Lancaster County Events -
May, 2009

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


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: May 15, 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: May 29, 2009
  • Time: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Admission: Please call for Admission charge

16th Annual International Children's Festival - Children of all ages will enjoy activities, crafts, games, live international music and international foods at this annual celebration of children around the world.

  • Location: Ten Thousand Villages Home Decor, Café and Oriental Rugs, 240 North Reading Road, Route 272 North, Ephrata, PA 17522
  • Phone: (717) 721-8400
  • Date: May 30, 2009
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Admission: Some of the crafts and activities have a small fee, but there are many things to enjoy without cost.


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


26th Annual Rhubarb Festival : Surround yourself in music, food, games, and fun for the entire family. Indulge in a menu of rhubarb-inspired treats, baked goods, jams, and beverages, Find out who will win the annual "Best Rhubarb Dessert in Lancaster County" baking contest. The kids will love the "Rhubarb Race Car Derby".

  • Location: Kitchen Kettle Village, 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA 17534
  • Phone: (717) 768-8261
  • Date: May 15, 2009 to May 16, 2009
  • Time:
    Friday, May 16, 2009: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
    Saturday,May 17, 2009: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Admission: Free

Lancaster City

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

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.

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: May 1, 2009
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Admission: Free

Peter, Paul, and Mary - Considered the most popular folk group of the 1960’s, Peter, Paul and Mary have proved to be among the most durable music acts in history. Maybe not so surprising, since Peter, Paul and Mary’s roots run deeper than almost any other folk group in history.

During their first ten years, they recorded about one album a year and many of the songs are classics – “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “If I Had A Hammer,” “Puff, The Magic Dragon,” “Lemon Tree,” “Where Have All The Flowers Gone,” “Stewball,” “500 Miles,” “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” and “This Land Is Your Land.”

Over the last 40 years, Peter, Paul & Mary’s commitment to the struggles for social justice have not wavered. That commitment is as strong today as ever.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: May 3, 2009
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Admission: $75.00

Herb & Garden Faire - Both amateur and seasoned gardeners will enjoy walking through the stands of over 65 vendors of heirloom plants - including tomatos and roses. Also on display are a variety of native plants, annuals, perennials, and art for the garden.

Fresh cut flowers, craft items and, of course, plants make this the perfect stop for Mother's Day gifts.

  • Location: Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Phone: (717)569-0401
  • Date: May 8, 2009 and May 9, 2009
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: Please call for details

Rachmaninoff and 1001 Arabian Nights - Rachmaninoff' Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 will be performed by Santiago Rodríguez on piano. This masterwork iswrapped in flamboyance and playfulness, yet infused with warmth and sophistication — and a climax befitting the Russian master.

Also performed is Rimsky-Korsakov' Scheherazade . Dazzling in colorful orchestration requiring great virtuosity from the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra’s principal players, this work evokes haunting images of Arabian nights of adventure, magic and raw human emotion.

  • Location: Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 397-7425
  • Date: May 22, 2009 through May 24, 2009
  • Time:
    Friday, May 22, 2009: 8:00 PM
    Saturday, May 23, 2009: 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
    Sunday, May 24, 2009: 7:00 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.

Lancaster County WoodCarvers’ 36th Annual Woodcarving & Wildlife Art Festival / Competition - Your entire family will enjoy this annual woodcarving competition and festival. Marvel at the demonstrations of wood carving and the displays of wildlife art. There will also be vendors with tools, carving supplies, books, food and art for sale. Door prizes will be given. This year's featured carvers will be Pete LeClair, of Gardner, Massachusetts, a member of Caricature Carvers of America as well as Jason Byler of Paradise, PA who is an expert on chainsaw carving. Also, the American National Cane Club (ANCC) will have a special exhibit of carved canes.

  • Location: 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Phone: (717)733-1591
  • Date: May 30, 2009 and May 31, 2009
  • Time: Saturday, May 30, 2009: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sunday, May 31, 2009: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Admission: $5.00. Parking is free.

Billy Ray Cyrus -Since his last appearance here in 2005, Billy Ray Cyrus has gone from being mostly known for his “Achy Breaky Heart,” hit to being now known to millions of new fans simply as “Miley’s Dad.”

Billy Ray is also one of the stars of the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana. Join the American Music Theatre for an evening of country music fun as Billy Ray and his smokin’ hot band return to Lancaster County.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: May 31, 2009
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Admission: $65.00


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: May 8, 2009
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Admission: Free

Second Annual Flea Market - Saturday Spring Fundraiser Event for Lititz Springs Park Lititz Spring’s Park.

  • Location: Lititz Spring’s Park
  • Phone: (717) 626-8981
  • Date: May 16, 2009
  • Time: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Admission: Free Admission


Manheim Market on the Square - Celebrate spring and small town life with this community event that converts Manheim's lovely square into an open air market for bedding plants, garden treasures and features a free perennial exchange.

Live entertainment from the Middle School Jazz Band, a strolling Baron Stiegel, tricycle races and chalk art all play into a fun and lovely day in Manheim.

