‘Hot’ Winter Fun

Winter can be tough! After all of the Holiday activities that fill our schedules in November and December, January can feel a little ‘off’ to say the least. Here are some great ideas for how to ‘heat up your fun’ this winter. Maybe you’ve heard of some of these before, but never tried them out: this is your year!

Pennsylvania Farm Show – Held every winter at the Farm Show Complex just a short drive up Hwy 283 in Harrisburg, you’ll find more than 1 million square feet of exposition halls, arenas and even banquet facilities all under one roof! There is so much to see and do AND it’s great for all ages, too. The annual Farm Show event is currently the largest indoor agricultural event in the world and it’s only a short drive away from us. 

www.farmshow.pa.gov

NEW! Flight On Ice – A ‘real ice’, 60×100 outdoor ice skating rink at Park City Mall located in front of the former Bon Ton retail wing. Here, you’ll find they’ve created quite a winter wonderland: lighting & decor, heated hospitality tents, food & beverages available, festive music and so much more: you must check it out for yourself!

www.flightonice.com/locations/park-city-center

Lititz Fire & Ice – Truly defining ‘Hot Winter Fun’, this 10 day celebration of ‘wow-worthy’ ice sculptures, yummy food (both food trucks & Lititz local restaurants) and of course, shopping! Starting on Friday Feb 17th with the official kickoff, you won’t want to miss any of the 10 days worth of fun for all ages. 

www.facebook.com/lititzfireandice

Amish Mud Sales – Later in the winter season as the ground begins to thaw and there is more than a bit of ‘mud’ to go around, these Amish mud sales are held at local fire companies all throughout the county. They are a great way to get incredible deals on items created by our local Amish craftsman: furniture, quilts, antiques, housewares & even livestock! You’ll find multiple mud sales all over the county and some of these sales have been known to draw as many as 20,000 people! Put one of these on your ‘bucket list’ if you are looking for a truly Lancaster-unique experience!

www.discoverlancaster.com/amish/mud-sales


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Experience the Magic: Christmas 2022 Events in ‘the City’

Tree Lighting & Tuba Christmas – Dec 2nd

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This event from 7pm-9pm is both lights and sound! Come one, come all to Binn’s Park and bring your Tuba and play along! Also, First Fridays in Lancaster City is happening at the same time, so there is plenty to see and do!

Light Up Southeast – Dec 3rd

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On Dec 3rd from 6-8 pm around the South Duke Street Mall, this someone ‘younger’ celebration is really catching momentum. This year, there will be:
– Free Train Ride with Santa
– Trunk Or Treat
– Face Painting
– Music and Entertainment
– Food Trucks ($)
– Ugly Sweater Contest
– Free Kids Coats (kids must be present)
– Music and Entertainment

More details: http://www.facebook.com/CrispusAttucksLanc

Lancaster Shops Late – Dec 8th

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This event on Dec 8th from 5-8 pm is as obvious as it sounds: this once-a-year retail experience is real boost to shopping local (which we love to do, of course!). Many of Lancaster City’s shops, boutiques, and more stay open until 8 pm or longer. This is a perfect opportunity to find that special gift for the person that has everything.

Santa in the City – Multiple Dates

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Thurs Dec 8th, Saturday Dec 10th & Dec 17th all from 5-8 pm the Lancaster City Bureaus of Fire will be escorting Santa through Lancaster City: through downtown and throughout several neighborhoods.

Menorah Lightings – Dec 18th-25th – Penn Square

This event, held by both Lancaster City and Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster, is the annual lighting of the Menorah in Penn Square, which of course takes place for 8 nights in a row right up until Dec 25th. Each evening, the lighting takes place at 5:30pm, with the exception of Friday night when everyone gathers at 4:00pm.
For more info, visit: http://www.facebook.com/jcalancasterpa

New Year’s Eve – Dec 31st

And finally, come ring in the 2023 with us in Binn’s Park for the annual ‘Red Rose drop’ as we ring in the new year in true Lancaster fashion. Don’t forget, there will be live music as well.


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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!
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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!


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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.


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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!


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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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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/: The “Dog Days” of Summer

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/: The “Dog Days” of Summer


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!


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SUNDAY NIGHTS IN LANCASTER

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It’s Sunday! Are you someone who likes to stay in and relax on a Sunday night, or go out and soak up every last second of your weekend? It depends for me, but if my family is all together we like to go out and explore what’s happening in our town!

Here are 3 of the best things to do in Lancaster on a Sunday night:

1. LIVE MUSIC ON THE TELLUS 360 ROOFTOP

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I love live music, especially in the summer! If you want to hear great, local live music, head to the rooftop of Tellus and enjoy one of their craft cocktails as you listen. You can also take in the gorgeous skyline of Lancaster, and if you’re lucky, catch a sunset!

2. LIVE MUSIC IN LONG PARK

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If you are looking for something more laid-back, head over to Longs Park for their summer music series in the park. Pack your picnic blanket or chairs, some bubbly and maybe charcuterie, and sprawl out on the lawn while listening to great live music. What else could you want on a summer evening?!

