• 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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  • The Ephrata House was still in its glory during the '40s.
    1941 turns murderous: Chamber hosts historical murder mystery dinner

      Michael Showalter went back in time to find inspiration for his upcoming murder mystery dinner. The event, which kicks off at EPAC at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 1, will raise money for the Ephrata Area Chamber of...

    • Posted September 22, 2016
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    Eat your beer!

    Local brew-enhanced food offerings If you read the Hop’in Around about my visit to the Little Big Beer Fest in May, you know beer is not just for drinking. At the fest I found Harrisburg-based Fudge-o-lutely and...

    • Posted September 21, 2016
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  • Tim Riggs, Kenneth Seigh, Noel Smith, Kevin Ditzler and Sean Young bring Glengarry Glen Ross to the stage at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center.
    ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ cast is incredible

    I first saw the film adaptation of “Glengarry Glen Ross” while I was living in Maine. The movie had been out for a couple years and it instantly went on my list of all-time favorites. The all-star...

    • Posted September 14, 2016
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  • lr20160915_reelreviews
    Books that became movies

    Read first or watch first? School is back in session and the National Book Festival (Sept. 24, 2016) is right around the corner, so what better time to talk about books … and their movies. There have...

    • Posted September 14, 2016
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    McGillin’s Olde Ale House has Stoudt’s on tap

    On a recent trip to Philly I sought out a few hot beer spots. (I know, shocker!) I found something a little closer to home than what I expected. We started out by hitting the quaint and...

    • Posted September 7, 2016
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    Jammin’ at JoBoy’s: blues and brews

      They make a great gose, which is now on tap, and JoBoy’s Brew Pub in Lititz may be best known for its southern-style barbecue and flagship brews like Lititz Springs Lager, Manheim Red, and Hopitude IPA,...

    • Posted August 24, 2016
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  • LR20160818_ReelReviews
    ‘Sausage Party’ and ‘Suicide Squad’

    Not exactly a laugh a minute… With a cast of voices including Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Edward Norton, and Kristen Wiig, I figured the adult-themed, animated flick...

    • Posted August 17, 2016
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  • Pig Iron Old Canal Cream Ale was Michael Upton’s favorite offering
at Iron Pig Brewing Company in Marietta.
    Home brews and Pig Iron

    I apologize if I’m pouring salt in a wound for those who couldn’t secure tickets to this year’s Lititz Craft Beer Fest, but a venerable who’s who of regional brewing gathered at JoBoy’s Brew Pub on Wednesday,...

    • Posted August 10, 2016
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  • LR20160804_ReelReviews
    ‘Jason Bourne’

    Franchise reboots with familiar face Jason Bourne is back … for real this time.* After a one-movie hiatus, Matt Damon is back into the spy/thriller franchise. It seems the masses wanted it this way, since the movie...

    • Posted August 3, 2016
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