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Vol 48 No 1

48. Philly’s Magnificent Mile

Very few of the world’s destinations offer the art and culture found in a onemile stretch of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

36. When Opposites Attract

Back for the eighth year, the Lititz Fire & Ice Festival turns the chill of February into one hot event!

22. Bellefonte’s Victorian Christmas

Immerse yourself in Victorian charm during Bellefonte’s annual Christmas celebration.

60. The Toonseum

From Beetle Bailey to today’s graphic novels, Pittsburgh’s Toonseum celebrates the timeless art of cartooning.

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Northern Region calendar of events

December Nov 16-Dec 26. Susquehanna River Arts Moose Exchange Show. View and purchase Susquehanna River Artists’ work. Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau, Bloomsburg. 570-784-8279, Nov 23-Dec 2. BTE Presents TreeFest. More than 100 live trees are donated and then trimmed by hundreds of community members. Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg. Nov 23-Dec 29. Performance: A Christmas Carol. The legend of Ebenezer Scrooge, three ghosts and one miraculous night returns with a fresh approach for this landmark season. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg. Nov 30-Dec 1. Dickens of a Christmas Festival. An early Victorian marketplace featuring food and craft vendors, strolling musicians and singers, dancers, street corner thespians and much more. Wellsboro. 570-724-1926, Nov 30-Dec 2. 27th Annual Clarion County Festival of Trees. Quality arts and crafts, entertainment, homecooked meals, live decorated trees, a visit with Santa on Sunday and much more. St. Joseph Social Hall, Lucinda. 814-226-8018, Dec 1. Victorian Country Christmas. Crafts, festive foods and entertainment in a lovely setting. 10am-4pm. Manley-Bohlayer Heritage Farm, Canton. 570-673-8144, Dec 1. Holy Name of Mary Christmas Bazaar. Featuring baked goods, handcrafts, religious articles, Christmas decorations, homemade fresh wreaths, and breakfast and lunch with homemade soups and other foods. 9am3pm. Holy Name of Mary Church basement, Montrose. 570-278-1504, Dec 1-22. Santa in Watchbox Park. Santa will be in his cottage on Fridays and Saturdays. Letters to Santa can be dropped in the mailbox right on site. Watchbox Park, Danville. Dec 1-2. North Pole Express. Ride a real excursion train with Santa and his elf and hear The Polar Express, a popular children’s story. The one-hour train rides will travel toward Danville. Departs from Sherwin Williams parking lot, Bloomsburg. 570-784-2522, www. Dec 1. Performance: Campbell Brothers, Special Guests: Bucknell University’s Voices of Praise. 8pm. Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg. 570-577-1000, www.bucknell. edu/WeisCenter Dec 1-30. Milton Model Train Museum Christmas Season Open House. Saturdays and Sundays. Noon5pm. Free adm. Milton Moose Family Center, Milton. 570-742-3504,

Dec 1. Downtown Christmas in Shamokin. Crafters, food, sleigh rides, pony rides, visits with Santa and Christmas tree judging are all a part of this year’s event. Independence Street, Shamokin. 570-850-9121, www. Dec 1. 6th Annual Redbank Renaissance Arts & Crafts Show. Quality arts and crafts by local artists. 9am-3pm. New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church Social Rooms, New Bethlehem. 814-275-1718, Dec 1. Christmas Craft Show. Items for sale, including food and handcrafts. 9am-3pm. Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, Emporium. 814-486-0936 Dec 1. New Bethlehem Christmas Parade & Snack With Santa. Kick off the holiday season with the annual parade and stop by the New Bethlehem Fire Hall with the kids after the parade to visit Santa. 1pm. Broad Street and the New Bethlehem Fire Hall, New Bethlehem. 814275-3929, Dec 1. Christmas Parade & Party. Fun for the whole family. 6-8pm. Downtown Clarion. 814-226-9161, www. Dec 1. Philipsburg Holiday Parade. A community celebration of the past and future, including entertainment, food, events for children and much more. 1pm. Downtown Philipsburg. Dec 1-2. The Central Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s 37th Annual Juried Winter Craft Market. Shop for handmade items by more than 75 artisans, including jewelry, pottery, fiber, wood, mixed media, photography, painting, metal and more. Adm. Free parking. Mount Nittany Middle School, State College. Dec 2. 32nd Whistle Stop Train Show. Fun for the whole family. Electric trains will be bought, sold and swapped. Woodward Fire Hall, Linden. Dec 2. Holiday House Tour. Downtown Mifflinburg. 570-966-1666, Dec 3. Wyalusing Lioness Holiday Craft Show/Bazaar. Wyalusing Valley High School, Wyalusing. 570-746-1579 Dec 3, 10, 17. Wheelchair Engineers. Handicapped or disabled children and adults are invited to help build a train. The Columbia Mall, Bloomsburg. www. Dec 6-8. Performance: Live From Bloomsburg! A Very Special Christmas Special. Travel back in time to the era of those groovy holiday variety TV specials, with singing, sketch comedy and a showcase of all the best Bloomsburg holiday traditions. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg.

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Northern Region calendar of events

events subject to change Dec 6-8. Lewisburg Victorian Holiday Weekend. Traditional tree lighting ceremony to light the huge tree. The Victorian parade at 1pm will be an authentic period procession with music, horse-drawn carriages and Kris Kringle. A free holiday movie will follow at the Campus Theatre. Downtown Lewisburg. 570-523-1743, www.

Dec 7. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute. Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg. 814-4666263,

Dec 6-9. Festival of Trees. A winter wonderland with more than 100 decorated trees, craft vendors, breakfast with Santa, children’s arts and crafts, food, entertainment and more. Penn State Ag Arena, University Park. 814-238-8283,

Dec 7-8. Victorian Christmas Candlelight Tours. Experience a Victorian Christmas with live decorations, antique Victorian ornaments, refreshments, and entertainment provided by a harp, violins and piano. 5-8pm. Berwick Historical Society, Berwick. 570-759-8020,

Dec 6. Performance: Tap Dogs. Rough, tough, rocking theatrical entertainment. The winner of 11 international awards, 7:30pm. Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State University Main Campus, University Park. 814-8630255,

Dec 7-8, 13-16. Performance: Inspecting Carol. A man who asks to audition at a small theater is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Community Theatre League, Williamsport. 570-3271777,


Dec 7-8. Christmas in Our Hometown. Downtown Tunkhannock. 570-687-1584,

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Northern Region calendar of events

events subject to change Dec 7-9. 53rd Annual Search for Peace Pageant. This pageant is performed entirely in the dark. The story is told solely through music and narration, using spotlights to present the scenes. Free adm. Curwensville United Methodist Church, Curwensville. 814-236-1976, Dec 7-9. Emporium Senior Center Craft Show & Sale. Handmade items for sale. Emporium Senior Center, Emporium. 814-486-3948 Dec 7-9. Victorian Christmas Celebration. Take a step back in time, see Victorian carolers strolling down Main Street and watch the lighting of the Victorian Christmas tree. Downtown Brookville. 814-849-5339, ext. 28, Dec 7. Christmas Market. Crafts, jewelry, clothing, books, specialty cheeses, wreaths, gifts, local products, arts and crafts and children’s activities will be offered in the railroad building in a German-style Weihnachtsmarkt. Lemont. 814-235-1501, Dec 7-9. Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. Dickens Troupe, arts, crafts, Santa’s house and breakfast, homes tour, gingerbread houses, museums, concerts, horsedrawn carriage rides and more. Bellefonte. 814-8832033, Dec 8. Dinosaur Day. Learn about dinosaurs, follow a scavenger hunt, look at fossils, view the special art, make crafts and enjoy the day. 10am-4pm. Children’s Museum, Bloomsburg. 570-389-9206, Dec 8. Wyoming County Historical Society - Christmas in Our Hometown. 10am-4pm. Wyoming County Historical Society, Tunkhannock. 570-836-5303, www. Dec 8-Jan 8. Annual Christmas Boulevard in Berwick. A mile-long car tour of animated characters, lights and music, and guests can also say hello to Santa. Free. Berwick Jaycees, Market Street, Berwick. Dec 8. Santa Fly-In Christmas Party. Santa and Mrs. Claus will fly in. Children who attend will receive a gift. Mountain Aviation, Danville Airport, Danville. 570-2844545,

Dec 8. Victorian Night. Step back in time and celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way with live music, strolling carolers and costumed actors. Santa will arrive at 5pm to light the community Christmas tree as a kickoff to the event. Downtown Berwick. Dec 8. Candlelight Christmas Service. A traditional early American church. Enjoy well-loved carols sung by candlelight. Dress warmly and bring a blanket and a flashlight, as the church has no electricity. Warrior Run Church, Turbotville. 570-768-4165, www.freelandfarm. org Dec 8. Christmas in the Wilds. Bring the family and start the day with breakfast with Santa before strolling among the downtown merchants and making free crafts. A parade with giant Macy’s Parade-style heliumfilled balloons will step off at noon. Attendees may also stop to see the reindeer. 9am-3pm. Emporium. www. Dec 8-15. Winter in the Woods Carriage Rides & Dining Event. Take a ride on a beautiful horse-drawn carriage in the heart of Cook Forest and a five-course chef tasting with wine pairings. Live entertainment. 5:30-8pm seatings. Gateway Lodge, Cooksburg. 800843-6862, Dec 9. Performance: Midtown Men. The original stars of the Broadway hit Jersey Boys are out on their own now as the Midtown Men. Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg. 570-389-4409, www.bloomu. edu/CAS Dec 11. Performance: Moscow Boys Choir. A careful blending of heavenly soprano voices with the rich resonance of bass, tenor and baritone sound that brings a distinct Russian flavor to the choral experience. Community Arts Center, Williamsport. 570-326-2424, Dec 11. Performance: Vienna Boys Choir. Singers between the ages of 10 and 14 performing everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. 7:30pm. Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg. 570-577-1000, www.

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Dec 5. Music in the Air. Musical entertainment and children’s activities. Rohrbach’s Farm Market, Bakery and Gift Shop, Catawissa. 570-356-7654,

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Dec 13-16. Performance: The Santaland Diaries. It’s a very Macy’s Christmas, and Crumpet’s not very happy about it. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg. Dec 13-15. Mifflinburg’s Christkindl Market. An authentic Christmas market is inspired by a 700-yearold tradition. Market Street is lined with festive outdoor huts featuring unique handmade crafts and traditional Christkindl treats. There will be craft vendors, German foods, Elf School, children’s lantern parade, and St. Nicholas. Mifflinburg. 888-666-0877,

Dec 14-16. Santa Express. Bellefonte Historical Railroad. Bellefonte Train Station, Bellefonte. www. Dec 14-16. Performance: Scrooge the Musical. The hit musical adapted from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. State Theatre and State College Community Theatre, State College. 814-272-0606, Dec 15. Forks Farm Market Holiday Market. A special farm market just in time for the holidays. 10am. Forks Farm Market, Orangeville. 570-683-5820, www. Dec 15-16. IHF Holiday House Tours. Visit several of Danville’s most interesting homes decked in holiday splendor. Iron Heritage Festival, Danville. Dec 15. Reindeer at Canal Park. One of Santa’s reindeer will visit. Canal Park, Danville.

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Northern Region calendar of events

events subject to change Dec 15. Performance: Paper Bag Players. This company of adults creates and performs original, contemporary musical theater for children ages 4 to 8. 1pm. Free. Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg. 570-577-1000, www.bucknell. edu/WeisCenter Dec 15-16. Performance: Buffalo Valley Singers Holiday Concert. St. John’s United Church of Christ, Lewisburg. 570-568-2183, http://buffalovalleysingers. Dec 15. Twas the Week Before Christmas. Children ages 5-9 are invited to spend the morning making crafts, meeting Santa Claus and getting in the holiday spirit. 9am-noon. Adm. Spring Creek Education Building, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, State College. 814-2313071, Dec 15. Discovery Space Weekend Story Time. Visit for tales of exploration and delight told by Penn State University librarian Ellysa Stern Cahoy. 11am. Free with paid adm. Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, State College. 814-234-0200, Dec 15. Breakfast With Santa. Visit with Santa and do some crafts. There will be fun for all. Advance ticket purchase is required. The Lakeview Lodge, Treasure Lake, DuBois. Dec 18. Performance: Time to Rejoice! The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra will feature the delightful opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. Community Arts Center, Williamsport. 570-326-2424,

Dec 18. Amahl & the Night Visitors. The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra will present its holiday concert. 7:30pm. Community Arts Center, Williamsport. 570322-0227, Dec 19. Performance: John Tesh: Big Band Christmas. Emmy-winning composer, Grammy-nominated musician and nationally syndicated radio host John Tesh returns to the stage this holiday season. Community Arts Center, Williamsport. 570-326-2424, Dec 21-22. Performance: Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra Holiday Concert. That big band sound is back with holiday flair as Williamsport’s very own jazz orchestra serves up a mix of great jazz tunes and holiday favorites. Community Theatre League, Williamsport. 570-327-1777, Dec 22. Thank You Day. Attendees may enjoy cocoa and cookies, special holiday music, make-and-take crafts, ornaments and more as a thank you for supporting the museum this year. 10am-4pm. Those who wear a holiday sweater will receive an adm discount. Children’s Museum, Bloomsburg. 570-389-9206, www. Dec 31. New Year’s Eve Party & Dinner. The dinner and dance will be a lovely event for the whole gang. 7pm. Community Room at Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce building, Wyalusing. 570-746-4922, www. Dec 31. Bloomsburg Y’s New Year’s Eve 5k. Awards presented to the top finishers. Bloomsburg YMCA, Bloomsburg. 570-784-0188, Dec 31. Brewmaster’s Dinner. An exclusive event planned to celebrate the coming of the new year with family and friends. All hosted by Damien Malfara, the owner and brewmaster. Old Forge Brewing Company, Danville. 570-275-8151,


