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    Judgment day: The craft beer tasters have spoken

    Aug. 13 was my birthday, and I couldn’t think of a much better way to spend it than trying a few dozen brews. It just so happened the first round of judging for the Lititz Craft Beer...

    • Posted August 26, 2015
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  • Nicole Esposito, in the blond wig, performing “Dance at the Gym” in West Side Story at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. (Photo courtesy of Dutch Apple)
    Esposito swings ‘West Side Story’

    When “West Side Story” opened at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Thursday, Aug. 6, one young actress was poised to step in wherever she could. Nicole Esposito, who grew up in the shadows of Lancaster Airport, was...

    • Posted August 26, 2015
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  • Reviewer Michael Upton calls “Straight Outta Compton” a good
movie. He especially praises the care and effort of the film’s
writers, and director F. Gary Gray. (Photo from blackflim.com)
    ‘Straight Outta Compton’: The strength of street knowledge

    I remember when I first heard N.W.A. I was up late, flipping through the channels when I landed on MTV. Here were a couple dudes dressed in a style I had never seen before telling me they...

    • Posted August 19, 2015
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    Suzanne Westenhoefer: A gay old time at EPAC

    I’m a newbie when it comes to stand-up comedy — especially lesbian stand-up comedy. The closest I’ve gotten to a stand-up comedy experience is the bookends of Seinfeld reruns. Seriously! Actually, even as a heterosexual male, I know...

    • Posted August 19, 2015
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  • The folks from Sly Fox will be handing out samples at Lancaster Craft Beer Fest.
    Lititz Craft Beer Fest sold out!

    Some other options for those who missed out on Lititz Beer Fest tickets Organizers of the Lititz Craft Beer Fest were surprised, but pleased, by how fast the 2015 festival sold out two weeks ago. If you...

    • Posted August 12, 2015
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  • Rusty Griswold (played by Ed Helms) is all grown up and taking
his family on a “Vacation” of their own. Christina Applegate
plays his wife in the movie.
    Totally tubular! – ‘Vacation’ and ‘Pixels’

    The return of all things 80s continues to dominate pop culture, and the movie theater is no stranger to the phenomena. The latest reprise, reincarnation, rewrite, resurrection, or whatever you want to re-call it, is “Vacation,” which...

    • Posted August 5, 2015
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  • Bomberger’s whiskey
    Local Distiller Changes Name and Plans New Distillery

    Faced with taking on the large alcohol distributor Chatham Imports and spending over $100,000 in legal costs to preserve its trademark claim, Heritage Spirits, producers of Lititz-based Bomberger’s Whiskey, have decided defending the claim is not a...

    • Posted July 29, 2015
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  • Despite the sequins and the racy themes, at the heart of it all, EPAC’s “La Cage aux Folles” is about
family and acceptance. Starring in the show are (left to right) James Barksdale, Ed Fernandez, and
Michael Duschl. (Photo by Marty Heisey/LNP)
    ‘La Cage’ is all about family

    Sadly, my relationship with EPAC has become a distant one over the summer. I missed “The Odd Couple” in June because I was on vacation. After being a part of EPAC’s Center Stage Summer Theater Camp for...

    • Posted July 29, 2015
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  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company’s The Kimmie, The
Yink & The Holy Gose is currently on tap at Bulls Head,
but it won’t be there for long now that Michael Upton has
discovered it. (Photo by Michael Upton)
    Gose: salty beer is trending

    Those of us who grew up around hard working, blue collar grandfathers may remember something quite odd about those men who drank beers of yesteryear like Goebel, Schlitz, and Stroh’s. Salt. As a youngster, I remember sitting...

    • Posted July 29, 2015
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  • Will crowd favorite Elysian Brewing return to the Lititz Craft Beer
Fest this fall? Michael Upton certainly hopes so. (Photo by Michael Upton)
    The beer is near!

    Lititz Craft Beer Fest nearly sold out If you plan on drinking at the Lititz Craft Beer Fest on Sept. 27, you better get your hands on tickets soon. In its inaugural year, 2014, the all-craft beer...

    • Posted July 15, 2015
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