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2018 VISITOR GUIDE & DIRECTORY

Experience

the amazing sights, great food, friendly folks, and entertainment that overflow the banks of these three Susquehanna River Towns

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Welcome:

Experience life along the scenic Susquehanna River. Nestled along the river’s bank, the Susquehanna River Towns of Columbia, Marietta and Wrightsville ďŹ nd their past, present and future all linked to this water source. Explore the area and learn of its rich history.

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Table of Contents Welcome ...........................Page 4 Columbia ........................Page 10 Marietta ..........................Page 12 Wrightsville .....................Page 14

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce with Engle Printing and Publishing Co., Inc. of Mount Joy, PA, publish the River Towns Visitor Guide as a service to visitors to the towns of Columbia, Marietta and Wrightsville. The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce has no control over the services offered, hours of operation or quality of services.

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Printed in USA/Copyright 2018 by Engle Printing and Publishing Co., Inc., Mount Joy, PA, and the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce

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SVCC: Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

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Life along the River A river may flow through our region, but there’s more to these river towns than meets the eye. When you visit the towns of Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville along the Susquehanna River, be sure to allow enough time to enjoy recreational activities, explore local history, visit local museums, and browse in local establishments. This quaint area provides a wide variety of offerings that will suit almost any interest. Civil War buffs will want to schedule a visit to our local historic associations to learn why residents burned the wooden covered bridge that once spanned the Susquehanna River between Columbia and Wrightsville in the 1800s. Visit the Civil War Diorama in Wrightsville for a more detailed explanation of events that preceded the Battle of Gettysburg. Take a selfguided historic walking tour to learn how a railroad town gave birth to

the term “Underground Railroad.” Stop by the Columbia Historic Preservation Society to hear about the clandestine activities of area abolitionists. History enthusiasts will be surprised at the key role this region played in our nation’s history. A variety of family-friendly museums call the river towns their home. The National Watch & Clock Museum offers hands-on activities as you travel through time-keeping history. Experience an international company’s history and processes as you visit the Turkey Hill Experience. Stop by Wright’s Ferry Mansion, one of the top curated homes on the Eastern seaboard, to learn about the influence this Quaker family had in settling and developing this region in the 1730s. The area abounds in architectural


gems. Take a walk in any of our three towns, but be sure to gaze upward. Homes with façades in a multitude of styles can be enjoyed. Restoration efforts on historic buildings such as the Union Meeting House in Marietta add to the historic flavor of the area. The scenic Susquehanna River provides the backdrop for some of our recreational activities. Hike along our river trails, kayak on the river, or explore the petroglyphs created by ancient Native American civilizations. Families may enjoy a picnic in one of the river parks or choose to just sit and enjoy the view of a truly majestic bridge. Be sure to stop by Columbia Crossing, the trailhead building for the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail. The building is situated in Columbia’s River Park and hosts a spectacular view! You can even visit an awardwinning winery and several brew pubs just by hopping off the trail to explore. Allow some time to shop in local establishments. Visit one of the many antiques cooperatives. Enjoy

the burgeoning art communities located here. Still more fun may be enjoyed when you coordinate your visit to our area with one of the many open air local events such as Marietta Days, Wrightsville Heritage Days, the Antique, Art and Craft Fair, or the Bridge Bust. Our hospitality can be experienced through our dining and accommodation offerings. Experience a restful night’s sleep in an area bed-and-breakfast hosted by our gracious innkeepers. Dine at one of the many restaurants in the vicinity. Personable hosts will guide you through tasty yet varied menus in many different culinary styles. Whether your palate yearns for French, Cajun, Chinese, Italian, or traditional American cuisine, its desires will be met here. Allow time for a stop by a local coffee shop for more local flavor or enjoy one of the many local pubs. Our region is fortunate to have an award-winning winery and a selection of brew pubs for your enjoyment. Enjoy your visit to Columbia, Marietta and Wrightsville. For more information or for help planning your visit, contact the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 717-684-5249 or svcc@PaRivertowns.com.


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Since early times, the Susquehanna River provided the perfect setting for developing civilizations. Archaeological digs held near the water’s edge have unearthed Native American artifacts that date back thousands of years. Tribes such as the Shawanese and Susquehannocks inhabited the area; numerous locations – including the Susquehanna River – still bear their tribal names. European influence arrived to the area in the 1720s when Robert Barber, John Wright, and Samuel Blunston settled in Shawannah, the Indian town located here. With close ties to contemporaries such as William Penn and Benjamin Franklin, these founding families also brought culture and education to the area. The desire to cross the river spawned a lucrative business for John Wright, so much so that by 1730 the area was renamed Wright’s Ferry. This access to the western banks of the Susquehanna gave the town the distinction of being known far and wide as the Gateway to the West. The settlement flourished, and by 1788 a land lottery was set up to establish the town of Columbia. This new name was in line with movements of the time to name locations in honor of Christopher Columbus. The name change was also motivated by a desire to make the area a more attractive choice for a city to serve as the new nation’s capital. Only a few votes made the difference in the choice of location for the capital after some back-room political maneuvering swayed key votes. Nevertheless, the area prospered.

Columbia’s tanneries, foundries, and numerous mills. But this busy hub moved more than goods; it moved escaped slaves to freedom. The town’s burgeoning free African American community worked quietly but effectively with the abolitionists, many guided by the founding fathers’ Quaker ideals of peace and justice. Historians recently have found evidence pointing to Columbia as the birthplace of the term “Underground Railroad.” Millionaire Stephen Smith, a free black man who operated a lumber yard by the railroad tracks, was an outspoken opponent of slavery and a willing accomplice to those on the path to freedom. Columbia’s role in the Civil War era extended beyond its Underground Railroad activity. The actions of local citizens undermined the plans of Confederate troops: When Columbians burned the wooden covered bridge that spanned the Susquehanna River at that time, Confederate forces were forced to turn west on a path that led to Gettysburg and to a turning point in the Civil War. Columbia has continued to change with the times, diversifying its economy into tourism with such attractions as the world-renowned National Watch & Clock Museum and the Turkey Hill Experience. Culture still plays an important role here, as seen in the numerous art galleries and antique shops. In 2014, the town was selected by The Smithsonian Magazine as one of the top 20 best small towns to visit.

