You Might Be From Lancaster, PA if…..

Just like many small towns and beautiful areas across this great land, Lancaster has its own unique quirks, phrases and places. Most local residents don’t even think twice about these and when we do, it’s always good for a laugh. We LOVE Lancaster!

You might be from Lancaster if…..

-Someone has asked you if you are Amish when you say where you’re from.

-Pie as a main course dish is totally normal. Chicken pot pie, spaghetti pie, cheeseburger pie….you name it!

-You know that real “chicken pot pie” has nothing to do with a pie.

-You think of a shopping mall and not skiing when you hear the words “park city.”

-You know what a mud sale is.

-You are a manure expert. By smell alone, you can tell whether it came from a cow, pig or chicken!

-The verb “to be” has been eliminated from your vocabulary. You see nothing wrong with the sentence “The laundry needs done.”

-You know that Long Johns are something you eat for breakfast, not wear to bed.

-You’ve bought roadside produce with an “honor box.”

-You know how to correctly pronounce Lancaster….it’s Lang-Kiss-ter not Lan-cast-er!

-You know what dippy eggs are.

-You pronounce the “roots” in Roots Market differently than the roots of a tree.

-You adamantly believe that doplic is a word…doesn’t everyone use it?

-You’ve been late for something because you got stuck behind a tractor or a horse and buggy.

-Your school district has off for the first day of hunting season and you have a ‘drive your tractor to school’ day.

-You know that a Wilbur Bud trumps a Hershey Kiss any day of the week.

-You’ve engaged in the age-old Turkey Hill vs Sheetz debate and have an addiction to Turkey Hill Iced Tea.

-You know the difference between an Amish and a Mennonite person.

-You know that Shady Maple is the smorgasbord to end all smorgasbords!

-You don’t even think twice about towns named Intercourse, Blue Ball and Paradise.


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

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Three Years in a Row!

There are so many things to look forward to when Fall is just around the corner Playoff baseball should be at the top of your list, when it comes to great fall activities! Our own Lancaster Barnstormers’ home field, Clipper Magazine Stadium, has again won the prestigious title of “Best Independent Ballpark of the Year”!  This well earned distinction is the third year in a row as voted by the readers (the fans) of Ballpark Digest.  Also, this is a perfect time to get over there and get acquainted: tickets for the playoff season go on sale this week, on Tuesday Sept 6th!

Clipper Magazine Stadium, Home of the Lancaster Barnstormers!
pc Lancaster Barnstormers

If you’re not a huge baseball fan, get to know the home of the Barnstormers!  It is a fantastic way to spend a summer evening.  Even if you’re not a fan of the heat, even if baseball isn’t your thing, I can promise your time at the stadium will be fun and memorable!

Clipper Magazine Stadium beat out several other ballparks in the same category.  The Barnstormers stadium opened officially in 2005 and belongs to the Atlantic League, whose corporate headquarters are here: Clipper Magazine Stadium!  The Atlantic league must maintain minimum stadium standards at AAA level or higher.  Winning this distinctive award against other ballparks at the same level means our venue isn’t only known for great baseball and is well above the minimum requirements. 

Once there, you’ll see that extra amenities and features abound.  Your children won’t sit through 9 innings of baseball?  Neither did mine. Go visit the state-of-the-art Kids’ Park complete with inflatables and a carousel.  There’s even a special dugout for nursing mothers.  Entertain the seventh inning “stretch” with the backyard viewing area, where you can also play lawn games like Cornhole, and an entire Outdoor Experience area!  Where else can you play table games like Jenga while watching baseball, or celebrate a Barnstormers grand slam while soaking up the nostalgia in the vintage pinball arcade?

Looking for more food and drink options? There’s the Hess Barbecue Picnic Area, and the Broken Bat Craft Beer Deck!  Anyone who knows Lancaster knows our craft beer brewers are the best around.

Besides a leisurely evening watching America’s National Pastime, the stadium hosts various other events you can attend throughout the year!  There’s the Christmas Spirit Drive-Through Light Show, Valour Professional Wrestling, the FREE Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd, kickball leagues, movie nights, baseball/softball camps, and job fairs.

