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Delicious Dessert Recipe :: Pear Galette

Pear GallettFrank’s absolute favorite fruit is pears and our local farmers markets have a wonderful supply this year. This easier than pie, free form fruit tart is terrific with vanilla ice cream (another Frank favorite) or a dollop of crème fraiche. Guests at the Inn at Westwynd Farm always love this treat!

Ingredients
1 refrigerated pie crust (9-inch)
3 tablespoons of caramel sauce, divided
3 ripe Red or Green Anjou Pears
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon granulated or turbinado sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring pie crust to room temperature as directed on package. Unroll the pie crust on a non-stick or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Spread one tablespoon of caramel topping on the crust, leaving a 1 ½-inch border. Peel, quarter and core the pears. Slice each quarter lengthwise into 4 even slices. Place pear slices in a bowl and toss with cinnamon and flour. Starting in the center, arrange the slices on the dough in a spoke pattern, in overlapping layers as necessary to fit and leaving a 1 ½-inch border. Drizzle the pear slices with 1 tablespoon of caramel topping. Fold the edge of the crust over the tart. Brush the top of the crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 30 minutes or until crust is lightly brown. Let galette cool 10 minutes. Drizzle top of the fruit with the remaining tablespoon of caramel topping before serving.

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Recipe of the Week :: Lemon Lover’s Coffee Cake

Lemon Coffee Cake

We’re thinking of calling this scrumptious coffee cake – “Sunshine on a Rainy Day.” It certainly has been a bright spot at breakfast. We made two pans at the Inn at Westwynd Farm and it just disappeared.

Ingredients
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup butter or margarine, softened
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 ½ cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 jar (about 10 oz) lemon curd
Lemon Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
5 to 6 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.

2. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, butter, lemon peel, baking powder, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, until blended. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally (mixture will look curdled). Stir in flour. Spread in pan. Spoon lemon curd by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls about 3/4 inch apart onto batter.

3. Bake 23 to 26 minutes or until very light golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth and thin enough to drizzle.

4. Drizzle glaze over warm coffee cake. Serve warm or cool.

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Grand Hershey Theatre :: Musicals, Comedy & Concerts

The stage of The Hershey Theater. PROVIDED, The Patriot-News

The stage of The Hershey Theater.
PROVIDED, The Patriot-News

For those whose design sense leans toward the opulent, the intricate or the atmospheric – or for those who relish the majesty of Venice or the grandness of Greece, the Hershey Theatre is a must-see historic building.

But even for those whose taste is more down-to-earth, this 1,904-seat venue, which opened in 1933 and is located at the corner of Chocolate and Cocoa avenues in downtown Hershey, has much to offer – from touring Broadway productions and family-friendly shows to popular recording artists and highly sought after comedians.

StraightNoChaser

Among the offerings in the Hershey Theatre’s Broadway series this year are:
• “Once,” about an Irish singer-songwriter and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. The show, which received eight Tonys, including Best Musical, in 2012 as well as the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album in 2013, is based on the 2007 Oscar-winning film of the same name and features an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage. It runs Tuesday, September 15, through Sunday, September 20.
• “Matilda The Musical,” about an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life and, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand. Winner of four Tony Awards in 2013 and seven Olivier Awards in 2012, the show is based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl. It runs Tuesday, November 10, through Sunday, November 15.
• “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” about the world’s most famous reindeer and his adventures with friend and fellow misfit Hermey the Elf. Featuring familiar songs and dialogue, the show is remarkably faithful to the 1964 stop-motion animated television classic. Performances are scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday, December 8 and 9.

Those seeking family-friendly entertainment can choose from:
• “The Illusionists: Live From Broadway,” a thrilling mix of magic tricks, stunts, and acts of wonder performed by five illusionists, on Saturday, October 3, at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm, and Sunday, October 4, at 1 pm.
• “Clifford the Big Red Dog Live!” a musical adventure that teaches Clifford, Emily Elizabeth, and their pals about friendship and teamwork, on Saturday, October 10, at 10:30 am and 2 pm.
• “Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales,” a musical exploration of “Cinderella,” “Beauty and The Beast,” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” with the help of Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, on Saturday, November 7, at 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm.

