Life is full of events. Big ones and little ones, and as a former teacher, August and September always was and always will be A Great Event. It doesn’t surprise me that I still run on a teacher calendarI’m guessing most people who spent about 12+ years in school might feel the same way. – August signals the end of something and the beginning of another.
We all know that the end of summer doesn’t mean the end of keeping your life full, taking care of yourself, and spending time with others – or spending time alone regrouping.
It’s a refreshing, changing time that brings new beginnings and their possibilities. That’s what I love about it.
Great events for an end-of-summer weekend and a fun fall getaway? New beginnings and celebrations? Here are a few things going on in the area to help you enjoy the beautiful weather. Enjoy it all.
- Sept. 1-3: Long’s Park Art Festival Over 200 American artists from over 30 states. Music, food, wine and craft beer. Admission fee.
- Sept. 1-4: Tanger Outlet Grand Opening Expansion. Over 25 new stores. Demonstrations, prizes, music, give-aways.
- Sept. 1 AND 15: Ghost Tour Bube’s Brewery. Have dinner in one of their 3 restaurants, stay for the ghost tour and live music. Admission fee for tour.
- Sept. 2-4: Hospice Labor Day Auction Quilts, fine art, sports memorabilia. Benefits Hospice.
- Sept 4 AND Saturdays & Sundays: Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Food, contests, shows, jousts, participatory contests, events. Dress in costume or go as a civilian. Continuing through October. Admission Fee.
- Sept 7: Meet the famous Clydesdale Horses. Mount Joy 4-7 pm for a Main Street parade and pub crawl. Stay at the Inn get 10% off your 1-night stay, 15% off two nights. Watch the parade from our Grand Balcony.
- Sept 9 AND 30: Full Moon Tour at the Wolf Sanctuary. Entertainment, bonfire (bring marshmallows!), self-guided tour. Admission Fee.
- Sept. 9 – October: Field of Screams Scary stuff and horrifying attractions. Check calendar for various dates. Admission fee.
- Sept. 15 – October: Oregon Dairy Corn Maze opens. Food, games, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin skee ball, food trucks, exhibits. Admission fee.
- Sept 16: Wool Frolic at Landis Valley Museum. Exhibits, fiber vendors, demos, dying, knitting, crocheting, spinning,weaving. Admission Fee.
- Sept. 22: Blues, Brews, and Barbecues. Fourth Friday in Mount Joy for music, beer and great food. Stay at the Inn and get 10% off for your one-night Friday stay, 15% off a two-night stay.
- Sept. 28 – Oct. 1: Antiques Extravaganza Weekend at Adamstown. Antique shops, outdoor markets, specials, and thousands of dealers extended hours.
- Tuesdays – Saturdays: Jonah, live theater, Tuesdays through Saturdays at Sight and Sound Theater. Tickets in advance. Continuing through October.
- Wednesdays: Fall craft classes at Crafter Hours, right across from the Inn. Fee for projects.
- Friday Nights: Wine By the Vine Music, food, and fun at the beautiful Vineyards at Grandview. Admission fee. Continuing through October.
- Fridays & Saturdays: Lancaster County Culinary Tours Lancaster City and Litiz. Guided tour with local recipes and tastes from around the world. Admission fee.
- Sunday – Saturday: Quilt Corn Maze 2.5 acres at Amish Farm and House. Admission fee. Continuing through October.
- Saturday & Sunday: Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire with themed weekends. Admission fee. Continuing through October.
If you need more help planning, give me a call at 717-653-4525 or email me at nancy@oldesquare inn.com. I’m happy to help you celebrate your events or help you plan your get away.
- July 2. Longs Park Fireworks and Patriotic Band. The best. Pack a picnic and a blanket and find your spot on the lawn for great free concerts every summer Sunday in the park. Admission is free.
- July 4. Lititz Springs Park Festival and Fireworks. This is Lititz’s 200 year anniversary celebration, and it’s the second to last year they will be doing fireworks. Yes, that’s it folks, so come on out and enjoy the show!
