Category Archives: Music and musicians

Picturing History recalls York, Pa.’s ‘second banana’ Hotel Penn

‘My interest in the Hotel Penn,’ Jim Hubley wrote in the York, Pa., Daily Record on Jan. 26, 1985, ‘goes back to when, as a tot, I was impressed with the long, long porch which fronted the building in the early 1920s. In summer the porch was filled with guests rocking away or nestled comfortably with with their feet resting atop the porch railing. To me, it represented the height of affluence.’

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Trees, trains and chainsaws merge in Stewartstown, Pa.

Volunteers often work on historic Stewartstown Railroad’s station and rail line on weekends in this southeastern York County town. So in the aftermath of last week’s ice storm, they saw up branches that came down atop the station. It was just a different way of working on the railroad,

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Sunday School band disbands at Dallastown’s Bethlehem United Methodist

Bethlehem United Methodist Church’s Sunday School band played its last note recently. The Dallastown, Pa., band is shown here in 1960.

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Glenville’s Stone Mill ‘picture-perfect’ after southwestern York County, Pa., snowfall

Mills, churches and one-room schools (see a school example below) are among the landmarks that persist in York County, Pa., when other buildings fall into ruins. Many of these buildings were built of stone or brick and are sturdy enough that they can be used for other purposes. Old mills house businesses, apartments and even private dwellings, such as the The Stone Mill near Glenville in southwestern York County seen here. Paul E. Hoffman, who submitted this photo to ydr.com’s photo gallery, described the mill as ‘picture-perfect after an early December snowfall.’ of course, some houses last, too, and Spring Grove’s Hoke House (see below) hopefully will be in that group for decades longer.

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How an old York County community theater became the Mount Wolf Community Church

The YDR’s Sonya Paclob was looking for stories in Mount Wolf, Pa., the other day. She saw the always interesting Mount Wolf theater, now the Mount Wolf Community Church. ‘Cool looking community church. Mt. Wolf Gospel Arts Theatre,’ Sonya wrote in on Twitter. The Southern Baptist Church’s website gives this interesting history of the theater – and the church

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All about the York Factory Whistle in 10 quick links

Whistlemaster Don Ryan sports a new look, tux and all, in recognition of the York Factory Whistle’s new location on Metso in York, Pa. It was move this year from its longtime home at New York Wire on East Market Street. Another change this year is that the public can see the whistle as it operates on compressed air and the whistlemaster as he performs.

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Glen Rock Carolers make the BBC: ‘We perform our carols … to preserve the tradition’

The Glen Rock Carolers will stroll the streets of their southern York County, Pa., again after midnight on Christmas Day. Midnight and thereafter on Christmas Day serves as an interesting intersection of two quaint rites of the season in York County. About 15 miles north, the York Factory Whistle concert kicks off at about the same time. Both customers catch the ears of newspeople. The Glen Rock Carol Singers were featured on a recent BBC broadcast.

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York Factory Whistle’s sound: How about like a ‘whale song without the water?’

The York Factory Whistle’s move to Metso this year is a milestone in the long lifetime of this quirky York County, Pa., concert. This photo captures a moment in 2011 in which a compressed air line is being installed to funnel the power source for the variable-valve whistle at its longtime home, New York Wire. For most of its life, the whistle was powered by steam. A practice at the whistle’s new venue at Metso’s 240 Arch Street, York, plant is set for noon today in preparation for the early Christmas Day concert.

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Stories about York County, Pa., for better or worse, go around the world every day

This view of Santa from the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News was picked up by media across America earlier this month. Every day, whether good news or bad, stories and photos from York County media are shared to newspapers and websites, really, around the world.

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Union church buildings, once common, now rare in York County area

You hate to see any building go up, but this fire took down a 160-year-old church in Lineboro, just south of the Mason-Dixon Line in Maryland. Area churches have extended a helping hand to the two congregations who worshipped at Lazarus Union Church. The building almost stood in York County, only a short distance into Maryland. It was the closest union church to York County’s last remaining house of worship. Union churches, common in the region until demergers began in the past 50 or more year, are marked by two congregations that meet in the same building. Down in Lineboro, the congregations – United Church of Christ and Lutheran – hope to rebuild.

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