Dec 31-Jan 1. First Night State College. A family-oriented, alcohol-free art- and music-centered New Years celebration. Downtown State College. 814-237-3682,

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Northern Region calendar of events

events subject to change Dec 31. First Night Bradford 2013. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in a fun, safe and festive atmosphere with a fabulous midnight fireworks finale. Downtown Bradford. 716-307-8119,

January Jan 1. Parker Polar Bear Club 2013 Plunge. Freezin’ for a Reason - plunge into the icy Allegheny River. The event benefits many local charities. Bonfire and refreshments avail. Registration at 11am. Plunge at 2pm. Parker’s Landing boat launch area, Parker. 724-504-3074 Jan 2. Performance: Cirque Eloize iD. This astonishing new acrobatic/theatrical spectacle was created in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. Community Arts Center, Williamsport. 570-326-2424, Jan 6. Twelfth Day at Priestley House. The house is seasonally decorated as an English manor house for Twelfth Day. Adm. Joseph Priestley House, Northumberland. 570-473-9474, Jan 11-12. Winterfest. Fun-filled activities starting Friday night with a great meal followed by a movie and bonfire. On Saturday at the Ski Lodge, the famous cardboard sled derby will be offered, along with many outside activities, crafts, trivia and a chili and chowder contest, followed by music and a bonfire. Treasure Lake, DuBois. Jan 12. 5th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. A fire and towels will be available for those who jump into Bennetts Branch. Plunging will take place at 2pm. The Medix Hotel, Weedville. 814-787-5920,

Jan 20. Performance: Nittany Valley Symphony - The Composer Is Dead. A short-format program that promises fun for the entire family, with music by Nathaniel Stookey and story by Lemony Snicket. 4pm. State College High School, South Auditorium, State College. 814-231-8224, Jan 23-26. Performance: Penn State Centre Stage Presents The All Night Strut. Audiences will thrill to this swinging musical revue of jazz, swing, bebop and classic standards from the 1930s and 1940s. 7:30pm. Adm. Downtown Theatre, State College. Jan 25-27. Performance: Beauty & the Beast. A nonmusical version of the famous story. Community Theatre League, Williamsport. 570-327-1777, Jan 25-26. Marienville Winterfest. Food, giveaway drawings, children’s games, a scavenger hunt and a snowmobile torchlight parade. MACA Building and Grounds, Marienville. 814-927-8218, Jan 26-27. Winter Family Festival. Snowmobiling, snow box derby, snowman competition, blizzard volleyball, big kids team sled derby, frozen tundra tag football, the almost-naked mile fun run, the famous polar bear swim and much more. Parker Dam State Park, Penfield. 814-765-5521, Jan 26-27. Winterfest. Break out and get out into the snow and have fun at this family-oriented event. The various activities will include a bonfire, ice skating and sled riding. Treasure Lake, DuBois. 814-371-0711,

Jan 12-13. Warren County Outdoor & Travel Show. Promoting hunting, fishing, hiking, paddling, boating, ATVs, snowmobiling, adventure racing and much more. Warren Mall, Warren. 814-723-3050, Jan 19. Winterfest. Free family fun with activities including XC skiing, showshoeing, ice skating, sledding, kids’ crafts, displays, a guided hike/snowshoe excursion, educational programs and hot chocolate and hot dogs. Free. Hill Creek State Park, Wellsboro. 570-7244246,

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events subject to change Jan 26. Kelletville Winterfest. With the longest snowball throwing contest, snowmobile blindfold obstacle course, snowman building contest and cross country ski sprint race. 1-5pm. The Black Caddis Ranch, Kelletville. 814-463-7606,

Jan 27. Performance: Mozart’s 257th Birthday. 3pm. Esber Recital Hall, Penn State University, University Park. 814-234-8393,

Jan 28. Cabin Fever Film Series: When Trumpets Fade. Loosely based on the combat action of the 112th Infantry, Pennsylvania National Guard in World War II, this 1998 HBO production follows the lives of four infantrymen as they struggle to stay alive in the hell of the Hurtgen Forest along the Siegfried Line in November 1944. 2pm. Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg. 814-466-6263,

February Feb 1-2. Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival. The event features tons of sparkling ice art. Children’s games in the park, live musical events, entertainment, Polar Bear Plunge into the Susquehanna River and a chocolate lovers festival. Hufnagle Park and downtown Lewisburg. 570-523-1743, Feb 1-3. Groundhog Day Celebration 2013. On Groundhog Day, individuals can head to Gobbler’s Knob beginning at 3am to join in the anticipated prognostication by the world-famous Punxsutawney Phil at approximately 7:25am. Downtown Punxsutawney and Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney. Feb 1. 9th Annual Groundhog Day Chili & Hot Wing Cook-Off. Featuring the chili and wing competition, a jalapeno eating contest and other food and beverages available. 6:30pm. A limited number of wing tickets will be available at the door. IUP Culinary School, Punxsutawney. 814-249-1086 V 11-877-717-9933


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events subject to change Feb 1. Performance: Kathy Mattea Calling Me Home. Two-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year. 7:30pm. Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Main Campus, University Park. 814-863-0255, www.

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Feb 6. Performance: Scooby-Doo! Live Musical Mysteries. Jeepers! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang have once again been called in to solve an epic mystery. Community Arts Center, Williamsport. 570326-2424,

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Feb 2. Performance: Ugly Duckling & Tortoise and the Hare. As seen on America’s Got Talent, this unique show combines age-old children’s stories with cutting edge technology. 3pm. Free. Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg. 570577-1000, Feb 2-3. 2013 RiverStone Classic Sled Dog Race. Various races including joring, dog sled races (pro, recreation, purebred), the ISDRA event and Can-Am Sledders. Foxburg. Feb 14. Performance: The Addams Family. Smash hit musical comedy. 7:30pm. Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Main Campus, University Park. Feb 3. Bendigo Snowfest. Featuring a live band. The event is open to everyone and all proceeds will benefit snowmobile grooming in the Allegheny National Forest. 11am-5pm. Flying W Ranch, Tionesta. 440-867-8682, Feb 5. Performance: Cantus, Special Guests: Bucknell University’s Men’s Choir. 7:30pm. Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg. 570577-1000,

Feb 7. Performance: A Chorus Line. In an empty theater on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. Community Arts Center, Williamsport. 570-326-2424, Feb 8. Performance: Spamalot. The story of Monty Python and the Holy Grail as only Broadway can tell it won a Tony for the Best Musical in 2005. Part of the Celebrity Artist Series. Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg. 570-389-4409, www.bloomu. edu/CAS Feb 8-9, 14-17. Performance: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Taking on the truths and myths behind the contemporary conundrum known as the relationship. Community Theatre League, Williamsport. 570-327-1777, Feb 9. Chocolate Fest. A dream day for all chocoholics. The event benefits the Philipsburg Main Street Program. Noon-3pm. Downtown historic Philipsburg. 814-3422260, Feb 10. R.B. Winter State Park Snowfest. Enjoy a snow shoeing hike, cross country skiing, ice skating, horse-drawn carriage rides, an ice rescue demonstration, ice fishing skills, snow mobiling, snow volleyball, broomball, an ice sculptures, search and rescue dogs and special activities for children. Noon-4pm. R.B. Winter State Park, Mifflinburg. 570-966-1455, www. index.htm

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Northern Region calendar of events

events subject to change Feb 12. Performance: Music of the Spheres. The mysteries of space will be revealed in this performance by the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. Community Arts Center, Williamsport. 570-326-2424,

Feb 16. Kiwanis Winterfest. With ice carvers, an ice fishing tournament at 7am, entertainment, a polar bear plunge at noon, human dog sled drag races and sled dog drag races on the lake, ice conditions permitting. 7am-dusk. Camp Brule Boy Scout Camp, Forksville. 570-924-4224,

Feb 12-23. Performance: Penn State Centre Stage Presents Love’s Labour’s Lost. Love and loquacity. Passion and puns. Rhetoric and romance. Pavilion Theatre, University Park.

Feb 16-23. 14th Annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. Chainsaw artists from all over the world will create and share magnificent wood sculptures. 9am-5pm. Ridgway. 814-772-0400,

Feb 12. The Sounds of Mardi Gras. The lodge will be transformed into Bourbon Street. Lakeview Lodge, Treasure Lake, DuBois. Feb 15-17. 7th Annual Coyote Hunt. Each participant must be registered to hunt. Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Association, Sinnemahoning. 814-546-2835, Feb 15-17. 21st Annual Mosquito Creek Sportsmen’s Coyote Hunt. Registration fee. Mosquito Creek Sportsmen’s Association, Frenchville. Feb 15-17. Thon. The largest student-run philanthropy in the world, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, raises funds for the fight to conquer childhood cancer. Bryce Jordan Center, University Park.

Feb 16-17. Jefferson County Longrifles 37th Annual Winter Rendezvous. Knoxdale. 814-849-6220, www. Feb 16. Snowman in the Forest Day. A day of fun wintry activities along the picturesque National Wild and Scenic Clarion River. 9am-3pm. Cook Forest State Park Ice Skating Pond, Cook Forest State Park, Cooksburg. 814-752-2882, Feb 16. Performance: Nittany Valley Symphony Bohemian Rhapsody. 7:30pm. Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Campus, University Park. 814-231-8224, Feb 20. Performance: Live at Birdland Featuring The Birdland Big Band Directed by Tommy Igoe. 7:30pm. Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Campus, University Park. 814-863-0255, Feb 22. Performance: The Jason Bishop Show. As America’s hottest illusionist. Community Arts Center, Williamsport. 570-326-2424,

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events subject to change Feb 24. Performance: ZooZoo - Imago Theatre. Imago’s unique, playful menagerie of creatures fill the stage. Community Arts Center, Williamsport. 570-3262424,

Feb 24. Performance: How I Became a Pirate. Omaha Theater Company’s musical production. 2pm. Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Main Campus, University Park. 814-863-0255,

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eople can enjoy coming (to Bellefonte) any time of year,” said Sally Houser, event chair of Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. “There’s so much history and architecture here. It’s a beautiful community.” Bellefonte, located in Centre County, turns festive each year for Bellefonte Victorian Christmas, now in its 31st year. For a complete schedule of events, including dates, times, locations, and how to purchase tickets when necessary, visit To accommodate visitors, free parking will be available at Bellefonte Middle School, 100 N.

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School St., and Bellefonte High School, 830 E. Bishop St. A free shuttle service will transport visitors from the schools’ parking lots to the downtown area on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9. Festivities will officially kick off with the Gaslight Gala, themed “Scrooge’s Wedding Ball” and featuring dancing, a gourmet dinner, and more, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. Professional entertainment will be provided by Dickens & Company. Tickets are required to attend. Opening ceremonies will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at Bellefonte Elementary School, 100 W. Linn St. A Fezziwigs’ Christmas Party, a family dinner

with Dickens & Company, will take place at 6 p.m. on Dec. 8 and will feature parlor games, the Yorkshire yawning contest, a meal, and more. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob and Mrs. Cratchit, and the Fezziwigs— brought to life by Dickens & Company—will stroll the downtown, as well. The Dickens troupe, led by producer Brian Belge, dresses in authentic handmade period clothing and engages in one-onone conversations with passersby. “We improvise very well through our characters,” Belge explained. “(People) interact with the character instead of an actor.”

