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Pymatuning Fall Spooktackular in PA

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The Pymatuning State Park in Pymatuning, PA hosts their Fall Spooktackular this weekend, October 10 & 11, 2014. This year’s event will be family oriented. They are planning a night hike, movie, kids craft; costume contest for kids, pets, and adults, trick-or-treat, site decoration contest, non-scare hayrides, and bonfire with music. There will also be two new events related to pumpkins, the Pumpkin Derby and the Pumpkin Slingshot. The event is open to the public and there is no parking or entrance fee.

Some individual events have a small fee to participate others are free.

Food, beverages, and pumpkins will be for sale.

Events with a fee are the Pumpkin Derby, Pumpkin Slingshot, Hayrides and Kids Craft.

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pymatuningstatepark


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Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival

Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival moves to 30th Street on Beach at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront
October 18-19, 2014

Over 80 craft beers from over 50 breweries will be available for sampling at the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival. Tickets include sampling, a commemorative cup, and live entertainment.

The Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival will be held Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19, from 1:00 pm-6:00 pm each day in a large tent on the beach at 30th Street at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The new location will mean the event now has convenient parking at the 31st Street City Garage and will be “weather-proof” for the weekend.

Tickets for the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival are $25 in advance and $30 at the door for Saturday, October 18, and $20 in advance and $25 at the door for Sunday, September 19. All tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are subject to service fees. A limited number of tickets are available each day.

Tickets are only sold at the door if available.

Featured Breweries in 2014 include:
O’Connor, Smartmouth, Back Bay, Young Veterans, St. George, Larry’s Lemonade, Ale Werks, Beck’s, Spaten, Legend, Devils Backbone, Bold Rock, Sunken City, Starr Hill, New Belgium, Sweetwater, Heavy Seas, Lagunitas, Victory, Oskar Blues, Southern Tier, Weyerbacher, Harpoon, DuClaw, Gordon Biersch, Goose Island, Kona, Lonerider, Natty Greene, Highland, Redhook, Widmer, Shock Top, Johnny Appleseed, Stella Artois, Fransikaner, Van Steenburge, Bavik, Van Ecke, Leffe, Boddington’s Hoegaarden, La Trappe, Bosteels, Krombacher, Vermont Hard Cider, WM Magner Cider, Flying Dog, Foothills, Hardywood, Heritage, Lickinghole Creek, Sam Adams, Wild Wolf, and Blue Moon.

Live music sets the stage at the perfect outdoor setting for tasting some of the best craft beers. Performances include Blue Ribbon Band and Will Overman Band (Saturday), and Seth Stainback & Rooster Foot and Major & the Monbacks (Sunday).

– See more at: http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/virginia-beach-craft-beer-festival#sthash.bgSrEqPE.dpuf


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D.G. YUENGLING & SON AND ARTSQUEST MAKE 2014 OKTOBERFEST AT STEELSTACKS FREE

Image Courtesy of ArtsQuest

Image Courtesy of ArtsQuest

October 3-5 & 10-12, Festival will not require an admission fee

When Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling gets underway Oct. 3, the festival will be free for the first time in its history thanks to the Pottsville-based D.G. Yuengling & Son.

As part of this year’s Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling, guests will find a number of new attractions and activities to enjoy and explore. These include a free Penn State-Michigan football game viewing party on the Levitt Pavilion Lawn Oct. 11, and a new craft brewers’ village presented by the Brewers of Pennsylvania at PNC Plaza at SteelStacks on both weekends. The festival is also adding pairing experiences featuring great German food and beverages, as well as a new Yuengling Oktoberfest 5k on Oct. 5. The 5k race has already attracted more than 2,000 entrants.

2014 Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling
October 3-5 & 10-12
Hours
Fridays: 5-11pm
Saturdays: 12-11pm
Sundays: 12-8pm
http://www.artsquest.org/festivals/oktoberfest/

Music Performance Schedules:

Friday, October 3
Crazy Hearts
5:30-9:30pm | FestHalle Tent
Crazy Hearts is one of the most popular country bands in the Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania. Crazy Hearts’ high energy, heart pumpin’, foot stompin’ country music will have you singing along and dancing all night to the latest covers of George Strait, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, and Taylor Swift to name a few.

Brosky/Meyer Band
6:00-8:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Lehigh Valley icon Steve Brosky teams up with Jimmy Meyer Extraordinaire (honorably mentioned in “the rock n’ roll hall of fame” with corporate band “The Difference”). From the very start they had “it”, call it chemistry, ying and yang or peanut butter and jelly…however you say it , “it’s” their’s!

The Remnants
9:00-11:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
The Remnants (previously known as Good Time Charlie) is a Blues/Garage/Rock band. Their motto is “Good People…Good Music….Good Time!”