For adults who want to escape for a night of laughs, the Hershey Theatre is hosting some of today’s best comedians:
• Wanda Sykes, ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 25 funniest people in America, on Friday, October 2, at 8 pm.
• Dave Chappelle, hailed by Comedy Central as one of the greatest standup comedians of all time and the star of Chappelle’s Show, on Wednesday, October 7, at 7 pm and 9:30 pm, and Thursday, October 8, at 7 pm.
• Jerry Seinfeld, star of Seinfeld and perhaps the best-known comedian in America, on Thursday, November 5, at 7 pm and 9:30 pm.
• Gabriel Iglesias, who recently sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City, on Friday, November 20, at 8 pm, and Saturday, November 21, at 7:30 pm.
• Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, improvisational geniuses from television’s Whose Line Is It Anyway?, on Sunday, November 22, at 7:30 pm.WandaThe Pennsylvania Gospel Musical Festival comes to Hershey Friday, September 11, through Sunday, September 13. It will be divided into five sessions: Aaron Wilburn, Mark Trammell Quartet, Guy Penrod, the Erwins and the Nelons, performing on Friday at 6 pm; a hymn sing with Greater Vision, TaRanda Greene, Mylon Hays Family, Legacy Five, Aaron Wilburn and the Erwins on Saturday at 2 pm; Booth Brothers, TaRanda Greene, Greater Vision and Legacy Five on Saturday at 6 pm; a worship service with Dr. Phil Hoskins and music by the Taylors on Sunday at 10 am; and Aaron Wilburn, Dailey & Vincent, the Martins, Blackwood Brothers Quartet and the Browns on Sunday at 6 pm.

Straight No Chaser, a 10-man acapella group, returns to the Hershey Theatre on Sunday, December 6, at 3 pm and 8 pm, as part of their “The New Old Fashioned Tour.” The group’s 2013 album, Under the Influence, featured collaborations with the likes of Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder and Dolly Parton. A new album, titled The New Old Fashioned, is scheduled to be released in October 2015.

While you’re in town, try to fit in a tour of the Hershey Theatre itself.

The blue-and-gold ceiling mosaic in the inner foyer is patterned after St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice; also, in the lobby, you’ll find a polished Italian lava rock floor along with walls and arches designed with four types of marble.

In the auditorium, the amazing details are far too numerous to list. Highlights include the winged lion that looks out from its perch above the stage, walls that are reminiscent of a Byzantine castle with balconies on windowed towers, and the dramatic “star and clouds” ceiling.

Be sure to book your stay with us at The Inn at Westwynd Farm when you get your tickets to the show!

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Recipe of the Week – Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts

Baked Doughnut RecipeWe haven’t posted a recipe in awhile but I had to share our latest guest favorite at the Inn. These doughnuts are simply wonderful…foolproof, delicious and easy. The house smells so good while they are baking and they taste even better. I’ve already made several promises to bake them again for returning guests.

Baking spray
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the topping:
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 doughnut pans well.

Into a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.

Spoon the batter into the baking pans filling each one a little more than three-quarters full. Bake for 17 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then tap the doughnuts out onto a sheet pan.

For the topping, melt the 8 tablespoons of butter in an 8-inch saute pan. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip each doughnut first in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar.

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Classical, Jazz, & Blues – Mt. Gretna Music Celebrates 40 Years

A half-hour’s drive from the Inn at Westwynd Farm, a hidden woodland treasure of Central Pennsylvania awaits exploration. Mt. Gretna and its environs abound with recreational opportunities, offering a lake, a beach, a picnic grove, a roller skating rink, miniature golf, hiking trails, a rail-trail, an environmental center, an observation tower and state game lands.

Lakes in Central PennsylvaniaBut another entertainment option can be found among the historic cottages of this quaint community – the Mt. Gretna Playhouse. One of the most anticipated summer series held at the playhouse, a 708-seat pavilion-style venue, is Gretna Music, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Gretna Music’s opening week, July 1 through July 5, saw performances by husband-and-wife pianists Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, presenting both solo and four-hands works; the political satire group The Capitol Steps; and the Gretna Baroque Players, featuring Gretna Music founder Carl Ellenberger.

The season continues Sunday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 pm with French pianist Lise de la Salle, making her Gretna Music debut with the 16-member Festival Chamber Orchestra, and concludes on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 pm with “Wister Quartet and Friends Play Mozart.”

