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A word with E Street Band’s Nils Lofgren

NilsLofgrenCOLOR3_LOE Street Band's Nils Lofgren plays the Abbey at ABC on Wednesday night.

Do you know anyone who would disagree if you told them that they were the best in the world at their profession? No? Let me introduce you to guitarist extraordinaire Nils Lofgren.

Bruce Springsteen refers his guitarist of 27 years as the "greatest guitarist in the world" night after night during his introductions of the legendary E Street Band, and while Nils Lofgren appreciates the high praise from The Boss, he humbly (and I'd argue, wrongly) disagrees.

Lofgren's musical resume reads like a Rock and Roll history book. He recorded After the Gold Rush (#71 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time) with Neil Young at age 18, joined Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band in 1984 and Ringo Starr's original All-Starr Band in 1989. He also released dozens of solo albums that feature duets with music legends like Willie Nelson, David Crosby and Graham Nash.

Nils Lofgren will display his otherworldly guitar skills when his acoustic duo stops at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Pokey LaFarge is the opening act.

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CATEGORIES: Music

Giveaway: Stella & Dot

**Congrats to Linda, who gets $50 to shop at Stella & Dot!**

National boutique-style jewelry company, Stella & Dot, has seen quite a bit of national press recently on TV and in magazines lately, but is very new to the greater Harrisburg, Pa. area. While Direct Sales has a negative stigma, Stella & Dot is working hard to overcome that reputation. A recent segment about Stella and Dot on Good Morning America helped show the changing face of direct sales.

Local Stella & Dot stylist, Heather Fenicle, is promoting the Stella & Dot brand of jewelry (and now handbags), their design, quality and top-notch customer service in the area. To better help share the Stella & Dot line, she's offering a $50 gift certificate to Stella & Dot to one lucky reader, good towards any item or items.

A sample of some of Stella & Dot's products:

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To enter to win the $50 gift card to Stella & Dot, 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. A winner will be selected at random at the end of the week.

CATEGORIES: Fashion, Giveaway

Sara’s Kitchen: Bean Dip

IMG_4109The word “bean” may initially lead you to believe this is boring or healthy. Don’t worry, this is really tasty, I-can’t-stop-eating-it good. And I don’t know what the hell the calorie count is. Who cares? This is football food.

This is another gem from my mom. She is basically my “go to” for dips. I never even saw anyone buy that shit in a can in the chip aisle until I had a roommate. Believe me, bookmark this and you’ll never even consider it again. (And don’t worry, Mom has a few other dips, many vegetarian, so stay tuned.)

This dip is super easy, so whip it up today. It has few ingredients and only takes about 20 minutes, tops.

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CATEGORIES: Recipes, Sara Bozich

Wild Game & Mushroom Dinner

Photo3Through many years of theme dinners, wine and food pairings and chef competitions, I’ve learned to like most foods. I’ve eaten reindeer (The Forebay), crocodile (Pol-i-tesse), snake (Marlboro Ranch), wild boar (my husband’s kill) and probably several other oddities I can’t recall at this moment.

Not all of that was a favorite (though give me a Hershey chef-prepared reindeer tenderloin any day), but I have learned to appreciate the nuances of different meats – and also learned a lot about venison (again, the hunter-husband).

Naturally, I jumped at the chance to attend the Wild Game & Mushroom Dinner at The Forebay at the Hershey Lodge last weekend.

The restaurants at The Hershey Lodge have twice now celebrated this theme dinner, featuring menus at The Forebay (a best-kept secret for great food) and the Hershey Grill combining wild game meat, from rabbit to elk, and Pennsylvania grown mushrooms.

I also should note that The Forebay is my husband’s favorite restaurant. It’s certainly one of Hershey’s best-kept secrets, tucked away from locals atop the Hershey Lodge lobby. We always enjoy outstanding food and drink while here – we even chose this as our Valentine’s Day dinner location earlier this year. If you haven’t been – for a theme dinner or otherwise – consider it for your next night out.

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This week on SaraBozich.com

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Hanson is playing the Chameleon Club on Monday – and theyr’e not those young Mmmboppers any more. Kelly tells it like it is.

Don’t miss your chance to win a 60-min Swedish massage from Lindsay Faith Massage Therapy. She recently opened her new practice in Hershey.

image from sarabozich.typepad.comI finally bought an iPad. And promptly returned it.

Ask Jeff: Fantasy football is so his game.

Photos from last weekend’s event at Polished are available here. If you haven’t yet, you’ll want to “Like” KIST on Facebook.

Halloween in Hershey kicks off this weekend. My blog for the Hershey-Harrisburg Visitors Bureau has some details on the fun.

Weekend Roundup! You know it by heart now: Read, share, repeat.

Kelly is now officially a marathoner!

My “Out with Sara” column covers a handful of events supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Check out Level 2 tonight and ABC tomorrow – plus benefit cocktails all month long at Raspberries and Accomac Inn.

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CATEGORIES: Bloggers, Sara Bozich

Steamtown Marathon

This is my favorite picture of Kelly ever. Look at that marathon smile.My 78 year-old swimming buddy, Nick, approached me excitedly Monday morning.

"Kelly! Did you win the marathon!?" he asked.

I stifled a laugh. "Not quite! I actually came in 421st."

"Oh," he said, trying to hide his disappointment. "Well, what's most important is that you finished."

And that I did.

Somehow, everything went right for me Sunday. Despite the hours I had spent making endless "what if" lists in my head:

  • What if I have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the race?
  • What if certain limb/muscle/tendon breaks/pulls/strains?
  • What if I just bomb it?
  • What if I DNF? (Ed. note: That's runner-speak for Did Not Finish)

… My concerns proved unnecessary.

The weather was perfect for most of the morning (temperatures in the 50s-60s), the course was scenic and the crowds were phenomenal. And somehow, I felt great for the majority of the race.

This was a point-to-point course, which means my friend Bill and I boarded a school bus in Scranton at 6 a.m., and after 40 minutes, we were dropped off at the Forest City high school. It would take us 26.2 miles through 14 communities to run back.

"So, basically, we have to finish," Bill said. "Your car is in Scranton."

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CATEGORIES: Running

Weekend Roundup 10/13

Me with Victor the Alligator at Creatures of the Night at ZooAmerica (2008)Last weekend’s KIST party was a big success – thanks again to Polished and those of you who were able to make it out for the event.

As we creep closer to Halloween, chillier temps and the inevitable holidays, events are lighting up the weekends. From wine dinners to live music and a whole host of stuff in-between, you should have no trouble finding something to do in the greater Harrisburg area this weekend.

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Now, settle in – we have a bunch of fundraisers for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (I’ll highlight a few in tomorrow’s “Out with Sara” column), and plenty of ways to take in the fall season.

What are you doing this weekend?

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2011 Blog Reader Survey

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CATEGORIES: Bloggers, Sara Bozich

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