Transportation continued to play a key role in Columbia’s development. Canals along the shallow Susquehanna shoreline helped the area prosper as a trade center. Later, railroads would provide transportation for goods purchased in

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Marietta lies along the Susquehanna River just north of Columbia. The town appealed to commerce and industry due to it’s location by the river. Marietta was once a rowdy, hard-drinking, gritty center of the lumber and iron industries. The town began as an American Indian trade outpost in the early 1700s. By 1736 it was known as Anderson’s Ferry, named for James Anderson, who operated a river-crossing site.

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Ironically, it was that economic downturn that positioned Marietta to become the jewel that it is today. Homes were largely unchanged during that time period, leaving their historic character intact. More than half of Marietta is now designated a National Historic District. The town is a recognized center for restoration. Today Marietta is known for its bed-and-breakfast inns, unique restaurants, and historic charm.

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Wrightsville

Early settlers in America headed west, crossing the Susquehanna River at Wright’s Ferry (now Columbia). John Wright operated the east shore of the ferry, and John Wright Jr. directed the west shore operation for his father at what is now the foot of Hellam Street in Wrightsville. Settlements sprang up in areas both north and south of that operation. William Wright laid out the 101-lot town of Wrightsville to the north of

present-day Hellam Street, while Susanna Houston laid out the 273 lots that became known as Westphalia and Wrightsville Extended to the south of Hellam Street. All were incorporated into Wrightsville Borough in 1834. The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal opened in 1840 and ran 45 miles downstream to the Chesapeake Bay. Canal boats, pulled by mules on a special

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double-deck towpath section of the wooden covered bridge that spanned the Susquehanna River at that time, crossed over the river from the Pennsylvania Canal at Columbia to the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal’s start at Wrightsville. Traffic consisting of grain, iron, lumber, and coal barges peaked in 1870. Gen. John Gordon’s brigade of Early’s Division of the invading Confederate Army approached Wrightsville on Sunday, June 28, 1863. After a brief encounter, hastily assembled defending Union Forces retreated across the bridge toward Columbia. The defenders attempted to destroy the bridge’s center section, but instead, fire destroyed the whole bridge. The Confederates turned back only to fight the Union army again a few days later at Gettysburg. Over the years, Wrightsville has been home to such diverse businesses as cigar manufacturing, quarries, limekilns, lumber mills, a silk miller, a flour and feed mill, hardware manufacturing, and innkeeping. One of the oldest buildings in Wrightsville is the Wrightsville House, a restored tavern from 1800 that overlooks the Susquehanna River where the ferry crossed from Columbia.

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Calendar of Events Community Events... EVERY SUNDAY

May through September

Open House at the Haldeman Mansion 1 – 4 pm

Haldeman Mansion 230 Locust Grove Rd, Bainbridge Contact Elaine Jackson at 717-426-3794 for more information.

FIRST MONDAY Of Each Month

Columbia PA Crime Watch Meeting 6 pm

Columbia Library – 24 S Sixth St, Columbia Email parapa109@gmail.com for more info. Library remodeling/addition project may cause closures at times – either the entire building or sections of it. Please call 717-684-2255 for up-to-date information regarding availability! Project is scheduled for completion July 2018. Community programs will resume after our building project.

EVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON

During the School Year

Community Bible Study 1:30 pm

Columbia Library – 24 S Sixth St, Columbia Call 717-341-5062 for information. Library remodeling/addition project may cause closures at times – either the entire building or sections of it. Please call 717-684-2255 for up-to-date information

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regarding availability! Project is scheduled for completion July 2018. Community programs will resume after our building project.

EVERY WEDNESDAY During the School Year

Sewing with Liane 3 – 5 pm

Columbia Library – 24 S Sixth St, Columbia Beginning hand sewing lessons for ages 8 and older. Library remodeling/addition project may cause closures at times – either the entire building or sections of it. Please call 717-684-2255 for up-to-date information regarding availability! Project is scheduled for completion July 2018. Community programs will resume after our building project.

ONE WEDNESDAY Of Each Month

Family Movie Night 6 pm

Columbia Library – 24 S Sixth St, Columbia Enjoy a family-rated film (G or PG) at the library. May bring snacks or drinks with lid. Call 684-2255 for exact Wednesday evening date! Library remodeling/addition project may cause closures at times – either the entire building or sections of it. Please call 717-684-2255 for up-to-date information regarding availability! Project is scheduled for completion July 2018. Community programs will resume after our building project.


EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY

During School Year

Preparation Classes for the High School Equivalency Exam 6 - 8 pm

Columbia Library – 24 S Sixth St, Columbia Email jenny@getliterate.org or call Jenny at 717-295-5523 to register. Library remodeling/addition project may cause closures at times – either the entire building or sections of it. Please call 717-684-2255 for up-to-date information regarding availability! Project is scheduled for completion July 2018. Community programs will resume after our building project.

SECOND AND FOURTH SATURDAYS of each month

Crochet with Mitzi 9 am

Columbia Library – 24 S Sixth St, Columbia Held year round. Both beginners and experienced welcome. Instruction provided. Library remodeling/addition project may cause closures at times – either the entire building or sections of it. Please call 717-684-2255 for up-to-date information regarding availability! Project is scheduled for completion July 2018. Community programs will resume after our building project.

EVERY MONDAY June through August

Make and Take Clock Workshop 11:30 am – 2 pm

National Watch and Clock Museum 514 Poplar St, Columbia At the National Watch and Clock Museum you don’t have to just visit time. You can take time home with you! Participants can choose the clock they want to make for themselves or for a gift. Cost is just $8 per clock. For more information, visit www.museumoftime.org.

EVERY MONDAY AND TUESDAY June through August

Summer Reading Programs 10 am

Columbia Library – 24 S Sixth St, Columbia All ages welcome! Held in either Park School gym or the Gazebo in Locust Street Park. Call the library (717-684-2255) beginning in May 2018 for specific details about programs for each date. Library remodeling/addition project may cause closures at times – either the entire building or sections of it. Please call 717-684-2255 for up-to-date information regarding availability! Project is scheduled for completion July 2018. Community programs will resume after our building project.

