York Weekend Best of January
Skiers and snowboarders, rejoice, winter has finally arrived in York County. Roundtop Mountain Resort opened its skiing and boarding slopes Thursday and plans to opening the snowtubing areas Friday. With no help in sight from Mother Nature, the resort will continue to make snow. Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays; snow tubing, 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays and Jan. 19, 22 and 25 and Feb. 5, 8, 12 and 26. Lift tickets: $27.60-$74 with a variety of packages available for rentals and lessons; snow tubing $16-32, kids 4 and under $8. Information: www.skiroundtop.com.
Planning a wedding? Check out the latest in fashions, catering, favors and more at Wedding Wonderland, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Hall at the York Expo Center. The bridal show will showcase everything needed for the big day, from venues to cakes to music. Free. Sponsored by WSBA 910. Information: www.weddingwonderlandpa.com.
The Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards will bring their bagpipes and ancient military traditions to the stage at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St., at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. The group follows a tradition of pageantry and precision marching with grand displays. Tickets: $35, $40, $43, 717-846-1111 www.mystrandcapitol.org. Information: www.royalmarinesbands.co.uk.
Celebrate the cold of the season with FestiviCE, 11 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 in downtown York. This year's festival includes a 40-foot ice slide for children on Cherry Lane ($3 per ride or $8 all-you-can-ride wristband); toasting s'mores over four fire pits throughout Beaver Street and Cherry Lane (s'more kits $6); and live music on Beaver Street and Cherry Lane. Learn the Yeti Stomp from the Weary Arts Group, pick up some great food and check out "Frozen" events at Central Market. Free event, proceeds benefit Special Olympics of York County. Information: FestivIce.com.
Teens can live out a fantasy during a "Beauty and the Beast"-inspired dance, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 at DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Ave. The event, designed and planned by teens, invites kids 13-19 to visit a fairy-tale set, complete with photo booth and props to tell the story, while dancing to pop tunes as well as songs from the Disney musical. Dress is semi-formal. French-inspired finger foods and drinks will be served. Tickets: $10. Information: www.dreamwrights.org or Facebook.com/DreamWrights.
Bluegrass legends The Seldom Scene come to the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. The Seldom Scene has been playing together for more than 40 years, with their weekly D.C.-area residencies including bluegrass versions of country, rock and pop music. Tickets: $25. Information: 717-846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Catch Matt Damon in "The Martian" for free, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion. Astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars and must use his wits and spirit to survive while NASA and his crew mates search for a way to bring him home. Information: www.yorklibraries.org.
The first-ever York Story Slam event will happen at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Holy Hound Taproom, 57 W. Market St. The monthly series lets attendees enter to tell a true story based on the theme of the month, with 10 people given five minutes each to share their story with no notes or props. This month's theme is New Beginnings. Each storyteller is scored based on content and presentation, and the winner receives an exclusive York Story Slam-branded journal set from Story Supply Co. Winners from each month will compete in November for the title of York's Best Storyteller. Tickets: $6. Information: www.yorkstoryslam.com.
Check out the local talent at PSU York THON’s Cabaret for a Cure, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at the Pullo Center on the Penn State York campus. This variety-style talent show will feature acts from opera arias to traditional Nigerian dances. Proceeds will go to Penn State York Benefiting THON, the Penn State dance marathon to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund to fight pediatric cancer. Tickets: $5, children 5 and under free. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
See some rare and valuable pieces of history during the 38th Annual Stamp and Post Card Show, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at Horticulture Hall at the York Expo Center. The White Rose Philatelic Society of York sponsors the show for stamp, post card and postal history collectors to share and learn more about the hobby. There will be a youth area for junior collectors to ask questions and receive free stamps and handouts as well as a bid board for attendees to place bids on U.S. and foreign stamps.
Take a look at the world of owls with an owl walk, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at Nixon County Park. Park staff and a wildlife rehabilitator will lead a learning session and a quiet hike. Dress for the weather and bring a deep-red-tinted flashlight. Ages 10 and up. Free, donations will be accepted to support wildlife rehabilitation in York County. Registration: 428-1961 or http://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.
The York Symphony Orchestra will bring A Stormy Night to the Strand Theatre with musical depictions of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. The program includes selections from Tchaikovsky and Sibelius, with a special performance of Liszt's "Piano Concerto No. 1" by Haochen Zhang, gold medal winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Local Shakespearean actor Jack Hartman will present scenes from the play. Tickets: $9, $33, $39, students $5. Information: 717-846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.
York Symphony Orchestra conductor and violinist Lawrence Golan will perform during the St. John's Concert Series, 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St. Golan has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, and has made several recordings. Free. Information: stjohnyork.org/worship/music/st-john-concert-series.
Feel like a kid again at Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23-24 at the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center. The show features huge operating model train displays, a riding train and an interactive slot car racetrack, as well as trains for sale and exhibitors from across the country. Tickets: $7 from website, $9 at the door, children 11 and under free. Information: www.trainshow.com/york.
Get your best chocolate recipes out for a cookbook discussion group of chocolate and cocoa recipes, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Krutz Creek Valley Library Center, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hallam. Make your favorite recipe and bring enough to let everyone taste it, and also bring the recipe to share. Organizers say don't eat before you come and you'll be full when you leave. Free. Information: www.yorklibraries.org.
Make plans now for your spring garden and home projects at the 48th annual York Builders Association's Home & Garden Show. More than 150 experts on every aspect of home and garden maintenance and remodeling will come together for a weekend of advice, workshops and displays. Hours: 1-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 at the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center. Tickets: $8, children under 18 free, register at the York Builders Association booth for a second day of admission free. Information: www.yorkbuilders.com/york_home_and_garden_show.asp.
York Little Theatre turns romance on its head with "Sex Please, We're Sixty," a comedy set at the Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast, where women mix up one neighbor's Viagra pills with Venusia, developed by another neighbor to increase the libido of menopausal women. The effect: The men get hot flashes and turn irritable. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays Jan. 29-Feb. 7 at YLT, 27 S. Belmont St. Tickets: $12-$25. Information: 717-854-5715 or www.ylt.org.
Get out of the house for a Cabin Fever Hike, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 at Rocky Ridge County Park. Join a one-mile hike through the winter woods followed by hot chocolate and cookies in an enclosed pavilion. Free. Registration: 428-1961 or http://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation