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Fall & Harvest in the HHR - 10 Story Leads for 2009

Published: Nov 1, 2008

Dear Friends,

Fall is upon us and there is no better place to enjoy the harvest of the season than in the Hershey Harrisburg area of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country Roads Region. From elaborate corn mazes and haunted amusement parks to new restaurants serving local products and of course Hershey’s candy galore, this region is a cornucopia of treats for your senses.

If you have interest in any of the TOP 10 STORY TREATS outlined in this letter, I would be happy to help you gather more information for an article. As always, if you are a writer or reporter on assignment for a story featuring our area, it would be my pleasure to work with you to develop a customized itinerary for a visit this fall. Contact me at Rick@HersheyHarrisburg.org or call 717-231-2992.


Rick Dunlap

Director of Communications & Public Relations


  1. New Restaurant Now Open at The Hotel Hershey Brings Local Flavor from Field to Fork

A new restaurant namedHarvest” located on the grounds of The Hotel Hershey is part of the Hotel’s $67 million “Grand Expansion” that opened this summer.  The restaurant features regional American cuisine with a heavy focus on local and organic products from Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country Roads Region.

“Our cuisine will always feature artisanal and organic products from the bounty of the local farms of Lancaster and the surrounding counties of central Pennsylvania,” said Brian O’Day, general manager of The Hotel Hershey.  “This region is widely recognized as the ‘breadbasket’ of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The ‘genuine cuisine’ we’re presenting allows for the honest and true flavors of the product to speak to each dish and every pallet while reducing our carbon footprint.”

Ken Gladysz, executive chef of The Hotel Hershey, reports that his culinary team has sought out meats, vegetables and seasonal fruits from specific farms and growers, striving to keep as much as possible coming from within a 100-mile radius of Hershey. “We work closely with local farmers and farmers co-ops to only offer the freshest of ingredients,” Gladysz said.

Harvest is a proud member of Slow Foods USA and the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture. A sampling of farms and growers that Harvest works with includes Adams County Apples of Biglerville, Creekside Farms of Perry County, Green Meadow Farm of Lancaster, Groffs Meats of Elizabethtown, Longs Farm of Lancaster, Todd Farm of Nottingham, and Willis W. Gibbel Farms of Brunnerville.

Harvest seats 150 guests, with private dining available for up to 28 guests.  Weather permitting, an outside patio, complete with fire pit that seats 24. Private meeting and banquet space, which includes an open-air deck that overlooks the property, is available for up to 130 people.  Also located inside the restaurant building, an adults-only bar includes seating for eight guests at the bar and seating for 26 at tables. The drink menu features a variety of beers and microbrews, as well as an American wine list with more than 35 selections.  An adult game room, open to guests ages 16 and older, includes pool tables and shuffleboard. A kid’s game room features video games.

Harvest is open for lunch and dinner, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Bar hours are 11:30 a.m. to midnight daily. The restaurant hours will adjust seasonally.


  1. Hersheypark In The Dark & Zoo America is a Treat with One-Price Admission

For three weekends in October, Hersheypark In The Dark offers Halloween fun for the entire family, including Hersheypark roller coasters, Halloween-themed shows and attractions, and your favorite fall food!

The road to Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure (for kids 12 & younger) starts at Hershey’s Chocolate World and continues deep inside Hersheypark in Treatville, our hometown village of sweets and treats.

All Hersheypark In The Dark rides and entertainment are included in your one-price admission, as is Creatures Of The Night at ZooAmerica, a nocturnal look at the Zoo’s residents, when entered from within the Park.


  1. Boo! Halloween at Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story will be a Haunting Good Time

Hershey Gardens – this season bring your flashlights to the Pumpkin Glow on Friday, October 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. and walk the garden path while marveling at the spooky illuminated carved pumpkins.  Kids - come in costume and “trick or treat” at the Gardens.  Admissions purchased after 6 p.m. on Friday, October 16 are also valid for entry on Saturday, October 17, which brings the Jack ‘O Lantern Jamboree.  From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Gardens will come alive with festive fall and Halloween games, crafts and activities.
The Hershey Story - Trick-or-Treat Time Machine (Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 17 through Nov. 1)
Come to The Hershey Story, The Museum On Chocolate in October for a unique blast from the past.  Design your own bag and receive a Hershey Halloween mask.  Visit the Museum Experience and collect special candy treats illustrating each era of Hershey history.  Snap a great family photo against a vintage Hershey Halloween advertising art backdrop.  You may wear own costume or choose one from our costume trunk!  Activities are free with Museum Experience admission.



