Lancaster County Events -
April, 2009


Here is a listing and description of some of the special Lancaster County events taking place in April of 2009.

The dates, times, and admission prices are accurate as of the time of this posting. However, it is possible that changes may occur as the year progresses.

Therefore, please check back periodically to see if there have been any updates. We plan to list more events as information becomes available.




Christiana

On Golden Pond - The love story of Ethel and Norman, returning to Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. They are visited by their divorced daughter and her fiancee, who go off to Europe and leave his teenage son with them for the summer. The boy becomes the grand child they have longed for. They are all brought even closer by the incident of a heart attack. Perhaps another summer on Golden Pond awaits.

  • Location: Freedom Chapel Dinner Theatre, 15 North Bridge Street, Christiana, PA 17509
  • Phone: (717) 610-593-7013 (
  • Date: March 17, 2009 through May 30, 2009
  • Time:Tuesdays through Fridays:
    Matinee Dinner: 11:30 AM
    Matinee Show: 1:00 PM
    Saturdays:Evening Dinner: 6:30 PM
    Evening Show: 8:00 PM
  • Admission:
    Dinner and Show: $49.00 a seat
    Show Only: $27.00 a seat



Elizabethtown

Mahler's Symphony #4 by Philadelphia's Virtuosi Orchestra - Among the nation’s finest chamber orchestras, the Philadelphia Chamber Virtuosi will offer intimate versions of the 4th symphony and Songs of a Wayfarer.

  • Location: Leffler Chapel and Performance Center, Elizabethtown College, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
  • Phone: (717) 361-1508
  • Date: April 18, 2009
  • Time: Starts at 7:30 PM
  • Admission:

    Adults: $18.00 / $25.00
    Ages 19 to 26: $9:00 / $12.50
    Ages 18 and under: $1.00



Ephrata

3rd Friday's A Charm - On every third Friday of the month, the shops of downtown Ephrata invite you to a special celebration. The monthly event serves as the perfect introduction to this Lancaster County city as well as something to look forward to for regular visitors.

Enjoy great deals on shopping, exciting entertainment, delicious local food and so much more. New events will be held each night.

Ride the Red Rose Historic Trolley to your favorite downtown destination for only 25 cents.

  • Location: Throughout Ephrata
  • Phone: (717) 738-5060
  • Date: April 17, 2009
  • Time: 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM
  • Admission: Free



Community Days - Discover the activities of the Cloister during this special hands-on educational program. Stations present a variety of activities such as colonial clothing, printing, and the life of Ephrata’s earliest residents. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

  • Location: Ephrata Cloister, 632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
  • Phone: (717) 733-6600
  • Date: April 24, 2009
  • Time: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Admission: Please call for Admission charge


Holtwood

Rawlinsville Annual Farm Equipment & Antique Mud Sale: Annual sale featuring quilts, arts & crafts, horses, furniture, homemade food, and more.

  • Location: Rawlinsville Fire Company, 33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, PA 17532
  • Phone: (717) 284-3943
  • Date: April 11, 2009
  • Time: Begins at 8:00 AM
  • Admission: Free



Lancaster County Longrifles' 18th Century Living History Event & Black Powder Shoot: Visit an 18th century encampment. Step back in time and see blacksmiths, weavers, spinners, shooting comepetitions, archery and tomahawk throwing, participants living in canvas lodges, cooking over an open fire and much more.

  • Location: Muddy Run Park, 172 Bethesda Church Road, E, Holtwood, PA 17532
  • Phone: (717) 533-3652
  • Date: April 29, 2009 through May 2, 2009
  • Time: Begins at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: $3.00 for Adults



Lancaster City

Movin' Out -5-time Grammy winner Billy Joel and legendary director/choreographer Twyla Tharp have joined forces to create the spectacular new musical Time Magazine declares "The #1 show of the year!" The New York Times calls MOVIN' OUT "a shimmering portrait of an American generation. These tornado driven dancers and rock musicians propel the audience into delirious ovations."