- July 2 – 4. Star Barn Raising Festival. Always loved this beautiful 1877 Barn. It was a landmark for us as we drove to and from our family in Indiana. It was our beacon to let us know we were almost home! It has been saved from destruction is being resurrected in Elizabeth town. They’re holding a big festival to kick it off and your price of admission get you a great day’s worth of entertainment.
- July 7. Hops and Clocks is the National Clock and Watch Museum’s tenth annual beer tasting event. In Columbia, just 12 short minutes from the Inn. I wanna say “Who cares what time it is?!” but being a clock museum, they probably do! 6-9pm.
- July 21. American Music Theater is offering a Vegas-type show with a reception beforehand for one low price. Corks and Candies is music, dance, and magic preceded by chocolates, wine, beer, hors d’ouvres. I’ll have that!
- Now – July 23. Don’t miss Newsies at the Fulton Opera House in downtown Lancaster. My teacher friends and I (retired and otherwise) celebrate the end of the school year with a Fulton show and dinner at Annie Bailey’s. I missed this year’s, but everyone is saying that this show is fabulous. Be sure to get tickets ahead of time.
- July 7, 14, 21, 28. How great can a Friday night be? This great: Wine by the Vine. is an evening of music and tasty foods and wine in the beautiful Vineyard at Grandview near Mount Joy.
- July 8, 15, 21, 28. How great can a Saturday night be? This great: Nissley Lawn Concerts offers music and wine. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and pack a picnic.
- July 21 – 23. Fiber Arts Workshops. You can learn to spin, dye, weave, and do all kinds of other things with fabrics when you register to attend one of these 40 workshops by the MidAtlantic Fiber Association hosted in Millersville. Or, you could just go out there and shop one of the 30 vendors. Fun!
- July 28. Our own Mount Joy is holding it’s Fourth Friday event with Cruising’ Cuisine. You get to look at cool cars, eat good food, sip a few beverages, do some shopping. Sound like a pretty good time! And if you attend the show, you get 10% off your stay when you directly book your stay with us. That’s some great cruisin’.
- July 28 – 29. Farm to Fork Fondo. If you’re a bike rider this could be the getaway event for you. You ride around to different farms, get to have dinner at one of them, can enter bike giveaways, hit some challenging routes, and attend a festival after the rides among other activities. Check out the plans.
- July 29. Rain or shine, it’s Lititz Spring Park’s 51st annual Outdoor Fine Art Show. I know you’re looking for something great to put over the fireplace. Admission is free!
I don’t even know where to start with this summer list!! There are so many awesome places to see and things to do, that I know you’re going to have a difficult time choosing. That’s okay, though – you’ve worked hard and it’s time for a break. Pull out your calendars because I know you’re going to want to put several of these in your planner. It’s time to live a little!
- June 3 – National Trails Day Celebration in Columbia from 10 am-3 pm. Free event where you can walk, hike, paddle, or ride along the trail and enjoy the views of the river. There will also be guided tours, programs, and vendors along the way.
- June 10 – Mount Joy Cocktail Trail 11am – 4 pm Downtown Mount Joy. How much fun can you have for $40? Enjoy appetizers and cocktails at 6 different restaurants and stop in at other area locations for “mocktails,” desserts and other tasting throughout the day. Limited tickets available for purchase at link above. Free early check-in with your ticket on Saturday and 25% off your second night when you book directly with us. Call me at 717-653-4525 for check-in details!
- June 10 – Full Moon Tour at the Wolf Sanctuary 7:30 pm – 10 pm. After you’ve spent the day wining and dining, come back to the Inn and relax before heading out to the Wolf Sanctuary to enjoy a bonfire, self-guided tours, and entertainment. Guides are posted along the way to tell you about the packs who live there. Book your tickets in advance – $20.
- June 17 – Grandview Vineyards Cornhole Tournament 1 pm. Well, I’ve never played this, but you and your team can win some great cash prizes and tickets to events! Your $20 registration fee also gives you admission into Cigar Night held at the vineyard following the tournament where you can enjoy cigars, food vendors, music, and wine. What a great day!