Saturday, October 4

Chardon Polka Band
12:00-3:00pm | FestHalle Tent
The Chardon Polka Band’s own distinctive brand of oom-pah combines traditional with zany. While the group seeks to keep old time polka music alive, they do it with their own unique attitude and liveliness.

The BC Combo
12:00-3:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
The BC Combo is a highly respected group of singer-songwriters who bring their wealth of experience and passion to Blues, Jazz, Swing, Folk, R&B, Soul and more.

The Philadelphia German Brass Band
3:30-6:30pm | FestHalle Tent
Founded in 1935, the Philadelphia German Brass Band is dedicated to upholding the tradition and fostering the continued development of authentic German, Eastern European and American brass band music.

Common Bond
3:30- 7:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Common Bond entertains with a blend of hits from the ’60s to the present including disco, R&B, Motown and Swing.

The Mighty Manatees
7:00-10:00pm | FestHalle Tent
The Mighty Manatees are a group of musicians who play a style known as “dreadneck” music. It is a blend of country, blues, rock, and reggae.

Sunday, October 5

Polkadelphia
10:30am-12:00pm | FestHalle Tent
Not your ordinary oompah band, Polkadelphia plays both traditional oompah tunes as well as modern cover songs by artists like Radiohead and the Beatles.

Ricky Smith & the Crush
12:00-2:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Ricky Smith & The Crush plays a great variety of dance music from Buddy Holly to Green Day, The Stray Cats and more. Ricky brings spirits back to life with his Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix styles.

The Polka Brothers
12:30-4:30pm | FestHalle Tent
The Polka Brothers are a four man band of young polka lovers, out to spread the joy of polka, one wild party at a time.

The GTV Almrausch Schuhplattlers
Playing during The Polka Brothers set breaks
Based in Philadelphia, the G.T.V. Almrausch is one of the oldest Schuhplattler Vereine in North America.

Andrew Portz Band
2:30-4:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Andrew Portz has captured the sounds of today’s most adventurous indie pop rock and Americana’s purest songwriting traditions to put fouth a sound that will take you back…and lead you forward.

M80
5:00-8:00pm | FestHalle Tent
An energetic mix of Modern-Dance, Pop & Rock covers with THE VERY BEST OF THE 80’s smash hits to keep crowds singing and dancing

Swift Technique
5:00-8:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Swift Technique, based in Philly, strives to push the musical boundaries in the current music scene. Through the fusion of funk, soul and rock, Swift Technique can be enjoyed collectively by all people. With hard grooves and soulful hooks, Swift Tech will have everyone up and dancing.

Friday, October 10

Alex Meixner Band
5:30-9:30pm | FestHalle Tent
The Alex Meixner band is equally at home playing a traditional Oktoberfest or amped up Rocktoberfest while also having the ability to meld into a swinging jazz combo, gypsy world-beat band, authentic European folk ensemble or smoking zydeco-blues group at the drop of a hat

Lou Franco Project
6:00 – 8:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Philadelphia native Lou Franco takes the word “virtuoso” to a whole new level with his classic rock influenced guitar stylings.

Wild Adriatic
9:00-11:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Wild Adriatic is a dynamic rock and soul trio from Upstate New York, crafting a powerful yet subtle sound rooted in the basics of American rock and soul music. With a compellingly honest and raw live show, the band has been successfully making friends and fans across the country since January 2011.

Saturday, October 11

John Stevens’ Doubleshot
12:00-3:00pm | FestHalle Tent
John Stevens’ Doubleshot is a polka band that can mix up their music to fit any occasion.

Dina Hall and Christine Havrilla
12:00-3:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Dina Hall is an award-winning singer/songwriter who recently released “Logic and the Heart” – a stunning album that blends folk/rock and Americana instrumentation with intimately powerful vocals. Christine Havrilla, a Philadelphia native, who has six studio albums, three EPs, and over a decade of touring under her belt, continues to venture out under “Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz”, showcasing ALL of her music with new twists.

The Apple Strudel Gang
3:30-6:30pm | FestHalle Tent
The Apple Strudel Gang is an authentic German band with a bit of the American Songbook thrown in.

The GTV Almrausch Schuhplattlers
Playing during The Apple Sturdel Gang’s set breaks
Based in Philadelphia, the G.T.V. Almrausch is one of the oldest Schuhplattler Vereine in North America.

Call Your Mama
3:30-6:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
This 7-member band covers a wide variety of pop/rock and dance music.

