Let’s go!: A toast to March, and an eye on April

By on April 21, 2016
Derek Hummer Jr., proudly wearing his Zootopia shirt, hangs out with Cilo at Penn Cinema.

Derek Hummer Jr., proudly wearing his Zootopia shirt, hangs out with Cilo at Penn Cinema.

March’s Memories

March stood by its promise to tempt us with warmth, only to give us a few last chills. Here in Lititz, there was plenty to do. I enjoyed some events offered by the Lititz Public Library, Penn Cinema and the Warwick Education Foundation this month. Let’s catch up with March’s highlights before spring whisks us outdoors.

Loosening up at the library

Whether it’s loosening up with martial arts self-defense classes, newspaper basket weaving, mixed media art, or Wines 101, the Lititz Public Library on Kissel Hill Road has been offering some impressive classes to the public, for free, through its new Community Connections program.

As part of a Mom’s Night Out, I learned the five S’s of wine tasting: see, swirl, smell, sip and savor. Our instructor, Doreen Hershey, held us off from that first tasting with lots of fun wine facts she learned in over four and half years of study.

“Wine making is 90 percent science, 10 percent the wine maker’s art,” says Doreen.

Our first sample was my favorite, a young dry white which I mention since we were taught that a good wine is one you enjoy drinking no matter the cost. If the edge of the wine is clear when you swirl then it’s a young wine, under two years old, which can still be good when you put more air into it. Doreen taught us, “A good dry wine tastes good, absent of sugar.” With hints of lemon and grapefruit, the dry tasting South African Sauvignon Blanc was crisp.

The bold California Apothic Red had legs, and Manheim’s Waltz Winery Stiegel Rose Bordeaux style wine embodied flavors of berries and cherries. The Stiegel Rose is not a white zinfandel, a common misconception. Wines with creative names have a higher content of blended grapes. Waltz is a local estate winery in which every step of the wine making is done on the estate.

Steeped in tradition, even the stems of a wine glass hold a purpose, keeping the wine at the perfect temperature. I was saddened to hear there is a cork shortage due to the new corking systems.

“Wine is about culture,” having “good conversation and making memories.” My friends Huong Glenn and Ronnie Sakamoto sat at my table, and we were amazed at how many facts we didn’t know about wine. We sipped our wines and chatted as we munched on complimentary snacks that paired with each wine.

The most important lesson is, if a wine has legs that you can see in a swirl, just keep in mind you may lose yours.

I met the woman behind Community Connections, Debbie Weidler. With her ambitions and the help of the community, we can continue to share talents and interests with one another for free through our public library. For more information on the available programs, check out lititzlibrary.org or call 717-626-2255.

A Zoo at Penn

Local families enjoyed an affordable movie night at Penn Cinema March 8, when a showing of Disney’s “Zootopia” was hosted by the Warwick Education Foundation. The entire theater, 14 screens, were graciously donated by Penn for this fundraiser to support the ongoing educational programs of WEF.

Like the other 1,700 kids and their families attending, we formed a line for snacks and checked out the literature on what the WEF is, and what they do to enrich our students’ learning. At $5 a ticket, it was a family night most can budget for.

“Family Movie Night was a tremendous evening, and we’re grateful for the community’s participation. It is heartwarming to see so many students and families participate, especially knowing their support will enrich education for Warwick students,” said Barbara Mobley, WEF board member.

This event raised over $10,000. Above and beyond the regular curriculum, WEF plans to sponsor 75 new laptop computers for Warwick Middle School, and a numerical controlled router to learn modern manufacturing practices at Warwick High School. WEF also sponsored a visit from the Franklin Institute’s Traveling Science Show for all four elementary schools this past December.

We all enjoyed the movie, and knowing that we were part of this fundraiser for our students.

WEF’s next event will be the For the Love of Education Gala on April 9. This is an elegant evening of food, auctions, and celebration for adults only. Tickets are on sale now.

On Aug. 23, WEF will hold its annual Golf Classic. And the always-enjoyable Family Fun Day is on for Oct. 1, so mark your calendars. Contact Barbara Mobley at info@WarwickEF.org for information.

Fine wine and fine friends at the Lititz Public Library. (Left to right) Bob Hershey Sr., Doreen Hershey, Diana Griffith, Debbie Weidler, and Ronni Sakamoto.

Fine wine and fine friends at the Lititz Public Library. (Left to right) Bob Hershey Sr., Doreen Hershey, Diana Griffith, Debbie Weidler, and Ronni Sakamoto.

In April, Thons are on

Color-A-Thon:

John R. Bonfield 5K Color Run, 101 Oak St., April 16. Registration is at 8 a.m. Event is at 9 a.m. Must register by April 5. $30 includes T-shirt and a color dye pack. Color Blast Party with music after the run. Money raised from this fun healthy event will be used to support Bonfield PTO. http://shop.schoolathon.org/181625

Mini-THON:

Warwick High School, 301 W. Orange St., April 29-30, 6 to 10 p.m. Food, fun, dunk tank, face painting, speakers, and more! Mini-THON raises money for Four Diamonds, which helps families who have children with pediatric cancer. Money is donated to cover costs not paid by insurance, and travel expenses incurred during repeated hospital visits. To donate to the event, go to http://goo.gl/DpVOTw or send a check payable to Warwick School District or Four Diamonds, attn. Lauren Sangrey, 301 W. Orange St., Lititz, PA 17543.

Sarah Hummer is a local freelance writer who journals about her family outings. Her monthly report is an extension of the Record Express Community Calendar, and she’s always looking for new events and ideas, and can be reached at sarjade83@outlook.com.

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