For classical concerts, premium seating is $23 and standard seating is $19 unless otherwise noted. Discounted tickets are often available for ages 19 to 26 and for ages 18 and under.

Mt. Gretna Music’s classical schedule includes five additional concerts:

• Monday, August 3, at 6 pm: This fund-raising dinner (tickets are $100) at the Cornwall Inn showcases members of the Festival Chamber Orchestra playing “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and other favorites.
• Saturday, August 8, at 7:30 pm: The Festival Chamber Orchestra performs Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto, Copeland’s Clarinet Concerto, Hanson’s Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings, and Bach’s Prelude from Partita No. 3 in E major.
• Sunday, August 9, at 11:45 am: Concertgoers sit on the playhouse stage with Duo Parisienne — violinist Nancy Bean and harpist Anne Sullivan — at this intimate concert, which follows a 10 am brunch with the musicians at the Mt. Gretna Hall of Philosophy. Tickets are $15 for the concert and $40 for brunch.
• Sunday, August 30, at 7:30 pm: Along with guest violin soloist Maria Bachmann and guest artists Emily Daggett Smith on violin and Born Lau on viola, the Lysander Piano Trio delivers an all-French program of Ernest Chausson, Lili Boulanger, and Cesar Franck.
• Sunday, September 6, at 7:30 pm: The Momenta Quartet presents works by modern Mexican composer Julián Carrillo plus Mendelssohn’s first published quartet and Janacek’s second quartet.

Jazz Festival

A second musical satire and parody show, several jazz events, and a blues concert (the first ever for Gretna Music) round out the season. Performances begin at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted:

• Friday, Aug. 7, the political comedy of Mark Russell. Tickets are $27-$40.
• Sunday, Aug. 9, “Paul McCartney Songbook,” performed by jazz singers Joanna Pascale and Paul Jost, teamed up with the Matthew Parrish Group. Tickets are $15-25.
• Friday, Aug. 28, the blues of harmonica virtuoso Phil Wiggins and the Chesapeake Sheiks, joined by tap dancer Baakari Wilder. Tickets are $12-$18.
• Saturday, Aug. 29, “A Night of Legends,” featuring vocalist and pianist Freddy Cole (brother of Nat King Cole) and his quartet as well as trumpeter Eddie Henderson (who got his first informal lesson at age 9 from Louis Armstrong) and his quintet. Tickets are $20-$30. This concert is part of the 35th annual Central Pennsylvania Jazz Festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday at various locations in the Harrisburg area.
• Saturday, Sept. 5, the New Orleans jazz of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band. Tickets are $18-$33. This is the last Gretna Music performance for the Black Eagles, a group that first took the stage in the series’ second season and has returned every year since for a total of 39 appearances. Prior to the concert, band members attend a farewell barbecue dinner at 5:30 pm (tickets are $20) at the Mt. Gretna Hall of Philosophy. They also play during a free jazz worship service on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 11 am at the playhouse.

In addition to Gretna Music performances, the Mt. Gretna Playhouse provides the stage for Cicada Festival concerts, which are known to sell out early. This year, the Inn at Westwynd Farm is sponsoring the August 11 vintage rock ’n’ roll show by Phil Dirt and the Dozers.

The Mt. Gretna Cicada Festival also offers a film series and play readings at the Mt. Gretna Hall of Philosophy. This summer’s “Audrey Hepburn: A Retrospective” series wraps up on Wednesday, July 29, at 7:30 pm with “Sabrina” (1951), and staged readings of short plays on the theme of survival take place on Friday, August 21, at 7:30 pm.

In its 21st year, the Cicada Festival is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chautauqua Foundation, which hosts numerous summer activities in Mt. Gretna, such as art and craft classes, book reviews, play previews, lectures and presentations on a variety of topics, organ recitals, Sunday worship services, children’s programs, nature walks and more.

A third arts organization that calls the Mt. Gretna Playhouse home is Gretna Theatre, bringing summer stage productions to the community since 1927. The Gretna Theatre season features a mix of musicals, comedies, dramas, musical revues, children’s theater and special events.

The two shows finishing off the 2015 Main Stage calendar are the Agatha Christie drama “Murder on the Nile” on Thursday, July 30, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Friday, July 31, at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, August 1, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and the musical “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” on Thursday, August 20, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Friday, August 21, at 7:30 pm, Saturday, August 22, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, August 23, at 2 pm. Tickets are $36-$39 for adults, $34-$37 for ages 62 and up, and $10 for students.