Barnstormers’ president and general manager Mike Reynolds had this to say about the stadium’s success:

“We owe a special debt of gratitude to our year-round staff, our sponsors, community partners, ownership and the fans,” Mike said.  “A special shout out to our incredible event staff and volunteer program through the United Way of Lancaster County that work hard to provide the best experience too all visitors of Clipper Magazine Stadium…  Every day we strive to make this the best ballpark we possibly can.”

Mission accomplished, Mike! I plan on attending more games this year and I hope to see you there, too!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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Top Playgrounds and Parks in Lancaster County

As summer winds down and autumn is just around the corner, there’s still plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the great weather in the upcoming days. Lancaster County is full of amazing parks and playgrounds for families to utilize. Here’s an overview of some of the best!

The Treehouse Lititz – One of the newest playgrounds in Lancaster County, more than 550 volunteers finished construction of the playground in September 2020. Here you will find an abundance of Tree-themed climbing structures and features like a boat with a rocking floor. The Treehouse Lititz also has some additional features not found in other playgrounds: wheelchairs can roll right onto a Liberty Swing as well as onto an inclusive ‘spinner’ (a.k.a. merry-go-round) that’s flush with the ground. There is also a ‘double’ zip line here! One side has the common sit-on disc, the other with a chair.

Amos Herr Dream Park – An impressive, fully accessible playground located in Landisville, PA that has something for kids of all ages…even a zipline! The playground is divided into two age appropriate playground areas. Just outside the playground is a large open field, a walking track, and other great amenities.

Longs Park – Longs Park is an 80 acre park located just outside of Lancaster City that contains a lake, petting zoo, pavilions and several playgrounds. Construction just completed on a brand new playground to replace the old wooden one. Lots of fun for kids of all ages!

Oregon Dairy Playground –  A farm themed playground with animals to see as well as a large deck to enjoy hand dipped ice cream.

Safe Harbor Park – A playground and picnic areas along the Conestoga River in Conestoga, PA. This is an open and natural area great for those located in the Southern End of Lancaster County.

Overlook Park – Two age appropriate playground areas and climbing structures in the Overlook complex in Manheim Township. Walking paths, dog parks, mini golf, a public library, a public pool and more are also in the same complex!

Musser Park – A large grassy area and playground nestled in downtown Lancaster on the southwest corner of East Chestnut and North Lime Street. 

Swingsets Lancaster – Swingsets Lancaster is a facility that sells handcrafted, Amish swing sets and playgrounds. “The Playground” is located at their facility in Strasburg, PA and has numerous swing sets set up for the public to enjoy for free! 

Daniels Den – A fully accessible playground located at Manor Church in Manor Township. The playground is fully enclosed by a fence and has two age appropriate play areas. There’s also a 1/2 mile walking trail, sports fields and pavilion for everyone to enjoy.


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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Top 3 Ways to Beat the Summer Slump in Lancaster

Even though I’ve lived here most of my life, sometimes I need a little reminder and a nudge to revisit some of the great places close by!

We’re there, aren’t we? July is gone and you all know what that means: summer vacation is drawing to an end, the boredom, bickering and whining has set in (probably a while ago) and school hasn’t started yet. Sometimes we just settle into the same old daily rut and all we really need is to change things up a bit.

I find myself surprised at how all of our attitudes change for the better when I take the time to be intentional about getting out of the house and explore one of the many sights or experiences Lancaster has to offer! Even though I’ve lived here most of my life, sometimes I need a little reminder and a nudge to revisit some of the great places close by!

In case you’re feeling the summer slump like me, here’s the 4 top ideas of local things to do that’ll keep the kids/grandkids (and yourself) entertained.

1. Check out your local library! 



The Lancaster Library system is such an underrated resource for young families! Not only can you and your children stock up on books to read for a week or two, but there are also SO many fantastic activities and programs available. I think many local families are simply unaware of the incredible amount of free programs and events offered through the local libraries! They host weekly programs such as parachute and duplo playtime for toddlers, movie nights for families, book clubs just for tweens, reading time with dogs, and more! Sign your children up for the summer reading program while you’re there to earn coupons and free tickets as they read.

