FlipSide guide 7/3/14: Fourth of July fireworks, First Friday in York, Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment

Find out what’s up this weekend. And check out more events in our newsletter and on our regional pages.

Holiday fun and special events:
Fourth of July event and fireworks roundup
Read an interview with Katie Armiger, who will perform in York July 4
First Friday festivities in York
Gettysburg plans re-enactments, events for 151st anniversary this weekend

On stage:
– The Totem Pole Playhouse and Gettysburg Community Theatre are partnering to present the children’s play “Aesop’s Fabels” 10 a.m. Saturday at Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville. Performances will run Saturdays through Aug. 2. [Free]
– Children can go on an adventure with Alice and the White Rabbit during “Alice in Wonderland” 10 a.m. Saturday at Allenberry Playhouse, 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs. A lunch buffet will be served at 11 a.m. [Show/Buffet tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for children; show-only tickets available2]
– Hogmaw hits the stage 9 p.m. Saturday at The Burning Bridge Tavern, 108 Hellam St., Wrightsville. The local “thundergrass” band is known for fast-picking and foot-thumping tunes.
Moon Dancery Winery hosts its Reds, Whites & Blues Fest 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the winery, 1282 Klines Run Road, Lower Windsor Township. Chaz Depaolo and Bob Noble & Blue Voodoo will headline. [$20; passes good for both days]
– Enjoy wine, food and entertainment 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday during Sips and Sounds at Hauser Estate Winery, 410 Cashtown Road, Biglerville. Acoustic duo Strung Tight will provide tunes. The Chow Food Truck will provide grub.

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Two stories connected to old York bike shop

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Sometimes, things have to happen for a reason. Last month, I met two people within three days who shared a common connection to a staple from York’s past.

On June 17, I met Ray Elfner. The 95-year-old recently uncovered the long-forgotten photograph that shows him wearing a uniform while perched on a bike. When a neighbor left his post as a messenger for Western Union he told Elfner about the opening. At 14, Elfner landed the job and delivered telegrams via bicycle. He got a “Red Klinedinst special” — named after the owner of the well-known shop in York. The $30 price tag was steep enough that Elfner had to finance the purchase.

On June 20, I met Charlotte Halpin during the grand opening of Redeux vintage marketplace in York. She got to see new life at the site of her old workplace, C.B. “Red” Klinedinst’s shop. Halpin started at 13 and worked in the building — and nearby properties — for almost seven decades. The shop specialized in bicycle repairs, but also sold appliances and furniture. Halpin continued on at the store when it changed hands in 2008 and helped wind things down until it closed in 2012. Now an 83-year-old retiree, Halpin glanced around Redeux in awe that afternoon. Read more of her story.

It’s unlikely that the two bike enthusiasts ever met, since Elfner is 12 years older than Halpin. But it was interesting to report about how the old Klinedinst bike shop left a lasting impression on each.

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Listen to FlipSide’s Fourth of July playlist on Spotify

The Fourth of July is a time for picnics, barbecues, fireworks and family gatherings. It’s basically a full day devoted to partying — and celebrating the birth of this great nation. No fete would be complete without a playlist. Here are 10 patriotic pop tunes to help you dance the day away.

Leave a comment to share your favorite July 4 songs.

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New releases: Old Crow Medicine Show album, Jennifer Weiner novel, ‘The Lunchbox’

Each week, we’ll post our picks for new albums, DVDs, books and video games. Leave a comment to share your picks.

HEAR: ‘Remedy’ hits Hershey stage
Old Crow Medicine Show released its latest album “Remedy” this week. The group is no stranger to the festival circuit, but see it in an intimate setting 8 p.m. July 27 at Hershey Theatre.

WATCH: Set lunch date for foreign fare
“The Lunch Box” is a sweet reminder of cafeteria food and passed notes. The Indian film focuses on two lonely adults who make a connection through Mumbai’s lunch delivery system.

PLAY: Stalk desert for WWII enemy
Take aim with “Sniper Elite III.” The game lands players in the harsh terrain of North Africa, where they must hunt down Germany’s infamous World War II Afrika Korps.

READ: Novel points to pill problem
Wife and mother Allison Weiss is a happy suburbanite. Or is she? Jennifer Weiner’s new novel “All Fall Down” focuses on how popping a pill or two can grow into an addiction. Get more Book Buzz.

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‘Jeff Koons: Retrospective’ reflects plenty of #selfies

There’s something about Jeff Koons art that attracts attention. Much of his work is large, expensive and shiny. And, as an extensive amount of his artwork is currently being displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, it’s easy to find your reflection in a whimsical “Moon” or “Kangaroo.”

Yes, the perfect exhibit for #selfies.

Enjoy how these art enthusiasts are seeing themselves in Koons’ artwork.

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#ImpactArtsCon14 proves York is ready to be a destination for the arts

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This morning, the Cultural Alliance and York College awakened the arts.