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Take a Sip of Summer in Wine Country

Definitely one of our favorite things to do is enjoying the wonderful wine country in our area.

Thanks to its moderate climate, quality soil and rolling hills, Pennsylvania supplies wine lovers with a delicious array of wine varieties to explore at its more than 200 licensed wineries. We’ve put together a list of 10 within a very short drive from the inn.

There are several wine trails and we are always happy to map a personalized route for you.

Pennsylvania vineyards

In addition to the Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country, Pennsylvania boasts 11 other wine trails, including the nearby Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, with locations in Dauphin, Lancaster, York and Adams counties as well as Maryland.

 

Signature events on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail schedule are Tour de Tanks in the spring, providing exclusive tank or barrel tastings along with special tours and educational experiences, and Wine Just Off the Vine in the fall, going behind the scenes to learn about the recent harvests while sampling a selection of wines.

 

For more even information on the state’s 12 wine trails, visit the Pennsylvania Winery Association.

To further help your planning, take a look at this list of the 10 closest  wineries. We’ve listed them by driving distance from the Inn.

 

Crosswinds Winery –  (Tasting Room) –  621 Hershey Rd., Hummelstown, PA  -2.39 Miles – 4 minute drive http:// www.crosswindswinery.com

Located on a farm, that’s been their family for generations, the vineyard in Juniata County is very mature with vines planted in the early 1990’s. The winery maybe new , but their grapes have produced some very fine wines for over  20 years

 

Cassel Vineyards of Hershey – 80 Shetland Drive, Hummelstown – 2.9 miles – 5 minute drive http://www.casselvineyards.com

Cassel Vineyards is a family operated winery on a 5th generation farm. Established in 2008 with 1 acre of Cabernet Franc vines and 4 additional acres of Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, Concord plus Niagara grapes planted in 2009. The vineyard produces high quality wines in a beautiful tranquil setting. We love sipping wine and watching the foals frolic in adjoining fields.  Brothers Chris and Craig Cassel are committed to sustainable agricultural practices.

And Westwynd Guests are invited for a free tasting

Pennsylvania wines

Cullari Vineyards – (Tasting Room) 1251 East Chocolate Avenue , Hershey  – 5.5 miles -11 minute drive . http://www.cullarivineyards.com

Cullari Vineyards and Winery is a small boutique bottler and producer that specializes in both traditional dry and sweet red, white and pink wines, and also some unusual and uniquely crafted grape and fruit wine varieties that are only available at their tasting room. Because the wines are produced in very small quantities, it allows them to be very creative and very precise

 

West Hanover Winery –  7646 Jonestown Rd, Harrisburg  – 5.64 miles –  9 minute drive

www.westhanoverwineryinc.com

This is the oldest of the vineyards in the area. With 22 years in business and 45 years of experience, the owners take great pride in their smooth and silky wines and many awards. Be sure to check their web site for special events and concerts.

 

Spring Gate Vineyard –  5790 Devonshire Road , Harrisburg –  7.4 miles – 15 minute drive

www.springgatevineyard.com

This  family owned vineyard is  located on 60 acres of lovely farmland. In 2010, the Schoffstall family began growing grapes – Noiret, Merlot, and Vidal Blanc, to name a few.  A warm welcome awaits you at the tasting room on land which dates back prior to the Revolutionary War and overlooks beautiful fields and streams.   Whether you prefer fresh and crisp whites, full-bodied, savory reds, or have a sweeter palate, you’ll find something  to enjoy.

 

The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey   –  598 Schoolhouse Rd.. Middletown, PA 17057 –     11.7 miles  – 20 minute Drive
www.vineyardathershey.com

The winery opened in 2012 and quickly became a popular venue for all types of fun activities. It’s opened 7 days a week and there is live music on weekends. It also has the distinction of being Pennsylvania’s first all in one craft winery and brewery all in the same place. It features twenty wines from reds to whites, dry to sweet, from hand- picked grapes grown next to a pond – a beautiful place for a picnic. The Brewery has its own tasting room with at least 7 beers to try.

