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Weekend in South Central Pennsylvania – Cruise Night

This blog post concludes details of our extended weekend vacation (August 5-8) in South Central Pennsylvania. The first day of our vacation was mainly a driving event. We drove 5 1/2 hours from our home in Warren, PA, to our hotel in Jonestown, PA. On the second day of our vacation (August 6) we took a stroll alongside Union Canal in Lebanon and visited the quaint village of Mt. Gretna, where we saw Leon Redbone in concert.  On the third day of our vacation (August 7) we visited Hershey Gardens during the morning.  In the afternoon we visited the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Later in the day we attended Lickdale Campground’s annual Cruise Night.

While riding the elevator to our hotel room the first day of our weekend vacation, I noticed a bulletin announcing a Cruise Night at Lickdale Campground on Saturday evening. The bulletin read as follows:

“4:00 to 8:00pm, Music from 5:00pm, Burn-out Pit opens at 8:00pm
Bring your Classic, Custom or Antique Car, Truck or Motorcycle
and spend an
evening at the campground
enjoying great music & food and lots of great looking cars!”

Lickdale Campground was located across the street from our hotel. We made plans to attend the Cruise Night. So, one week ago today, we were enjoying the sights and sounds of Lickdale Campground’s 7th annual Cruise Night. This event was free for everyone; however, donations and canned goods were being accepted for Lebanon Food Bank.

Weekend in South Central Pennsylvania - Cruise Night
Some of the cars at the Lickdale Campground Cruise Night
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Bryan Stevenson with “The Hit List” entertained the crowd with music from the 50’s – 60’s. I hadn’t heard of this band before. I enjoyed listening to their music.

The Burn-Out Pit opened at 8:00 PM.

Burn-Out Pit

Concrete pavement watered down

This was the first time I attended a burn-out event. The first “contestant” only squealed her tires on the concrete pavement. I didn’t take her photograph, as her performance wasn’t a burn-out.

The second “contestant” was a man riding a motorcycle.

Tire smoking just a little bit

Tire smoking a lot!

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This was the third “contestant”.

This man went through all gears, while in the burn-out pit.

The car started to slide!

Tires smoking a lot.
The smoke was coming right at us!

We walked back to our hotel shortly after that last burn-out. More “contestants” burned their tires after we left; however, we had seen and heard and smelled (!) enough. The smell of burning tires was in my hair, on my clothes and seemed to have permeated my very body! That’s our hotel across the street. It’s shrouded in a cloud of smoke from the burn-out pit.

This concludes our weekend in South Central Pennsylvania. We returned home on Sunday, August 8th.

 

 

Weekend in South Central Pennsylvania – Hershey Gardens

This blog post continues details of our extended weekend vacation (August 5-8) in South Central Pennsylvania. The first day of our vacation was mainly a driving event. We drove 5 1/2 hours from our home in Warren, PA, to our hotel in Jonestown, PA. On the second day of our vacation (August 6) we took a stroll alongside Union Canal in Lebanon and visited the quaint village of Mt. Gretna, where we saw Leon Redbone in concert.

When on vacation we do not set an alarm. We get up … whenever. We tend to be early risers, so “whenever” is usually before 7:00 AM. I guess we were pretty tired on our third day of vacation (Saturday, August 7). We were sound asleep at 7:00 AM when the hotel’s fire alarm went off. The fire alarm went off twice. During its second squealing, the local fire station’s fire siren went off as well. The first time we thought it was OUR fire alarm (battery died?). The second time we knew it was the entire hotel sounding the alarm. We hurriedly got dressed and went out into the hallway (I was carrying my socks and shoes). There were lots of people standing outside their doors, in a variety of stages of dress, wondering what was going on. Our neighbor’s son and father had gone downstairs to see if we had to evacuate. They came back upstairs within seconds of when we stepped outside our hotel room. Someone put too much laundry in the washing machine and burned out the bearings. There was smoke, not fire, in the laundry room. There was no need to evacuate.

We finished getting dressed (remember the shoes and socks that were in my hand?) and went downstairs for breakfast. As expected, the breakfast room was packed. A young girl (teenager?), in jeans and shirt, did a bang up job keeping the food stations amply supplied! Can you believe someone complained to the front desk about the false alarm? I’m thankful that the hotel’s security system worked, that the alarm didn’t go off in the wee hours of the morning, and that there was no fire!

After breakfast we returned to our room. After showering and getting dressed, we left en route Hershey. In April 2006 we visited Hersheypark and Hershey’s Chocolate World with Wom, our exchange student from South Korea, and our niece Emily. We didn’t visit Hershey Gardens during that trip. The reason to go to Hershey was for the express purpose of visiting Hershey Gardens. We arrived at Hershey Gardens by 9:15 AM.

