Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What's happening around Lancaster this week?

On Thursday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m, enjoy a free movie in in downtown Binns Park on N. Queen St. This week's movie is the Pixar animated film Ratatouille. This is the final film in the city' free summer movie series.

The Long's Park Art & Craft Festival runs all Labor Day weekend (Aug. 29 to Sep. 1).

"The Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival is one of the country’s finest outdoor art galleries. Now recognized as America’s No. 4 fine art and craft show, this year’s Labor Day Weekend event drew applications from artists living in 46 states, the District of Columbia and 3 foreign countries. All told, more than 1,200 artists vied to be selected by our independent jurors to be one of our 200 exhibitors. Over 50 of these exhibitors will be new to the Long’s Park show. We invite you to experience this year’s exciting display."

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, except closing at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sep. 1. Admission is $10 for a one-day ticket and $12 for a multi-day ticket. For more information, visit

From 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, Friday (Aug. 29) at Penn Square at the corner of King & Queen Streets in downtown Lancaster, the band M&K Duo will be performing classical, jazz, and pop tunes. The performance is sponsored chiefly by Fulton Financial Corporation and the City of Lancaster.

The Lancaster Barnstormers baseball team plays home games on Wednesday (Aug. 27) and Thursday (Aug. 28) at 7:05 p.m. and a Labor Day game on Monday, Sep. 1 at 1:35 p.m. For further information, directions, and advanced tickets, visit

Thursday night (Aug. 28) at 7:00 p.m., the band Journey plays with guests Heart and Cheap Trick at Hershey park Stadium. Tickets range from $40 to $125 and are going fast. For more information, visit or

Friday, Aug. 29 is "Greek Day" at the Red Rose Restaurant in downtown Lancaster. "Enjoy home-cooked authentic Greek food, such as spanakopita and mousaka (to name a few) and yummy pastries!" Located at 101 E. King St, its hours of operation Friday are 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information, check out their website at

The Wine & Cheese Train at the Strasburg Railroad runs on both Friday (Aug. 29) and Saturday (Aug. 30). Enjoy a scenic, 45-minute train ride through the countryside while tasting fine wines and cheeses. The train boards at 7:00 p.m. on both dates. Tickets are $30 each. For more information, visit

On Sunday, Aug. 31, author Philip Malachowski will be signing and reading excerpts from his book Life & Death to the Happies at 1:00 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Next door in Chester County, Longwood Gardens is having its end-of-summer
Fireworks & Fountain Show on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 8:30 p.m. "Celebrate a summer of 'oohs' and 'aahs' as you view spectacular fireworks and colorful fountains that will light up the sky. Enjoy your favorite tunes of Big Band & Broadway." Tickets are $16 for ages 15 & under, and $32 for ages 16 and up. Garden Pass holders get in at a discounted rate. For more information, visit

Also on Sunday, Aug. 31, the Hospice of Lancaster County is holdings its 24th Annual Labor Day Auction in Lampeter. "
This year's event will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 1, 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., at the Lampeter Fairgrounds, Route 741 and Lampeter Road." Admission is free. The event promises "elaborate quilts, handcrafted Amish furniture, more than 150 pieces of framed local artwork, more than 200 pieces of autographed sports memorabilia, vacation packages, home and garden accessories, plants, gift certificates, authentic Amish crafts and delicious Amish-prepared food-all this and more..." For further information, visit

Up for some laser tag? On Labor Day (Sep. 1), you can play all day (12 p.m. to 10 p.m.) for $20 at Laserdome in Manheim. And for $5 extra, you can enjoy unlimited soda and popcorn, and two slices of pizza. Laserdome is located at 2050 Auction Road in Manheim. For more information, visit

Other weekend events as advertised by

Demuth Museum
Out of the Chateau: Works from the Demuth Museum
120 East King Street
June 28 - Aug 31: Tue - Sat: 10am-4pm, Sun: 1pm-4pm
The Demuth Museum collection consists of over thirty works by Charles Demuth that span his career, from early childhood drawings to late floral works.

Heritage Center Museum
Patchwork Politics: From George to George W.
5 West King Street
June 6 - Dec 31, Mon - Sat: 9am-5pm
Extraordinary private collection of quilts and other items spanning the presidential campaigns of George Washington to George W. Bush.

Lancaster Museum of Art
4 Galleries/4 Shows
135 North Lime Street
Aug 2 - Sept 7, Mon - Sat: 10am - 4pm, Sun: 12pm - 4pm
Suk Shuglie's paintings; wearable art by Valerie Jo Coulson; acrylics by Kurdish artist Sadradeen Ameen; and Visual Dialogue:Unspoken Conversations - the works of artist friends Donna Albert, Blakelyn Albright, Mariann Lehman, Janie Oakes, and Jan Yatsco.

Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum
Rags to Rugs: Pennsylvania Hooked and Handsewn Rugs
37 Market Street
Nov 17, 2007 - Dec 31, 2008, Mon - Sat: 9am-5pm
Hooked and handsewn rugs from Pennsylvania. Learn about the many functions of these rugs as well as how they are made.

PA College of Art & Design
World War II Vintage Posters
204 North Prince Street
Aug 1 - Sep 25: Mon - Fri: 8am-4:30pm
Vintage posters designed and illustrated by Jean Carlu, Norman Rockwell and other artists. Displayed in the Cummins Engine factory (Columbus, IN) during WWII.

Parlor Art Space
"Scope II" closing reception
320 Laurel Street
Thu Aug 28: 5pm-9pm
Parlor will be hosting a closing reception for "Scope II". Curated by Harriet Hacker of Where Exhibitions.

Phillips Museum of Art
Franklin & Marshall College, Steinman College Center
Aug 25 - Sep 28, Tue-Fri: 1:30pm-4:30pm; Sat & Sun: 12:30pm-4:30pm
The Phillips Museum of Art
Dana Gallery: Inscriptions - Paintings by Edward Evans.
Rothman Gallery: Reflections - Digital Photographs by David Spitzer.
Curriculum Gallery: Where Do You Draw the Line? - Works from the Permanent Collection curated by Christy Batta '09.

Sunday Market
Building Character
342 North Queen Street
July 6 - Oct 19, Sun: 11am-3pm
Featuring art, antiques, collectibles, and food--something for everyone.