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Visitors may also enjoy the Bellefonte Woman’s Club Homes Tour, from 2 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 8, during which seven area homes will be open for ticketholders. The Victorian High Tea, scheduled for various times on

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Dec. 8 and 9, will take place at a new location this year: the Reynolds’ Mansion, 101 W. Linn St. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Houser noted that the three arts and crafts locations— the Bellefonte

YMCA on High Street, Bellefonte Elementary School, and Bellefonte Middle School—will feature the work of more than 60 artists,

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artisans, and crafters. New this year is the Festival of Trees, which is a partnership with the United Way, set up at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science Technology on Harrison Road. A free shuttle will transport visitors to this location during the same hours as the downtown shuttle. “There are all kinds of (activities) for children,” Houser noted. This year’s offerings will include breakfast with Santa, a Victorian Christmas Children’s Party, A Child’s Victorian Tea, Santa’s House, and, new this year, shows by a Puppet Meister. Bellefonte Victorian Christmas also features an assortment of live music, museum offerings, and much more. In addition to the complete list of offerings on www.belle, that information is available via a special official guide. “It’s the size of Where and When,” Houser said, referencing the booklet’s convenient size. Houser hopes “that all who visit Victorian Bellefonte during the event, will feel welcome, have a grand time, and a wonderful holiday season.” 26 - W&W Winter 2013

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December Nov 16-Dec 31. Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. Hersheypark is transformed into a delightful holiday village with more than 30 rides, Santa and his nine live reindeer, live entertainment, games, shops and food. Guests can experience N.O.E.L., a breathtaking light show featuring more than 125,000 dancing lights synchronized to favorite toe-tapping Christmas music. Hersheypark, Hershey. 800-HERSHEY, Nov 16-Jan 1. Hershey Sweet Lights. Guests can drive their cars along a 2.3-mile route through a wooded hillside and enjoy nearly 600 themed light displays, all while listening to the sounds of the season through a customized radio broadcast. Adm. Hershey. 800-HERSHEY, Nov 22-Jan 6. Holiday Lights on the Lake. This drivethrough tour features 51 acres of holiday lights. Lakemont Park, Altoona. 814-949-7275, Nov 23-Dec 28. Christmas in Chocolate Town, A Holiday Dinner Musical. A holiday dinner theater including a festive dinner topped off with a decadent chocolate dessert and a professional song-and-dance performance. Hershey Lodge, Hershey. 800-HERSHEY,

Nov 23-Dec 24. Santa Arrives! Santa will visit every day and photos with Santa will be offered. Museum adm required to visit with Santa. Experience a journey like no other as they walk through the memories, history and traditions of Christmas. National Christmas Center Museum, Paradise. 717-442-7950, Nov 24-25, Dec 1-2. Christmas in Our Hometown. Celebrate Christmas in the little town of Rockhill Furnace. 814-447-5668 Nov 25, Dec 2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, Jan 5-6. Miniature Railroad Club of York 69th Annual Public Open House. Miniature Railroad Club of York, York. 717-458-2932, Nov 30-Dec 8. 12 Shops of Christmas Best Kept Secrets Tour. Exclusive shopping adventure featuring 12 wonderfully festival businesses hand-picked for their uniqueness. Travel from place to place enjoying free special events, such as gifts, demonstrations, games, refreshments and more. Adm. Throughout Lancaster County. 717-721-1750, Nov 30-Jan 5. Exhibit: Holiday Exhibit: Civil War Christmas. Free to the public. Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle. 717-249-7610, Nov 30-Dec 2. Festival of Trees During Holidays in Huntingdon. Celebrate Christmas. Huntingdon. 814643-5449,

Nov 23-25, 29-Dec 2. Performance: The Playhouse at McConnellstown Presents A Christmas Carol. By Michael Paller. The Playhouse at McConnellstown, McConnellstown. 814-627-0311,

Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23. Jennie Wade’s 2nd Annual Open House. Adm. Saturdays 10am-4pm. Sundays 11am-3pm. Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg. 717-334-4100, jennie-wade-house

Nov 23-25, Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16. Santa’s Paradise Express. A 45-minute ride in an authentic vintage steam train. Santa, his helper and musicians will stroll from car to car. After the train ride, children will be treated to storybook readings. Adm. Strasburg Rail Road, Ronks. 717-687-7522,

Dec 1, 8. Polar Express Party. Kids who believe are welcome to dress in their pajamas and will delight in creating their own seasonal take-home craft and receiving a small bag of goodies. Advance reg begins in Oct. Per child fee. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg. 717-687-8628,


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events subject to change Dec 1, 8. Home for the Holidays. Take a nostalgic glimpse at holiday rail travel and meet costumed engineers, conductors, ticket agents and passengers representing the past century. Visit Santa and send a personal telegram to the North Pole. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg. 717-687-8628,

Dec 1-24. Handmade Holidays 3. The entire 500-square-foot exhibit area will be devoted exclusively to the event, which will give shoppers a chance to buy unique, original, one-of-a-kind art. Some Things Looming Fiber Arts Gallery and Studio, Reading. www.

Dec 1-31. An Eisenhower Christmas. The home is decorated for the holidays in the Eisenhower tradition. Eisenhower National Historic Site, Gettysburg. 717-3389114,

Dec 1. Fireside Tea: St. Nicholas Tea. Children of all ages will enjoy sipping hot chocolate with St. Nicholas as he describes a holiday celebration during the Civil War. 1-3pm. Call for tickets. Refreshment Saloon at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, Gettysburg. 877-874-2478,

Dec 1-2. Performance: Forever Plaid - Plaid Tidings. A brand-new show that offers the best of Forever Plaid tied up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top. Cresson Lake Playhouse, Loretto. 814-472-4333,

Dec 1. 3rd Annual Old Getty Place Christmas Parade. Delight in the annual parade, light the great tree in Lincoln Square and sing Christmas carols together to bring in the holiday season. 7pm. Downtown Gettysburg. 717-334-6274

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events subject to change Dec 1. Santa’s Trolley. Enjoy a trolley ride where every child gets to meet Santa and receives a gift. Rockhill Trolley Museum, Rockhill Furnace. 814-447-9576,

Dec 1-2. Christmas Craft Bazaar. Featuring a variety of handmade crafts. Huntingdon Community Center, Huntingdon. 814-643-4241, HolidaysInHuntingdon

Dec 1. Huntingdon Christmas Parade. Celebrate the arrival of Santa with marching bands, floats, fire trucks and more. Orbisonia. 814-447-5668

Dec 1. Performance: Festival of Song. Enjoy the music of the holidays. 7pm. Huntingdon Presbyterian Church, Huntingdon. 814-643-1302

Dec 1-Jan 6. Spectacular Christmas Celebration. Christmas trees through the ages adorned with period decorations, as well as toys, including exotic cars, hot rods, dolls and more. The actual Ernie’s taxi from the holiday movie It’s a Wonderful Life will be showcased, and trains, trains and more trains. AACA Museum, Hershey. 717-566-7100, Dec 1-24. Artisan Marketplace of Perry County. Emerging artists and crafters from across central Pennsylvania will be highlighted. Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) Gallery, Newport. 717-567-7023, Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23. Ice Cream With Santa. Celebrate the sweetness of the season and enjoy unlimited ice cream with Santa Claus. All children may also make a special holiday craft to send to a loved one near or far. Adm. Turkey Hill Experience, Columbia. 888-9868784,


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events subject to change Dec 1-Apr 14. Exhibit: A Life in Letters, Joshua L. Chamberlain Exhibit. Looks at various milestones in the life of one of Maine’s most accomplished sons. The National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg. 717-260-1861,

Dec 4. Performance: Juniata Presents Eileen Ivers. Enjoy a performance by Eileen Ivers. 7:30pm. Rosenberger Auditorium, Juniata College, Huntingdon. 814-641-3000,

Dec 1. Performance: A Night at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet: The Nutcracker. Adm. Scottish Rite Auditorium, Harrisburg. 717-732-1974,

Dec 4-9. Performance: Mary Poppins on Stage. Bringing its own brand of Broadway magic to theaters across the country. Adm. The Hershey Theatre, Hershey. 717-534-3405,

Dec 1-24. Christmas at Fort Hunter. Fresh greens and fruits, dried materials and fresh flowers decorate the mansion as Christmas arrives. Adm. Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, Harrisburg. 717-599-5751, http:// Dec 1. 14th Annual Winterfest Celebration. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, ornament painting, a clown twisting balloons and more. The evening will conclude with caroling and the lighting of the tree. Mount Joy. 717-6530773, Dec 1-22. Performance: A Christmas Carol. Fulton Theatre, Lancaster. 717-397-7425, Dec 1. Kiwanis Pancake Festival. 7am-1pm. First United Methodist Church, Lewistown. Dec 1. Christmas at Cornwall House Tour. Visit homes in the Lebanon Valley decorated for the holiday season. 10am-4pm. Lebanon Valley. 717-272-9711 Dec 1. Performance: Skippyjon Jones. Based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones is an enchanting musical about unleashing one’s powerful imagination and following one’s dreams. Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg. 717-477-SHOW,

Dec 5. Winter’s Night in Silver Spring. This holiday event will feature sleigh rides, musical entertainment, a tree sale, fresh-baked cookies and hot cocoa and a tree lighting. 6-8pm. Silver Spring Fire Company Social Hall, Mechanicsburg. 717-766-1657, Dec 6-7. Overnight Bus Trip to Bedford Springs Resort & Spa. Reservations required. Adm. Meet in the rear parking lot at the Brethren in Christ Church, Carlisle. 717-249-7610, Dec 6-7. Performance: Juniata Theatre Presents Senior Capstones. Juniata College, Huntingdon. 814641-3000, Dec 7. First Friday: Light Up Night. Enjoy specials and entertainment at shops, restaurants and nightlife hotspots. A monthly event during which downtown merchants hold extended hours, host special events and offer discounts. 5-9pm. York.

Dec 2. Flea Market & Toy Show. 7am-1pm. Leesport Farmers Market, Leesport. 610-926-1307, www. Dec 2. Marietta’s 47th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. The town is celebrating its 200th anniversary. Guests may tour 10 gracious, historic homes that are beautifully appointed with holiday decor. A Dickensstyle marketplace, antique show, and artisans and craftsmen. Adm. Marietta. 717-426-4048, Dec 2. Victorian Tea. Adm. Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, Harrisburg. 717-599-5751,

Dec 2. Holiday Open House & Artist in Action. Celebrate the festive holiday season with artist Diane Troutman as she creates her unique Santas. 1-4pm. Village Artisans Gallery, Boiling Springs. 717-258-3256, 31 - W&W Winter 2013


Dec 2, Feb 17. Performance: Gabriel Chamber Ensemble Concert. A professional and self-managed piano quartet now celebrating its 23rd season of chamber music performances in central Pennsylvania. 3pm. Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven. 570-9432558,

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events subject to change Dec 7, 8, 14, 15. Santa’s Secret Garden. Children will be greeted by Santa’s elves as they travel through a path of twinkling lights to discover Santa and his secret garden. Their enchanted journey includes take-home crafts, a visit with Mrs. Claus and a special gift to last the whole year. Included with adm. Hershey Gardens, Hershey. 717-534-3492,

Dec 8. Fireside Tea: 1860s Holiday Tea. Enjoy an 1860s high tea by the fireside as the Victorian Dance Ensemble recreates a holiday celebration. 1-3pm. Call for tickets. Refreshment Saloon of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Gettysburg. 877-8742478,

Dec 7. Performance: Gaither Homecoming Christmas Spectacular. Adm. Giant Center, Hershey. 717-5343911,

Dec 8. 16th Annual Inns of the Gettysburg Area Holiday House Tour & Tasting. Visit area inns and other historic properties decorated for the holidays. Noon5pm. Gettysburg area.

Dec 7. Holiday Wreaths at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Volunteers will gather at the Gettysburg National Cemetery and place more than 1,600 Christmas wreaths on the graves of veterans. 1pm. Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Gettysburg. 717-337-1728

Dec 8. Performance: Glorious Sounds of the Season. Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, Millersville University, Millersville. 717-872-3024,

Dec 7-9. Festival of Trees & Wreaths. Enjoy the decorations and music of the holiday theme. Presbyterian Church, Mount Union. 814-542-2017

Dec 8. Tavern Lunch. Sittings at 10 and 11am, noon, and 1 and 2pm. Reservations required. Gemberling-Rex House, Schaefferstown. 717-949-2244

Dec 7, 14. Holiday Carriage Rides. 5-8pm. Departs from Sweet Sensations on Dec. 7 and from the Lebanon Farmers Market on Dec. 14. Lebanon.