Fall just got a lot sweeter with family fun for everyone this season in Hershey

Fall just got a lot sweeter with family fun for everyone this season in Hershey.  HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD attraction is your Halloween Headquarters! Stock up on favorite HERSHEY'S Trick-or-Treat candy for all your Halloween party needs. Warm up with a cup of signature HERSHEY'S hot cocoa, or treat yourself to one of the famous homemade desserts or cookies from HERSHEY'S Bake Shoppe.

Looking for a fall bargain? Stop by Factory Overstocks inside HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD for special promotions all month long.

At HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD we have chocolate family fun for everyone all throughout the Halloween season! The road to HERSHEY'S TRICK-OR-TREAT ADVENTURE for kids 12 and under starts at HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD, then continues inside HERSHEYPARK at Treatville. HERSHEY'S TRICK-OR-TREAT ADVENTURE begins Oct. 16 and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Nov. 1.

HERSHEY'S TRICK-OR-TREAT ADVENTURE starts at 4 p.m. on Fridays, and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and will close at 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 9 p.m. on Sundays. Looking for family entertainment? Stop by the KIT KAT "GIMME A BREAK" Café for FREE Halloween Storytelling from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Halloween in Hershey.

New for 2008, Halloween StorytellingA Spooky Night at Chocolate World,” is an interactive journey of the imagination where the audience is the star. The 30-minute adventure takes place inside the theater of Hershey’s Chocolate World, and is complete with special effects and Hershey’s brand candies for all participants.  A Spooky Night at Chocolate World opens Oct. 17, with shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Nov. 2. Show times are 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the 3D Theater Box Office inside Hershey’s Chocolate World.

In addition, visitors can experience fun for the whole family by trick-or-treating throughout the Hershey attractions.  The road to Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure for kids 12 and under starts at Hershey’s Chocolate World, then continues inside Hersheypark® at Treatville. Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure begins Oct. 17 and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Nov. 2. Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure starts at 4 p.m. on Fridays, and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and will close at 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 9 p.m. on Sundays.


  1. Fall Dining -- Hershey, Savory & Sweet in all seasons -- Fall Culinary Events 2009-2010

Oktoberfest at Hershey Lodge
September 20 – October 4
Celebrate the traditional festival of Oktoberfest at the restaurants of Hershey Lodge, featuring Hershey Grill, The Forebay and The Bears’ Den with our special Bavarian-inspired menus and beverage offerings.

Wild Mushroom and Game Menus at Hershey Lodge
October 7 – 31
Mushrooms are a worthy addition to almost any savory dish, adding a powerful dimension to meat dishes.  Enjoy special menus prepared by the Hershey Lodge culinary team pairing wild mushrooms and game.

Beaujolais Wine Menus at Hershey Lodge
November 4 – 30
Visitors will want to try the special menus created to compliment the various Beaujolais wines featured throughout the month, visit The Forebay, Hershey® Grill, and Lobby Bar.


  1. Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts Offers Spooktacular Science (Oct. 23–25 & Oct. 30–Nov. 1)

Frighteningly fun festivities!

Come to the Science Center at Whitaker Center for a close encounter with creepy crawly critters, see a pumpkin “bleed,” and find out how bats communicate.  Our very own ‘mad scientists’ will perform chilling chemistry demonstrations, tell spooky science stories, and provide make-and-take activities. Free with Science Center admission.

IMAX® Movie: Haunted Castle 3D (Opens October 2, 2009)

When a young musician inherits a mysterious castle, he discovers haunting spirits and a host of eerie sights. Running Time: 40 min. This film is not rated.  For tickets and more information, visit whitakercenter.org or call 717/214-ARTS.


  1. Gala “Night At The Museum” at Antique Auto Museum To Kick Start AACA Hershey Fall Meet

It is with great excitement that the Antique Automobile Club of America family will again join forces with RM Auctions to host a gala ‘Night at the Museum’ charity auction on Wednesday, October 7, 2009.

