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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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Best Music, Dance, & Comedy Shows :: Hershey’s Giant Center

Lady AntebellumHershey’s Giant Center, a 10,000-seat indoor arena just minutes from our Inn, hosts world-class concerts and events all year long. The lineup for this spring and summer is no exception, with two powerhouse, chart-topping country bands among the highlights.

Seven-time Grammy winner Lady Antebellum plays the Giant Center on Friday, August 14 (tickets start at $39.75). The band has sold more than 11 million albums, racked up nine No. 1 hits on the country radio charts, earned six platinum singles, and captured the Vocal Group of the Year award from both the CMA and the ACM for three years in a row. Lady Antebellum will be joined by five-time Grammy nominee Hunter Hayes and top-selling artist Sam Hunt.

The raucous superstars known as Florida Georgia Line come to Hershey on Saturday, May 2 (tickets start at $37.60). Last year, the duo garnered 13 industry awards, including Vocal Duo of the Year from both the CMA and the ACM, and became only the second recording artist in history to achieve four back-to-back, multi-week No. 1 singles. Opening for Florida Georgia Line will be ACM New Artist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett, along with singer-guitarist Frankie Ballard.

Dancing With Stars

If country music isn’t your thing, don’t worry – Giant Center has something for you! Performances slated for the coming months include:

• Gospel greats Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band on Friday, April 24 (tickets start at $29.50), along with The Isaacs, The Nelons, Gene McDonald, Charlotte Ritchie & guitarist Kevin Williams.
• Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Daryl Hall and John Oates – the No. 1-selling duo in music history – on Monday, May 4 (tickets start at $47.85).
• The high-energy entertainment of Circus Xtreme, presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, from Wednesday, May 20, through Monday, May 25 (tickets start at $17.85).
• For the first time in Hershey since 2007, Dancing With the Stars: Live! on Sunday, June 21 (tickets start at $37.85), featuring dancers Melissa Rycroft, Witney Carson , Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Peta Murgatroyd and Emma Slater.
• Multi-platinum artists Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa on Friday, July 3 (tickets start at $37.50).
• Grammy-nominated comedian and New York Times best-selling author Jim Gaffigan on Monday, August 10 (tickets start at $42.35).
• Iconic hard rock band Mötley Crüe, joined by Alice Cooper, on Tuesday, August 11 (tickets start at $22.85).

Nearby: Hersheypark is right next door to Giant Center, and show-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.

Florida Georgia Line ConcertThis summer, Hersheypark is debuting Laff Trakk, the first indoor, spinning glow-coaster in the United States. It’s being billed as a family-friendly house of laughs that’s a new experience with every ride. In addition to Laff Trakk, Hersheypark offers a dozen other roller coasters (the iconic Comet and sooperdooperLooper among them) along with plenty of water rides, family rides and kiddie rides.

Our summer, here at The Inn at Westwynd Farm, is filling very fast. Be sure to make your reservations soon

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Quilt Auction in Harrisburg, PA – Bid on One-of-a-Kind Handicrafts

 

Quilt Auction

We loving living in Central Pennsylvania. There are so many unique things to do. This auction is one of our favorites. Be inspired by the handiwork of the region’s quilters and artists with a visit to the Pennsylvania Relief Sale in Harrisburg on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18.

In addition to the 59th annual Quilt Auction, showcasing more than 350 quilts, comforters and wall hangings, this fundraising event includes a Silent Auction, featuring jewelry, pottery, artwork and antiques, and a Country Auction, offering furniture, home décor, collectables and quilt racks – just the thing for those who’ve placed the winning bid on a quilt.

Quilt AuctionBeyond the auctions, there are a variety of booths with such items as handmade linens, clothing and crafts, plus fair trade goods, books, plants, gardening accessories, and sewing and quilting supplies. Another popular attraction is the homemade food, from soups, salads, sandwiches, fries and milkshakes to fruit breads, donuts, apple dumplings and strawberry pie.

We love living in Central Pennsylvania. There are so many unique things happening all of time . This auction is one of our favorites.

Be inspired by the handiwork of the region’s quilters and artists with a visit to the Pennsylvania Relief Sale in Harrisburg on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18.