Dec 8. Christkindlmarkt. Crafts from the 18th and 19th centuries. 9am-3pm. Brendle Museum, basement, Schaefferstown. 717-949-2244

Dec 8. Holiday Family Program. Civil War Christmas crafts, treats and holiday fun for the family. Bring a camera to take a free photo with Santa. 10am-noon. Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle. 717249-7610,

Dec 8. Early American Candlelight Christmas. Authentic period decorations; candlelight tours of the Harnish Stone House and Tavern, the Stehman Blacksmith Shop and the Atkinson Log House; period music; open hearth cooking and baking demos and more. 5-9pm. Free. Conestoga Area Historical Society, Conestoga. 717-872-1699,

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events subject to change Dec 8-9. Lancaster Designer Craftsmen Holiday Weekend. Spend two jam-packed days celebrating the holiday season with local instructors teaching new craft techniques through ornament making. Adm. All supplies included. Price varies. Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster. Dec 8. Maytown Winter Festival. Musical groups and costumed individuals will perform and add a festive atmosphere to the day. Jolly Olde St. Nicholas and German folk character the Belsnickel will entertain children. Costumed guides will conduct tours of the historic village aboard a trolley. Food, craft and antique vendors.10am-4pm. Maytown. Dec 8. Performance: The Letterman - The Christmas Tour. A reserved seating show. Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Dec 8-9. Performance: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will present this timeless Yuletide classic. Whitaker Center, Harrisburg. 717-245-ARTS, Dec 8. Performance: Clay Aiken’s Joyful Noise Tour 2012. Full of holiday classics backed by a 20-piece orchestra. 8pm. Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg. 717-477-SHOW, Dec 9. Performance: Holiday Festival Concert. Featuring the York College Chorale, Voca Bella and Wind Symphony. 3-5pm. Free adm. Collegiate Performing Arts Center, York College of Pennsylvania, York. 717815-1562,

Dec 14. Christmas Candle Light Tour. The Johannas Mueller home will be open to the public for free on this night. Free tours of the house will be offered, and light refreshments will be served. Lititz Historical Foundation, Lititz. 717-627-4636, Dec 14. Performance: The Gathering: A Holiday Show. Gorgeous voices and crystalline harmonies backed by an all-string band, this wonderful collection of country musicians breathes new life into traditional Christmas music. 7:30pm. Carlisle Theatre, Carlisle. 717-2580666, Dec 15-16. Performance: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Hershey Theatre, Hershey. 717-534-3405, Dec 15. East Berlin Holiday House Tour. Historic 18thand 19th-century homes and buildings will be featured. Participants may enjoy refreshments and music at the fire hall during the tour. Noon-5pm. In and around East Berlin. 717-259-0822, 717-259-9866, Dec 15 -Jan 5. Shining Light Through the Darkness. Walking light tour. Derry Park, Lewistown. Dec 15-16. Straight & Curl Cat Show. Lebanon Valley Expo Center and Fairgrounds, Lebanon. 610-316-2376, Dec 16. Boston Tea Party at Turkey Hill Experience. Adm. Turkey Hill Experience, Columbia. 888-986-8784,

Dec 12. Performance: Jim Brickman’s On a Winter Night. 7:30-9:30pm. Reservations required. StrandCapitol Performing Arts Center, York. 717-846-1111, Dec 12. Performance: Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna. 7:30pm. Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg. 717-477-SHOW, Dec 13. Carol Sing. Join the Moravian Trombone Choir and sing some Christmas carols. Refreshments will be offered afterwards in the fellowship hall. 7-8pm. Moravian Church Square, Lititz. 717-627-4636, http:// Dec 14-16. Performance: A Musical Christmas Card. A special event on the Mainstage, YLT’s annual Christmas musical variety show will be brimming with holiday cheer. York Little Theatre, York. 717-854-5715,

Dec 14. Performance: An Evening With Rita Coolidge. 8pm. Adm. Sunoco Performance Theater in Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg. 717-2142787,

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Dec 14. 17th Annual Gettysburg Tuba Carol Fest. Tuba players from everywhere will play Christmas carols. 7pm. The rain site will be the Prince of Peace Episcopal Church. Lincoln Square, Gettysburg. 717-334-7719

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events subject to change Dec 16. Sunday Society Program: Christmas of Yesteryear. Includes live music, Victorian children’s toys, vintage toy trains and old-fashioned Christmas trees. 1:30pm. Free and open to the public. Lebanon County Historical Society, Lebanon. 717-272-1473,

Dec 21. Performance: Trans-Siberian Orchestra. TSO will team up with Hallmark Channel to present the live debut of the band’s multi-platinum rock opera, The Lost Christmas Eve, a modern classic that can stand side by side with a Charles Dickens tale. 4 and 8pm. Adm. Giant Center, Hershey. 717-534-3911,

Dec 17-23. Little Buffalo Christmas Trail. Little Buffalo State Park, Newport. 717-567-9255, www.dcnr.state.

Dec 22. Performance: Straight No Chaser. 4 and 8pm. Adm. Hershey Theatre, Hershey. 717-534-3405, www.

Dec 18. Performance: Shrek The Musical. Part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverant fun for everyone. 7:30pm. Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg. 717-477-SHOW,

Dec 26-29. Yuletide at Rock Ford Plantation. Step back in time and celebrate the 18th century season of Yuletide, when Christmas Day was only the beginning of the season! Candlelight tours from 4-8pm. Rock Ford Plantation, Lancaster. 717-392-7223,

Dec 19-20. Performance: Cirque Éloize iD. The contemporary circus world meets the world of urban dance set in an urban decor. 7:30pm. Adm. Hershey Theatre, Hershey. 717-534-3405,

Dec 27. Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge. A fun race for all ages. There will also be games, prizes and product sampling in base area. Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry. 717-432-9631, Dec 27-29. Wild Winter Adventure. This three-hour program is designed to teach children in grades K-5 how animals deal with the cold and survive the winter. 1-4pm. ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, Hershey. 717-534-3900, Dec 29. Finicky Feline Society Cat Show. 9am-5pm. Adm. Leesport Farmers Market, Leesport. 610-9261307, Dec 31. Red Lion New Year’s Eve Celebration. Free family fun and music, the cigar raising and fireworks at midnight. 8pm-midnight. Red Lion.

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Dec 31. New Year’s Eve Celebration. Entertainment at downtown venues and fireworks and a party in Lincoln Square. Gettysburg. 717-334-5006,

Jan 19. 2013 Outdoor Hockey Alumni Game. The Hershey Bears vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins alumni game. Hershey AHL Hall of Famers Ralph Keller, Mike Nykoluk and Willie Marshall are expected to be in attendance. Adm. Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey. 717508-2327,

Dec 31. 20th Annual Countdown to Noon. A count down to noon instead of midnight. Reserve tickets. Adm. Sunoco Performance Theater in Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg. 717-238-4111,

Jan 19. Performance: Elvis Birthday Bash. Scot Bruce and Mike Albert, widely considered the premier Elvis impersonators of our time. American Music Theatre, Lancaster. 717-397-7700,

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Dec 31. 3-2-1! Lancaster. Ring in the New Year downtown with more than 20 different family-friendly entertainment offerings and activities. Clipper Magazine Stadium and the City YMCA branch, Lancaster. 717291-4758, Dec 31. New Year’s Eve Gala. Ring out the old and bring in the new while dining and dancing the night away in an atmosphere steeped in the allure of days gone by. Mount Hope Estate and Winery, Manheim. 717-665-7021, Dec 31. The Great Chip Drop. New Year’s Eve celebration starting at 7pm. Downtown Lewistown. 717-2484901, Dec 31. New Year’s Eve Bologna Drop. Midnight. Lebanon. Dec 31. Carlisle’s First Night Celebration. A familyoriented celebration of the arts taking place throughout the streets of downtown. Ring in the New Year at midnight with fireworks and a car drop. 6pm. Downtown Carlisle. 717-258-0666,


Jan 19. Performance: Voices of Hope Winter Opera Gala. A range of musical styles, from spirituals and operatic pieces to excerpts from well-loved musicals. Fulton Theatre, Lancaster. 717-397-7425, Jan 20. 2013 Capital BlueCross AHL Outdoor Classic. The marquee event in honoring 75 years of Hershey Bears hockey. The Bears will face off against rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins outside in the elements at one of the most recognizable and historic venues in the region. Adm. Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey. 717-508-2327, Jan 24-29. Pennsylvania Auto Show. Adm. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg. 323-216-7557, Jan 25. Winter Innkeeper’s Civil War Ball. A full sitdown dinner. Period dance lessions will be included. Visit the website for more information. Gettysburg Hotel Ballroom, Gettysburg. Welcome to the

Jan 6. Performance: Grease - The Sing-Along. 2pm. Adm. The Hershey Theatre, Hershey. 717-534-3405,

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Jan 11-13. Performance: Deathtrap. Broadway’s longest running comedy-thriller is an ingenious murder mystery. Adm. York Little Theatre, York. 717-854-5715, Jan 11-13. Performance: Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Super Heroes. Super Grover needs help, and it’s Elmo and the Fabulous Five to the rescue when this fantastic musical production zooms into Hershey. The Hershey Theatre, Hershey. 717-534-3405,

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Jan 15-16. Mid-Atlantic Breeders Sale. Adm. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg. 717949-6882, Jan 17. Performance: The MidTown Men. The original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. 7:30-9:30pm. Reservations required. Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, York. 717-846-1111,

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After seven consecutive years of celebration, the Lititz Fire and Ice Festival, held each President’s Day weekend, shows no signs of cooling off. In fact, the brainchild of former downtown Lititz business owners Dawn Rissmiller and Tammy Boltz is really starting to sizzle. The festival, which will be held from Friday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 17, combines the crystalline ice creations of Ernie DiMartino from Jeannette, Pa., with spicy chili dishes prepared by 20 area chefs, each vying for a coveted prize while working to raise funds for a nonprofit organization of his or her choice. A winter carnival and dodgeball tournament have been added to the events to round out the weekend. DiMartino

and his crew of three or four arrive on Thursday and begin piling blocks of ice on top of one another to solidify for carving. Smaller statues arrive already carved, but the larger statues that Rissmiller calls “giants” are carved live on Friday evening when the block party begins at 5 p.m. “It’s both a block party and a block of ice party,”

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laughed Rissmiller, referring to the dual nature of the event. Since the Friday night portion has grown substantially over the last few years (Rissmiller cites exceptional weather as the reason crowds numbering in the thousands have gathered in the downtown area), the ice sculpture portion of the celebration will move to Lititz Springs Park, 18 N. Broad St., in 2013. The idea of expanding to encompass the park dates back to the DiMartino Ice Company’s first visit to the town, when they suggested that the festival take place on Main and Broad along with the park. “When I would think of the park, I would think of the lights being out and all these ice sculptures illuminating the park,” said Rissmiller. “And that’s what we’re doing. We will illuminate the ice from the bottom up.”


In addition to live ice carving, the block party includes entertainment by a fire eater, international food vendors along with traditional Lancaster

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hand. “(The team members) can get sponsors and dress up in funky cost u m e s , ” explained Rissmiller, who said the event especially appeals to members of the more than 50 members of the Lititz Leo Club who organize the Fire and Ice Festival along with her and Boltz. A basket bingo is also planned for Sunday afternoon. Rissmiller believes this year’s festival, the eighth annual, will be bigger and better than before. “There is nothing like (the festival),” she said. “The ice carvings are unbelievable. They are exquisite.” She is dedicated to continuing to improve the event in the future as well. “I live in Lititz, so I have a passion to keep this going,” she said. Buttons, which are necessary to attend the chili cook-off, may be purchased by emailing lititz leoclub@gmail. com. For more information log on to whereand

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County fare, games, and a marshmallow roast. The chili cook-off will be held at Warwick High School, 301 W. Orange St., along with the winter carnival. Both events will run from 11 to 3. Like the block party, the chili cook-off has expanded over the years, outgrowing two downtown venues before moving to the high school a few years ago. “We will serve up to 1,500 samples of chili,” on Saturday, noted Rissmiller. Chefs and their crews will compete for a variety of prizes, including the Five Alarm trophy, chosen by a representative of the local fire company, and the Mayor’s Choice. A Team Spirit Trophy and the People’s Choice Trophy, which is awarded based on the chili that raised the most money for a given charity, will also be awarded. While chili simmers in one room, children will have the opportunity to enjoy games, inflatables, and other activities, such as face painting. This year, on Saturday night, a free family movie will be show at 7 p.m. in the New Towne Center at Luther Acres, 600 E. Main St., as part of the festival. On Sunday, organizers have added a dodgeball tournament, which is free to spectators, beginning at 1 p.m., with games at both Warwick High School and Middle School. The event will be open to teams of middle and high school students that have registered before-

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events subject to change Jan 25. Chili & Jazz With Ned Smith Center. There’s nothing like warm chili and hot jazz to break those winter blues. 7:30pm. Adm. Wooden Nickel, Millersburg. 717-692-3699, Jan 26. Battle of the Bulge Re-enactment. The event is broken into two parts: the first for the World War II veterans and living historians and the second for the general public. In 2011, 1,500 people from 39 states and four countries participated. Fort Indiantown Gap. Jan 27. Cardboard Derby. Teams of up to six people create cardboard vehicles and ride them down the snow tubing runs. Junior and adult divisions. Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry. 717-432-9631, www.

February Feb 1. Art Opening & Reception: Steampunk Group Show. 5-8pm. Lebanon Picture Frame and Fine Art Gallery, third floor, Lebanon. 717-279-7725, Feb 2-28. Chocolate-Covered February in Hershey. What better place to celebrate humanity’s love of the world’s favorite culinary delight than in Hershey, the Sweetest Place on Earth? Adm. Locations around Hershey. 800-437-7439, Feb 2-10. Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show. The largest consumer event of its kind in North America welcomes sports enthusiasts to view hunting and fishing products; plan outdoor sport and camping vacations; shop for fishing boats, RVs, SUVs, motorcycles and ATVs. Adm. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg. 800-467-5656, Feb 3. Chocolatefest. Offering three sessions of chocolate/food tastings and entertainment. Each session includes a silent auction, a basket giveaway drawing and jazz by local high school groups. Adm. Hershey Lodge, Hershey. 717-232-7509, Feb 5. Performance: Juniata Presents Ian Cheney & Curt Ellis. 7:30pm. Rosenberger Auditorium, Juniata College, Huntingdon. 814-641-3000, Feb 8. Performance: Lord Of the Dance. The Hershey Theatre, Hershey. 717-534-3405, www.hersheytheatre. com Feb 9. 7th Annual BatFest. Come out of hibernation for this annual event. Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks, Huntingdon. 814-643-0268, Feb 9. Performance: Etta May. The Queen of Southern Sass regales her audiences with stories of life as a socalled Southern poor white trash wife and mother. 7:30pm. Carlisle Theatre, Carlisle. 717-258-0666, www.

