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Tailgating Tips

image from One of the biggest voids in the Capital City is its absence of any professional sports teams (apologies to the Harrisburg Senators) or even a watchable college program. That said, being located less than two hours from Philadelphia, Baltimore and State College (and not a bad ride from Pittsburgh), there are still plenty of opportunities to pick a home team and tailgate before a big game.

For some fans, a tailgate party is the main attraction of a live sporting event – they couldn't care less who is playing, who won or if they even make it into the stadium (this is especially true at Penn State).

I've found that a lot of times when people talk about "tailgating," they usually mean three cases of Keystone Light and a couple bags of potato chips. Sure, I have just as much fun at those tailgates as the next guy, but it's not a real tailgate to me.



Tierney’s Life List

It seems I'm the last on the site to complete my life list.* It's much more difficult to create one of these than you think. Creating goals, remembering thoughts and forming it all into a list isn't exactly my forte. Alas, after much contemplation (we're talking over a week), here is my life list:

  • Party with Ke$ha.
  • Attend the Great American Beer Fest.
  • Visit the West Coast.
  • Own a house.
  • Attend New York Fashion Week.
  • Own a pair of Manolo Blahniks.
  • Scuba dive.
  • Obtain my Master's Degree.
  • Go zip lining.
  • Drink Italian wine in Italy, preferably while researching my family's roots.
  • Be published.
  • Do something completely random and gutsy that completely changes the rest of my life. I'm not sure what this is yet, but I'll let you know when I do.
  • Figure out what I "want to be when I grow up."

*[Ed. note: Tierney's is not the last of the Life Lists. Sara's updated Life List is still pending.]


Giveaway: Roundtop Mountain Resort

**Congratulations to Max Power, winner of the Paintball 4-pack from Roundtop!**

If you are still under the impression that Roundtop Mountain Resort (nee Ski Roundtop) is just for snow-related sports, prepare to be wowed.

image from Roundtop Mountain Resort (you’ll soon get the name change) offers year-round activities via a ropes course, Adventure Camps, Paintball, Vertical Trek, Mountain Adventure, plus food and music at Mountain View Food & Spirits. It’s not just for ski club anymore!

To prove it to you, Roundtop Mountain Resort is giving away a 4-pack Seargeant Package for Paintball (good for 1 group of 4). The package includes everything each player needs to play Paintball – field fees, marker rental, goggles/facemask and 500 rounds of paint.

Roundtop prides itself on hosting a field geared toward the recreational player, rather than aggressive play. They’re popular with both pre-teen birthday parties (you can be as young as 10 years old to play, so this is a great family activity) and bachelor parties! They offer 10 different fields for themed play, including two new fields added this year.

To enter to win a Paintball Seargeant Package for 4, visit Roundtop’s website and leave a comment below.

For extra entries (you must leave a separate comment for each extra entry in order for each to count), you can:

I’ll select a winner at random at the end of the week.


This week on

Hi! A natural disaster-free week! Huzzah!

Need a quick and tasty recipe to sate hungry football viewers? Try my Hot Ham Sandwiches.

You have a few hours left to enter to win two sets of tickets from Greenbelt Events – a pair to see the Avett Brothers, and a pair to see the Carolina Chocolate Drops. All you have to do is comment on the post!

Jeff highlights the grandstand at the York Fair.

Brittany waves goodbye – she's headed to the Big Apple. But first, she shares her favorite parts of the Harrisburg area.

See those drool-worthy tweets of mine from last Saturday's Farm to Table Dinner? I have a full post on the event here.

The Weekend Roundup: Now Flood-Free!


Lessons from Training

Mile It's getting down to the wire here.

The marathon is a measly three weeks away. When I registered for the race in May, October 9 seemed eons away. Now? Not so much.

Training for a marathon has been … interesting. While I am running this marathon (and the NYRR 18 miler) with my high school friend, Bill, he lives in New York City, so I've done all my training solo. I've had some rough miles, definitely suffered heat-related sickness and have spent some of those long runs overanalyzing every aspect of my life. But, for the most part, I have been not-so-secretly enjoying it and actually having fun. I've even gained some important knowledge that I'd like to share.

Long runs justify the embarrassing music on my iPod. I used to pride myself on listening to mostly "underground" and "respectable" music. Anymore, my iPod consists of some really terrible songs. The great thing is that I can defend myself with, "I just need it to run to! I can't run to (insert super-secret indie band). It's not running music."



Weekend Roundup 9/15

How old is this photo? Look at our PHONES.

How old is this photo? Look at our PHONES.

Ahh, now that we’re all a bit drier (are those thunderstorms in today’s forecast? Yikes), let’s tackle this weekend. I’m starting it off right with a little Thirsty Thursday tonight with Kelly. We’re thinking of hitting Pints and then visiting the capitol crew at McGrath’s for Pat Cusick.