MOVIN' OUT brings 24 Billy Joel classics to electrifying new life as it tells the story of five life-long friends over two turbulent decades.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: April 1, 2009 and April 2, 2009
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $55.00



Quilter's Heritage Celebration - Special event for quilt enthusiasts. There will be hundreds of quilts on display, quilt-making demonstrations, classes and unique sale items.

  • Location: Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center, 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 299-5500
  • Date: April 2, 2009 through April 5, 2009
  • Time: Please call for details
  • Admission: Please call for details



First Friday - It is always a great time to visit Lancaster City on the first Friday of each month. Experience the downtown as 0ver 60 galleries, museums, shops, and restaurants extend their hours.

  • Location: Downtown Lancaster City
  • Phone: (717) 509-ARTS
  • Date: April 3, 2009
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Admission: Free



Mozart and the Cellist - Concert featuring one of Mozart's most beloved masterpieces, the Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, characterized by its lightness, grace, passion, and intense emotion. Also, the virtuosic splendor of Herbert's Cello Concerto No. 2 will be showcased by Allison Eldredge's youthful vivacity while warmed by her instruments' resonating depth.

Allison Eldredge is a "a young power who has been hailed as a genius by Yo-Yo Ma" -Stereo Magazine

  • Location: Fulton Opera House, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 397-7425
  • Date: April 3, 2009 through April 5, 2009
  • Time:
    Friday, April 3, 2009: 8:00 PM
    Saturday, April 4, 2009: 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
    Sunday, April 5, 2009: 7:30 PM
  • Admission: Tickets range from $17 to $62 depending on whether you purchase a student ticket, regular ticket, or senior ticket. The price also depends on the placement of your seats. Please call for details.



REO Speedwagon - The American Music Theatre enthusiastically welcomes classic arena-rockers REO Speedwagon to Central PA. Kevin Cronin and the band will bring their rock anthems like “Time for Me to Fly,” “Keep On Lovin’ You,” ” I Can’t Fight this Feeling Anymore,” and “Roll with the Changes” to the American Music Theatre stage. This is a show that’s sure to have you singing along to all the great hits

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: April 3, 2009
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $63.00



New Danville Auction: Sale items will include quilts and wall hangings, toys, quality crafts, furniture, classroom baskets, gift certificates, and new items from area businesses. There will be a separate plant and shrubbery auction.

  • Location: New Danville Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School, 393 Long Lane, Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Phone: (717) 872-2506
  • Date: April 17, 2009
  • Time: Food is available at 4:00 PM. The auction begins at 5:00 PM.
  • Admission: Free



Audience Requests and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra - One of the Fulton Opera House's most popular programs. This special event is a blend of light classics, pops and other favorites chosen by the Fulton Opera House audiences at the start of the season.

  • Location: Fulton Opera House, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 397-7425
  • Date: April 17, 2009 through April 19, 2009
  • Time:
    Friday, April 17, 2009: 8:00 PM
    Saturday, April 18, 2009: 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
    Sunday, April 19, 2009: 3:00 PM
  • Admission: Tickets range from $17 to $62 depending on whether you purchase a student ticket, regular ticket, or senior ticket. The price also depends on the placement of your seats. Please call for details.



Rocketmen - “Sing us a song, you’re the piano man,” and help Lancaster County celebrate the music of two of pop’s most enduring icons: Billy Joel and Elton John. The American Music Theatre cast and band, led by piano virtuoso Charles B. Ancheta, will recreate the signature sound of these legendary artists on hits from Tiny Dancer to River of Dreams and everything in between.

You'll be reintroduced to classic characters like Levon and Captain Jack, and reminisce with Brenda and Eddie “at a table near the street, in that old familiar place, face to face...” This show is sure to put you in a New York State of Mind,”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: April 17, 2009 through June 6, 2009
  • Time:
    Tuesdays: 3:00 PM
    Wednesdays: 3:00 PM
    Thursdays: 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
    Fridays: 7:30 PM
    Saturdays: 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Admission:
    Members: $27.00Adults: $37.00
    Seniors (55 and over): $35.00
    Children: (3 to 17: $18.50



Spring ArtWalk - The 25th Anniversary of the Lancaster Spring ArtWalk encompasses a wide variety of arts including: art exhibits/demonstrations, children's and student's art, some musical performances and returning this year, a Kid's ArtWalk.

