• ‘Tis the season for beer events!

      It’s the time of the great debate: are you already into the holiday spirit or are you part of the Thanksgiving faithful (like me) and plan no yuletide merriment until after the turkey is devoured? Either...

    • Posted November 15, 2017
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  • At the conclusion of last Wednesday’s performance of Sweeney Todd at the Ephrata playhouse, actor Preston Schreffler surprised the audience and his girlfriend, Abby Hoy, with an unscripted marriage proposal. Photo by Missi Mortimer
    Marriage proposal takes center

    “Sweeney Todd,” despite the bloody gore, body parts, and its subtitle referring to the “Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” is a love story at its core. Preston Schreffler had his own tale of the heart to tell...

    • Posted November 8, 2017
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  • The New Main: Phase 2

    Ketchum continues upgrades to keep customers at Ephrata’s downtown theater The corn has been popping and the seats have been filled. The New Main, formerly Ephrata Main Theatre, has been showing movies under the new management of Penn...

    • Posted November 8, 2017
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  • Reel Reviews: Shortly, about movies

    A preview of the Lancaster International Short Film Festival The Lancaster International Short Film Festival kicks off this Thursday, and if you are anything like me you had no idea this event is now in its 10th...

    • Posted November 8, 2017
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  • Mind your meat pies! ‘Sweeney Todd’ opens at EPAC

    When I was a young lad in Lancaster City I usually wanted to be something animalistic and scary for Halloween. One particular year, I spotted one of the scariest masks I’d ever seen at Rebman’s. It was...

    • Posted October 25, 2017
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  • Disaster abounds: ‘Geostorm’ and ‘Happy Death Day’

    ‘Geostorm’ I’m big into disaster flicks. So, when I first spotted the trailer for “Geostorm” I knew I was going to have to see it — whether it looked good or not. The trailers for the sci-fi,...

    • Posted October 25, 2017
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  • Hopin’ Around: The ol’ stompin’ grounds

    I spent my childhood summers climbing the statues and the trees in Lancaster City’s Buchanan Park. I was a skater townie, harassing the students at F&M College in the fall, sledding down “the nutcracker” in the winter,...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • Reel Reviews: ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’

    Worth waiting for: a proper sequel We all have them: movies we are scared to admit we’ve never seen. For me, one of those movies was 1982’s “Blade Runner.” The star-studded, Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “The Martian”) directed...

    • Posted October 11, 2017
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  • Deer Demo attendees shared the best bits of Rick Fetrow’s deer. The bbq experts at Meadow Creek cooked and served fresh tenderloin steak bites to those who joined the demonstration.
    Breaking down a deer

    Meadow Creek Barbecue’s Deer Demo features master butcher When it comes to deer processing, Rick Fetrow knows what he is talking about. Through his work as chairman of Hunters Sharing the Harvest and his day job as...

    • Posted October 5, 2017
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  • To the Victory goes the spoils

        My brother-in-law, Ron Delvisco, makes it over to Chester County more often than I do. So, when he said Victory opened up a new location in Parkesburg (just a bit closer to Lancaster County than...

    • Posted October 4, 2017
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