Check map before heading out in York Friday night

These are the events scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30 in downtown York:
Bike night
– The k.d. lang concert at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center
– A William Penn Senior High School football game
– Wedding preparations/rehearsal dinners
– A York Revolution playoff game

So, yeah, parking might be hard to find. Read about how York officials are planning for the influx of people. Check out a map of where parking is available:

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York County artist Jeff Koons featured in Sotheby’s documentary series

“Your Art World” is a new documentary series by the international auction house Sotheby’s. It explores how passion for art drives the global art community. There are four parts of the story: The Artist, The Collector, The Rostrum and The House. The Artist section features interviews with Ronald Ventura, Cai Guo-Qiang, Amy Granat and Jeff Koons, who grew up in York County. Here are some sound bites from Koons:

“My father was an interior decorator. From a very early age, I would see all the samples for carpet and wallpaper. I really learned how colors and textures can really effect emotionally how you feel about things.”

“I embrace the ready-made, and I enjoy that things just display themselves.”

“There is no trick to making art. It really is just accepting yourself. Even when I arrive at college, I still really have no idea what art can be.”

“As an artist, I always want to make my best work, and so every day you just are challenged to try to make something that can be as profound and as meaningful as possible.”

Read a 2010 interview with Koons.

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Crave sweets? Check out these area events


Harrisburg Cupcake Cup
Southcentral Pennsylvania bakers of all levels can compete in the event 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Broadway Classics Productions on the lower level of the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg. Contestants should bring a $25 donation for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Cupcake lovers and non-bakers can come to the festivities to support bakers and sample cupcakes. Admission is free, but visitors are asked to bring three non-perishable food items or a $3 donation.

Park Street Pantry’s An Evening of Chocolate
Park Street Pantry, 24 N. Beaver St., York, will host its first tasting at 6 p.m. Oct. 14. Guests will sample an assortment of eight chocolates — from creamy white to deep dark — while learning about the sweets. Participants can bring a bottle of wine to enhance the experience. The class is $20 and includes a take-home gift. Make reservations here.

Artisan Chocolate Making at YorKitchen
Baltimore chocolatier Mark Coulbourne will teach artisan chocolate making 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 16, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 at YorkKitchen in Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St., York. The four hour will teach participants how to temper chocolate and how to make and decorate molded bonbons and truffles. Seating is limited. Register at

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Poll: Do you care that R.E.M. broke up?

AP photo; In this Sept. 24, 2008 image, Michael Stipe, frontman of US rock band R.E.M., performs in Zurich, Switzerland.

Here are a few questions about R.E.M., which announced its breakup Wednesday:

Why did it happen? Well, the statement from the band’s website doesn’t tell us much. Maybe this is as simple as they say it is: It’s time. Let’s face it, R.E.M. has gotten old. Michael Stipe is 51 and his stubble has been gray for a while. For many music lovers, it didn’t even seem like the band was still together anyway. R.E.M. hadn’t toured since 2007. Like most, their album sales have dropped.

Why do I care? We posted the story on our Facebook site and didn’t get any comments. Five hours after the news broke, fewer than 30 tweets mentioning R.E.M. or REM had been sent within 20 miles of York. It wasn’t big news.

How does such a band go from important and relevant to barely getting a notice when calling it quits? R.E.M. might have seen sales drop, but can you really measure them by numbers? They certainly were bigger than that. Many bands that came up through the ’80s and ’90s — including York’s own Live — listed them as an influence. Their music is still regularly played on classic rock radio stations. So, while they might not have been making money, R.E.M. remained an important part of music culture.

Will I see you at the reunion tour? Do you care/not care about the R.E.M. breakup? Why or why not? Leave us a comment. Read the entire column.

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Community gives back to Tourist Inn during flood benefit

FlipSide File; Annette Fullerton-Thoman, right, owner of The Tourist Inn in Hellam Township, thanks employees Mike Craul and Shirley Lane, who tended bar for free during Sunday's flood benefit.

The Tourist Inn owner Annette Fullerton-Thoman and her Hellam Township bar are known for giving to the community, sending monthly packages to U.S. troops overseas and sponsoring fundraising rides throughout the year. On Sunday, it was the community’s turn to give back at a benefit event.

The bar sustained severe flood damage when Tropical Storm Lee doused York County earlier this month. The basement, which flooded twice, housed not only electrical equipment, the water heater and additional supplies, but also donations the bar collected for others. When the electricity went out, the bar lost food and beer, Fullerton-Thoman said. There was also damage to the bar, with the ballroom floor buckling and the carpets destroyed. Fullerton-Thoman did not have flood insurance because she does not live in a flood zone.

