Perks of running social or solo

by: Kelly Leighton

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Running is often thought of as a solo activity, but running with others has many perks.

Runner’s World published a story this month about the benefits, such as accountability, longevity, motivation and goals, according to author Jenna Birch (it’s not online yet).

I know all of these things, yet I almost always run by myself.


The weird thing is that I like running with other people. On Friday, I was invited to run with some people from my office over lunch. I paired up with some guy I had never met before, and we chatted effortlessly for the five-mile loop. It flew by.

On non-polar vortex mornings, I can sometimes drag my boyfriend out for a few miles. Usually, it’s too early to talk, so all you can hear are our footsteps and heavy breaths. But there’s still the knowledge that someone is with you. And I still credit my friend Jim with helping me PR in the Harrisburg Marathon last year after we found each other at mile five, and ran the next 10 miles together.


Categories: Running

“Booty Show in the Snow” at the Abbey Bar Feb. 12

by: Jeff Cavanaugh

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As someone who played under the band name “The Frigginaise” for a number of years, I could certainly respect a unique, one-of-a-kind band name. That said, there are very few band names that are as memorable as Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.

For years now, I’ve seen Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band on marquees and flyers around Harrisburg — and I’ve always wondered what they were about, so … I asked.


“I think what it really means is take down your walls and just let your hair down and have a good time,” drummer Lee Allen said in a recent telephone interview. “That’s kind of the meaning behind Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.”

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band brings their high-energy, get-your-body-moving live funk show back to the Abbey Bar on Wednesday, Feb. 12 as part of their “Booty Show in The Snow” Tour — a tour that they are excited to share with their Harrisburg fans.


Categories: Harrisburg, Music, Nightlife


A 20-Something’s View on Harrisburg Nightlife

While downtown Harrisburg lacks the big-city amenities of New York or Philly, our capital city it has its share of benefits — even for nightlife.


For one, cab fares are unbelievably inexpensive (driving isn’t even worth it.) Two, if you get sick of one bar, you can easily stroll to the next, and much like every other aspect of central PA, Harrisburg’s night scene is diverse.

If you want live music, there’s HMAC  (get ready for First Friday with AORTIC VALVE!). For one-of-a-kind shots, there’s The Brick Haus. For great food and good company, The Speakeasy is for you.


Buddha Buddha at 400 N. Second St.

Sawyers has your summertime scene, and Level 2 is there for the coat check, bottle service crowd. If you want to dance, go to Club 20 or Stallions.

For those missing the college party atmosphere, there’s Bourbon Street Saloon, Ceoltas and Mulligan’s. The Midtown Tavern, Shady McGrady’s and Molly Brannigans are great. And for those looking for a laid-back evening with good beer and cocktails, there’s Federal Taphouse and Buddha Buddha – two of my favorite places to go for a drink.  Happy Hour Recap {Buddha Buddha} March 2013  November 2013

I returned to Buddha Buddha this past weekend to try our their one-of-a-kind cocktails. The lounge, located at 400 North Second (previously Mars), prides itself on craftsmanship and fresh ingredients.

BuddhaBuddha Menu

Cocktail menu at Buddha Buddha

I love anything with blackberries so I tried the Blackberry Basil Julep and the Blackberry Sour during this past visit to the unique lounge. Check out their menu here. Buddha Buddha also offers great Happy Hour deals including $5 select martinis. Visit the website for Happy Hour details and times (Happy Hour doesn’t start until 9 p.m. on Saturdays).

Like many things in Harrisburg, it took until post-graduation for me to appreciate what the nightlife scene had to offer, but now I find myself enjoying it. Not only do I know where to go for certain drinks, but I also know what to expect for the evening ahead. As a 20-something, I’m still figuring out what I want from a Saturday night, and Harrisburg is the perfect place to do so.

Just another thing to appreciate about the greater Harrisburg area!

Giveaway: Cupcake Valentine’s Day {Hauser Estate Winery}

**Congrats to Damaris Shaw!**

This Valentine’s Day, Hauser Estate Winery is hosting its third annual Cupcake Valentine’s Day, pairing Johnny Como’s Cupcakes and Coffee with Hauser Estate’s wines.


The event runs from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 at the winery. To reserve your space, call the Tasting Room at (717) 334-4888, ext. 1 — Or see below to win free tickets!

Featured cupcakes include:

  1. Chocolate Raspberry: A lovers special chocolate cake with a chocolate-raspberry ganache  filling inside, chocolate butter cream icing with a fresh raspberry on top.
  2. Classy Vanilla-Vanilla: One of Johnny Como’s favorites loves with a classic vanilla cake with vanilla butter cream icing.
  3. Red Velvet: Red is  a color of love and the red velvet features a special recipe cream cheese icing that blends a flavor just right with the red velvet moist cake.
  4. Peanut Butter BlastThe  New York Times loved it and featured Johnny Como’s Cupcakes in 2013. Everyone knows that chocolate and peanut butter are a combination that proves once again that sometimes … opposites attract!

Wine pairings to be determined. This week, you can enter to win a pair of tickets to A Cupcake Valentine’s Day at Hauser Estate Winery. To enter, 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:

Enter early and often. Two winners will be selected at random at the end of the week.

Please note: You may do each of these items only once per giveaway. All repeat entries will be discarded.

Categories: Gettysburg, Giveaway, Wine

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