‘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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The Tree House, Lititz – A Playground for Everyone!

The Tree House playground in Lititz is a spectacular, community designed, play space for children of all abilities. Just around the corner from Lititz Springs Park near Warwick High School, The Tree House playground has an incredible ‘community story’. In 2018, ‘Play By Design’ unveiled their vision of what was to be built, based upon the input and feedback from the surrounding Lititz community.

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Over the next 2 years the necessary funds were raised. Finally, across 2 weeks in September of 2020, over 550 community volunteers came together for construction, making ‘the dream a reality’. For more info, visit their site: http://www.treehouselititz.com

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Community Support Opportunity:

Today, there is an ongoing group of around 10 volunteers who do daily walk-throughs of the playground: picking up trash, emptying trash cans, checking for needed repairs and damage, etc. Thanks to the volunteer crew, this great play space stays clean and safe for everyone to enjoy all year long. If you happen to see them while you are at the playground, be sure to let them know you appreciate them.

If you would be interested in joining the volunteer crew, you can message them or message me and we will get you connected!


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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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ROCKIN’ Lititz

Lititz, PA has all the charm and quaintness of a Hallmark movie. A main street lined with mom and pop shops, holiday parades, and even a chocolate factory. But perhaps one of the coolest and most unique parts of Lititz is Rock Lititz.

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So what is Rock Lititz? It’s a one-stop-shop for all things in the live event industry. From design, engineering, manufacturing, rehearsals, they essential create the stages and sets for concerts…and probably for some of your favorite performers.  

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In 2012, three Lancaster companies combined forces and went out on a limb buying a farm in Lititz to turn it into a large-scale rock performance campus. The goal of this organization is to have a full concert venue-like space to plan concerts without the added pressure of having spectators. It makes the process of designing stages and rehearsing concerts much more enjoyable and relaxed for performers.

Big names such as Taylor Swift, U2, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Ariana Grande come to visit and work with the crew at Rock Lititz. The Rolling Stones, Mumford and Sons, Usher, Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Bon Jovi, Beyonce… these major stars all have been spotted in our little old town! Many of them comment that they love coming to Lititz because there is no media, no promotional appearances – just a peaceful, quiet place to be creative.

Ariana Grande at the local Target in Lititz. PC: Philly Voice

Unfortunately, we never know who is in town until they leave – visitors are kept very hush hush. So, while you aren’t guaranteed to run into Elton John while visiting Lititz, you are welcome to visit the Rock Lititz campus at any time!

It is 96 acres and expanding like crazy. There is a hotel (where the celebrities stay – but you can too!), a magnificent restaurant called Per Diem, a brewery called Fetish, and a flex workspace called Rock Candy.  The performance area is referred to as “The Cube”, and quite literally looks like a huge black box rising from the cornfields.  You could spend a whole day just exploring the grounds. And who knows, maybe you’ll have a celebrity spotting!

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Lititz is dubbed America’s coolest small town – Rock Lititz definitely plays a role in that!


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An Afternoon at the Polo Fields!

If you’re looking for a relaxing, fun activity to do on a Sunday afternoon this Fall, look no further than a polo match at Forney Fields in Rothsville, PA – minutes from downtown Lititz.  

The Lancaster Polo League has polo matches every Sunday from June through mid-October. Check out their website for more information on their home match schedule.

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The gates open at 1 pm and matches begin at 2:30pm. Children under 12 are free! Anyone above 12 is $5. Remember – this is weather permitting! Check the website for weather updates the day of.

Each match has a theme or benefits a special organization. For example, September 5th is accepting donations for our local SPCA. Later in the month, there will be a food truck offered! We know that October is breast cancer awareness month, and the first week of October is benefiting this important cause!

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Here’s what you can expect:

Drive through the gates and park anywhere under the trees on the perimeter of the field. Grab some friends, blankets and chairs to sit on. Set up your tailgate and unpack your delicious spread to enjoy before and during this classic game.

Halfway through the game, you will be invited to “divot stomp”, which is an age-old polo tradition! This is when you stomp on the divots in the field, which helps preserve the field and enhances safety for the players (and horses). This is an activity that thrilled my kids when they were little! According to their website, even the Queen of England stomps divots when she attends a match!

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So if you want to feel like royalty, or be transferred to the English countryside, visit the Lancaster Polo Club and let us know what you think!


For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County, call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com. No home is too big or too small for our team.

