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Playoffs in reach for the Steelers

Note: This week’s game will be televised locally.

Playoffs?? You want to talk about playoffs?? Playoffs??

Yes I do.

It is no secret that the Steelers have been probably the most up and down team in the NFL this season but after all of the headaches caused so far in 2014, they have postseason play right in their cross hairs.

I know it only seems like yesterday that we were about to kick-off the season but here we are, the Steelers only have three remaining games, two of which are at home.

They travel to the Georgia Dome this week to take on the Atlanta Falcons, and after that they have back-to-back home games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals game could be a playoff game in itself because it could determine which team wins the division and which gets a wild card spot or which team gets in the playoffs at all.

Either way, circle Dec. 28 on your calendar – you’re going to want to watch that game.

One thing that the Steelers have going in their favor is that Cincinnati has three very tough games coming up first at the Browns, then home against Denver and then the game in Pittsburgh.

After losing to the Saints two weeks ago, the Steelers playoff hopes looked dim but a blow-out win on the road in Cincinnati was a huge step in getting back into the AFC North division race.

Now all of these scenarios sound great but it will come down to one thing: Can they do it?

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CATEGORIES: Pennsylvania, Sports

GIFT GUIDE: For dudes

Did you ever feel like you get your dad, boyfriend or husband the same thing every year for Christmas?

Guys always seem easy to shop for because you can just grab a shirt or tie and cross his name off of the list.

And while there are plenty cool takes on the tee and tie, I’ve offered some suggestions to help you put a little variety in your holiday shopping.

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Sprezza Box- $28 a month

As Cousin Eddie would say, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Sprezza Boxes are subscription boxes that come with about 3-4 lifestyle pieces, which always includes at minimum a stylish neck-tie and a pair of socks. Other items vary like a belt or maybe something quirky like a cord taco. Then it always features some sort of manly cosmetic item like shaving cream or lotion designed for men. The subscription can be canceled at any time. This could be a great gift for the young professional in your life who is just starting a new career.

Baskets for men- Prices vary

Sure you could always send one of this or one of that, but why not personalize it for you man this year? Put together a basket and throw in some cigars such as these Acids, or Arturo Fuente, both good quality for a reasonable price (both can be found at any cigar shop in the area). A nice six pack of craft beer or a good scotch like Glenlivet 12, sometimes you can even find these in a gift pack with glasses. Maybe if he has a favorite sports team you can put a small gift like gloves or a hat for the winter. If the guy is not a sports fan a guy can always use a nice pair of leather gloves.

Local Mug Club Membership- $40-65

It’s simple and thoughtful. Being apart of a mug club can be a great experience and can be a special gift that any guy will appreciate. There are two premier mug clubs in the area Lancaster Brewing Company and Appalachian Brewing Company. Each have reward programs and their own perks such as your mug and discounts on merchandise.

True Clean Towel- $20

This is the perfect gag gift for a guy — but as he’s laughing he’ll be thinking, “Wow this is pretty awesome.” It’s a towel that labels what part to use to dry you off. Any guy would love another towel because it would mean it would delay him from doing laundry for another week too.

Hyperkin Retron 3 Video Game System- $60-$70

Many guys might be asking for the new XBOX One or Playstation 4 this year, but with this console you can give back a childhood. This console will let him play all his old video games from SEGA, Nintendo and Nintendo 64. The games can always be bought online. Or, if you don’t know what he wants check out 2nd and Charles, the new store at the Harrisburg Mall, which has a lot of older games. A gift card with the console could always make for the perfect bundle.

What gifts are you getting the guy in your life this holiday season?

CATEGORIES: Gift Guide, Shopping

5 Christmas Beers to Add to Your List

It’s the Holiday season, so naturally I’m already shopped-out, haven’t even put up a tree yet, and am dreading the snow. Can you tell I love winter? The one thing that I do love this time of year is Christmas beers! With their fig, chocolate, fruit, and mostly boozy flavors they’re great for relaxing at home snowed in after a long day of making Christmas with friend and family.

While Mad Elf will always be my personal favorite, there are many more out there that are worth trying.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

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Every year this beer is an afterthought for me until I go to a party and they have it and I’m reminded how delicious it truly is. First brewed in 1981 (that’s older than me for the record), Celebration Ale is a very hop-forward holiday ale focusing on Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops that are well balanced by a teeny caramel malt undertone. Expect citrus and pine hop flavor in this one. It’s perfect to take to parties as it’s not sweet like most holiday-esque brews. Even your friends who are “just getting into IPAs” will love this brew.

