1 May 2-June 2 | Biospheres II
Peter Stevenson is a fine artist and freelance illustrator. He has lived and worked in various markets, including Washington D.C., northern New Jersey and New York City, where he is a member of The Society of Illustrators. Now based in Lancaster, he is exploring the region and allowing his impressions of it to influence a new collection of thematic paintings. In 2018, he premiered his regional show, Biospheres I.
A second collection, Biospheres II, once more focuses on the place where land and sky meet, and rural life happens. The simultaneous contrast of two juxtaposed tones, implying earth and sky, offers a simple abstract scene that is set for a meeting point. It’s at this intersection – the central horizon line – where the organic buzzing, humming flurry of life and human emotion can be felt, sensed and imagined. 114 N. Prince St. Opening reception will be held May 2 from 5-8 p.m. Regular hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 717-299-9496 or 114artisansgallery.com.
2 May 18 | Heart of Lancaster Arts and Craft Spring Show
For years, artists and craftspeople who participated in the successful Labor Day weekend show have asked its organizers to entertain the idea of hosting a spring event. This year, the stars aligned, and Heart of Lancaster has added a one-day event to the calendar. The inaugural spring juried arts and craft show will feature 100 exhibitors. Free parking and free admission. 705 Graystone Rd., Manheim. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (rain or shine). Information: 717-898-6297 or hlcshow.com.
3 May 4-5 | Lancaster ArtWalk
Discover the city through art! Presented by Lancaster City Art Galleries, the annual spring Lancaster ArtWalk is a self-guided tour of the downtown galleries. Special exhibits, meet-the-artist events, children’s activities and live demonstrations will be available for discovery within the bustling independent galleries. May 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and May 5, 12-4 p.m. Information: lancastercityartgalleries.com/lancaster-artwalk.
4 May 17-18 | Rhubarb Festival
Don your pink garb and take part in this fun outdoor festival celebrating all things rhubarb. Don’t miss the annual rhubarb dessert contest! See the fastest rhubarb cars in the world’s only rhubarb race-car derby. Dance down Pepper Lane to the Rhubarb Stroll (mini parade) featuring costumed characters, musicians, pink ladies and more. Or, try your hand at the Rhubarb Whoopie Pie Filling Contest. 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Information: 1-800-732-3538 or kitchenkettle.com.
5 Throughout May | We Love Our Pets
May is National Pet Month, and Mulberry Art Studios will be filled with art that barks, meows, neighs and chirps in celebration of the animals that bring so much joy to our lives. The art show will feature the work of dozens of local artists in a multitude of mediums, all on the subject of our beloved furry friends. Meet the artists and the volunteers from The Sebastian Foundation for Animal Rescue (and some of their adorable four-legged friends) on May 3 at a First Friday Opening Reception (5-9 p.m.), where they will be raising money for the important work they do for the animals in their care. The reception is free and open to the public, but Mulberry Art Studios is requesting that guests consider making a donation at the door.
The idea for We Love Our Pets grew from the love of one dog, Milo, a beagle who was rescued when he was a few years old by the nephew of Mulberry Art Studios’ owner April Koppenhaver. After Milo developed arthritis and needed assistance with stairs, April and her husband, Charlie, offered to care for him. He became a bit of a mascot for Mulberry Art Studios, as he spent each day there. Charlie always said Milo looked like he was smiling. Sadly, in November 2018, Milo died at age 16. Less than two months later, 93-year-old Charlie passed away. As a tribute to these two wonderful beings, April decided to honor their love with a show inspired by their memory. 19-21 N. Mulberry St. Regular Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 717-295-1949 or mulberryartstudios.com.
6 May 4, 11 and 24-26 | Small Town Celebrations
Lancaster County’s historic small towns are celebrating spring! On May 4, visit Maytown for Mayfest 2019. The Maytown Historical Society will be celebrating Maytown’s birthday – founded on May 1, 1760 – with music on the square, the famous MHS food stand, food trucks, a true penny candy store, exhibits, an auction, children’s games and crafts, a local car show, vendors, historical demonstrators, a cake walk, a children’s art contest and, of course, the traditional maypole dance and songs performed by local school children. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (rain or shine). Information: 717-426-1526 or maytownhistory.org.
Marietta Day will be held on May 11. The event offers yard sales galore, crafts, antiques, delicious food, music and fun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (rain or shine). Information: mariettapabusiness.com.
Then, from May 24-26, enjoy Adamstown Community Days at Adamstown Community Park. The 17th annual event will include carnival rides, bingo, games, food and fun. Live entertainment will be presented nightly. A fireworks display will take place Sunday night. 300 W. Main St., Adamstown. Information: 717-484-4973 or adamstowncommunitydays.com.
7 May 10-11 | Herb & Garden Faire
A Mother’s Day weekend tradition, the Faire features more than 80 vendors selling everything from plants and herbal skin care products to garden art, jewelry and more. Hard-to-find varieties of plants, perennials, annuals, heirlooms and natives are the stars of the show. The Faire will also include food vendors, informative speakers and garden tours. Proceeds benefit the Heirloom Seed Project. 2451 Kissel Hill Rd. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 717-569-0401 or landisvalleymuseum.org.
8 May 4 | Pretzel Fest
The Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area and Lititz Retailers will host this family-friendly event. Stroll through the charming downtown area and learn how Lititz played a role in making the pretzel a popular American snack food. Event features enticing treats, games and entertainment. Proceeds will fund a Free Kids’ Fun Day in Lititz Springs Park on May 11, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets required. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: 717-560-2295 or lititzpretzelfest.com.
9 May 25-26 | The Great PA FlavorFest
Celebrating 12 years, this festive occasion offers free wine samplings from more than 20 wineries. Enjoy cooking demos, culinary workshops, musical entertainment, a special children’s section and more. 2775 Lebanon Rd., Manheim. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 717-665-7021 or parenfaire.com/flavorfest.html.
10 May 18 | 19th Annual River Run 5K
The course for this event crosses the Susquehanna River via the Veterans Memorial Bridge (Rt. 462) between Lancaster & York counties. The Run is held rain or shine. 320 Chestnut St., Wrightsville. 7:30-11:30 a.m. Information: 717-684-5249, visitsusquehannavalley.com or eventbrite.com.