The clean-up should have taken months, Fullerton-Thoman said, but the bar reopened last Monday. Carpet was donated anonymously for the bar and seven tenant units behind the bar. A customer fixed the ballroom floor. Local restaurants and bars provided food for staff and volunteers. Money from Sunday’s benefit will pay for more repairs and to restock lost donations. Read more.

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Attend ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ viewing party Oct. 21

The Keefer family and Musser Home Builders invite the public to an “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” viewing party and fundraiser 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21 at West Shore Evangelical Free Church, 1345 Williams Grove Road, Mechanicsburg. Brian Keefer, 24, was paralyzed in a 2008 gymnastics accident. June 19, his family learned their Newberry Township home would be renovated by the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” TV show to make it more accessible for Brian. Read more coverage of the build.

Jeffery Musser of Dillsburg-based Musser Home Builders, who was the lead contractor for the build, said organizers are planning for a much larger crowd Oct. 21 than the 2,500 people who attended the pre-build rally. The church was chosen because it can accommodate several thousand people. Fundraising efforts continue for a family build fund, which will go toward paying off the Keefers’ mortgage. For details and to donate, call 432-3496 or visit

The new season of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” premieres 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, on ABC. It will feature first lady Michelle Obama. Check out the trailer:

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York County Heritage Trust offers free Museum Day admission Saturday, Pfaltzgraff sale

So, it looks like rain again this weekend. Don’t be bummed. Have fun indoors with Museum Day. The annual event is hosted by Smithsonian Magazine and features free admission at participating museums across the country. Museum Day tickets allow two visitors complimentary admission to all York County Heritage Trust sites Saturday, Sept. 24. Visitors must present Museum Day tickets to Trust staff upon entry. Get details about Museum Day and download tickets.

While you’re there: Stop by the Pfaltzgraff sale the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. The hours of the sale are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Take a look at some of the items.

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A look back at York Fair concerts

Did you catch York Fair concerts last week?
Check out slideshows from the concerts and of fan T-shirts.

FlipSide file; TNA's Bobby Roode gets the crowd excited Sept. 15 at the York Fair.

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FlipSide guide 09/22/11

Find out what’s up this weekend. Read more in our newsletter.

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– Check out Roosterpalooza 2 Saturday and Sunday at Elicker’s Grove, 511 Roth Church Road, Spring Grove. [$15]
– Make some noise at The Misfits punk show 7 p.m. Saturday at the Chameleon Club, 223 N. Water St., Lancaster. [$16 to $18]
– Grammy award-winning guitarist Steve Vai will hold a master class 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, 222 Market St., Harrisburg. The event culminates the opening weekend at The Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center, 6240 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, which includes a free open house 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. [Tickets are $45 and $65 for master class.]
– Irish quintet Téada performs 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of York, 925 S. George St., York. Local band Irish Blessing opens the show. [$25 general admission; $20 for Susquehanna Folk Music Society members; $10 for students age 3 to 22]

– Fill up on seafood and midstate scenery during the Crackin’ Crabs Cruise 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday on the Susquehanna River. Boarding begins at 5:45 p.m. from the City Island docks off the Market Street Bridge in Harrisburg. [$45 for dinner cruise; $10 for cruise only]
– Skip dinner and go right for dessert at Sweet Beginnings: a dessert spectacular and more 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. [$50 for Saturday's cocktail reception; $20 on Sunday and $5 for children 12 and younger]
– Cheap Eats scoops up something yummy at Mack’s Ice Cream.

– York filmgoers can join audiences in 250 cities to view and judge the 2011 Manhattan Short Film Festival. Watch the 10 finalists 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. [$9]
Hang out at Jurassic Park — Richard M. Nixon County Park during Dinosaur Weekend — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. [$2; free for kids 5 and younger]
– Pick apples 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fairfield Pippinfest. Pick pumpkins 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Grape Pumpkin Festival in Littlestown. [Both events are free]

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Two Pa. chefs will compete on Food Network’s ‘Sweet Genius’

Food Network’s new show “Sweet Genius” premieres 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Four pastry chefs compete each week in three elimination challenges. Master pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel, who makes couture cakes for the stars, serves as judge. Winners from each challenge will advance to finals. The last chef standing will win a $10,000 cash prize.

According to a news release, the show will features two Pennsylvania chefs. Frederic Loraschi is a chocolatier and the owner of Chocolat Frederic Loraschi, a boutique chocolate shop in Hummelstown. Frederic was raised in France and studied at the Souillac Culinary School. Chad Durkin is the executive pastry chef and a partner of Desserts International, a frozen dessert manufacturing company in Exton. His clients include airlines, hotels and casinos.

Check out a video Ben-Isreal in action:

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