Memoria: The Means to an End

by: Micah Jacobs
November 8, 2017

Since 2013, the York County-based Memoria has been a force to reckon with in the metal and hardcore music scene.

With an arsenal of songs that touch on so many different aspects of metal, I could sit here and compare them to a dozen bands you already may have heard of. That is not to say they mimic other bands, however, they draw from various influences.

There are beautiful harmonies, hair-raising screams, soothing clean guitar sounds and, heavy low-end bass. One moment the double bass is increasing your heart rate, and the next your dropped into a beautiful progression of melodic chaos.

But, all of that is about to come to an end.

This Saturday, Nov. 11, Memoria will hit the Chameleon Club stage for one final performance. I caught up with Memoria vocalist Johnathyn Youmans to talk to him about his journey with Memoria and, what this final show means to him:

MJ: During the years, what has been your favorite moment with Memoria?

JY: For when we got to play with Atreyu. There was a crowd of about 3,000 people. It was absolutely mind-blowing to play on that level after busting our asses year after year. Finally, to have something that rewarding happen to us, playing with a band that we looked up to and have listened to since we were kids!

Why the decision to hang it up?

Life sometimes just kicks your ass. There are so many things we’ve accomplished and hurdles we’ve overcome to keep the band going and together, but there are too many uncontrollable things that get in the way and life is just moving on. We’ve put time, effort, money, and everything we can into this band. It’s hard to have a job, go on tour, come back and get a new job. If you want to have a personal life, a band is not the way to do it.

Tell me about what people can expect at the final show this weekend

Well, the cool thing about a farewell show is we are in control of what bands we booked. We have some great friends that are amazing musicians coming out to support us and, we are not even the best band on the bill. There are going to be a lot of emotions though, and hopefully a lot of beer!

It is sad to see a band like Memoria come to an end. I have no doubt we will see these guys, whether together or individually, still active in the music community in the future.

Music takes a lot of you but, it rewards you tenfold.

Head out to the Lizard Lounge at the Chameleon Club this Saturday, Nov. 11 to see Memoria one last time as they take the stage with Promise Breaker, RatgodThe University of South Vietnam School of Warfare, and Numerics.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are just $10 from Ticketfly.

Memoria – Tickets – The Lizard Lounge – Lancaster, PA, November 11, 2017 | Ticketfly

You can check out more of Memoria for yourself on their BandCamp page.

Categories: Lancaster, Music, Nightlife, York

Planning a Local Thanksgiving: Guest Feature

by: Sara Bozich
November 7, 2017

The following is a guest blog post by Julia James, Radish & Rye.

And so, despite the long-lingering summer that kept us warm through most of October, it’s November.

This means that not only has Sara had her baby, but that it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving.

I’m a pretty food-centric person, so I suppose it makes sense that Thanksgiving is my favorite of all the winter holidays. I love sharing a big meal with loved ones any day of the year, but I particularly love doing so with an intention of gratitude.

I also love that because we are theoretically, or at least sort of replicating or emulating a historic feast that occurred around this time of year in a place not too far away, there is a very natural focus on foods that are seasonal and local for us here and now.

Sourcing your local ingredients

In our household it has become a point of pride to have an all-local Thanksgiving — that is, a feast made almost entirely from locally grown ingredients — but I have to confess that I’m not sure we should be so proud because the truth is it isn’t all that challenging.

Last year, we did a turkey from Village Acres Farm in Mifflintown. This year, we’ll get one from North Mountain Pastures in Newport. 

north mountain pastures turkey

Feeling non-traditional?

Consider a ham from Sweat Pea Farm or a goose from Pecan Meadow Farm (they do turkeys, too).

Choices abound for side dishes, too. Last year, we had a pretty small table and didn’t want to go all out so we went fairly traditional with collard greens, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.

The ingredients for all of those dishes are very easy to get locally this time of year, either directly from your favorite farm at Farmers on the Square or the PA Open Air Farmers Market, or from Radish and Rye where we pull from a number of different local farms to get all in one place.

Setting a bigger table?

Other locally available in-season ingredients include a wide variety of squashes — butternut and acorn are the obvious ones — cabbage, sweet potatoes, pie pumpkins, carrots, parsnips, beets, turnips, rutabaga, onions, and the list goes on and on!

Customizing your plan

Often when I’m planning a meal, especially a locally focused meal, I’ll start by selecting the main ingredients and then seek out recipes.

When thinking about Thanksgiving, though, because the most traditional foods are what’s readily available locally, you might be able to get away with selecting the recipes first.

Again, much of this can be very easy. If you want to make sweet potatoes (and who doesn’t), they’ll be available just about anywhere locally grown produce is sold. The same is true for carrots, squash, and potatoes.

root vegetables radish & rye

Of course, anything calling for asparagus isn’t going to work for a local feast this time of year, but the pilgrims weren’t enjoying asparagus at their Thanksgiving either.

If you want to venture a little further afield from the strictly traditional, you start taking on some risk that your ingredients won’t be available. It’s going to be difficult for a farmer to guarantee ahead of time that they’ll have fennel bulbs, cauliflower, broccoli, or Brussel sprouts the specific week of Thanksgiving, but it’s likely, barring a super hard frost early in the month, that at least some of these will be available.

collard greens radish & rye

To mitigate the risk of planning on something that it turns out I can’t get after all, what I like to do is plan my meal around the ingredients I know will be available — the sweet potatoes, squashes, etc. — but have some ideas for sides to make depending on what else I can find.

