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YWCA 5th annual Fall Fest Oct. 4

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg’s Junior Board will host its 5th Annual Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Camp Reily.

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The event features beer sampling, food from MoMo’s BBQ & Grill and live entertainment by local singer/songwriter Doug Burlew, who performs a mix of folk, rock and country.

This year’s feature brews include Fegley’s Devious Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Troegs Perpetual IPA, Weyerbacher AutumnFest, Deschutes Black Butte Porter and Victory Headwaters Pale Ale.

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The event runs from 4-7 p.m. Attendees also receive an official YWCA Fall Fest tasting pint glass.

Admission is $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased online, or by contacting Liz Martin at 717-234-7931 x3056.

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Fall Fest is organized by the YWCA Greater Harrisburg’s Junior Board. The Junior Board is a group of women ages 21-35 that dedicates its efforts toward YWCA programs, including Camp Reily, a 27-acre wooded property with a lodge, cabins and swimming pool.

More than 50 inner-city children attended the rural day camp each week during the summer and participated in a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, sports, character- and team-building exercises, and water safety and swimming lessons.

Proceeds from Fall Fest are used to purchase equipment for Camp Reily, make improvements to the camp and fund summer camp scholarships.

P.S. – Stay tuned, we’re giving away a pair of tickets next Monday!

Harrisburg Mall celebrates 45 years this Saturday!

Visit the Harrisburg Mall from noon to 2 p.m. this Saturday for the mall’s 45th Birthday celebration!

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At the entrance near 2nd & Charles at the Harrisburg Mall, enjoy:

Hope to see you there!

Giveaway: Central PA Oktoberfest at Hollywood Casino

TAKE 2! Hold on, we have TWO MORE VIP Tickets to Central PA Oktoberfest to give away!

ICYMI: In just a few weeks, Hershey Harrisburg Craft Beer Country hosts its second annual celebration of the local craft beer industry.

Central Pennsylvania Oktoberfest will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 at Hollywood Casino.

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The event features samples from 20 breweries, including the independent breweries of Hershey Harrisburg Craft Beer Country, complemented by authentic German-style Oktoberfest food. Your ticket includes a souvenir pint glass, plus, enjoy live music from Johnny Cash Tribute — Mr. David Stone.

A special VIP ticket includes early access, free food and small batch specialty beers from each brewery.

Tickets are $75 (VIP), $30 (GA/advance; $40/door). Designated driver tickets are just $10 and include two free sodas or waters.


This week, we’re giving away a pair of VIP tickets ($150 value!). Complete your entries by using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Psst – we’re also giving away a boatload of General Admission tickets over on our Facebook page

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Bridal, BRUNCH, #30daysofBourbon, Beer Blogs & MORE

On Friday night, I was excited to be a part of a successful surprise 40th birthday party for my boy, Jay. He impressively blew out all 40 candles in one breath — that’s doing it right.

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Dan lighting the candles for Jay’s 40th Birthday cake.

Watch: Headline: “Man blows out 40 candles in one breath, wish expected to come true.”

Afterwards, I returned home for a night on the couch with popcorn and The Fault in Our Stars. Cute movie (what is WITH movies these days? 2 hours of suck, usually!), but ouch — so sad.

Saturday morning I returned to my co-hosting duties on The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show on Saturday Morning. We talked with a radio professional, Walt Sabo, plus a surprise call-in from Dennis Owens — and a drop by from PJ Delaye.

Before heading out to a housewarming party, I got news that Kelly and Tim got engaged! Congratulations! I wish I had been able to celebrate with them last night, but will make up for it soon,  promise.

Congratulations Kelly & Tim!

Congratulations Kelly & Tim!

This morning, I’m heading over to the Park Inn to get my hair and makeup done in advance of the afternoon’s Bridal Show, in which Tierney and I both are modeling wedding dresses for Taylored For You.

And of course, it’s also Game Day. Luckily, the Steelers play at 8 p.m., so I won’t miss a thing.

Need to get your brunch on? We have some new additions to the Best Brunch Spots list.

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Happy Hour Recap {MoMo’s}

This past Wednesday, we hosted another Happy Hour back at MoMo’s BBQ & Grill. It was great to see folks out for our mid-week break.

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Thank you — as always — to MoMo’s for hosting. We snacked on a variety of meaty treats (plus pierogies).

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Plus, W&L shared samples of Finch’s Threadless IPA ($3 pints for Happy Hour, too!).

