York Weekend Best of March
Get ready for spring with the Pennsylvania Garden Show of York's annual event, Friday through Sunday at Memorial Hall in the York Expo Center. The theme this year is "Stepping Through Thyme," and the show features display gardens, a garden market, flower show, workshops and seminars. Times: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $10 adults, $9 seniors 62+ and students, under 12 free. Information: www.PAGSY.com.
Put on your best cosplay outfit for the Central PA Comic Con, happening this weekend in the Old Main Building at the York Expo Center. Nichelle Nichols of the original "Star Trek" will be on hand, as will voice artist Billy West and Steve Cardenas, the original Red Power Ranger. Hours: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $6.27 (one-day child) to $22.09 (three-day adult). Information: centralpacomiccon.com
Explore the grounds and offerings of 17 family-owned winery and distillery locations in southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland with the 11th annual Tour de Tanks on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. The event runs for three weekends, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday, March 5-20, and the self-guided tour includes tours and presentations at the stops. Tickets: $25, includes souvenir wine glass, tastings, light food items and a 10 percent discount on wine purchases. Free admission for designated drivers. Information: www.MasonDixonWinetrail.com.
Take in a cabaret of Broadway tunes with a twist with "Flippin' Broadway," 7 p.m. Saturday at DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Ave. Eighteen cast members will perform 27 songs from musicals, with a twist: The singers will perform songs for parts they would not usually be cast for, such as a teenage girl singing "Bring Him Home," Jean Val Jean's song from "Les Miserables." The night will also feature an extended intermission with elegant desserts available for purchase. Tickets: $15. Information: 848-8623 or dreamwrights.org.
Award-winning actor/director Frank Ferrante recreates his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in the fast-paced two-act comedy An Evening with Groucho. The all-ages show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. Ticket range, $26-$41. More information, www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor Ron "Tater Salad" White will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. Josh Blue, winner of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" will open the show. Ticket range $48-$62. A meet-and-greet package, including a Q&A session and a photo with White following the show is available. Tickets are $231. More information, www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Get your viewing spot early for the York St. Patrick's Day Parade, which steps off at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at Market and Penn streets and travels east on Market Street to Duke Street. Pre-parade activities begin at 9 a.m. at locations around downtown York, including music and dancers at Central Market, Martin Library, Continental Square and Cherry Lane. Information: www.yorksaintpatricksdayparade.org/
Hear the music of Billy Joel and Elton John with "The Piano Men," a concert featuring singer and pianist Jim Witter and his band along with the York Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. The concert, the second in the YSO's pop series, will include more than a dozen 1970s hits from Joel and John, including "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "My Life." Tickets: $9-$39, students $5. Information: www.yorksymphony.org or 846-1111.
Celebrate Pennsylvania's 335th birthday on Charter Day, Sunday, March 13, with free admission to many historic sites and museums, including the State Museum and Planetarium in Harrisburg and the Ephrata Cloister and Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum in Lancaster County. The document England's King Charles II signed granting a charter to William Penn in 1681 will be on display at the State Archives, and there will be programs highlighting its conservation. Information: www.statemuseumpa.org.
Hear original, unique compositions of folk arrangements as the Houston-based Apollo Chamber Players perform for the St. John Concert Series, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St. The group's mission is to explore the intersection of classical and folk/ethnic music, for which is has gained prestige for innovative thematic concerts. Free. Information: stjohnyork.org/worship/music/st-john-concert-series.
Under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, the dancers of Ailey II take the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. The artists, renowned for captivating audiences with their strength and agility, perform a diverse repertory that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by today’s outstanding emerging choreographers. Ticket range, $37-$48. More information, www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Get a taste of Ireland with Celtic Nights Spirit of Freedom, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York. Irish singers, musicians and dancers will tell the tales of emigrants who traveled to find a better place. Tickets: $10-$50. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu/
More than 2,000 dogs are expected March 15-20 at the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center for the Celtic Classic Dog Show. The show is a joint venture of the York, Lancaster and Delaware County kennel clubs. Dogs will compete in classes and then for best of breed, best of group and best of show. Information: www.thecelticclassic.com.
Talented local artists take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, for the YorVoice Competition at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. The event, hosted by the York County Cultural Alliance, will be a fun, music-filled showcase of the talent of York County with one group emerging as the YorVoice champion. Tickets, $20. More information, www.yorvoice.org and www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Guthrie Memorial Library is taking the fundraising bull by the horns with a Bull & Oyster Roast, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the library, 2 Library Place. The menu features pit beef and ham, raw and fried oysters, fried chicken, Italian sausage, Maryland crab soup and other goodies, plus beer. Tickets: $50, must be 21 or older to attend. Information: (717) 632-5183.
Get ready for Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson, set to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. Performing the unique dancing that Michael was so famous for, two talented performers portray The King of Pop at different stages of his career in this multi-media spectacular that features his greatest hits. Ticket range, $26-$45. More information, www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Check out something different at the Martin Library Celebrity Auction, Sunday, March 20 at the library, 159 E. Market St. The event begins with a preview at noon, followed by the live auction beginning at 1 p.m. The library has gathered in autographed items from sports stars, movie stars, television, authors, musicians and some people who are just famous. Information: (717) 846-5300 or www.yorklibraries.org/martin.
Learn to dye your Easter eggs without buying one of those kits at the grocery with Natural Eye Dyeing, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at Nixon County Park. Participants will hear about the history of egg dyeing then try it themselves, using onion skins, blueberries, coffee and other ingredients. Bring up to 12 hard-boiled eggs and wear clothes that can get stained. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $3 per child, Registration: 428-1961.