Mt. Gretna ~ A Hidden Oasis

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At the beginning of every summer, my family compiles a list of activities we want to accomplish before the season ends. We get really creative and add things that we’ve never tried (such as OGO Balling – more on that in another post!)  But one activity that is on our summer “to do” list every single year is a visit to Mount Gretna. Now is the perfect time to go!

Mount Gretna is truly one of Central Pennsylvania’s hidden gems. An 18-mile drive from downtown Lancaster will instantly make you feel like you’ve traveled hours away. It’s always cooler in temperature, completely shaded by tree canopies overhead, and offers visitors the quaintest small town in the area.

Pennsylvania Chautauqua Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania

Not only is it full of charm, Mt. Gretna is a summer staple because of the activities it has to offer.

Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach

In need of some diversion from going to the pool? Why not visit the Mt. Gretna lake? This is the perfect place for families to spend a summer day. There are lifeguards stationed around, kids dock to swim to, 8 acres of beach and lawn to sprawl out on, and a snack bar. For the older kids (or yourself, if you are adventurous!) try kayaking, jump off the high dive, go on the swing in the middle of the lake, or climb on the giant oversized chair and snap a picture. You’ll want to remember what a fun day you had!

The lake is open between May 27-Sept 4, from 11:30am to 6:30 pm. Due to capacity limits, admission tickets must be pre-purchased. To purchase tickets, visit: https://mtgretnalake.com/

Gretna Emporium

If you like shopping for little tchotchkes, you can’t miss the Gretna Emporium. It is overflowing with eclectic gifts and souvenirs and there is surely something that will catch your eye!

Open daily from 11:30am to 9:30pm.

Mt Gretna Theater

Whether you’re a fan of theater or not, you will love this charming, not-for-profit theater. Enjoy a mix of Broadway musicals and comedies in America’s oldest open air Summer Theatre. Saturday mornings offer theater productions for children!

Gretna Theatre in Mt. Gretna

Tickets are available for purchase by calling the box office (717-964-3627) or in-person at the theater.

Jigger Shop

Saved the best for last! The words “Jigger Shop” are truly synonymous with summer in our house and you’ll see why after your first visit. Step back in time and into this old-fashioned ice cream parlor, which offers everything from burgers, sandwiches, and salads to ice cream sundaes and milkshakes.  After all, it’s been around for 100 years – you know it has to be special!

**Wolf Family Tips**

  • They have the best root beer in frosty mugs, fresh beignets, and loaded fries!
  • Go EARLY – the line can wrap around the building!
  • Dog Friendly!

Your perfect summer escape is waiting for you under the trees of Mt. Gretna. Make sure to plan your visit before summer ends!!!

Photo credits: Wikipedia, Lancaster Online, PennLive, LancasterCountyMag

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County, call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com. No home is too big or too small for our team.

A REEL Good Time!

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Have you returned to movie theaters since Covid hit? If you are looking for something to do on one of the rainy days we are expected to have this week, or wanting an escape from the 95 degree heat, check out Reel Cinemas – Lancaster!

Reel Cinemas, located 1500 Christopher Place in The Crossings at Conestoga Creek (by Wegmans), opened in 2020 just before Covid struck. Since reopening, they have implemented safety protocols such as distanced seating between parties. If that’s not enough, you even have the option to have a private screening by reserving an entire auditorium for groups of up to 50 people!

One thing that stands out about Reel Cinemas is their PROMOTIONS! Who doesn’t love a discount?!

  • Tightwad Tuesday – $6 admissions ALL DAY!
  • Before 4 pm – matinee prices for $10.50

***MONEY SAVING TIP: Pre-purchasing your tickets on Fandango allows you to pick your seats online after purchasing AND is cheaper than buying tickets at the theater. (Groupon does not allow you to select your seats online).

One thing our family loves to do together is watch movies, and we really missed watching new releases during the pandemic. There is nothing better than sitting in a dark theater, watching a movie while munching on buttery popcorn! But something perhaps even BETTER than Reel Cinema’s promotions… is their food. Their menu goes far beyond popcorn and candy: they offer appetizers, entrees, desserts AND they deliver it to you at your seat.

They also have a FULL BAR. We know we got your attention now!!!!

Currently, Reel Cinemas is offering seven movies with multiple show times. Go to their website to see their offerings and plan your next movie escape: https://www.rclancaster.com/Browsing/Cinemas/Details/lancaster and let us know how your experience was!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County, call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com. No home is too big or too small for our team.