JANUARY THROUGH MARCH Food for Fines

Columbia Library – 24 S Sixth St, Columbia Bring in nonperishables or hygiene items for our winter shelter and food bank. $1.00 will be removed from your fines for each item donated. Library remodeling/addition project may cause closures at times – either the entire building or sections of it. Please call 717-684-2255 for up-to-date information regarding availability! Project is scheduled for completion July 2018. Community programs will resume after our building project.

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January January 1

Traditional Sauerkraut and Pork Dinner 1 – 6 pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church 239 E. Market St, Marietta Start the New Year by enjoying this PA Dutch specialty! Tradition promises wealth and happiness when you eat greens (cabbage) on this day. Beverage and dessert included! Adults $9.00 Children 6-12 $5.00 For more information and tickets call the church at 717-426-3189.

and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities. Visit www.parivertowns.com/ fourthfriday for more information.

March March 14

Susquehanna Heritage 2nd Wednesday Heritage Lecture 6:30 – 8:30 pm

January 26

Fourth Friday 5 – 8 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique shops, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities. Visit www.parivertowns.com/ fourthfriday for more information.

February February 14

Susquehanna Heritage 2nd Wednesday Heritage Lecture 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Zimmerman Center 1706 Long Level Rd, Wrightsville Reservations required, 717-252-0229 X6

February 23

Fourth Friday 5 – 8 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique shops, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta,

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Zimmerman Center 1706 Long Level Rd, Wrightsville Reservations required, 717-252-0229 X6

March 23

Fourth Friday 5 – 8 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique shops, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities. Visit www.parivertowns.com/ fourthfriday for more information.

April April 8

9th Annual Taste of River Towns 4 – 6:30 pm

St John’s Herr Estate 200 Luther Lane, Columbia This restaurant fair offers tastings from a variety of local eateries. Sample the wares of local restaurants and food vendors. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. To purchase your tickets, contact the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce at 717-684-5249.


April 21

Women’s EXPO

Lancaster Host Resort Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster Presented by OLP Events, the premier women’s expo in Lancaster County. Hosted by BusinessWoman magazine, this one-day event features exhibitors, demonstrations, shopping and information that encompasses many aspects of a woman’s life. Guests can also relax and enjoy free spa treatments! For more information call 717-285-1350 or email info@olpevents.com

Iron Furnace Walking Tour led by Dr. June Evans Meet at Breezy View Overlook (Columbia) to begin this walking tour that covers the history of the iron furnace industry located between Columbia and Marietta from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. For more information or to register contact rivertownes@comcast.net.

April 20

150th Anniversary of the Incorporation of Mount Bethel Cemetery (MBC) 7 pm

Mount Bethel Cemetery 700 Locust Street, Columbia Community Chorus & luminaries Visit: www.mtbethelcemetery.com for more information. Event is free to the public.

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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny 7:30 – 10 am

St. John’s Episcopal Church 239 E. Market St, Marietta All ages will enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast of pancakes, sausages and fruit. Come prepared for a visit with the Easter Bunny at this event held in the church’s Parish Hall. Donations are requested. Contact 717-426-3189 for more information.

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Columbia Historic Preservation Society 19-21 N Second St, Columbia Civil War Encampment, historical displays and lectures will be part of the celebration.

150th Anniversary of the Incorporation of Mount Bethel Cemetery (MBC) 10 am – 2 pm

Mount Bethel Cemetery 700 Locust Street, Columbia Art, writing, rubbings, Memories of MBC Activities for children & adults Visit: www.mtbethelcemetery.com for more information. Event is free to the public.

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Sundays, May 6- October 28 Open House with tours from 1 to 4 PM Sunday, June 3 - Strawberry Festival noon to 4 PM Saturday, July 14 - Victorian Tea at 4 PM Saturday, Aug. 18 - Geology & Archaeology Tour Saturday, Sept. 8 - Tavern Dinner at 4 PM Sunday, Oct. 7 - Apple Fall Festival noon to 4 PM Saturday, Nov. 10 - Kristkindle Mart 9 AM to 3:30 PM E LAINE J ACKSON 717-426-3794

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“Visions of Mt. Bethel”

6 - 9 pm

Columbia Arbor Day Celebration

150th Anniversary of the Incorporation of Mount Bethel Cemetery (MBC) “Fete en Noir” (Celebration in Black) Perfect Settings 200 Locust Street, Columbia Wear black, bring your own food and drink. There will be dancing w/music by a DJ. Reservations by April 1st. Visit: www.mtbethelcemetery.com for more information

Exhibit of creations from 150th celebration Mount Bethel Cemetery 700 Locust Street, Columbia Visit: www.mtbethelcemetery.com for more information. Free to the public.

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Glatfelter Memorial Field - Columbia For the 25th consecutive year, Columbia Borough will be the recipient of the National Arbor Day Foundation's "Tree City USA Award".

April 22

Earth Day Observance 9 am – 1 pm

Sahd Metal Recycling 1045 Lancaster Ave, Columbia Learn more about the importance of recycling and the related logistics. The public is invited to take part in the activities geared to all ages. -Columbia Public Library’s Librarian, Lisa Greybill, will read the “Lorax”

150th Anniversary of the Incorporation of Mount Bethel Cemetery (MBC) Closing Ceremony 2 pm

Mount Bethel Cemetery 700 Locust Street, Columbia Military Band Visit: www.mtbethelcemetery.com for more information. Event is free to the public.

April 27

Fourth Friday 5 – 8 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antiques shops, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities. Visit www.parivertowns.com/fourthfriday for more information.

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April 29

“Visions of Mt. Bethel” 2 – 4 pm

Exhibit of creations from 150th celebration Mount Bethel Cemetery 700 Locust Street, Columbia Visit: www.mtbethelcemetery.com for more information. Free to the public.

May May 9

50plus EXPO 9 am – 2 pm

Shady Maple Conference Center Toddy Dr, East Earl Presented by OLP Events, this one-day event brings businesses and the community together on a more personal level. The Expo will feature exhibitors providing up-to-date information for baby boomers and seniors. With free health screenings, door prizes, educational seminars and live entertainment, the 50plus Expo is a unique fusion of timely, relevant information, and a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Visit www.50plusexpopa.com for more information.


