Top 10 To-Dos for September 2019

1 September 28 | Paws in the Park

Lititz Springs Park

Enjoy this festival that features games, activities, contests, pet-friendly vendors, a demonstration by the Lancaster City Police K9 unit and more, all for your four-legged furry friends. Food trucks will be available for purchasing delicious food, and dog rescue groups will be onsite for those wanting to adopt man’s best friend and add to their families. 

Proceeds benefit Leo’s Helping Paws, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance to dog rescue groups in PA and neighboring states for veterinary care, with a primary focus on puppy mill dogs, in addition to abused and neglected dogs. Another goal is to educate the community about puppy mills. Last year’s event saw approximately 50 vendors, four food trucks and over 500 attendees on hand to support the cause. 24 N. Broad St., Lititz. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Information and registration: 717-475-9621 or leoshelpingpaws.org.

2 September 28 | Landis Woods Outdoor Art Show

Landis Woods

This year marks the art show’s 20th anniversary. A hidden gem in the heart of Manheim Township, Landis Woods is sprawling acreage of wooded hills and paths, with just enough manicured area near the Boettcher House Museum to accommodate approximately 50 of the community’s most talented artists.

A wide variety of topnotch artwork will be available to view and buy, including wall art such as watercolors, oils, acrylics and photography, as well as pottery, sculpture, jewelry and wood working.

Each hour, between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., a lucky patron will be awarded a $75-gift certificate toward the purchase of any artwork available the day of the show. Guests must register for the drawings when they arrive.

Admission and parking are free, and well-behaved pets are welcome. Treats and water will be offered to visiting furry friends. There will be transportation available from the parking areas to the exhibit area for those needing assistance.

Food and refreshments will be available in the Boettcher House, and several live bands will perform under the music pavilion throughout the day. As an added bonus, a wine tasting will be provided by Thorn Hill Vineyards. 2369 Lititz Pike. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: landiswoodsartshow.org. 

3 September 21 | An Evening in the Studio 

The Marietta Community House

Indulge in an evening of dining, take part in live and silent auctions, and enjoy your time at The Marietta Community House, celebrating its 100th anniversary. Proceeds benefit The Marietta Community House and its restoration and improvement projects. The silent and live auctions will be hosted in the Studio along with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live jazz music. A sit-down served dinner will take place in The Community House. A Recumbent bicycle donated by Lancaster Recumbent in Marietta is currently being raffled; the winning ticket will be drawn at the auction. Other auction items will include several dinners. Reservations and tickets are required. 264 W. Market St., Marietta. 5:30 p.m. Information: 717-426-4317 or mariettacommunityhouse.org.

4 September 14 | Lancaster County Field of Hope

Heth Farm

This farm-to-table dinner, which will be prepared by Chef Jason Hampton of In A Pinch Catering, benefits individuals and families who are facing medical hardships. Music will be provided by Scott Parmer and Snapsquatch. Menu will include food/beverages from Bistro Barberet & Bakery, Mad Chef Craft Brewing, Mandros Imported Foods, Shenk’s Poultry, Stoltzfus Produce and Thorn Hill Vineyards. The event is held at the home of Carol and Pete Heth in West Hempfield Township. 4-9 p.m. Tickets are required. Information: 717-538-3877 or lancofieldofhope.com.

5 September 7 | Whoopie Pie Festival 

Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn

Choose from more than 100 different whoopie pie flavors. 240 Hartman Bridge Rd., Ronks. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., rain/shine. Information: whoopiepiefestival.com. 

6 September 22 | Picnic in the Fields


Homefields – Lancaster County’s oldest CSA farm – will host its annual fundraiser, Picnic in the Fields, to help raise funds that will go toward maintaining the organization’s property and buildings, purchasing equipment and making repairs. The all-volunteer nonprofit organization was founded to create homes and vocational opportunities for adults with special needs. The event will include live music by Bobbi Carmitchell and Friends, child-friendly activities, wide-ranging fare from Miller’s Smorgasbord, a silent auction and more. 150 Letort Rd., Millersville. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Homefields will also host its 23rd Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament Friday, September 20, at 9 a.m.) Information: 717-872-2012 or homefields.org.

7 September 8 | Marietta Garden Tour


The popular tour, which benefits The Marietta Community House, offers ideas and gardening insight for the end-of-summer and fall months. The 2019 Garden Tour will feature properties in and around the borough, ranging from small accent gardens to large multi-acre gardens. Fall gardening tips will be featured. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at Bron’s Deli, River Road Produce, Floral Designs of Mount Joy, and the Susquehanna Chamber of Commerce in Columbia. Information: 717-994-6661 or mariettacommunityhouse.org.

8 September 28 | Columbia Architectural Tour


The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County will be hosting an architectural walking tour of historic Columbia. The tour will include many beautiful sites; each one more architecturally interesting than the one before. Don’t miss your chance to see why some are calling Columbia “the Paris of Pennsylvania”.Tour-goers will also have the opportunity to tour the properties on their own, if preferred. Ticket cost also includes free admission to both the Turkey Hill Experience and the Wright’s Ferry Mansion. Guided walking tours depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.; check-in will begin at 10 a.m. For tickets and a list of properties, visit hptrust.org

9 September 14 | Lancaster Musicfest 2019

Buchanan Park

SmartHub Foundation will produce the second annual Lancaster MusicFest, an exceptional community experience that brings together live music, local food, local craft beer (for those 21 and over), street performers, local artisans and plenty of space to relax with friends, all in a fresh air festival environment at Buchanan Park, and all for the benefit of local nonprofit organizations that are making a meaningful impact in Lancaster. Lancaster MusicFest is the flagship event produced by the SmartHub Foundation, whose vision is to create a more engaged, healthy and vibrant Lancaster. Your support of Lancaster MusicFest is a great way to participate in the rich music culture for which Lancaster has become known, while partnering with other leading businesses, organizations and individuals to support Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) and Children’s Miracle Network. Buchanan and Race avenues. 12-8 p.m. Information: 717-208-4980 or lancastermusicfest.com.

10 September 14 | Rafiki Africa Foundation African Festival

Binns Park

The Rafiki African Festival – a cultural event that introduces African food, art, dance, storytelling, fashions and more – is celebrating over a decade of bringing African culture to the Lancaster community. The nonprofit organization envisions a community in which individuals and families have the hope and capacity to build and manage conditions that promote optimum health. Come and be a part of this unique experience. 100 N. Queen St. Information: 717-455-0812 or rafikiafrica.org.

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