The Vineyard at Grandview  – 1489 Grandview Rd, Mount Joy, PA 17552  – 18 miles – 29 minutes http://www.thevineyardatgrandview.com

The Vineyard at Grandview is another family owned vineyard located amid the rolling hills of northwest Lancaster County.  The Kennel family has been growing premium vinifera grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and more, since 2009. The tasting room is lovely and available for special events.

 

Mount Hope Estate & Winery –  2775 Lebanon Rd Manheim, PA 17545  19.7 miles – 32 minutes

http://www.parenfaire.com

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, Mount Hope Estate & Winery is located in Northern Lancaster County. The vineyard has produced award-winning wines of all types, even a line of berry wines, all from Pennsylvania grown fruit. Their knowledgeable staff offers complimentary wine tastings that help you choose the perfect wine – for yourself or as a gift for a friend or family back home. The Estate also hosts several exciting fairs and festivals during the year including the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and Celtic Fling

Pennsylvania wineries

WALTZ VINEYARDS ESTATE WINERY– 1599 Old Line Rd, Manheim, PA 17545  20.5 miles 32 minute drive

www.waltzvineyards.com

Situated on a beautiful hill between Lancaster and Lebanon, the sixth generation family farm boasts a unique micro climate and world class vineyard soils that are ideal for growing vinifera wine grapes

This boutique winery utilizes the most modern vine making technology imported from Italy. A tour of their facility is fascinating and the delightful  tasting room is a little bit of Europe.

Nissley Vineyards -140 Vintage Dr, Bainbridge, PA 17502 21.7 – 37 minutes
(717) 426-3514

http://www.nissleywine.com

Definitely worth the 22 mile scenic drive, fresh grapes from their vineyards and fresh fruits from local orchards are the hallmark of this wine enterprise. The Nissley family, have been making estate-bottled and fruit wines since 1977. To satisfy the wide variety of taste preferences in our region, they produce 30 different wines. They range from dry to very sweet and are made from Vinifera, French-hybrid and Labrusca (Native American) grapes, as well as cherries, apples and raspberries.

Wineries near Hershey, PA

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Stuffed Strawberries – Delicious Dessert Recipe

 

Easy Dessert Recipes

Strawberry season is here. It’s such a treat to go to our nearby farmers market and get locally grown berries for all kinds of treats and several farms offer ‘pick your own patches.’ Here’s a fun Inn at the Westwynd Farm recipe that is not only easy, but looks pretty spectacular too … and it tastes so good!

20 whole large berries, hulled
8 oz cream cheese, softened
¼ cup confectioners sugar
¼ tsp vanilla or almond extract (I really like the almond)
2/3 cup finely chopped pecans

Directions
Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each berry so that they stand upright. Cut berries into 4 wedges, cutting almost but not through the bottoms. Fan wedges slightly taking care not to break them, Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar and extract until combined but still stiff. Using a teaspoon or pastry bag with decorative tip, fill berries, sprinkle with pecans. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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The Elegance at Hershey – Collector Cars & Race Cars

Have you ever dreamed of racing through the Swiss Alps in James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin?

Well, here’s a chance to add some color to those fantasies by studying the famous 007 vehicle in person at the Elegance at Hershey, a three-day weekend of automotive events that benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey, and the AACA Library and Research Center.

The Aston Martin DB5, which appeared in the Sean Connery movies “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” and is owned by Ohio collector Harry Yeaggy, who purchased it for $4.6 million in 2010, will be on view along with more than 60 other collector cars from all eras during the Concours d’Elegance garden party beginning at 9 am on Sunday, June 14, at the Hotel Hershey.

Bond Car in Hershey

Wine tastings, live music, art and jewelry displays, and sponsor exhibitions are also planned. Tickets are $25. At 2:45 pm, the vehicles drive to the Elegance Award Ceremony for the trophy presentation.