Once I know what’s available, I can decide whether I’ll be making a fennel salad or braised cabbage (or both!); whether it’ll be a celery or celeriac going into the stuffing; and whether the mashed potato substitute (for those who don’t do potatoes) will be whipped cauliflower or squash puree.

As long as the big pieces are known and well-planned, making last-minute adaptions based on what’s available can be easy and even fun!

Harvest Tradition

We often think of Thanksgiving as a uniquely American holiday, but the truth is that harvest festivals are celebrated all over the world, giving thanks for the year’s bounty and for the stored crops that will carry the community through the winter.

For most of us, our survival is no longer directly tied to the success or failure of the local crops as it was 300 years ago, but whether or not we recognize it in our day-to-day lives, we are dependent on farmers for nearly everything we eat.

For me, choosing to make the Thanksgiving feast a local one acknowledges the role agriculture plays in our lives and communities and celebrates both the bounty of the harvest and the hard work of those who sustain us through their farms.

Eating locally reminds me that we live in communities of interdependence, bound to each other and to the earth in our successes and failures, in our joys and our struggles. It is humbling and uplifting — and for me, it is the very essence of Thanksgiving.

Meet Julia James

Julia and Dusty James, Radish & RyePurveyor, Radish & Rye Food Hub, Broad Street Market

Julia James has been a hobby locavore for years.

Since 2015, she and her husband, Dusty, have owned Radish & Rye Food Hub at the Broad Street Market, where they stock exclusively locally grown and produced foods, including organic produce, grass-fed meats and dairy, artisan bread, and much more.

When they’re not at the stand, Julia and Dusty are usually cooking, preferably while sipping on local beer or Spanish wine.

Comedy Night at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey {GIVEAWAY}

by: Sara Bozich
November 3, 2017

Wind down after the Thanksgiving holiday with Comedy Night at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey! 

vineyard at hershey

Throughout the year, The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey hosts regional comedians to transform the Red Barn into a comedy club.

For their next Comedy Night on Saturday, Nov. 25, they are featuring two regional comedians — Buddy Harris and Marc Staudenmaier.


The Comedians

Buddy Harris once gave up his comedy dreams, but thanks to the help of his two daughters, he got back in the game. Harris is young at heart, which gets him into trouble from time to time, and he shares it all with anyone who will listen.

Marc Staudenmaier is originally from Harrisburg, Pa., but now calls Downingtown home. He has been perfecting his craft for the past year to bring his own brand of observational humor to the audience.

While you’re having some laughs, be sure to check out the seasonal offerings from both The Vineyard and Brewery. Plus, stop by your favorite takeout joint before heading to The Vineyard to enjoy dinner with the show.

Seasonal Releases & Events at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey

This week, we’re giving away TWO (2) tickets to the next Comedy Night at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey.

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Categories: Comedy, Giveaway, LivePA

Holiday Portrait Photography Tips: Guest Feature

by: Sara Bozich
November 3, 2017

The following is a guest post by Nate Kresge, GK Visual.

Growing up in a house with a father who is a photographer meant that we had to look forward to the dreaded family Christmas photo every year.

Mom would figure out what matching outfits we would wear. Dad would arrange us in the most aesthetically way possible. My brother, sister, and I would sit there hating every second of it.

As we grew up, the outfits didn’t match as much and the poses became more candid. Finding the time that we could all be together for a photo became the tricky part.

I often see families stress over getting the perfect photo this time of year. Kids are home from college. Relatives are in from out of town. The pressure is on to grab a great shot.

Although we aren’t in the business of shooting family portraits at GK Visual, we have photographed a lot of families through our political work.

Here are a few tips that we’ve discovered over the years that have helped to get a great shot.

Don’t Over Think It

Too much planning for a photo yields a result of just that — a photo that looks overly posed. The most loved photos are the ones that have a candid feel.

Are you having everyone to your house over the holidays? Take them to the porch and tell them to pile onto your front steps. Maybe it will snow and you can have everyone throw snow at each other. Be creative and have fun.

Have the Camera Ready

Have your camera or cell phone ready to snap a photo at any time. When we shoot photos of families, we are constantly snapping shots. You never know when the stars will align and everyone will have smiles on their faces.

We once had a family with a young boy who we couldn’t get to smile. The father asked him if he knew any funny words, and the boy, without hesitation, yelled out, “penis!”


That made for a memorable family photo.

Stay Close

If you do plan on posing a photo, keep everyone close to each other. When the subjects are spread out, the lens of the camera exaggerates this, and it can make it look like people don’t like each other.

Find a situation that will keep your loved ones closer together. Steps to a back porch often work great.

Share Your Photos

For the most part, the people in your photos enjoy seeing them. Don’t let the photos just sit on your phone only to be rediscovered when you decide to find that picture of that great meal you just had to shoot for your Instagram.

Facebook is an obvious way to share these photographic gems. Another great way are digital photo frames. We bought one for my wife’s grandmother last year. We can upload photos from our phone directly to her frame.

Your family and friends can also upload to the same frame. Now G-Ma can see what all her grandkids are up to.

Happy holidays and happy shooting!

About Nate Kresge

Director of Photography, Executive Producer, Co-Owner, GK Visual

Nate Kresge is the founder and co-owner of GK Visual in Harrisburg. He grew up in Palmyra where his parents ran the photography studio, Main Street Studio. He currently lives in midtown Harrisburg with his wife Lauren.

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