During ArtWalk, Lancaster artists open their studios and galleries for the weekend and invite the public to stroll around downtown Lancaster and visit with the artists.

Area restaurants and shops will also open their doors with special exhibits.

  • Location: Throughout downtown Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Phone: (717) 509-9869
  • Date: April 18, 2009 and April 19, 2009
  • Time:
    Saturday, April 18, 2008: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Sunday, April 19, 2008: Noon to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: Free



Clint Black - Clint Black attracts fans of both traditional country singer/songwriters, as well as those with more contemporary country tastes.

One of the most popular country artists to emerge out of the 1990s, Clint Black continues to be a crowd pleaser with his traditional country roots and popular appeal. His first single. “A Better Man,” shot to the top of the charts, making him the first new male country artist to debut at number one in 15 years. Black has toured and duetted with Wynonna ("A Bad Goodbye"), and has performed in the Grand Ole Opry.

Throughout the '90s, Black racked up more No. 1 hits, including "When My Ship Comes In," "A Good Run of Bad Luck," "Summer's Comin'," "Like the Rain," "Nothin' but the Taillights," "The Shoes You're Wearing" and a duet with wife Lisa Hartman, "When I Said I Do."

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: April 26, 2009
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Admission: $65.00



The Doobie Brothers - None other than classic rock supergroup The Doobie Brothers make their long-anticipated debut on the American Music Theatre stage. An American staple of rock ‘n roll for over 30 years, among their monster hits are: ”Listen to the Music,” “Black Water,” “China Grove, ” “Jesus is Just Alright,” and “ Takin’ it to the Streets.”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: April 27, 2009
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $70.00



The Foreigner - Englishman Charlie Baker is so shy, he simply can’t speak to strangers. So, when his old Army buddy, demolitions expert Froggy LeSueur, drops Charlie off at a rural Georgia fishing lodge while he goes to work at a nearby military base, he simply tells the other guests that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and doesn’t speak any English.

Confident that he doesn’t understand what they are saying, Charlie’s fellow guests spill their deepest, darkest secrets in his presence—and Charlie misses not a word of it.

Warning: The Foreigner is so hysterically funny, it has been known to cause unexpected fits of laughter, excessive sweating due to excessive laughter, crying from laughing too hard, and splitting sides.

  • Location: Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 397-7425
  • Date: April 30, 2009 through May 17, 2009
  • Time:
    Sundays: 2:00 PM
    Mondays: No Shows
    Tuesdays: No Shows
    Wednesdays: 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
    Thursdays: 7:30 PM
    Fridays: 8:00 PM
    Saturdays: 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
  • Admission: Tickets range from $20 to $48 depending on whether you purchase a student ticket, regular ticket, or senior ticket. The price also depends on the placement of your seats as well as if it is an evening or a matinee show. Please call for details.



Lititz

Downtown Lititz Farmers Market - The Downtown Lititz Farmers Market opening. Enjoy shopping for your fresh produce, meats, cheeses, flowers, etc. in the lively friendly atmosphere of the market.

  • Location: Water Street Parking Lot of Susquehanna Bank,1/2 block off of Main Street
  • Date: Every Saturday
  • Time: Market hours are 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Admission: Free Admission



Lovin' Litiz Every Second! - A great way to see historic downtown Lititz, Pennsylvania is to visit on the second Friday of every month when the town erupts for a special celebration for everyone.

Join downtown merchants in a lively evening of shopping, live music performances, art exhibits, poetry readings, jewelry shows, special dinner menus & local food tastings, and much more.

