Top 10 February Events

1 February 7
A Taste of Western Lancaster County

Elizabethtown Public Library

Sample tastes from local restaurants, food vendors, caterers and purveyors of various beverages serving the Greater Elizabethtown area. Live entertainment will be featured on two floors. All proceeds will benefit the library and Elizabethtown Rotary Club service projects. Tickets are limited and may be purchased at the Elizabethtown Public Library, through Rotary Club members or online at Eventbrite.com. The event is restricted to adults (ages 21 and up). 10 S. Market St., Elizabethtown. 4:30-9 p.m. Information: 717-367-7467, etownpubliclibrary.org, Eventbrite.com or Facebook.

2 February 22
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Dinner 

Bird-in-Hand Fire Company 

The Bird-in-Hand Fire Company’s chicken pot pie is legendary and delicious! Made with pasture-raised chickens, its broth is enhanced with locally grown dried herbs and botanicals. The noodles are rolled throughout the day to ensure freshness. The menu also features peas, pepper cabbage, applesauce, rolls, pie, ice cream and beverages. Eat-in (10:30 a.m.-approximately 6 p.m.) or take-out (begins at 9 a.m.). The company also offers delivery within a 4-mile radius. 313 Enterprise Dr., Bird-in-Hand. Information: Bihfire.com. 

3 February 24
Cooks and Books

Manheim Township Public Library

Ina Garten, aka The Barefoot Contessa, is the inspiration for this month’s get-together. Whether you have a “library” of her cookbooks at home, check out the numerous offerings from the Lancaster library system or search online, her classic offerings will yield consistently delicious results. Attendees should be 16 years of age or older. Please bring a dish to share. Don’t forget to bring along your place setting, beverage and take-away containers for leftovers. If you have cookbooks to swap, plan to share those as well. 595 Granite Run Dr. 6:30-8 p.m. Information: 717-560-6441 or Eventbrite.com.

4 February 16
Bonsai Workshop for Pitties.Love.Peace

Playful Pups Retreat

Discover the art of bonsai while supporting a great cause! Pitties.Love.Peace is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue of pit bull and bully-mix puppies and dogs in Pennsylvania. In addition to rescue, the organization dedicates itself to advocacy and education regarding the breed. In this fun and educational workshop, which is being presented by Terrarium Therapy, attendees will create their own bonsai display to enjoy for years to come. The workshop fee will include a juniper, landscape with decorative rocks, a 6-inch ceramic pot and instruction. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required to hold your spot. Tickets are non-transferable nor refundable. 406 Hershey Rd., Elizabethtown. 1-2:30 p.m. Information: Eventbrite.com. 

5 February 14-23
The Mountaintop

Susquehanna Stage Company

On April 3, 1968, a rainy night in Memphis, Tennessee, in a dingy hotel, a man was working on a speech. This man had missed birthdays and anniversaries in pursuit of his dream. He was a man who didn’t want to be a martyr. The Mountaintop is a fictional retelling of how Martin Luther King Jr. spent his last night on earth before his tragic assassination. This 90-minute play reveals a different side of Martin Luther King Jr. – a man who is tired, flawed and despite everything, an inspiration. 133 W. Market St., Marietta. Information: 717-426-1277 or susquehannastageco.com.

6 Through March 22
Orchid Extravaganza

Longwood Gardens

From a sea of golden Oncidium and swirls of salmon Phalaenopsis to a tapestry of vibrant Vanda, Longwood’s Conservatory is a vision of bold colors and textures. Vivid baskets, columns, orbs and more fanciful forms elevate it into a world of whimsy and warmth. Outside, the dramatic silhouettes of majestic trees and delicate grasses paint a setting of quiet tranquility. In March, the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping blue-poppies arrive in the Conservatory, along with hundreds of other blue-flowering plants and foliage. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square. Information: 610-388-1000 or longwoodgardens.org.

7 February 14-17
Lititz Fire & Ice


Celebrating 15 years, Venture Lititz and the Lititz Lions partner to host this popular wintertime festival, which kicks off with a Friday Night Block Party (5-9 p.m.) that will include live ice-carving demos, ice sculptures along Main and Broad streets, musical entertainment and 30+ food trucks. There will also be displays of shimmering lights and dramatic pyrotechnics courtesy of Lititz-based Stray Production Services, with support provided by Pyrotek Special Effects and Rhodes Energy. 

On Saturday, the fun continues at Warwick High School with the annual Chili Cook-off – where those with admission buttons ($10 for adults and $5 for children under 12) can sample chili from local chefs, who will be representing different nonprofits in the area. Each one will be vying for your votes to raise money for his or her organization. A Winter Wonderland Carnival and Vendor Fair will also be held at the high school on Saturday. Shopping, dining and viewing more than 70 ice sculptures on Sunday and Monday will wrap up the festive weekend celebrations. Information: lititzfireandice.com or facebook.com/lititzfireandice.

8 February 16
Call Me Cupid 10-Mile, Sweetheart’s Relay & 5K

The Bainbridge Inn

The 10-mile relay and 5K will start in front of The Bainbridge Inn on the scenic Northwest Lancaster River Trail. The 10-mile relay runners will turn around at the 2.5-mile mark and hand off to their partner at the start/finish area. Teams will consist of two people. Both participants in the relay will receive a special race-themed medal, which will be unique and made to fit together! (Awards to the top two fastest teams will be given as well.) 5 N. Front St., Bainbridge. 10-mile & relay race, 8:30 a.m. 5K, 8:40 a.m. 1-mile fun run & walk, 8:45 a.m. Information: Eventbrite.com.

9 February 29-March 8
Philadelphia Flower Show

Pennsylvania Convention Center

The world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show is back with its large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations. This year’s show will take visitors on a “Riviera Holiday,” immersing guests in the sights, scents and tastes of the region. Special events and daily attractions include the new PHS Grow It! Center, mobile “Pop Up” moments, the Bloomin’ Brunch (held daily) and more. The Show will include acres of lush garden landscapes and will feature an enormous variety of Mediterranean plants.

Annual evening celebrations will feature the festive Preview Party – an elegant fundraiser featuring dancing and dining among the gardens – on Friday, February 28, the evening before the show opens to the public. Everyone is invited to dance among the gardens at Flowers After Hours on Saturday, February 29, after the show closes to the public; the show’s opening night dance party will be themed “Let’s Dance,” a nod to the 80’s. 12th & Arch streets, Philadelphia. February 29, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 1 and 7, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. March 2-6, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. March 8, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 215-988-8800 or theflowershow.com.

10 February 15
Fill The Void Music Festival

Mulberry Art Studio

Come out and enjoy a music-filled day with more than 10 local bands on two stages! Ben Vo, Blues on the Loose, Bob Noble & Linda Koop, Corty Byron, Flapjack Jones, Little Leroys, Moe Blues, Redonyou, Songsmith, Southbound 66, and Swing Street. This event is BYOB and BYOF (food). Ticket sales are $20 online and $25 at the door. Proceeds from this event will go to Claudia Ruoff – wife of Rich Ruoff, who is the organizer of the yearly Lancaster Roots & Blues festival – to help with medical expenses. 19-21 N. Mulberry St. Doors open at 11 a.m. Information: 717-295-1949, Facebook or Eventbrite.com.

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