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  • Cinema Treasures
  • Reel Cinemas Unlimited
  • Reel Cinemas Lancaster

Berry Blasts

Wolf and Webb Realtors like to provide our clients personalized experiences where we not only work to help you sell or buy your home but also provide you ideas, suggestions and tips for the process and your time after. One way we provide tips is through our suggestions of things to do or ways to get involved in Lancaster County, this week we want to share with you more about the best spot to pick fresh produce! 

Located at 911 Disston View Drive in Lancaster you will find Shenk’s Berry Farm the best place to pick your own strawberries, raspberries and shop at a market! A family farm started in the 80’s. A small farm has cows, sheep and so many fresh fruits and vegetables you can enjoy all year round. The crops are sold at picking your own so you can find the best berries! If you want vegetables swing over to their market from July through November to stock up on delicious greens. The market is located in Philadelphia as well! All the fruits and vegetables are grown by the family, cultivated and cared for with incredible farm practices. 

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If you go to their website you can follow the calendar to see what is in season for picking from raspberries to blueberries. You can meet all your berry cravings in one spot while having fun while doing it! 

Raspberries season starts in June and pints go for $3.25 while a court goes for $6.00 talk about a deal! The strawberries go for $3.25 a quart as well and they accept cash, checks or FMNP vouchers! 

Picking hours vary so it is important to check their website before arriving. To pick your berries you check in at the gazebo, wash your hands and get a box to fill for your own. When you are done picking in the field you can return to the gazebo to pay for your crops! 

This is a great way to spend your morning, take your children out, or enjoy a day in the sun trying something new. This is a fun way to see where your produce is coming from instead of just grabbing it off the grocery shelf, and it’s an outing for the family or friends. Plus doesn’t it taste great enjoying what you picked…talk about a delicious summer treat.

Maybe you are using your berries for a smoothing, summer salad or delicious sweet dessert the options are endless! Maybe try making your own jam for the fall and winter months with your leftovers! Pick too much and unsure what to do with them? Give some to your new neighbors a great conversation starter to share how wonderful our Lancaster County is or check out Shenk Berry Farm’s website section of “Berry Good Ideas” for ways to use your delicious produce! 

Thinking of a way to spend your Saturday morning? Why not check out this local farm and see what it is all about? You will not be disappointed!

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties where you can enjoy fresh produce all year round! You will love it here!

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A Barn Load of Fun

Wolf and Webb Realtors like to provide our clients personalized experiences where we not only work to help you sell or buy your home but also provide you ideas, suggestions and tips for the process and your time after. One way we provide tips is through our suggestions of things to do or ways to get involved in Lancaster County, this week we want to share with you more about the Barn you won’t want to miss!

Located at 262 Hopeland Road, Lititz Pennsylvania you will find a breathtaking barn with space to enjoy good company and delicious food! The farm has been in Lancaster since the 18th century and the history behind this place is truly magnificent. From ironwork, farm animals, financial backgrounds to a restaurant there is so much to learn about our beautiful county from spaces like The Barns at Elizabeth Farms.

Are you curious about homes that are currently on the market, our website is a great spot to start your search!

Join in the fun by attending one of the Farm-to-Table meals this summer. On Saturdays you can enjoy fresh, local ingredients right from the farm! What is incredible about the farm to table experience is that nothing is preserved or processed; you can’t get anything better! Bring some family or friends to enjoy the venue, live music, great drinks and sometimes trivia! 

There is something for everyone from chicken frites, to pork rinds and more your mouth will be watering! 

You can pick from five proteins, four sauces and five sides. A great one is the Pork burger served with farm fries or their mushroom steak with a side of charred asparagus…delicious! After a great meal why not treat yourself to one of their delicious desserts from gluten free to vegan options there is something for everyone all coming from the delicious Cake and Cup Bake Shoppe! Lavender Raw Cake, whoopie pies or a salted caramel cupcake what a way to enjoy a nice evening out! A wonderful add on to the menu is the partnerships with local winery Moon Dancer, local beers, fresh tea and lemonade…the perfect beverages for a hot summer day! The bar within the barn is an experience in itself with local drinks and a rotating seasonal menu you can pop over to enjoy a drink or two inside and outside with some friends! Relaxing spots with exposed brick, beams and wood makes enjoying your cocktail that much better. The staff are friendly and kind with a great knowledge of the local drinks on tap. Who knows you might find your new go to summer drink! 

