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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!

 

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.)

 

“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


www.facebook.com/refreshingmountain
www.instagram.com/refreshingmountain/
IG: @refreshingmountain
(717) 802-8173
455 Camp Road, Stevens, PA, 17578

 

 

Through a collaboration partnership between Building Character and The Candy Factory, these two local companies will be hosting the second annual Literary Festival during Spring Art Walk. This year, a Harry Potter themed festival will take over the Market Street parking lot and Warehouse D inside The Candy Factory on Saturday, May 6th from 11am to 2pm.

 

The Literary Festival occurs in celebration of the Little Free Library placed outside of The Candy Factory last year. This year’s family friendly party will benefit a charity through Church World Services and will include light refreshments, Harry Potter-themed games, live music, circus acts, various activities, and opportunities to donate to the selected charity.

 

Live music will be provided by local bands, Talk Alliance and Hilltop Gamblers. Henna tattoos and face painting (of various complexities and pricing) will be provided by Alicia Lyter, as well as Harry Potter-themed caricatures by Cory Lally. Local collage artist, Emily Truman, will have a community collage project for all to partake in. Emma Cate will be doing $6 tarot readings, and The Circus School of Lancaster will be dazzling the crowd with humor and entertainment. Homemade butterbeer will be available for purchase as well.

 

Dress-up is highly encouraged. For more information, please e-mail Emily Truman at emily@thesweetcore.com

 

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Lancaster’s first ever barcade, Arcade Lancaster, is jam-packing Lancaster city with something to do almost every night out of the week. At Arcade Lancaster, it’s socially acceptable to drink some brews and play video games with your buddies.

Let us walk you through a typical week at Arcade Lancaster:
Monday: A Man Walks Into a Bar — open mic comedy
Tuesday: General open mic night
Wednesday: Alt Adult Night — presented by Teenage Crimewave
Thursday: Smash Night — weekly Super Smash Bros. tournaments with food and drinks
Friday: Live music 7 to 10pm, DJ dance party 10 to 2am
Saturdays: various live monthly events — i.e. Shadowland, Revolution, and the Max J Variety Show

BROWNIE POINTS: They serve food on Th, F, and Sa.
EXTRA BROWNIE POINTS: They have vegan tacos on Th, F, and Sa.

Keep up with what they’re doing.
Arcade Lancaster (in the Lizard Lounge)
223 North Water Street, Lancaster, PA, 17603
M-Th: 7-12am, F and Sa: 7-2am.

www.facebook.com/arcadelancaster
www.instagram.com/arcadelancaster
IG: arcadelancaster
www.twitter.com/arcadelancaster

 

Featured image by Matt Lester

Lancaster Documentaries just launched their new Facebook page. The man behind the lens is named Alexander Monelli. You may recognize his name from the Lancaster Itnernational Short Film Festival, as he won Best Home Grown Film at the fest in 2015—the film featured Robert Brock, owner of Hole in the Wall Puppet Theater.

His newest release is called “Trick.” This is the fourth Lancaster Documentary which tells the story of 80-year-old Tom Shultz (“Mr. Magic”) and his new career as a magician in Lancaster, fulfilling a lifelong passion.