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As the U.S. Army and Installation Management Command face a changing environment, one characterized by reduced resources, leaders at Carlisle Barracks are committed to preserving quality of life on the installation despite constraints affecting military morale, welfare and recreation programs.Read more: Carlisle Barracks to Trim Gym Hours
While things are getting cold in South Central Pennsylvania, things are just starting to heat up inside the Strike Zone Bowling Center for the month of December. Did you know the Strike Zone is the perfect place to have your holiday party?Read more: Strike Zone!
Military family on the move or not, it is always hard to find that salon that is the perfect salon for you. I tried several places in Carlisle before I found a stylist I liked at one salon in town. Unfortunately, after two years, my stylist left for another salon. I liked the salon, but I liked the stylist more. I followed her to her new salon in Mechanicsburg, SPAtacular Escapes. I had a chance to talk to the owner, Shelly Wendeln, about the spa.Read more: SPAtacular Escapes
10: CHICKEN FRIED STEAK
If you’ve been to the South you’ve probably seen chicken fried steak on the menu. Did you know that it originated in the Lone Star State and has German roots? German immigrants brought the dish wiener schnitzel to the area, and it morphed into what we now call chicken fried steak.
By the middle of the 18th century, German immigrants occupied a central place in American life. Germans accounted for one-third of the population of the American colonies, and were second in number only to the English. The German language was widely spoken in nearly every colonial city.Read more: German Immigrant Influence on American Culture
One of the biggest trends in the US comes from the app “The Room.” Now, you can take the video game experience into real life with your friends or just yourself. Corporations are using them for team building exercises and others are just using it as a fun time to have with friends.Read more: Can You Escape the Room?
Abandoning cozy comforts, nine individuals of the Carlisle Barracks community recently backpacked a segment of Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Trail from Caledonia state park to Pine Grove Furnace. Bruce Nielson and Sue Bower, of MWR’s Outdoor Recreation program, led the small group of hikers as they trekked through the woods for two days and nights. Read more: On the Appalachian Trail
Drinking wine is all about the experience. It is becoming increasingly popular to go straight to favorite local vineyards and enjoy an afternoon or evening with wine and laughs on the lawns. Central Pennsylvania offers the perfect setting for your friends to get together and drink wine in a relaxing environment to enjoy the summer hours. Read more: Wine Down in Central PA
“The AT is not just a footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine but a living, breathing phenomenon. It’s a community, a lifestyle, an experience, a code of conduct, a religion to some and ultimately, a way of life. The footpath may end in Maine but the journey for many continues” after the last steps are taken. Reed Willard, trial name “DETOX”, 2015 Thru-Hiker.
On February 10, 2016 Carlisle Barracks MWR opened a highly anticipated addition to The Letort View Community Center (LVCC)! The Pershing Tavern is a neighborhood style alehouse and eatery that was named for John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing, the general who led American Expeditionary Forces to victory in World War I over Germany. It offers an old world setting with traditional tavern style food and drinks. Whether you are out for a pint with friends, hosting an event or large gathering the experienced staff at The Pershing Tavern will be there to provide world class customer service.Read more: Carlisle Barracks Welcomes “Black Jack” Themed Pub and Eatery
One special way the U.S. military provides travel value for the community is through the Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC’s). These full-service resort hotels are Joint Service Facilities that provide quality, wholesome and affordable, family-oriented vacation and recreation opportunities to service members, their families, and other authorized patrons (including official travelers) of the Total Defense Force. Check out and consider one of these fabulous resorts for your next family vacation.Read more: Top 5 Getaways for the Military Community
Those wishing to use Fort Indiantown Gap for hunting, trapping and fishing must attend a mandatory safety briefing and pay an annual $30 access fee.Read more: Fort Indiantown Gap Welcomes Outdoor Enthusiasts
Did you know the Strike Zone Bowling Center is the “Biggest Little Bowling Center in the Army?” They are equipped with 6 synthetic bowling lanes, state of the art scoring, automatic bumpers, full service snack bar and pro shop; they have everything for your bowling needs. The Strike Zone is located at northeast corner of Post, BLDG 686, next door to the back of Collins Hall.Read more: Strike Zone Bowling Center “The Biggest Little Bowling Center in the Army”
Spring is almost here and it’s time to celebrate good times! Enjoy a musical performance, drama or comedy this month in the Valley. Check out the Top 10 events below.