3. ANTIQUE-ING

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If live music isn’t your thing, antique-ing is a great thing to do on a Sunday…especially in our area (is that a little random or what?!). Our neighboring town, Adamstown, is actually the Antiques Capital of the US. There are over 20 shops and hundreds of vendors offering unique, eclectic finds. Sunday rambles are the best- get in your car and just stop at whatever antique store catches your eye.  You never know what treasures you may find!

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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SUMMER BUCKET LIST – For the family

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It is finally SUMMER!!! In order to make sure we do each and everything we want, my family makes a list every summer. We did the work for you this year…our PRINTABLE summer bucket list is below, highlighting what we think are the top things to do before September hits. BONUS: it’s all for the family and all kid approved!

  • Pick strawberries – at none other than our favorite, Shenk’s Berry Farm. This post highlights everything you need to know about picking strawberries & raspberries.
  • Hershey Park – chocolate world, huge waterpark, awesome rollercoasters…what more do we need to say?!
  • Central Market – one of the most iconic spots in Lancaster. A fun morning activity to stroll and shop around. Read our post highlighting some of the stands at Market here.
  • Mt. Gretna – our hidden oasis in the mountains! Only about 30 minutes from downtown, if you want to escape to the shady mountains this is the place to go. This post shares everything you need to know.
  • Kayaking – a fun activity that also gets you in nature! We always try to do this at least once a summer. This post shares our favorite kayak spot and company.
  • First Friday – if you want to experience the energy of downtown Lancaster, go to First Friday! It’s offered year round, but the town really comes alive during the summer. We talk about it here.

Does your family love any of these activities too? Are there any others you make sure to do each summer? Let us know in the comments!

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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Central Market Super Stands

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I know you’ve heard of Central Market, you might have even been a few times! I love spending a leisurely Saturday morning here, enjoying the Christmas carols in the winter and the fresh flowers and produce in the summer. Below are some stands that we recommend trying on your next visit!

Amaranth Bakery – gluten free baked goods for the GF person in your life (actually anyone…they are delicious!)

Amish Family Recipes – you have to check it out, there are dozens of jams, salsas, pickled veggies, soups, biscotti, and stroopies…a unique taste of Lancaster.

Central Market Flowers – owned by Perfect Pots, who we featured last week. They offer a variety of seasonal blooms, buds, and greens, many of which are grown in their Strasburg greenhouse. They have you covered with everything from single stems to a lovely ready-made bouquet.

Christina’s Criollo – a unique taste of Puerto Rican classic dishes. Each dish comes from her family recipes, going generations back. Her empanadas are a staple at Market.

Crowded Kitchen – stop by here next time you are making a homemade pot of soup. They sell broths and stocks, or ready made soups.

Grasshopper’s Wicked Pickles – I love pickles, so I will be stopping by here! They have 18 flavors of pickles, all “cold packed” so they are never subjected to hear, thus making them crisper than jarred pickles. Can’t wait to try!

These are just a few of the many, many wonderful stands our Central Market offers. What’s your favorite stand there?

I scream, You scream…

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Summertime calls for ice cream trips after dinner! At least it does in my family :). I’m recapping some of our favorite ice cream shops in the Lancaster area so you can refer back to this post when your sweet tooth hits!

FOX MEADOW

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This place is a WOW! Fox Meadows ice cream is made on site using the milk from their own dairy farm across the field. Once you select your sweet treat, you have the option to sit inside, or outside on benches and at tables near the farmland. It’s a very “authentic” Lancaster creamery! The ice cream is delicious and the “baked foxes” are unbeatable. This is a wonderful combination of a hot outer shell (your choice of brownie or cookie), filled with ice cream. 

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They are closed on Sundays, but make sure to hit them up some week day or Saturday – you won’t be disappointed!

SONS ICE CREAM

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Another family favorite. It’s your typical window walk-up ice cream shop, but you can also drive through (which we have taken advantage of several times)! At Sons, we would recommend any of their sundaes or avalanches. My husband loves their milkshakes, but my daughter would tell you to get their PB Extreme sundae or Banana Split. There is a ton of variety in their flavors, so something for everyone to enjoy!!

GOOD LIFE ICE CREAM

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Conveniently located near Belmont, I’m sure you’ve driven past Good Life many times. If you’ve never stopped in for a scoop or three, you need to. Think of it like cold stone – you select your flavor (they have tons that rotate frequently) and your server will bring it to the cold stone counter where you will have the chance to mix in whatever toppings you would like. If you like Oreos and Twix, they will break them up and mix it through all your ice cream. We also recommend their ice cream cakes for special occasions. So yummy!!

SWEET FROG

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Not technically an ice cream option, but this is probably the best frozen yogurt in Lancaster! You get to serve yourself however much Fro Yo you’d like, then select from their dozens of toppings. And you can add fruit to it…so that makes it healthy, right?!

Now I need to go get myself some dessert!!!