York Weekend's Best of August

York Dispatch

A whole weekend of butterflies starts off the month at Nixon County Park. Butterfly Weekend has events 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The graceful creatures with be celebrated with interactive exhibits and activities as well as special events such as Lunch with a Caterpillar Expert, 11 a.m. Saturday, and a look at monarch butterflies at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Information and schedule: http://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.

Learn all about the Gardens at John Rudy County Park during an open house, 9 am.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. The gardens were awarded first place in the demonstration garden category of the state's Master Gardener Convention's Search for Excellence Award for 2014. Master gardeners will answer questions about the varieties of annuals, perennials, herbs and native cultivars at the site as well as the arrangements. Fruits and vegetables are also grown, and some produce will be for sale. Information and schedules: http://extension.psu.edu/york or call 717-840-7408.

Clear off some space on the bookshelves for the goodies you'll find at the York County Heritage Trust's 15th annual Book Blast, Aug. 13-15 at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. Thousands of donated books will fill the museum. Public hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 15. Friday is half-price day, Saturday is buck-a-bag day. Information: yorkheritage.org, 848-1587, ext. 223, or email lfourhman-shaull@yorkheritage.org.

Get the best seat in the county for the Perseid meteor shower with a moonlight boat ride on Lake Redman, 1-5 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14. The viewing includes a 30-minute astronomical tour of the sky and refreshments. Use a county-owned rowboat, pedal boat, canoe or kayak or bring your own. Cost: $30 per couple with boat rental, $20 with private boat. Registration: 840-7440 or http://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.

War is a comedy in "The Mouse That Roared," a play based on the book by Leonard Wibberly. The ruler of Grand Fenwick declares war on the United States to save her country from bankruptcy in this theater classic at DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Ave. Performances: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 14-23. Tickets: $10-$14. Information: dreamwrights.org, 848-8623.

The inspirational off-Broadway favorite "Always ... Patsy Cline" comes to York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., beginning Aug. 14. Told through the letters of a fan, the musical features 27 songs including "Walking After Midnight" and "I Fall to Pieces." Performances: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 and 3 p.m. Aug. 16 and 23. Tickets: $12-$25. Information: www.ylt.org or 854-5715.

Take a trip to "Camelot" for the classic Lerner & Loewe musical based on the legends of King Arthur and featuring such standards as "If Ever I Would Leave You," "What Do the Simple Folk Do?" and the title song, "Camelot." The show is produced by the Gettysburg Community Theatre at the former Elks Lodge, 49 York St. in Gettysburg. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 14-23. Tickets: $18. Information: (717) 334-2692 or www.GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org.

Take in some of the hottest pop sounds around as Maroon 5 stops at Hersheypark Stadium on Aug. 15 with Nick Jonas and Matt McAndrew. This is one of only two shows this summer. Tickets: $29.50-$45. Information: Ticketmaster.com, HersheyEntertainment.com, Venue Box Office, Ticketmaster Outlets or 800-745-3000.

Hear the works of country legends Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline at "Lovesick Blues," a special tribute concert at the Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayettesville, Adams County, Aug. 18-23. Tickets: $30-$50. Information: www.totempoleplayhouse.org or (717) 352-2164, ext 1.

The sixth annual Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 29, with 14 bands performing on two stages in downtown York. The music is live and free, and it's also broadcast on WRCT-TV and live-streamed on YouTube. Along with the festival there will be food trucks on West Market Street, a beer garden, workshop at I-ron-ic, swing dance at York Social Dance Studio and more. Information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pennsylvania-Cigar-Box-Guitar-Festival/122995721068990.

The 2015 Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival runs Aug. 28-30, with a juried art opening reception and literary awards given out at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. Artists will show their finest works 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday along the banks of the Codorus and around the Colonial Complex, with free family entertainment and activities and more throughout the event. A free community jazz concert begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theatre. Information: http://yorkcity.org/yorkfest.