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Variety of events to kick off autumn
Autumn is almost here.
Now that I’m out of school—and therefore don’t associate the season with the end of freedom—I can admit that autumn is easily my favorite time of year. I love the feel of the crisp, cool air, the harvest motif everywhere and all the amazing foods (caramel apples, candy corn and apple cider).
On top of all that, autumn means the return of football, and it’s the season that features the best seasonal beers by far. What’s not to love?
Autumn kicks off Sept. 21, so there aren’t many “harvest” events going on yet; they’ll probably pick up in October. But September does have plenty of events to keep you busy. Call up the babysitter and pick out some of these great things to attend:
VINEYARDS and WINERIES
Adams County Winery, 251 Peach Tree Road, Orrtanna, and 25 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg
Just in time for Hurricane Isaac, Adams County Winery will hold a Hurricane Party Sept. 1 from 1-5 p.m. at the farm winery. The free event will feature Cajun food and music.
On Sept. 8 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., the winery will support Personalized Greyhounds, a nonprofit that helps the rescue and adoption of retired greyhounds, with its 17th annual picnic and fundraiser. Attendees can buy “Greyhound White” or “Greyhound Red” wine with $1 of each bottle going to the organization. There will also be food, music, wine samples and drink specials.
The winery wraps up the month with its second annual Harvest Festival Sept. 22, featuring music, food, a Lucy look-a-like contest, home-wine making contest and the grape stomp. The festival is free.
Naylor Wine Cellars, 4069 Vineyard Road, Stewartstown
Naylor Wine Cellars and the Red Cross are teaming up for a blood drive from 1-7 p.m. Sept. 20. All attendees will receive a special gift, and there will be a drawing for award-winning wines. Call the winery to register.
Tamanend Winery, 759 Flory Mill Road, Lancaster
The final Music Friday of the year will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 in Lancaster Square featuring music by The Johnny Bravo Combo at 6:30 p.m. and Sonora Los Fantasticos at 7:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy the free concert and buy from a selection of Tamanend’s wines.
Waltz Vineyards Estate Winery, 1599 Old Line Road, Manheim
Steven Courtney and Suitcase Musicians wrap up the Waltz Vineyards Estate Winery’s 2012 summer concert series from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 1. The concerts are $10 per person and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnics.
Hauser Estate Winery, 410 Cashtown Road, Biglerville
It’s another busy month at Hauser Estate Winery with events featuring pets, artists and grape stomping.
September opens with Artists Weekend from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1, as Hauser hosts an open-air art show and sale featuring 20 local artists. There will also be hour-long art classes for adults and kids alike for $15 per person.
Hauser will hold its second annual fundraiser for the Adams County Prevent a Litter Society from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 16, with its Mutts, Merlot and Merriment event. Visitors are encouraged to bring their dog for walks through the vineyard and special wine tasting with proceeds going to ACPLS.
The month wraps up with Hauser’s third annual grape stomping from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 30.
Tröegs Brewing Company, locations throughout the area, including in Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Dillsburg and New Cumberland.
Tröegs will be at various locations in September for beer sampling, starting with Wegmans, 6416 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 31; at Big Mikes, 1455 E. Main St., Annville, from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 1.
There will also be sampling nights at Cork and Cap, 480 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4, and at Cobblestones, 205 S. George St., York, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7.
Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg
The Capital City Invitational Beer Fest is back Sept. 15 for the 15th annual celebration at Appalachian Brewing Company.
Visitors can sample from more than 25 Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic region breweries at one of two sessions, either from 2-5 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. There will be a German buffet honoring Oktoberfest and live music in The Abbey Bar and Brewpub.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Designated driver tickets are available for $15.
Mudhook Brewing Company, 34 N. Cherry Lane, York
Although there are no one-time only events in September at Mudhook Brewing Company, there is still plenty of action with happy hour Tuesday through Saturday from 4-6 p.m., 50 cent wing nights on Tuesday and $2 off growlers Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mudhook also holds Fiesta Night every Wednesday featuring $1.95 tacos and quesadillas as low as $2.25. Chips and salsa are just $1.95.
Chameleon Club, 223 N. Water St., Lancaster
Chameleon Club features concerts every weekend in September: 12 Stones (Sept. 28), Nonpoint (Sept. 26) and Tremonti (Sept. 21.)
It will also hold an inaugural golf tournament at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 30 at Crossgates Golf Club with proceeds benefiting the Lancaster City Police Foundation. The tournament is a four-person scramble format and costs $300 per foursome. Players are encouraged to return to the Cameleon Club afterward for dinner, awards and Sunday Night Football.
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/ and http://www.giantcenter.com/
Among September’s highlights at the Sovereign Center are: Barry Manilow (Sept. 6), American Idol Live! (Sept. 8) and Carrie Underwood (Sept. 20).
Harrisburg Comedy Zone, 110 Limekiln Road, New Cumberland
Don’t Break the Streak Improv is holding its annual Comedy Improv Throw Down at the Harrisburg Comedy Zone Sept. 7, 8 and 9. The event features 18 teams from around the country.
The Comedy Zone will hold a fundraiser with Let’s KO Breast Cancer at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. The main event will feature Earl David Reed, professional comedian and one of the hosts of The People’s Morning Show on 105.7 The X.
Other comedians the Comedy Zone will host this month include: Phil Hogan Sept. 14 and 15, Andy Pitz Sept. 21 and 22 and Patrick Garrity Sept. 28 and 29.
Dauphin County Jazz Festival
Fort Hunter Park , 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg
Jazz fans are in for a treat with the Sixth Annual Dauphin County Jazz Festival on Sept. 8 and 9 at Hunter Park. Among the artists are The Sax Pack with Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Marcus Anderson.
Guests can enjoy two days of music featuring jazz greats as well as wine from 15 wineries from the Hershey-Harrisburg Wine Country. Free wine glasses will be given to the first 1,500 people.
The festival will feature two stages and six national acts. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnics.
A weekend pass is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the festival. Tickets are also available at Dauphin County Parks and Recreation’s office at Fort Hunter Park and www.dauphincounty.org/parks-recreation.
Bloomsburg Fair, 620 W 3rd St., Bloomsburg
After last year’s flooding canceled the Bloomsburg Fair, it’s back and it’s 157th edition looks to be as strong as ever.
The Bloomsburg Fair is one of the biggest and best in the state and features acts such as Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Kenny Rogers and Jeff Dunham. The fair also features livestock, vendors, food, music, crafts and shows such as tractor pulls and demo derbies.
The fair is Sept. 22-29 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m., and admission is $8 per person.
York Fair, 334 Carlisle Ave., York
The York Fair is America's oldest fair and always a fun event to attend.
Highlights of the fair include an exotic petting zoo, a draft horse show, tons of food and drink and various shows. On the Toyota Grandstand fans can buy tickets for REO Speedwagon, Blake Shelton, Jeff Dunham and Allstar Weekend.
The fair is Sept. 7-16, and admission is $7 for adults 18 and over and $3 for children, teens and college students with ID. Children five and under are free.