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DO. Lancaster traveled throughout Lancaster in search of their favorite fall flavors! We stopped at BJ’s, Iron Hill and Pour. Definitely make your way to one of these spots tonight when you’re enjoying the night before Thanksgiving. And please—stay safe.

 

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
925 Plaza Blvd, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 320-8840

 

We were greeted with a friendly smile and were provided incredibly professional service from our server Bridget and the rest of the staff. BJ’s started out as a deep dish pizza restaurant in California and now with 198 locations across the nation, the company decided to make an impression here in Lancaster, PA. Lucky us!

DO. got the chance to taste their own Pumpkin Ale—and holy moly, was it delicious! The freshness of this ale was perfectly matched with its overall lightness. We tasted the perfect amount of spice and bite in this juicy little glass.


In addition to their beers, we also got the chance to taste some food. The Spinach Artichoke Dip was absolutely to die for (seriously, some of the best we’ve ever had) with bottomless, warmed chips. We also tasted their Peruvian Quinoa Bowl and Barbacoa Cauliflower Pita Tacos. Both were super fulfilling on a rather gray day.

And, to finish it off, we tried the Monkey Bread Pizookie. OMFG. We’re honestly speechless. Go try it. Tonight. No, right now. Just drop whatever you’re doing and go try it, please.

 

We were overall impressed with the amazing service we received and the quality of everything we consumed. Stay tuned for our next blog highlighting some of their deliciously-festive holiday brews.

Brownie Points: BJ’s has gluten-free, vegetarian, AND vegan options available! Boom.

 

 

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
781 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-9800

 

Head brewer Pim “Dutch” Harmsen was a fantastic and entertaining host during our tasting at the beloved Iron Hill Brewery. Wait, can we also talk about how much we love the name “Pim?!” Pim, you freaking ROCK.

DO. got to taste the brewery’s infamous Pumpkin Ale. This English style pale ale has pumpkin meat straight up mashed into it during the brewing process. Instead of hops, Pim and his team throw in a dash of pumpkin pie spice – for real, just a tad, don’t get crazy. The end result is a golden, translucent beer. Our favorite part of this seasonal brew was the well-rounded taste rather than depending on sweetness alone for the appeal. Tipping the pint back was easy with this beer, and we definitely agreed it was one of the few pumpkin beers we could easily drink two pints (or more) in a sitting. Try it with a delicious cinnamon sugar rim some added flavor! Bomb.

Pim also let us taste something a little on the wild side–a spicy version of their Russian Imperial Stout made with ghost pepper extract on cask. This sassy lil’ beverage is served on an English hand pump cask at the bar and the fire from the pepper extract creeps up on you just as your senses begin to process the flavor. Customers love the combination of the chocolate notes along with the full bodied spice. Bomb. Straight Bomb. Can we say bomb again? Bomb.


Brownie Points: the Ghost Pepper Imperial Stout was released today along with their Reindeer’s Revenge and Russian Imperial Stouts for the winter season. Stay tuned for another blog post in a couple weeks focused on these two beers. You won’t want to miss this shit! Seriously, don’t be lame, read the blog.

 

 

POUR
114 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 290-8080

At Pour, bar manager Lee Noble fed us an aggressively poured (as instructed on the label) Sweet Potato Ale Nitro by Vault Brewery. The brewer cooks otherwise starchy sweet potatoes to release their deep sugars. Paired with molasses for sweetness and a combination of vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon for spice, this cozy beverage also includes lactose sugar—giving it a rather creamy flavor. Do you love creamy fall desserts? Then believe you me, you’re gonna LOVE this special brew.

As the pumpkin beer craze has been occurring for quite some time, breweries all across the United States have been creating the feeling of fall in their beers without using only pumpkin. Definitely check out POUR’s incredibly unique beer, liquor, and wine selection as well as their upcoming Dad’s Hat Happy Hour on First Friday in December, as well as their Drink Wine and Be Merry wine tasting event on December 6.

Brownie Points: Lee Noble is a sommelier (a wine steward) and a cicerone (beer expert). If you have any questions about what he’s pouring you, be sure to ask! He absolutely loves to nerd out with people as they sip on delicious libations from Pour on Prince!

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.

We’ve chosen a few of our favorite restaurants and eateries for you to try out! These restaurants are currently featuring seasonal, heart-warming yummies for you to enjoy on a crisp autumn day.

HORSE INN
There truly is nothing better than a hearty bowl of Mr. Bill’s clams and a Wacker Brewing Co. pilsner!
Available at Horse Inn!
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PERKUP & CO.Photo by Madison DeWispelaere
A cup of warm apple cider with caramel, whipped cream and cinnamon is the perfect treat on this crisp fall day!
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RACHEL’S CREPERIE

It’s back! The pumpkin cheesecake crepe from Rachel’s Cafe and Creperie is truly a fan favorite. People wait all year long for this delicious dessert to reappear on the menu. And, if you eat it for breakfast, we won’t tell!
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BUZZOh no, you didn’t. This amazing grilled sandwich is filled with turkey, gouda, sweet potato mash, spinach, and onions on Thom’s cranberry pecan bread. “Happy fall, y’all.”
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ROBURRITO’S

Roburrito’s is currently grinding out their pumpkin seed salsa! Add it to your next Trinity or Burritodilla… Mmmm…
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After a few year break, the Homebrewer’s Ball is back! The Candy Factory, which has now expanded into 14,000 square feet of office and event space, will once again host this unique event right here in Lancaster in partnership with Lancaster Brewers—a club that focuses on homebrewing.