Feb 10. Performance: Garry Krinsky: Toy With Science. A fast-paced, dynamic program. Adm. Kutztown University, Kutztown. 610-683-4092, www. Feb 15. Performance: Juniata Presents Stew & the Negro Problem. 7:30pm. Rosenberger Auditorium, Juniata College, Huntingdon. 814-641-3000, Feb 15-18. Lititz Fire & Ice Festival. A Friday night block party, a Winter Wonderland and a chili cookoff. Lititz. 717-371-1846, Feb 16. Performance: Rock of Ages. An arena-rock love story told through mind-blowing, face-melting hits. Adm. The Hershey Theatre, Hershey. 717-534-3405, Feb 16-17. Motorama Arena Races & Speed Show. The nation’s largest all-indoor motorsports event featuring 1 million square feet of exhibit space. Adm. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg. 717-359-7056, Feb 16. Kickoff for Lebanon County Bicentennial Celebration. The event will include activities for the children; historical displays an much more. A special program beginning at 1:30pm will honor this once-in-alifetime event. 11am-5pm. Lebanon Valley Expo Center and Fairgrounds, Lebanon. Feb 16. Performance: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. Gregory Popovich provides non-stop fun for all ages with his Comedy Pet Theater, which features eye-popping juggling and a cast of talented cats and dogs. Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg. 717-477SHOW, Feb 21-24. Horse World Expo. The nation’s leading equestrian clinicians and entertainers will gather for four days of education, entertainment and shopping. Adm. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg. 301-916-0852, Feb 21. Lecture: An Evening With John Quiñones. The co-anchor of ABC’s Primetime shares his vision of Hispanic America and stories from his life and career. 8pm. Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg. 717-477-SHOW, Feb 22-24. Performance: Puss in Boots. The classic tale is full of romance, pluck and fun. Adm. York Little Theatre, York. 717-854-5715, Feb 22-24. 2013 Pennsylvania Garden Expo. Adm. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg. 717-236-4300, Feb 26-Mar 3. Performance: Jersey Boys. The Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2006 takes audience members up the charts, across the country and behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Adm. The Hershey Theatre, Hershey. 717-534-3405, www.

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December Nov 20-Jan 6. Holiday Tours. Enter a mansion decorated in Victorian splendor. Each room tells a different part of the story of how Christmas as we know it today began. Free. Pennypacker Mills, Schwenksville. 610-287-9349, http://historicsites.montcopa/pennypackermills Nov 23-24, Dec 1. Steamtown NHS Holiday Train Ride. Steamtown NHS, Scranton. Nov 23-Dec 2. Treasures & Traditions Holiday Craft Show. The region’s best artisans and crafters will come together for this juried collection of crafts, gifts, fine art and antiques at this popular one-stop shopping holiday show. 10am-4pm. Pearl S. Buck House, Green Hills Farm, Perkasie. 215-249-0100, Nov 23-Jan 6. Twelfth Night Tours. Enjoy a guided tour of the manor, which will be decorated with greens and holly for the Yuletide season. Guests will learn about traditional English celebrations of Twelfth Night and how they differed from modern Christmas celebrations. Pottsgrove Manor, Pottstown. 610-326-4014, http:// Nov 28-Dec 2. Performance: The Bourgeois Pig. This funny and powerful new play by Guggenheim Fellow Brighde Mullins explores the power of the image - on the page and in the public eye. Muhlenberg College, Allentown. Nov 29-Dec 2. Old-Fashioned Christmas. Friday’s festivities include the arrival of Santa in the holiday parade and the community tree lighting in front of the courthouse. The celebration features more than 40 activities, including guided walking tours and performances by a wide variety of musicians. West Chester. 610-696-4046, Nov 30-Dec 8. 12 Shops of Christmas. Northampton County’s Best Kept Secrets Tour is a shopping, food and fun adventure featuring 12 off-the-beaten-path businesses hand-picked for their uniqueness. Set up like a home or garden tour, the event allows participants to travel from place to place, enjoying speciall free refreshments, games, gifts, demonstrations and more. Adm. Bethlehem. 717-682-7361, Nov 30, Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16. Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas Celebration. The celebration will include train rides with Santa, a Christmas play, a live Nativity, historic district ghost walks, the Olde Time Christmas Arts Bazaar, a gingerbread house contest, mansion tours, strolling carolers and musicians, horse-drawn carriages, a mug walk, expanded shopping hours and seasonal dinner specials. A Christmas parade and tree lighting on Nov 30 at 6pm. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 888-JIM-THORPE,

Dec 1. Candlelight Tour. Experience the historic 18thcentury Wentz house and farm by candlelight with Colonial period music, decor and the traditional Pennsylvania German Belsnickel. Free adm. Wentz Farmstead, Worcester. 610-584-5104, www.montcopa. org/historicsites Dec 1. Christmas in a Small Town Train. Stops at Carbondale to Scranton. Lackawanna Heritage Valley, Scranton. Dec 1-2. Peddler’s Village Christmas Festival 2012. The annual Christmas parade at 1:30pm on Saturday will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus accompanied by local Scout troops and heralded by the Central Bucks East marching band. The village will be decorated Victorianstyle with fruit wreaths and greenery, and live holiday entertainment will be offered throughout the weekend. Attendees may stay late and enjoy the outdoor holiday light display of one million jewel-colored lights. 10am5pm both days. Free. Peddler’s Village, Lahaska. 215794-4000, Dec 1-31. Winter Wonderland Holiday Tours. Tour the castle, which will be decked out for the holiday season. Fonthill Castle Museum, Doylestown. 215-348-9461, Dec 1. Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas on the Farm. Step into the 1756 farmhouse and meet living history performers portraying the Steckel family as they prepare for a 19th-century Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas, complete with carols, a tabletop Christmas tree and holiday treats. Noon-5pm. Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum, Whitehall Township. Dec 1-2, 8-9. Quiet Valley’s Annual Old Time Christmas. Guests will enjoy Christmas in the 1800s as guides dressed in period clothing lead them by lantern light through the historic buildings and displays. Include storytelling, the Christmas Putz, a live Nativity, caroling, a Belsnickel visit, a gift shop and more. Adm. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg. 570-9926161, Dec 1-22. Performance: A Christmas Wizard of Oz. A snow blizzard carries Dorothy and Toto to the Magical Eflinsland, where Glinda is the Good Witch of the North Pole. Dorothy must get home to open her Christmas presents in the morning, so she sets off to meet the Wizard, who lives in the Great Palace of Toys. Fridays and Saturdays. 10am. The Shawnee Playhouse, Shawnee on Delaware. 570-421-5093, Dec 1. Annual Settlers Inn Victorian Christmas Celebration. Reserve a spot now for the most popular event of the year. Adm. The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park Restaurant, Hawley. 800-833-8527,

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Dec 1. Candlelight Christmas in Chadds Ford. Enjoy a self-guided holiday tour where Colonials greet attendees and treat them to an old-fashioned Christmas. Tickets required. Chadds Ford Historical Society, Chadds Ford. 610-388-7376, Dec 1. Performance: Visions of Sugarplums. Travel to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the handsome pince and Clara are entertained by the Sugar Plum Fairy in Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet. Auditorium of Unionville High School, Kennett Square. 610-444-6363, Dec 1. Iron Plantation Christmas. Over the years, the people of Hopewell Furnace celebrated Christmas in a variety of ways and welcomed St. Nicholas in a variety of forms. Visitors are invited to gather to share the echoes and glimpses of Christmas past. Beware the Belsnickel! Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Elverson. 610-582-8773, Dec 1-2. Candlelight Tours. The mansion features time period rooms decorated by area garden clubs. Attendees may share in carols and holiday traditions familiar to the previous owners of the mansion. Hibernia Masion, Wagontown. 610-383-3812, site/default.asp Nov 23-25, Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16. Santa’s Express. Enjoy a holiday ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the heated, decorated train that takes a 90-minute journey back in time to the village of Glen Mills. 11am, 1 and 3pm. West Chester Railroad, West Chester. 610-4302233, Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16. Holiday Open House. The wineries will be decorated in their holiday finery, will host carolers and holiday musicians and will offer special holiday sale pricing. Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, Brandywine Valley. Dec 1-29. December Christmas Teas. Fridays and Saturdays only. Fridays at 6pm. Saturdays at noon. Sugar’s Tearoom & Gift Shoppe, Kingston. 570-7144832, Dec 2. Chocolate & Wine Tasting: A Delicious Afternoon. Pairing chocolate with wine will make for a delicious tasting event. The chocolates are created by the Philadelphia gourmet chocolate-making company John & Kira’s, which is a socially innovative chocolate company. 1:303:30pm. Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 215-247-5777, ext. 125,

Dec 2. Performance: Danú. Celtic music lovers around the globe have been thrilled by the ensemble’s virtuoso players on fiddle, flutes, button accordion and percussion as well as the voice of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square. 610-388-1000,

Dec 7. Hawley Winterfest: Seasonal Family Craft Workshop. Members of the whole family can create a seasonal craft to take home for decoration or to give as a gift. Allow 30 minutes for each craft. 6-7:30pm. Registration not required. Free. PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Hawley.

Dec 7-9. Hawley Winterfest 2012. A jolly dose of activities to delight attendees, including delicious holiday fare, the sounds of the season filling the air, a children’s show at the community theater, artists and authors mingling with residents and visitors, ice carving, gingerbread decorating, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday house tours and much more. Downtown Hawley. 570-226-4064,

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events subject to change Dec 7-16. Performance: The Nutcracker. Brandywine Ballet performances. It’s a cozy Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaums’ house, which is deocrated with Christmas ornaments, wreaths, stockings, mistletoe and a majestic Christmas tree in the center of it all. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University, West Chester. 610-696-2711, Dec 8-9, 15-16, 22-23. Santa on the Trolley. Lackawanna County Trolley Museum, Scranton. www. Dec 8-9. Christmas Wonderland 2012: A Musical Holiday Spectacular. An enchanting cast of professional singers and dancers will present a high-energy, family-oriented song and dance tribute to the holidays. Dazzling costumes, familiar songs, toe-tapping numbers and special effects will kindle the holiday spirit in everyone. West Chester University, Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, West Chester. 610-436-2266, www. Dec 8. Victorian Christmas Open House. The music of a bell choir beckons, for it’s Christmastime and Santa is waiting. Guests will enter the decorated mansion of Governor Pennypacker and celebrate a Victorian Christmas. Glass ornaments, ribbon and gold trim add shine to every mantle and windowsill. Living historians will bring holiday traditions to life, and attendees may enjoy the voices of a chamber choir. Free. Pennypacker Mills, Schwenksville. 610-287-9349, http://historicsites.

Dec 8. Holiday Wonderland. Experience the mirth of an 18th-century holiday. The Mill, decked out in evergreens and ribbons, will enchant visitors to take part in an oldfashioned winter extravaganza, including craft making, cookie decorating and letter writing to Santa, who will wait in the 1930s-era post office to take the letters back with him to the North Pole. The Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust, Chester Springs. 610-827-1906, Dec 8. 9th Annual Phoenixville Firebird Festival. Bundle up and visit the arts bazaar at the Firebird site to meet a diverse selection of the region’s fine artists and artisans and to shop for holiday gifts. Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Phoenixville. 610933-3070, Dec 9. Historic Pottstown by Candlelight - 26th Annual Holiday House Tour. Tour tickets include a Victorian tea from noon-2pm; the tour of homes, churches and historic buildings from 1-6pm; trolley transportation; and free refreshments. There will be a train display and musical entertainment throughout the tour. Pottstown. 610-323-2229 Dec 9. 10th Annual Latkepalooza. One of Philadelphia’s hottest foodie events. Philly’s top restaurants will whip up their creative spin on the latke, from sweet potato to spinach and feta and everything in between. 2-4pm. Order early to guarantee admission. Gershman Y, Philadelphia. 215-545-4400, viewprogramBeta.php?id=524 Dec 9. Holiday Festivities for the Family at Fonthill. Enjoy Fonthill’s holiday decorations during a ground floor open house. Attendees may sip hot cider and make a handmade ornament. Noon-4pm. Free. Fonthill Castle Museum, Doylestown. 215-348-9461, Dec 9. Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight. As members of the Colonial upper class, the Potts family would be expected to entertain in high style. Guests may tour the manor house by candlelight as costumed interpreters portray the 18th-century resident of Pottsgrove Manor celebrating Twelfth Night. Pottsgrove Manor, Pottstown. 610-326-4014,

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Dec 9. Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides. The horse-drawn carriage ride through picturesque historic Kennett Square will leave from the corner of State and Union streets and sweep participants through the downtown winter wonderland. Guests may go holiday shopping in the fine shops and galleries or enjoy warm food and drink in top-rated restaurants. Kennett Square. 610444-8188, Dec 10-22. The 12 Days of Christmas. Each day features a different event. The activities will vary by day, and the website offers specifici itineraries. Reservations required. Herrs Snack Factory Tour, Nottingham. 610932-6400,



Dec 14. Festival of Trees - Opening Reception. Electric City Trolley Museum, Scranton. Dec 14. NEPA Philharmonic Holiday Show. Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. Dec 14. Annual Candlelight Tours. As the heart of this spectacular 22-acre historic site, the Mill building will be warmed by the light from hundreds of luminarias, and light refreshments will be provided. Guests may enjoy the sounds of strolling Victorian holiday carolers, performing against the quintessential Rockwellian winter backdrop - an old grist mill. The Mill at Anselma, Chester Springs. 610-827-1906, Dec 15. Verdi’s Aida. The Met: Live in HD presents this tale of an Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle. Allentown Symphony Hall, Allentown. Dec 15. Santa Arrives by Helicopter. Santa will trade his sleigh for a helicopter. Attendees may visit with Santa at 11am or 1:30pm. Adm for children includes a meet-and-greet with Santa, refreshments and holiday activities. Attendees should bring their own cameras. Family helicopter rides, the perfect holiday gift, will be offered all day. American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, West Chester. 610-436-9600, www.

