Marching Into Spring!

March reminds us that spring is on its way (it arrives on the 19th) but lets us know that winter is not quite ready to loosen its icy grip. Hence, it’s a good month to enjoy inside activities, as well as spend time outdoors and maybe get a jump start on spring cleanup. There are plenty of events on the calendar that fit both scenarios. March, of course, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day (the 17th), with Easter arriving two weeks later, on the 31st. 

9 to 5

March 1-24
Fulton Theatre 

Travel back to the 1980s, when three female co-workers, who are thoroughly disgusted with their sexist, egotistical and liar of a boss, come up with a plan to show him they mean business and ultimately take over the company. This hit musical, with songs and lyrics written by Dolly Parton, is based on the movie of the same name that starred Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman. Tickets: thefulton.org. 


First Friday @ The Lancaster Science Factory 

March 1
Lancaster Science Factory 

Each First Friday, The Lancaster Science Factory offers free admission to children in grades K-8 and their families. Here, students with an interest in STEM will be able to explore more than 70 interactive exhibits. 5-7 p.m. (Note: this event is held every First Friday.) 454 New Holland Ave., Lancaster. Information: lancastersciencefactory.org.


The Fly Fishing Show 

March 2-3
Lancaster County Convention Center 

Spring is just around the corner, which means fishing season will soon arrive. According to the Outdoor Foundation, 6 to 10 million people now engage in fly fishing on an annual basis. If you’re interested in joining the ranks, the show will provide you with plenty of information, as it will feature classes, demonstrations, seminars, tying advice, vendors and even a film festival. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 :30 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Note: admission at the door is cash only; tickets can be pre-purchased online.) 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster. Information: flyfishingshow.com/Lancaster-pa.


Philadelphia Flower Show

March 2-10
Pennsylvania Convention Center

Just in time to get you inspired for a new season of gardening, the theme for 2024’s show is “United by Flowers.” The exhibits will pay homage to the many ways gardening, flowers and plants unite us and improve our lives. Now in its 195th year, the award-winning Philadelphia Flower Show, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), is a world-renowned gardening event and serves as PHS’s main fundraiser to support its impactful greening work that advances health and well-being in the region. New exhibitors will be on hand, plus there will be special days/hours set aside for families, dog owners, early risers, photographers and more. Special activities and seminars will also be offered. More than 150 curated vendors will be on hand in the expansive market area. General hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (closing at 6 p.m. on March 10). 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia. Tickets/Info: phsonline.org.


Lancaster City Restaurant Week 

March 4-10

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event that celebrates the city’s culinary diversity and excellence. Dozens of restaurants, cafés, bakeries, bars and pubs will be participating, with most offering promotions throughout the event. Here’s your chance to support a favorite eatery or discover a new one. Information: lancastercityrestaurantweek.com.



March 9
Lancaster Country Day School 

The Junior League of Lancaster is hosting its 19th annual Run4Luck event that welcomes the participation of kids (Fun Run) and adults (4-mile run or 2-mile walk). The walking/running route winds through School Lane Hills. Awards will be presented. Proceeds benefit the Junior League’s mission to better communities through volunteerism. Events begin at 8 a.m. Baker Field, intersection of Wilson Dr. and Clayton Rd. Lancaster. Information: jllancaster.org.


Lancaster County Woodcarvers’ Show 

March 9-10
Millersville University 

Lancaster County Woodcarvers promises that the 49th edition of the show will be the biggest yet, as more than 60 vendors, sister clubs and artists will be participating. This year’s guest carver is Jim Feather, a Lancaster resident who has specialized in caricature carvings for the past 30 years. The show will also feature demonstrations, lectures, a silent auction, door prizes, competitions and more. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Student Memorial Center, 108 Shenks Lane, Millersville. Information: lancarvers.com.


Conservancy Explorers Club

March 10
Climbers Run Nature Center

Lancaster Conservancy invites youngsters in grades K-5 to an explore the life that can be found in the nature center’s waterways, woodlands and meadows. The short hike will be interspersed with stops during which participants can see nature through magnifying lenses. (Other dates are April 14 and May 12.) 1 p.m. 226 Frogtown Rd., Pequea. To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conservancy-explorers-club-climbers-run-nature-center-tickets-790128364207


Charter Day 

March 10
PA-managed historical sites and museums 

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission welcomes residents and visitors to celebrate the Commonwealth’s 343rd birthday by visiting museums and historical sites that are operated by the state, where free admission will be in effect. Such sites in the area will include Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Ephrata Cloister, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (all in Lancaster County), Cornwall Iron Furnace (Lebanon County), Daniel Boone Homestead (Berks County) and the State Museum (Harrisburg), where the original charter issued from King Charles II to William Penn will be on view. Information: phmc.pa.gov, as well as the individual websites of museums and historical sites.   


Tanya Gabrielian

March 16
Trust Performing Arts Center

Born in California, Tanya Gabrielian first began taking piano lessons at the age of 3 but was never compelled to become a musician. That all changed when she took a gap year between high school and college (Harvard) and enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where an accident led to head and spinal injuries that required a prolonged stay in the hospital. It was during her recovery that she contemplated her future and determined that a career in music lay ahead. Since then, she has performed in the world’s greatest concert venues, as well as with renowned orchestras. Her performance in Lancaster is in conjunction with the Lancaster International Piano Festival. 7:30 p.m. 37 N. Market St., Lancaster. Tickets: lancastertrust.com.  


Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

March 23
Long’s Park

GBU Financial Life District 84 is hosting this pre-Easter event that will see colorful eggs filled with goodies brighten the park. Games and prizes, too. Food and drink available for purchase. Open to children through the age of 12. Registration ($3) is requested by March 9; call or text 717-283-3628. 1-4 p.m. 14441 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Information: facebook.com/events/383714410683999.

Chad Taylor & Friends

March 23

As a founding member of the multi-platinum band, Live, Chad Taylor was accustomed to playing in huge stadiums and arenas. Thirty years later, intimate spaces such as Zoetropolis suit him just fine. Making their debut last fall, Chad Taylor & Friends sold out three shows at Zoetropolis. For this show, they will be teaming up with The Wild Hymns. 8 p.m. 112 N. Water St., Lancaster. Information: zoetropolis.com.


Beginning Stained Glass

March 23 & 30
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

If you’re in search of a new hobby, be sure to check out the classes and workshops offered by the Guild. For this class, Dan Hayward will introduce participants to the tools and techniques that are used for the copper foil method of creating stained glass. Then, you’ll practice cutting/breaking glass. Once you choose a pattern, you will begin creating your own work of art. Two-day class is held 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 335 N. Queen St., Lancaster. Information: pacrafts.org.


Celtic Woman

March 29 & 30
American Music Theatre 

Grammy-nominated Celtic Woman celebrates both the rich musical and cultural heritage of Ireland, as well as its vibrant, modern-day spirit. Angelic voices, breathtaking harmonies and instrumental virtuosity will transport you to the lush landscapes of Ireland. Celtic Woman’s fresh fusion of traditional Irish music and contemporary songcraft also features Irish dancers, bagpipers and an array of traditional Irish instruments. This dynamic and multi-talented group has captivated audiences all around the world. 8 p.m. 2425 Lincoln Hwy. East, Lancaster. Tickets: amtshows.com.

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