May 12

Mother’s Day Victorian Lunch 12 noon

St. John’s Episcopal Church 239 E. Market St, Marietta The luncheon was started nine years ago by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) to honor all mothers on their special day. This annual fundraiser is held the Saturday before Mother’s Day. The food is prepared and served by the women of St. John’s and is all homemade. Since its inception word has spread and many continue to return bringing along their friends. In the past, attendees have ranged from 5 years old to 90 years young. Although the wearing of hats is optional, this is a very festive affair and the ladies and girls are encouraged to wear decorated hats. Proceeds from this event are used to support various programs: local food bank, church ministries and capital improvements. Reservations are required and the contact is Dani, 717-604-1208.

May 12 and 13

Kayak Demo Weekend to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mare’s Kayak Demo Weekend. Meet with factory reps and the experienced staff of Shank’s Mare, view and on-water test paddle the new kayak and paddle gear for 2018. More details are available at www.shanksmare.com. There is no charge for this event.

May 18

Music in the Park 5:45 – 8:30 pm

Locust Street Park – Columbia Enjoy food trucks and a variety of local music groups featured every third Friday from May through September. These monthly music events, coordinated by Columbia Lions Club and promoted by Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, are located in and around the gazebo of Columbia’s Locust Street Park. The free events feature food trucks from 5:45 to 6:30pm, a first set of music from 6:30 to 7:15pm, dinner break from 7:15 to 7:45pm, and a final set of music from 7:45 to 8:30pm. For more information or a listing of the scheduled music, visit www.PaRivertowns.com.

10 am – 4 pm Saturday; noon – 4 pm Sunday

Shank’s Mare 2092 Long Level Rd, Wrightsville Kick off the 2018 paddling season at Shank’s

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May 19

Professional Car Show “The Last Ride” and “Macabre Creations” 11 am – 3 pm

Cemetery Tours Available Mount Bethel Cemetery 700 Locust Street, Columbia Visit: www.mtbethelcemetery.com for more information. Free to the public.

Marietta Day 9 am – 3 pm

Market Street, Marietta Visit Marietta’s annual craft show and yard sale. A mixture of quality crafts and townwide yard sale, this event brings over 6,000 people looking for bargains. Plenty of food and fun! This is a rain or shine event. Vendors can get an application at the Marietta Area Business Association website www.mariettapabusiness.com.

May 25

Fourth Friday 5 – 8 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique shops, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities. Visit www.parivertowns.com/ fourthfriday for more information.

May 26

18th Annual River Run 8:30 am

The course for this event is a popular one – it crosses the Susquehanna River via the Veterans Memorial Bridge (Rt. 462) between Lancaster & York County which is closed to vehicular traffic during the event. River Run begins in Wrightsville at 8:30 am and finishes in “record time” against this scenic backdrop. Pre-registration is available. Registrations received through May 11 qualify for the early entry fee. Participants may also register on the day of the run beginning at 7:30 am at the Wrightsville Elementary School at 300 Chestnut St., Wrightsville. The 5k run is held rain or shine. For more information or a registration form, visit www.PaRivertowns.com

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or call 717-684-5249. Walkers and those with strollers welcome to participate. Please, no pets. Visit www.parivertowns.com or call 717-684-5249 to register.

May 26

Heritage Day Celebration 9 am – 3 pm

Constitution Square, Fourth and Hellam Streets, Wrightsville The festivities will feature craft and food vendors, music, demonstrations, auto show, and more. Call 717-252-1169 for more information.

May 28

Maytown American Legion Auxiliary #809 Annual Antiques, Craft & Collectibles Show 8 am – 4 pm

East High and South River Streets, Maytown Enjoy food, antiques, art, crafts, collectibles and more at this annual outdoor show located on East High and South River Street and in the square in Maytown. The event is held rain or shine.

June June 1

River Experience 6 – 9 pm

River Room at John Wright Restaurant 234 N Front St, Wrightsville Susquehanna Heritage ‘River Experience’ fundraising event. Reservations required. 717-252-0229 X6

June 2

National Trail Day Celebration

Columbia Crossing For more information, visit www.susquehanna riverlands.com.


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Noon – 4 pm

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Music in the Park

Strawberry Festival

June 9

Locust Street Park – Columbia Enjoy food trucks and a variety of local music groups featured every third Friday from May through September. These monthly music events, coordinated by Columbia Lions Club and promoted by Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, are located in and around the gazebo of Columbia’s Locust Street Park. The free events feature food trucks from 5:45 to 6:30pm, a first set of music from 6:30 to 7:15pm, dinner break from 7:15 to 7:45pm, and a final set of music from 7:45 to 8:30pm. For more information or a listing of the scheduled music, visit www.PaRivertowns.com.

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June 16

Garden Tour Local gardens beckon you to this ticketed tour which runs from 10 am to 4 pm. Share the pride shown in the design and care of this year’s hidden oases. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Visit www.parivertowns. com for more information. To purchase tickets, contact the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce at 717-684-5249.

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Locust St, Columbia Take a walk down memory lane with vintage cars, great music, good friends, and great food. A collaborative effort of the Columbia Lions club and the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, this event features show awards, with numerous trophies to be awarded including Best of Show. Oldies music will serve as a backdrop for a fun-filled day. Admission for spectators is free. Visit www.parivertowns.com for more information.

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June 16 and 17

Kayak Demo Weekend to Celebrate Father’s Day

10am - 4pm Saturday; noon - 4pm Sunday

Shank’s Mare 2092 Long Level Rd, Wrightsville Kick off the 2018 paddling season at Shank’s Mare’s Kayak Demo Weekend. Meet with factory reps and the experienced staff of Shank’s Mare, view and on-water test paddle the new kayak and paddle gear for 2018. More details are available at www.shanksmare. com. There is no charge for this event.

June 22

Fourth Friday 5 – 8 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique shops, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities. Visit www.parivertowns.com/ fourthfriday for more information.

June 24

Riverfest 2018 5 – 8:30 pm

John Wright Restaurant 234 Front Street, Wrightsville This event is sponsored by Rivertownes PA USA. For more information contact rivertownes@comcast.net.

