Weekend Roundup 7/2

by: Sara Bozich
July 2, 2015
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What a beautiful night we had for Happy Hour at The Country Club of Harrisburg. Great food and drink, a terrific turnout — of course, full recap coming by the weekend.



Details for the next one are coming soon:

Today I’m going kayaking – woohoo! — and tomorrow, my husband has the day off, so I might convince him to do something outside or maybe catch a movie in-between getting my hair ‘did and before we head to Zeroday for B’s 30th birthday shin-dig.

Tune in Saturday morning to 92.1 WTPA for my return to The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show on Saturday Morning! Big John is our special guest on microphone #3.

Afterwards, we’re heading to Gifford Pinchot State Park for some grilling and outdoorsy-ness with friends.

On Sunday, it’s a date night (uh, I should probably tell him) at a Farm-to-Table Dinner in Ortanna.

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.” I’ll be back on The River next week! Enjoy your 4th of July holiday — Please celebrate responsibly.

What are you doing this weekend?


Straws & Stripes July 11 at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey

by: Sara Bozich
July 1, 2015
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This weekend’s 4th of July holiday isn’t the only patriotic event happening this month. Oh no.

“Merlot Mike” and The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey are rolling out the big guns to benefit two military charities at Straws & Stripes – a military appreciation benefit and dual wine/beer release party from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 11.


The winery will release a new Sparkling Strawberry wine and the brewery will debut a new Strawberry IPA during the all-day music benefit headlined by Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, Green River. The festival also features a food truck mash-up, artisan vendors, silent auction and more.

Proceeds will benefit two local military charities dedicated to assisting soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Arrive early and bring blankets and lawn chairs.

–> Check out Straws & Stripes on Facebook

Tickets are $15 online/advance; $25 couple online/advance; $20 at the door (Or look for Merlot Mike tonight at The Country Club of Harrisburg)

The Schedule:

  • 11:30 a.m.: Gates, Food Truck Mash-up, & Craft Vendors Open
  • 12:15 p.m.: Merlot Mike’s Release of Sparkling Strawberry Wine & Strawberry IPA
  • 12:15-3:15 p.m.: Special Wine Tasting in the Event Center
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Sabrina Duke Duo on the Pond Stage
  • 3-5 p.m.: Not Quite Einstein on the Pond Stage
  • 5-5:30 p.m.: Special Presentation to Honor Our Heroes!
  • 5:3-8 p.m.: Green River, a CCR Tribute Band, on the Pond Stage
  • 7 p.m.: Bonfire Seen from Outer Space!

“Our five partners have a deep connection and commitment to the military through all of our families and we will continue to dedicate relentless fundraising efforts to military service organizations,” said “Merlot Mike” Wilson, partner at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey.

“The two organizations we are supporting this year provide advocacy efforts and therapeutic service dogs to soldiers with PTSD, and they offer amazing services to veterans who really need their help.” Wilson concluded, “Our five partners get the chance to live the American Dream every day because of what our troops fight for. This is the least we can do, and we will always do everything in our power to support and promote causes for veterans and active duty soldiers – always.”

Harrisburg Half Marathon

by: Kelly Leighton
July 1, 2015
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When I heard the Harrisburg Half Marathon was moved from September to late June, I was not a happy camper.

I love this race because I know the course like the back of my hand, and I ran my half personal record (PR) just a few months back in September. However, late June? I suck at running in the heat, and late June didn’t seem too inviting for running a half marathon.

However, something kept nagging at me to do this race. I love Harrisburg, I love this running community, and I love being a part of it. I still hemmed and hawed about signing up, but I pulled the trigger about the week before. Never mind the fact that I had a wedding outside of Philly the night before. Details, details.

hbg half marathon

Regardless, I woke up to temperatures in the mid-60s and an overcast sky. You can’t ask for better running weather this time of year. Yes, it was humid, and yes, I did complain about that both in my head and out loud once or twice. But, overall, we were VERY lucky with the weather.

The race began at 8 a.m. on City Island, and we looped around the island before heading down to Shipoke and picking up part of the Greenbelt. I had no idea what kind of pace I was capable of running. I would have loved to PR, beating my time of 1:37:35 from last year. But I also knew not to push it too much and risk blowing up, so I settled on a goal of sub-1:40 or “try really hard not to be passed by the 1:40 pace group.”

Anyway, we continued back through Shipoke and then headed back down Front Street. I was totally saturated in sweat at this point, and my shorts and tank were both soaked and felt as if they weighed 10 pounds. Around the eighth mile, I was really over it and wanted to be done, but somewhere along the tenth mile, as we ran back on Front St. toward the finish line on City Island, I got my second wind and played the “You can do anything for 25 minutes,” “20 minutes,” “15 minutes” and so on game.

Crossing onto the Walnut Street Bridge, I realized I could probably squeeze in under 1:39 if  I picked it up a little. So, I picked it up a little, and finished in 1:38:51. Not a PR, but I was happy with it.

I am still not sure if I love the idea of a late June half marathon, but we were lucky this weekend. I do know I am happy I sucked it up and did it, because there is still no greater feeling than crossing a finish line.

**Huge thank you to all the volunteers out there on Sunday!

5 Harrisburg Area Restaurants For Sale

by: Sara Bozich
June 30, 2015
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It’s a fact: bars and restaurants come and go. Right now, five local properties are available for sale. I have some ideas for a few of them myself!

image via PennLive

Beautiful facility and property. I didn’t get to Mount Hill Tavern often, but my experience there was terrific. It’s where I learned to like bread pudding. Today is its last day of business. The real estate, liquor license, all furniture fixtures and equipment are included in the sale.

Award Winning Legendary central Pa. landmark. Business is included in sale price; no intention of closing. I have many memories of all-you-can-eat pasta Tuesdays and many birthday dinners here (plus those coffees! What were they called? They eventually came to Scott’s Grille.)

This former restaurant closed five years ago in downtown Waynesboro.

Ugh, this building always makes me so sad to walk past. I don’t think the New Orleans theme is right for the time or area, but this massive building has huge potential. Nightclub, live music, patio seating, private parties. I’d love to see something fresh and inviting go in here.

  • Union Hotel, 240 Gettysburg Pike, Upper Allen Township

I don’t have any memories of the former Union Hotel, but it essentially closed because it couldn’t get a liquor license in then-dry Upper Allen Township. Later, Cafe Cornelia took residence, but not for long. However, Upper Allen Township just recently approved liquor licenses in the township, so this offers new possibilities for this space. I know I have some ideas!

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