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We also initiated new intern, Jimi Werner, to the team. Be sure to check out his Steelers pregame reports.

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As always, a huge THANK YOU to Bart of Kollision Media and Hop Hedz Gear for capturing the fun. You can find the full album on Facebook (don’t forget to “like” us!) — tag yourselves!

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And THANK YOU to everyone who came out for another terrific mid-week party. We’re looking forward to the next one — Wed., Nov. 5 at The FireHouse. Details coming soon!

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Steelers look to get back on track

After a tough loss to their rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers will look to get back on track when they face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday Night Football on NBC at 8 p.m.

This is the first NFC opponent that the Steelers will face this year. The last time these two met was in 2010 and the Steelers won 27-3 and are 4-1 against the Panthers all-time.

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After getting off to a record start in their first game, the Steelers offense has fallen on its face. In the last six quarters they have scored a total of nine points and have given up 50 in the same amount of time.

The Panthers are +6 in turnovers but they have been giving up some yards, which is an area that the Steelers could capitalize on. The Panthers defense can be one of the best in the league and are led by one of the best linebackers in the league Luke Kuechly.

Offensive identity is an important aspect of successful team and the Steelers haven’t seemed to find theirs yet, but it’s safe to say it’s going to be pass first and that’s what Todd Haley’s offensive philosophy has been from day one.


CATEGORIES: Pennsylvania, Sports

5 Beer Blogs to Follow

Keeping up with the craft beer scene isn’t always easy. I am dedicated to reading my feedly every day to be in the know, so that I can share it with all of you. While I of course want you to keep reading everything that I write here as well as at Stouts and Stilettos, we can’t get to it all every week. Want the scoop on what I follow each week? Check out these 5 blogs that I just can’t do without.

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The Beeroness

Cooking with craft beer is something that I absolutely adore. I, however, don’t have the expertise on creating the recipes myself and knowing where to sub out beer for other parts of the recipe. This is why The Beeroness exists. She’s a craft beer recipe master to the extraordinaire! From appetizers to desserts and everything in between, The Beeroness has the craft beer recipe for every occasion. My personal favorites are Coconut Curry Belgian Ale Chicken and Bacon Beer Dip (which is great for your football Sunday).

CB.com_The officially official website, in my opinion, of everything craft beer is of course Operated by the Brewer’s Association of America, offers everything you could need from basic beer news, beer education, event announcements and more. Some of my favorite and most credible information comes from their website. My favorite post to-date instructs consumers on how to identify when your beer isn’t quite right and how to verbalize this to a bartender without sounding like a complete jerk. Now that’s some real conversation for you, check it out here.

Craft Beer and Brewing

CBNB_summer14Yes, you can (and should) subscribe to Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine, but you can also read their articles online. I love actually holding and reading the magazine when I get it quarterly, and have actually dog-eared and written comments in the margins on this one because I enjoy it that much. They’ve been putting out some fantastic content recently, and I favor their articles where they interview brewers of note and ask them to put together their “fantasy 6-packs.” Trust me, it’s not as easy as you think. Expect to find these articles alongside muses about beer styles, brewing trends, style education and home brewing recipes and tips.

Paste Magazine’s Drink Section

Paste-Magazine-LogoI am a lover of lists and bold opinions, and if you are too then Paste’s drink section is the place for you. They’ve compiled such important checklists as great beer-centric hotels, weird beers, interesting beer coozies, and “top lists” for days. I actually find a lot of inspiration in what they right and use them as a challenge to continue to create concise yet relevant content.

Brooklyn Brewshop’s The Mash

brooklynbrewshopIf I could have a dream job that wasn’t writing for myself all day long, it would be working for the Brooklyn Brewshop’s blog. They have weekly 2 o’clock beer tastings which they share in The Mash, they provide the basics of craft beer-ism such as glassware styles and their uses, they share homebrewing tips and tricks, and more from cooking with beer to trips to take. They’ve got a great mix of stuff to learn and know which I love to share with everyone I know. Be sure to check out their home cider making kit which is perfect for this time of year in central Pa.

CATEGORIES: Craft Beer, Food/Drink

Weekend Roundup 9/18

This month just won’t stop. Thanks to everyone who came out last night for another great Happy Hour at MoMo’s! As usual, I’ll have a recap post up by the weekend.