1. Kool & the Gang @ The Luhrs Center – March 31St
In 1964, Khalis Bayyan (AKA Ronald Bell) and his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, joined several Jersey City neighborhood friends to create a unique musical blend of jazz, soul and funk. Read more: Spring is almost here
Celebrate the New Year at some of these events in the Cumberland Valley! Ahead this January are a number of performances, community events and the famed Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Read more: Celebrate the New Year
The magic of Christmas comes alive, and to stage, in the Cumberland Valley this December. Grab the kids, friends and family and head out for a night of seasonal fun and witness the talent the Valley offers around the holidays.Read more: The Magic of Christmas
Cumberland Valley is a great place to experience all things fall. The harvest season is a wonderful time to visit for people of all ages. Our fall festivals celebrate the season with food, music, crafts and family fun. Read more: Experience All Things Fall
Even though September can be a busy month, families can still set some time aside to enjoy a fun event or festival in the Valley. There are tons on the calendar this month. View a sampling of concerts, food festivals, historical walks, seasonal festivities and more below.Read more: Fun Events in the Valley
Enjoy some family fun this month before school starts and the schedules get busy. A great way to spend some time together is to take in an event in Cumberland Valley. The Events Calendar is full so you have a ton of options. Read more: Fun Before School Starts
Summer is one of the best times of year to take advantage of all the fresh produce available in Cumberland Valley. There are plenty of places to enjoy fresh-picked fun and below are a few options. Find a full list at VisitCumberlandValley.com. Read more: Summer in Cumberland Valley
June is the perfect month to get out on the water in Cumberland Valley. Read more: Get Out on the Water in Cumberland Valley
Spring is a great time to wade in Cumberland Valley’s famous fly-fishing streams. The Valley is known far and wide as a fly-fisher’s paradise and has been for a very long time.
April is the kick off to car show season in Cumberland Valley. The Valley is home to Carlisle Events who hosts eight annual auto events at the Carlisle Fairgrounds each year. Over half a million visitors travel throughout the car show season, April-October, to witness all things automotive. Read more: Kick off Car Show Season
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. Read more: Thoughts of Spring
Enjoy this romantic month while celebrating Valentine’s Day in Cumberland Valley. Plan the perfect celebration for your special someone, or family, with the Valley’s assortment of fun restaurants and attractions and unique shops to find the perfect gifts. Read more: Valentine's Day in the Cumberland Valley
The month of January is a great time to try something new. There’s no better place to get started than the Trip Ideas on VisitCumberlandValley.com. Click on the “Trip Ideas” tab for suggestions of great things to do for families, couples, history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, food and wine connoisseurs and more!Read more: Cumberland Valley Trip Ideas
December is a great time to catch a holiday performance in Cumberland Valley.