If you’d prefer to take a more active role in the festivities, consider these offerings (tickets can be purchased online):

  • More than 40 vintage sports cars will participate in the Grand Ascent vintage hill climb exhibition, sanctioned by the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, on Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, from 9 am to 4 pm on a course behind the Hotel Hershey. Drivers will include Wayne Carini, host of Velocity’s “Chasing Classic Cars,” and former NFL coach Dick Vermeil. Tickets are $10 for spectators and $50 for the ride-along experience.
  • Prior to the hill climb on Saturday morning, the Elegance 5K Challenge, a certified chip-timed race, will take place on the same course. Race walkers are also welcome. Registration is $25 through June 10; registration on June 11, 12 and 13 is $30.
  • A 45-minute tour of Hershey Gardens, led by horticulture specialist Barbara Whitcraft, is scheduled Saturday at 10 am. Tickets are $10.
  • A tongue-in-cheek car show, dubbed Concorso Bizarro, will showcase mechanical misfits, automotive abominations and the just plain tacky on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm in the parking field adjacent to Route 39 and Boathouse Road. Sierra Sandison, Miss Idaho 2014, will be on hand to act as chief judge for this free event.
  • The Gala Dinner Party and Charity Auction with entertainment by the Steve Rudolph Quintet will be held Saturday from 6 to 10 pm at the Hotel Hershey. This event usually sells out early; call 717-534-1910 to inquire about ticket availability.
  • Amy Bischof, director of the Hershey Story, will be the guide for a trolley tour focusing on Hershey’s historic buildings on Sunday at 10:30 am. Tickets are $25.
The Grand Ascent 2015

Also, three free seminars will be offered on Saturday in the Hotel Hershey’s Garden Terrace Room (registration is required; call 717-566-7100, ext. 101):

  • “One Man’s Vision: Milton Hershey,” presented by Pam Whitenack, director of the Hershey Community Archives, at 1 pm.
  • “Hidden Treasurers: Our Lifetime Search for Masterpieces of American Furniture and Magnificent Motor Cars,” presented by American antiquarians and TV hosts Leigh and Leslie Keno at 2 pm.
  • “All About Automotive Art,” presented by automotive artists David Snyder, Dan Reed and Loy Lockwood at 3 pm.
Be sure to book your stay at The Inn at Westwynd Farm for your weekend at The Elegance.
The Elegance in Hershey
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Hersheypark Stadium Concerts – The Sounds of Summer 2015

It wouldn’t be summer in Hershey without the sounds of pop, country, rock, rap and more filling the air courtesy of Hersheypark Stadium. This year, three festival-style performances top the annual Summer Concert Series marquee at the outdoor venue, which holds up to 30,000 show-goers.

Hershey Summer Concerts

Back for its third year, Mixtape Festival delivers a blend of current and throwback pop music on Saturday, June 27, at 4 pm (tickets start at $30.10). Among the pop icons and platinum-selling acts taking the stage to perform full sets are New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly, Sugar Ray, Salt-n-Pepa and Vanilla Ice.

The following day, Sunday, June 28, at 4 pm, six of today’s hottest pop acts also present full-length performances during the Show of the Summer concert. The lineup includes Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, R5, Jack & Jack, Sabrina Carpenter and Jacob Whitesides (tickets start at $30.10).

Finally, the Country Rock & Rewind Festival arrives in Hershey on Saturday, August 22, at 6 pm (tickets start at $30.10). Featuring performances by Rascal Flatts, Rick Springfield, Ashley Monroe and The Romantics, this brand-new event is a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll.

Hershey Summer Concert

Filling out the Summer Concert Series schedule are seven additional events, offering music that spans the decades from the 1970s to the present. Hersheypark Stadium welcomes:

  • Jason Aldean, who took home his third consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music last month, on Saturday, May 30, at 7:30 pm (tickets start at $25), joined by Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr and Dee Jay Silver.
  • The chart-topping, Grammy-winning rock band Train on Thursday, June 11, at 7 pm (tickets start at $29.50), along with The Fray and Matt Nathanson.
  • American Idol (Season 1) winner Kelly Clarkson, who’s earned three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and one Country Music Association Award, on Saturday, July 11, at 7 pm (tickets start at $25), joined by Pentatonix, Eric Hutchinson and Abi Ann.
  • Pop superstar Ariana Grande on Sunday, July 26, at 7:30 pm (tickets starts at $30.10), along with Prince Royce.
  • Multi-platinum rock band Nickelback on Saturday, August 8, at 7:30 pm (tickets start at $25).
  • Van Halen, formed in Los Angeles in 1974 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, on Sunday, August 23, at 7:30 pm (tickets start at $25), joined by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.
  • Pop punk sensations 5 Seconds of Summer, touring in support of their Billboard-topping, self-titled debut album, on Saturday, August 29, at 7:30 pm (tickets start at $29.50).