June 29

“Dying Art & Spirits” 7 – 9 pm

Instructor: Joanna Spicer, artist Mount Bethel Cemetery 700 Locust Street, Columbia Visit: www.mtbethelcemetery.com for more information.

June 30

Antique, Art and Craft Show 8 am – 2 pm

Locust Street, Columbia This marks the 37th year for this popular outdoor event featuring over 200 vendors filling Locust Street Park and lining the main thoroughfare. Look for a mixture of crafts, antiques, food and entertainment. Free parking & free shuttle service is available. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

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Visit www.parivertowns.com or call 717684-5249 for more information or a vendor application. Please, no pets. Rain date: Saturday, July 14, 2017.

June 30

Annual Book Sale 8 am – 2 pm

Columbia Library – 24 S Sixth St, Columbia DVDs, CDs, video games, audio books too. Sometimes LPs are available. Check out the great deals!

July July 6

Annual Hops ‘N Clocks 6 – 9 pm

National Watch and Clock Museum 514 Poplar St, Columbia Contact the Museum for ticket information for this popular annual micro-brew and food tasting event. Cost is $30 or $15 for the designated driver. Visit www.museumoftime. org for more information.

July 7

Historic Marietta Criterium Bike Race

This four corner, one-mile bike race in downtown Marietta will be featuring the best bike racers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Bring the family and have your kids race too (ages 4 to 12); helmets required). Marietta is a spectator friendly spot for a bike race because there are ample areas to watch the racers. People can watch the racers pass at one corner and then run a block up to the next corner in time to see the bikes go flying by again with a new person in the lead. During and after the high-speed fun of the bike races, participants and their guests, along with spectators, may enjoy some fun activities and vendors throughout town and along the riverfront. For more information, visit www.bikereg.com or contact rich@swedishmotors.com.

July 14

CHPS Benefit Auction 9 am – 4 pm

Columbia Historic Preservation Society 19-21 N Second St, Columbia Antiques, bottles, collectibles and food will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Columbia Historic Preservation Society.


Victorian Tea 4 – 6 pm

Haldeman Mansion 230 Locust Grove Rd, Bainbridge Feast on homemade soup, salad, scones with jams and lemon curd at this ticketed fundraiser to benefit the Haldeman Mansion. Enjoy music while dining in the ambiance of this historic building. Cost is $25. For reservations, call Elaine Jackson at 283-7740 or 717-426-3794.

July 18 & 19

40th Anniversary Celebration

National Watch and Clock Museum 514 Poplar St, Columbia Join the Museum as they celebrate the founding of the organization in 1943. Visit www.museumoftime.org for more information.

July 20

Street Park. The free events feature food trucks from 5:45 to 6:30pm, a first set of music from 6:30 to 7:15pm, dinner break from 7:15 to 7:45pm, and a final set of music from 7:45 to 8:30pm. For more information or a listing of the scheduled music, visit www.PaRivertowns.com.

July 27

Fourth Friday 5 – 8 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique shops, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities. Visit www.parivertowns.com/ fourthfriday for more information.

Music in the Park 5:45 – 8:30 pm

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August August 1

Commerce and Visitor Center. Visit www.parivertowns.com or call 717-684-5249 for more information.

National Night Out

August 11

Glatfelter Field – Lancaster Pike, Columbia Local non-profit organizations will gather in Glatfelter’s Field to offer hands-on activities in a festival atmosphere. This free event is open to the public.

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5:30 – 8:30 pm

August 4

Annual Art & Outdoor Fest 10 am – 4 pm

Shank’s Mare 2092 Long Level Rd, Wrightsville Enjoy this annual event celebrating Shank’s Mare’s 40th anniversary. See local artists displaying their works on the lawn, as well as local outdoor, historic and cultural organizations presenting their information in booths along the front porch. Enjoy food and ice cream at the Lock 2 Café, and top off the day with free live music. Find more details at www.shanksmare.com. There is no charge for this event.

River Town Hops 4 – 8 pm

Locust St, Columbia Join us in historic downtown Columbia. Enjoy beer sampling accompanied by food trucks and vendors! Taste a variety of fare presented by approximately 30 beer vendors and 15 food trucks/vendors. Additional options are in the planning stages. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. This is a ticketed event that will have a special ticket price for designated drivers. Visit www.pariver towns.com or call 717-684-5249 for more information.

August 11

Chiques Challenge 8:30 – 10:30 am

The Chiques Challenge is scheduled for the 2nd Saturday in August. This duathlon will begin with registration in Columbia’s River Park, transportation to Vinegar Ferry Road, and a run along the river to and through Marietta. From Marietta, participants will kayak back to Columbia’s River Park. Offered again this year: team registration. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of

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Geology Walk Geology Walk with Jeri Jones Local Geologist, Jeri Jones shares his expertise on this walk at the Haldeman Mansion property and surrounding area. In case of rain, Jeri will do an indoor program. This is the 33rd year for the event. You will learn about the three kinds of stone that are part of the Haldeman Mansion. He also shows areas where the Native Americans lived. A quarry is also located on the grounds. The cost to attend is $5.00 per adult and $2 for children and youth to age 16. Bottled Water is provided. No reservations are required. For additional information, contact Elaine Jackson at 717-426-3794 or 717-283-7740

Music in the Park 5:45 – 8:30 pm

Locust Street Park – Columbia Enjoy food trucks and a variety of local music groups featured every third Friday from May through September. These monthly music events, coordinated by Columbia Lions Club and promoted by Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, are located in and around the gazebo of Columbia’s Locust Street Park. The free events feature food trucks from 5:45 to 6:30pm, a first set of music from 6:30 to 7:15pm, dinner break from 7:15 to 7:45pm, and a final set of music from 7:45 to 8:30pm. For more information or a listing of the scheduled music, visit www.PaRivertowns.com.

August 24

Fourth Friday 5 – 8 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities. Visit www.parivertowns.com/ fourthfriday for more information.

