Top 10 To-Dos for February 2023

1 Poppy’s Groundhog Day Scavenger Hunt | February 2-5

Photo by Nick Gould.

Various Locations

Join Poppy, the famous groundhog ambassador of Acorn Acres Wildlife Rehabilitation, during her third-annual Groundhog Day Scavenger Hunt.

February 2: Poppy’s official prognostication will take place at Hempfield Apothetique at 11 a.m. Festivities and brunch snacks will be available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Ville + Rue will be joining the party with Poppy Gear and Our Town Brewery will provide a special IPA brew called Looking Within. Both Ville + Rue and Our Town Brewery will be donating a portion of sales to Acorn Acres. Later in the day, the festivities will move to Decades, where you can enjoy a cocktail with Poppy and her brother, Elliott, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Decades will be donating $1 from each cocktail sale to Acorn Acres.

February 3: Ville + Rue will be hosting Poppy during First Friday (6-8 p.m.). Stop by to grab a piece from the exclusive Poppy collection, which includes pillows, towels and wine totes.

February 4: From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., meet Poppy and Elliott at Miesse Candies & Ice Cream Parlor and enjoy ice cream for breakfast. From 3-7 p.m., bring the kids to Clipper Magazine Stadium for activities, Acorn Acres’ TRACKS! Program and photo opportunities with Poppy, Elliott and Cylo.

February 5: Enjoy brunch at Zoetropolis from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to meet Poppy and Elliott. Also enjoy the “Pop-Tart,” a libation made with Poppy at heart. Information: https://www.acornacreswr.com/groundhog-day/ or 717-327-4811.


2 Taste of Western Lancaster County | February 3

Photo courtesy of Elizabethtown Public Library.

Elizabethtown Public Library

Enjoy an evening of samples from Elizabethtown-area restaurants and food vendors, drinks and music at the 15th-annual Taste of Western Lancaster County. Live music will be featured on two floors. Tickets, which can be purchased online or at the library’s coffee shop, are limited and are likely to sell out. Tickets cost $40 and are only available to adults over the age of 21. All proceeds benefit Elizabethtown Public Library and the service projects of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. Information: Eventbrite or 717-367-7467.


3 T.H.E.M. the Collective: A Celebration of the Evolution of Black Music | February 11

Photo courtesy of The Ware Center.

The Ware Center

In honor of Black History Month, celebrate Black artists and the ways they’ve shaped music throughout history. T.H.E.M. the Collective and eight vocal artists will walk through the evolution of Black music, starting with African drumming and extending through the decades of various genres leading up to present day music. The show will be held in Club 42, which features table seating and a cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Information: Arts at MU or 717-871-7018.


4 Love Your Pet Event | February 11

Photo courtesy of That Fish Place – That Pet Place.

That Fish Place – That Pet Place

Just in time for Valentine’s Day and National Love Your Pet Day (February 20), pamper your pets with love and treats at this event. You and your furry friend will enjoy a day of fun, including free pampering at the Groom Room, treats, vendor samples, a photobooth, discounts and giveaways. All free treats, samples and giveaways are available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: That Pet Place or 717-299-5691.


5 Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dancing | February 14

Photo courtesy of Stone Gables Estate.

Star Barn Village

Treat your Valentine to a romantic meal and dancing at the historic Star Barn. Music will be provided by Fleur Seule, a retro jazz band that brings new life and fresh sounds to some of your favorite tunes. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner and assorted desserts. Wine will be provided by Waltz Vineyards. A photo booth will also be available to capture your special evening. Tickets are $99.95 a person and can be purchased online. The event will be held from 5:30-10 p.m. Information: stonegablesestate.com/public-events or 717-902-9791.


6 Lititz Fire & Ice Festival | February 17-26

Photo by Amy Spangler.

Downtown Lititz

Get ready to bundle up and hit the streets of Lititz because the Fire & Ice Festival is back from February 17-26. The 10-day festival features ice sculptures and live carvings by DiMartino Ice Company, shopping at downtown businesses, warm bites and beverages from food trucks and restaurants and a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Special activities and events will also be taking place throughout the festival, including the return of the Lititz Lions Chili Cook-Off and Fire in the Park after a two-year hiatus. Information: lititzpa.com/event/fire-ice-festival or 717-626-6332.


7 Long John Limited | February 18

Photo courtesy of Strasburg Rail Road.

Strasburg Rail Road

Take a ride through Lancaster County farmland on Strasburg Rail Road’s open-air car. Be sure to wear your “long johns” and winter apparel to stay warm. Take in the scenic surroundings with a wide-open view of the countryside and neighboring Amish farms. A complimentary Long John donut and coffee is included with each ticket. Tickets are $18 for ages 2-11 and $25 for ages 12 and up. Four departures are available, including 12, 1, 2 and 4 p.m. Information: strasburgrailroad.com/special-events/long-john-limited or 1-866-725-9666.


8 Living the Experience: Underground Railroad Re-enactment | February 18

Photo courtesy of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Experience an interactive re-enactment of the Underground Railroad as it occurred at the site of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Each ticket includes a soul food meal in addition to the re-enactment. Tickets are $38.50 for adults and $22.50 for children ages 6-12. Information: Eventbrite or 717-393-8379.


9 Chicken Pot Pie Dinner | February 25

Photo by Jordan Bush.

Hand-in-Hand Fire Company

Mingle with Hand-in-Hand Fire Company volunteers during this home cooked dinner to support their firefighting efforts. Their chicken pot pie comes with peas, pepper cabbage, applesauce, rolls with apple butter, pie and ice cream, as well as a beverage. The dine-in sale will run from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. or until sellout. For dine-in, the cost is $14 for adults and $6 for ages 3-10. Take-out will also be available starting at 9:30 a.m. and will cost $12 a dinner or $6 a quart of chicken pot pie. There is also an option for free delivery within a 4-mile radius at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Information: https://www.bihfire.com/events/dinners/ or 717-392-0112.


10 Maple Sugar Experience | February 25, 26 & March 5

Photo by Jordan Bush.

Lancaster County Central Park

Naturalists at Lancaster County Central Park will be hosting an interactive demonstration of the syrup-making process at Pavilion 11. Discover the history of production, tap sugar maple trees, boil sap in the sugar shack, finish the syrup and of course, sample freshly made sugar candies. Patterson Farms, based in Tioga County, will also be onsite selling syrup and other maple products. No registration is necessary for this free program, however, donations to the parks department are appreciated. On February 25, the event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., while on February 26 and March 5, it will be held from 1-4 p.m. Participants can drop in any time during these hours. Information: Lancaster County Parks and Recreation or 717-299-2055.



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