As I recover from one holiday party and gear up for the next, here’s a roundup of some events going on in the next few days:
As you’ll read in my column this Thursday, Breads ‘n Spreads is now open for business in Midtown Harrisburg at 1419 N. Third St. Please stop in and meet Shana. She’s open daily (including weekends) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Soup Spot has opened at the corner of Third and Union Sts. Stop in or call ahead, 232-SOUP.
The Midtown Scholar, which is working on setting up a new shop at the old Fissel building, was expecting to open their Famous Reading Cafe last month, but plans have been delayed. Read their blog to get details on this exciting project – now coming this spring.
Meanwhile, Midtown Cinema is amping things up, including expanding their Reel Cafe hours. Read more here.
Exciting times to live in Midtown. Between these additions, HACC’s Midtown campus, the in-the-works Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center and Tracy Manor condominiums, it’s a great time to get involved. If you live nearby, sign up for Friends of Midtown newsletter, or click here to join.
In last week’s column, I talked about some local holiday gift ideas like gift cards and tastes of local breweries. I also mentioned Erica Streisfeld’s blog, Wisdom4Winos, as a resource for finding inexpensive, quality wines. Erica, who also blogs at the Examiner.com about Harrisburg food and wine, recently posted a series on 12 Wines for Christmas at $12 or Less. Check them out here.
If you have a real cheesehead on your list, stop into Cheesetopia in Camp Hill, located in the back of the old borough building at 2201 Market St. They have loads of options for gift baskets and sets for the fromage lover in your life.
Get your enviro-conscious friends out of the junk mail pool once and for all. Green Dimes is selling its one-year premium service for just $20 for the holidays. Not only do they reduce your junk mail, but they plant 5 trees for you as well. To order a gift card, click here.
Gift certificates are available for the Pride of the Susquehanna.
Art House Lounge is having a huge sale on its featured artists’ work now through Dec. 31. Stop in and support local artists!
Get a little something for yourself. Buy a $50 Lola’s Day Spa gift card for your BFF and get a free $10 gift card for yourself. Offer expires Christmas Eve.
My weekend plans involve cleaning, laundry, shopping and gift-wrapping (glamorous, no?). Before all that, however, it’s the big date night with my dad – we’re off to see The Rat Pack is Back at Hershey Theatre. I was sort of hoping this was a holiday-themed show, since The Rat Pack Christmas has been cycling on my iPod, but it looks like the classics – which is still excellent. We went last year and had a great time.
Here’s some highlights of other weekend goings-on: