Thoughts of Spring

March is the month we start to dream of warmer spring weather and think about getting back outdoors.
If you’re an avid gardener, you’ve probably already started planning and Cumberland Valley’s collection of garden centers and markets can help inspire your next flower or vegetable bed. Local favorites like Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses in Mechanicsburg, Highland Gardens in Camp Hill and Maplewood Produce & Greenhouses in Shippensburg offer tons of supplies, seeds, plants and are a wonderful resource for questions and tips.

If springtime for you means getting back outdoors, view Cumberland Valley’s Top 10 Hikes at They range in level of difficulty, length and offer scenic views of the Valley. Aside from hiking, the Valley offers easy-to-follow bike routes, bird-watching hotspots, fly-fishing, kayaking and more.

When the weather still isn’t cooperating, there’s plenty of great indoor places to have a good time. Take the kids for a hands-on learning experience to the Oakes Museum at Messiah College, Solider Experience Gallery at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center or the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

Looking for an evening out with just the adults? Browse the Valley’s breweries and nearby wineries for tastings, delicious food and live music. A good place to start is by following the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail on
Find even more fun spring things to do and plan your next getaway at
March is also filled with fun events and happenings throughout the Valley. View a sampling below.

Miniature Garden Workshop @ CALC – March 5th & 12th
The art of miniature gardening is the art of imagination. These whimsical mini gardens bring out the playful kid in all of us. Each miniature garden scene you create is a tiny work of art. In the first session, you will create elements for your garden. In the second session, you will put them all together.

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach @ Carlisle Theatre – March 5th-6th
Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach--and launches a journey of enormous proportions.

Fancy Flower Pots Workshop @ Caromal Colours – March 10th
Come for an evening of fun, food and paint! Workshops are BYOB events. Get ready for spring with these magnificent, fancy flower pots. Choose your own color to create custom pots for your porch, patio or herb garden. 3 pots and all other materials needed for this class and supplied, $45.

Introduction to Wine Tasting @ The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School – March 13th
Red vs. White; Dry vs. Sweet; Oak Fermentation vs. Stainless Steel. There’s a lot to learn when trying to raise your Wine-IQ. Come to this class where you will taste a variety of wines, nosh some munchies, and begin to understand what it’s all about.

Ballroom Dance Lessons @ The Luhrs Center – March 14th-April 25th
Seasoned dance instructor, Frank Hancock, will have you learning popular dance moves in the inspirational setting of the Luhrs Center stage. Beginners will learn the Tango, Cha Cha, Swing and Foxtrot, while the more seasoned Advanced class will learn the Mambo, Two-Step, Waltz and Rumba.

St. Patrick’s Day @ 1794 – March 17th
Join 1794 for St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans including a pig roast on the patio; Irish happy hour; Irish Whiskey flight; and Irish step dancers.

Colonial Tea Traditions @ Dill’s Tavern & Plantation – March 26th
Enjoy a day baking scones, cakes, and other tea-time treats by the hearthside. Learn basic skills accompanied by historically accurate tea and traditions. Learn more about why tea was such an important staple and tradition of our colonial ancestors. Class is limited to 10 participants. Cost is $100.

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