- June 18 – Father’s Day! Send your dad outta town with a weekend at the Inn and a Bites and Brews Restaurant and Pub Tour. You’ll be his favorite kid.
- June 19 – Vince Gill at the American Music Theater 7:30 pm. If you’re of the great generation who remembers Pure Prairie League (I know you’re singing it right now – “Amie, what you want to do? I think I could say with you for a while maybe longer if I do…..”), you’ll know that Country Singer Vince Gill got his start there. His credits include 20 Grammys, 18 CMA Awards, and a sale of more than 26 million albums. Tickets are almost sold out at $78.
- June 22-25 – Load up the truck, Jed, we’re going out to Adamstown for their Antique Extravaganza! If you love vintage, antiques, and the stuff that you threw out at a kid but is now worth hundreds of dollars, this is totally the place for you. Lots and lots of shops with specials, extended hours and places to eat along the way. What else can I say?!
- FOURTH OF JULY! Lititz is celebrating its 200th Fourth of July and they’re having quite a little party. Most events are free, and there will be fireworks in the evening. Click here for what they have in the works.
Ongoing Summer Events
- Longs Park Summer Music Series – This is an amazing free event on Sundays has music that ranges from IndieRock and Jazz to Orchestra and County. Take a blanket or chairs and snacks, or purchase something delicious from the food trucks.
- Guided Bicycle Tours – With your guide, bike to an Amish farm and join the family for a true farm-to-table dinner that you’ll experience nowhere else! You’ll need to book at least one week in advance. How much fun is that?! $68.90 per person.
- Grandview Vineyards Wine By The Vine – Music on Fridays from 6 – 8:30, but the vineyard opens at 1pm so you can get in earlier, take a tour and then get a a seat. They always have a food truck and, of course, wine for purchase. Admission is $8.00.
- Hershey Park – Whether you want the park itself, the Boardwalk at Hershey Park, or Zoo America, it’s open and only 28 minutes from Olde Square Inn!
Where to Stay
- Where do you think?!! Book your room on line or call me directly at 717-653-4525 if you’d like some help. Relax at the pool and take in the sites and the events. Know someone with a summer birthday? People love a night away with an Olde Square Inn Gift Certificate!
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Since I’ve told most of the continental U.S. and some European nations, you likely already know that Olde Square Inn was named Pennsylvania’s Small Business Champion by SCORE. I’m still in a state of wonder and all happily jacked up thinking about it- it’s a big deal with the prizes and the trip to Dallas for training and networking and such. So anyway, while I was running errands the other day I happened to be near my favorite sushi restaurant and decided I’d stop in for lunch and celebrate.
I hadn’t been to Tokyo Diner in a while and was surprised that they had remodeled the joint – even the entrance was different. I found my way in, the hostess showed me to my table in a new area of the restaurant and I ordered a few of favorites, which is pretty much anything on the sushi menu. By the way, don’t be afraid to go by yourself somewhere to eat; it’s a time for you to exhale and look around and regroup and enjoy your meal. It was delicious.
As I got up to leave, my head was swirling with a lot of messages:
- I’ll have to find some cute clothes for Texas.
- Mmmm…that California Roll was good.
- Did I have orange juice at home or did I need to get some?
- I can’t wait to go to Sam’s Club with my $1,000 gift card.
- Too bad Samantha was still teaching and couldn’t have lunch with me today.
- Was the Summerfield vacuumed?
- Ooohh! Look at that unique wall decor!
- I need to return some phone messages.
- It’s probably time for mulching.
- I wonder if the lawn mower will start?
- How do you do Facebook Live?
- Blah, blah, blah……
You know how it is when you have a lot on your mind. Every thought wants to be heard. Worse than eighth graders sometimes. Anyway, my thoughts and I are moving hastily toward the exit, eager to get on with the rest of the day, when PLATTTT, I slam myself into the full floor-to-ceiling window which was right next to the real door. Spit marks and smudges on the window and everything. I wish I could have seen myself from the other side.