In addition to the 59th annual Quilt Auction, showcasing more than 350 quilts, comforters and wall hangings, this fundraising event includes a Silent Auction, featuring jewelry, pottery, artwork and antiques, and a Country Auction, offering furniture, home décor, collectables and quilt racks – just the thing for those who’ve placed the winning bid on a quilt.

Beyond the auctions, there are a variety of booths with such items as handmade linens, clothing and crafts, plus fair trade goods, books, plants, gardening accessories, and sewing and quilting supplies. Another popular attraction is the homemade food, from soups, salads, sandwiches, fries and milkshakes to fruit breads, donuts, apple dumplings and strawberry pie.

On the entertainment schedule: Bluegrass singers Amos and Margaret Raber perform Friday night, and children’s activities, Quilt Auctionincluding their own auctions, are planned throughout the event.

Proceeds benefit the Mennonite Central Committee, which provides aid for impoverished communities worldwide.

  • When: Friday, April 17, 4 pm to 9 pm, and Saturday, April 18, 6:30 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, 2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA
  • Drive: 25 minutes or more
  • Cost: $8 parking fee; free admission
  • More: Schedule of events

Nearby: To experience even more handcrafted beauty, schedule a free 30-minute guided tour of Pennsylvania’s stunning Capitol building. Focusing on art, architecture and history, tours take place from 8:30 am to 4 pm on the half hour Monday through Friday and at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Call ahead for reservations (1-800-868-7672) and arrive at least 15 minutes early.

Whether you’re coming to the auction or have another stay planned at the Inn, our current special let you add a third night at a 50% discount.Take time to truly relax.

*Photos from: http://www.pareliefsale.org/auctions

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Monkey Bread Muffins :: Delicious Breakfast Recipe

Monkey Bread RecipeThis quick little monkey bread muffins breakfast treat looks pretty, tastes wonderful and is so easy. Who could ask for more – actually, your family will be asking for more and more!

Ingredients
1 tsp. apple pie spice
¼ cup sugar
1 can refrigerated grand muffins biscuits – separated. Cut each biscuit into 6 pieces
½ cup brown sugar
3 Tbl. butter
1 tsp water
chopped nuts and /or raisins (OPTIONAL)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375. Line muffins with paper liners

Combine apple pie spice and white in in small bowl. Roll biscuit pieces in mixture to coat.

Divide the coated pieces between the prepared muffin tins – about 4 pieces per tin. (Optional- Sprinkle with nuts and/or raisins)

Combine brown sugar, butter and water in small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow mixture to boil until sugar is completely dissolved. Spoon over biscuit pieces

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and top springs back lightly when touched – 8-12 minutes.

Best served warm.

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A Sweet Taste of Summer in Hershey, PA

Here’s another video to get you thinking about Summer and all the fun waiting for you in The Sweetest Place on Earth – Hershey, of course.

Join us in our Hershey bed and breakfast!

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Sweet and Sour Pork :: Easy Dinner Recipe

Recipe of the Week – Sweet and Sour Pork

recipe of the week

Here’s a family favorite that I’ve been making for close to 40 years. The children loved it growing up and Frank still asks for it for his birthday dinner!

Ingredients:

3 Tbl. Butter

1 egg

2 Tbl. water

1 1/2 lb  boneless pork shoulder cut into one inch cubes

1 cup Bisquick baking mix

Sauce (recipe below)

4 cups rice

Heat oven to 400. Hat butter in 9×13 pan in oven until melted. Beat egg and water slightly. Dip pork in egg mixture, then coat with baking mix — I shake in a bag. Arrange pork in pan. Bake uncovered 35 minutes. Turn bake 15 minutes longer.

Prepare sauce. Stir in pork heat through and serve over rice.

Sauce:

1/3 cup brown sugar

3 Tbl.  corn starch

1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks drained – reserve syrup

3 Tbl. vinegar

2 Tbl. catsup

2 Tbl.  soy sauce

1 small to medium green pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces (or some green and some red pepper)

1 small onion sliced.

Mix brown sugar and cornstarch in 10 inch skillet. Add enough water to reserved pineapple syrup to measure 21/4 cups. Stir in vinegar, catsup, and soy sauce into skillet. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Stir in pineapple, green pepper and onion, reduce heat  Cover and simmer 5 minutes.