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events subject to change Dec 16, 21. Performance: Peace & Love at Christmas. The Brandywine singers will present their annual winter concert of sacred and secular repertoire. Valley Forge Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge National Park, Valley Forge. 610-470-0870, Dec 18. Lecture: A Conversation With Kevin Phillips: 1775 - A Good Year for Revolution. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for history, Kevin Phillips is a regular commentator for NPR and has been a political and economic commentator for four decades. 7:30-9pm. Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library, Philadelphia. 800-595-4849, authorevents Dec 19. Annual March In of the Continental Army. On Dec. 19, 1777, Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army marched in to Valley Forge to set up winter quarters. Attendees will experience an evening in Valley Forge and may take a candlelit guided walk to the Muhlenberg Brigade huts, where they will encounter a living continental camp. Guests may warm up in the Visitor Center with 18th-century music, refreshments and more. 6-8pm. Free. Valley Forge National Historical Park, King of Prussia. Dec 26-28. Performance: The Nutcracker. Ballet Theatre of Scranton. Scranton. Dec 27-Jan 27. Performance: Meshuggah-Nuns! Nunsense hits the high seas as the Little Sisters of Hoboken go on a Faith of All Nations cruise. The captain enlists their aid when seasickness strikes everyone in the cast of Fiddler on the Roof, except the actor playing Tevye. Hedgerow Theatre, Media. 610-565-4211, www. Dec 29-31. PEEPS Fest. Three sweet days of family fun featuring those delicious marshmallow PEEPS. Children and their parents will enjoy live music, arts and crafts, movies, s’more making, photos with the PEEPS Chick and more. ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Dec 31. First Night Scranton. Downtown Scranton. Dec 31-Jan 1. Performance: XPN Welcomes New Year’s Eve With Ben Arnold. Ben Arnold, known for some of the most soulful sounds around, is back. The celebration will be a loud and groovy way to kick off 2013. Doors open at 8pm, and the show starts at 9:30pm. Steel City Coffeehouse, Phoenixville. www. Dec 31-Jan 1. New Year’s Eve Party! The musicians in Start Making Sense, a seven-piece Talking Heads cover band, have come from psychedelia-funk, New York City underground spoof bands, world beat/jam and headbanging punk to bring to the stage a once in a lifetime experience. 9pm. Musikfest Cafe at Steel Stacks, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378, details.php?54862

January Jan 5, Feb 2. Kids Join the Continental Army. Children ages 6-12 are invited to join Continental Army re-enactors. Participants will be mustered into the army by receiving enlistment papers and Continental currency. 11am-noon. Free. Valley Forge National Historical Park, King of Prussia. Jan 12. Performance: A Chorus Line. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, Bethlehem. Jan 17. The Count of Monte Cristo. Presented by National Theatre Live. A leader of men, a captain at 19 and a hopeless romantic - Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale comes to life in a theatrical adventure for family audiences. 7-9pm. Allentown Symphony Hall, Allentown. Jan 18-20. Motorsports 2013. More than 200 racing vehicles representing just about all forms of the sport will be on display throughout the three days. More than 600 exhibit booths offering 400-plus racing dealers, hardcore manufacturers of racing equipment and more will be part of the huge show, which is considered the biggest and best of its type in the Northeastern and MidAtlantic states. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, Oaks. Jan 26. Performance: Enter the Haggis. Five albums and a decade on the road have seen Toronto roots rock band Enter the Haggis evolve from a wildly popular local band to an established international touring act. Doors open at 7pm; show starts at 8pm. World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Philadelphia. 215-222-1400, http://tickets. Jan 31-Mar 3. Performance: The Winter’s Tale. Internationally acclaimed director Guy Hollands from Scotland reinvents this tale of kings and queens and revenge and betrayal, spanning countries, seasons, decades and generations. The production will be a vicerally dynamic event featuring live music and acrobatics. People’s Light and Theatre Company - Main Stage, Malvern. 610-644-3500,

February Feb 1-9. Performance: Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alexander is having a really, really bad day. He wakes up with gum in his hair, his best friend abandons him on the playground, and his mom forgets to put dessert in his lunch box. This totally awesome musical will tickle audience members’ funny bones while helping kids to understand that some days are just like that. Walnut Street Theatre for Kids, Philadelphia.

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events subject to change Feb 1. Performance: Mountain Heart. Known for cutting-edge acoustic excellence, this Grammy-nominated vanguard of contemporary folk musicians has shared stages with Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, George Jones and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among others. 8-10pm. Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, Bethlehem. www. Feb 2. Performance: Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary Tour. A powerhouse lineup with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter and Ambrose Akinmusire - a perfect mixture of old and new, vocal and instrumental, bee bop, fusion, free and soul jazz. 8pm. Merriam Theater, Philadelphia. Feb 2. Performance: Angelina Ballerina: The Musical. Based on the beloved children’s books and animated television series, this show from the award-winning Vital Theatre Company will have attendees dancing in the aisles. Perfect for children ages 3-12. 1-3pm. Allentown Symphony Hall, Allentown. Feb 8-9. Valentine Tea. Feb. 8 at 6pm. Feb. 9 at noon. Sugar’s Tearoom & Gift Shoppe, Kingston. 570-7144832, Feb 9-24. Crystal Cabin Fever - Dinotopia. Check out the amazing ice displays all sculpted from more than 100 tons of ice. There will be ongoing live ice carving shows and professional ice competitions. Crystal Cabin Fever at Sculpted Ice Works, Lakeville. 570-226-6246, Feb 18. Washington’s Birthday Celebration. Celebrate George Washington’s birthday with music, crafts and, of course, cake. Guests may meet Mr. and Mrs. Washington, try on 18th-century clothing and join the Continental Army. Troops will receive a special inspection from Gen. Washington. Valley Forge National Historical Park, King of Prussia. 610-783-1099,

Feb 22-24. Pink Invitational Gymnastics Meet. As a women’s sport geared toward mentoring young athletes into their adult years, gymnastics organizations have a unique opportunity to raise awareness and funds in support of breast cancer survivors. Gymnasts will experience the joy of giving to others through a sport they love. Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia. 610-431-2477, Feb 23. Build a Bluebird Box. Join park staff in building a home for Pennsylvania’s most popular song birds. Families can construct bluebird boxes for use in a park or their own back yard. Attendees will learn everything they need to know about a bluebird box, including construction, mounting and seasonal maintenance. 2pm. Meet at the office. Fee per bluebird box kit. Warwick County Park, Pottstown. 610-469-1916 Feb 23. Performance: Molly Ringwald. Featuring in the films Sixteen Candle, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, iconic ’80s movie star Molly Ringwald is an actress, singer and dancer. Ringwald is now fulfilling her lifelong love of jazz and the great American songbook by releasing her new CD in 2013. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square. 610-388-1000 Feb 26-Mar 10. Performance: Robin Hood. Follow the exciting adventures of Robin and his band of Merry Men as they steal from the rich and give to the poor, out fox the Sheriff of Nottingham and save the fair Maid Marian from distress during this rollicking, good-natured musical based on the Old English legend. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, Bryn Athyn. Feb 27. Amazon to the Andes. Attendees will soar with butterflies, hummingbirds and condors as they explore remote villages, modern cities and archaeological sites in the mountains, canyons, rivers, lakes, jungles and cloud forests of Ecuador and Peru with Dr. BonhageFreund, who has led extensive trips to this fascinating region. 2 and 7:30pm. Ritz East, Philadelphia. 610-6495220,

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Art & Culture Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway With the opening of the Barnes Foundation last spring, the culturally rich Benjamin Franklin Parkway increased its standing as a mecca of art and culture. Along the iconic one-mile stretch of road are treasures and adventures just waiting to be experienced.

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The vast collections of Renaissance, American and Impressionist art make the Philadelphia Museum of Art one of the largest in the country. Its impressive collections, acclaimed exhibitions and special programs make the museum a cultural must-see. Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC

Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building

A dramatic restoration has transformed this 1927 Art Deco building into the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s new 59,000-square-foot annex. Just steps from the museum’s main building, the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building houses an education center, archives, library, café and several exhibition spaces, including a new fashion and textile gallery. Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

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Rodin Museum

Rodin’s “The Thinker” muses at the gateway to the Rodin Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Restored and reopened in 2012, this elegant structure houses the largest collection of work by Auguste Rodin outside of his native France. Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC


Located on Philadelphia’s culturepacked Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Barnes Foundation houses Dr. Albert Barnes’ renowned art collection—featuring 181 Renoirs (more than any other collection), 69 Cézannes (more than in all of France) and groundbreaking African art. The more than 3,000-piece collection focuses on French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, American and African art and sculpture, and it’s all hung in Barnes’ revolutionary and distinctive style.

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The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute embodies innovative thinking and a pioneering scientific approach that Ben Franklin would surely appreciate. Where else can you explore Mars and the Dead Sea Scrolls in the same place? From world-class exhibits to thrilling flight simulators, the Franklin Institute is an unforgettable experience for the entire family. Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC

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The Galleries At Moore


Founded in 1848 as an art school for women, Moore College of Art and Design continues its mission to train aspiring female artists, plus it offers art classes for kids and continuing education for adults. A more casual art appreciator can engage with the school through The Galleries at Moore, presenting free exhibitions, programs and publications that explore the work of established and emerging artists and designers. Photo by M. Fischetti for GPTMC

The Academy of Natural Sciences


Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has explored and shared the remarkable diversity of our natural world through extraordinary collections, innovative exhibits, educational programming, and publication Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC

Museum Without Walls


Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture was originally lent to the city for the bicentennial celebration. It remained in the city on loan for two years until a potential buyer nearly caused the city to lose it. With the publicity caused by the general uproar in the community, local businessman F. Eugene Dixon bought the sculpture and donated it to the city. LOVE is just one of 51 public works of art at 35 stops along the Ben Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive included in the Museum Without Walls Audio Tour. Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC

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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, founded in 1805 in Philadelphia, is the nation’s oldest art museum and school. Housed in a landmark Gothic Victorian building, the museum offers one of the world’s finest collections of American painting and sculpture. Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC

Did you know that Philadelphia’s City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States, containing over 14.5 acres of floor space? Alexander Milne Calder designed all of the sculpture on the exterior of the building, including the famous 27-ton statue of William Penn atop the tower. Inside, the first floor is built of solid granite (22 feet thick in some places) supporting a brick structure faced with marble. Guided tours of the architectural treasure are given Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m.

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December Nov 16-Jan 6. Victorian Holidays. A multifaceted celebration of the season featuring 12 different decorated rooms, Victorian teas, musical performances and more. Watson Curtze Mansion, Erie. 814-454-1813, ext. 0, Nov 23-Jan 1. Christmas in the Park. Area businesses set up lighted Christmas displays for families to drive through in the evenings. 5-11pm. Grove City Memorial Park, Grove City. 724-458-6410 Nov 24-25, 30-Dec 2, 7-9. Christmas Through the Land. View 25 trees, plus decorated areas. Hermitage Historical Society’s Stewart House, Hermitage. 724981-4843, 724-981-8820 Nov 24-Dec 16. Riverside Christmas. Celebrate the season with a fantastic new musical at the beautifully decorated inn. Riverside Inn, Cambridge Springs. 800956-9490, Nov 24-Dec 22. Performance: Back Home for the Holidays. Start the holiday season off right with this heart-warming musical in which the true meaning of Christmas is always celebrated. The Holiday Harmony Singers will offer audiences a Christmas memory they won’t forget. The Station Dinner Theatre, Erie. www.