Returning to the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA this exciting annual event will present an evening of cars and fundraising at its finest, kick starting this year’s eagerly awaited AACA Eastern Division Hershey Meet.  A featured highlight of the event will be a charity auction of exclusive automotive experiences like the BMW Performance Driving School or dinner with Jeff Mahle a Great Race expert.  Other unique hobbyist items such as a personally signed pedal car by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and original artwork by Dan Reed and Ken Eberts will all benefit the AACA Club, Library and Museum

“The AACA’s Hershey Meet is a fall tradition for motoring enthusiasts across the continent – we are delighted to be participating in the activities again this year with our annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey auction, as well as be the presenting sponsor of the Night at the Museum event,” said Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder of RM Auctions.

This year’s event will again be built around the museum’s outstanding range of automotive exhibitions – one presenting a chronological history of automobiles over the past nine decades.  Special exhibits will include “The Sports Car in America” featuring 28 fantastic two-seaters and “Fast from the Past: Competition Motorcycles of Yesteryear” featuring more than 45 rare vintage competition bikes.  

Also on special loan during this time will be two stainless steel classic cars produced by ATI Allegheny Ludlum, as well as a 1911 Oldsmobile Limited 7-Passenger Touring, the only completely unrestored and original example of the mighty Oldsmobile Limited in existence, and the legendary 1953 Cadillac Le Mans #3 General Motors Dream car, one of just four produced and only two surviving examples.

The evening will also incorporate a special keynote presentation by featured guest speaker, David E. Davis, Jr. A world renowned automotive journalist, Davis is a member of the International Motor Press Association and recipient of four Lifetime Achievement Awards in Automotive Journalism. In addition, he was named ‘Dean of American Automotive Writers’, by Time Magazine and ‘One of the Three Hottest Editors in the US’ by AdWeek.

The auction component of the evening will incorporate both a silent and live auction with all proceeds supporting the AACA family.  Unlike traditional auctions which largely focus on keep-sake memorabilia, the live auction will focus on a range of unique ‘money can’t buy experiences’, specially assembled by AACA and RM Auctions with the ultimate car enthusiast in mind.

Highlights include:

  • Be the Cover Story of Car Collector magazine! – Car Collector and Publisher Jeff Broadushas graciously donated an opportunity for a front cover photo and accompanying article in a future edition of their magazine.
  • BMW Performance Driving School Experience - a one day car control class at the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina, including two-night accommodations at the Marriott Hotel, a tour of the BMW Museum and factory, and the loan of new BMW X5 or X6 to enjoy during the visit!
  • A miniature Impala SS pedal car personally signed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  • An original artwork by nationally renowned automotive fine artist Ken Eberts, featuring the Packard of legendary hobbyist and lifetime member of the AACA, Mr. Bob Turnquist This artwork was unveiled at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and will also be the basis for the popular Hershey Fall Meet poster.

Tickets to this not-to-be-missed event are $150 per person. For reservations, please contact Amanda Eshenour at 717-566-7100 ext. 101. Auction items are updated frequently, so please visit www.NightatTheMuseum.org.

Proudly sponsored by RM Auctions, the Night at the Museum charity gala will form part of the annual AACA Hershey Fall Meet and act as a prelude to RM’s annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey auction, to be held October 8th and 9th, 2009. The annual AACA Hershey Fall Meet, held in the club’s hometown of historic Hershey, Pennsylvania, is one of the largest and oldest antique automobile shows and flea markets in America, making its debut in 1955.

For further information on the AACA Hershey Fall Meet, please visit www.aaca.org.

About the AACA

The Antique Automobile Club of America is an international organization with members in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries around the world, with over 400 AACA Regions and Chapters. Formed in 1931, the aim of the AACA is the perpetuation of the pioneer days of motoring by furthering the interest in and the preservation of antique automobiles, as well as the promotion of sportsmanship and of good fellowship among all AACA members. Today, the AACA is the largest club in the world dedicated to furthering interest in and preservation of antique automobiles and their history. For more information on the AACA organization and events visit www.aaca.org.

