York"s Best of May entertainment calendar

York Dispatch
"Ralph Real plays keboard while playing with his band \"Grooovatine\" at Box Lunch Revue in Cherry Lane Courtyard Tuesday, July 21 2015. Real, of York City, is heading to Russia this week to tour with a band there. Box Lunch Revue live music program continues Tuesdays and Thursdays through August.  Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com"

May gets a musical start as the Box Lunch Revue in Downtown York's Cherry Lane starts up on Tuesday. From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday through August, different groups will give lunchtime concerts at the venue. May will highlight groups from local schools, and many genres will be represented through the summer. Schedule: www.yorkcity.org/BoxLunchRevue. For updates through the season, check the York City Special Events page on Facebook or follow @YorkCityEvents on Twitter.

Jazz singer Tony Bennett.
Appell Center for the Performing Arts in York City, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors with a renaming weekend, May 5-7. The Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center announced in December that the organization will change its name to honor the Appell family's 100-year commitment to the arts. Friday's lineup includes Jazz in the City in the Studio, 5 p.m.; "Sing" at the Capitol Theatre, 7 p.m.; and a sold-out performance by the legendary Tony Bennett, 7:30 p.m. in the Strand Theatre. Saturday is a free community day at the center, with performances by the York Junior Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble, Greater York Dance, Free Breakfast, The Rossums and Kayla Kroh as well as a hip-hop workshop, recycled percussion, silent films, an improv workshop and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. throughout the center. Sunday, XPN presents Old 97's for a sold-out performance. Information: www.StrandCapitol.org.

Mary, played by Makaela Cooper, is tied up by pirates in  a scene in "Peter Pan and Mary" at DreamWrights Center for Community Arts. The play runs May 5-21.
Ally Hudak and Makaela Cooper rehearse a scene in "Peter Pan and Mary" at DreamWrights Center for Community Arts. The play runs May 5-21.

Meet Peter Pan before he met the Darlings in "Peter Pan and Mary," May 5-21 at DreamWrights Center for Community Arts, 100 Carlisle Ave. The story has the classic Peter Pan elements, from Neverland to the lost boys and the pirates, told as a prequel to the beloved classic. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Tickets: $14 reserved, $10 general admission in advance, $12 general admission at the door. Information: www.dreamwrights.org or 848-8623.

Don't forget to stop by a local comic book store for Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 6. In York County, participating stores include Comix Connection - York, 2150 White St., The Comic Store - West, 2111 industrial Highway, The Comics Closet, 37 Old Farm Lane in Shrewsbury, and Comix Universe, 130 Eisenhower Drive Suite C, Hanover. In addition to free comics, many stores will have special events including artist signings, games and an opportunity to meet some superheroes. Information: www.freecomicbookday.com.

A monarch butterfly perches on milkweed, one of the native plants that will be available at the native plant sale May 13.

Start your garden with the help of some of the best gardeners in the area as MAEscapes and the Penn State Master Gardeners present their 21st annual Native Plant Sale, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Road. A wide selection of native plants, trees and shrubs will be available along with heirloom vegetable seedlings from the Horn Farm and herbs from the Mason Dixon Unit of the Herb Society of America. Seminars include natural landscape design and attracting butterflies, bees and birds, plus kids activities and tours of living landscapes. Information: www.facebook.com/MAEscapes, 717-840-7408 or email cxs51@psu.edu.

Ease on down the road to the Strand Theatre for "The Wiz," a partnership between Weary Arts Group and the York Jewish Community Center. The urban take on the "Wizard of Oz" has Dorothy and Toto whisked to the urban fantasy land of Oz. Showtimes: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Strand, 50 N. George St. Tickets: $20, $15, $10. Information: mystrandcapitol.org.

Make a Mother's Day memory with the Mother's Day Train from Steam Into History, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13. The train leaves the Steam Into History headquarters in New Freedom for a scenic ride to Glen Rock, where tea and lunch will be served at the Glen Rock Mill Inn before the return trip to New Freedom.  Tickets: $37 adults, $27 children 3-12, includes lunch. Information: www.steamintohistory.com.

Addison Leakway, 3, of York gets a hug from her mother Nicole at the 41st annual Olde York Street Fair that attracted near-record crowds Sunday, May 8, 2016. Bil Bowden photo
Families pack downtown York for the 40th Annual Olde York Street Fair, Mother's Day, Sunday May 10, 2015.  John A. Pavoncello - jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com

A Mother's Day tradition continues with the 42nd Annual Olde York Street Fair, 12:30-6 p.m. Sunday, May 14, in and around Continental Square in downtown York. The free event features 100 arts and crafts vendors, food from traditional American fare to original creations, a Kids Fun Block with games and inflatable and four stages with live entertainment. HACC York Campus will provide free parking behind the Leader building on the campus, 2010 Pennsylvania Ave., and a shuttle bus will transport fairgoers. The York County History Center will open the Colonial Complex for the fair, and an ice cream parlor will dish out sundaes, floats and more inside the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St. Information: www.yorkcity.org/OldeYorkStreetFair.

Scott Stapp will perform May 18 at the Pullo Center.

Creed founding member Scott Stapp will perform Thursday, May 18, at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York, as part of his Live and Unplugged tour. He's celebrating the 20th anniversary of Creed's "My Own Prison" and also has an album out with his new band, Art of Anarchy. Tickets: $50, $32. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.

William Shakespeare turns his pen toward Vienna for a tale of a duke, an iron-fisted ruler and a nun in "Measure for Measure," running May 19-28 at OrangeMite Studios. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays in The Barn, 2035 Tall Fir Drive, Dover. Tickets: $13, $15 at the door. Information: www.orangemite.org.

Sara Evans will perform May 19 at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center.

Country artist Sara Evans performs at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover. Her hits include "A Little Bit Stronger," "Born to Fly" and "Suds in the Bucket." Tickets: $52, $59, $99 VIP Meet & Greet. Information: TheEich.org  or 717-637-7086.

Steam Into History's Wild West Express runs again this weekend.

Jesse James and the Younger Brothers have their eyes set on the Wild West Express leaving Steam Into History's New Freedom headquarters Saturday, May 20. Trains leaving at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. will encounter the famous outlaws, who will rob the train for trinkets (provided) and for real donations to a local charity. Tickets: $26 adults, $15 children 3-12. Information: www.steamintohistory.com.

Try out the thrill of cooking over an open fire with Open Fire Gourmet, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Nixon County Park. Park personnel will help you roast, boil and bake a delicious lunch. Cost: $5, ages 8 and up. Register: 717-428-1961.

Get a taste of the top wines in the state at the Annual Taste of Pennsylvania Wine and Music Festival, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, at the York Expo Center, presented by the Sons of the American Legion. More than 250 wines will be available for tasting and buying, along with local foods, vendors and live bands through the day. Tickets: $25 single day wine pass includes a souvenir wine glass and unlimited sampling, 1-6 p.m.; VIP win pass, $30, gets you in at noon; $10 designated driver, includes T-shirt, free water and homemade soda, $7 discount for all tickets before May 13. Information: yorkwinefest.com.

More of a beer person? Try Brew Kids on the Block, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 20, after the Taste of Pennsylvania at the York Expo Center. About 20 breweries with less than five years in business will each have samples of four beers to try. Tickets: $23, designated driver $15 with T-shirt, free soda and water. Information: cdm.ticketleap.com/brew-kids-on-the-block17.

Join in a unique dining experience and support local nonprofits at the inaugural Farm en Blanc, 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in the greenhouse at Able-Services, 3100 N. George St. The evening includes local food, beer, wine, art and entertainment along with an auction of one-of-a-kind experiences. Guests are asked to wear mostly white. Proceeds support Leg Up Farm and Able-Services. Tickets: $100, $200 per couple. Information: www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-en-blanc-tickets-29591154941.

The York Symphony Orchestra ends its season with "Carmina Burana," a cantata based on 24 poems from the medieval collection of the same name. The concert will feature the York Symphony Chorus and the Susquehanna Children's Chorale. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. Tickets: $42-$5. Information: mystrandcapitol.org.

Get outside for the unofficial start of summer with Creekfire 2017, Saturday, May 27, at Foundry Park Boat Basin in downtown York. The event will have food vendors, illuminated art boats, floating fire pits, children's activities, fire performers and more. Free. Time: 7 p.m. Information: www.downtownyorkpa.com.

Take the family on an adventure through Nixon County Park with the Family Scavenger Hunt Adventure, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28. Pick up the packet, then hit to trails and museum to complete as many pages as you can. Pick up a small reward for your efforts. Free.