Dec 1. Saltsburg Light Up Night. Festivities will include tree decorating, visits with Santa and his elves on his horse-drawn sleigh and visits with the Grinch. Free crafts for kids and free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone will be offered. Live entertainment will be presented, and hot food will be available for purchase. Saltsburg. 724-639-3728 Dec 1-2. Showmasters Gun Show. Buy and trade guns, including shotguns, rifles, modern guns of all kinds, muskets, carbines, Kentuckys, antique pistols and Class 3 firearms. Also available will be swords, knives, decoys, samurai, hunting supplies, reloading supplies and components, handguns, parts, ammo, books, coins, Native American and Western Americana war relics, and militaria of all wars. Adm. Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville. Dec 1-31. Holiday at Burgess Park. Drive-through Christmas light display offered nightly from 6-9pm. Visit with Santa Claus on Fridays and Saturdays. Free. Burgess Park, Titusville. 814-827-3741 Dec 1. Jack Rowley’s Christmas Dinner Show. A buffet dinner and music by John Burgh, followed by a performance by Soul Men, a Blues Brothers tribute band. Reservations required. Arlington Hotel, Oil City. 814677-1221,

Nov 26-Dec 6. Exhibit: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: Daniel Eric Rivera. Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana. kipp Nov 30-Dec 1. Christmas Past. A family-friendly weekend of holiday festivities, with food, crafts and treasures, entertainment and, of course, Santa. Downtown Oil City. 814-678-3017, Dec 1-2. Candlelight Tours. A wonderful holiday event for the entire family. The beautiful candlelit LeMoyne House will be professionally decorated in holiday splendor by local designers and floral shops. Adm. LeMoyne House, Washington. 724-225-6740, Dec 1-2. Christmas Candlelight Tours. Costumed docents will guide participants through the Bradford House, decorated for the holiday season. There will be period music, cooking demonstrations and children’s games. The David Bradford House, Washington. 724222-3604, Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30. Christmas Montgomery Mansion Tours. Step back in time to a Victorian Christmas tour with tea, dessert and a tour of the ornate. Montgomery Mansion B&B, Claysville. 724663-7767, 53 - W&W Winter 2013


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events subject to change Dec 1, 8. Santa Express. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpers on the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad during a three-hour train trip through Oil Creek State Park. Participants may sing Christmas carols and enjoy hot chocolate and homemade cookies upon returning to the station. Reservations required. Perry Street Station, Titusville. 814-676-1733, Dec 1. Performance: Butler Symphony Presents Inspirations: Holidays. Butler Senior High Singers, directed by Bryan Helsel, will sing The Night Before Christmas. Additionally, Klezmer music will be performed, and the orchestra will play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Snow Maiden Suite and other holiday favorites. Butler Area Intermediate High School Auditorium, Butler. 724283-1402, Dec 1-2. 23rd Annual Beaver County Festival of Trees. Walk into a winter wonderland featuring the spirit of Christmas. A wide variety of creatively designed Christmas trees, each with a different theme, will be displayed, in addition to wreaths. Attendees may visit the North Pole Cafe, Santa Land and the Candy Lane gift shop and enjoy a model train display. Adm. The Lodge at Brady’s Run Park, Brighton. 412-303-5650 Dec 1. Christmas at the Vicary Mansion. Candlelight tours featuring various Christmas trees highlighting decorations from different eras, as well as Christmas music presented by local choirs and demonstrations by bobbin lace makers, tatters and woodcarvers. Children will be able to make Christmas decorations to take home. 2-8pm. Vicary Mansion, Freedom. 724-775-1848

Dec 1. Christmas With Belsnickel. Children will be introduced to the history of the Belsnickel, the German Santa Claus. Children will have breakfast with Belsnickel, work on Christmas crafts and take a brief tour. Old Economy Village, Visitors Center, Ambridge. 724-266-4500 Dec 1-30. Ohio Valley Holiday Model Railroad Show. Weekends only. Ohio Valley Lines Model Railroad Library and Museum, Ambridge. 724-266-4787, www. Dec 1-30. Beaver County Model Train Christmas Open House. HO-scale model train display of Beaver County located in a 1910 train station. Weekends. Noon-5pm. Beaver County Model Railroad and Historical Society, Monaca. 724-843-3783, Dec 1. Holidays Artists Market. Features jewelry, woodenware, felt flowers, pottery, glass art, handmade cards and stationary, painted artwork originals and prints and Fraktur items. 11am-4pm. Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg. 724-837-1500, Dec 1. Christmas Open House. Noon-3pm. Christian W. Klay Winery, Chalk Hill. 724-439-3424, Dec 1-2. 23rd Annual Festival of Lights. Samuel Warden Mansion, Mount Pleasant. 724-423-3275 Dec 1-2. Holiday Open House. Museum and store open from noon-4pm. Fort Ligonier, Ligonier. 724-238-9701,


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events subject to change Dec 1-9. Festival of Lights. Ligonier Town Hall Community Room, Ligonier. 724-238-6818 Dec 1-9. Gingerbread House Contest. Downtown Ligonier. 724-238-4200 Dec 1-9. Christmas Candlelight Tours. Experience the beauty of Compass Inn decorated for the holidays with all natural accents. Cheery wood fires in three fireplaces and the glow of nearly 100 candles enhance the informative and entertaining tour. Compass Inn Museum, Laughlintown. 724-238-4983, Dec 1-9. Performance: The All-New Ligonier Christmas. Ligonier Theater, Ligonier. 724-238-6514, Dec 1-Jan 1. Overly’s Country Christmas. An impressive holiday light display complete with a walk-through Christmas Village that is filled with an array of old-fashioned traditions and treats. Guests may sing carols around the bonfire, revel in the model train display, take pictures with Santa. Westmoreland Agricultural Fairgrounds, Greensburg. 724-423-1400, Dec 1-2. Performance: Christmas Stories. A very special evening of storytelling with The Parlor Players. Dillweed Bed and Breakfast, Dilltown. 814-446-6465,

Dec 1-8. Christmas Express. All abroad the KJRR for a scenic winter wonderland ride with holiday music, cookies and cocoa. Kiski-Junction Railroad, Schenley. 724295-5577, Dec 1. Dickens 3 Tier Tea. Enjoy the holiday by listening to the beautiful Christmas music and savoring the flavors of the season. Goody Two Shoes English Tea Room and Collectible Shoppes, Monongahela. 724-2582244, Dec 1. Performance: Ho, Ho, Ho With the WSO. The Washington Symphony Orchestra’s traditional holiday concert. Guests will hear holiday favorites and may sing along. Trinity High School, Washington. 724-223-9796, Dec 1. Old Fashion Christmas in Canonburg. The 23rd annual event sponsored by Our Town Cooperative will feature lunch with Santa, train rides, hayrides, carols, craft making, a special guest and more. Downtown Canonsburg. 724-745-1515,


Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16. Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farms Family Fun. Families may cut their Christmas tree and visit the gift shop. Horse-drawn wagon rides and a concession stand will be offered on weekends only. Flemings Christmas Tree Farm, Indiana. 724-463-0570,

Dec 1-2, 6-Jan 1. Festival of Lights. Guests may view more than 80 light displays, including animation, as they drive through the park around a two-mile lake. Attendees may visit with Santa and stop in the festival gift shop. Blue Spruce Park, Indiana. 724-463-8636,

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events subject to change Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16. Santa Trolley. Take a holly jolly trolley ride with Santa Claus, sing with the happy elves through the countryside, view an impressive Lionel toy train layout and make a holiday craft. 10am-5pm. Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington. 724-2289256, Dec 1. Performance: Naughty-Or-Nice Holiday Bash Featuring Sharon Needles. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Dec 1-Jan 6. Exhibit: Neapolitan Presepio. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Dec 1-2. Drive-Through Nativity. Eleven live scenes depicting the story of Jesus’ birth. 6-9pm. King’s Chapel United Methodist Church, New Castle. 724-658-7569, Dec 2. Performance: The Moscow Boys Choir. A careful blending of heavenly soprano voices with the rich resonance of bass, tenor and baritone sound that brings a distinct Russian flavor to the choral experience. 7:30pm. Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock. 724738-2018, Dec 2. Performance: River City Brass Christmas Concert. Have a blast during this two-hour benefit concert. 2pm. Mars Area High School, Mars. 412-4029123, Dec 2. Performance: Erie Philharmonic: Come Home for the Holidays. Daniel Myer and the Erie Philharmonic will present their annual holiday concert. The Crawford County Cantabiles will also be part of the performance. Reserve tickets early; there is only one performance of this festive show. Academy Theatre, Meadville. 814337-8000, Dec 2. Steel City Reptile Expo Ltd. Reptiles of all kinds to look at and for sale and trade. 9am-4pm. Washington County Fairgrounds, Washington. 724-225-7718, www. Dec 2-Mar 3. Exhibit: Jeremy Kost: Friends With Benefits. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Dec 4. Performance: HoodleBug Brass in Recital. Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s brass quintet-inresidence will deliver a lively holiday performance. Free adm. Cogswell Hall, Room 121, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana. 724-357-ARTS, livelyarts Dec 5-22. Performance: The School for Lies. Charity Randall Theatre, Pittsburgh. Dec 6. Performance: IUP Symphony Orchestra & Choir in Concert. Led by Stanley Chepaitis and Ryan Beeken. 8pm. Adm. Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana. 724-357ARTS, Dec 6. Evergreen Garden Club Tinsel Time 2012. Christmas Treasures features boutique shopping, a delicious luncheon, holiday designs, entertainment, Santa’s surprise, giveaway drawings and door prizes. Rustic Lodge, Indiana. 724-349-1222

Dec 7. Annual Christmas Parade & Light-Up Night. 6:30-8:30pm. Free adm. At the courthouse, Washington. 724-229-7207, Dec 7. Light Up Night. Bring the family to see the official lighting of the holiday tree. Family fun. 7-9pm. Free adm. The George Washington Hotel, Washington. 724225-1605, Dec 7. Blairsville Light Up Night. An annual event to start off the holiday season. Attendees may watch the parade and see Santa arrive. Downtown Blairsville. 724459-6927 Dec 7. Homer City Light Up Night. Craft bazaar, a parade at 6pm and a bonfire. Attendees may visit with Santa at the Homer City Fire Hall. Homer City. 724-479-2184 Dec 7-9. Steel City Con. The largest toy show in the United States with new and vintage toys, gold/silver/ modern age comic books, anime, gaming, sci-fi/horror, Godzilla, military toys, slot-cars, Star Wars, action figures, NASCAR, Johnny Lightning, diecast, movie and TV, model kits, Hot Wheels and more. Thousands of collectibles at extremely low prices. There will also be celebrity guests. Adm. Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville. Dec 7-9, 14-16. Performance: Miracle on 34th Street. Barrow-Civic Theatre, Franklin. 800-537-7769, www. Dec 7. Performance: Holiday Fairy Tales Presented by the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. Kick off the holiday season in style, joining Clara as she embarks on a magical adventure in a suite from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. 8pm. BC3 Succop Theater, Butler. 724-284-8505, www. Dec 7-9. Performance: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. None of them had ever heard the Christmas story before, and their performance of this year’s Christmas pageant will be the most unusual one anyone has ever seen. Academy Theatre, Meadville. 814-3378000, Dec 7-9, 14-16. Performance: Christmas the Way It Was. A nostalgic look back to the Big Band Era during Christmastime, featuring songs and comedy skits to please both young and old. Reservations are strongly recommended, with seats first come. The Old Schoolhouse Players, Hickory. 724-344-7467, www. Dec 7-9. Performance: Haydn & Saint-Saen’s Organ Symphony. Part of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. Dec 7-23. Performance: A Musical Christmas Carol. Byham Theater, Pittsburgh. Dec 7-30. Performance: The Nutcracker. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh.

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Dec 8, 15-16. Breakfast With Santa. Great breakfast, loveable Santa, Santa’s red book and crafts for all. 8 and 10am. Preregistration required. The SpringHouse, Washington. 724-228-3339,

Dec 8. Olde Fashioned Christmas. The area’s premier holiday event features beautiful decor, a strolling feast, entertainment and a silent auction. Attendees may enjoy themselves while supporting a great community organization. 6-9pm. Washington County Courthouse, Washington. 724-225-9550,

Dec 8. Amish Wedding Feast. Visitors will hear real-life stories about the Amish and enjoy a delicious meal served family style. Reservations only. The Country Cupboard of Smicksburg, Smicksburg. 814-257-0192,


Dec 7. Downtown d’Lights. Downtown Erie comes alive with light for the holiday season. Presented by the Erie Downtown Partnership. Erie. 814-455-ERIE,


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events subject to change Dec 8. Performance: IUP Bands in Concert. Led by Jason Worzbyt and Jack Stamp, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania concert band, symphony band and wind ensemble will perform. 7:30pm. Adm. Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana. 724-357-ARTS, Dec 8. Holiday Craft Blast. Waynesburg Readiness Center, the new Greene County Armory, Evergreene Technology Park, Waynesburg. 724-627-3502, www.

Dec 10. Performance: Shrek the Musical. The entire family will be awed as everyone’s favorite ogre comes to life on stage. This hit Broadway tour is a romantic twisted fairy tale and irreverent fun for everyone. 7pm. Adm. Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana. 724-357-ARTS, Dec 14. Classic Film Series - It’s a Wonderful Life. See some of the greatest films ever made on the big screen. 2 and 7pm. State Theatre Center for the Arts, Uniontown. 724-439-1360,

Dec 8-9. Performance: It’s a USO Christmas. Attendees will be on the front lines as they swing into that good old-fashioned Christmas spirit. 8pm. The Strand Theater, Zelienople. 724-742-0400,

Dec 14-16. Performance: Annie. The lovable orphan with a heart of gold is brought to life in this awardwinning musical that is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. Palace Theatre, Greensburg. 724-8368000,

Dec 8-9. Christmas at the Village. Tour the village, which will be decorated in traditional 19th-century German style. Attendees may enjoy musical performances, shop at the Weihnachtsmarkt for unique gifts handmade by traditional tradesmen, ride in a horsedrawn carriage, and enjoy German food, crafts, family activities and more. Old Economy Village, Ambridge. 724-266-4500

Dec 14-16. Performance: Tchaikovsky’s Winter Dreams. Part of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh.