About the AACA Museum

The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, a member of the Smithsonian Institute Affiliations Program, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1900’s – 1970’s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is one of the nation’s newest and largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles.  The Museum is located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information on the AACA Museum and events visit  www.aacamuseum.org.

About RM Auctions

Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world’s rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, England. RM’s restoration division achieved unprecedented accolades in 2006, when the Company earned “Best of Show” honors at the world’s top three collector car events in a single year. www.rmauctions.com.

NEW at the Museum…

On another note, we just added a Trunk or Treat event from October 31st from 1-3 where guests 12 & under will decorate their own treat bag then visit various “treat” stops throughout the Museum.   This was just finalized this week and will hopefully be an annual event.


  1. Fall-Themed Treatments Return to The Spa At The Hotel Hershey

As fall approaches, guests can ease their bodies into cooler weather by experiencing the warm colors, delicious fragrances and festive ingredients found in the seasonal offerings at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey.  Available for a limited time only – from October 1 through November 30 – the Spa’s seasonal treatments are as follows:

  • Pumpkin Spice Scrub
    This ultimate spa treatment smoothes away dullness while leaving skin polished and glowing. The treatment makes an ideal appetizer (pre-treatment) for the Spice Soufflé Wrap. (30 minutes, $65*)
  • Spice Soufflé Wrap
    This body treatment uses a delicious combination of spices to soften and revitalize the skin. The treatment begins with a dry body brush exfoliation, which is followed by a light application of spice soufflé. Guests also enjoy a relaxing scalp massage. A light body massage application of spice soufflé butter completes the experience. (50 minutes, $125*)

Pumpkin is known for its anti-aging, detoxifying, energizing and nourishing benefits to the skin. Pumpkin also is known as a nutritional powerhouse for body scrubs and wraps and is the perfect ingredient for post-summer skin care.

Both the Pumpkin Spice Scrub and the Spice Soufflé Wrap use Warren Botanicals products. Warren Botanicals is a Hawaii-based company that specializes in developing and manufacturing natural aromatherapy products. All of the company’s products are formulated from Kona, Hawaii, using only the purest and most potent essential oils from around the globe. 

Spa-goers can combine the Pumpkin Spice Scrub and Spice Soufflé Wrap for an 80-minute scrub and wrap Fall Spa Package experience and receive a 10 percent discount.** For more information, visit www.ChocolateSpa.com or call 1-877-772-9988 to schedule appointments.  *A 20 percent service charge will be added to the bill for all treatments. This offer may not be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion.

**This special is available Monday through Thursday only. A 20 percent service charge will be added to the bill for all treatments. No substitutions are allowed, and this may not be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Treatments must be taken by one (1) person in one (1) day and must be scheduled in advance.

  1. Corn Maze Dedicated To Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – The State of Independence!

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm’s New Amazing Maize Maze - Open now thru Nov. 7 with 36 farm fun activities, special events – and Geocaching!

The Amazing Maize Maze® is billed as the world’s largest interactive game with music and a script. This year’s maze features 23⁄4 miles of intertwining paths that take you around the massive maze in the shape of the state of Pennsylvania including a special section for the Dutch Country Roads Region.

The family will be entertained with interactive displays, hidden puzzles and for the first time, a Geocaching Challenge with GPS units provided with pre-programmed coordinates for treasure.

The farm’s Courtyard and Barnyard have their own attractions, including the giant jumping pillows; Farm Ed Center, with live baby chicks hatchery and interactive displays; Farm Animal Center, with Amazing Goat Mountain and Walk-thru Chicken Coop; Make-A-Friend Workshop, where kids can make Amish dolls and learn about Amish culture; Singing Chicken Show, starring nine animatronic birds who croon old-time tunes; Farm Pedal Track; Rain Room to cool off; and Cherry Crest Express and a Farm Tour Wagon Ride.  The experience includes Pumpkin Slinger; Tunnel Maze and Obstacle Course; a 3-acre labyrinth for people who want to experience a walk-thru maze in lieu of the 5-acre logic maze; plus an enclosed Lil’ Farmers Playland for small children.