Hershey Gardens is a 23 acre botanical garden and arboretum. It sits up on a hill overlooking Hersheypark. Hershey Gardens was built as a gift from Milton S. Hershey for his community and to honor his wife, Catherine. Bob and I enjoyed strolling through the well-maintained flower gardens and arboretum; walking through the Children’s Garden; seeing all the butterflies in the butterfly house and looking at the many birdhouses on display.


We walked round and round this fountain.
It is beautiful from all locations!

See the rainbow!

Weekend in South Central Pennsylvania - Hershey Gardens
The Children’s Garden
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Weekend in South Central Pennsylvania - Hershey Gardens
The Butterfly House
(please click on image to enlarge)
Weekend in South Central Pennsylvania - Hershey Gardens
“For the Birds” Birdhouse Exhibit
(please click on image to enlarge)

Japanese Garden

Arboretum

Rock Garden

Perennial Garden

Memorial Garden
with Hotel Hershey in the background

The gardens are well maintained!

 

Beautiful!

 

One last picture of the fountain, as we exited Hershey Gardens.

 

We ate lunch at Cross Roads Cafe, which was located only a short distance from Hershey Gardens. Bob’s lunch was grouper fish sticks with fries and Maryland Seafood Soup. My lunch was chicken pot pie (made the Dutch way; dumplings instead of crust) and tossed salad. For dessert we each ordered a slice of cake. Our lunches were delicious. I recommend eating at Cross Roads Cafe, if you are ever in the Hershey area.

Later in the day we visited Indiantown Gap National Cemetery and attended a cruise in at a campground located across from our hotel, both of which will be blogged about separately.

Weekend in South Central Pennsylvania – Mt. Gretna

This blog post continues details of our extended weekend vacation (August 5-8) in South Central Pennsylvania. The first day of our vacation was mainly a driving event. We drove 5 1/2 hours from our home in Warren, PA, to our hotel in Jonestown, PA. On the second day of our weekend vacation (August 6) we took a stroll alongside Union Canal in Lebanon and visited the quaint village of Mt. Gretna. Yesterday’s blog post provided details and photographs of the Union Canal. This blog post provides details and photographs from our visit to Mt. Gretna.

From Lebanon it was only a short drive to Mt. Gretna.

Upon our arrival in Mt. Gretna, we were surprised to learn that we were on the historic grounds of The Pennsylvania Chautauqua. We had thought there was only one Chautauqua, that being Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. We have visited Chautauqua Institution many times, as it is located within a 30-minute drive of our house. Imagine our surprise when we learned that there are over 200 Chautauquas created as part of the late 19th, early 20th century movement that began in 1874 at Chautauqua, New York! The Pennsylvania Chautauqua was established in 1892. As is the case with Chautauqua Institution, the purpose and mission of The Pennsylvania Chautauqua is the advancement of literary, scientific, intellectual, physical, and social welfare and the promotion of cultural and religious activities, recreation and entertainment.

We arrived in Mt. Gretna around 10:00 AM. We spent the next 3 hours admiring the playhouse and the cottages surrounding the playhouse, walking through the Fairy Garden and relaxing on the shores of Lake Conewago.

Mt. Gretna Playhouse

Mt. Gretna cottage

Mt. Gretna cottage

Mt. Gretna cottage

Hall of Philosophy

Entrance to the Fairy Garden

The Fairy Garden

The Fairy Garden

Children leave notes for the fairies in the Fairy Garden.

 

Bob, relaxing at Conewago Lake

As we sat on the shores of Lake Conewago, we enjoyed each others’ company while listening to the sounds of children swimming in the lake and watching butterflies flit among the flowers.

Before leaving Mt. Gretna we ate lunch at The Jigger Shop, which is an ice cream parlor that has been around since 1895.

The Jigger Shop

We enjoyed a lunch of cheeseburgers, fries and coleslaw at The Jigger Shop. For dessert we shared a Jigger Sundae, which is one of the best sundaes I have ever eaten. A Jigger is vanilla ice cream covered with either butterscotch or chocolate syrup (we chose butterscotch syrup) and topped with whipped marshmallow and jigger nuts served in a tall parfait glass. I have no idea what jigger nuts are. The nuts are cocoa colored and finely ground. The taste of the nuts is unique, neither bitter nor sweet.

After eating lunch at The Jigger Shop, we returned to our hotel with plans to return to Mt. Gretna by 7:00 PM. We made it back to the hotel by 1:30 PM. We must have been pretty tired because we each ended up taking a nap!

We returned to Mt. Gretna, as planned, by 7:00 PM. The reason for our weekend visit to South Central Pennsylvania and, in particular, Mt. Gretna was to hear Leon Redbone in concert at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse. Bob has been a big fan of Leon Redbone since he first heard him in the mid 1970s. This year, for Father’s Day, Stacey gave Bob two tickets to the concert. Not being familiar with Mt. Gretna, our morning visit to the village was a dry run to locate the Mt. Gretna Playhouse and determine where we would park for the evening’s concert.

