Soon the York Fairgrounds will be home to a Vietnam Veterans war memorial. Any veterans that were killed from York County will be honored. Bricks are being sold and organizers are hoping to have the memorial completed by the end of 2009.
There will be two classes of brick offered, one for veterans and one for donors. The cost is $100 per brick.
The Veteran’s Affairs office in York has order forms. The York Veterans Affairs office is located at 100 W. Market St., York, PA 17401. Visitors to the area will soon have another site to see.
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Located on the south side of Gettysburg is Steinwehr Avenue, what once was the location of the Gettysburg Visitor Center. Before moving to the other side of town, on Baltimore Pike, the visitor center drew lots of visitors to Steinwehr Avenue. But now the Gettysburg roadway gets little traffic and businesses there are hurting. So borough officials are discussing a revitalization plan.
The Gettysburg Visitor Center and Museum relocated last April. Since then, Gettysburg businesses on Steinwehr Avenue have seen a decline and the borough has not seen the revenue from the new center that it thought it would. So borough officials are trying to get a handle on the money.
Well, at least they’re not saying that tourism is dead. People are still coming to Gettysburg. They’re just not going to Steinwehr Avenue.
If you like good Irish folk music and Killian’s Red then you’ll love the local Irish pub – The Garryowen. Every First Sunday, a group of local musicians gather at the pub for traditional folk music and a jam session. They’d like you to join them.
You don’t have to play an instrument or sing. You can just listen. But if you do play or sing then you’re welcome to chime in. The pub is located at 126 Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg just a block and a half away from the square.
The Garyowen is a traditional Irish pub with a great atmosphere and a great place to meet new friends. They feature local bands that play country music, R&B, rock and roll, jazz, and a variety of other music styles. If you’re in Gettysburg on any First Sunday of any month, stop in and say hello to the crew and join in the traditional Irish folk singing. It’s just good fun.
The National Weather Service has been forecasting harsh winter storms for today and tomorrow. Already, there have been school closings in the area. If you are a visitor from out of the Gettysburg area and you are driving the roads this week, drive safely. Go five to ten miles slower than you would normally drive and don’t take unnecessary risks. Black ice can cause serious problems driving on these rural South Central Pa. roads.
You’ll also want to make sure that you drive with your headlights on during the day. This alerts other drivers that you are a safe driver and that you’d like to be seen.
If you absolutely do not have to, do not travel too far from your hotel or camping area. Stay close to home until the hard storms pass. And if they never come, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Stay an extra day and take in a new site. Enjoy your stay in Gettysburg.
It’s January and while you’re busy thinking about Nathan Bedford Forrest and the revenge of the South, everyone else is thinking about ski bunnies and beginner slopes. Welcome to Gettysburg, Pa. Did you know there are 5 places to ski near the most famous battlefield on earth?
Yes, I know. You come to Gettysburg for one reason and one reason only. Little Round Top. No problem. Did you know you can ski Round Top? I’m not talking about the famous battle location. I’m talking about one of the five places around Gettysburg that you can ski and it’s called Ski Round Top.
But if you really want closeness just swing around the corner and ride the slopes at Ski Liberty. Just outside of Gettysburg, Ski Liberty has 16 ski slopes. A lot of them are for beginners.
The aforementioned Round Top is located in Lewisberry, Pa., right in the heart of York County, not much further than Ski Liberty.
Whitetail is just north of the Maryland state line, about 1.5 hours southeast of Harrisburg off I-81. A little further to the east, off Pennsylvania Turnpike, is Hidden Valley Ski Resort. Located in Hidden Valley, Pa., this resort is perfect for a winter vacation, and it’s close enough to take that day trip to see the battlefield.
Finally, Seven Springs Mountain Resort is just 1 hour west of Pittsburgh, which means its darn close to Gettysburg. In just a couple of hours, give or take, you can be back in Gettysburg and gawking at every inch of the battlefield that you want to see. And it’s all in a days drive.
If skiing is your thing, and it should be, don’t forget about Gettysburg. You can ski and drive the battlefield in the same weekend.
Just before Christmas, while driving along Kralltown Road in Adams County, I saw a wooden, hand-painted sign next to a mailbox as I was driving back home from a consulting gig. The sign read something of the nature (I can’t recall the exact words) “Children’s Books, Illustrated By Local Artist.” I promptly pulled into the driveway to see these local artist illustrated childrens books. I’m glad I did.
The artist is a down-to-earth, very sweet Christian woman by the name of Lise’ (pronounced Lisa) Miller. I must say that I was very impressed with her work. Though I didn’t purchase any of the childrens books at the time, they are something that I would highly recommend.
But Lise’ doesn’t just illustrate childrens books. She also paints murals and artwork by custom order. And her work is fabulous! You can get a glimpse of her beautiful artwork in her online gallery. But be forewarned; as captivating as her digital prints are, they do not do justice to her live artwork. You’ve got to see it for yourself.
I’d encourage you to pay her website a visit and contact Lise’ through her contact form. Whether you are a native of Adams County, Pa. or a visitor, I’m sure she would love to share her artwork with you as she did with me. And according to her, simply sharing the gift is enough for her to complete her joy.
Happy New Year from Gettysburg Pennsylvania Blog!
It seems that some ghost tour companies may be evading borough tax levies. At least, some borough officials think so. I read this in the local newspaper Gettysburg Times.
I don’t know what the penalty is if the borough decides that some of these companies aren’t paying local taxes, but I’d bet they won’t be doing business any more. The borough evidently has a right to audit the companies and it seems they are considering this. If they do so and find that taxes aren’t being paid then we could see a shake down. The tax money owed will likely be confiscated (though I don’t know how a local borough government will be able to handle that without a court’s assistance) and some of the companies will have to decide whether or not it is profitable to stay in business. This may or may not be good news for tourists. I’m sure the ghosts could use a little respite.
I just discovered a new blog. The Pennsylvania Wanderer lives in Harrisburg and travels to nearby places writing about them.
Much of what you’ll find on his blog is about wine and in his sidebar you’ll find the links to Pennsylvania wineries. So if you like wine and you have an interest in visiting the local wineries then I’d recommend visiting The Pennylvania Wanderer and seeing what he has to say about events, people, and places in the area.
One of Pennsylvania’s best events is the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Scheduled for January 10 through 17, 2009, the Pennsylvania Farm Show promotes agriculture, Pennsylvania’s biggest industry. The theme for this year’s farm show is “Keep Pennsylvania Growing”.
It doesn’t matter where you are from. You will enjoy the farm show. This is one of Pennsylvania’s most attended events. More than 400,000 visitors are expected to run through the show that week.
During the week, visitors to one of the biggest farm shows in the country will see live livestock, vintage tractors, delicious regional foods, and grand world-class events. There will be a Best Chef In Pennsylvania Contest and a Sheep-to-Shawl competition. Other events scheduled for the week include:
- A wide variety of livestock shows and competitions
- Agricultural contests
- Educational opportunities
- State police mounted drill ceremony
- Cooking demonstrations
- Youth activities
- Historical exhibits
- Government celebrations
- Square and folk dances
- Family living demonstrations
- Dairy showcases
- Tractor pulls
- Flag races
- Talent contests
- And a whole lot more
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is always a week-long family extravaganza. Tourists and travelers from all over the world attend and are welcome. The location is in Harrisburg, just about 40 minutes away from Gettysburg so the drive is reasonable. For more information about the Pennsylvania Farm Show call 717-787-5373.