• Handing out refreshments in the homebrew competition area.
    Cheers to another great Beer Fest

    East Main Street was packed with people by the time music started to fill the downtown air during the third Lititz Craft Beer Fest. Volunteers manned entry lines as thousands of brew fans filtered in to the...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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  • Lititz Beer Fest photos by Mike Shull
    Lititz Craft Beer Fest: The beers

    You have to be dedicated to try every beer at beer fest. This is definitely true at the Lititz Craft Beer Festival, which took place on Sunday, September 25. The event brought more than 125 beers (and...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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  • Ethan Hawke began his career in “Dead Poets Society,” and made a name for himself in “Gattaca,”
and “Snow Falling on Cedars.” According to reviewer Michael Upton, Hawke is outstanding in “The
Magnificent Seven.” Says Upton “Hawke falls into character with such depth I forgot I was watching
the guy who brought us ‘Reality Bites.’”
    ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘Blair Witch’

    The West and the woods revisited More of a reinvention than a remake “The Magnificent Seven” opened with good results over a slow movie weekend. The retold western beat out the Warner Bros. animated kid-flick “Storks” to...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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  • All About Jerky, in Intercourse, creates and carries some unique
and delicious products with beer as a key ingredient. (Photos by Michael Upton)
    Eat your beer!

    Local brew-enhanced food offerings If you read the Hop’in Around about my visit to the Little Big Beer Fest in May, you know beer is not just for drinking. At the fest I found Harrisburg-based Fudge-o-lutely and...

    • Posted September 21, 2016
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  • (Left to right) Tim Riggs, Kenneth Seigh, Noel Smith, Kevin Ditzler, and Sean Young in Ephrata Performing Arts Center’s “Glengarry Glen
Ross.” (Photo by Robert R. Devonshire Jr.)
    ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ cast is incredible

      I first saw the film adaptation of “Glengarry Glen Ross” while I was living in Maine. The movie had been out for a couple years and it instantly went on my list of all-time favorites. The...

    • Posted September 14, 2016
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  • If this photo of the young cast of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is any indication, the
movie certainly lives up to its title.
    Books that became movies

    Read first or watch first? School is back in session and the National Book Festival (Sept. 24, 2016) is right around the corner, so what better time to talk about books … and their movies. There have...

    • Posted September 14, 2016
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  • The Mullins family, proprietors of McGillin’s Olde Ale House. (Photo by Robert Clarke Photography)
    McGillin’s Olde Ale House has Stoudt’s on tap

      On a recent trip to Philly I sought out a few hot beer spots. (I know, shocker!) I found something a little closer to home than what I expected. We started out by hitting the quaint...

    • Posted September 7, 2016
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  • Overload Junction is (left to right) John Brown on guitar and vocals,
Mike Roy on drums, and Ethan Lesher on bass. (Photos by Stan Hall)
    Jammin’ at JoBoy’s: blues and brews

      They make a great gose, which is now on tap, and JoBoy’s Brew Pub in Lititz may be best known for its southern-style barbecue and flagship brews like Lititz Springs Lager, Manheim Red, and Hopitude IPA,...

    • Posted August 24, 2016
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  • According to reviewer Michael Upton, “Sausage Party” relies heavily on F-bombs, adult humor, and
sexual innuendo (and not-so-inuuendo). “I’m not uptight, but this movie just didn’t do it for me,” said
Upton.
    ‘Sausage Party’ and ‘Suicide Squad’

    Not exactly a laugh a minute… With a cast of voices including Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Edward Norton, and Kristen Wiig, I figured the adult-themed, animated flick...

    • Posted August 17, 2016
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    Home brews and Pig Iron

    I apologize if I’m pouring salt in a wound for those who couldn’t secure tickets to this year’s Lititz Craft Beer Fest, but a venerable who’s who of regional brewing gathered at JoBoy’s Brew Pub on Wednesday,...

    • Posted August 10, 2016
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