FlipSide Guide 10/16/14: Oyster Festival, Hersheypark in the Dark, The Clarks, Fall Colors Walk and more

Casey Fogle, left, of West York and Jason Diehl, of North York dive into some oysters at the Oyster Fest at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York (file photo)

Casey Fogle, left, of West York and Jason Diehl, of North York dive into some oysters at the Oyster Fest at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York (file photo)

Special events

  • Explore the wild side with Wildwood’s Magical Trail, from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 17-18 at the Olewine Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg. The fun and educational walk offers insight into the lifestyles of the animal inhabitants of the wetlands. Join in animal crafts in the nature center and enjoy s’mores and cider after the excursion. To add to the fun, the program encourages kids to come dressed as their favorite animal. [Admission is $8 per person (ages 2 and up).]
  • Support the fight against breast cancer this weekend at the Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale & Bridal Show, from 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center of York, 2000 Loucks Road, York. During the event, guests will be able to browse through discounted designer wedding gowns. Brides who purchase gowns will receive a $600 gift certificate for two wedding bands. Attendees will also receive a free acrylic glass impression picture certificate from Symbolize It (valued at $200 per certificate). Revenue generated from the event will benefit programs and services for those with breast cancer. [Visit com for ticket information.]
  • This weekend is your opportunity to experience Hersheypark® in the Dark. From Oct. 17-19, enjoy roller coasters, soak in the Halloween-themed attractions, and take the children trick-or-treating. [Admission prices may vary; see the hours of operation for specific times.]

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‘The Walking Dead’ Recap: Carol, Termite exterminators and big explosions

Rick and his walker buddies in a promo for The Walking Dead. Credit: AMC

Rick and his walker buddies in a promo for The Walking Dead. Credit: AMC

Five years ago, I sat in a living room in Philadelphia watching “The Walking Dead.”

I wasn’t the biggest fan of horror films, so I wasn’t sure how a show based about zombies would keep my attention, but with one TV in the house and three eager roommates glued to the show, I didn’t have a choice.

Fast forward five years later; I’m glued to the television watching the show. It’s amazing how things change.

Just a few quick notes on the show before I get into the episode. The most amazing thing about “The Walking Dead,” to me, is how the show has evolved from “Hey, here’s some zombies and gore!” to “How can we destroy some walkers today?”

I mean, did you think we’d get to the point where killing a walker with an assault rifle would get boring?

Even with multiple changes in the show executives, “The Walking Dead” has maintained a strong core – with creator Robert Kirkman and make up/effects extraordinaire Greg Nicotero keeping the show in tact.

For those who have watched earlier seasons – mainly season two’s trip to the farm – the change in pace in the show has been a welcomed delight, and the main reason to the show’s success.

Now for the episode. Just a point here, I’ll wait 24-hours or so to post these to give people time to watch the episode. From here on out: Spoilers beware!
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FlipSide Guide 10/9/14: My Rural Radio Fall Music Fest, National Apple Harvest Festival, Domestic Violence benefit

Bags of apples wait to be sold at the Upper Adams Jaycees apple sale tent at the National Apple Harvest Festival at South Mountain Fairgrounds near Arendtsville last weekend. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday. (Photo by Jeff Lautenberger)

Bags of apples wait to be sold at the Upper Adams Jaycees apple sale tent at the National Apple Harvest Festival at South Mountain Fairgrounds near Arendtsville last weekend. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday. (Photo by Jeff Lautenberger)

Special events

  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and you can support the YWCA at the Raise Your Voices Benefit 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the New Grounds Roasting Company, 284 W. Market St., York. This spoken word event will support YWCA programs aimed at helping victims of domestic violence.
  • Two days of family fun await at Harvest Days, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11-12 at the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster. In addition to live music and exhibits, the festival includes fun fall activities like wagon rides, ice cream churning, and pumpkin decorating. [Tickets are $12 (adults), $10 (seniors), and $8 (ages 6-11). Children ages 5 and under are admitted free.]
  • Share your passion for local history at Second Sunday at the Mansion from 1-4 p.m. at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front St., Harrisburg. Hosted by the Historical Society of Dauphin County, the event will cater a symposium of ideas and information from various historical societies. A tour of the mansion will also be conducted during this time. [A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated. Free parking is available in the lot behind the mansion.]

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Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani shine bright in ‘Voice’ debuts

The Voice - Season 7

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Who doesn’t love good cover songs? Whether its a local band singing Jimi Hendrix off-key, or a group of musicians covering Bob Marley at the Grammy’s, listening to an artist give his or her interpretation on a piece of music is always appealing to music-lovers.

NBC’s “The Voice” perfectly captures that vibe and Season 7 of the hit show has not disappointed.

