Festival Weekend

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It’s festival season, my friends, and central Pennsylvania has no less than three events beginning this weekend.

On Saturday, in downtown Harrisburg, Ceoltas Irish Pub kicks off the first annual Guinness Jazz and Blues Festival. Second Street will shut down for the event from Pine St. to South St. from noon to 11 p.m., and the Guinness Rig will hog the road. After 11 p.m., festivities continue inside of Ceoltas with more live music. This is sure to be a hot choice for fun this weekend.

The event benefits the local Lo Kiel Society and its charities.

Local and regional musicians will perform beginning at noon. The event features the Stan Middleton Band, Jazz Me, Mark Huber Trio, Amaryllis Santiago, Matrixx s/Trixie, Dave Wilson Quartest, Matt Monticchio, Big Tubba Mista, Mike Dugan and the Blue Mission and Whiskey Dickens.

Tickets are just $2. Irish beers and food are for sale. For information, www.ceoltasirishpub.com

Heading south to York, the 10th Annual Microbrew Fest kicks off from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, June 22. Held at the York County Heritage Trust‘s Agricultural and Industrial Museum at 217 W. Princess St., this is one of the few chances folks
have to enjoy beer and food inside a museum.

The longtime event benefits the educational activities of the York Heritage Trust. It features a variety of microbreweries, including many local favorites like Troegs Brewing Company, Appalachian Brewing Company and Lancaster Brewing Company. York Heritage Events Manager, Sarah Selvaggio said, “I know that Appalachian’s Water Gap Wheat, Lancaster’s Strawberry Wheat Beer and Troeg’s Sunshine Pils are three of the most popular beers, and people who return to the event over the years always check to make sure that those three breweries are coming.”

Other breweries include Philadelphia’s Victory Brewing Company, Reading’s Legacy Brewing Company, plus brewery product from Yuengling, Red Hook and Magic Hat.

Advance tickets are $25 for Trust Members and $30 for non-members, and the price includes a souvenir tasting mug, beer samples, food courtesy of Porky’s Place BBQ (www.porkysplacebbq.com) and music by The Bottomfeeders. Tickets are $35 at the door. Designated drivers are $15 (think of all that free food, plus non-alcoholic drinks).

Selvaggio said, “If you think about it, when you go out to dinner and buy a dinner and two beers, you’ve easily spent $30. [With the Microbrew Fest] you can spend $30 and eat and drink all you want. I think the combination of dancing, eating, drinking and socializing in a wonderful museum with a very unique collection really brings people back year after year.”

Space is limited to 350 people, so book your tickets now by calling 717-848-1587 or stop into the Historical Society Museum and Library at 250 East Market St., York. For more information, click on the “Information about the 10th Annual Micro Brew Fest” at www.yorkheritage.org.

All weekend at the Mount Hope Estate and Winery, celebrate the 9th annual Celtic Fling and Highland Games, part of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Marketing Manager Barb Lacek promises “tons of heritage and tradition in our presentation and musical entertainment.”

The Fling has sanctioned highland games competition like caber tossing, sanctioned Irish dance competition, sanctioned Scottish dance competition, sheepherding with border collies, clan tents, ethnic foods and crafts and bagpipes. There are also seven stages hosting a variety of styles, from Celtic rock to traditional. Performances include the musical talents of the Glengarry Bhoys, Enter the Haggic, Celtic Spring, Screaming Orphans, The Elders, Scythian, Tarta Terrors, Icewagon Flu, Hunting McLeod, Knot Fibb’n, Coyote Run and Ceann. A special Friday night concert from 5:30-11 p.m. features Empty Hats and Blackthorn.

That’s a lot of music to process, but Lacek says the “must see” of the weekend is band, Scythian. “They are so energetic, so dynamic – infectious music. You can’t help but be upbeat when you listen to them,” says Lacek.

Mount Hope is both a winery and a microbrewery and serve both over the Celtic Fling weekend.

The Celtic Fling runs from 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 22 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24. A variety of ticket prices are available, including a lower Friday night concert price for $15.95 adult, $9.95 child to the two-day
pass for $39 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, www.parenfaire.com/outdoor/CelticFling/Celticfling.htm.

Mount Hope Estate and Winery, 2775 Lebanon Rd., Manheim, 717-665-7021

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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