  • Location: Market Square, Manheim, PA 17545
  • Phone: (717) 665-1762
  • Date: May 16, 2009
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Admission: Free

The Great Pennsylvania Flavor Fest - The Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest is an all-encompassing showcase of Pennsylvania's unique cuisines and the region's cultural diversity. Enjoy cooking demos each day that spotlight regional chefs, plus chef celebrities and brew masters.

Food lovers can also participate in lessons in the culinary art of pairing beer and wine with a variety of meals; workshops on an organic approach to eating; tasting and sales of the area's finest wine, beer sampling; regional foods; and much, much more.

A diverse mix of musical entertainment will create an exciting soundtrack for the weekend's activities, and exhibitors from the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will sell one-of-a-kind items that will pique the interest of even the most seasoned shopper.

  • Location: Mount Hope Estate & Winery, 83 Mansion House Road, Route 72 & PA Turnpike Exit 20, Manheim, PA 17545
  • Phone: (717) -665-7021
  • Date: May 23, 2009 to May 24, 2009
  • Time:
    Both Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission:
    Adults (ages 12 and up): $16.95
    Children: (ages 5 through 11): $6.95
    Young Children (ages under 5): Free

Mount Joy

Kraybill Auction - Benefit Auction and Pig Roast, offering unique experiences, food and merchandise.

Friday's auction features Friday features an all-you-can-eat southern style Pig Roast.

A quilt sale will be held on Saturday,May 9th.

  • Location: Kraybill Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School, 598 Kraybill Church Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552
  • Phone: (717) 653-5236
  • Date: May 8, 2009 to May 9, 2008
  • Time:
    Friday's Pig Roast: From 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Friday's auction: Begins at 6:30 PM
    Saturday's auction: Begins at 8:30 AM
    Saturday's Quilt sale: Begins at 1:00 PM
  • Admission: Free


There Goes the Bride - As a socially prominent family prepares to wed their daughter to the son of an equally upper-crust set of in-laws to be, what's the worst that could happen? You can't even imagine!

After an unexpected whack on the head, the father of the bride begins seeing a 1920's flapper, unfortunately no one else can. This makes the new in-laws very nervous and when the bride lets slip that she is already acquainted with the birds and the bees, the wedding is almost called off.

Just when you think it's on, it gets called off again and again, each time for reasons zanier than the last.

  • Location: Rainbow Dinner Theatre, 3065 Lincoln Hwy E (Route 30 East), Paradise, PA 17652
  • Phone: (717) 687-4300
  • Date: May 5, 2009 through August 1, 2009
  • Time:
    Tuesdays: Matinee only. There will be dinner at 11:30 AM followed by a 1:00 PM show.
    Wednesdays: Matinee only. There will be dinner at 11:30 AM followed by a 1:00 PM show.
    Thursdays: Matinee. There will be dinner at 11:30 AM followed by a 1:00 PM show. On May 14th and 21st, there will also be an Evening show. At the Evening show, dinner is held at 6:30 PM followed by an 8:00 PM show.
    Fridays: Evening only. There will be dinner at 6:30 PM followed by an 8:00 PM show.
    Saturdays: Evening only. There will be dinner at 6:30 PM followed by an 8:00 PM show.
    Sundays: There will be single Twilight show on May 17th. At the Twilight show, dinner is held at 2:30 PM followed by a 4:00 PM show.
  • Admission:
    Matinees: $43.00 a seat
    Evenings - Thursdays and Fridays: $46.00 a seat
    Evenings - Saturdays: $52.00 a seat
    Twilight: $46.00 a seat


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:May Schedule:
    Tuesdays: 12:30 PM (There will be no show on May 26, 2009)
    Wednesdays and Thursdays: There will be a show at 12:30 PM and one at 3:45 PM.
    Fridays: There will be a show at 3:45 PM and 7:00 PM.
    Saturdays: There will be a show at 12:30 PM,one at 3:45 PM, and, one at 7:00 PM. (On May 2, 2009, there will only be a 12:30 PM and 3:45 PM show).
  • Admission:
    Adults: $34.00; Teens: $16.00; Children: $12.00

Trains In Motion Pictures Exhibit - From flickering shadows to Hollywood blockbusters, this exhibit will reveal the starring role that trains and railroads have often played in the magic of motion pictures through video clips, historic photographs and amazing artifacts.

  • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: (717)687-8628
  • Date: May 16, 2009 through December 31, 2009
  • Time:
    April through October:
    Open Mon.-Sat., 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Open Sundays, 12:OO PM - 5:00 PM
    November 1 through March:
    Open Tues.-Sat., 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Open Sundays, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Closed Mondays
  • Admission:
    $10.00 for Adults(12 to 64);
    $9.00 for Senior Citizens (Ages 65 and over);
    $8.00 for Children (Ages 3 to 11);
    Free for Young Children (under 3)

Conrail Days - The Consolidated Rail Corporation arose from a federal bail out of the railroad inudstry in the 1970s to become a profitable and successful private enterprise? The equipment, history and spirit of conrail will be highlighted, in partnership with the Conrail Historical Society.

  • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: (717)687-8628
  • Date: May 29, 2009 through May 31, 2009
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission:
    $10.00 for adults from (18 to 59);
    $9.00 for Senior Citizens (60 +);
    $8.00 for Children and Young Adults (6 to 17);
    Free for Young Children (under 6)

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