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Best of August entertainment calendar for York
Get your crab on: York City will hold its first York City Crab Week, Aug. 8-13, with 17 local restaurants signed on. On the menu are a variety of crab dishes, both regular items and specialties, from crab sandwiches to crab hush puppies to crab quesadilla to crab mac & cheese. Information: www.rwyork.com/crabweek.
Booklovers, be ready. The York County History Center's annual Book Blast is Aug. 11-13 at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. Thousands of gently used books will be available at bargain prices. Times: 4-7 p.m. Aug. 11, members only; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 12; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 13, Buck-A-Bag Day. Information: yorkhistorycenter.org.
The 36th Annual Central PA Jazz Festival runs Aug. 11-15 at various sites around Harrisburg. The festival begins with a free kickoff concert at noon Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Strawberry Square Atrium, Second and Walnut streets. Highlights include a live recording session with Tim Warfield and Jonathan Ragonese, 8 p.m. Thursday, Susquehanna Art Museum, 1401 N. Third St., $30; JazzMobile at various sites in Harrisburg and the West Shore Thursday and Friday; Festival Jazz Party, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Thursday, River City Blues Club, 819 S. Cameron St.; Festival Concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Mount Gretna Playhouse, 200 Pennsylvania Ave., Mount Gretna; and Jazz Picnic, 1-7 p.m. Sunday, Indian Echo Caverns, 368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown. Information and tickets: 717 540-1010 or www.friendsofjazz.org.
DreamWrights Center for Community Arts presents "The Beverly Hillbillies," Aug. 12-21 at the theater, 100 Carlisle Ave. The play follows the familiar tale of Jed Clampett and his family, who go from "poor mountaineer" to Beverly Hills after happening on an oil well. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $10 general admission, $14 reserved. Information: 848-8623 or www.dreamwrights.org.
The Belmont Theatre presents the musical "Side Show," Aug. 12-21 at the theater, formerly York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St. The story is based on the lives of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became stars during the Great Depression by becoming part of a side show, ending up in Hollywood. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $25 adults, $23 seniors, $20 students, $12 children 12 and under. Information: 854-5715 or www.thebelmont.org.
William Michael Morgan brings his sweetly romantic country music to the Pullo Center at Penn State York, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Morgan was introduced to the country world with "I Met a Girl" last summer. Tickets: $19, $40 VIP. Information: 717-505-8900 or pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Butterflies take center stage at Nixon County Park for Butterfly Weekend, Aug. 13-14. Activities include a butterfly walk, 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, live caterpillars, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and insect hunt, 12-30-1:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.
Enjoy the spiritual energy of the Celebration of Life Holistic Expo and Conference, Aug. 13-14 at the York Expo Center. The event features lectures, vendors and readers offering a variety of sources for personal and spiritual growth. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Information: newvisionsbooks.com/celebration-of-life-expo.
Get a taste of Morocco during a Creative York Food Adventure class, Moroccan Spices, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Creative York, 10 N. Beaver St. The class will take a large piece of meat and show how it can be used in different dishes. Students will make a small plate to share with the group and prep portions to take home for a meal later. Class: $65 per person, ages 14 and up. Register by Saturday: creativeyork.org/creativekitchenclasses.
Check out the starry skies at a free public starwatch, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at John Rudy County Park. The York County Astronomical Society offers a look through their telescopes or you can bring your own. Star charts will be available to help identify stars, planets, nebulae and other celestial bodies. Information and weather cancellations: www.ycas.org.
The 2016 Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival is Aug. 26-28 and features 100 selected fine artists from around the country. The free event begins with a reception opening the Juried Art Exhibition, 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. The festival runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in downtown York, including the Colonial Court House Complex, York County Heritage Rail Trail, Market Street between Codorus Creek and Beaver Street and the first block of North Pershing Avenue. Some features: interactive arts activities, free community jazz concert, ChalkWalk and Art Cars. Information: www.yorkcity.org/yorkfest.
The seventh annual Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in the 300 block of West Market Street. Fourteen bands will perform on two stages, with musicians from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, new York, Alabama and Chicago scheduled to be there. The free event also has food trucks and vendors. Information: www.facebook.com.