Weekend Roundup 5/9

by: Sara Bozich

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This job of mine has a few perks, I won’t pretend it doesn’t. For instance, later this morning I’ll get to see a semi-private performance of Sheryl Crow who is performing at the iHeart Radio studio at Clear Channel this morning (I didn’t even know such a thing existed until yesterday — you can watch the live stream here). Apparently Ms. Crow has a country album coming out, and while I’m no aficionado on the genre, I’m looking forward to hearing this.

The iHeart Radio studio at Clear Channel in Harrisburg.

The iHeart Radio studio at Clear Channel in Harrisburg.

Speaking of Clear Channel, don’t forget you can now catch me on The River 97.3 every Friday morning with Glenn Hamilton with “Sara’s Weekend Picks.” Tune in at 7:10 a.m. each Friday.

I can’t remember for the life of me what tonight’s plans are, so I think it’s QT with the husband. Tomorrow evening we’re enjoying another low key night with friends to plan for next weekend’s trip to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Saturday night is date night with my favorite neighbor and friend — we’re cruising on The Pride for its inaugural launch, then heading to see Rebecca Marie Miller at the Abbey with dinner somewhere in-between perhaps.

Sunday is Mother’s Day (Even if you forgot, scroll down for a bajillion brunch/event ideas). Mom and I have a tradition of going to Ashcombe for our annual herb and veggie needs — I also plan to treat her to Sweet Sensations of May at The Vineyard at Hershey and The Vineyard at Grandview.

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What are you doing this weekend?


5 Races on my “Bucket List”

Practically everyone has a “bucket list” of travel destinations. Some people prefer the tropical getaways, lying in the sunshine on a beach with a bottomless margarita in hand. Others prefer more adventurous getaways, exploring mountains and experiencing the wilderness. Still, others seek the intrigue of discovering foreign lands, learning new cultures and different ways of life.

And then there are those of us who fantasize about visiting our dream locales, but exploring them with a bib attached to a shirt and mile markers along the way. I like to call this my “race bucket list.” I study course maps and picture myself as one of the runners in the photos splashed across the websites. I think of crossing the finish line in a new place and seeing the town from a different perspective.

Here’s what’s on my dream running list:

boston marathon

The Boston Marathon – One of the most well-known races, the oldest marathon is definitely on my bucket list. In order to compete, runners must qualify by running a certain time (based on age and gender), commonly known as a “BQ.” I can only imagine the excitement in the air in Boston over that long weekend. A town filled with people who love running. I can’t wait to run past the students from Wellesley College, tackle Heartbreak Hill and finally, run down Boylston Street toward the finish line — hopefully I’ll be running this race in 2014.


Categories: Life List, Running

Ben Gallaher’s “No Strings Attached Tour” hits Buck Wild’s May 16

BenGallaherTourIt’s been almost a year since we last caught up with Camp Hill’s Ben Galllaher — and in that year, he’s gone from playing SaraBozich.com Happy Hour events to big time gigs — like opening for country star Brantley Gilbert in front of 6,000 people.

Gallaher has also gone from playing bars as a one-man solo acoustic act around Central PA and Nashville to fronting a full band — which he will bring to Buck Wild’s Rode House on May 16 as part of his “No Strings Attached Tour.”

“I’m so excited to get back to Buck’s and back to Pennsylvania — that’s my fanbase,” Gallaher said in a recent telephone interview. “Everyone has been behind me since day one and it’s so cool to come back — and no one has ever heard me with a full band so I’m hoping we can get a lot of people out.”

Gallaher is no stranger to playing Buck Wild’s stage in front of a full house — he served as an opening act for nationally touring country artists including Ashton Shepherd, Craig Campbell, Colt Ford, Jon Pardi and Frankie Ballard. But now that it is his own show, he’s even more excited to play for his hometown fans.


Giveaway: Wine & Cheese Cruise {Pride of Susquehanna}

**Congrats to Shalane!**

The Pride of the Susquehanna, an authentic stern paddlewheel riverboat owned and operated by the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society a 501-c-3 non-profit organization, sets sail for its 25th season this year. Plus, check out their new website

Enjoying the view aboard a wine & cheese cruise on The Pride of the Susquehanna.

From May through November, The Pride provides public and private cruises along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg. In fact, it is the site of the SaraBozich.com Booze Cruise — happening just one month from now! Get your tickets here.

The Pride offers a variety of themed cruises, from Arooga’s wing nights and the weekly Jazzin’ on the Pride to family friendly cruises like the Pirates on the Pride cruise.

One of my favorites is the Wine & Cheese Cruise. Hosted by Chris “The Wine Guy” Mildner, it’s a simple concept: Take your wine and cheese pairing and put it on the boat. Each cruise features a different flight of four wines, paired with Cabot cheeses and crackers and fruit from Wegman’s and Giant. Makes for a great Sunday evening event.

Find the full schedule of Wine & Cheese Cruise dates.

This week, to celebrate The Pride’s 25th anniversary season, one lucky reader can win a pair of tickets to the Wine & Cheese Cruise of their choice. 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 (Note: there are new options!):

Enter early and often. A winner 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.

Giveaway: HYP Home & Garden Tour

**Congrats to Tim!**

Harrisburg Young Professionals’ 15th annual Home Tour is this Saturday.


Fifteen Midtown homeowners will open their homes (and gardens) to touring groups from 1-5 p.m. – rain or shine.

This year’s tour also includes bed and breakfasts, new apartment buildings and local cafes. Local food and beverages are available at each stop, and a block party at the King Mansion wraps the event with more food and live music.

The Block Party runs from 5-8 p.m. and is included in your Home Tour ticket.


Brenner Nissan and Unique Limousine will provide transportation along a shuttle route, and  Harrisburg Bike Taxi will offer rides between various points on the tour.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at registration.

HYP and SaraBozich.com are giving away 2 tickets to this Saturday’s HYP 15th Annual Home Tour.

For extra entries (you must leave a separate comment for each extra entry in order for each to count), you can (Note: there are new options!):

Enter early and often. A winner will be selected at random at the end of the week.

Can’t leave it to fate? Order tickets online here.

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

Categories: Giveaway, Harrisburg

Sunday School: Porter and Tempranillo

by: Sara Bozich

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The following is a part of a guest series authored by Lauren Gutshall on discovering new wines and beers. 

I have always gravitated towards dark beers and hearty red wines. I’ve come to appreciate white wine and lighter ales – particularly during the spring and summer months – but I will always be most at home drinking in the richness and depth of darker, heavier libations.

As the weather gets warmer it’s natural for me to gravitate towards the lighter, sweeter drinks that help quench the thirst and break the sweat, but there are still days I want to partake of something a bit heavier. Those cabs and stouts that I talked about several weeks ago are too much for a hot day, but luckily, we have porters and tempranillos that perfectly fit the bill.


Porters and tempranillos are the gentler relatives of stouts and cabs. They rely on their suppleness rather than their bite. And they are delicious.

Most people recognize porters and stouts as styles of beer, but what’s the difference?


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