 

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Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Pie :: Perfect Valentine’s Dessert

Romantic Desserts

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Pie

This is the perfect Valentine’s dessert. The creamy, sweet inside of a truffle, poured on top of a pie shell. It’s like heaven on a plate, topped with fresh berries.

What You Need:

2 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces
1 Cup whipping cream
6 Tbsp. seedless raspberry jam, divided
1 OREO Pie Crust (6 oz.) – 24 Oreos ground up , mix with a ¼ cup of melted butter of butter. Pat into pie dish
2 Cups fresh raspberries
1 Tbsp. water

Make it:

MICROWAVE chocolate and cream in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after each minute. Beat with whisk until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended. Stir in 2 Tbsp. jam.

POUR into crust. Refrigerate 4 hours.

ARRANGE berries on top of pie. Microwave remaining jam and water in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec.; stir until well blended. Brush onto berries. Keep refrigerated.

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Sausage Cranberry Quiche Recipe

 

Quiche Recipe

Sausage Cranberry Quiche Recipe

This recipe is guaranteed to brighten any winter morning. So good to enjoy as you watch the snow come down.  It’s quickly become a guest favorite here at Westwynd Farm. The puff pastry crust is a  nice change from regular pie crust and the cranberries and sausage taste so good together.


1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 lb. Savory Sage Roll Sausage
1/4 c. chopped onion
3/4 c. dried cranberries
1 1/2 c. shredded Monterey Jack or Sharp Cheddar Cheese
5 eggs, lightly beaten
2 c. Half & Half

Preheat oven to 400º. Spray 9″ square baking pan with non-stick spray. Unfold puff pastry & line baking pan. Press firmly in place, then set aside. Crumble & cook sausage & onion in skillet over medium heat until sausage is browned. Sprinkle cheese on bottom of pan. Top evenly with sausage & cranberries. Combine eggs & half & half in bowl; whisk until blended. Pour egg mixture over sausage & cranberries in pan. Bake 35-40 min. or until knife inserted into center comes out clean.

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We Have Been Named One of the Top 10 US Inns by BedandBreakfast.com

Another Award — all thanks to our wonderful guests! The Inn at Westwynd Farm has been named one of the Top 10 Inns in the US by BedandBreakfast.com.

You brightened our lives with your visits … and now your five star reviews have resulted in another important recognition for us. We are so very grateful for your support.

This award is probably the most important in our industry and it is based largely on your reviews plus the input of an independent panel of judges.

Top 10 Inns in the US by bb.com

Here’s the full story:
Finalists were chosen based on a qualitative and quantitative analysis of traveler reviews on BedandBreakfast.com from the past year, and winners were ultimately selected by an independent panel of guest judges.

The 2014 BedandBreakfast.com Annual Awards guest judges were: Michael Franco, travel writer for TravelMag.com and former About.com B&B guide, Stirling Kelso, freelance travel writer for Travel + Leisure, Money and other publications Caroline Morse, features editor with SmarterTravel and Laura Motta, director of publishing for ShermansTravel.

The Inn at Westwynd Farm is also a member of BedandBreakfast.com’s Diamond Collection™, an exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns.

BedandBreakfast.com is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties around the world, with more than 11,000 properties worldwide representing nearly 75,000 rooms.

Each November, BedandBreakfast.com names 30 overall top inns based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews from the past year. Starting in December 2011, BedandBreakfast.com also decided to recognize more of the world’s best inns and began a monthly awards program to honor 10 more B&Bs every month in a special category. Earlier in 2014, The Inn at Westwynd Farm was additionally recognized as a Top Ten Farm Stay in the US.

“These award-winning inns, including The inn at Westwynd Farm, really showcase bed and breakfasts and inns that often become a destination to discover, and not just a place to stay,” says Matt Laessig, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com. “Travelers select bed and breakfasts because they enjoy staying in a one-of-a-kind place that offers not only character, special amenities and unmatched hospitality, but also enables them to discover new experiences.”

Our hearts are brimming with gratitude to you. We are kicking off six weeks of celebration ending March 10th. New reservations will enjoy a 10% discount on stays between now and March 10th as a small thank you to you.  Use the promo code Top 10 in the booking engine.

*Not available Feb 13-15, 2015.

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