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Fall Events Treat Families in HHR

Published: Aug 11, 2011

WorkPlay, PA (Hershey Harrisburg Region) – The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB) today announced the calendar of events for the region this fall. Here are some of the highlighted events. See more at

REGIONAL JAZZ & MUSICAL EVENTS – Summer thru Oct. 27, 2011 = LINK

National Civil War Museum:

“>1861: A New Exhibit” – Jan. 26, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011. The National Civil War Museum will open a series of year-long exhibits in recognition of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. In January of each year beginning in 2011 through 2015, each exhibit will highlight the events, battles and people of that particular year 150 years ago. The first exhibit, "1861" will focus on the year 1861. It will discuss the inaugurations of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, the road to secession, the firing on Fort Sumter, the Baltimore riots, and Lincoln’s call for troops, and much more about the events and people that defined this year in history.

INVENTIONS & INNNOVATIONS IN THE CIVIL WAR” – Sept. 16, 2011 to March 12, 2012. The origins of many modern day practices and inventions can be traced to the American Civil War and will be the focus of The National Civil War Museum’s latest changing exhibit. The time period during the Civil War resulted in the advent of new technology and innovation, including using hot air balloons for aerial reconnaissance, the beginning of a trans-continental railroad, wartime photography, the practice of embalming, standard sized clothing and much more. These topics and many more will be highlighted in this fascinating new exhibit. Artifacts will include repeating rifles, the Medal of Honor, various battlefield photographs, and clothing made from large-scale uniform manufacturing.

The Whitaker Center for Science & The Arts - “>Legends in Flight 3D: A New Generation” - Feb. 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011. From Da Vinci to the Wright brothers, flight has long been one of the wonders of human engineering. However, it has only been in the last 100 years that we have succeeded in truly taking to the skies and the technology of aviation continues to evolve every day. Legends of Flight takes its audience through a time warp, exploring the beauty and success of the airplanes that have made history all the way up to the science and ingenuity of the new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania – “Life through Time Exhibit” – Feb. to Dec. 31, 2011. The State Museum of Pennsylvania will reintroduce the Marshalls Creek Mastodon to the public with a special celebration on Sunday, February 27 when the new exhibit Life through Time opens. The mastodon, last exhibited in 2010 has been waiting patiently for its new home to be completed. Excavated in 1968 in Monroe County, PA, the Marshalls Creek Mastodon is one of the most complete skeletons of its kind discovered in the eastern U.S. Nearly 20 feet long and 9 feet high at its shoulder, the creature weighed 4 to 5 tons. Festivities will run from 12 noon to 4 pm and features performances by singer-songwriter Louie Miranda at 1 pm and 3 pm., a chance to meet Dr. Robert Sullivan, Curator of paleontology/Geology at 2 pm, self-guided tours of the new exhibit and more. Admission to the celebration is FREE with museum admission.

The American Music Theatre – “Dance Explosion!” July to Oct. 8, 2011. It’s the ultimate explosion of movement; sound and rhythm LIVE on the AMT stage! The dance craze has taken the nation by storm, and Dance Explosion is sure to burn up Central PA with the hottest moves around! From swingin’ jazz to contemporary pop, this heart-pounding sensation is a treat for the eyes and the ears. And with dazzling choreography and vocal feats, The AMT Cast and Band will ignite the stage with tango, swing, hip-hop, tap and more! Come see why America is in love with dance … Come feel the heat of Dance Explosion!!

Fort Hunter Park:

“Archaeological Excavation” – Sept. to Oct. 2, 2011. State archaeologists continue to uncover evidence of 1700s military and settlement life as well as objects from local prehistoric Indians. For the sixth season, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission staff will search for clues about the 1750s French and Indian War fort. Monday – Friday 10:00am - 3:00pm (plus Sundays, September 18 and October 2)

“Pennsylvania Indians Festival” – Oct. 2, 2011. Visit a wigwam, learn about Native American food, how they hunted and made fire. See tools, dances and clothing. Try out music instruments and create some beadwork. Food stand and a specialized museum shop from (1 - 4pm). Pre-register for Special Scout Hour – Questions? Email

City of Harrisburg – “Via Colori: A Street Painting Festival” – Sept. 25, 2011. VIA COLOR! An Italian street painting festival will be held in downtown Harrisburg! Beginning with an outdoor worship service at 10:30 a.m. followed by the festival activities from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. North 4th Street between Market and Walnut Streets will be closed as local and regional artists (both professional and amateur) literally paint the street. Each picture is sponsored by a business or individual. Proceeds go to the Bethesda Mission and Faith Based Ministries of Harrisburg. There will also be a bake sale and a food stand. Children can participate at their own area by drawing a picture and making a craft. Local music groups will provide live music throughout the event. Bryn Gibson of Harrisburg First Church of God, who has participated for several years, will be our featured artist. The event is sponsored by Harrisburg First Church of God as an outreach to our community. More artists and sponsors are welcome. For more information, you may call the church (717-236-8562) or Betty Lou Yanich, Event Chairman (717-236-8250). You can download sponsor or artist registration forms from the "Events" section of the church's website at

Hershey Theatre:

"Paula Deen Live!" – Sept. 30, 2011. The queen of Southern cuisine, a.k.a. Paula Deen, will bring her trademark wit, warmth and favorite recipes to the midstate! "Paula Deen Live!" will feature the popular Food Network personality, restaurateur and author sharing behind-the-scenes stories about her Emmy Award-winning show, answering questions from the audience and lots of cooking. "Once I walk on stage, there’s no telling what will happen," Deen said in the press release. "I always start with good intentions in the kitchen but by evening’s end I’m so involved with the audience and crying with laughter. There is nothing better than an audience that wants to play!" Touring with Deen will be her husband, Michael Groover, a harbor pilot, whom Deen describes as "my Ed McMahon." (7:00pm) Tickets are $44.75 and go on sale Friday, Aug 19th. A limited number of special VIP tickets will also be on sale for $100 and include a pre-show meet and greet.

“Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: It’s Time to Dance!“ – Oct. 9, 2011. On the heels of receiving two Daytime Emmy nominations and a Season 4 pick-up from Nickelodeon, Yo Gabba Gabba! announced that they will rock the preschool and young adult crowd at Hershey Theatre. Enthusiastic fans of all ages have the opportunity to see the characters come to life on stage for a live show experience like no other. Kia Motors America will reprise its role as presenting sponsor of the tour.  Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: It’s Time to Dance! Presented by Kia Motors promises to be a memorable experience, featuring a mix of classic Yo Gabba Gabba! favorites, as well as new songs and new performances. The state-of-the-art, high-energy production features DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee, and a mix of music, animation, games, singing and dancing. Yo Gabba Gabba! is one of the most popular series on television worldwide and on stage, with broad appeal among preschoolers, their indie-rock loving parents, teens and young adults. Showtimes: 2:00pm and 5:00pm.

“Young Frankenstein” - Oct 11, 2011. The classic Mel Brooks movie is ALIVE...and it's headed here! You'll have a monstrously good time at this spectacular new production, winner of the 2008 Outer Critics CircleAward and the Audience Award for BEST MUSICAL! Don't miss the sensational cast delivering all your favorite moments from the classic film, plus brand-new show-stopping numbers for the stage, including "Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and “Puttin' on the Ritz." This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen) as he attempts to create a monster--but not without scary and hilarious complications. The brains behind the laughter is mad genius and three-time Tony winner Mel Brooks himself--who wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book- along with his record-breaking team from The Producers: five-time Tony-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman and three-time Tony-winning writer, Thomas Meehan. (7:30pm) Every patron of the theatre needs to have a ticket, no matter what the age. Having a child sitting on your lap may be very distracting to patrons sitting near you. It could also hinder the view of the patrons sitting behind you. ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

AACA Antique Auto Museum – “AACA 2010 Eastern Division National Fall Mee” – Oct. 5, 2011. The 2011 AACA Eastern Division National Fall Meet in Hershey is the largest flea market and show in the world. FREE ADMISSION TO THE FLEA MARKET, CAR CORRAL AND CAR SHOW EVENTS! Daily paid parking fee is charged. AACA Museum located just off Rte. 39 West @ 1 mile from the Fall Meet field will have extended hours until 9 PM on October 6, 7 and 8. For more information on AACA Museum events and exhibits, view more details on this website or contact us at 717-566-7100. Four days of events include: FLEA MARKET: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Vendors must be 2011 members of AACA; CAR CORRAL: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. AACA recognized vehicles, 1985 and older. Sellers must be 2010 members of AACA; CAR SHOW: Saturday only. AACA recognized vehicles, 1985 and older. AACA judged vehicles for awards recognition. Owners must be 2010 members of AACA.

Hershey Gardens – “Bonsai: Living Art” – Oct. 7, 2011. Bonsai: Living Art of Central Pennsylvania Bonsai Clubs Exhibit. Bonsai is the ancient Japanese art form of growing miniature, ornamentally-shaped trees or shrubs in small pots or trays. Join the Susquehanna Bonsai Association as they exhibit dozens of bonsai trees in various shapes and sizes. Help select the best bonsai by casting your vote for the "People's Choice" award. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to the winning plant owners. The exhibit is included with your admission and will be located in The Butterfly House, which does not house butterflies during the winter season due to weather conditions and temperatures. ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Hersheypark® - “Hersheypark in the Dark” - Oct 14 - 30, 2011 (Select Dates*). Visit Hersheypark In The Dark and experience thrilling “roller ghosters,” spooktacular attractions, and exciting holiday-themed live entertainment! Kids 12 and under can also visit Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure, starting at Hershey’s Chocolate World and continuing deep inside Hersheypark in Treatville, our hometown village of sweets and treats. As the leaves change color, Hersheypark transforms into a Halloween treat for visitors of all ages. Hersheypark In The Dark features over 50 rides, including 10 exhilarating roller coasters! Plus, dozens of family-favorites will be open for the entire family to enjoy!
All Hersheypark In The Dark rides and entertainment are included in your one-price admission. Please Note: Cooler weather may affect the availability of certain rides. Go here for more information.
*Hersheypark in the Dark is open ONLY Oct 14-16, Oct 21-23 and Oct 28-30.

Hershey’s® Chocolate World® - “Hershey's Trick or Treat Adventure” – Oct. 14 thru Oct. 30, 2011. The road to Hershey's Trick-or-Treat Adventure for kids 12 and under starts at Hershey's Chocolate World featuring 3 stops, and continues deep inside Hersheypark in Treatville, our hometown village of sweets and treats. All kids 12 and under are invited to visit Treatville, located inside Hersheypark near FEARenheit. As you make your way through this Hersheypark neighborhood, make sure to stop at all 8 stops and receive a snack-sized treat* at each! *while supplies last. Treatville occurs only Oct 14-18; Oct 21-23 and Oct 28-30.

Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110
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Cell: 717.884.3328

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