Category Archives: music

York County native makes national news in tense 1960s

Remember “The Twist,” the dance craze from the 60s? Remember Chubby Checker who brought “The Twist” to life? What connection could this have to York County? Read on. A friend recently mentioned that her cousin, Reverend George Garber, a retired … Continue reading

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Two World War II songs written by York woman

The United States didn’t officially enter World War II until December 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but it was already on everyone’s mind. The York Plan of cooperative war material manufacturing was up and running and declared a … Continue reading

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Madam Schumann-Heink sang in York twice

Ernestine Schumann-Heink (1861-1936) was one of the most famous singers in the world when she appeared in York in October, 1907 and again in April 1934. Her second appearance called up the memory of the first for Yorker Clara Bosshart … Continue reading

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York Academy Public Exams

Remember the pressure of final exams? Putting pencil to paper doesn’t seem so bad when compared to oral exams conducted in public and advertised in the newspaper, as seen by the clipping below from an early York paper: York. April … Continue reading

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Yorker changes mind about drinks

The Sponslers of York seem to have been an interesting family. Many members were quite musical; there was even a Sponsler family orchestra. In a previous post, I shared a 1904 newspaper account of musician J. V. Sponsler’s attempt at … Continue reading

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York County history, food and books coming up

It’s time for two of my favorite York County events, and you are all invited too. I’ll be volunteering at each one, and I hope to see you there. First, tomorrow, Thursday, August 7 is the annual St. Luke’s picnic … Continue reading

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An attempt to make steam whistle music in York 110 years ago

Much has been written over the years about the traditional concert of Christmas carols played each year on the New York Wire Cloth steam whistle, recently moved to Metso. Jim McClure has verified that Karl Smyser originated the concerts in … Continue reading

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Springwood 1874 excursion, part two.

I recently posted the first part of an 1874 newspaper article describing an evening excursion taken from the Peach Bottom Railway station in York to Springwood Park in York Township. The second half of the account is below, describing the … Continue reading

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Teenage girls in ecstasy over Rick Springfield at 1982 York Fair

I see that in the six years that I have been blogging, 20 of my posts have concerned some aspects of the York Fair. I have written about food, especially Bury’s hamburgers; about harness racing, which this year is Monday … Continue reading

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From York to La Scala

Leonardo (Lee) Wolovsky was a well-known bass-baritone opera star, acclaimed in this country, and even more so in Europe, where he lived and worked for many years, appearing with the likes of Maria Callas and gracing the stage of many … Continue reading

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