The hostess is calling from the desk, “You okay?!! You okay!!?” What do you think happened next? Did I: A.) Fall to the floor, B.) Yell out, “What the crack?! Where’s the stupid door?” C.) Pretend I didn’t hear and keep moving? I’ll tell you in a minute.
In my defense, the actual door which was on the left was one of those with a lot of little window panes across it, making it look like…well, like a window. The window on the right, as I said, was one big clear space. Besides, in this country don’t we usually stay to the right when we’re walking places? It all added up!
Here’s what I learned. When you get really busy – even in a fun way with things you love – it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Sometimes lunch out isn’t enough time off. My sister just got back from a week-long cruise and said it was just what she needed. She has a lot to deal with handling my mother’s estate details. My book club friend Andrea mentioned that she had gone to Florida for the weekend. Who goes to another state for the weekend?!!! Maybe I do.
Maybe you do, too. I’m beginning to think we have to give ourselves little breaks along the way, and not hang everything a one big, grand vacation we’re going to take at some time. Sometimes a few days off is just what you and your thoughts are begging for.
The April weather is turning into something lovely. We can open the windows again. At the Inn we’re getting the porch ready to serve breakfast outdoors. The flowers are coming up. I know you are yearning for a mind and body rest, and I would love to help you do that. Enjoy coffee on the balcony, walk to a restaurant down the street, take a guided hike, get a great night’s sleep in our soft, buttery sheets…ahhhh! You’ll be pretty happy about it and it might prevent you from slamming yourself into big windows.
So what did I do when the hostess called after me? I’m betting a lot of you guessed B, that I yelled, “What the crack! Where’s the door?!” Nope! It was C – I just kept moving. I didn’t even have enough space in my brain to come up with a good remark. Totally require time off. If that’s what you require, too, you can take your mini retreat and click here to make your reservations at the Inn. The entrance is clearly marked, but just to be sure, I’ll meet you at the door.
I’m pretty excited to invite you to our first-ever Hungarian Night at Olde Square Inn! This special event is premiering Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 6pm. The donation is $75 per couple or $50 per person in addition to the cost of your room.
Look what I have planned for our fun Hungarian evening together!
- Check in is the regular 3-6pm, but at 6:00 we’ll begin the night with a reception where we can relax with a drink over some traditional Hungarian music, catch up with one another, and meet some new friends.
- From there we’ll move to the dining room to continue our night with a demonstration of delicious Hungarian home cooking. Even if you’ve never experienced European cuisine, I know you’ll love trying these.
Lesco (leh’-cho) – Onion, pepper, and tomato with sausage, sautéed in bacon drippings and served with dark pumpernickel bread.
Barackpalinka (bah’-rahk-pah’-leen-kah) – Apricot brandy.
Paprikás csirke (pah’- pree- kahsh cheer’-kay) – Chicken braised with onion, garlic and paprika, served in a smooth sour cream sauce over homemade egg noodles along with crusty bread.
Uborka (ooh’-bor-kah) – Thinly sliced cucumbers and onion with vinegar and ground pepper.
- After enjoying some great foods we’ll take a little break. Then you can stretch out in the living room or stay cozied up to your table for coffee and treats.
Makos (mah’ kosh) – Sweet poppy seed and almond filling in a raised yeast dough.
Kifli (kee’ flee) – Apricot filling in a light pastry dough, sprinkled with powdered sugar.
As some of you may know from my blog posts, my Little Hungarian Mother passed in the middle of December. At 95, she lived a great life where she shared her wisdom and some of her best recipes with her daughters. I would love, love, LOVE to share those with you Saturday, March 11.
The date is blocked out on our site since we want to keep everything exclusive for our honorary Hungarians, but it’s easy to reserve your spot.
You can phone me at 717.653.4525 and I can make your reservation directly, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you a call back. I’d love to see you!
I’m so excited for our first Hungarian Cooking Demonstration Event and can’t wait to talk to you! We’re going to have a blast!
Okay, so I know some you love Valentine’s Day, and others of you are like, “Oh, it’s Single’s Awareness Day. I’m just S.A.D. Waa waa!” Why should you be sad just because you’re not doing somebody else’s laundry? Really? Forget about it. Let’s have some fun. All of us!