Igor and the Red Elvises
7:00-10:00pm | FestHalle Tent
Siberian surf “rokenrol” that has been conquering the hearts of screaming fans all over the world for more than 15 years.
The Whiskey Uproar
7:00-10:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
The Whiskey Uproar takes your modern alternative songs and naturally brings a powerful rocking sound and performance. Powerful vocals, heavy hitting drums, soulful melodies, and groovy rhythms are things you will notice that will make you want to get up, dance, and sing along with this band.

Sunday, October 12

Fritz’s Polka Band
12:00-3:30pm | FestHalle Tent
Jagermeister-sponsored Fritz’s Polka Band plays everything from modern-style polka to country to rock and even blues, resulting in an eclectic mix of musical styles.

Friday’s Child
12:00-2:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Friday’s Child is a New Jersey-based rock band that formed in the late 1990s.

Billy Bauer Band
3:00-5:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
With a sound like the Goo Goo Dolls and Dave Matthews Band, this group has opened for Uncle Kracker and O.A.R.

The Uptown Band
4:00-8:00pm | FestHalle Tent
An explosive, melodic and grooving mix of Jazz, Funk, Rock, and Pop.

The Romantic Era
6:00-7:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
A pop rock band from Pennsylvania, The Romantic Era has won multiple awards, sold thousands of albums, and rocked hundreds of stages.


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Sunfest Celebrates Great Sunny Days in Ocean City, MD

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FIREWORKS: Thursday 10:05PM.
BEACH LASER LIGHT SHOWS: Saturday 9PM, 9:30PM, 10PM and 10:30PM
Rated #1 of the 100 Best Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the country by “Sunshine Artist Magazine
– America’s Premier Art & Craft Show Magazine”

Summer may be officially over, but there are still more sunny days ahead for beach lovers of all ages. September 18-21, 2014, be sure to check out Sunfest, celebrating its 40th year as Ocean City’s biggest and best festival.

Sunfest artists will delight your senses with their art and craft creations. Demonstrating artists will amaze you with their unique talents. Over 30 food vendors will awaken your taste buds with delicious foods from famous Eastern Shore delicacies to pit beef, gyros, Asian cuisine and many more. Enjoy free live entertainment on two stages all day long. Children will enjoy hayrides and inflatables on the beach. Sunfest 2014 has something for everyone.

Admission to the four-day event is free. All entertainment is free with the exception of the headline acts, which start at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, enjoy an evening of classic soul hits with the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley. Friday night is hot country night with Eric Paslay and Parmalee. Rick Springfield will be rocking the Sunfest tents on Saturday night. Tickets will be on sale at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center Box Office Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by contacting TicketMaster at 1-800-551-SEAT or http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Image Courtesy of Ocean City, MD

Image Courtesy of Ocean City, MD

For more information, call 800-626-2326.
Sunfest 40th Anniversary Ocean City MD
September 18 – 21, 2014
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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The Sunfest Express offers direct service for festival attendees traveling from the Roland E. Powell Convention Center to the Inlet Parking Lot. This is a non-stop express route that takes you directly to the Sunfest grounds for only $3 all day or $1 per boarding. Parking is free at the Convention Center south lot. Shuttles departs the lot every 30 minutes from 9:00 a.m. until 30 minutes following the end of the evening’s last concert, Thursday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Ride the Boardwalk tram directly to the Sunfest grounds for only $3 per person one-way. The tram runs from 10 a.m. to midnight on Thursday, Friday & Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Due to limited parking around the festival, and for your convenience, park your vehicle for free at the following locations and ride the bus –
It’s the way to go! $3 all day or $1 per boarding
* Northside Park on 125th Street
* Municipal Lot at 100th Street.

Take advantage of the Town’s Park & Ride location on Route 50 in West Ocean City. Park your car for free and hop on the non-stop shuttle to Sunfest $3 all day for $1 per boarding..
If you require special assistance with handicapped transportation, please call 410-723-1606.
While at Sunfest, be sure to visit the Official Event Merchandise Tent located just inside the Main Entrance. Don’t forget your official 2014 Sunfest tee. Youth and Adult sizes through 4XL are available. .

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, SEPT 18
OUTDOOR
10:00 – Opening Ceremony
11:30 – Natty Beaux
1:30 – Frakie & The Pack
3:30 – Rick K & The Allnighters
5:15 – Teenage Rust
6:30 – Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis

INDOOR
10:30 – Rick K & The Allnighters
12:30 – Recreation Dancers
2:30 – Natty Beaux
4:30 – Frankie & The Pack
8:00 – Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley (ticketed performance)

FRIDAY, SEPT 19
OUTDOOR
11:00 – Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys
1:00 – The Stickers
3:00 – The Galaxy Collective
5:00 – Front Page News
6:30 – The Stickers

INDOOR
10:00 – The Janitors
12:00 – Rick K & The Allnighters
2:00 – The Janitors
4:00 – Richie Fields
8:00 – Parmalee & Eric Paslay (ticketed performance) – Tickets $25-$35

