One of the Gettysburg areas favorite attractions, among locals and visitors alike, is the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center. Located in Hanover, the Eichelberger Center is just a short drive from Gettysburg. If you’re in town tonight and you’re looking for something to do then I recommend heading over to the Eichelberger to see Rhonda Vincent and The Rage perform.
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage is one of the area’s favorite attractions. And I use the word “attraction” lightly. Not only is she a beautiful sight, but she has a beautiful voice and that’s what you’re going for, right? Bluegrass is the style and Vincent’s mix of vocals and mandolin playing will entertain your family for a long time after the concert is over.
You’ve likely heard of Rhonda Vincent and The Rage if you listen to bluegrass or country music. She has been featured on CMT numerous times and has a hit video that just keeps playing and playing. Now you can see her in person.
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage goes on stage tonight at 8 p.m. The phone number for the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center is 717-632-9356 ext 300. Don’t miss this show.
In addition to the Apple Harvest Festival kicking off tomorrow, there is a Walk of Remembrance scheduled at Codorus Park in Hanover. The walk is to remember people who have lost their lives and is a great opportunity for people who have lost a loved one to walk in their honor while also getting out and enjoying nature. Some local nonprofits will be available to answer questions about their missiosn as well.
If you are from out of town and not familiar with the area, Codorus State Park is a beautiful area amenity. I recommend you start the day off with a walk of remembrance, which kicks off at 11 a.m. (registration begins at 10 a.m.) then head on over to Arendstville for the Apple Harvest Festival. If you can’t fit both in tomorrow then save the Apple Harvest Festival for Sunday. Commune with nature at Codorus State Park.
As a former resident of Gettysburg and a 55-year student of the Battle of Gettysburg, and as a great-grandnephew of two Union soldiers in the battle, one of whom was mortally wounded in the Wheatfield and the other of whom was captured in the Fairfield action, I was absolutely shocked and deeply disappointed when last month I visited the new Visitor Center for the first time to find totally absent the “Wall of Faces” that graced with dignity the former center.
This is the first negative thing I’ve heard about the new visitor center since it was erected. I’ve been curious how long it would take before the non-public relations people started talking. The quote was taken from an editorial in the Hanover Evening Sun. Read the rest of it here.
In other news, this is the last day of the York Fair. If you hurry you just might make it by closing time.
And if you really want to know what to do when you’re in Hanover or South Central Pennsylvania this time of year, let Liz and Eli tell you.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently installed 73 “wayfinding” signs along the Pennsylvania Civil War trail. The trail runs through York and Adams counties, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Franklin and Lancaster counties.
If you see one of these signs you’ll know that you are following the civil war trail, the path of the civil war as it happened on the actual terrain of the events of that day. Along the civil war train in Pennsylvania, such sites as the battle of Gettysburg, the burning of Chambersburg, the place where the Union Army stopped the advance of the Confederate troops upon Harrisburg, the Old Carlisle Courthouse that was destroyed by Confederate artillery, the Harrisburg Cemetery where many Union and Confederate soldiers were buried, visit York (the largest northern town occupied by the Confederate Army), the site of the Battle of Hanover, which proved to be instrumental in the defeat of the Confederate Army, and various churches, museums, and other historic sites in the above-mentioned counties.
The Civil War Trail program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
Just up the road a piece is the historic small town of Hanover, Pa., known for its snack foods and shoes. But few people are aware that Hanover is also the home of its own little fire museum.
The Hanover Fire Museum was started in 1980 after two of the borough’s fire stations were shut down. The two stations were merged into one building. Later, when the borough council decided to build a new fire station they included in the new station a special room to house the fire museum. The fire museum is unique in several ways, but one level of uniqueness includes its own set of alarms, burglary and fire alarms.
Included in the Hanover Fire Museum are three historic apparatuses that have been preserved and are open for display to the public. These apparatuses are:
- 1770 circa Nushem grinder hand engine
- 1830 circa 2 cylinder piston hand pumper ex Baltimore, MD
- 1882 Silsby Steamer 550 GRM
Other exhibits include historic fire memorabilia and a working 1911 Gamewell Alarm Board. Hanover firefighters staff the museum, which is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The Hanover Fire Museum is located at 44 Frederick Street in Hanover, Pa. and the phone number is 717-637-3877. For more information visit the fire museum website.