2nd Friday rocks September

By on September 19, 2018

While the weather continued to be unsavory in other parts of the country, here in Lititz, the skies were clear and the streets were filled with people all over the downtown last Friday evening.

And if attendance of September’s 2nd Friday event was any indication, people have been anxious to get back out and about during the monthly downtown celebration.

Maria Roshon was set up in front of Pebbles and Lace, and welcomed folks from near and far. 

This month, there was lots to see and do.

In addition to many businesses being open late, several local artists were set up along the streets demonstrating their talents.

Outside of The Purple Robin Reserve, artist Anne McCracken was busy with her watercolors, and greeted guests and attendees as they entered the shop. At the Zum Anker Alley Shoppes, artist David Hanneman was creating a very detailed pen and ink drawing of the Haldeman Mansion, which is located in Bainbridge, Pa.

At Moravian Church Square, Lehigh Universiy professor Scott Paul Gordon presented two lectures to dozens of people regarding his new book entitled “The Letters of “Mary Penry: A Single Moravian Woman in Early America.” Afterwards, he answered questions and signed books for several readers. After his program, groups were led into God’s Acre (the oldest part of the Moravian Cemetery), where the public met the ‘spirit’ of Mary Penry (Janet Smedley), who told them more about her life in Lititz.

Scott Paul Gordon signs a copy of his new book for Lititz resident Anna Charles.

Back on the sidewalks, we met and chatted with artist Maria Roshon, who was creating beautiful items made of stained glass. Roshon was set up in front of Pebbles and Lace, and welcomed folks from near and far.

Making our way across the street, we ran into Deb Bankert and her family, who were visiting Lititz from York. That evening, they took in the sights, sounds, and festive atmosphere and Deb even decided to treat herself to a sweet treat at Sweet Legacy Gourmet.

All of this walking worked up a quite a thirst, so we stopped at Main Men and Main Ladies, and journeyed upstairs to check out their new event space. Main Men Mix. Inside, we met Dain Shirey from Saint Boniface Brewery, who to the delight of many people, was pouring samples of their Commonplace Pilsner. Down on Broad Street just one of the many attractions happening that evening was at Wilbur Chocolate, where Jesse Rothracker was on hand, and showed off some of his interesting and scaly (but friendly) reptile friends. Across the street at a. heather & co., live tunes were provided by Sarah and Layne Music.

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at cvanbrookhoven@lnpnews.com or 717-721-4423. 

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