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July 2013

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Tuning Into A Jazz Great

Tuning Into A Jazz Great

Though his accomplishments in jazz music and education are impressive, local musician Kirk Reese is extremely modest about his ability as a piano player and his impact on cultivating a jazz culture in Central Pennsylvania.

A Fine-Tuned Craft

A Fine-Tuned Craft

Those musicians who favor the autoharp do not constitute a large community. But it is an international one. And the epicenter for the production of quality autoharps lies a few miles north of Newport, Pa. There, in an unpretentious workshop, 80-year-old George Orthey assiduously fabricates each instrument, the beauty of which rivals the sound that emanates from it. His customers have included Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Mike Seeger and John Sebastian.

90 Percent Mental

90 Percent Mental

Harrisburg Senators Manager Matt LeCroy has a unique story. Read how he started and what he went through to get to where he is today.

Endpoint and Other Poems

Endpoint and Other Poems

This month's Bookmarks column is a review of Endpoint and Other Poems, by John Updike.

What is Feminism?

What is Feminism?

This feature is a sidebar to the cover story for July, The Modern American Woman.

Photo Story: The Places of Harrisburg

Photo Story: The Places of Harrisburg

There are many places in Harrisburg and photographer Jadrian Klinger captured many of them in this month's photo story. Be sure to check out the photo gallery for over 100 additional photographs that didn't make it in print.

The Modern American Woman: How Far We’ve Come And How Far We’ve Yet To Go

The Modern American Woman: How Far We’ve Come And How Far We’ve Yet To Go

What do real American women have to say about it? What are the problems and issues that affect them most on a daily basis? Statistics only tell part of the story, but they don’t compare to discussion. Six very different women examine the issues they face individually as well as collectively. Small battles have already been won, but the overall fight for gender equality is still a very real issue affecting our women every day.

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Saksit Siraphan, the 31-year-old owner of Pad Thai in Mechanicsburg, sits at a table in his almost 10-month-old restaurant with his hands folded in his lap and a smile spread from ear to ear. His love for the Thai cuisine – as well as Thai culture – is obvious as he talks about his dedication to serving the most authentic Thai food this 
area has to offer.

It's 5 o'clock Somewhere

It's 5 o'clock Somewhere

Why? Because it's Friday and summer is in full swing. Get out there and celebrate with some friends or strangers. Here are a few suggestions on where to go in downtown Harrisburg and what to drink. Cheers, and be sure to drink responsibly.

Why is Italian Lake Called Italian Lake?

Why is Italian Lake Called Italian Lake?

Just north of Division Street nestled between Third and Green streets lies the most beautiful park in the city of Harrisburg - Italian Lake. But why "Italian" Lake? Look into the history of this beautiful landmark in Harrisburg with this month's feature, "Did You Know?"

Personal History Imbues Graphic Artist’s Efforts

Personal History Imbues Graphic Artist’s Efforts

David Kasparek is an associate professor of graphic design at Messiah College. But academe is not his foundation. The 42-year-old Harrisburg man spent his formative years as a graphic designer for five different firms, the last of which was Graphik Communication of Alexandria, Va. This history explains, in part – or perhaps in total – the work that he is currently producing.

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