If you’ve ever had the privilege of attending the Homebrewer’s Ball in the past, then you already know you’re in for a treat! The first two Homebrewer’s Ball events served food from a catered menu. This time around, however, they will be featuring multiple restaurants with a nice mix from different cultures. “We’ve partnered with local area restaurants who specialize in world cuisine to breathe new life into the classic pairings of food and beer,” says Jeremiah Eastep, member of Lancaster Brewers.

In conjunction with an exciting and innovative evening of globally-inspired food and beers, these Lancaster-based homebrewers donate the fruits of their labor in the name of raising funds for a significant cause. This time around, all proceeds will be donated to benefit refugees and immigrant individuals.

The cost of your ticket entitles you to a relaxing evening with live music, excellent food inspired by cultures from around the glove, a DJ’ed dessert lounge, and lots of merriment.

As a charity-based event, we appreciate your support!


In compliance with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board guidelines, any individual who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older and is not visibly intoxicated who has not made a ticket purchase will be permitted access to a sample beer taste upon request. 

Have questions about Homebrewers Ball 2017? Contact Lancaster Brewers & The Candy Factory

Purchase your tickets here: http://ow.ly/vriQ30eQg7h

A unique art show benefitting young girls in Haiti is coming to Lancaster city. “For the Girls,” is an empowering evening of art dedicated to help raise money to purchase a new home for the girls at St. Francis Xavier Orphanage in Petite Riviere, Haiti. The event—held at Moira Lazarus Records and Juice Bar (112 West Orange Street)—will feature the eclectic work of local female artists, a raffle of local arts and goods, interactive art work, refreshments, an opportunity to engage with the story of the orphanage, a live DJ, and more.

Co-organized by local ladies Erika Firestone and Ashley Cleaver, the event will take place on September 9, 2017 from 6 to 10pm.

“This show has a global impact,” Erika says. “The money raised for the eight girls at the SFX orphanage will not only ensure they have a roof over their heads, but will also provide them with the safety and stability needed to continue their studies and work toward their dreams.”

There is a video on the event page of a young girl named Nadia singing and dancing. Another photograph depicts Berline, a young woman wise beyond her years whose dream is to become the president of Haiti. In the meantime, she is dedicated to her school work and enjoys dancing.

“‘For the Girls’ is a collaborative movement created by Erika and myself that has been fueled by the Lancaster community,” Ashley says. “We are raising money to provide not only housing, but to guarantee that each young girl at SFX orphanage is able to pursue her passions to the fullest which in turn helps guarantee a thriving future for generations to follow.”

Admission to “For the Girls” includes refreshments and various forms of entertainment for $20. The evening will include raffles from Maejean Vintage Jewelry, Cocoa Kayaking Float Yoga of Lancaster, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Passenger Coffee, and more. Rijuice will provide cocktails. And Ninkasi Brewing will provide craft beer.

Featured artists include Ashley Cleaver (photographer), Emily Truman (collage artwork and an opportunity for guests to create their own collage), Emily Lockley (ceramics), Meg Yoder (prints), Lauren Beauchner (oil painting), Ellie Miller (painting), and Christi Albert (organic skincare and healing tinctures).


Contact Information:

Erika Firestone
(717) 202-5129
me@erikafirestone.com

Ashley Cleaver
(717) 926-8429
Ashleycleaver4@gmail.com

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

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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!

Have you ever looked into your genealogical background or the history of your family and their impact on Lancaster county? The LancasterHistory.org Research Library contains over 15,000 volumes, maps, family families, subject information files, microfilm, and CDs regarding geneology and lush local history.

Over 70,000 photographs are also available in their collection, as well as a variety of manuscript documents, county records, and city records for your researching pleasure and curiosity!

This Research Library is located inside the headquarters of LancasterHistory.org on The Campus of History, located at the intersection of Marietta and North President Avenues. Off-street parking is available, and the facility is on the same grounds as Wheatland.

Mon-Sat 9:30am to 5pm, closed on Sundays & major holidays

One of the things I (Emily) love most about warmer weather is the first time I get to sit outside for a meal and an ice cold beer (or one or two or three perfect pina coladas). Most times when I’m desperate for a meal, but also HANGRY as hell, I wish I had a compiled list in front of me giving all the best places in Lancaster city with outdoor seating. So, I figured why not compile a list myself?

Please feel free to comment if we’ve missed any:

The Waterfront
680 Millcross Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 390-8777
Thewaterfrontlancaster.com

Iron Hill Brewery
781 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-9800
Ironhillbrewery.com

The Belvedere Inn
402 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 394-2422
Belvederelancaster.com

The Pressroom
26 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 399-5400
Pressroomrestaurant.com

POUR
114 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 290-8080
Pouronprince.com

Springhouse
Taproom: 25 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 399-4009
Brewing Company: 209 Hazel St, Lancaster, PA 17516
(717) 984-2530

Annie Bailey’s
28 East King Street, #30, Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 393-4000
anniebaileys.com

Rachel’s Creperie
201 W Walnut St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 399-3515

www.rachelscreperie.com/

Isaac’s Deli
25 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 394-5544
Isaacsrestaurants.com

John J. Jeffries
300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 431-3307
johnjjeffries.com

Lancaster Brewing Company
302 N Plum St, Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 391-6258
lancasterbrewing.com

Now, unfortunately, it looks as though we won’t be able to bring our furry friends to eat outdoors with us much longer due to a recently enforced PA law… but, don’t even get me started on that!

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