Each year Allenberry presents an original story (written just for Allenberry) filled with laughter, music and holiday cheer. Celebrate the season with Santa Claus, sticky buns, roaring fireplaces, caroling, music, family and friends. This year’s show will run November 04, 2015 to December 20, 2015 and is titled There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays.Read more: Holiday Performances in Cumberland Valley
The holiday season is fast approaching. The Valley’s assortment of Made in Cumberland Valley items, downtown shopping districts and trip ideas to follow like the Cumberland Valley Antiques Trail make seasonal shopping easy for everyone on your list. Browse all your shopping opportunities at VisitCumberlandValley.com.Read more: Christmas in Cumberland Valley
October welcomes fall fun to Cumberland Valley. Get out and explore the season with fall festivals, beautiful foliage and outdoor opportunities. Find all the things to see and do this season at VisitCumberlandValley.com/fall.Read more: Beautiful Foliage and Outdoor Opportunities
The Soldier For Life mindset is a holistic approach to the military life cycle career of a Soldier. The Army aims to take care of teammates by ensuring Soldiers start strong, serve strong, and reintegrate strong so they remain Army Strong serving their communities after they leave the Army.Read more: Soldier for Life Program Keeps Promise to Servicemembers & Families
Glenn Scobey Warner, born on April 5, 1871 in Springville, New York, would become an important figure in Carlisle Indian Industrial School history. He was the football coach who worked with famous footballer and Olympian Jim Thorpe and went on to coach the team to a win against the Army football team in 1912. “Pop” Warner, as he was affectionately nicknamed by his players, grew up in New York and after a few years spent with his family in Texas, he attended Law School at Cornell University. It was there that Warner learned to play football. Read more: What's the Story with the "Pop" Warner House?
‘What’s the story with…?’ is a phrase commonly heard at Carlisle Barracks. With more than 50 buildings in the National Historic Register, the post has a history unlike many others. Read more: What's the Story with the Jim Thorpe Fitness Center
Carlisle is a town rich in history and a town with delicious restaurants. When going out, most go for top favorites such as Café Bruges, Brick, Andalusia, however; if you look closer there are many restaurants in little nooks and crannies throughout Carlisle. Read more: Scalles Restaurant
‘What’s the story with…?’ is a phrase commonly heard at Carlisle Barracks. With more than 50 buildings in the National Historic Register, the post has a history unlike many others. Read more: What's the Story with Armstrong Hall?
Are you crazy for the holidays, spending thousands of dollars on holiday gifts, lights, entertaining, food and decorations each year? If so, you’re not alone. Many Americans feel the sting of holiday spending well into the New Year. If you love to celebrate the holidays but don’t love the financial pinch you experience afterward, there are several great tricks for giving and celebrating, without breaking the bank.Read more: Holiday Spending Survival Guide
‘What’s the story with…?’ is a phrase commonly heard at Carlisle Barracks. With more than 50 buildings in the National Historic Register, the post has a history unlike many others. Read more: New Series Takes a Look at Carlisle Barracks History
Mezza Café is a quaint Lebanese restaurant in Lemoyne. Located in the corner of a small shopping center, you will find a restaurant rich in atmosphere with Mediterranean music in the background and the smells of traditional spices.Read more: Lebanese in Lemoyne
If you didn’t get a chance to go to the Pennsylvania Greek Festival in May and you are craving the wonderful tastes of Greece, then you are luck. Mechanicsburg has a charming traditional Greek restaurant to satisfy your cravings. Hellenic Kouzina offers the perfect atmosphere for a date night or for an evening out with friends. Read more: A Taste of Greece in Mechanicsburg
Twenty-one years ago, I met the guy I was going to marry. He was a cadet at Virginia Military Institute and I was a student at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. While all my college friends planned to take over the world, they scoffed at the military spouse stereotype, folding brown t-shirts and matching up green socks.
Flash forward to present day, I am folding shirts, now different shades of brown, and I attempt to pair up green socks. But now, I have the knowledge that being a military spouse is so much more than laundry.
What it means to be a military spouse has evolved over the years. Spouses are wives, husbands, or partners. They are mothers and fathers. Today’s spouses are actively engaged in volunteer opportunities on installations, schools, and the greater community, while a higher number of spouses have at-home businesses, work from home, telecommute, or are full-time career professionals.
No need to recount the many roles military spouses have taken on the last 15 years since 9/11. We can take on any challenge thrown at us. Carrying the load of deployments and separations has become the “normal” for us. There is a new humorous blog post once a week on Facebook about our frustrations or military life in general. Finding the silver lining in all our roles as military spouses is what we do best.
