Giveaway: Cigars For Good Charity Auction June 5

by: Sara Bozich
May 25, 2015
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Calling all cigar lovers!

Cigars for Good is a local charity organized by two brothers, JJ and Michael Williams, who created the program as a way to turn their love of cigars into both social activity and social engagement.

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C4G hosts an annual “Smoke Here Weekend,” which features a golf tournament and auction fundraiser. The proceeds benefit three small nonprofits that aid children and families in need: Lantern Hill, which is based in Ensenada, Mexico, and of which JJ is executive director; Hope in Haiti, which is based in Harrisburg and organizes volunteer mission trips to Haiti; and Vinny’s Kids, which supports local kids who are hospitalized and which was founded by Vinny Cherry, Judge Cherry’s son.

This year’s Smoke Here Weekend runs June 5-6 and begins with the Charity Auction, held at Harrisburg Beer N Cigars. Your $25 donation nets your an evening of food, drink and two (2) cigars. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the auction begins at 7 p.m.

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Saturday’s event is the Fairways Fore Kids Golf Scramble at Deer Valley Golf Course. Here, your $80 donation gets you a round of golf, cat, cigars, snack, food, drinks, raffle ticket, plus a buffet dinner after the round. Shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.

This week, we’re giving away four (4) tickets to Cigars for Good Auction ($100 value)

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Brew News – May 2015 Edition

by: Tierney Pomone
May 22, 2015
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Happy Friday friends, and Happy Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy a few spring beers outside and enjoy your three-day weekend in style. Need something to talk about with your friends? How about the latest beer news? There’s a lot of local awesomeness happening and we’re all still feeling the spirit of Harrisburg Beer Week.

Molly Pitcher Gets New Tanks

Molly Pitcher New Tanks

Exciting news for fans of Molly Pitcher Brewing in Carlisle: their new tanks are here! That right, the long-awaited full-sized brew house has arrived at Molly Pitcher Brewing upping their production to a 7 barrel system. With the new brewing equipment in house and ready to roll they’ve already announced that they are able to expand their hours with the addition of Fridays 3-10 p.m. and Saturdays 12-10 p.m. In a few weeks they hope to be able to start selling growler fills again as well. So. Much. Awesome. for our friends at Molly Pitcher Brewing Company. Congrats guys!

Snitz Creek Becomes Official Brewery of Hollywood Casino

More big news for another local brewery. Snitz Creek has announced that they are now the official brewery of the Hollywood Casinos. Sara covered this extensively over at PennLive, and you can get the full details there. Be sure to vote for your favorite of their brews out at Hollywood Casino and join them on June 6 for the special race and winning beer announcement. Cheers to more great local beer news.

Dogfish Head’s Rehoboth Brewpub is Denied Expansion Zoning Variance

If you’ve ever visited Dogfish Head’s Rehoboth brewpub, you can definitely vouch for its awesomeness, but also the fact that it’s kind of small. Try getting in there on a Saturday night in summer, and you’re more than likely SOL, or super squished. Even in the off-season that place gets pretty packed. So what’s Dogfish Head to do? Try to expand of course. Except nope, not going to happen, as their zoning variance was rejected. Their intent was to tear down their current 8,000 sq ft spot and up it to a 9,000 sq ft spot which is double what the current zoning allows along with structural improvements and an updated redesign. They thought they had it on lock as they current already have a variance. They plan to appeal the ruling, so we’ll see what happens as time goes by.

Victory Brewing Summer Love Cans are HERE

Victory Brewing Summer Love Cans

Just in time for a long weekend of outside activities, grilling, and the unofficial kick-off to summer, Victory’s summer seasonal, Summer Love, has arrived in cans. Summer Love is an easy-drinking lightly hopped American Blonde Ale that captures the essence of summer perfectly. You’ll get an earthy smell with light floral hop flavors balanced by German malts that’s sessionable at 5.2%. Go forth and find your summer love.

Ed. note: **THIS JUST IN** Victory Summer Love cans to be featured at the June 3 BOOZE CRUISE. Get tix now!

