Monday, August 31, 2015

Looking For A Vintage Shopping Experience? You'll Find It During Adamstown's Fall 2015 Antique Extravaganza Weekend

Adamstown’s Fall Antique Extravaganza is just around the corner and will offer four days of some of
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the best antiques shopping you can imagine.

From Thursday, September 24, through Sunday, September 27, antique shops along a seven-mile stretch in Adamstown, PA will display their wares and provide some spectacular deals on rare and unique items. Visit this event and you’ll quickly learn why Adamstown is known as “Antiques Capital, USA.”

Venues include these and many more:

·       Alternative Furnishings

*For a full list of venues, including eateries and specialty shops, see Antiques Capital’s website.

The antique shops are open all year long, but it’s only three times a year at the “extravaganzas” when they unite to create this one-of-a-kind joint effort. During the event, shops often extend their hours, so out-of-towners have plenty of time to browse and take advantage of buying beautiful collectibles at discounted prices.

So, if you’re an avid antiques fan and are in town the last weekend in September, don’t miss experiencing this year’s Fall Antique Extravaganza. And if you’re looking for a place to stay nearby all the action, book your reservation with us at the Historic Smithton Inn. We hope to see you soon!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Fun Is In The Air As Lancaster County Fair Season Arrives In September

As schools swing back into session and the days grow shorter, that can only mean one thing: it’s
finally fair season! Though we’re sad to see the summer go, this time of year always brings a welcome dose of family fun—and food!—to our area.

From thrilling carnival rides to games of chance to unique art and agricultural exhibits, Lancaster County Fairs make the month of September one to remember.

Mark your calendars to attend one or more of these popular fairs!

September 11 – 20: York Fair (Although it's technically not a Lancaster County Fair, it’s absolutely worth mentioning here!)

September 15 – 19: Denver Fair

September 16 – 18: Solanco Fair

September 22 – 26: Ephrata Fair (The BIGGEST street fair in Pennsylvania! One of my personal favorite events is the pig chase, this year on Tuesday, September 22. And don’t miss the much-anticipated annual parade on Wednesday night or the great deal on rides during Kiddies’ Day all day Thursday!)

September 23 – 25: West Lampeter Fair

These Lancaster County fairs are a fantastic way to get involved in the community, or just come out to enjoy live entertainment, treat yourself to some eats, and see what’s happening.

Book your stay with us at the Historic Smithton Inn this fair season, so you don’t miss out on the fun. There’s no better place to experience a relaxing, stress-free stay as the seasons transition here in Lancaster County. Hope to see you soon!

By Rebecca Gallagher

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Lancaster County Fall Museum Events Offer Autumn Fun For All

This fall, come out and celebrate autumn at the festive events held by museums and other historic locations across Lancaster County. There’s everything from antique car shows to interactive seasonal plays. History buffs and food lovers alike will love everything about this harvest season in Lancaster.

Fall Museum Events in Lancaster County 

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum 

Less than 20 minutes from the Historic Smithton Inn, the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum is packed with classic excitement this fall.

Art Show at Landis Valley: Saturday, August 22 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
See the creativity that artisans of all varieties have to offer at this annual art show held around the Landis Valley Museum Store. With 40 local artists and craftsmen, you’ll find metalwork, glass art, jewelry, paintings, and more. See the event web page for more details.

September “Ice Cream” Sundays: Every Sunday in September (12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Swing on by any Sunday in September for folk music and wagon rides, and cool down with make-your-own ice cream sundaes. See the museum's event page for more information.

Wool Frolic: Saturday, September 19 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

At the annual Wool Frolic, you’ll find live animals and demonstrations of crafts like weaving, crocheting, and even yarn-dying. You can also purchase yarn and pattern books to give your hand a try at this unique craft. Find out more on the event page.

Harvest Days: Saturday and Sunday, October 10 & 11 (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Experience horse-drawn wagon rides and let the children have fun in the children’s discovery tent at Landis Valley’s oldest and largest event. You can also witness demonstrations, take in exhibits, and enjoy live music. You can learn more about it on the event web page.

Ephrata Cloister 

Families from all over enjoy learning the history behind the town of Ephrata by traveling less than a mile from the Historic Smithton Inn. For more information (including admission prices) about any of these events, visit the Ephrata Cloister Events page.

Founder’s Day Block Party: Saturday, September 12 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Admission $30)

This family-oriented event is a great source of fun, featuring Tall Tales with Johnny Appleseed, live music, apple-themed crafts, and upstairs tours. Art lovers will get to experience tours of the upstairs, featuring the work of Andrew Wyeth and other local artists.

3rd Annual Artisans Faire And Antique Car Show: Saturday, September 19 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Stop by for a look at the works of skilled artisans featuring everything from pottery and weaving to wood carving and furniture making, and tour the private collection of avid car collector Calvin High.

Gideon's Bones A Family Trick Or Treat & "It's The Great Gourd [Conrad Beissel]" Outdoor Pumpkin & Gourd Exhibition: Saturday, October 24 (Trick or Treat 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Gourd Exhibition: Saturday, 3:00 p.m. – Sunday, 5:00 p.m.)

Come in costume for a children’s trick-or-treat experience, traveling door-to-door at a series of historic buildings, and stick around to paint or carve your own gourd! The Outdoor Pumpkin & Gourd Exhibition includes other creatively painted and carved gourds.