Not sure what the rest of the weekend holds just yet, but there is A TON to choose from.

Hershey’s Restaurant Week is still going on, and Harrisburg’s version, “Pamper Your Palate,” runs through Friday – be sure to grab a program and visit my ad for the next Happy Hour (Hint: It’s on Thursday, Nov. 10 at ABC’s Abbey Bar – mark your calendar now).

What are you doing this weekend?

[Ed.note: Why don't I have even semi-recent photos of me in bars? I do still go to them. No, I don't know what is up with my hair. Yes, it's Christmas-time. How long ago was this taken? Look at our PHONES.]


Farm to Table Dinner

This is my mom. She's cute. Last Saturday, my mom and I attended Accomac Inn's second annual Farm to Table Dinner at Codorun Farms in York. We attended the inaugural event last year, and I had posted each course to Facebook. This year, I decided a full post was in order to showcase this very worthy event, which will only continue to grow.

The Accomac Inn has long held a reputation for fresh, high quality food, and the Farm to Table dinner serves to showcase the relationship of producer (farmer) and chef, taking the products from soil to plate. Chef Ed Dodd emceed, keeping us both informed and entertained. (He admitted to be a bit of a ham.)

IMG_3940-1This year's dinner repeated last year's successes, and we were lucky enough to hear from many of the participating vendors, which included Shaw Orchards, Allegro Vineyards, Springfield Farm, Linden Dale Farms, Lehman's Produce, Brogue Hydroponics, Twin Pine Farms, Kilgore Family Farm and Smith's Farm.

Each shared the story of their origin and history, what they do and what makes their products special. A central theme was clear: knowing where your food comes from and what you're eating.

It is evident that there is a solid foundation of York and Lancaster County residents who are passionate about the slow food movement. Vendors expressed the unique value of farmer's markets (namely, Central Market York) and how it provided the opportunity to educate customers and learn their needs and wants.


From Pa.’s Capital to the Concrete Jungle

Photo I hate saying good-bye.  

Really, I'm totally bad at it. Of course, saying good-bye to people and places and jobs and friends is also the doorway to saying hello to the new people, places jobs you'll find and enjoy … I know that. But in the mean time, it's really hard – and this nostalgic woman always has had disdain for it.

Many times in my life, I've had to learn how to deal with letting go and accepting life's crazy path. And it looks like the time has come once again. 

Not too long ago, I moved away from central Pennsylvania to start a new adventure in New York City. I accepted a position with MediaCom, and right now I work as their assistant Digital Media Planner for the Warner Brothers account. In more digestable terms: I help promote movies on Youtube, Facebook and other specialty websites.


CATEGORIES: Uncategorized

Toby Keith headlines York Fair

image from Looking for live music, ferris wheels, funnel cakes and even professional wrestling this week? The York Fair may be the place for you.

America's oldest fair, the York Fair runs until September 18 with nightly laser light shows, great food and live music at the Toyota Grandstand.

The biggest draw at the Toyota Grandstand this year is country superstar Toby Keith. Touring in front of his Oct. 24 release Clancy's Tavern and hit single, "Made in America," the always entertaining show stops at the York Fair this Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

I've seen Toby as many times as the Steelers turned the ball over on Sunday (7, if you stopped counting) and even though he plays a rather predictable set, its always a party atmosphere. Opening act Eric Church is a rising star in the country genre and his latest release Chief is a pretty solid album. I'm just a little disappointed that he beat me to the punch and wrote a musical ode to Bruce Springsteen.


CATEGORIES: Music, Sports, York

Giveaway: Greenbelt Events

image from **Congratulations to Colleen, who is going to see the Avett Brothers AND Carolina Chocolate Drops this week!**

Greenbelt Events has a stellar giveaway for one lucky reader this week!

Local music production company, Greenbelt Events, is best known for its great bookings at local live music venue, The Abbey at Appalachian Brewing Company, where they’ve hosted amazing shows for acts including The Felice Brothers, Mike Doughty, Matthew Sweet as well as sell-out shows for nationally known bands including Rusted Root and The Hold Steady.

This small local business continues to grow, expanding its venues across both shores and to State College and Reading, as well.

image from To show their appreciation for local live music lovers, this week they are offering an incredible concert package to one lucky reader of this blog.

Love live music? This week you can win 2 tickets to the Avett Brothers at Reading Eagle Theater at Sovereign Center in Reading on Wednesday, Sept. 21 AND 2 tickets to see the Carolina Chocolate Drops at Whitaker Center in Harrisburg on Friday, Sept. 23.

To enter to win, visit and leave a comment in the space below.

For extra entries (you must leave a separate comment for each extra entry in order for each to count), you can:

Enter early and often. A winner will be selected at random this weekend.

Can’t hold out on luck? Purchase tickets online here (Avett Brothers) and here (Carolina Chocolate Drops).

CATEGORIES: Giveaway, Music

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