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2nd Annual Fishing Tournament 4 – 11 pm

Columbia Crossing & River Park Adult, boats and children competitions will be featured. Contact Chris Vera at vera@columbiahistory.org for more information.

evening at this adults-only dinner which includes soup, salad, a full course meal, and dessert cooked and served by volunteers. Music, conversation and atmosphere all mix to create a delightful evening. For more information, contact Elaine Jackson at 717-426-3794.

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“Not Just a Yard Sale” 8 am – 1 pm

Columbia United Methodist Church 510 Walnut St, Columbia Crafts, yard sale vendors, book sale, boutique, food, and baked goods. Indoors, handicapped accessible. Call 684 -2356 for more information.

September 8

Tavern Dinner at Haldeman Mansion

Music in the Park 5:45 – 8:30 pm

Locust Street Park – Columbia Enjoy food trucks and a variety of local music groups featured every third Friday from May through September. These monthly music events, coordinated by Columbia Lions Club and promoted by Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, are located in and around the gazebo of Columbia’s Locust Street Park. The free events feature food trucks from 5:45 to 6:30pm, a first set of music from 6:30 to 7:15pm, dinner break from 7:15 to 7:45pm, and a final set of music from 7:45 to 8:30pm. For more information or a listing of the scheduled music, visit www.PaRivertowns.com.

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September 16

“Dying Art & Spirits” Instructor: Joanna Spicer, artist

2 – 4 pm

Mount Bethel Cemetery 700 Locust Street, Columbia Visit: www.mtbethelcemetery.com for more information.

Cloktoberfest National Watch and Clock Museum 514 Poplar St, Columbia Music-food-craft, gift, and clock vendors all with free admission. For more information, visit www.museumoftime.org or call 717-684-8261 ext.237.

September 23

Pig Iron Fest

11 – 4 pm

Musselman Iron Furnace Center Chickies Rock Park, Marietta The event sponsored by Rivertownes PA USA includes fun, food, and more for the whole family. For more information, contact rivertownes@comcast.net.

9am – 2pm

Spooky Nook Sports 2913 Spooky Nook Rd, Manheim Presented by OLP Events, this one-day event brings businesses and the community together on a more personal level. The Expo will feature exhibitors providing up-to-date information for baby boomers and seniors. With free health screenings, door prizes, educational seminars and live entertainment, the 50plus Expo is a unique fusion of timely, relevant information, and a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Visit www.50plusexpopa.com for more information.

September 21

Fourth Friday 5 – 8 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique shops, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities. Visit www.parivertowns.com/ fourthfriday for more information.

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Bridge Bust 8 am – 4 pm

Veterans Memorial Bridge - Columbia For the 30th year, nearly 300 vendors will offer their wares in the categories of antiques, art, crafts, food and distinctive items in this unique and popular event. The venue is the Rt. 462 Veterans Memorial Bridge between Columbia and Wrightsville (Lancaster & York County.) The 1.25 mile bridge is closed to traffic for this event. Free parking and free shuttle service is available from both sides of the bridge. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Admission is $2 for those over 12 years of age, $1 for ages 6 to 12, and free for those under 6 years of age. Please, NO pets or skateboards. For more information or a vendor application, visit www.PaRivertowns.com or call 717-684-5249. Rain date: Saturday, October 13, 2017.

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Apple Festival

Annual Homeschool Day

Haldeman Mansion 230 Locust Grove Rd, Bainbridge Enjoy the Apple Festival featuring Johnny Appleseed, a PowerPoint presentation, tours, apple dessert contest, apple bobbing, games, an apple peeling contest, live local music, and a silent auction with items from local merchants and members. This fundraiser coordinated by the Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society would not be complete without a variety of apple based foods including apple dumplings, apple cakes, apple crisp, applesauce, and apple cider to complement other food selections available for purchase. For more information call 717426-3794.

National Watch and Clock Museum 514 Poplar St, Columbia Join us for our annual homeschool day with a variety of hands-on time related activities for children in K-8 grades. For more information, visit www.museumoftime.org or call 717-684-8261 ext 237.

October 20

Pig Iron Pedal

Musselman Iron Furnace Center Chickies Rock Park, Marietta Historical ride/walk along the Northwest River Trail. Tours of Vesta Iron Furnace, music and food.

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Albatwitch Day Columbia Historic Preservation Society 19-21 N Second St, Columbia Arts@Hinkle’s – 247 Locust St, Columbia Apple Pie contest, costume contest, dungeon tours, lectures and trolley rides will be part of the fun.

Turkey Hill Experience 301 Linden St, Columbia The Turkey Hill Experience Trick or Treat event is filled with great surprises. There are a total of 13 trick or treat stops and 6 of those stops are free while the others do require admission into the paid portion of the Experience. There are plenty of good treats for everyone! Be sure to wear your favorite Halloween costume, too!

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October 26

Fourth Friday 5 – 8 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique shops, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities. Visit www.parivertowns.com/ fourthfriday for more information.

“Spirits Rising”

Reservations required Mount Bethel Cemetery 700 Locust Street, Columbia Visit: www.mtbethelcemetery.com for more information.

October 27

“Spirits Rising”

Reservations required Mount Bethel Cemetery 700 Locust Street, Columbia Visit: www.mtbethelcemetery.com for more information.

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Trick or Treat 2 – 4 pm

Turkey Hill Experience 301 Linden St, Columbia The Turkey Hill Experience Trick or Treat event is filled with great surprises. There are a total of 13 trick or treat stops and 6 of those stops are free while the others do require admission into the paid portion of the Experience. There are plenty of good treats for everyone! Be sure to wear your favorite Halloween costume, too!

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November 3

MAG Fall Flash 5k 8:30 am

Wrightsville Elementary School 320 Chestnut St, Wrightsville The course for this event is a popular one – it crosses the Susquehanna River via the Veterans Memorial Bridge (Rt. 462) between Lancaster & York County which is closed to vehicular traffic during the event. Enjoy the scenic course against the fall foliage of the river valley. The run begins in Wrightsville at 8:30 am and finishes in “record time” against this autumn backdrop. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Pre-registration is available. Registrations received through October 19 qualify for the early entry fee and tee shirt selection. Participants may also register on the day of the 5k run beginning at 7:30 am at the Wrightsville Elementary School at 300 Chestnut St., Wrightsville. The Fall Flash is held rain or shine. For more information or a registration form, visit www.PaRivertowns.com or call 717-684-5249. Walkers and those with strollers welcome to participate. Please, no pets.