2. Try out a new park, playground or biking trail

One of my favorite things about this area is great outdoor recreation options we have at our disposal! Some of our family favorites are: The River Trail Daniel’s Den in Manor Township, the Safe Harbor playground and walking trail, and Oregon Dairy’s play area. Two relatively new playgrounds that we are excited about are the new Long’s Park playground and the Amos Herr Dream Park. Go here to see our blog post on great biking trails around Lancaster County.

Also, Take a look at this entire category of blog posts totally devoted to ‘Just For Fun’ in Lancaster County

And finally…3. spend a little bit of money

We can’t say enough about these local places, so check them out for yourself:


Tiny Town
Turkey Hill Experience
*Hands On House
*The Science Factory
Go N Bananas
Big Dreams Creative Arts Studio

I saw something going around recently on social media reminding parents that you only have 18 summers with your kids before they’re off into the world. Make the most of them!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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The “Dog Days” of Summer

It’s almost August, and at this point in the summer many of us have already taken beach trips, mountain and lake excursions, and even some international adventures by now.  I don’t know about you, but when August rolls around I find myself wondering:  What in the world do we do with the rest of the summer?!  This is especially true when you have kids home from school. 

You’ve been to Dutch Wonderland already, as magical as it is, and maybe you’ve even been to Hershey Park a few times.  But there’s a reason this time of year is often referred to as “The Dog Days of Summer”.  Most of us are lounging like our canine friends, tired of the heat and getting antsy for activity.

The good news is that Lancaster has absolutely no shortage of late-summer activities and entertainment, and there’s plenty available for families with children, too!  We know some of the hidden gems you haven’t seen yet, and we’re only too happy to share.

For starters, are you dreading the heat each day?  As I type, the weather forecast for the next 5 days in Lancaster says the highs are in the 90s, and you know in central PA it’s not a dry heat!  What better way to spend these days at than at Sickman’s Mill, floating down the river?

Sickman’s Mill

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https://www.sickmansmill.com/

Nestled between Willow Street and the Susquehanna River in Pequea, PA, Sickman’s Mill  has perfect summer fun!  Tubing, live music, and a hang out spot called Jimmy’s Place, where you’ll find the finest brews and spirits, sandwiches and even an array of food trucks that visit the Mill.  The tubing is family-friendly, with a shuttle that runs from Downtown Lancaster every hour on the hour directly to the Mill: you can’t go wrong.

Long’s Park

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If you’re looking for fun closer to the City, or for your smaller kiddos, look no further than Long’s Park.  They’re celebrating the Amphitheater’s 60th anniversary this year, and there’s a host of live-music events left for the summer!  Not only that, but the playground was completely redone in 2018 and has fun features galore for small kids, including: sensory toys, puzzles, educational stations with  sound and playable chimes!  There are also plenty of physical activities for older kids, too.

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Check out the Long’s Park Summer Music Series schedule for the rest of the summer here:

https://www.longspark.org/

Big Boy Brass at Tellus 360

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Maybe more music is definitely what you’re looking for to fill the summer evenings with a fun, cool twist.  Check out Big Boy Brass, a Lancaster-based all brass band punching out fun, energetic New Orleans-style brass music with added rock, funk and pop influences.  The band started out in 2016 playing on the street corners of Downtown Lancaster and ended up playing at various venues in and around the city, developing their own unique sound.  To me, it is the perfect way to round out a summer night! 

Check out their schedule below:

https://www.facebook.com/BigBoyBrassBand/


You can also catch them on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month on the Rooftop at Tellus360 from 6-8 pm!

This is just a snippet of the many “Dog Days of Summer” events in Lancaster, and you won’t find a better place to be with your families and friends.  Enjoy!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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‘Lancaster Local Secrets’ Featured on Lancaster Connects’ Youtube Channel


Searching for your perfect home in Lancaster? If you are curious about homes that are currently on the market, our website is a great spot to start your search!

Hey everyone, this is Derek! We wanted to drop a quick post: we were recently featured on Lancaster Connects’ show and guess what we talked about?

Lancaster Local Secrets!

