referred Joston to Things To Do Lancaster. “That Strange Talk!” and all of the other YOUTHFOOL tunes will have you slipping into your spiffiest kicks in a jiffy, movin’ and groovin’ through the whole damn show! YOUTHFOOL’s music is reminiscent of everything I fell in love with musically in the 90s.

We are so excited to host YOUTHFOOL locally. You will most definitely see Things To Do Lancaster bopping around at the show.

You can read another awesome interview with them here.
Saturday, April 29 at The Chameleon Club.
Youthfool, Astro Lasso, Badflower, Beware Of Darkness. Headliner: Bleeker.
Buy your $10 tickets here. ($12 at the door.)