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Bainbridge Fire Hall 34 South 2nd St, Bainbridge Benefitting the Haldeman Mansion, this event takes place at the Bainbridge Fire Hall located at 34 South 2nd Street in Bainbridge. Modeled after the outdoor Christmas markets in Germany, this event features local artists and crafts persons displaying a variety of unique and unusual handmade gifts. Look for jewelry, candles, Christmas decorations, wreaths, hand crocheted hats, note cards, art

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drawings and paintings, and more! There is no admission fee. Activities for children are available. Look for a variety of food for your nibbling pleasure. For more information, contact Elaine Jackson at 717-426-3794.

November 4

Iron Furnace Walking Tour led by Dr. June Evans 1 – 3 pm

Meet at Breezy View Overlook (Columbia) to begin this walking tour that covers the history of the iron furnace industry located between Columbia and Marietta from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. For more information or to register contact rivertownes@comcast.net.

November 24

Small Business Saturday

Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to patronize small businesses this Saturday and during their holiday shopping season. Shoppers will delight in the specialty shops, restaurants and museums in the historic river towns of Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville.

November 24

Santa, Caroling and Tree Lighting 6 – 8 pm

Zimmerman Center 1706 Long Level Rd, Wrightsville Reservations required, 717-252-0229 X6

Old Town Hall – 5 W Walnut St, Marietta This free event is sponsored by Marietta Restoration Associates. Santa and Mrs. Claus come to Marietta to help kick off the season at our Christmas Tree Lighting at the Old Town Hall Museum with live entertainment and refreshments. All children are invited to sit on Santa’s lap, share their gift requests, and receive a free goodie bag. Don’t forget your camera! For more information, contact Darlene Pruett at 717-426-4048.

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Susquehanna Heritage 2nd Wednesday Heritage Lecture 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Fourth Friday 5 – 8 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique shops, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities. Watch for the return of our Gingerbread Contest. Visit www.parivertowns. com/fourthfriday for more information.

Community Christmas Celebration and Tree of Remembrance 6 pm

Constitution Square, Fourth and Hellam Streets, Wrightsville

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December Saturdays and Sundays in December

Ed King Memorial Model Train Open House 1 – 4 pm

Columbia Historic Preservation Society 19-21 N Second St, Columbia Santa comes to town along with two train displays for families to enjoy.

December 2

Annual Marietta Candlelight Tour 11 am – 7 pm

Marietta Restoration Associates are proud to host one of the oldest, continuous holiday walking tours in Pennsylvania. A splendid array of 8-10 private homes, public buildings, and a variety of special events. Free parking and convenient shuttle bus service. Advance tickets are available at a reduced rate prior to the tour, and may also be purchased on the day of the tour. For ticket information/ availability, please call 717-426-4048 or visit www.MariettaRestoration.org.

December 2

Christmas Sweet Shoppe and Cafe 11 am – 5 pm

St. John's Episcopal Church 239 E. Market St, Marietta Visit the Episcopal Church Women's Christmas Sweet Shoppe. This fundraiser is an annual event held on the first Sunday in December and features delicious homemade goodies that promise to make everyone with a sweet tooth happy. Come, sample and enjoy our treats. The women make four flavors of fudge; peanut butter, chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch as well as chocolate covered pretzels, peanut brittle, assorted cookies and gift trays. St. John’s has added a café where you can get a light lunch or something to drink. Soup, sandwiches and desserts from the Sweet Shoppe are on the menu. Proceeds from this event are used to support various programs, local food bank, and other community outreach.

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December 8

Breakfast with Santa 7:30–10:30 am

St. John’s Episcopal Church 239 E. Market St, Marietta Good boys and girls of all ages will enjoy a pancake breakfast and a visit with St. Nicholas in the church’s Parish House. Donations are requested.

December 8

"International Taste of Christmas" Tea

Two seatings are planned for this holiday event hosted by Historic Wrightsville, Inc. Call 717-252-1169 for more information and reservations.

December 9

An Old-Fashioned Christmas 11 am – 5 pm

Columbia Think home tours, gingerbread decorating, cocoa, seasonal music and holiday decorations. This holiday happening is slated to run from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. with the historic town’s Christmas Tree Lighting immediately following. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. To purchase your tickets, contact the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce at 717-684-5249. Visit www.parivertowns.com for more information.

December 12

Susquehanna Heritage 2nd Wednesday Heritage Lecture 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Zimmerman Center 1706 Long Level Rd, Wrightsville Reservations required, 717-252-0229 X6


December 15

Ice Cream with Santa 5 - 8 pm

Turkey Hill Experience 301 Linden St, Columbia You are invited to join Santa for an evening filled with fun activities, beautiful decorations, and of course, plenty of delicious Turkey Hill Ice Cream! Kids 0-12 will: • Sit and listen while Santa reads a Christmas story • Create a holiday card to send to someone special • Make a holiday craft to take home • Sample Mrs. Claus’ fresh baked cookies • Enjoy a holiday ice cream creation • Make a lifetime of memories! Reservations are required for this event. Please visit www.turkeyhillexperience.com for more information.

communities. Participation varies this month due to the impending holiday. Visit www.parivertowns.com/fourthfriday for more information.

December 31

New Year’s Eve at Noon 10 am – 1 pm

National Watch and Clock Museum 514 Poplar St, Columbia Dance party with Father Time, balloon drop at noon, face painting, games, craft activities, and more! All activities are free with paid Museum admission. For more information, visit www.museumoftime.org or call 717-684-8261 ext. 237.

