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Weekend Roundup 11/17

image from www.whptv.comThis weekend is loaded with stuff to do – including the beginning of holiday themed events throughout the area. (Is it really the holiday season unless you have the “Christmas in Hershey” jingle jammed in your head?)

We’re hosting my husband’s brother, sister-in-law and our nieces this weekend to do just that, in fact. I haven’t been to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane since the 80s, so I’m secretly pretty stoked about it. I can’t wait to see the reindeer! I hope our nieces enjoy it, too.

If it weren’t for these plans here are the absolute top two things I would be doing this weekend:

  1. Polished Open House (I snuck in last night during Polished’s late-night Wednesdays for a much-needed mani/pedi) — I’m still going to try to drop-in for some quick holiday shopping. All the girls included this spot as in their holiday gift guides, so act now, and you’re ahead of the game. Plus – chair massages, paraffin dips, gift card sales & more!
  2. Blackman MMA Pennsylvania Fighting Championship VI – I’ve attend the five previous, so I’m bummed to be missing this one. Be sure to catch up with Blackman via Jeff’s interview earlier this week. Tickets are on sale here.

PLUS – in tomorrow’s “Out with Sara” I highlight two other excellent events – Autos & Ales and the Harrisburg Riverboat fundraiser featuring Who’s Bad.

What are you doing this weekend?


Beaujolais Day 2011

image from’s Beaujolais Day!

If this means nothing to you, listen up. (And if it does mean something, go get in line at the Hilton now – you know you need to).

Here’s a quick primer: In the Beaujolais region of France, it has long been tradition to share the first press of the year’s harvest with the townspeople on the third Thursday in November.

This unaged, “nouveau” wine made from Gamay grapes is a fruit-forward, sometimes grapey wine in bright purple-pink tones, meant for light-hearted enjoyment, kicking off the holidays and copious good times. (Wine snobs will thrust that nose in the air, turn on their heels and scurry away from such a thing, however.) It’s also a great wine to bring to Thanksgiving dinner.

Read: 10 Fascinating Facts about Beaujolais Nouveau.

Click through to learn about free Beaujolais Nouveau samples:


Sweepstakes: Win $250 to Hershey Spa

image from northsocial.comFrom the fine folks at PinnacleHealth:

We choose to live healthy lifestyles because we know it’s good for us. Sometimes though, it’s nice to get an immediate reward for all those healthy choices. Here’s your chance!

PinnacleHealth’s Facebook page is running a “Fall Into Health” sweepstakes with a grand prize of $250 to the Hershey Spa! It begins today and runs through 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.

There are four ways to enter:

  1. Like their Facebook page
  2. Register on the entry form
  3. Post a healthy habit you have on PinnacleHealth’s Facebook Wall
  4. Tag a friend whose healthy choices inspire you in a second post on PinnacleHealth’s Facebook Wall.

Good luck! The winner of this contest will indeed have something to be thankful for – and he or she will get to brag about it over Thanksgiving!


“You guys up for a toga party?”

image from lh4.googleusercontent.comA recent tradition among my friends is a trip to the lake every few months. A group of us from Harrisburg and a group from the Big Apple meet somewhat halfway at Lake Wallenpaupack for a weekend away.

Last time we went, it was mid-July (and I nearly died), so we spent a good portion of that weekend outside. This past weekend, with the fall weather, boating wasn't an option, so we needed a new way to entertain ourselves.

And, after throwing around some theme party ideas, we thought why not take after the ancient Romans and do a toga party, complete with our version of the Olympics? However, we're all "adults" at this point, so here's how we turned our toga party into more than just a fraternity party knock-off.

Read on for the toga details:


CATEGORIES: Pennsylvania

Blackman MMA hosts PFC VI Saturday

image from www.pafightingchampionship.comThis past Saturday, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stormed to the forefront of the sporting world with its first live primetime show on network TV. The Fox broadcast of Junior dos Santos’ first-round knockout of Cain Velasquez to win the UFC heavyweight title was watched by more than 5.7 million people nationwide.

For many viewers, this was their first glimpse into the violent and exciting world of mixed martial arts, or MMA and its soaring popularity. Many others have been obsessive fans since its underground beginnings.