Editor’s note: The 2014 version is outstanding. An editor favorite.

Southern Tier 2Xmas

Total opposite of the above-mentioned Celebration Ale, Southern Tier 2XMAS is a very heavily spiced ale, or as they call it a Double Spiced Ale, has intense flavors of fig, orange, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and clove. These winter spices scream Christmas at Gramma’s house. The brew was inspired a party where Glögg, a Scandinavian hot mulled wine, was served and matches it color-wise in a deep amber appearance. This beer definitely isn’t for everyone, but if you enjoy mulled wine or cider, gingerbread cookies, fruit cake, or anything cinnamon you better get you some.

Anchor Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Ale

This year marks the 40th (!!!) anniversary of Anchor’s Christmas Ale. If that’s not reason enough to give it a go this year, consider the following: Each year the recipe is a little different as is the iconic Christmas tree label. While James Stitt has been drawing the trees each year, this year’s version features a giant sequoia tree created to resemble what a giant tree planted 40 years ago would look like now. Also, it was chosen in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Act. Pretty sweet right? On top of it all, the hops and malts used in the brew are top secret, so without trying this year’s (yet) it’s hard to even predict the flavor. Based on previous years, it’s usually a dark, rich, Christmas-y ale that will leaving you guessing on that one thing you’re tasting that you can’t quite place.

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CATEGORIES: Craft Beer, Holiday

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Weekend Roundup 12/11

What a fun night last night! Our book club multi-tasked with a visit to Carmina Cristina’s Makeup Boutique in Camp Hill.

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We brought wine and snacks, and Carmina led us through makeup tips for each of our concerns (a lot of us wanted to learn how to do a bold lip). We had such a good time.

By the way, anyone can do this — these mini get-togethers are free, and the host gets a special gift with a party purchase of $250 or more. Carmina’s makeup is not only great quality, but it is surprisingly affordable. I’d add this to your Christmas wishlist or New Year’s resolution list.

carmina cristina makeup

Tonight, weather pending I guess, I have Happy Hour at Suba with one of my bests. It’s an early night before the weekend, which I’ll spend primarily at the mall slinging sauce for Torchbearer. You can find me at the Capital City Mall Friday night, Saturday afternoon and night and Sunday  night.

Of course, I’ll start Saturday on air with Bruce Bond — you can catch us LIVE each week from 9 a.m. to noon on WTPA 92.1.

Thankfully, the Steelers are on the damn TV on Sunday, so I can chill out before returning to the mall. Maybe I’ll even wrap some gifts.

Still shopping? Check out our Gift Guides here and on PennLive.

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? 

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It’s Not Too Early to Plan Your Spring Race

‘Tis the season for hot chocolate, Christmas carols and … picking your spring race!

I know, it seems hard to believe that it’s that time already, but if you’re planning to have a goal race this spring, now is the time to start looking at the calendars, examining races and determining what race will be on your schedule.

By utilizing a combination of active.com, HARRC and Runner’s World websites, here’s how I usually pick my races:

Big vs. Small

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Do you prefer large, big races with thousands of runners? Or do you prefer smaller races with just a few hundred runners and less amenities? For me, I prefer smaller races. Bigger races with all the runners and all of the congestion gives me anxiety. There’s just too much going on, and I am already stressed out enough. I like smaller races where I can easily get to a bathroom, where I know I can see any friends along the course. Running all alone during a race really doesn’t bother me. But, obviously, there are millions of people who love the thrill of a large race, the excitement that runs among all the participants and the opportunity to run with so many other athletes.

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CATEGORIES: Running, Travel

2014 Holiday Party {RECAP}

So this year I accidentally changed the party from a Friday to a Saturday — but by all accounts, I think this works better. We again returned to The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey — this time at the barn (which didn’t even exist — along with the brewery — the first year!)

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It was year two for a rainy night, but who cares when you’re warm and toasty indoors.

Find more photos on Facebook — tag yourselves!

Winemaker Paul and Brewmaster Ryan both created some really cool, custom bevs for the evening.

Ryan took the Brewery at Hershey’s Naughty & Spiced winter warmer and aged it on bourbon-soaked chestnuts. He dubbed it the “Naughty Sara Boozich.” It was delicious.

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Paul took a batch of fresh-pressed Weiser Orchard cider and fermented it on blueberries and Grand Marnier for an incredible, smooth, super-drinkable “Saranade Cider.”