December 21

Fourth Friday 5 – 8 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique shops, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River

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December 9 Tour of Columbia Homes Hosted by Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce

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LancasterHistory.org/President James Buchanan’s Wheatland 230 North President Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603 717-392-4633 www.lancasterhistory.org

Marietta Restoration Associates, Inc. PO Box 3 Marietta, PA 17547 717-426-4736 www.mariettarestoration.org

National Watch & Clock Museum 514 Poplar Street Columbia, PA 17512 (717) 684-8261 ext. 234 www.museumoftime.org

Nissley Vineyards & Winery 140 Vintage Drive Bainbridge, PA 17502 717-426-3514 www.nissleywine.com

Rivertownes PA USA

Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center 26 Furnace Road Marietta, PA 17547 www.rivertownes.org

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Shank's Mare Outfitters 2092 Long Level Road Wrightsville, PA 17368 717-252-1616 www.shanksmare.com

Susquehanna Heritage – Zimmerman Center for Heritage 1706 Long Level Road Wrightsville, PA 17368 717-252-0229 www.susquehannaheritage.org

Susquehanna Stage Company

264 West Market Street-Rear, P.O. Box 23 Marietta, PA 17547 717-426-1277 www.susquehannastageco.com

Turkey Hill Experience

301 Linden Street Columbia, PA 17512 844-847-4884 www.turkeyhillexperience.com

Wright’s Ferry Mansion

2nd & Cherry Streets Columbia, PA 17512 717-684-4325 www.parivertowns.com/m/listing/view/ wrightsferry

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SHOPPING

Shank's Mare Outfitters

Bootleg Antiques & Oddities

135 Bridge Street Columbia, PA 17512 717-684-0009 bootlegantiques.net

2092 Long Level Road Wrightsville, PA 17368 717-252-1616 www.shanksmare.com

BREWERIES

Forry’s Country Store 820 Ivy Drive Lancaster, PA 17601 717-285-5050 www.forryscountrystore.com

Columbia Kettle Works

Little’s Beverage

Pig Iron Brewing Company

1224 Lancaster Avenue Columbia, PA 17512 717-684-2714 www.facebook.com/LittlesBev

40 North 3rd Street Columbia, PA 17512 717-342-2375 www.columbiakettleworks.com 40 East Front Street Marietta, PA 717-604-1161 www.pigironbrewingco.com

Nissley Vineyards & Winery 140 Vintage Drive Bainbridge, PA 17502 717-426-3514 www.nissleywine.com

Partners & Friends Antique Center 403 North 3rd Street Columbia, PA 17512 717-684-5364 www.parivertowns.com/m/listing/view/skyball5

For Outdoor Fun & Cultural Discovery

Visit us at TWO locaons along the Susquehanna River

717.252.0229

COLUMBIA CROSSING RIVER TRAILS CENTER 717.449.5607

www.SusquehannaHeritage.org PaRiverTowns.com

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ZIMMERMAN CENTER FOR HERITAGE

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DINING

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Routes 30 & 896 Lancaster, PA 17602 717-299-9999 wwwfultonsteamboatinn.com

The Inn at Bully’s Restaurant & Pub 647 Union Street Columbia, PA 17512 717-684-2854 www.bullys-restaurant.com

John Wright Restaurant 234 North Front Street Wrightsville, PA 17368 717-252-0416 www.jwrpa.com

McCleary’s Public House 130 W Front Street Marietta, PA 17547 717-426-2225 www.mcclearyspub.com

Pig Iron Brewing Company 40 East Front Street Marietta, PA 717-604-1161 www.pigironbrewingco.com

Scoops Ice Cream & Grille 312 Primrose Lane Mountville, PA 17554 717-285-2055 www.scoopsgrille.com

Shank’s Tavern

36 S Waterford Avenue Marietta, PA 17547 717-426-1205 www.shankstavern.com

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722 East Market Street Marietta, PA 17547 717-426-8415 www.bfhiestandhouse.com

Eden Resort Inn & Suites 222 Eden Road Lancaster, PA 17601 717-569-6444 www.edenresort.com

Fulton Steamboat Inn

Routes 30 & 896 Lancaster, PA 17602 717-299-9999 wwwfultonsteamboatinn.com

Hermansader's Victorian Bed & Breakfast 420 Chestnut Street Columbia, PA 17512 717-684-7899 www.hermansadersartgallery.com

The Inn at Bully’s Restaurant & Pub 647 Union Street Columbia, PA 17512 717-684-2854 www.bullys-restaurant.com

Mainstay Suites

314 Primrose Lane Mountville, PA 17554 717-285-2500 www.choicehotels.com/pennsylvania/mountville/mainstay-hotels/pa302

Sleep Inn & Suites

310 Primrose Lane Mountville, PA 17554 717-285-0444 www.choicehotels.com/pennsylvania/ mountville/sleep-inn-hotels/pa041

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SERVICES Banking Union Community Bank 921 Lancaster Avenue Columbia, PA 17512 717-684-2868 www.unioncommunitybank.com

Health Care Lancaster General Health Urgent Care 2118 Spring Valley Road Lancaster, PA 17601 LGHealthUrgentCare.org

Real Estate Donegal Real Estate

27 West Market Street Marietta, PA 17547 717-426-4350 www.donegalrealestate.homesandland.com

Retirement & Nursing Facilities St. John’s Herr Estate – A Luthercare Community 200 Luther Lane Columbia, PA 17512 717-478-7126 www.stjohnsherrestate.org

Government Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority Waste to Energy Facility Tours 1911 River Road Bainbridge, PA 17502 717-397-9968 www.lcswma.org/tours

Insurance Donegal Mutual Insurance Company

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1195 River Road, P.O. Box 302 Marietta, PA 17547 717-426-1931 www.donegalgroup.com

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2 perfect places to stay & play!

Stay and Dine Aboard a Steamboat! Certificate Of Excellence On

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300 guest rooms including 160 one-, two- & three-bedroom suites

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222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA | 717-569-6444 S985401

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MARIETTA

COLUMBIA

WRIGHTSVILLE


Waste is a Resource

WASTE is a RESOURCE for making great things happen in our

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Curious to learn more? Visit: WASTEISARESOURCE.ORG

LCSWMA transforms waste into a resource for the Susquehanna River Towns through sustainable waste management, generating Learn at: recreational renewable energy andmore building opportunities for the community to enjoy.

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Discover Senior Living in our River Town Community!

Vibrant

Offering independent living apartments and cottage homes as well as private personal care suites, St. John’s Herr Estate provides the perfect blend of services, amenities, beautiful surroundings and engaging programs.

Schedule your personal visit today! 717.478.7126

Independent Living . Personal Care . Respite Care

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