York's Best of July entertainment calendar
The York County Libraries have plenty of events through July for their 2018 SummerQuest: Libraries Rock! program. Some of the highlights coming to the 13 libraries in the system on different days: Jazz story time with Lisa Schmittle, July 6-20; Leap into Science, July 5-26; and Pete the Cat of the best-selling children's book series will visit July 13-23. Plus, everyone is invited to Quest Fest Mid-Summer Family Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the band shell in Codorus State Park. Information: www.yorklibraries.org/events.
Orangemite Studios takes "Much Ado About Nothing" on the road this month with four free performances: 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Continental Square; 7 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Dover Community Park; 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Cousler Park; and 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Brown's Orchards. The comedy features fireworks between two of Shakespeare's quickest wits, Beatrice and Benedict. Free. Information: http://orangemite.org.
The York Expo Center brings the Wild West to York for the Wild West Summer Fest 2018, Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8. The local horse community will shocase barrel and stump racing as well as harness racing, and there will be wagon rides, pony rides and trail challenges. The festival also has bounce houses, a petting zoo, a bluegrass concert Saturday evening and a country concert at the grandstand on Sunday. Free admission and parking. Information: http://yorkfair.org/wild-west-summer-fest-2018.
Politics becomes farce as "The Sensuous Senator" comes to the Hanover Little Theatre, July 13-22. Sen. Harry Douglas finds himself trapped in his house with his wife, his girlfriend, a lady of the evening, two colleagues and a nosy reporter, weeks before a presidential election. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $14-$15. Information: www.hanoverlittletheatre.com.
The York County Astronomical Society offers a public starwatch, 8-10 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the observatory at John Rudy County Park. Members will guide a tour of the summer sky, including stars, planets, nebulae and the moon. Star charts are available. Free. Information: www.ycas.org.
Soccer fans, here's your big break. Watch the final game of the World Cup live at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 15, on the screen at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. Free. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Information: https://appellcenter.org.
Meet York's writers at the Local Author Fair, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St. Authors including Scott Mingus, Georg Sheets and Jim and Suzanne Gindlesperger will be on hand to discuss their books and more. Information: 717-849-6926.
Killer Queen, featuring Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Strand Theatre, 30 N. George St. The group has toured the world since 1993 with a tribute to the legendary group Queen. Tickets start at $29. Information: https://appellcenter.org.
Upstart Arts presents "The Merry Wives of Windsor," July 27-Aug. 5 at parks and other locations around York County. The play watches as Sir John Falstaff, one of Shakespeare's funniest characters, rolls into Windsor and tries to date his way through the town, with pranks tangling his feet at every turn. Free. Shows: 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 27, Pinchost State Park; 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, Brown's Orchards; 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29, Cousler Park; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, John Rudy County Park; 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, St. John's Episcopal Church; 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, Codorus State Park; 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, Kain County Park. Information: www.facebook.com/upstartarts.
Acts of Kindness Theatre Co. presents "Newsies," July 27-Aug. 5 at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., Hanover. The family-friendly show offers lots of singing and dancing as it tells the story of Jack Kelly and the newsboys strike of 1899. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $13-22. Information: www.theeich.org.
The York County History Center presents a free day of living history with Colonial York Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Colonial Complex, 157 W. Market St. The day includes a dramatization of the election of York County's first public official in 1750, which ended in a brawl between German and Irish settlers, along with other re-enactments and demonstrations. The Lancaster Flying Camp will provide mortar demonstrations, and there will be 18th-century games and chores for kids. Free. Information: www.yorkhistorycenter.org.
The 2018 Susquehanna Folk Festival brings two days of music, dance, story-telling and crafts to Roundtop Mountain Resort, July 28-29. The festival is produced by the Susquehanna Folk Music Society and includes an Emerging Arts Showcase Competition for six local acts to perform in front of a large festival crowd. Tickets: $35-$60. Information: www.susquehannafolkfestival.org.
After sunset on Saturday, July 28, the sky at the York Expo Center will fill with light as Lantern Fest comes to York. The event begins at 4 p.m. with live music, a stage show, food and more, then at 9:15 p.m., everyone in the crowd will light lanterns and send them into the sky. Tickets: children 4-12, $15; adults $65 through Friday, July 27, $70 July 28. Information: dc.thelanternfest.com/tickets.