"Saranade Cider"

“Saranade Cider”

There’s a small chance there is a bit leftover, so hurry out this week to try these one-time-only craft beverages.

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Holiday Happenings in Harrisburg Hershey

The holidays have always been a time to spend with family and unsurprisingly our area offers plenty of family friendly ways to do that.

From broadway musicals to breakfasts with Santa this list should be your guide to finding the perfect  holiday outing for everyone.

The 2014 Christmas Show
American Music Theatre
Now to Dec. 29
Tues. & Sun. 3 p.m.; Wed. 10:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Thur. 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7:30

It’s A Wonderful Life
The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Now to Dec. 23rd Matinee 11:45 a.m., Evening 6 p.m.
Dinner and a show ticket price $49-$55 and some $32 tickets available as well

A Chocolate Avenue Christmas
Hershey Lodge
Select days now through Dec. 28 with shows at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Lunch will be served before the noon shows and dinner prior to the evening shows.
Adults 13 and up $55.95 and children (3-12) $29.96.

A Popcorn Hat Christmas Carol

Gamut Theatre

Now to Dec. 20

Wed. & Thurs. 10:15 a.m. and Saturdays 1 p.m.

All tickets $8

Christmas at Fort Hunter Mansion Tours
Fort Hunter
Now to Dec. 23
Tues.- Sat.- 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sundays-12 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Adult $5, Senior Citizen $4 and Children $3

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CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Hershey, Holiday

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Giveaway: THE SANTALAND DIARIES {Open Stage of Harrisburg}

Crumpet is back by popular demand! And nothing says “holiday spirit” like temper tantrums and sozzled Santas!

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Open Stage of Harrisburg once again mixes up their offerings this holiday season with mature fare in David Sedaris’ wickedly funny THE SANTALAND DIARIES, playing Dec. 18-28 for eight performances only. Open Stage regular and staff member Stuart Landon will once again don the green velvet elf costume in the second revival of this one-man show.

Stuart Landon as David/Crumpet is the Zen master of comedy. Watching Landon is nothing less than magical; he brings to the role energy, hilarity and adorable mischievousness. He is that unique snowflake that you grab on to and pray hard that it never melts.”  – THE PATRIOT-NEWS

NEW this year! After the show, you can take a (S)ELFIE with Crumpet in the big red chair following each performance!

Admission is $25-35 Regular; $21 Student (with valid ID). Purchase online, by phone 717-232-OPEN (6736) or at the Open Stage Box Office, located at the theatre, 223 Walut St. (Hours: M-F, 12-2 p.m.)

THE SANTALAND DIARIES is recommended for mature audiences due to language.

This week we’re giving away two (2) tickets to THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Open Stage of Harrisburg.

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Holiday Party, Steelers, GIFT GUIDES for runners, #craftbeer, WINE & more

What a terrific party last night! Thanks to everyone who came out in the rain for great wine and beer. We’ll have an official recap post, as always, but a huge thanks to The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey for the custom brews: The Naughty Sara Boozich and Saranade Cider — and lovely hospitality as always.

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Take those Blowfish this morning, kids.

Today I’m hoping to finally do some Christmas decorating. By the way, how does one get rid of, say, half a dozen or so pumpkins without growing a future pumpkin patch in your backyard?

Of course we’ll probably grab some wings and beer for the Steelers game since it’s not on TV, totally putting a damper on my housework plans.

It’s officially the holiday season, now, by the way — and as soon as I finish editing it, I’ll have a big post of holiday-centric family friendly ideas, care of Jimi the Intern.

Meanwhile, let’s take a look back — Lots of good stuff this week, and I don’t want you to miss a thing.

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Steelers need a big win on the road

Note: Sunday’s Steelers game will not be broadcast on local TV. Head on out to your favorite sports bar to catch the game. And screw you, NFL! 

Last week the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to a team that they should have beat, which seems to be a trend this season. Fortunately, it didn’t hurt them as much as it could have, and they have a chance to make up that loss this week.

The Steelers are in the toughest division in the league with three teams tied at 7-5, with the opponent this week, the Cincinnati Bengals, sitting at the top at 8-3-1.

Oddly enough, this will be the first meeting of the season between these division rivals and they will play again in two weeks.

A win this week against the Bengals will go a long way as the Steelers try to get into the playoffs for the first time in three years.

It won’t be easy though. The Bengals are coming home after a three road game winning streak.

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CATEGORIES: Pennsylvania, Sports

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