SATURDAY, SEPT 20
OUTDOOR
11:00 – The Stickers
1:00 – Sir Rod
3:00 – The Diamonds
5:30 – Separate Ways The Band “Journey Tribute”

INDOOR
10:00 – The Diamonds
12:00 – Bob Lougheed & The Memphis Mafia
2:00 – Richie Fields
4:00 – British Invasion Experience
8:00 – Rick Springfield (ticketed performance) – Tickets $25-$50

SUNDAY, SEPT 21
OUTDOOR
10:00 – The Diamonds
12:30 – Bluesman Tom Larsen full band
2:30 – Party Like It’s…
4:30 – The Reagan Years

12:00 – Lollipop the Clown (Roaming Entertainment)

INDOOR
11:30 – Poole & The Gang
1:30 – Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark
3:30 – Mike Hines and The Look


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Get In The Mood at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum Swing Dance

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It was the era of a toe-stomping Chattanooga Choo Choo, a time when today’s World War II veterans were young soldiers fighting a major war. To honor these brave men and women, the B&O Railroad Museum is hosting a Swing Dance inside its 1884 Roundhouse.

Bumper Jacksons, recognized as the region’s “Best Traditional Folk Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards last year, are re-imagining early jazz and street blues with power and tenderness, in the spirit of a good old-fashioned dance party!

Amateurs receive a 30-minute dance lesson beginning at 7pm. Beer, wine, sodas and light snacks available for purchase. Costume or period dress encouraged but not required.

A portion of the proceeds benefit A Taste of Home, an apolitical and non-partisan organization that provides acts of kindness for Maryland’s sons and daughters in harm’s way.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 (One evening only!)
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Tickets:
In-advance: $20 for B&O Members, $25 for the General Public, $45 for Couples
At-the-door: $30 for B&O Members, $35 for the General Public, $60 for Couples
For advance tickets, call 410-752-2462 x 212 or http://www.borail.org/product/458.aspx

B&O Museum
901 West Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21223


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My Picks for Musikfest, August 2, 2014

Image Courtesy of Mucca Pazza
Image Courtesy of Mucca Pazza

Musikfest professes to have one of the most diverse genre venues around. It’s a claim many music festivals make, but IMHO, Musikfest meets the challenge. Where else can you find a music festival that features musicians playing everything from polkas to indie punk rock? The selections are so varied, it’s hard to choose who to see.

I’m always up for a new experience, so here are my two picks for tonight.

Mucca Pazza, 7:30 p.m. Volksplatz

This is a special shout out to all band geeks. Yes, I spent my time marching 8-to-5. We were bad; bad doesn’t even begin to describe it. There were no tryouts for our band, they were begging for warm bodies. For the first four or five home football games, I carried an instrument without a mouthpiece, just to help fill out the ranks. We did run-ons that were so chaotic the director told us “if you slip, bow. Make them think you meant it.” When the sousaphone player became enamored of one of the trumpet players, our director arranged Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia” with a sousaphone solo.

With that kind of background, I really need to see Mucca Pazza the rambunctious 20-piece circus-punk indie-rock marching band from Chicago that plays everything from Balkan brass to zombie mambo and demented arrangements of Dmitri Shostakovich. The group will lead a parade starting at 5 p.m. at Liederplatz and winding through the festival on the north side.

After that, I’ll go for King Paris and His Hypnotic Guitar, 9 p.m. Volksplatz. Rick Vito, who was lead guitarist for Fleetwood Mac and Bob Seger in the 1980s and ’90s (and is a Kutztown University grad), takes his new turban-wearing persona to the stage. I spent my formative years in the San Francisco Bay Area. What can I say? His videos look like a couple of parties I attended. Besides, I’m totally intrigued by someone who pairs “Ring of Fire” with belly dancers.

If neither of those float your boat, you can find something more to your taste here.
http://www.musikfest.org/lineup/daily-schedule/2014-08-02/


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Enter to Win Tickets to See Alan Jackson or The All-American Rejects at Musikfest

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If you win, you not only get to watch The All-American Rejects or Alan Jackson from the best seats in the house, but dinner and drinks too. Two lucky winners will get tickets to the show in the MINI of Allentown Steel Terrace, where they’ll enjoy the concert from two ridiculously comfy chairs, right up front, along with dinner, drinks and dessert.

When you submit the form, you’ll be redirected to the MINI of Allentown Facebook page. They’re the contest sponsor and will be posting the winners of the contest on their page.

Enter below for your chance to win the “Best Seats in the House” Musikfest!
http://www.artsquest.org/mini/?utm_content=buffer61dce&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer