• LR20160526_ReelReviews
    ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

    Early summer smackdown Not many people nerd-out on movies like I do, so you’ll have to pardon me and my talk about box office numbers for a minute. There is an epic showdown brewing, which will all...

    • Posted May 25, 2016
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  • Beer connoisseur Michael Upton attended the Little Big Beer Fest at Appalachian Brewing Company’s Abbey Bar in Harrisburg on April 30.
    Across the county line: Dauphin

    I crossed the county line looking for some big beers, and they were pretty easy to find. In Lancaster County we have our own Appalachian Brewing Company (in Lititz), but I had to head to Dauphin County...

    • Posted May 18, 2016
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  • Tom Hayden (left) of Foodstock, organizer of the NachoMama’s Taco Cook-off, and taco creator Amanda DeVine, of DeVine Destinations. The tacos shown, are Amanda’s creation, filled with pulled pork. (Photo by Michael Upton)
    Black Forest event to raise money for FoodStock

    Black Forest Brewery’s summer events kick off Sunday, May 22, with NachoMama’s Taco Cook-off. All proceeds from the $5 per person admission will go to FoodStock, a seven-band concert event benefiting Power Packs and the Manheim Central...

    • Posted May 18, 2016
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  • LR20160512_ReelReviews
    ‘Captain America: Civil War’

      Avengers divided! If you haven’t made a firm decision on which side you sit, Team Cap or Team Iron Man, you will after seeing The film kept course with other Marvel ventures, bringing in $181 million...

    • Posted May 11, 2016
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  • Boulevard’s Hibiscus Gose pays tribute to the pleasantly
sour, slightly salty wheat beers that originated
in Goslar and became popular in Leipzig, Germany,
around the late 1800s. A great introductory sour
beer, Hibiscus Gose receives coriander and sea salt
during boiling, and is steeped with dried hibiscus
flowers at the end to create a vibrant pink hue. The
result is a tangy, sweet and sour ale with a refreshing
citrus character.
    Across the county line: Berks

      I crossed the county line looking for a statue and ended up drinking a few beers. No, this is not the start of one of my infamously bad jokes; the two are actually — seriously — related. On...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
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  • VINNY TENNIS | Staff Photographer photos Tricia Corcoran as Dolly Levi, left, and Bruce Weaver as Horace Vandergelder in “Hello, Dolly!” at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center in Ephrata. The show debuts tonight.
    Hello (again), Dolly!

    In all honesty, I had never seen the musical “Hello, Dolly!” on stage. I did not remember seeing the 1969 Oscar-award winning movie starring Barbara Streisand, Walter Matthau, and Michael Crawford … until I heard “Call on...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
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  • LR20160428_ReelReviews
    ‘The Hunstman: Winter’s War’ and ‘The Jungle Book’

    ‘The Hunstman: Winter’s War’ This is not your child’s Snow White. This is the sequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Chris Hemsworth (a.k.a. Thor) is back as Eric the huntsman in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,”...

    • Posted April 27, 2016
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  • LR20160421_RRCCshow5
    ‘Somewhereville Station’ revisits the 50s and 60s

    In early 2015, Ephrata native Paul Stober had an idea. The member of the men’s Red Rose Chorus thought it would be swell to join with the all-female Red Rose City Chorus from Lititz for a combined...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
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  • Hop hop, hooray! The beer festival season is underway. Our Hop’in Around columnist kicked things off with Rails & Ales in Strasburg, and
the fun will continue through September when the Lititz Craft Beer Fest (pictured above) returns. Cheers! (Photo by Mike Shull)
    Let the festivals begin!

    Rails & Ales puts the season on the right track Over the weekend, I attended the inaugural Rails & Ales brewfest at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and by far, the museum is one of the best...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
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    Funk brings funny to Reamstown

    In his online biography, comedian Zach Funk describes Ephrata as “the kind of place where biology and debate class is the same thing (and) you can get into arguments about the minutia of manure.” “Ephrata was a...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
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