Here’s what’s happening at the Inn this month. Whether you’re coming out as a couple or as a couple of friends, I know you’ll enjoy taking advantage of these specials And if you have to skip Valentine’s Day, you won’t want to miss the Chocolate and Wine Walk on Fourth Friday. (Did someone say wine?!…Wait! Did someone say chocolate and wine?! Read on!)
- February 14. Enjoy a complimentary half dozen roses in your room, then take them home to help you relive the memories of a night away. It’s easy – just book your room for Valentine’s Day, February 14, and I’ll do the rest!
- February. Receive a complimentary split of champagne when you order our delicious chocolate covered strawberries all through February. Lucky you!
- February 10 & 17. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday, you have two great weekends and several fabulous days to be able to fit in a romantic getaway with your honey or a relaxing girlfriend getaway with your friends. In addition to our yummy breakfast, we will be featuring some luscious new desserts to end your morning meal. Don’t wait too long to make your reservation – the weekends fill up!
February 24 and 25. Mount Joy’s Chocolate and Wine Walk and runs Friday from 4-8 and Saturday from 10-5. Olde Square Inn is participating this year with limited hours, and we will be featuring Home Run Candies which are made locally. Tickets go quickly and are available on the Mount Joy Main Street website until they sell out.
Treat someone you love – including you! – to a night away and enjoy some special time to yourselves. Give me a call at 717.653.4525 and I’ll be happy to help you plan a great getaway. February is going to be great!
A weekend in October is the best for getting out and revelling in the weather and making great memories – one of the greatest times to relax and enjoy yourself with family and friends. Think about it: you’re not shopping for Christmas gifts, stuffing a turkey, worrying about whether everyone will appreciate the vacation you’ve planned, or hoping Easter dinner works out. You’re not mulching in the hot sun or weeding a garden or shoveling 28 inches of snow. Your biggest October concern is likely what kind of candy to hand out for trick or treaters or what your costume is going to be this year. Ahhh. Love it!
Here’s a sample of some fun things just waiting for you this month.
- October 1 – Bridge Bust is like a giant Antique/Craft/Food/Stuff Fair on a bridge – the Rte 462 bridge between Columbia and Wrightsville to be exact. Obviously it’s closed traffic or that would be no fun, but you can shop the 1 and 1/4 mile bridge with a $2 admission charge. Check it out at PaRivertowns.com.
- October 1 through Mid November – Field of Screams has gotten bigger and better every years since the joint opened. Never having been because personally, I can’t see the point in paying someone to give me nightmares (but I know some of you are into scary), I hear from guests about the frightfully good time they’ve had, haha. Go to Field of Screams for more info about events and tickets.
- October 6/7, 13/14. 20/21 – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is an interactive play being presented at the Rockford Plantation. It’s staged inside the mansion and you get to tour the joint by candlelight and talk to Ichabod Crane and his cronies. Tickets are $15 and the place sells out every year since each performance is limited to 20 guests. You can get your tickets at Rockfordplantation.org.
- October 6-12 – The Best Kept Secrets Tour is totally for you if you love shopping, exploring out-of-the-way places, surprises, food, and gifts. If you’ve never been on one of these, it’s a fun way to see the county, and you have seven days to drive to the shops of your choice. Here’s the trick – you don’t know what the places are until you purchase the ticket and get the guide. It’s worth the $9. For tickets go to Best Kept Secrets Tour.
- October 8 – Chocolate Walk in Lititz can be a dream come true for chocolate lovers. Your pre-purchased ticket is your magical pass to leisurely explore the town while divulging in candy-licious treats from 10am-4pm. One year they even had a chocolate fountain! To find out more go to Chocolate Walk.
- October 8 & 9 – 57th Annual Harvest Days at Landis Valley Farm Museum represents an historical celebration of a year’s work for folks in
a Pennsylvania German community from 1740-1940. You can go on wagon rides, taste heirloom fruits, take part in demonstrations and pick pumpkins. Find out more at Landis Valley Museum. Incidentally, I spent two years teaching 7th and 8th graders there with the entire acreage as our classroom. Pretty cool.
