• lr20161201_hopinaround1
    ‘Tis the season! – (s)Hopin’ Around

    Now that another Thanksgiving is in the books, it is officially time for what my mother-in-law called “’Tis the season.” Since I was full of turkey and feeling festive, I went “Hop’in Around” with the notion of...

    • Posted November 30, 2016
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  • lr20161124_reelreviews2
    Reel Reviews

    ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ While everyone was cramming into theaters to see “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” i.e. the new Harry Potter movie (without Harry Potter), I took the opportunity to relax in some of...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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  • lr20161117_hopinaround2
    Take the Long Root home

    The folks at Hopworks Urban Brewery were kind enough to send out samples of their newest project beer, Long Root Ale. HUB is based out of Portland, Ore., so why is it showing up in a Lancaster...

    • Posted November 16, 2016
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  • lr20161103_hopinaround4
    Introducing Narrowback

    The definition of the word narrowback* is twofold. The word can mean a person of slight build who is unfit for hard labor, and it can be used as a disparaging term used to refer to an...

    • Posted November 2, 2016
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  • Kurt (Drew Boardman) throws a punch at J.D. (Michael Roman) during “Heathers: the Musical.” playing
at EPAC through Nov. 5. (LNP file photos)
    Bust out the teased hair and neon shoes

    EPAC presents ‘Heathers: the Musical’ The year was 1988. Radio stations pumped out Enya, Robert Palmer, and Kylie Minogue. The eldest Bush defeated Michael Dukakis in the Presidential election. Movie tickets averaged $3.50 … and “Heathers” hit...

    • Posted October 26, 2016
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  • Ben Affleck portrays Christian Wolff, an accountant with highfunctioning
autism who gets caught up in corporate espionage,
in “The Accountant.”
    ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ and ‘The Accountant’

    Cruise vs. Affleck I have to admit, I forgot all about “Jack Reacher. Reacher,” played by Tom Cruise, which first hit the screens in 2012 and brought in over $218 million worldwide. Reacher is the product of...

    • Posted October 26, 2016
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  • lr20161020_hopinjailbreak
    Beer tour below the Mason-Dixon line

    Good friends of mine have been insisting I take a trip south of the Mason-Dixon and check out what is going on with the beer scene around Columbia, Md. Our first stop was one of the most...

    • Posted October 19, 2016
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  • Emily Blunt portrays troubled, alcoholic Rachel in the film version
of award-wining novel “Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins
    ‘The Girl on the Train’ but not ‘The Dressmaker’

    Ladies first … and last If you’ve read the book “The Girl on the Train” or are waiting to see the movie, please know this column will be full of spoilers. “The Girl on the Train” is...

    • Posted October 12, 2016
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  • Funck’s Restaurant, Leola, now has 40 pumpkin-infused beers on tap. Beer critic Michael Upton recommends Elysian’s Punkachino,
Penn Brewery’s Pumpkin Roll Ale, and Terrapin’s Cranberry Pumpkinfest. (Photo by Michael Upton)
    It’s pumpkin chuggin’ time!

    Fall is here — and that means pumpkin beers are, too. Now, I know some people despise pumpkin beers — the bartender at Funck’s restaurant on Saturday surely did — but the release is still a popular fall occurrence. Rest...

    • Posted October 5, 2016
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  • lr20160929_reelreviews
    ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘Blair Witch’

    The West and the woods revisited More of a reinvention than a remake “The Magnificent Seven” opened with good results over a slow movie weekend. The retold western beat out the Warner Bros. animated kid-flick “Storks” to...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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