They did so in 17 ways at the Impact Arts & Culture Conference. Seventeen conferences with multiple speakers, including keynote speaker Rachel Hatley [who so beautifully inspired that trash-filled "CHANGE" sitting near York Hospital], spoke to creatives about how to make their work matter.
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Jeff Koons: Everything you need to know about the artist with York County roots


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Here’s everything you ever needed to know about Jeff Koons, the famous pop artist with York County roots:

This is a little background on the controversial artist: http://goo.gl/50ImOe

He spoke about how York County influenced his art Tuesday: http://goo.gl/vjDsPk
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FlipSide guide 6/25/14: Artisan Beer Affair, Kingsfoil concert, Reptile Week

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Submitted; Dutch Apple Dinner Theater presents "The Music Man." The show opens Thursday.

Submitted; Dutch Apple Dinner Theater presents “The Music Man.” The show opens Thursday.

Festivals and special events:
– The Cultural Alliance of York County and York College partnered to start the Impact Arts & Culture Conference. It runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the Willman Business Center at York College, 441 Country Club Road, Spring Garden Township. [$35 for students, $55 for members of Cultural Alliance partner agencies and $75 for the public]
– Get a behind-the-scenes look at brewing during a Science on Tap: Beer-ology 101 class 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore, Md. Full Tilt Brewing co-owners Nick Fertig and Dan Baumiller will speak. [$45 per person and $40 for Science Center members]
– The Celtic traditions of dance, music, food, games and crafts come alive each year at the Celtic Fling on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire at Mount Hope Estate in Manheim. Gaelic Storm takes the stage Friday night. The fling runs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. [$29.95 for Friday concert; $26.95 for one-day admission Saturday or Sunday for adults]
– The York County Heritage Trust’s History Untapped: An Artisan Beer Affair runs 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York [$55 for Trust members; $65 for nonmembers; event has sold out in the past]

On stage:
– Hear “76 Trombones” and other tunes as Lancaster’s Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre presents “The Music Man.” It marches onto stage Thursday and runs through Aug. 9. The theater is at 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster. [$17 to $49]
– A cast of teens and young adults will stage “My Favorite Year,” a musical comedy 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at DreamWrights Youth Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Ave., York. [$8 to $12]
– Local teens Drew Becker and Zachary Terrazas wrote a musical, “Closed Door,” that deals with a young man who realizes he’s gay. See it 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 47 W. Philadelphia St., York. [$10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors; proceeds will go to a music scholarship]
Moon Dancer Winery in Lower Windsor Township hosts its annual Rock Festival 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday. World’s End, Bullet Method and Small Town Titans will play. [$10 to $15]
– Hear Kingsfoil’s new lineup when the band performs 7 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club, 223 N. Water St., Lancaster. See new members Matt Holmes and Pat Besecker. [$10 to $12]

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Jeff Koons chats with FlipSide, international media during retrospective opening at Whitney museum

I felt like I graduated to the big leagues Tuesday. Attending a media preview for a major art opening — involving York County-native Jeff Koons — at the Whitney museum New York City was a fun challenge.

I had never been part of such a large media swarm. I chatted with a women sitting next to me who was covering the event for Barcelona. It was kind of intense, and I have to admit I was nervous. I mostly wanted to find the right words to capture the day.

But photographer Kate Penn and I were able to jockey for front-row seats, interesting shots and a brief interview.

When my turn came to talk to Koons, I told him that he seemed very calm amid the chaos. Then I asked him about how York County informed his work and about what he plans to do next. Those were just two of hundreds of questions Koons answered Tuesday. But before I blended into the crowd, he had one more thing to tell me:

“This was the interview I was most nervous about,” he said with a smile. It seemed like he wanted to find the right words to send back to York County. Or maybe he could just tell that I was nervous.

I reached out and gave his hand a quick squeeze to say “thanks.”

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New releases: ‘Jersey Boys’ soundtrack, ‘Masters of Sex,’ Jeff Shaara novel

Each week, we’ll post our picks for new albums, DVDs, books and video games. Leave a comment to share your picks.

HEAR: A soundtrack for all seasons
“Jersey Boys” features music from the stage production and recently-released movie. Central York grad J. Robert Spencer starred as Nick Massi on Broadway through 2008.

WATCH: Show focuses on sexuality
Showtime’s drama “Masters of Sex” follows two researchers (Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan) who tackle the taboo subject of human sexuality in 1956. Season two starts July 13.

PLAY: Continue movie adventure
Excited for the latest “Transformers” movie? Blast into the action with the “Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark” game. Enter the Cybertron universes and fight for control of a relic.

READ: Civil War saga at Chattanooga
This time last year, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg was upon us. Author Jeff Shaara attended various events. Pick up his latest novel, “The Smoke at Dawn.” Get more Book Buzz.

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