This 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:
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!
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.
A 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.
This 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.
Can 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.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to the Abbey Bar last night for the second Happy Hour with SaraBozich.com. 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.
I hope I will see you tonight at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company for the second-ever Happy Hour with SaraBozich.com. 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.
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