Visit beautiful York County Pennsylvania, the Factory Tour Capital of the World from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels. Located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, York County is minutes away from entertainment and attractions in Hershey, Lancaster and Gettysburg, PA.
Visiting Family for Independence Day! Come stay with us at Back Porch B&B and be near the action. Here are some events in the area:
When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. (rain date is July 7)
Where: Hopewell Fairgrounds (16 College Ave)
Details: The JC Fisher Band will kick off the evening with a concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow at 9:30 p.m.
When: 5-10 p.m., Thursday, July 4
Where: PeoplesBank Park, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York
Details: The York Revolution are playing in Maryland, so baseball isn’t part of the festivities, but there will be plenty of food, lawn games, fun for kids and live music. Brooks Robinson Plaza will be adorned with a 20-flag display featuring three models of vintage American flags – Betsy Ross, Bennington and traditional. Big Boy Brass will play jazz sets at 5, 6:20, 8 and 9 p.m. American Town Fireworks show will be presented from 9:30 to 9:50 p.m.
More info: Visit July4York.com
Jacobus Fourth of July Blast:
When: 9:15 a.m. until the fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. (Rain date is Friday, July 5)
Where: Jacobus Community Park, South Main Street
Details: A children’s parade that kicks off in the Salem UCC parking lot on Franklin Street at 9:15 a.m. starts the full day’s festivities. The events include a library book sale, Blast pie baking contest, children’s games, face painting, blood pressure screening, live music, chicken barbecue, balloon creations, kids tractor pull, cake walk, silent auction, and raffle.
More info: Visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/Jacobus/page-9.php
When: 7-10 p.m. Sunday, July 7
Where: Springettsbury Township Park Amphitheater, 1501 Mount Zion Road
Details: The Big House Band, featuring Jimi Milligan from NBC’s “The Voice” will kick off the night at 7 p.m. as part of Springettsbury Township’s Sounds of Summer Concert Series. The fireworks show will follow the concert.
More info: Visit www.springettsbury.com
For this week’s “What’s Up” we are visiting Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where Four-score and seven years ago…Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. One of his most infamous speeches despite being only a few minutes long. But there’s more to Gettysburg than Lincoln, and the events listed are only a few ways to explore a part of PA’s history.
All of the events are free at the time of this publication.
Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station. And get to know the history of the civil war through self-guided tours and free programming throughout the Summer Season. The Station is located at 35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg.
Saturday, June 22, 2-4 p.m. Civil War & Irish Music: Violinist and fiddler Betsy Barnicle will perform Civil War period and Irish music.
Sunday, June 23, Noon-2 p.m. A Portrayal of Battle of Gettysburg Veteran James H. Maclay: Living historian Jeff Greenawalt will portray James H. Maclay, a veteran of the Gettysburg battle.
Or go to the Gettysburg National Military Park. Where you can enjoy a guided Battle Walk: ” Want to experience the battlefield from the same vantage point as the men who fought there? Walk the fields and woods that were fought over a century and a half ago and get a closer look at the famous and not so famous places and people that shaped the battle. “
And an African American History Hike: ” From their involvement with the Underground Railroad, to their experiences during the fighting and its aftermath, explore the impact of the battle upon Gettysburg’s African American community, and discover the fascinating lives of those who called this place home. “
You may have never heard of Stewartstown, or maybe you’re from here, but either way, do you know about all the cool activities we have in our area?
Stewartstown is centrally located. Only a few miles from the Maryland line and a few miles from Interstate 83, which can take you just about anywhere on the East Coast. That makes Stewartstown the perfect in-between town. Settled in rural Pennsylvania, our B&B is just outside of town, with farmland to one side and woods to the other; our family has lived here for Generations. Bill and I built the B&B on the hill above the one-room schoolhouse we raised our children in. While the schoolhouse is no longer there, the road we live on is named for it, and Bill’s shed still sit’s across from where it stood. That’s just our history, but our area has a lot more to offer.
Still standing in York, PA are houses dating back to the founding fathers. York served as the temporary capital of the Continental Congress. The Articles of Confederation was drafted and adopted in York.
A short trip to Gettysburg and you’ll see the history of the Civil War. Where Lincoln stood and delivered the Gettysburg Address. Both areas employ reenactments throughout the year.
In Stewartstown, the Historical Society has worked to restore the train station. They do occasional train rides, throughout the summer and during holidays. After you’ve ridden in the old train car, walk to Southern PA’s favorite local gas station, Rutter’s, or stop at the locally owned ice cream shop Summer’s for a refreshing treat.
It’s summer at Back Porch Bed and Breakfast and you know what that means!! Gardening!!
My favorite time of year is when I get to work in my garden: digging in the dirt, planting new flowers and vegetables. Then I get to sit on the porch swing and admire all my husband and I’s hard work.
In the veggie garden, Bill’s planted tomatoes. We love tomatoes around here, so we always plant some. Last year, my granddaughter, Rachel, bought me Sam Marzano tomato seeds. They’re the kind of tomatoes that all the Chefs on Food Network were raving about, and I ended up with so many seedlings I was giving them away! But they were fantastic tomatoes. We even canned some for the winter months. Sometimes, my daughter and I make our own salsa or pasta sauce.
So when you next visit the Back Porch, ask if we’ve any homemade pasta sauce left or for some fresh fried tomatoes!