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Things to Do in February

The winter chill is still in the air, but that doesn’t stop the fun in Lancaster! From two exciting festivals to the first Mud Sale of the season, you’re sure to find something unique to make your trip one to remember.

Festive Festivals

Lititz presents their Fire & Ice Festival over President’s Day Weekend (February 17-20) featuring ice sculptures, great food, live entertainment and activities throughout the weekend. To contrast the frosty ice sculptures, a Chili Cook Off is held on Saturday alongside the Winter Wonderland Carnival and Vendor Fair.

The sweet, sweet sounds of roots and blues music will fill the air of Downtown Lancaster during the three day Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, February 24-26. The 2017 lineup includes over 50 artists performing at 8 venues throughout the city. A variety of ticket options are available, from one to three day tickets along with VIP and Under 21 options.

Dinner with Your Sweetheart

To celebrate the day of love, join the Vineyard at Grandview for a five course wine pairing Valentine Dinner that will infuse your holiday with romance. Delicious dishes are paired with the vineyard’s wines made on location. Mark your calendars for February 10 and reserve your seats today.

For the craft beer lovers, the General Sutter Inn presents a Beer & Food Tasting dinner featuring Founders Brewing Company on February 27. For $38 per person, you’ll enjoy courses paired with brews that will have your tasty buds buzzing. With the popularity of this event, reservations are required.

If PA Dutch style cooking is what you’re craving, Bird-in-Hand Fire Company is hosting their first Chicken Pot Pie Dinner of 2017. They are serving up all-you-can-eat chicken pot pie, peas, pepper cabbage, rolls, desserts, and more from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM (or until they sell out) on February 25. It’s the perfect PA Dutch meal to fill your belly on cold day.

Bring Your Boots

Mud Sale season kicks off on Saturday, February 25 with the Strasburg Mud Sale. Whether you’re looking for great bargains on antiques, crafts, furniture and quilts or spectating and enjoying the wonderful food, be sure to remember your boots. These events are classically muddy as they are held as the ground begins to thaw.

Gimme Some Sugar

So sweet – it’s time for Maple Sugaring at Lancaster County Park. On-going demonstrations in the sugar bush of the park will be held on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26. Learn about the process from tree tapping to boiling to making the sweet product into candy. Maple products will be on sale for you to take tasty treats home to share.

Arts & History  

Browse Charles Demuth-inspired art at the Demuth Museum’s annual exhibition featuring Lancaster area artists. “Valentines for Demuth” invites Lancaster area artists to create works inspired by his work, 1896 Valentine. Works will be on display from February 4 to 26.

Rock Ford Plantation invites children ages 4 and up and their parents to celebrate the first President of the United States, George Washington. Enjoy cake and ice cream with Mr. Washington, enjoy crafts and games, and learn why we continue to celebrate his birthday. Reservations are required for this February 26th event.

For a complete list of events in February and beyond, click here

My First Mud Sale

When you live in Lancaster County, it’s very easy to take for granted you are living amongst a truly uncommon group of people.  You glide by horse and buggies on your way to work with hardly a thought.  The Amish gentlemen and his family standing in front of you at the supermarket checkout are just another roadblock on your way out the door and back to your home.   It takes something extraordinary to help you recall that you’re lucky to be exposed to people with such a different take on the world on a daily basis.  At a Lancaster County mud sale, you can’t help but be reminded.

Mud sales are annual auctions/sales held at a number of local fire companies. The sales attract thousands of locals looking for bargains on anything from Amish quilts and antiques to local produce, buggies and lawn equipment.

March is the start of mud sale season in Lancaster County and this past weekend I took my wife and older son to the Penryn Fire Company near Manheim, PA for their annual sale.  Never having been to a sale before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I knew there would be thousands of items up for auction and there would likely be a heavy Amish presence there.  While there were plenty of we “English” in attendance being bused in, we were outnumbered 2 to 1 by folks from the Amish community.

Amish children at the Penryn Fire Company Mud Sale

Roaming around the grounds we found there were several auctions going on at once; one for produce, one for livestock, one for large goods like washing machines, lawnmowers and furniture, and one inside the fire station that covered everything else under the sun.  We didn’t end up bidding on anything but it was fascinating to watch.

Plenty of food was available for purchase throughout the sale.  From sausage sandwiches to Amish baked pies, you definitely weren’t going to walk away hungry.  I bought a couple of homemade hot pretzels and some freshly made donuts and we sat down as a family on the grass field to eat.  As we loaded up on carbs, we watched as some Amish men tended to an old-fashioned steam-powered ice cream churner which was producing plenty of the frozen goodness which was selling pretty briskly on an unusually warm March afternoon.

While this was my first mud sale, it definitely won’t be my last. Maybe I’ll even return with an eye on bidding on an item or two.  I’ll be back, if for nothing else than to help remind me that I’m lucky to live amongst one of the most unique cultures in our nation.

Mud sale at Penryn Fire Company

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