But why do we do what we do? We support, contribute, and sacrifice to make our homes and communities better places. We do it not because it is expected of us, but because we know that our role, how little or big, can help shape the greater community around us. We don’t do it for recognition. We do it because we have been taught by our predecessors that the roots of the military stay strong because of the strength of the entire military family. We do it with a friendly smile and open hearts because we enjoy giving back and it allows us to leave our footprints for others to follow. We support our service member by supporting the institution they love.
The face of the military spouse may have changed over the years, but the traditional meaning remains visible in communities across the world. We are military spouses. We have become part of the greater military team. Always ready to move, always ready to volunteer, always ready to meet new friends, always ready to help a neighbor, always ready for the new adventure; always ready for more.
Military spouses are the strength of a military home; the community in which they live.
In 1984, President Reagan, created the Military Spouse Appreciation Day which is celebrated every Friday before Mother’s Day. The day is to help recognize the personal and professional commitment and sacrifice spouses make to support their service member and the military way of life.
At the recent Carlisle Barrack’s Spouses Club end-of-year Board party, Outgoing President, Janell Coker, said the reason why military spouses commit to this life, “is because what we are doing today, makes it better for those who come after us.”
So I might not be taking over the world and I might be folding t-shirts and matching up socks, but I am doing it while supporting my service member and contributing to a community that gives back to my family as much as I give to it.
Gettysburg National Battle Field is the main tourist attraction of Adam’s County, PA. However, the county is home to a picturesque landscape surrounded by a tranquil beauty of farms and hidden treasures. Explore the world beyond the battlefield and check out these places:Read more: Things to Check Out in Adams County that are not Gettysburg
If you have been craving Mexican food, I have the place for you! Montezuma’s has three locations, one in Gettysburg near Seminary Ridge and two in Chambersburg.
Shakedown BBQ is a little out-of-the way dive in Grantville, PA. Hidden between 1-81 and the Alleghanys, you will find tasty, tender, fall of the bone, BBQ. Their menu has brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, smoked turkey, and wings. Their sides are seasoned fries, baked beans creamy mac and cheese, and coleslaw.Read more: Barbeque Time
Army Community Service is looking for a few good men … and women and teens, and retirees and … You get the picture! Volunteering is good for your health. By being a volunteer, you increase yourself-confidence, self-esteem and even develop a more positive outlook on life.Read more: Searching For Volunteers
- Nov 4 from 5-7pm. First Friday Art Walk through Lebanon and Mt. Gretna: Download your map at Lebanonartscouncil.org
Read more: What's Happening in November?
Through the generous underwriting of Edward & Jeanne Arnold the Community of Lebanon Association (CLA) is pleased to present the 8th Street Music Festival & Beer Tasting once again this year. The event kicks off at 1:00 pm at the city parking lot located on 8th Street between Cumberland & Chestnut Streets. This is the 6th year the Arnolds have been the main sponsor of this event.Read more: Edward & Jeanne Arnold Present
Mark your calendar! On September 27-28 of 2016, The FIREBALL Run Adventurally television show will be stopping in the Lebanon Valley! Read more: The Fireball Run
This summer, the Lebanon Valley is offering endless opportunities for you and your family to take part in. Whether local fairs are your preference or you’re looking for a relaxing evening listening to (free) live music in Coleman’s Park - we have something that will surely suit you. Read more: Family Fairs in Lebanon Valley
Author Michael Crichton once said, “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”Read more: Historical Excursions in Lebanon Valley
The signs of Spring are all around us - trees blooming, the smell of freshly cut grass, and smiling faces eagerly soaking up the sunshine. It’s only natural that we celebrate the coming of spring with community events - getting out to appreciate our community and reconnect with our neighbors after the winter slumber.
In the Lebanon Valley, there are endless opportunities to get out and enjoy both our community as well as nature’s bounty.
If history is your passion, you are sure to enjoy the 27th Annual Union Canal Days, held on May 21-22. Take a narrated tour through the oldest transportation tunnel in the United States, check out the exhibitors and vendors, visit the antique dealers, or purchase your spring garden plants at the flower booth. Bid on a keepsake at the Silent Auction table or enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the many picnic tables throughout the park.