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Weekend Roundup 5/21

by: Sara Bozich
May 21, 2015
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It’s almost time for a long weekend, barbecues, fireworks — the works. It kicks off what is set to be quite the busy summer for me, though I’m hoping to make the most of downtime, hiking, spending time on the back patio with Andy and taking in some sun.

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Tonight, I’m off to The Circular for some hard-hitting research. Then, it’s off to the new Cielo Lounge at 704 (stories on both coming soon) for Makeup & Desserts.

By some miracle, our Friday is plan-less, so I’m thinking dinner at home and Netflix. (P.S. What are you people watching? OINTB can’t return fast enough!)

Saturday morning, you know I’ll be hitting the airwaves with Bruce Bond. Later that evening, I’m taking Andy to The Garlic Poet for a birthday dinner, then we’re hitting a pig roast with his boss.

Sunday is Andy’s birthday! I asked him what he wants to do, and he said “yard work.” Something is afoot. We’ll see. We have zero plans for Sunday and Monday, but maybe he’ll do some fishing or motorcycle riding, and we can get some ice cream.

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning during the 7  o’clock hour to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.”

What are you doing this weekend?


Superheroes take over Harrisburg

by: Jimi The Intern
May 21, 2015
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For three days, downtown Harrisburg will look like a scene from your favorite comic book.

Superhero Weekend runs from May 23-25 and will transform downtown into the ultimate spot for graphic art and local hero recognition. The event is being held in conjunction with ArtsFest.

Here’s what you can expect from the weekend:

Familiar streets will have different names. Instead of getting something to eat on Second Street, you’ll actually be eating on Superhero Boulevard. There will also be a Captain America Avenue, Spiderman Street, Superman Lane and Wonder Woman Way.

Actors in superhero costumes will be roaming the streets and will be available for pictures. The most popular superhero that will be downtown might be “Parking Meter Man,” who will be putting quarters in a few lucky parkers on Saturday.

The streetlight posts will also be decorated with banners of traditional comic book heroes as well as local ones.

If you’re artistic, you can show it off in two different contests during the weekend.


“Selfie-Scene” Art Competition: Local artists will compete in a design contest with $3,000 in cash prizes. Artists will be judged in high school, college and local artist categories.

Storefront Decoration Competition: Downtown storeowners are being encouraged to decorate their storefront to help add more detail to the city. iHeartMedia will be sponsoring the competition and the winner will receive $5,000 in radio advertising.

Superhero Teacher of the Year:


Although nominations for Superhero Teacher of the Year are over you can still vote for your favorite teacher until May 22. One teacher will be chosen from each school district and winners will be announced at the Superheroes Ball.

On top of the contests and decorations there will be a few events that feature something for all ages.

Local Hero of the Year:


This award recognizes local heroes whether it be a firefighter, police officer, business person or the everyday citizen who does great things for others.


Kick-off Lunch with the Superheroes
Saturday, 12-2 p.m., Superhero Boulevard between Market and Walnut Sts.

Kids will get to have lunch with some of their favorite comic book heroes as well as local superheroes, including first responders from Harrisburg. The lunch will include food, carnival games and demonstrations from local organizations. It is open to everyone and is a FREE event.

Superheroes Ball
Saturday, 7-9 p.m., Superhero Boulevard between Market and Walnut

There will be live music and the announcements of the contests that ave been going on throughout the week. Fireworks will follow the ball at the same spot.

Superhero Throwback Party
Saturday, 9 p.m., Sawyer’s, 21+, FREE

C+C Music Factory, famous for “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” will be the featured performer.

Ultimate Superhero Party- Honoring Wounded and Fallen Troops
Sunday, 7 p.m. Sawyer’s 21+

The weekend will end with guests being able to honor fallen heroes with Sky Lanterns featuring the names of those heroes. The laterns will be released at 9 p.m. The night will also feature music from the Impact Band.

ArtsFest has always been a tradition for Memorial Day Weekend but make sure you check out how the city will be transformed and support the real superheroes who make a difference in our community everyday.

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