Who’s Playing – Leon Redbone in Concert

It was requested that no photographs be taken during the concert. Therefore, the only photograph of Leon Redbone that I have is on the billboard shown above.

Stacey purchased GREAT seats for the show. We were seated in the center, the second row from the open-air stage. Almost every seat in the 700-seat auditorium were filled. The show began at 8:00 PM, with comedian Joe Recca as the opening act. Joe Recca was entertaining; he was funny. He had a twinkle in his eyes and an engaging smile, a chuckle at times, as he laughed at his own jokes.

After a short intermission, Leon Redbonetook the stage at 9:00 PM. Leon’s piano accompanist came onto stage first and took a seat at the piano on the left side of the stage. The piano accompanist was attired in top coat and tails. Next came Leon; he walked carefully, with cane, to his chair in the center of the stage. Leon wore a white hat with dark band around the base, sunglasses, a dark tie, a dark pair of pants, dark shoes and a white coat. After settling in his chair, Leon began singing his classic tunes. Leon brings to life the music of early blues, jazz and ragtime artists. Leon peppered the show with vaudevillian comedy and engaged in banter with the pianist. I enjoyed the entire concert, but especially liked listening to Leon play the harmonica and whistle. I enjoyed watching the pianist, too, as his fingers played skillfully over the keys of the piano. It was a great show. We both thank Stacey very much for affording us the opportunity to see Leon Redbone in concert.

Weekend in South Central Pennsylvania – Union Canal

This blog post continues details of our extended weekend vacation (August 5-8) in South Central Pennsylvania. The first day of our vacation was mainly a driving event. We drove 5 1/2 hours from our home in Warren, PA, to our hotel in Jonestown, PA. On the second day of our weekend vacation (August 6) we took a stroll alongside Union Canal in Lebanon and visited the quaint village of Mt. Gretna. This blog post provides details and photographs of the Union Canal. My next “Weekend in South Central Pennsylvania” blog post will provide details and photographs from our visit to Mt. Gretna.

The Union Canal Tunnel Park is located in Lebanon, PA. The park’s 109 acres of meadows and woods surround the Union Canal and the tunnel through which it flows. We entered the park on the south side at Union Canal Drive and 25th Street.

We walked alongside the canal on the towpath once trodden by mules to, and up over, the tunnel.

The towpath once trodden by mules.

The Union Canal connected the waters of the Susquehanna River at Middletown with those of the Schuylkill Navigation Company two miles below Reading. Work on the canal began in May 1825. The canal was finished in June 1827.

Approaching the Union Canal tunnel

The 610 foot tunnel is the oldest transportation tunnel in the United States. The tunnel was cut through solid rock.

We walked over the top of the ridge expecting to see the other side of the tunnel. We didn’t see the other side of the tunnel.

The canal tunnel is directly below the bushes seen on the far side of this parking lot.

We climbed down the ridge, on the opposite side of the canal, and made our way back to the southern entrance of the park.


Boat rides on the canal and through the tunnel are available every Sunday during the months of June through October. Because our visit was on a Friday, we didn’t have the opportunity unfortunately to go on a boat ride.

Weekend in South Central Pennsylvania – First Day

We are spending three nights (August 5-8) in Jonestown, PA, at the Best Western Lebanon Valley Inn and Suites. It was a little less than a five and half hour drive from our house to the hotel. We chose a route that was less traveled and wound its way up, down and around mountains and past farmland. Our drive to the hotel was pleasant and stress free.

Upon checking into the hotel, we were pleasantly surprised to receive a tall, blue mug.

A note inside the mug read “In appreciation of your business with us”.

We received this mug because we hold the status of a Platinum Elite Member in Best Western’s reward program. It is a nice souvenir of our stay in Jonestown!

Our hotel room is generously sized, including the bathroom. Our room includes two queen-size beds, a table with two chairs, an arm chair, a dresser with a TV on top of it, a mini refrigerator and a microwave. The internet is free, located in our room, and is available either wired or wireless. Bob has a router that he prefers using via a wired connection. So the internet setup is ideal. We like the fact, too, that the thermometer on the wall actually controls the air conditioning.

Located conveniently immediately in front of the hotel are three fast food restaurants — Dairy Queen, Sbarro’s and Subway. After a 5 1/2 hour drive, we didn’t feel like driving somewhere for dinner. We ate dinner at Sbarro’s. We each ordered pepperoni and cheese Stromboli with salad and beverage. We received 10% off our restaurant bill by presenting our hotel key.

What brings us to Jonestown? On Father’s Day Stacey gave Bob two tickets to see Leon Redbone in concert. The concert is tomorrow evening at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse in Mt. Gretna, PA. Our hotel is about a 30-minute drive from the playhouse. We have a few other ideas of things to do and places to see while we are in this area. I will blog about each day’s activities as I am able.

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