There will be free musical entertainment provided and our Medieval villagers who will also be demonstrating sword fighting. There is no admission charge for the festival and only a $2.00 per vehicle parking fee. N. 25th St. and Union Canal Drive, Lebanon.
The Union Canal, designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1970, tunnel is the oldest existing transportation tunnel in the United States. At the time of its construction, it was considered a work almost unknown in this country. Dug through the ridge dividing the waters of the Quittapahilla Creek and Clark’s Run, the tunnel was originally 729 feet long. Drilling was done by hand and blasting with gunpowder through argillaceous slate rock with veins of hard flinty limestone 80 feet below the summit of the ridge. Progress of the work was 5 yards lineal per week.
Work began May 1825 and was completed in June 1827, at a total cost of $30,404.29. The tunnel’s length was reduced to 600 feet during the canal enlargement in 1858 at a cost of $8,280.00. The first boat to pass through the tunnel was The Alpha of Tulpehocken on the morning of June 12, 1827. Boats were poled through the tunnel against the ceiling, while the mules were led over the top of the ridge. In the early 1930s, the Civil Works Administration (CWA) worked on restoring the Tunnel, and the stone marker was dedicated. The boulder was brought by a sled with horses from the South Mountain near Colebrook.
Another historical outings this month include the free open house at the three properties owned by the Historic Preservation Trust of Lebanon County;
- The Chestnut Street Log House, 1110 Chestnut St, Lebanon
- Light’s Fort, 11th and Maple Streets Lebanon
- Monroe Valley Chapel, 449 Monroe Valley Drive Jonestown
Enjoy guided tours of the properties on May 7 between 1-4 p.m.
While you’re in Lebanon on May 7th, take a stroll down Cumberland Street and browse through the annual CLA Spring Juried Craft Fair. It is the perfect venue to pick up some local, handmade Mother’s Day gifts, or just spend a day shopping local, catching up with friends, and enjoying downtown Lebanon. Cumberland Street, Lebanon. Be sure to swing into the Lebanon Farmer’s Market to pick up a fresh flower arrangement, candy, dinner, or bottle of wine for Mom!
For more ideas on places to go and things to do, visit us online at VisitLebanonValley.com. Our community something to sure to please everyone!
What is Lebanon Bologna?Read more: What is Lebanon Bologna?
Those visiting the Lebanon Valley and surrounding Central Pennsylvania region have doubtless heard about the infamous Lebanon bologna. But what exactly is this Lebanon bologna?
Okay guys, let’s face it. There’s a lot of pressure on you to give your significant other an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. And girls, you want to feel special, to know that some careful thought and planning went into the day’s agenda. If it’s your first Valentine’s Day as a couple, you want to set the standard high and earn some brownie points. If you’re in a more “seasoned” relationship, you want to show that you can still keep the romance alive.
But don’t fret! The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce has got it covered for you. Here’s a guide for having the best Valentine’s Day in the Lebanon Valley! Read more: Valentine's Day in the Lebanon Valley
Walking down 8th Street in Lebanon, Pa one can’t help but notice the beautiful Farmer’s Market building. It stands tall and proud, boasting beautiful windows, ornamental copper detailing, and a large clock tower. From the street, you’d never guess the secrets held inside.Read more: The Lebanon Farmer’s Market… Home to the Blue-Eyed Six?
The holiday season is a magical time in any community, but that is especially true for the Lebanon Valley. Take a drive down Cumberland Street in Lebanon on any given evening and you’ll be dazzled by the tree-lined street decked out in Christmas lights. Scenery aside, Lebanon Valley offers no shortage of opportunities to partake in the festivities that come with Christmas.Read more: The Holiday Season
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This month reminds us of the important relationships we celebrate on Valentine’s Day. The program managers of Family MWR are constantly developing events and services focused on your...