It seems we have the same passion driving our small businesses here in Lancaster County, PA: to connect our neighbors to the other great neighbors around the county and share all the great little things that make Lancaster such a great place to live. Enjoy the interview, we were honored to be a part of it. Thanks again Ben and Jeff!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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25 Free Birthday Treats in Lancaster, PA

You may already have plans for your birthday, but if you’re looking for an additional adventure, then check out these local businesses that offer FREE birthday treats and discounts! We created this guide to cover the best 25 birthday offers in 2021, but note that some businesses change what they offer each year.

Wolf Family Tips: It’s a good idea to sign up a few weeks before your birthday! We use this guide as a birthday scavenger hunt!

From all of us at Wolf & Webb, we wish you a very Happy Birthday and here’s to many more!

1. Applebee’s – free dessert
Sign up for Club Applebee’s

2. Arby’s – free shake with any purchase
Sign up for the email list on the website

3. Auntie Anne’s – free pretzel
Sign up for Pretzel Perks

4. BJ’s Brewhouse – free Pizookie
Sign up for BJ’s Premier Rewards Plus

5. Chipotle – free chips and guac with a $5 purchase
Sign up for Chipotle Rewards

6. Cinnabon – free cold brew
Sign up for Cinnabon Rewards

7. Dairy Queen – free blizzard
Sign up for the Blizzard Fan club

8. Duck Donuts – free donut
Download the app and sign up for rewards

9. Dunkin Donuts – free beverage
Sign up for DD Perks

10. Moe’s – free burrito
Sign up for Moe Rewards

11. Nestle Toll House Café – free cookie
Sign up for Nestle Toll House Café Club

12. Panera Bread – free pastry
Sign up for MyPanera

13. Qdoba – free cookie with any purchase
Sign up for Qdoba rewards

14. Rita’s – free Italian ice
Sign up for the Rita’s Birthday eClub

15. Ruby Tuesday – free burger or garden bar entrée
Sign up for So Connected email club

16. Sonic – free shake
Sign up for Sonic Rewards

17. Starbucks – free beverage or pastry
Sign up for Starbucks Rewards

18. Taco Bell – free Baja Blast Freeze
Sign up for Taco Bell Rewards

19. Wendy’s – free frosty
Sign up for Wendy’s Rewards

20. Redbox – free 1 night rental
Sign up for Redbox Perks

21. Bare Minerals – free gift
Sign up for Good Rewards

22. Sephora – free gift
Sign up for Beauty Insider

23. Ulta Beauty – free gift
Sign up for Ultamate Rewards

24. Vera Bradley – birthday coupon
Sign up for VB emails

25. Yankee Candle – free gift
Sign up for Fragrance Family Rewards

Photo Credits:

Cinnabon, PhillyVoice, Moes, Hip2Save, Yankee Candle


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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Lancaster Words and Slang

If you have moved to the Lancaster area, I am sure you would like to feel as though you fit in with the crowd. Here is a quick guide of some words and phrases that might help out all of us as we continually explore this wonderfully rich area. See how many you’ve heard:


1. Outen the lights = Turn the lights out.


2. Red up your room = Clean up your room.


3. It’s spritzing out = It’s raining out.


4. Cellar = Basement


5. Is the milk all? = Is the milk gone?


6. I’m going to the car nah onse. = I’m going to the car now.


7. Philly = Philadelphia


8. The State Store = Liquor store


9. ‘Wooder’ = Water


10. Slippy = Slippery


11. Left the dog out = Let the dog out.


12. Look here wunst = Look here a moment.


13. It feels close out = It feels hot/humid out.


14. I’m coming with = I’m coming with you.


15. ‘Macadam’ road = Asphalt paved road


16. Jimmies = Sprinkles for ice cream


17. Ruts = Roots(As in Roots market…check it out sometime!)


18. Dutch = Early German settlers


Simple Pronunciation Guide:
1. Lancaster: LANK -iss-ter (It is not LAND-caster)

2. Ephrata: EF-ruh-tuh

3. Lititz: LIT-its (It is Not LIE-TITS)

4. AAAH -mish – Not AIM ish or AM ish.

5. Intercourse (the town) – Just leave that one alone.



Happy Trails!