- October 21-31 – Best Fall Foliage occurs in Lancaster County. While leaves are turning throughout the entire month, according to the Pennsylvania Weekly Fall Foliage Report this is the very best time to enjoy the beautiful colors of the season, whether it’s a weekend or week day. And it’s free. Take that, Field of Screams!
- October – Brubaker’s Corn Maze is a 14-acre maze right here in Mount Joy and is totally affordable for only $5 per person. At the end of the journey there’s a campfire and little snack bar, then you get a wagon ride back to your car. Get the low down on this and other fun mazes by clicking on this Guide To Amazing Corn Mazes.
- October – The American Music Theater offers a pretty good variety of live shows, where you can purchase tickets for anything from Jay Leno to Abba: The Concert to The Price Is Right game show. And here’s the bonus: the theater is right across the street from outlet shopping. Cha-ching!!
After all that running around, you’ll be happy to relax on the porch or balcony at Olde Square Inn or to grab something fabulous to eat at one of nearby restaurants. At the end of the day get ready to snuggle into one of our cozy beds made up with soft, soft Comphy sheets for an unbelievable night’s sleep.
Wake up to a deliciously hot, three-course breakfast and you’ll be ready for the new day’s adventures.
October is a busy month around here, and you want to be sure to reserve your room now for your great October weekend. To book your room you can go to our reservations calendar or you can call me at 717-653-4525, and I’ll be happy to help your arrange your stay. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!
You know it’s coming. The perennials are looking a little ragged, teachers are sneaking back into their classrooms to prep for the first day, you have to buy your kids’ school supplies…all signals for the end of summer. But wait! Don’t throw in the pool towel yet, because you’re going to need it.
This weekend in Mount Joy you could be part of a Guiness Book of World Records water balloon toss. I know! Who’d’ve thought you could make history by playing with water balloons, but you can!
There will be games and activities including water slides from 11am – 2pm, and you’ll be able to purchase food there, too. Be at Little Chiques Park at 2pm to be part of the main event. Check it out below:
Come and play, let the kids wear themselves out for the day, then reward yourself with some great food from one the local eateries. When you go back to work on Monday, tell everyone you took a shot at being in the Guinness Book of World Records and watch your coolness factor rise.
Bring all your friends and help break the existing record – don’t stay at home and be a wet blanket, haha! Let me know how cool you were!
Any plans for the weekend yet? I wanted to give you a head’s up on what’s happening in Mount Joy this Friday and Saturday. Movies, food, cars, awards, live music, remote-control stuff…good times! All events are free for spectators.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Enjoy dinner downtown, do a little shopping, then head to Mount Joy Memorial Park at dusk to watch “Grease” for Movie in the Park night. They’ll even have a concession stand selling refreshments!
Saturday, July 23, 2016
The Eighth Annual Cruising’ Cuisine – Taste of Mount Joy will be held from 11am to 3pm on Main Street between Barbara and New Streets and Marietta Avenue.
- Open to all classes of cars, more than 50 trophies will be awarded.
- Stands will be set up for food purchases of menu favorites by Bube’s Brewery, Jane’s Cafe, Gimmies, Mount Joy Rotary Club, Mosby’s Pub, Rosie’s Tavola, Two Cousins, Harvey’s Barbecue, Acorn Farms, and Main Street Mount Joy with ice cream.
- Live music by Tony Dicarluccio can be heard on the Main Street Sweep.
- 12noon – 1:00 Pit Stop Hobbies will demonstrate radio controlled vehicles in the parking lot across from Wachovia Bank. (I wonder if there will be any drones?!)
- New this year is a Pin-Up Contest with judging at 1:00 at the MSMJ table on Main Street.
I don’t usually attend happening on weekends since I’m manning the Homestead, so I’d love to know how everything will have turned out. Send me an email at email@example.com or drop in and let me know your thoughts. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.