New Kid

Must-Know: Hersheypark is right next door to Hersheypark Stadium, and concert-goers can receive a discount on admission to the theme park the day before, day of, or day after an event. Simply present your ticket at the Hersheypark Ticketing Services Building.

Nearby: If you’re visiting the inn during Memorial Day weekend, be sure to check out the PennLive/Patriot-News ArtsFest of Greater Harrisburg, which runs from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24, and from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday, May 25. In addition to more than 250 artists selling crafts, jewelry, paintings, photographs, garden sculptures and other items, there are musical performances, gourmet and festival-type food, a Kidsfest, and the Moviate Underground Film Festival.

And while you’re in Harrisburg, consider getting a different perspective on the city aboard The Pride of the Susquehanna paddlewheel riverboat, which offers 45-minute sightseeing tours at noon, 1, 2 and 3 pm on Saturday, May 23, Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25.

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A Bevy of Botanical Brilliance – Hershey Gardens

A Bevy of Botanical Brilliance – Hershey Gardens

Tulips at Hershey Gardens

You could say it’s always springtime at Hershey Gardens, home to 23 acres of breathtaking colors and delightful aromas and located just three miles from the inn. And this spring and summer, opportunities to participate in musical, educational, creative and artistic offerings for all ages are in full bloom at the 78-year-old botanical attraction.

A celebration of the transformation from old to new, the ArtCycle sculpture exhibit will be on view from Friday, May 22, through Sunday, September 20. Four local artists have created sculptures using discarded items, and the statues, which vary in size and style, are unique interpretations of things seen in nature.

Also on May 22, the Butterfly House, featuring nearly 400 butterflies that represent approximately 25 North American varieties, welcomes visitors for the 2015 season. It will remain open daily, 9 am to 5 pm, until Sunday, September 13, weather permitting.

A Beautiful Monarch

Also on the Hershey Gardens calendar:

  • Friday, May 8: On National Public Gardens Day, enjoy half-price admission with this voucher, which you can print.
  • Sunday, May 10: On Mother’s Day, admission is free for all moms.
  • Sunday, May 31: The Learn to Build With Natural Materials Furniture Class is back by popular demand. Natural willow furniture builder and book author Bim Willow will teach the basics of building with natural material. No experience is necessary, although students are required to bring hammers and pruning shears. Check the Hershey Gardens website for all the details, including fees and reservation requirements.
  • Saturday, June 20: Children are encouraged to dress in fairy costumes for A Whimsical Day of Fairies and Flowers, when they can explore a magical world of fairy gardens and activities. Check the Hershey Gardens website for complete details, including fees and reservation requirements.
  • Sunday, June 21: On Father’s Day, admission is free for all dads.
  • Mondays, June 29 through August 10, from 10 am to noon, are Marvelous Mondays. Children can investigate nature and this year’s theme, recycling, through entertainment, crafts and discovery stations. There is no additional cost.
  • Wednesdays in July are known as Wind Down Wednesdays at Hershey Gardens, with musical entertainment from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. There is no additional cost, and on these nights the Butterfly House stays open until 6:45 pm.
  • Saturday, July 25: During the Butterflies and Beyond program from 9:30 am to noon, education stations and activities will cover the four gardens B’s: butterflies, birds, bees and bugs. Grammy-nominated songwriter and children’s entertainer Ray Owen will perform at 10 and 11 am. There is no additional cost.
  • Saturday, August 8: At the Succulent Creation Adult Class, Master Gardener Carol Moose will demonstrate the many uses of succulents for home decorating, and participants will create a wreath to take home. Check the Hershey Gardens website for details, including fees and reservation requirements.
  • Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23: The Blooming Art Exhibit, presented by the Hershey Area Art Association, will be on display from 10 am to 4 pm. There is no additional cost.

Nearby: You don’t want to miss the Art on Chocolate fine arts and craft show, taking place Saturday, May 16, from 10 am to 5 pm in downtown Hershey, about 10 minutes from our Hershey bed and breakfast.

Art on Chocolate, presented by the Downtown Hershey Association and the Hershey/Derry Township Historical Society, will feature more than 100 of the area’s finest artists and craftsmen, live music, children’s entertainment and great food.

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