Celebrate Lancaster

Celebrate Lancaster is this coming Friday, June 24th, and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am. My day will begin here at 8:00 am and finish well after the fireworks end, but it will all be worth it because this is sure to be a spectacular event.  This is not a Fourth of July Event, but an Event to celebrate the city.

We will have twenty three delicious food vendors during this event. Forno Inferno will be there serving wood fired pizza by the slice or pie. Rachel’s Café & Creperie will have savory crepes, sweet crepes, iced coffee, mint tea, and lemonade. I tried their Thai chicken crepe at Last week’s Music Friday and it was delicious! Their mint tea and strawberry Lemonade is also a refreshing choice. Ice Cream express will have soft serve ice cream, flurries, floats, sundaes, and gelati’s. Dude with the Food will be serving pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket sandwiches, smoked bbq ribs, beer can chicken, buffalo chicken subs, cheeseburger subs, chicken fingers, and a fried shrimp basket. T&J Concession will have New York style hot dogs, Italian sausage, hot beef sausage, burgers, fries, and chips. Schnader’s Concessions will have funnel cakes, French fries, fried Oreos, and lemonade. Kunzler & Co., Inc. will be serving hot dogs, pretzel dogs, chili sauce topping, and sloppy Joes. Dutch Country Concessions will have hand-rolled soft pretzels, iced tea, and lemonade. Greco’s Italian Ice will be serving homemade ice cream and Italian ice, gelato, Italian ice shakers, and hot waffles with ice cream. Urban olive will have Chicken Pitas and salad, falafel pitas and salad, and cookies.  The Onion Shack will be serving deep fried onions, and have strawberry & raspberry lemonade. Asian Carry Out will have homemade Vietnamese egg rolls, real fruit smoothies, and fresh squeezed fruit drinks. Caribbean Breeze will be providing Jerk Chicken, oxtail, curry goat, and curry chicken. Tropical Smoothie Café will be bringing delicious smoothies. Sherri’s Crab Cakes will be serving crab cake sandwiches. J&J kettle Korn will have classic and cinnamon Kettle corn. “Dan the Man” Crumpton Southern Style BBQ will be serving a rib dinner, chicken dinner, pulled pork, brisket dinner, slaw, baked beans, and BBQ sandwiches.  Sa La Thai Restaurant will be having spring rolls, crispy wontons, tulip dumplings, Thai Chicken wings, and fried banana. Rice & Noodles Restaurant- Simply Vietnamese will have vermicelli noodle salad with grilled chicken or grilled pork. Brickers Famous French Fries will have fresh cut fries, and chicken strips. Lancaster Brewing Company will be serving Empanadas. 7 Degrees South will be serving stroopies, a famous Dutch cookie, it’s a cinnamon cookie made in a waffle press with a home-made caramel sauce, Or Dipped chocolate stroopie (single or six pack). Taj Mahal will also be there serving authentic Indian cuisine.

We will be having two stages, one at Penn Square and the other at Binns Park. Starting at 5:00, 21st Century Dreamtime Lions will be kicking off the evening’s performances. The 21st Century Dreamtime Lions is an Afro beat, hip hop, reggae band made up with Tim Riggs, Ben Weiss, Ryan Overly, Evan Gentry, Doug Smith, and Brandon Tennis.  They describe their sound as “A synthesis of the forgotten dreams of creation that visit the sleeping hour of all people.” They have a CD to be released in September w featuring 12 original songs recorded and produced by their friend Pete Barnhart. This Friday should be a great representation of what will be on their album.

At 5:30, on the Binns Park stage, Manatawny Creek Ramblers will be performing. The band began in 2004 in the hills of Berks County Pennsylvania as a traditional bluegrass band, a roots project of bandleader Daniel Bower (guitar/vocals) who also plays drums for Frog Holler. Since inception the band has built a mixed repertoire of classic bluegrass tunes by the likes of Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Del McCoury and Flatt & Scruggs as well as an array of original material. During that time The Manatawny Creek Ramblers have been working steadily, performing at countless events and festivals.

Beginning at 6:30, at Penn Square, Sonora los fantasticos will begin performing. Sonora Los Fantasticos are an up-and-coming salsa band dedicated to the perfect execution of traditional “salsa dura”. This band is deeply rooted in the development of the image, culture and prestige of this classical afro-Caribbean art.

Playing in the pub area between 6:30-7:00 and 8:00-8:30 will be Fire in the Glen, who debuted on March 17, 1999, with John Varner on vocals and guitar and Tom Knapp on fiddle, bodhran and backing vocals. Now, Tom is working with singer/guitarist Jason Mundok to take Fire in the Glen to yet another level. Already, the new partnership is getting rave reviews! They have an Acoustic, Celtic, and folk sound.

At 7:00, at Binns Park, Slo-Mo featuring Mic Wrecka will be performing. Slo-Mo featuring Mic Wrecka combines Brenner’s lap steel-driven grooves and the hip hop poetry of front man Mic Wrecka. Backed by a tight and funky band and singers Sue Rosetti and Steph Hayes (from Stargazer Lily), Brenner and Wrecka effortlessly meld genres, creating a steel guitar/hip-hop hybrid unlike anything you’ve ever heard. .. .. The new disc “Gimme What You Got” (Authentic Records) is their most rocking to date, boasting more steel guitar than previous efforts and organic, live band arrangements that lay down the funk.

At 8:00, at Penn Square, Nation Beat will be performing. Nation Beat’s trademark maracatu-rock is brought to the next level, with a cutting-edge 21st century fusion, between Brazil and New Orleans second line rhythms, Appalachian-inspired bluegrass music, funk, rock, and country-blues required by just the right sort of band. Conjuring the spirit of powerful and liberated carnival queens, rising Brazilian star Liliana Araujo, a recent finalist on Brazil’s “American Idol” spin-off program FAMA now fronts the ensemble with her soaring powerhouse vocals. I personally, cannot wait to hear this performance!

Our last musical act, The Holmes Brothers, will be going on at 8:30 at Binns Park. The Holmes Brothers, over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon) have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fan base with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country. Their amazing three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell’s gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy’s soaring falsetto and Sherman’s rich baritone brings the soul and spirit of gospel music into everything they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman’s bass playing and Popsy’s drumming, perfectly complementing Wendell’s blues-soaked guitar solos and church-inspired piano playing. The band easily blends Saturday night’s roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor and harmonies of Sunday morning’s church service.

Fireworks are set to go off at 10:00pm. I hope that as many people as possible will be able to participate and enjoy this event.

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Written By: L. Ashley Lynch

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