Dec 8-21. Old-Fashioned Christmas. Featuring a wonderful collection of 19th-century oils, including representations from the Hudson River School. Christmas displays and decorated trees will fill the gallery with the spirit of the season. The Merrick Art Gallery, New Brighton. 724-846-1130 Dec 8-9. The Nutcracker Ballet. Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra teams up with Laurel Ballet for this enchanting production in three performances. Palace Theatre, Greensburg. 724-836-8000 Dec 8. Christmas Tea. Enjoy an elegant Christmas tea in a cozy, comfortable setting. Accepting holiday reservations early. Rush House B&B, Washington. 724-2227874, Dec 8. East Finley Light Up Night. Covered bridge and one-room school light up the night with bobsled rides and Santa. 7-10pm. Free adm. East Finley Township Park, Claysville. 724-663-4482 Dec 8-9. It’s A Wonderful Life Christmas Teas & Tours. A teatime where attendees will reminisce with the 1946 classic movie It’s A Wonderful Life. A beautiful, informational guided tour of the 1860s home all decorated for the holiday season will be included with this tea. Victorene’s Tea, Monongahela. 724-258-7199, www. Dec 9. Candlelight Christmas. The elegant annual fundraiser dinner. Harmony Museum’s Stewart Hall, Harmony. 724-452-7341,

Dec 14. Performance: A Christmas Carol. The national touring production of Charles Dickens’ family holiday classic. Part of the Westminster College Celebrity Series. 7:30pm. Orr Auditorium, Westminster College, New Wilmington. 724-946-7371, www.westminster. edu/celebrity Dec 16. Clarion Dulcimer Club’s Holiday Music Concert. A program of Christmas music to delight listeners. The concert lasts for approximately one hour. Free concert. 1:30pm. DeBence’s Antique Music World, Franklin. 814-432-8350, Dec 19. Yule Log Ceremony. 6pm. Free adm. North Country Brewing Company, Slippery Rock. 724-7942337, Dec 19. Performance: Latshaw Pops Orchestra Christmas Spectacular. Celebrate the Christmas season with heartwarming Christmas songs and carols, beautiful costumes and a special visit from Santa. Shows at 2 and 8pm. Palace Theatre, Greensburg. 724836-8000, Dec 20-23. Highmark Holiday Pops. Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. Dec 21. Winter Solstice Medicine Wheel Ceremony & Potluck Dinner. Connect with nature and celebrate the first day of winter in a Native American-based Medicine Wheel ceremony. Attendees should bring a covered dish for dinner afterwards. 6:30-9pm. The Mesa Creative Arts Center, Burgettstown. 724-947-3097, Dec 22. Home for the Holidays. Sing along with favorite holiday music during Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra's annual concert. Featuring the All-Star Choir of Westmoreland County under the direction of Marc Tourre. Palace Theatre, Greensburg. 724-836-8000,

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events subject to change Dec 31. First Night Oil City. This nonalcoholic, familyoriented celebration offers more than 70 different indoor performances on Oil City’s north and south sides. Fireworks display at 7pm and midnight. Oil City. 814-676-3007,

Jan 18-20, 22-26. Butler Little Theatre Presents Italian American Reconciliation. A comic folktale by John Patrick Shanley that is a wonderfully antic, heartwarming love story. Butler Little Theatre, Butler. 724287-6781,

Dec 31. Ring in the Arts. Artsy New Year’s Eve celebration sponsored by Butler Arts Council. 6:30pm-midnight. Downtown Butler. 724-496-5293

Jan 18-20. 18th Annual Fire & Ice Festival. A winter festival with tropical themed sculptures, entertainment, contests and fun. Streets of uptown Somerset. 814443-1748

Dec 31. Silvester - German New Year’s Eve Celebration. The sixth annual event will be on German time and feature a 5k run, activities for children, comedy and more. Ends with a countdown, ball drop and fireworks. 3-6pm. Harmony. Dec 31. New Year’s Eve Family Night. A fun-filled evening with the entire family, with an ice skating rink, indoor soccer, pickup games, a toddler play area and more. 6-10pm. Iceoplex at Southpointe, Canonsburg. 724-745-1812,

Jan 19. 3rd Annual Winterfest. A chili cook-off, ice skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hiking. Ice sculpture and dog sledding demonstrations are planned. There will be crafts and hot food. McDanels Launch on the North Shore of Moraine State Park, Portersville. 724-368-9185, Jan 19-20. Ligonier Ice Fest. Downtown Ligonier. 724238-4200

Dec 31. Highmark First Night. Cultural District, Pittsburgh.

Jan 24-Feb 24. Performance: 1776. O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh.


Jan 25. Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District. Cultural District, Pittsburgh.

Jan 1. Performance: Classic Film Series - Doctor Zhivago. The series features some of the greatest films ever made on the big screen. 2 and 7pm. State Theatre Center for the Arts, Uniontown. 724-439-1360, http://

Jan 25-Apr 6. Exhibit: Miguel Chevalier: Live. Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh.

Jan 1-6. Performance: Flashdance. Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh.

Jan 26. Chamber Business Expo. A premier networking event that provides a great opportunity to reach key business contacts. The event includes exhibits, seminars, musical entertainment and drawings. 10am-4pm. Indiana Mall, Indiana.

Jan 3-12. Performance: The Chief. O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh. Jan 10. Frostbite Footrace. Each stop includes a free food taste with beverage specials. There will be a tailgate party at Quaker Steak & Lube’s Sugar Shack. The first 600 participants will receive a free hat and T-shirt. Pregistration from 4-6pm. Race begins at 7pm. Quaker Steak & Lube, Sharon. 724-981-9464, www.

Jan 26. Performance: Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin. 8pm. Palace Theatre, Greensburg. 724836-8000,

Jan 27. Winter Wonderland Walk. Enjoy Armstrong County’s beautiful scenery, birds and wildlife. Environmental Learning Center, Ford City. 724-763-6316 Jan 27. Bridal Fair & Women’s Expo. 70 vendors offering the latest ideas for the perfect wedding. Noon-5pm. Adm. Scottish Rite Cathedral, New Castle. 724-6545593,

Jan 11-12. January Ice Jam Bluegrass Festival. Festival of acoustic music for people of all ages, with the experienced, as well as novice musicians, coming together to play in harmony to the rhythms of bluegrass music. As many as 32 different bands will donated their time and talent. Days Inn, Butler. 724-484-0805, www.


Jan 11-Feb 3. Exhibit: Atila Ozer World Cartoons: Turkey. The Toonseum, Pittsburgh.

Feb 1. Groundhog Day Breakfast. Food, fun, a live polka band and fellowship. 7-11am. St. Andrew’s Village, Main Dining Room, Indiana.

Jan 12-Feb 24. Orchid & Tropical Bonsai Show. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh.

Feb 1-Apr 28. Exhibit: 1968: The Year That Rocked America. Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh.

Jan 15-27. Performance: Les Miserables. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh.

Feb 1-17. Performance: Becky’s New Car. Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh.

Jan 28-Feb 7. Exhibit: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: Erin Knisley. Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana.

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By Wendy RoyAL f you are like me, you root for that darn roadrunner to get what he has coming to him. You just wish that one of the ACME products that Wile E. Coyote buys were not a dud. I don’t think I’m diabolical in any way, but I didn’t like Tweety Bird either. It’s not a bird thing, because my favorite cartoon character is Foghorn Leghorn. I guess I just root for the underdogs, and cats and coyotes.


through exhibits, workshops, educational programs and community involvement.

Located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District is a museum dedicated to the appreciation of the creative geniuses that bring these unforgettable characters to life. The Toonseum celebrates the art of cartooning 60 - W&W Winter 2013

The museum was the vision of executive director Joe Wos, who is a cartoonist himself. For years, Joe combined storytelling with live cartoon illustration on stages throughout the country. He also used his talents at the Charles M. Shultz Museum in California and the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum before the doors of the Toonseum opened in 2009. Whether it’s an exhibit featuring Pittsburgh as Gotham City, as it was in “Batman: The Dark Knight

Rises,” or an ode to the cute and cuddly Care Bears, the Toonseum takes a fresh look at an often underappreciated art form. Although cartoons are a big part of the lives of most kids, the Toonseum is not just for kids. On Dec. 21, the museum will wrap up its “Geeks Rule!” series. The quirky series included events such as “Toons & Brews,” “Yoda Yoga” and “Guess the Geek Trivia Night!” The current exhibition running through Jan. 6 is “New Action Evolution,” which showcases the work of David LeBlanc. LeBlanc combines abstract expressionism and the pop art style of Andy Warhol in his unique take on classic superheroes.

If you go: Toonseum 945 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-232-0199

Photo courtesy of the Toonseum

David LeBlanc's Action Abstraction No. 14 "... For Dear Life!" is an impressive 60"X46" acrylic enamel and collage on canvas.

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday – Closed

Admission: (at time of publication) Adults/Children 13 and over - $5.00 Children 6 to 12 $1.00 Children 5 and under - free

Photo courtesy of the Toonseum

David LeBlanc's “New Action Evolution” is a different kind of super hero exhibit, but your favorite superheroes will still be present in full regale. Leblanc was inspired by the Action Comics of the 1940's and 50's. He then took those themes and fused them with traditional art. 61 - W&W Winter 2013

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events subject to change Feb 2-Mar 16. Exhibit: In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh & Bridgebuilders. University Museum, Sutton Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana. 724-357-ARTS, Feb 2-Apr 28. Exhibit: Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Feb 5-10. Performance: Sister Act. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. Feb 8-9. Performance: The Strand Broadway Concert Series: The Music of Boublil and Schönberg. 8pm. The Strand Theater, Zelienople. 724-742-0400, Feb 8-10. 2013 StrongLand HomExpo. The largest free-to-the-public home show in western Pennsylvania. Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills Mall, Tarentum. 724-8455426, Feb 9. Franklin on Ice. Visitors will get rid of those winter blahs as professional ice carving teams turn blocks of ice into beautiful works of art. There will be a chili cook-off, indoor sidewalk sales and more. 10am4pm. Fountain Park, downtown Franklin. 814-437-1619, Feb 9. Performance: Butler Symphony Presents Inspirations: Passionate Russians. Featuring selections by Shostakovich, Ragonese, Tchaikovsky and more. Butler Area Intermediate High School Auditorium, Butler. 724-283-1402, Feb 9. Performance: Late Night Catechism 3: Til Death Do Us Part. The latest class to be unveiled in this sinfully funny Late Night Catechism series. Academy Theatre, Meadville. 814-337-8000, Feb 9. Performance: Far Away Places. Go on a trip around the world with the Washington Symphony Orchestra. Ports of call will include a stop in Spain for Rossini’s Barber of Seville, a bit of Irish step dancing with The Lord of the Dance and basking in tropical island breezes with Washington High School’s steel drum band. Trinity High School, Washington. 724-2239796, Feb 12. Performance: Around the World in 80 Days. Before there were pirates in the Caribbean or raiders of an ark, there was Jules Verne’s mother of all adventure stories. 8pm. Adm. Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana. 724-357-ARTS, Feb 12-Mar 9. Christ Is Born. In this traveling art exhibition, each piece offers information insights into the biblical text and the way artists have interpreted the incarnation story. Free adm. Pew Fine Arts Gallery, Grove City College, Grove City. 724-450-1528,

Feb 14-17. Red Wine & Chocolate. Celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day by sampling chocolate candy, wine and bubbly for free. Chocolate dessert samples and port will also be available. 11am-5pm. Conneaut Cellars Winery, Conneaut Lake. 814-382-3999, Feb 16. The Maridon’s Annual Chinese New Year Celebrations. Benefits the Maridon Museum. Call for reservations and details. Butler Country Club, Butler. 724-282-0123, Feb 16. Performance: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In. Motion. Byham Theater, Pittsburgh. Feb 16. 3rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge. Take a jump in the lake. Spectators are welcome, and attendees will see many returning and new brave plungers. Sponsored by Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity. Moraine State Park, Portersville. 724-652-3438, Feb 19. Performance: Intensity: IUP Percussion Chamber Ensemble. Under the direction of Michael Kingan and featuring chamber compositions for percussion instruments. 8pm. Free adm. Gorell Recital Hall, Sutton Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana. 724-357-ARTS, Feb 20. Performance: World Class Dance, The Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Enjoy Lula’s unique African and Afro-Haitian dance style as her company performs a variety of critically acclaimed numbers. BC3 Succop Theater, Butler. 724-284-8505, Feb 21-24. Performance: TrumpetFest: Student Performances. Indiana University of Pennsylvania students perform a varied recital as part of TrumpetFest 2013. Free adm. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana. 724-357-ARTS, Feb 21-Mar 21. Exhibit: Site Change: An Installation by Natialie Settles. Artist talk and reception on March 14 at 5pm. Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana. Feb 22-24. Oil Country Bluegrass Festival. Music throughout the hotel. Free. Arlington Hotel, downtown Oil City. Feb 23. Cherry Pie Hike. Participants may walk in Washington’s footsteps on the Old Venango Trail. A hike, some history and lots of cherry pie. Reservations required. The Old Stone House, Slippery Rock. 724283-0191, Feb 23-May 12. Exhibit: UnCommon(ly) Fun. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh. Feb 23-Jun 15. Exhibit: A Kind of Alchemy: Medieval Persian Ceramics. Frick Art Museum, Pittsburgh.

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