• Sunshine, music, philanthropy highlight Bonifest 2019

      Another year and another Bonifest is in the books. The area’s coolest brewery festival saw sunny skies and happy crowds Saturday, June 8 as beer fans gathered to enjoy great music, raise donations for the local...

    • Posted June 12, 2019
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  • ‘The play that dare not speak its name’

      Having the benefit of seeing Bob Checchia’s excellent theatrical work and his commitment to EPAC firsthand over the years, I was worried for him as he made his directorial debut with “The Motherf**ker With the Hat.”...

    • Posted June 12, 2019
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  • Reel Reviews: Monster and magic tops box office

    ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ There are certain people who are lured to the presence of Godzilla. However, after seeing the opening weekend numbers for “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” those folks are becoming fewer and fewer....

    • Posted June 5, 2019
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  • Hop’in Around: A patriotic pour

        When I got out of the Navy, one thing I swore I would never do again was wait in a line. I think that resolution lasted about a year. One trip to a water park...

    • Posted May 29, 2019
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  • Hop’in Around: A hidden gem in Middletown

      At the beginning of the month, Woodridge Beer Fest successfully met its goal by raising $10,000 for the Lititz swim club. While talking with organizer Jeff McSparran about the event, he couldn’t help gushing about one...

    • Posted May 15, 2019
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  • “Avengers: Endgame’ … or is it?

    —- SPOILER ALERT! —- If you believe ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is the finale of the Marvel Cinematic Universe I have a bridge I could sell you. There’s no way a production company is going to smash the record...

    • Posted May 8, 2019
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  • Just what the Doctorow ordered: EPAC presents apropos production of ‘Ragtime’

      In the western foothills of Maine, Ross Swain can be found in dining rooms and eateries doling out ragtime tunes on his piano. “Have Piano — Will Travel” is the motto stretched across the coffee cup...

    • Posted May 1, 2019
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  • Hop’in Around: Give a beer a hand

      Way back in Hop’in Around #39 (dated July 29, 2015*) I mentioned Ardmore’s Tired Hands Brewing Company, specifically the crafter’s Ghost gose as a standout of the style. I’ve always been impressed with Tired Hands’ offerings...

    • Posted May 1, 2019
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  • Reel Reviews: Horror reigns, again

    ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ While spiritually empowering films like “Breakthrough” (which opened at number three at the box office this weekend) continue to draw audiences to theaters, they are still no David taking down the Goliath...

    • Posted April 24, 2019
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  • Two beer tasting events in Lititz May 4

      In a town already known for hosting some great beer events, a more intimate festival is gaining a reputation for being one of the most enjoyable beer fests in the area. The third annual Woodridge Beer...

    • Posted April 17, 2019
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