One thing “The Voice” has done well this season is the variety of the music performed by the artists during the blind auditions. This season, artists came to the stage with selections outside of the Top 40. We heard classics like Etta James’ “At Last,” John Mayer’s “Gravity,” and Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

In case you missed out, 2-time winner Adam Levine and 3-time winner Blake Shelton are back, with newbies Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams joining the pair.

Here’s a recap of each team following the conclusion of the blind auditions.
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FlipSide Guide 10/2/14: First Friday, Fall Fest, Jackson Browne

By Thorne McFarlane, for FlipSide

Photo by Chris Dunn.

Photo by Chris Dunn.

Special events

Carve a pumpkin, enjoy specials and a tour of the York County Heritage Trust’s historic Golden Plough Tavern, 157 West Market Street in York, this First Friday in downtown York, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3. Tweeting from the event? Use #FFYork

Celebrate First Friday at Dill’s Tavern from 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Dill’s Tavern and Plantation, located on 227 N. Baltimore St., Dillsburg. The event features candle lighting, music, and professional colonial-dressed reenactors. [Admission is $10 for ages 21 and older]

The 17th Annual Women’s Show provides a two-day itinerary of events targeted towards the interests of women. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5, the show will feature entertainment, seminars, and programs addressing a range of topics from finance and employment to health and fitness. The show will take place at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. in York. [Admission price is $4; Free with Weis Markets Preferred Shopper’s Club Card]

Wheatland takes you back to 1869 – a year after the death of President James Buchanan. On Oct. 4, visitors can tour the mansion and explore the impact of Buchanan’s death on other members of the household, including Buchanan’s housekeeper, Miss Hetty Parker. Wheatland is located on 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster. [Admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students (ages 11-17), and children (ages 10 and under) are free]
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FlipSide guide 9/25/14: African music, Oktoberfest, ‘Spirit of America’

By Thorne McFarlane

Listen to the Alpenlaenders perform traditional German folk music at Oktoberfest. (Submitted)

Listen to the Alpenlaenders perform traditional German folk music at Oktoberfest. (Submitted)

Special events

Enjoy a train ride tour through the scenic Muddy Creek Valley in the annual Railroad Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Ma & Pa Railroad Preservation Society, Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville. Artifacts displays, children’s activities, and other special festivities makes this a treat for the entire family. [Admission is free; train rides are $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-11]

Take a guided tour through history during Miller’s Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Wallace-Cross Mill, located in 15759 Cross Mill Road, Felton. In addition to touring the refurbished water-powered grist mill, visitors will learn about miller James Nelson Cross (1862–1944) through newly-discovered ledgers on display. [Free]

Festivals and food
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Photos: New Freedom fest offers live music, art and family fun

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Photos: York Bike Night brings hundreds of motorcycles downtown

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FlipSide guide 9/18/14: White Rose Thunder, Roosterpalooza, Jay Leno

By Thorne McFarlane

Custome motorcycle designer Paul Yaffe will be a part of White Rose Thunder this weekend. Courtesy of Michael Lichter

Custome motorcycle designer Paul Yaffe will be a part of White Rose Thunder this weekend. Courtesy of Michael Lichter

Special events
— Motorcycle enthusiasts will be treated to a weekend of food, entertainment and stunt shows at the White Rose Thunder motorcycle show. Read an interview with motorcycle designer Paul Yaffee. The shows will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 19-20 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., York. [Admission is $15 per day] Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and The City of York will present the 20th annual York Bike Night 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19.
— Bring the family to a Flashlight Maze from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 at the Cherry-Crest Adventure Farm, 150 Cherry Hill Rd., Ronks. A public campfire and wagon ride are included in the price of admission. [Admission is $12 ages 3 and older; also see: Cherry Crest Farm calendar]
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A fond farewell to FlipSide readers

My first mug shot for the paper: June 23, 2007.

My first mug shot for the paper: June 23, 2007.

I’ll start my goodbyes with an introduction. You know me as Erin McCracken. But I’m now Erin Frantz.

I got hitched about a year ago, and we’re ready to start the next chapter of our lives in the Philadelphia area. That means I’m wrapping up my time at the York Daily Record and FlipSide at the end of the week.

It’s a bittersweet moment for me. I landed my dream job — entertainment reporter — right before college graduation. I went directly from senior week at Penn State to my first apartment in downtown York. The city — and area — has become home during the last seven years. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting great people, finding interesting stories and covering fun events.

There have been many challenges and just as many triumphs. I feel like I shared most of those times with you, dear reader. We might not know each other, but I consider you a friend. Every late night, early morning and 12-hour day was for you. Reminding myself of that made the toughest times more bearable.

Thank you for pushing me to be better. I’m taking the memories made, lessons learned and experiences had with me when I go. But before I depart, let’s have a little fun looking back.

Enjoy. I did — every moment.

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