Second Friday adventures

By on November 15, 2017

A fun, but cold night, in downtown Lititz.

(Photos by Dick Wanner)

The Purple Robin Reserve consignment gallery was packed with people and an astounding array of artwork during its grand opening on Second Friday.

 

Alice Bracken, left, who owns the Zum Anker Alley Shoppes with her husband Bud, celebrated the shop’s 10th anniversary during November’s Second Friday. She shared some warm wassail with a customer, Linda Dugan, who’d made the trip to Lititz from her home in Wrightsville.

 

Holiday window treatments, like this one at The Main Street Peddler, 22 E. Main St., were much in evidence during Second Friday on Nov. 10.

 

Lititz artists Jason Goodman (left) and Joshua Riggans talk art in front of their own works during Second Friday at the Lititz Framing and Fine Arts Gallery. Goodman and his wife Teresa Marie Fee-Goodman have maintained a studio at 11 E. Lincoln Ave. in Lititz since 1970. They also have a studio at 33 Bridge Street, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, should you be passing that way

 

Dancers from the Lititz Academy of Dance were at the General Sutter Inn patio Friday night rehearsing for their annual benefit performance for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The CoJoMotion Dance Company, which features the academy’s top students, has raised some $230,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in more than a decade through their annual “A Season for Wishes” performances. This year’s show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 2, at Manheim Township High School. Tickets are available for $15 online at the LAD website. Tickets at the door the night of the performance will be $20.

 

The Charis Insurance Group held a Second Friday open house to celebrate their new business on the third floor of the historic Rudy’s Hall on East Main Street, the present-day site of JoBoy’s Brew Pub. President Pamela Plasterer, third from the right, was joined for the celebration by fellow agents (left to right) Aaron Schwartz, Wendy Mauger, Lindsey Snavely, Michelle Rodriguez and Matthew Snavely. Missing at the time the photo was taken was Beth Greiner.

 

Spotted Owl proprietor Ali Schoenberger displays one of the fund-raising prints honoring Lititz’s own Roma Pizza during November’s Second Friday event. Proceeds from the “Tenna Minna” print will benefit Venture Lititz.

 

As your Record Express photographer began his semi-regular Second Friday beat on a cold and dark November night, he passed these two young ladies, Jessica Lind (right) and Lindsay Kabakjian, having a great time in the warmth and soft light of the Bulls Head Public House. They were waiting for their food and having an animated conversation, and the photographer was on the outside, in the cold and the dark, looking in. They were so nicely framed by the window that the photographer just had to ask if he could take their picture. Then he went back outside, stood on a chair to shoot, and he remembered, long ago, when he rode a train in the night from Lancaster to Chicago. It was a cold then, too, and dark and in the flatlands of western Ohio, he saw farmhouses that were home to families, gathered around their dinner tables, talking and laughing and having fun, like the two young women at the Bulls Head. And the light shining through the windows of the prairie farmhouses were like beacons he could never reach because his forehead was pressed against the cold window of a train that wouldn’t stop. Then after the photographer had taken his picture of these two young and vibrant women (he remembered being young once, too, although probably not vibrant), and having wallowed for too long in this self-inflicted melancholic slop, the photographer hung his head and moved on into the night to his next picture. And did we mention how dark it was? And cold? And lonely?

 

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