Editors Note: Here at Central Penn Parent, we tend to focus on parenting issues and family events, but we know first-hand that parents need a break!
This is the first in a new monthly feature created to provide parents options for a much-needed night out. At the start of each month, well offer suggestions (often themed) of places to go and things to do in our area that may not make it into our family-friendly calendar.
If you have any ideas, suggestions or general comments about this new feature, please let us know in the comments section.
For August, places are wrapping up the summer programs and enjoying the last bit of warmth before autumn. Highlights this month are a variety of concerts at the many local wineries in the area:
VINEYARDS and WINERIES
Adams County Winery, 251 Peach Tree Road, Orrtanna, and 25 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg
The final four Summer Concerts at the Farm will take place in August from 1-5 p.m. at the Farm Winery in Orrtanna. Each week will be a different theme: Oldies Party, Beach Party, Adams County Winery Summer Olympics Party and End of Summertime Blues Party.
The winery will present Billy Hedrick Band (50s and 60s rock n roll, Aug.4), Island Fusion Steel Band (island music/classic rock, Aug. 11); The Willys (classic rock, Aug. 18) and Skyla Burrell Blues Band (hard-driving original blues, Aug. 25). Adams County Winery will also hold an event to help visitors un-wine-d.
Relax and Un-wine-d Massage is Thursday, Aug. 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the Gettysburg location, and visitors can enjoy chair massages for $1 per minute on a first-come, first- served basis, while sampling wine.
Naylor Wine Cellars, 4069 Vineyard Road, Stewartstown
Music-lovers can dance under the moonlight at Naylor Winery during the Summer Sound Series, held from 7-10 p.m. every Saturday in August.
The winery will host Totally Confused (Aug. 4), Shades of Blue Orchestra (Aug. 11), Blue Moon Big Band (Aug. 18) and Mood Swings Big Band (Aug. 25).
Admission is $14 per person and gates open at 5:30 p.m. Only Naylor wine will be allowed, and this series does not have activities for children.
Nissley Vineyards Winery Estate, 140 Vintage Drive, Bainbridge
Nissley Vineyards will have four more lawn concerts this summer. The shows are held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and no one under 21 (including small children and babies) are permitted.
Visitors can bring chairs, blankets and/or food or order concessions and wine from the winery. Upcoming bands include: Headliners (Aug. 4), Uptown Band (Aug. 11), Fabulous Cheeze Brothers and Sisters (Aug. 18) and Nightwind (Aug. 25).
Tamanend Winery, 759 Flory Mill Road, Lancaster
Adults in the Lancaster area can enjoy some of Tamanend Winerys selections every third Friday of the month in the Lancaster Square.
Visitors can enjoy free, live music at the square beginning at 6 p.m. On Aug. 17, The DiSanto Bros. will perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by Pearl and the Beard at 7:30 p.m.
The winery will also host its Music Wine Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9, with Sweet Life performing its unique style of soft rock and smooth jazz. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $15 for a designated driver.
Pop a Cork for the Capitol, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg
The Capitol Theater Center will hold its annual wine festival to benefit Chambersburgs historic theater on Aug. 18 from noon to 7 p.m.
Wineries currently scheduled to attend include: Adams County, Allegro, Benignas Creek, High Rock, Naylor, Sand Castle and Tuscarora Mountain. Tickets are $14 in advance, $17 at the door and $6 for designated drivers.
Waltz Vineyards Estate Winery, 1599 Old Line Road, Manheim
Indian Summer Jars will perform Aug. 11 at the winerys second-to-last concert in its 2012 series. The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic items and glasses.
Hauser Estate Winery, 410 Cashtown Road, Biglerville
Among the event highlights in August are Dancing with the Vines, Aug. 8 from 6-9 p.m., and Yappy Hour (a day when visitors are encouraged to bring pets), Aug. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. The winery also hosts Thirsty Thursday and Hauser After Hours each week.
Hauser will hold its final concert of its Sips and Sounds Concert Series Aug. 25 from 2 to 9 p.m. Fans can see three bands (Chelsea McBee The Random Assortment; Lisa Bodnar The Pale Barn Ghosts; Robert Bobby Trio) for $15 per ticket.
Tregs Brewing Company, locations throughout the area, including in Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Dillsburg and New Cumberland.
Events for August include Pint Night at New Cumberland (Aug. 2) and Gettysburg (Aug. 7). Pint Night allow customers to order a pint and keep the glass, while supplies last.
Tregs will host beer sampling nights in Dillsburg (Aug. 17) and Harrisburg (Aug. 15), and the Manheim Branch will be at the Smokin Blues Brews Fest on Aug. 18 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at 722 S. Chiques Road, Manheim.
Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg
Harrisburgs ABC will hold its first annual crab fest at 2 p.m. Aug. 11. ABCs chefs will cook Maryland blue crabs, which pair perfectly with Mountain Lager.
Mudhook Brewing Company, 34 N. Cherry Lane, York
To celebrate its first year anniversary of being in York, Mudhook Brewing Company will hold Mudfest Aug. 11 from 4 p.m.-midnight. Visitors can enjoy craft beer, outdoor taps, steamed crabs and live music. Admission is $2. Mudhook also holds Happy Hour every Tuesday through Saturday from 4-6 p.m.
Chameleon Club, 223 N. Water St., Lancaster
The Chameleon Club has concerts every weekend from a variety of bands and artists, including Deuce, Hexbelt and Kix Brooks. But the club will also give back in August by hosting a charity event on Aug. 24. 105.7/The X will take over for a Childrens Miracle Network Benefit starting at 6 p.m. The show is for anyone 18 or older.
On Aug. 25, the club will hold its 2nd Annual Summer Brewfest. Many local and national brewers, from Samuel Adams to Sly Fox to Duclaw Brewing Company, will be in attendance. The cost varies from $10-50, and every ticketholder gets a glass for sampling.
Sovereign Center/Giant Center
The Sovereign Center in Reading and Giant Center in Hershey frequently host events ranging from concerts to circuses. Check out their websites for more information: http://www.sovereigncenter.com/ http://www.giantcenter.com/
Harrisburg Comedy Zone, 110 Limekiln Road, New Cumberland
The Harrisburg Comedy Club will provide 13 shows (must be 21 or older to attend). The club will host four comics each performing three shows, including one at 8 p.m. Friday and two Saturday, one at 8 and one at 10:30.
Paul Hooper will perform Aug. 3 and 4, Mike Merryfield will perform Aug. 10 and 11, Chris Barnes on Aug. 17 and 18 and Mo Alexander on Aug. 24 and 25.
Ken Evans will also do three shows, with one Aug. 31 and two on Sept. 1.
South Mountain Fair, Rte. 234, Arendtsville
For a agriculture-themed fair, parents should check out the South Mountain Fair from Aug. 21-25. Events include sheep shearing, livestock sale, tractor display, steer judging and goat judging.
The fair will also feature a musical performance each night and fireworks on Aug. 23.
The Great Allentown Fair, 1850 Liberty Street, Allentown
Country music fans are in for a treat at the Great Allentown Fair starting Aug. 28 and running through Sept. 3. Country stars Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and the Band Perry will perform Aug. 29, 30 and 31, respectively. The fair will also feature The J. Geils Band on Aug. 28. The fair will also include an show and a lumberjack competition.
Kurt Bopp, Central Penn Parents assistant editor/web, has never been to a winery but did visit the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston. It was easily one of the highlights of his trip.