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Weekend Roundup 10/27

IMG_0544Happy Halloween! What are you dressing up as this year? There are a boatload of Halloween parties, events and specials happening this weekend, with most of the action starting on Friday night. I'll have details on some of the bigger parties in my column tomorrow.

In the meantime, tonight is trick-or-treat night in most communities. If you don't have kids yet, do you participate? Last year we did, but we lacked decorations and ample lighting, so I think we looked a little creepy by the end – but we did enjoy a glass of wine while we handed out way too much candy.

This weekend is the Grateful Dog Walk and 5K, rescheduled from September, and on Sunday, I'm one of the judges for the 24th annual Taste of Central Pennsylvania, which I'm really excited to be a part of this year.

Here are a few off-the-beaten-path Halloween events from Alexis, to start.

What are you doing this weekend?


Great Pumpkin Chase 5K

PumpkinOh, the old 5K.

I've gone on record that I dislike 5Ks. I hate sprinting, and a 5K to me is just that. Similar to when I swam competitively in high school and college, I prefer longer distance events, the ones where you can maintain a slightly slower pace and cover more ground. Call me crazy, but I usually find much enjoyment in running mile after mile.

So, trying to maintain a fast pace for three miles? Not for me, I always said.

However, the Great Pumpkin Chase 5K this past weekend proved me wrong.

Dare I say it? I actually had fun.


CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Running

Fall 2011 Goals

Just found this nugget in my notebook.

Fall 2011 Goals

First item – check! Guess it's time to hit the mall (I do also need sweaters pretty badly. I think I have two.)

What's on your fall 2011 "to do" list?

Josh Blue returns to Harrisburg area

Josh1I always thought that comedians lived by the mantra, "laughter is the best medicine." Not Josh Blue.

When I used that phrase during a phone interview last week, the 2006 winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing quickly shot back, "Apparently not for cerebral palsy because I still got this s**t."

Nearly 2 million children and adults suffer from cerebral palsy, which is marked by involuntary movements, muscle tightness, spasticity and difficulty walking. Only one is Josh Blue.

"You can't just be down about something. If I was up there boo-hooing about my situation I don't think anyone would pay to come see me," Blue said. "It's cool to be able to go up on stage and make people comfortable with a taboo subject. People leave my show with a different perspective of a disability."

Since winning Last Comic Standing in 2006, many people have paid to see Blue's one-of-a-kind act, which stops at the Harrisburg Comedy Zone in New Cumberland for three shows on Thursday (8 p.m.) and Friday (8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) this week.



Giveaway: Gettysburg Masquerade Party

image from**Congratulations to Michael, who’s attending Gettysburg’s “party of the year” next weekend!**

Come as you aren’t! This week’s giveaway takes you to the party of the year in Gettysburg – the Adams County Arts Council’s annual Masquerade Party.

The gala will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Gettysburg Hotel.

The 2011 theme is “Circus Tonight,” with music from the Colgan Hirsh Band featuring the Slammin’ Horns. The night includes a costume contest with cash prizes, silent auction and tarot card readings.

Presented by the Adams County Arts Council and CenturyLink with several party options. Tickets are available online at or by calling (717) 334-5006.

Or, enter to win a 4-pack of tickets (value = $100 total ) to the Masquerade Party by leaving 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. A winner will be selected at random at the end of the week.

CATEGORIES: Gettysburg, Giveaway

This week on

Wiggity WalkTGIF!

First, a few extras that came out after last week’s post: The Wild Game & Mushroom Dinner at the Hershey Lodge, and I introduced Flashback Friday, last week featuring the very first Feel Your Boobies event, hosted by HYP, at Noma.

My girlfriends and I walked the Wiggity Walk on Saturday to benefit Leilani LaBrie.

Need a quick, easy, crowd-pleasing snack for Sunday’s football game? Try this bean dip recipe.

Giveaway: Stella & Dot. <– There is still time to enter!

Did you catch Nils Lofgren on Wednesday at ABC? Jeff interviewed him and his post is getting mega hits from around the world.

Kelly dares to ask, What are you dressing up as this Halloween? Plus, she shares her own best costumes.

Weekend Roundup: Read, share repeat.

Coming up: Flashback Friday heads to Wormleysburg, this weekend I’ll tell you about the recent Beauty Event at Macy’s.

My “Out with Sara” column covers two events happening next Wednesday.


Weekend Roundup 10/20

image from week has been very busy. Yesterday I was part of a panel on social media and marketing for the Social Media at Work Conference at the Hilton Harrisburg, put on by Anne Deeter Gallaher, Dan Christ, Kathy Snavely, Stephanie Gehman and more lovely volunteers. I hope to be welcoming a few more readers today thanks to that, and if you’re interested in social media, I urge you to follow the Harrisburg Social Media Club.

So, this weekend is somewhat busy for me. Tonight, I’m catching up with a girlfriend, tomorrow night I get my hair ‘did, and Saturday morning – should my sprained knee (?) hold up – I’m running in the Great Pumpkin Chase 5K. Who knows what else the weekend holds (I think a lot of time in the office catching up from the busy week).

What are you doing this weekend?


What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

image from images.buycostumes.comWith Halloween just around the corner, 'tis the season for scouring the internet for costume ideas, frequenting your local craft store or maybe just dropping $50 at one of those costume stores that mysteriously appears every September and disappear by midnight on Halloween.

So, what will be the top costumes in 2011? Kate Forgach has some creative suggestions.

For the gentleman, Forgach suggests African dictator Muammar Gaddafi (black afro wig, red fex, scarf and Libya tee), Hangover II characters (Zach Galifianakis requires a beard, belly and bald head, while Ed Helms needs glasses, nerdy clothes and Mayan face tattoo), Harold Camping (white wig, sports jacket, book and a prediction of the world ending) and everyone’s favorite celebrity this year, Charlie Sheen (they make masks for him too, or you can just yell “winning!” and drink tiger’s blood).

image from images.buycostumes.comFor the ladies, Forgach lists Mommy Mummy (“Mom” jeans, tacky sweatshirt, wrap yourself in toilet paper and tote around a soccer ball), Babe Lincoln the Vampire Hunter (in reference to the upcoming flick, Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, wear a stovepipe hat, fake beard, fancy black coat and carry a stake), Bridesmaids characters (thrift the ugliest gowns you can find) and Elizabeth Bennett, zombie-style (wear a fancy, old-fashioned gown and go to town with zombie makeup).

As for me, although I lack the crafting bone, I pride myself in at least trying to make creative costumes every year. I don't want to be one of six sexy nurses at Ceoltas – that's no fun.

However, over the years, I've had some hits and some misses.



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