Tonight, I’ll be sharing free samples (and glass giveaway!) at The Garlic Poet, while Shea Quinn does his thing (7-9 p.m.)

On Friday, I’m attending a SURPRISE party! Woohoo, then, like chilling out. You know how I like my Fridays by now.

#TBT to #sbhh at Felicita in 2012 and when my husband had a cane.

#TBT to #sbhh at Felicita in 2012 and when my husband had a cane.

Saturday morning, I return to my cohosting duties on The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show on Saturday morning on 92.1 WTPA “The Rock.” Following, a house-warming party.

My weekend is capped with the Sunday night Steelers game, though before that I’ll be modeling wedding dresses at the Park Inn Wedding Show (Tierney too!) with Taylored for You, which is where I bought my dress for my wedding.

Of course, as you know, this weekend, along with the bulk of September, is PACKED, including at least ample wine and beer festivals — and loads more. Grab a pen and plan out your weekend now!

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?


5 Ways to Come Back After a Bad Race

A friend of mine had a bad race at the Harrisburg Half Marathon last week. She had trained hard, but last Sunday, she just didn’t have a good race and was disappointed in her results. Knowing about my Boston Marathon experience, she asked me, “How did you come back from that? How do you get over a bad race?”

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It’s true, in the days — sometimes weeks after a race gone “bad,” it can be tough to focus on anything else. After Boston, I had a really hard time dealing with it. I was so disappointed in my experience, and I felt like I never wanted to run another race again. Luckily, I’ve gotten over that, but it took some time.

Here’s my advice on coming back from a disappointing race:

Ditch the watch. I’ve written about this before, but I never wear a watch when I run. I map everything out prior to when I run, and just go for it.  I know that most runners think that’s crazy, but it works for me. It makes me actually enjoy running because I am not staring at my wrist. I am not classifying this run as good or bad by what my pace is.  I am just running. If I need a slow day, my legs make that decision for me. If I need a fast day, I pick it the hell up and go for it. Running without  a watch has made me love running for what running is. Not for how fast or slow I am. This really helped me after Boston, because I never knew how fast I was running. I just ran to run.

Don’t blow it out of proportion. It’s ONE race. Maybe you had a bad day. Maybe you didn’t sleep well the night before, maybe you didn’t eat enough, maybe you didn’t taper enough, etc. Just because you had a shitty race, does not make you a shitty runner. Pick yourself up.

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CATEGORIES: Fitness, Running


September is National Bourbon Heritage Month

So, you know how every other day seems to be a “National [insert food or beverage] Day”? Well, National Bourbon Heritage Month — you’re in it — is actually a Congressionally-recognized salute to our country’s official liquor.

September celebrates the bourbon industry’s long American history, legacy and tradition.

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Kentucky is the birthplace of bourbon; a true bourbon can only be made in the United States. Corn must comprise at least 51 percent — but not more than 79 percent of the grain. This is what gives bourbon its sweeter flavor profile over rye-based whiskies. Master distillers may create a single-barrel bourbon from a single superior barrel, or a small-batch bourbon by blending a few of the best barrels.

Fun fact: There are more bourbon barrels in Kentucky than there are people.

Love bourbon — or want to get to know it better? Check out these Great Bourbon Cocktails of the Season from Raise Your Spirits, a local blog crafted by mixologist/consultant Michael Nagy. See more:

Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits also offers some bourbon-y cocktails to try:

Country Boy Old Fashioned

  • Country Boy Old Fashioned1-3 sugar cubes
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 cherry (without stem)
  • 1 half orange slice
  • 2 oz Jim Beam Bourbon
  • Splash of seltzer, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale

Place first four ingredients in an old fashioned glass and muddle until sugar is dissolved. Add cracked ice and pour in bourbon. Top with a splash of seltzer, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale; stir gently. Garnish with a fresh slice of orange.

Knob Creek Bourbon Fizz – by Chef Michael Symon

  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 1⁄2 oz simple syrup
  • 1⁄2 oz lemon juice
  • 11⁄2 oz Knob Creek Bourbon
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 oz orange soda

Muddle two sprigs of thyme and simple syrup in a shaker. Add lemon juice, bourbon, egg white and ice. Shake vigorously for one minute. Strain over fresh ice and top with thyme.

Find more bourbon and bourbon-based recipes on Pa. Fine Wine & Good Spirits Pinterest Board!

CATEGORIES: Food/Drink, Pennsylvania


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