Encore: The Festival presents an array of talks, entertainment, and activities centered on the pursuit of purpose and vitality as one ages. A cavalcade of speakers tackle topics of health, happiness, and heart, such as best-selling author Dan Buettner, who brings the experience garnered from his world travels to a discussion of greater longevity through lifestyle and diet, and theologian Leonard Sweet, who explores the importance of community and communication throughout life. Apply your organ of Corti to the appreciation of performances by the Grammy Award–winning Blind Boys of Alabama, guitarist Toby Walker, and Christian-fusion jazz band Salt & Light.
For nearly 30 years, we’ve taken pride in our personalized approach to helping Lancaster Countians reach their fitness goals. From group classes to one-on-one training with a Certified Fitness Instructor to working out on your own, we’re here to help. Group classes and childcare included with your monthly membership.
Built in 1719, the Hans Herr House is the oldest home in Lancaster County, and the oldest original Mennonite meeting house in America. The grounds are also home to the Lancaster Longhouse, which honors the culture and customs of the Conoy, Lenape, Susquehannock and other tribes who met those early European settlers. In this outdoor exhibit, visitors learn about the shared experiences of these two unique communities.
Dubbed “The Last Renaissance Man” by his best friend’s mom, Michael Usowksi has launched a medical website, sold fanny packs to dog owners, and run his own barbecue joint—with his white German shepherd, Luna, by his side wherever he goes. The Big Bash Obstacle Dash combines his three major interests: live music, feeding people, and challenging races. Michael is not a big fan of digging obstacle pits in 120-degree heat, but his favorite part of the Dash so far has been directing his website's video featurette, during which he commanded a man in a chicken suit to jump out of a natural pond only a couple feet deep.
Since 1987, the aerial specialists at U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team have used hot air balloons to whisk passengers away on a safe and enjoyable journey that serenely floats over historic farms, villages, and forests. With this deal, you get a ride on one of the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team's flights, including a journey over Amish Country, Brandywine Wyeth Country, Dutch Country, or Valley Forge (Bucks County flight is not included). Lofty travels begin at the launch site where voracious voyagers can assist with the inflation of their balloons, each of which has been maintained and inspected for optimal performance in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
At Young Chefs Academy’s long, stainless-steel counter, diminutive cooks press their heads together, working sunshine-hued dough through a pasta roller or peering at recipes. The bank of ovens spills the scents of cooking sweets, and gaggles of young adults meander into teen classes, ready to gain culinary skills or bother a librarian by listening to blenders at maximum volume. Some weeks, the school concentrates on the recipes of a particular chef, with past sessions focusing on the works of Julia Child and Jamie Oliver. As holidays approach, the recipes turn towards the pumpkin-infused confections that define Halloween or the slow-roasted baskets traditionally eaten on Easter.