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New Year’s Eve at Longwood Gardens a musical high note
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So, the endless Christmas carols blaring since mid-October finally got to you? One more version of Jingle Bells would send you over the edge of a mental cliff? You aren’t alone, and articles are popping up all over about the saccharine-laced classics, and how they lead us to sanity’s end. With this in mind, Longwood Gardens and its easy-going new year’s eve celebration is a way to ease our souls...

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It’s an up and down evening for the Glen Rock Carolers
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It has been 75 years now that P. W. Shepperd, Jr. first began singing with the Glen Rock Carolers. He’s seen snow, cold, rain, wind and general bitterness. But Saturday evening/Sunday morning was none of that. The weather was perfect for the mobile holiday concert, with temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark, no precipitation and no wind. Perfect– after all, it IS late December....

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Santacon NYC is over, but here’s where to find yours
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Saturday’s Santacon in New York City was another epic event, with an estimated 6,000 people dressed as Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, Rudolph, the Grinch, Kiss and other assorted Christmas-y characters.  And that number might have been even higher. There was even one Jesus, complete with shepards hook, long hair and sandals. How the aforementioned character fit into this all-for-fun pub crawl is a question,...

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At Christmas Magic 2016, trains are a popular stop
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York County Parks’ signature event improves every year. This season, Christmas Magic features more lights (all LED), Santa and Mrs. Claus, nightly entertainers, and an always spectacular train display that highlights the night. An unofficial plea from parks officials suggests that, if at all possible, visit the Rocky Ridge Park event during the week. Weekends are a circus–and not in a good way–with lines...

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There’s still time to print your Year in History
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Did you find three more calendars in your mail today? It seems every military, business and political site, charitable organization and school has one. But friends don’t have yours yet? It’s a heartfelt way to tell them that you’re thinking about them every day. And calendars have become ridiculously easy to make. Have friends missed out on your kids’ vacation photographs, the new baby, soccer club, varsity...

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It’s that time of year again– head to the Conowingo Dam
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Photographers and nature lovers from all over the world visit Maryland’s Conowingo Dam for the crowd of bald eagles there. Some people say they’ve counted 100 eagles there at once. And now until mid-December is the time to visit. Just below the dam, eagles, vultures, cormorants and thousands of gulls fight for the stunned or beaten up fish that have made it through or...

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Autumn color is fading, catch it here while you still can
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A few years ago, during an autumn vacation to see the flaming yellow aspen trees in Colorado, I stopped at a gas station to fill up. It was in tabletop-flat Kansas, and the car on the island’s opposite side was from Colorado. It was a cloudy, bright afternoon, and the driver and I agreed it was a beautiful day to drive. No glaring sun, no wind...

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The D&L Corridor offers a season-long list of Things to Do
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Just two hours or so from York is the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, a beautiful showcase of Pennsylvania mountains, rivers and canals stretching 165 miles from Wilkes-Barre nearly into Philadelphia. If you’ve been to all your regular autumn haunts, and you’re looking for new places to spend a day, a weekend or longer, check this area. On its website, the D&L lists ‘things...

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Let hot air balloons take you away
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The thrill of seeing a hot air balloon hanging over York or Lancaster County never gets old.  The colorful upside-down tear drop floats silently over the Susquehanna River, sometimes becoming a silhouette in front of the rising sun. It’s a spectacular sight. As you remember that sight, just imagine watching 700 balloons in electric colors and amazing shapes rise over Sandia Peak in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 45th Albuquerque International...

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Are we killing our National Parks?
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As The Ingalsbe Three ‘N Me buzz through the western United States, we’ve stopped in a lot of small towns, a few tourist towns, even a couple big cities. We’ve met a lot of people. It’s been said that everyone has a story to tell, but I’m not a firm believer of that. Some folks are just downright boring as celery. On the other...

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The Beast will eat you alive if you let it
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You’re buzzing down the Pennsylvania Turnpike. ‘Remember passing a lumbering motor home, about a football-field long, with a white-haired elderly man humped over the steering wheel? And you cussed, saying snidely, “I’ll bet the only wheeled vehicle he’s driven in the past five years is a walker.” ? Well, welcome to my world. That’s me. I enjoy driving immensely, and this motor home—The Beast–...

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The Ingalsbe Three ‘N Me
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Kenny has been looking toward this day since graduating high school as a Pembroke Green Dragon.  David ‘s been here before, moving Uncle Fred to Albuquerque just after graduation. Nancy’s visited here plenty, often to visit Fred, but more often just to explore. It was originally planned as an all-American Route 66 trip, beginning in Chicago and ending with us dipping our toes into...

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