Running: Sign-up for a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

by: Kelly Leighton
November 18, 2015

For the past few years, I’ve done “my own damn Turkey Trot” as part of my Thanksgiving tradition.

Sara & her friend Jamie ran the Carlisle Turkey Trot in 2011.

Sara & her friend Jamie ran the Carlisle Turkey Trot in 2011.

Prior to last year, the closest Turkey Trot was the Run for the Diamonds, a nine-mile race in Berwick. Unfortunately, Berwick is about 40 minutes from my parents’ house in Wilkes-Barre, and the race doesn’t start until 10:30 a.m. To cut to the chase, I just didn’t have the time to commit to this race.

So, I’d usually roll out of bed and run my favorite Wilkes-Barre loop, missing the hustle (aka stress) of being around the house on the morning of a major holiday, but also being envious of all the race photos I saw on Facebook.

However, last year, a five-mile race was introduced nearby, only a short drive from my parents’. I finally was able to do a real Turkey Trot!

Despite the fact that none of the four Garmin watches in my house were working that morning (I ran my first watch-less race, which I didn’t hate), and some snowfall, it was a good race. Even though I did it alone, I ran into friends there and had a great time. It was the perfect way for me to kick off one of my favorite holidays, because I am so thankful for running each and every day (cheesy, but oh-so-true. Just ask someone who is around me when I can’t run).

This year, I am continuing the tradition, and I’ve even talked my mom into taking an hour away from prepping for the big day (we typically have anywhere from 20-25 people), and running five miles with me. You know my mom is one of my favorite running buddies, so I am excited to share this day with her.

If you’re staying local this Thanksgiving, you are in luck, because there are a bunch of races in central Pennsylvania.

4 Local Turkey Trots:

Where are you running this Thanksgiving?

Categories: Holiday, Running

HAPPY HOUR: Open Stage of Harrisburg 12/19

by: Sara Bozich
November 17, 2015
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OK, so you already know that The SantaLand Diaries is returning to Open Stage of Harrisburg next month.

SantaLand Diaries OSH

This is a should-not-miss: We’re throwing a party ahead of the late Saturday night show on Dec. 19.

Open Stage of Harrisburg
Saturday, Dec. 19
8:30-10 p.m.; The SantaLand Diaries showing at 10 p.m.

I’m talking:

  • Full bar service
  • Great prices on Vineyard at Hershey wines, craft beer.
  • $5 Crumpetinis
  • Elf Yourself — Get an “Elfie” on Crumpet’s throne
  • FREE dessert bar
  • SPECIAL PRICING: $20 tickets to this show ONLY with code SBHH.


Can’t make it on 12/19, but want to see the show? Use code SARAXMAS to SAVE $10 off all tickets.

Good through Sunday, Dec. 13 ONLY.

Holiday Picks on #27Daybreak

by: Sara Bozich
November 16, 2015
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Ali Lanyon and James Crummel were kind enough to invite me back to the #27Daybreak studio this morning to share some great holiday weekend picks, including some great opportunities to get that holiday shopping done early (and in a fun way!).

Below, find the event details and links for all of my Thanksgiving/Black Friday/early December picks!

Bonus: This Thursday is Beaujolais Day!

Look for my PennLive column on Wednesday with details about Thursday tasting events.

#1 The Great American Black Friday event at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey

  • Starts at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 27
  • First bottled beer release — and it’s bourbon barrel-aged coffee stout!
  • Release of Naughty Holiday Spiced Wine
  • Toys for Tots Drive
  • MORE!

#2 Odd Ones Holiday Bizarre at The Millworks

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28
  • In its 10th year! One of a kind opportunity to buy local, original gifts
  • 25+ crafters, artisans, creators
  • PLUS, 35+ artists who call Millworks home

#3 Holiday Open House at Mount Hope Estate & Winery

  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 27-29
  • Sample wine and craft beer
  • Score discounts on event tickets
  • Family friendly crafts, etc.
  • FREE

#4 Holiday Ladies Night at Hauser Estate Winery

  • 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2
  • 10+ boutique vendors
  • Jewelry, makeup, spa, clothing, accessories, MORE

#5 Holiday Film Series at Whitaker Center’s Digital Cinema

  • Days, times vary
  • Classic holiday films on the BIG screen
  • Nov. 10-22: Christmas with the Kranks
  • Nov. 25, 27-29: The Polar Express 3D
  • Dec. 4-6: It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Dec. 11-13: A Christmas Carol 3D

#6 HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR with at Garlic Poet // Grain+Verse

  • 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9
  • FREE
  • $5 Chef’s Creations
  • $5 Holiday cocktails, select craft beers, wines
  • Prizes from Santa!


The Great American Black Friday Event

by: Sara Bozich
November 16, 2015
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Who needs to waste time at the mall on Black Friday? The best way to deal with the mayhem might be with a drink in your hand — plus, hello, multitasking.

Now an annual tradition, The Great American Black Friday Event at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey this year will feature:

  • Complimentary couples season passes to Decked-Out Live! 2016 for the first 25 guests waiting in line. Bonus: Next year’s lineup has been significantly expanded  and will include Decked-Out Live! unplugged
  • Release of our first bottled beer: Bourbon Barrel Aged Mean Cup O’Stout, an oatmeal coffee stout
  • Release of Naughty Holiday Spiced Wine
  • Complimentary mimosas
  • Gourmet breakfast flatbreads
  • Live music
  • Toys for Tots drive! The more you donate, the more you save at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey.

Doors open at 9 a.m. Black Friday morning!

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