Have you fallen in love yet? Consider hosting your next event at the barn from weddings, birthdays and retirement parties. 350 acres of preserved farmland is an incredible space to host your next event! You can even see examples of incredible weddings on their website to spark your ideas…cocktail hours, corn-hole, reception, and the best photos you can imagine!

If the menu and history is not enough to get you excited for the barn why not go see it for yourself! The atmosphere created by the employees is inviting and warm. The barn is a great way to enjoy a meal out, or celebrate a special day with your loved ones…I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties where you can enjoy incredible new food dishes, views and fun whenever you want! You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes in Lancaster County, call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com no home is too big or too small for our team. Wolf and Webb: Where People are the Key!

Hops for a Good Summer

Wolf and Webb Realtors like to provide our clients personalized experiences where we not only work to help you sell or buy your home but also provide you ideas, suggestions and tips for the process and your time after. One way we provide tips is through our suggestions of things to do or ways to get involved in Lancaster County. This week we want to share with you more about the Farm that brings us entertainment, great food, drinks and live music.

You heard that right, a farm that does all this! Kissel Valley Farm is one of a kind right in our backyard. Located at 645 East Oregon Road in Lititz you will find home to this wonderful farm. At the farm you will find a few things from 21 acres that provide the perfect sunset view, to a farmhouse from the 1800s giving you a taste of our rich history. You can also enjoy their vineyard. This is a partnership with Waltz Vineyards where they work to create delicious wines for Lancaster patrons and visitors to enjoy regularly. If you have not already be sure to check out our blog on wineries and vineyards within Lancaster County! While walking around the farm be sure to take in the breathtaking wildlife as they have created a 3 acre wildflower field not only for patrons to enjoy the beauty of the floral colors in bloom but to help rebuild and support the pollination within Lancaster County. 

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While Kissel Valley Farm provides a variety of breathtaking views, incredible scenery, historic buildings and local partnerships it also works to provide the Lancaster community activities, events and enjoyment all year round. One thing they are known for is the Pop-Up Beer Gardens. In 2019 Kissel Valley Farm partnered with Wyndridge Farm Brewing for their pop-ups; they did it again in 2020…do you think there might be a pop-up partnership this year? One can hope! 

The pop-ups were weekends long providing individuals opportunities to get to the event or even go a few times. Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of August and September you could go to Kissel Valley Farm for the free event. When on the farm you had the opportunity to taste and enjoy beers and ciders from Wyndridge as well as amazing food from local food trucks. These pop-ups were great ways to get together with friends, enjoy the outdoors, support the locals, and soak in the last weekends of summer.

If you got to the pop-ups at the right time you might be able to enjoy live music and entertainment from our Lancaster community as well as yard games. If you attended a pop-up beer garden you would see patrons sitting on beach chairs, towels and blankets. You would hear instruments, laughter, and gulps. These weekends were times that brought the Lancaster Community together full of joy and fun. This year the pop-up partnership is with Bulls Head Beer Garden, and…it already started! A video was recently posted about smoothing out the lawn for upcoming beer garden pop-ups with Bulls Head Public House throughout the weekends of May through October, more time to enjoy! 

Admissions is five dollars and children 12 and under are free. There will be a rotating mobile beer tap, wine and cocktails too, providing a taste for everyone who attends! 

If you are thinking about heading to the garden this weekend or maybe a couple times this summer be sure to bring your admissions fee, something to sit on because picnic tables are limited. Do not bring outside concessions but do support the local businesses, food trucks or catering of the weekend for delicious meals and snacks. Be sure to bring sunscreen as the summer months get closer. It will be getting warmer and stay hydrated with water and lotion to protect yourself! 

What seems like a new yearly tradition is one to be sure to make note of, it is a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and time with your friends.

Finding local events in Lancaster is not hard, so many companies and businesses work to bring the community together through food, drinks, entertainment and more. This is one of the many reasons why Lancaster County is truly one of a kind! A space for all to enjoy, where everyone can find things to do, try new places and meet new people. Our County is full of Local Secrets making it a unique and special place to be a part of.

Have you heard of a local event happening in the summer of 2021? Let me know about it, I would love to check it out! 

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties where you can explore the outdoor events and spaces of Lancaster any day of the week! You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes in Lancaster County, call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit the Wolf and Webb team on our website. Wolf and Webb: Where People are the Key!