  • Location: Downtown Lititz
  • Phone: (717) 627-1919
  • Date: April 10, 2009
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Admission: Free



Lititz Lions Club 63rd Easter Egg Hunt - Children in age will search for 3,500 hardboiled colored eggs donated by Sauders Eggs of Lititz. They will also search for 4,000 pieces of candy and 100 one-dollar special eggs, donated by the Lititz Lions. There will be a separate area set up for children with special needs.

  • Location: John R. Bonfield Elementary School, 101 North Oak Street, Lititz, PA 17543
  • Phone: (717) 626-1197
  • Date: April 11, 2009
  • Time: Begins at 10:30 AM
  • Admission: Please call to see if there is an Admission Fee information



Manheim

Swashbuckler Pyrate Feast: An Evening of Booty and Bounty: A raucous band of 16th century pirates have commandeered the Swashbuckler Brew Pub and await you with a plethora of overflowing pitchers of ale and wine, platters piled high with hardy grub and a hogshead of seaworthy hilarity.

Period costumes encouraged but not required.

  • Location: Swashbuckler Brew Pub, on the grounds of the Mount Hope Estate & Winery, 2775 Lebanon Rd., Manheim, PA 17545
  • Phone: (717) 665-7021
  • Date:
    Weekend of April 3-4, 2009;
    Weekend of April 10-11, 2009;
    Weekend of April 17-18, 2009
    Weekend of April 24-25, 2009
  • Time:
    Fridays: 7:30 PM
    Saturdays: 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $39.95 for adult admission. Must be 21 years of age or older.



Children's Pyrate Feast: : An unruly and mirthful band of 16th century pirates have commandeered the Swashbuckler for interactive family-friendly fun.

There will be feasts overflowing with hearty fair and a plethora of piratical shenanigans.

Enjoy mouthwatering Renaissance cuisine, down thirst-quenching drinks and be entertained.

Period costumes encouraged but not required.

  • Location: Swashbuckler Brew Pub, on the grounds of the Mount Hope Estate & Winery, 2775 Lebanon Rd., Manheim, PA 17545
  • Phone: (717) 665-7021
  • Date:
    Saturday, April 18, 2009;
    Saturday, April 25, 2009
  • Time: 12:30 PM
  • Admission: $10.00



Peach Bottom

Wakefield Annual Spring Mud Sale: Annual sale featuring arts & crafts, quilts, furniture, farm animals, farm equipment, and homemade food.

  • Location: Rober Fulton Fire Company, 2271 Robert Fulton Hwy, Peach Bottom, PA 17563
  • Phone: (717) 548-2483
  • Date: April 4, 2009
  • Time: Begins at 8:00 AM
  • Admission: Free



Strasburg
Abraham and Sarah - Follow Abraham and Sarah throughout their lives and discover their overwhelming faith in God. They didn't always understand God's plan, but they came to understand that He does always keep his promises - in His time.

Desperately wanting a child, Abraham and Sarah are thrilled when God promises to bless them with one. But years go by. Decades. Their faith becomes tinged with bitterness, their trust overshadowed by willfulness. In His love, God helps them through the problems they create, shows mercy to the innocent Hagar and her son Ishmael, and - when Abraham is 100 years old - fulfills His promise. Their belief restored, the couple weathers an even more brutal test when God instructs Abraham to sacrifice their treasured son.

Follow Abraham up the mountain to carry out his unimaginable duty. Experience God's insistence on complete devotion, and the rewards He extends to those who give it. Accompany Abraham and Sarah on their incredible journey, and learn anew the overwhelming power of faith.

  • Location: Sight & Sound® Living Waters Theatre, 202 Hartman Bridge Road, on Route 896 South off Route 30, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: (717) 687-7800(
  • Date: April 11, 2009 through September 19, 2009
  • Time:April Schedule:
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: There will be a show at 12:30 PM and one at 3:45 PM. (There will be no show on Tuesday, April 14th).
    Fridays: There will be a show at 3:45 PM and 7:00 PM.
  • Admission:
    Adults: $34.00; Teens: $16.00; Children: $12.00





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