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Photo Story:  Buy the Ticket. Take the Ride.

Photo Story: Buy the Ticket. Take the Ride.

A Glimpse of the great American carnival on a steamy summer evening in Central PA.

2013 Simply the Best Readers' Poll Winners!

2013 Simply the Best Readers' Poll Winners!

Congratulations to the 2013 Simply the Best and Readers' Choice winners!

Fostering Love of Dance

Fostering Love of Dance

Jenni Calhoun is celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of Rhythm N Motion, her dance enterprise in Lancaster County. Along with professional partner Derek Mast and several other teachers at Rhythm N Motion, Calhoun offers instruction in a variety of dance styles, including everything from waltz to fox trot to Lindy Hop.

Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

If you’re reading this review when it’s published, at the height of the summer vacation season, I hope you’ve had a chance to get away for a week – or at least a few days – for some rest and relaxation. But if your travels don’t take you any farther than Hersheypark or a backyard pool, what could be a better companion than a captivating novel that transports you to the Italian Riviera, Hollywood, Edinburgh, London, Seattle and rural Idaho? Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, a lovely story of passions that endure for half a century, admirably fills that bill.

The Office Life

The Office Life

It's the place where millions of personalities come together to collaborate and cooperate, and more than sometimes conflict, in a temperature-controlled environment. For some, it beats working outside. For others, it's home away from home. But, to all who push up to a desk for a living, it's a unique culture with its own norms and expectations that must be learned and tolerated and mastered if career success is the desired end game. This is office life.

Authentically Delicious

Authentically Delicious

You can trust that you’ll get a genuinely Mexican meal when you visit Herby’s El Mexicano, Maria Marroquin’s establishment tucked on the top of a hill in Bressler, Pa., just past Steelton.

Everlasting Legacy:

Everlasting Legacy:

The Payne-Shoemaker Building stands as a testament to an end of an era, both economically and architecturally, for the city of Harrisburg. Standing 13 stories high, the building departed from the prevalent beaux arts style of architecture (think Pennsylvania Capitol Building, designed in 1902) to the art deco/art moderne style, which caused some consternation among prominent city residents.

Plein Air Portrayals:

Plein Air Portrayals:

‘Tis the season for plein air painters. Counted among them is Patricia Walach Keough, likely to be found in some bucolic setting, oil paints and brushes at hand, producing an engaging representation of that which lies before her. Economy of brushstroke and use of strong color characterize the Carlisle woman’s art.

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