New additions include an educational Corn Crib and Bee Barn; the Big Ball Corral with Giant Volley Ball; Tether Ball and two Four Square Games; as well as a Baby Changing and Nursing Room.

Special events throughout the season include live music, zany contests, games and prizes and a Kids Pedal Tractor Pull; Dairy and Conservation Weeks; Armed Forces Day; and a Cruise-In for classic cars. 

LOCATION: 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA.– in the heart of PA Dutch Country about 12 miles east of Lancaster, off of Rt. 741, Paradise Township. Free parking is available adjacent to the maze.

HOURS OF OPERATION:  Summer Hours: (July 4-Aug. 31) Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am until dusk.  Fall Hours (Sept. 1-Nov. 7) Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am until dusk, and every Thursday Oct. 1-Nov. 7 10am-5pm.  Also open holiday Mondays (Sept. 7 and Oct. 12), as well as Sept. 14-19 (Train Week) from 10am-5pm. Open weather permitting. Last entrance to the maze is 90 minutes prior to closing. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

FOOD: Cherry Crest Adventure Farm offers a Food Corral in the Courtyard for burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and wraps, garden and fruit salads, funnel cakes, hand-dipped ice cream and snow ice, beverages, Cherry Crest Kettle Corn, Lancaster’s Best Fudge, and the ever popular fresh roasted corn on the cob. In the Barnyard you’ll also find the Barnyard Cafe and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade. Inside the maze there is the Corn Cafe with umbrellas and tables with seating, plus a selection of snacks and beverages.

SPECIAL EVENT DATES:  Train Week Sept. 14-18; Armed Forces Day Sept. 19; Potato Festival Sept. 26; Sukkos Holiday Oct. 6 with a special menu by Central PA Kosher Mart; Pick-Your-Own To Take Home Sept. 26-Oct. 31 Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and Saturday Harvest Round-up Festivals Sept. 26-Oct. 31 noon-6pm with special kids activities (at additional cost) like pony rides, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting and more. The popular night-time Flashlight Mazes & Hayride (where your own flashlight guides the way) are Friday-Saturday Oct. 2-Nov. 7 from 6:30-10pm.

ADMISSION:  All Day ”a-Maze-ing Fun” (includes 36 Farm Fun activities in the Maze, Barnyard and Courtyard plus free parking and free photo souvenir) $14.95 adults, $12.95 kids age 3-11. ”Farm-tastic Fun” (includes everything but the maze) $11.95 age 3 and up. Railroad Farm Fun – combo tickets for both the Strasburg Rail Road and Cherry Crest Adventure Farm – $27 adults, $19 kids age 3-11. Children age 2 and under admitted free of charge. Flashlight Mazes $10 adults, $8 kids age 5-11. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Groups of 20 or more can pre-purchase tickets by calling (717) 687-6843. Toll Free (866) 546-1799.

GROUP CAMPFIRES: Packages with food options are designed for groups of 20 or more. Includes Fall visit to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm and 2-hours at a campfire from 3-5pm, 5:30-7:30pm or 8-10pm. Available dates include Friday or Saturday Oct. 2-Nov. 7. For complete details log onto CherryCrestAdventureFarm.com/campfire.asp.

SCOUT CAMPOUTS:  Designed for Scout troops and includes overnight camping trip, campfire, corn maze, wagon rides and more. Girl Scout Campout Friday, Oct. 2, Cub Scout Campout Friday, Oct. 9, and Boy Scout Campout Friday, Oct. 16. For complete details log onto CherryCrestAdventureFarm.com/scoutcamp.asp.

OVERNIGHT LODGING: For up to 8 guests is available at Cherry Crest Meadows Farmhouse Suite.

Call (717) 687-5656. E-mail stemple@hydrosoft.net.


  1. Perry County has Leaf Peepers Covered – with over 14 Covered Bridges, Hiking, Driving Tours & More!

Driving tours and shutter bugs will be in foliage heaven in Perry County with covered bridges or “Kissing Bridges” as the locals would say. This is a great area for car and motorcycle touring in the fall, with stops along the way for art galleries like the Perry County Council On the Arts, wineries like Hunters Valley, and free outdoor activities including Little Buffalo State Park, plus the Appalachian Trail for those who want to park and pack.

Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110