1719 Hans Herr House

Maize and Snitz Fest: Saturday, October 3, (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Celebrate the cultures of Native Americans and Germans at this festival featuring a plethora of foods, demonstrations of colonial-era arts and crafts, hands-on activities, and interpreters in traditional dress. All will be held on the grounds of the 1719 Hans Herr House, the county’s oldest home! See the event website page for more details.

Historic Rock Ford Plantation

Half an hour from the Historic Smithton Inn, you’ll find more fun and educational experiences at the Historic Rock Ford Plantation. See the website for details (including admission prices) about these fantastic fall events.

From The Earth: Gardening In The 18th Century: Sunday, September 13 (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Explore 18th Century gardening techniques and compare them to those of today.

Sleepy Hollow: The Legend Returns To Rock Ford: Fridays, October 2, 9, and 16 (Performance times 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.)

Follow this interactive performance of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow as you follow the characters from room to room of a candlelit mansion.

6th Annual Headless Horseman’s Ball: Saturday, October 24 (6:30 p.m. – Midnight)

You’re sure to have a grand time at the 6th Annual Headless Horseman’s Ball. If you love the tale of Sleepy Hollow, you’ll love this evening with Ichabod Crane and his fellow townsmen. Enjoy delicious food, and dance the night away.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy in Lancaster County this fall, so book your room at the Historic Smithton Inn now so you won’t miss a thing!

By Rebecca Gallagher

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Indulge In The Majesty, Magic, And Mischief Of The 35th Annual Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Take a trip back to the majesty and mischief of days of yore at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
Armored Knight
One of Lancaster County’s most beloved attractions, the PA Ren Faire is running from now until October 25, 2015.

Here’s what’s in store for you there:

Laughing Aloud

Laughter is aplenty throughout the 35-acre shire. Visit playhouses with truly unique performances, as jesters tickle your funny bone with their jovial antics and other talented maids and gents put on unforgettable shows. And the live chess match is an unforgettable sight to behold!

The Faire also features themed weekends to switch things up a bit for returning guests, so you’ll never have the same experience twice!

Live Entertainment

In addition to theatrical performances, the PA Renaissance Faire also brings entertainment of other varieties. From minstrels and magicians to jousters and jugglers, you’re bound to have an amazing time.

Dine Like Royalty

From the garb to the grub, the eccentricity of the Renaissance Faire never fails to impress. Feast like a king on a hearty prime rib sandwich or the largest turkey leg you’ve ever seen! Vendors across the shire offer savory, Renaissance-inspired treats for all to enjoy. Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly options are also available. See the 2015 Program for details.

Book Your Stay At The Inn

A short half hour from the Historic Smithton Inn, history buffs,  comedy lovers, and thrill seekers alike can’t get enough of the amusing atmosphere at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Plus, their souvenir selection is superb, with shops that offer everything from Renaissance-inspired jewelry and clothing to countless other timeless treasures. Seeing is believing at this beloved Lancaster County attraction, so book your room at the Historic Smithton Inn and purchase your Renaissance Faire tickets today!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Lancaster County Summertime Theatre Roundup

When the summer temperatures climb, the Lancaster County theater scene heats up, too.
Theater seats

Check out what a few of my local favorite live theater and music venues have on deck for your entertainment this season:

Ephrata Performing Arts Center at the Sharadin Bigler Theatre – For decades, this center has been putting on top quality performances for folks of all ages. Come enjoy talent just steps away from Broadway, a mere mile from the Historic Smithton Inn.

July 23 – August 8

September 3 – September 19

Fulton Theatre – Take a tour of this beloved, classic location this summer to see where the magic happens. Tours are open every Friday throughout the summer, the final showing on September 4. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $2 for students 18 years of age and under. And it’s all just a half hour from our inn.

Sight & Sound Theatre – Make reservations for a one-of-a-kind experience this season only found at Sight & Sound. With breathtaking performances of Biblical interpretations, there’s something for everyone to learn. And as if the shows aren’t amazing enough, you can even reserve a spot to go behind the scenes and discover the mystery behind the magnificent performances.

Present – October 17

Present – December 31

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre – A half-hour drive from the inn, enjoy dinner and a show at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre this season. If you’d rather pass on the meal, you and the family can still come for the show.

Present – August 1

August 6 – September 19

Rainbow Dinner Theatre – Another dinner theater experience, Rainbow Dinner Theatre is also half an hour from our inn! They offer comedic performances and delicious dinners, so pay them a visit for a fun evening this summer.

Present – August 8

August 15 – October 24

Hershey TheatreTravel 40 miles west on Route 322 from the Historic Smithton Inn for everything from classic films to concerts to Broadway performances. For a full list of events and to purchase tickets, see their website.

American Music TheatreOnly 20 minutes from our inn, travel to AMT to experience an unforgettable evening. AMT hosts all sorts of performances, from original shows to standup comedy to music of all genres. Below is just a snippet of what’s on stage this summer.

Present – October 9

Monday, August 3

Friday, August 7

Tuesday, August 18

Wednesday, August 19

When you visit Lancaster County this summer, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to enjoy some of the top-notch performances I’ve mentioned here. And remember, book your stay at the Historic Smithton Inn, so we can chat about all the other exciting things to see and do in our area.

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