Locally, former WWE superstar Steve Blackman has been training fighters at his MMA gym in Harrisburg for more than seven years. Blackman MMA currently has about 30 fighters competing full-time in cage fighting, many of whom will get to put their talents on display this Saturday when PA Fighting Championship VI returns to the Zembo Shrine Center in Harrisburg.

The 14-fight card kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19  and will display not only Blackman’s trainees, but some of the best fighters from around the country as well.

Click through to read an interview with Blackman.


Giveaway: Autos & Ales

image from**Congrats to Dana G., who aptly noted that cars & beer rarely go together, except in this case.**

This Friday, the Antique Auto Museum (AACA) in Hershey will host the second “Autos & Ales,” a beer festival from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will feature a variety of brewers, including some of the region’s best microbreweries like Troegs, Appalachian Brewing Co. and Lancaster Brewing Co., among others.

Three bands will play throughout the four-hour event. Catch Hot Tub Limo on stage, as well as Absolutely Live.

Watch “Cooking with Beer” food demonstrations, plus food vendors, beer-themed novelties, tons of door prizes – and, of course, antique cars will abound.

Tickets are $35 each ($40 at the door) and are available for purchase here. Designated Driver tickets also are available for $15.

Or, enter to win a pair of tickets to Autos & Ales (value = $70) here by leaving a comment below.

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

CATEGORIES: Craft Beer, Giveaway, Hershey


Sara’s Kitchen: Peanut Butter Banana Bread

IMG_4057Can you believe I was in my 30s until I liked bananas? In fact, it was maybe only a year ago that I first tried the banana + peanut butter combination. I suppose you could say my life has changed, at least in the way that there is now nearly always both bananas and peanut butter in my home.

But sometimes, we forget to eat the naners, and while there are plenty of uses for overripe bananas (smoothies, pancakes), I've taken to preparing this Peanut Butter Banana Bread – using a recipe I've adapted from Cooking Light – because it's easy and it gives me breakfast for an entire week.


CATEGORIES: Recipes, Sara Bozich

Happy Hour Recap

Here are a bunch of post-Happy Hour goodies:

HipFotoGuy's Flickr album – the "official" photos from the Happy Hour.

You can find a sampling of these photos on Facebook. If you recognize someone (or yourself), please tag them!

GM's Driving the Northeast also has a flickr album from the event.

Here's a short (1 min) video from the event as well:


The week on

image from HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to the Abbey Bar last night for the second Happy Hour with We had about 100 people throughout the evening, entertained by Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band plus ABC’s great beers and munchies to sate everyone’s appetites. Special thanks to Jersey Mike, bartenders Angela and Tommy, owner Artie Tafoya – plus Quinn Bryner with GM’s Driving the Northeast, who brought all the great Chevy swag – and finally Gary Edmiston, our event photographer.

Congrats to all our winners. Lucky attendees took home concert tickets from Greenbelt Events, crystal pilsner glasses from ABC, a 6-pack of ABC’s own root beer, plus VISA gift cards and Chevy tees and keychains.

There is still time to win 2 VIP tickets to the Pride of Susquehanna fundraiser next weekend featuring Who’s Bad?, the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band.

Jeff interviewed Bret Michaels, who played in Harrisburg last night.

Kelly ran an Amish half-marathon.

We’re prepping for the holidays here at Here is a guide to staying sane this holiday season (thanks, and Tierney has a guide to layaway.

The Weekend Roundup! Read, share repeat.

In this week’s “Out with Sara” I share some highlights of the Mason Dixon Wine Trail’s Wine Just Off the Vine event, starting this weekend and running through next.


Weekend Roundup 11/10

image from sarabozich.typepad.comI hope I will see you tonight at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company for the second-ever Happy Hour with We start at 5:30 p.m. with $3.50 ABC drafts – including the just-released Grinnin’ Grizzly – free snacks, live music and loads of giveaways.

Please remember to bring a non-perishable food donation to throw into the Chevy Sonic parked out front. If you help “Stuff the Sonic,” you’ll nab some sweet Chevy swag, in celebration of the American car company’s 100th anniversary this month.

The event is free. Grab your friends, coworkers, family (21+ please) and whomever else and stop out tonight. I’d love to meet you!

As for the rest of the weekend – tomorrow, please thank a veteran.

Click through for more events. What are you doing this weekend?


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