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Friday, June 26, 2009

Day Trips to the Pennsylvania Rennaisance Fair

Those of you who may be looking for day trip ideas need look no further than the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire which is hosting events throughout the summer.

  • Celtic Fling & Highland Games: June 26 & 27, 11 am - 10 pm
  • Celtic Fling Friday Night concert: June 26
  • Backyard BBQ Bash: July 3
  • Backyard BBQ Bash: July 10
  • Backyard BBQ Bash: July 17
  • Backyard BBQ Bash: July 24
  • Easter Seals Summer in Paradise Benefit Concert: Saturday, July 18
  • Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire: Weekends + Labor Day Monday - August 6 - October 25, 11 am to 8 pm
  • Friday Knights at the Improv: Fridays at 7 pm, August 14-September 11

View more details about each eventThose of you who may be looking for day trip ideas need look no further than the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire which is hosting events throughout the summer.

Celtic Fling & Highland Games:
June 26 & 27, 11 am – 10 pm
For one weekend in late June each year, Lancaster County’s Amish Country becomes the Celtic Capital of the United States as 100s of musicians, dancers, craftsmen, Scottish clans, Irish societies and rugged athletes from across North America and Europe gather for the Celtic Fling & Highland Games on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. The Faire’s 35 acres will be covered in kilts, cabers, official Scottish athletic competitions, officially sanctioned Irish Dance competitions, Highland Dance demonstrations, border collie sheepherding, and Celtic crafts, food and music. Each festival day features over 50 musical sets, competitions and demonstrations. Visit www.parenfaire.com for tickets and more information.

Celtic Fling Friday Night concert:
June 26, 2009
Kick-off the Celtic Fling & Highland Games on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire with a triple dose of Celtic rock at the Friday Night Concert, June 26. Everyone’s favorite “Titanic” steerage band, Gaelic Storm, blows into town for their second Celtic Fling appearance, while Fling favorites Ceann and Scythian get the evening started. Throughout the evening, fabulous foods and brews are available at the Swashbuckler Brew Pub. The gates open at 5:00 pm.

Backyard BBQ Bash:
July 3
Lancaster County’s Mount Hope Estate & Winery will celebrate the height of the summer season with its Backyard BBQ Bash July 3, 10, 17 & 24. Benefitting the Central PA Food Bank, the BBQ Bash will feature a wide variety of toe-tapping local music, fantastic food, Swashbuckler ales and Mount Hope wines Friday nights in July. The BBQ Bash will kick off July 3 with Shots McGee opening for headliner The Green Onions. Shots McGee, central Pa’s only Irish and Classic Rock party band, covers the best artists in Classic Rock including Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Sublime and Jimi Hendrix. The Green Onions takes a contemporary approach to the roots of American music creating their own cohesive signature sound. Admission is $7, bring canned food and receive a $2 voucher. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Backyard BBQ Bash:
July 10
Lancaster County’s Mount Hope Estate & Winery will celebrate the height of the summer season with its Backyard BBQ Bash July 3, 10, 17 & 24. Benefitting the Central PA Food Bank, the BBQ Bash will feature a wide variety of toe-tapping local music, fantastic food, Swashbuckler ales and Mount Hope wines Friday nights in July. The July 10 concert will feature Lancaster’s own Vinegar Creek Constituency and Slimfit. Vinegar Creek Constituency, in addition to their upbeat bluegrass music, plays rockabilly, classic country and even a few punk rock songs to mix things up. Headliner Slimfit combines fringe country music with a devil-may-care attitude that attracts fans of every kind. Admission is $7, bring canned food and receive a $2 voucher. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Backyard BBQ Bash:
July 17
Lancaster County’s Mount Hope Estate & Winery will celebrate the height of the summer season with its Backyard BBQ Bash July 3, 10, 17, and 24. Benefitting the Central PA Food Bank, the BBQ Bash will feature a wide variety of toe-tapping local music, fantastic food, Swashbuckler ales and Mount Hope wines Friday nights in July. Kingsfoil will open the July 17 concert for the headliner the Mark DeRose Band. Kingsfoil is a rock quartet who finds inspiration for their original songs in Coldplay, Ben Folds and Radiohead for their energetic live performances. The Mark DeRose Band blends introspective lyrics with heartfelt acoustic rock influenced by musical legends such as James Taylor and Dave Matthews bringing a distinctive sound that has been challenging listeners and entertaining high-energy crowds for nearly a decade. Admission is $7, bring canned food and receive a $2 voucher. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Backyard BBQ Bash:
July 24
Lancaster County’s Mount Hope Estate & Winery will celebrate the height of the summer season with its Backyard BBQ Bash July 3, 10, 17, and 24. Benefitting the Central PA Food Bank, the BBQ Bash will feature a wide variety of toe-tapping local music, fantastic food, Swashbuckler ales and Mount Hope wines Friday nights in July. The BBQ Bash will wrap up July 24 with Scott McKenna opening for The Kenton Shelly Band. Scott McKenna combines acoustic guitar and dynamic vocals with the outstanding talents of electric violinist Nyke Van Wyk making this duo one of the region’s most exciting young acts. The Kenton Shelley Band has been playing the Northeastern United States since early 2002. This talented quartet has more than earned their status as one of the premier bands to come out of the region in quite some time with their energetic and passion-filled live performances. Admission is $7, bring canned food and receive a $2 voucher. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Easter Seals Summer in Paradise Benefit Concert:
July 18
Take a break this summer for a little piece of paradise Saturday, July 18, at Summer In Paradise 2009 on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Indulge in tropical tunes, cool brews, and delicious foods from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. so cruise on down and park the boat, buggy, or car at the Fairegrounds for one of the largest tropical rock band concerts in Central PA. Three of the region’s top tropical rock bands will take concertgoers on a musical journey to a tropical island. The concert features The CalypsoNuts, Tall Paul & Crawdaddy, and Tropical Soul. All proceeds from the concert admissions benefit the Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania chapter. Visit www.essummerinparadise.com for tickets and more info.

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire:
Weekends + Labor Monday August 6 – October 25, 11 am to 8 pm
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, invites you to live the excitement and adventure of Her annual Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire of jousting Knights and royal delights. Thirty-five acres of mirth and merriment await as hundreds of colorfully-costumed characters breathe life into an authentic recreation of a 16th century English Village complete with dozens upon dozens of authentic Tudor buildings. Musical performances, magic acts, fire-breathing stunts, puppet shows, Shakespearean plays and comical mud beggars are just a few of the many shows, over 90 stage shows daily, unfolding on 12 stages. Enjoy period foods, micro-brewed ales and sweet wines from 23 Royal Kitchens or shop from scores of Renaissance merchants.

Friday Knights at the Improv:
Fridays at 7 pm, August 14-September 11, 2009
Mark your calendars for Friday Knights at the Improv where crazy, daredevil Improv comedy is taken to the extreme! A rotating cast of professional actors showcase their improvisational skills in a wacky, comedic romp where suggestions from the audience create the plot line for a never-seen-before performance. The evening is filled with improv games and skits made popular by Drew Carey’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” designed to stretch the minds, bodies and funny bones of both player and audience member alike. The action is fast, furious and always fun. Beverages will be available for purchase and complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served before and between performances. *This show is not appropriate for children under the age of 18. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

1 comment:

Vince LoGreco said...

I went to the Celtic Fling this past weekend and had a blast listening to bands, eating food on a stick and of course watching burly Scotsman throwing heavy objects in the highland games.