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Upcoming events focus on Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, radio history and more

I really need to get caught up on some old e-mails about the blog! Was going through today and found several news items about some Pa. Dutch heritage events that I’d wanted to share some time ago – but it’s not too late!


First and most urgently, the 10th annual Pa. German Food Festival is going on today, Friday, Sept. 24 and also tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 25, at Starview United Church of Christ, 4832 N. Sherman Street Extd., East Manchester Township.
Chicken potpie and chicken-corn soup will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. today; there will also be a community bazaar and book sale. On Saturday, breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. Lunch is served from noon to 3 p.m. and includes bratwurst, hamburgers, hot dogs and sauerkraut, apple dumplings and chicken-corn soup. A pork-and-sauerkraut dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a craft and flea market sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., a community bazaar and book sale from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., a bake sale and a live auction beginning at 6 p.m.
Besides being a chance to eat some GOOD STUFF, this is for a good cause! Proceeds benefit the Northeastern Food Pantry. For details, call 266-4248.


Next, the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society will hold its next monthly meeting Sunday, Oct. 3, at the York County History Center, 250 E. Market St., York. The topic? “Religion of the Pennsylvania Germans of York County.” (Right up our alley, right?)
The event starts with a business meeting for society members at 2:15 p.m. and the program at 2:30 p.m. During the program, Richard K. Konkel will talk about the Lutheran and German Reformed churches of York County as well as the rise and fall of the union churches.
Doors will open at 1 p.m. for anyone who would like to join in a casual conversation concerning church records prior to the meeting. Guests are welcome!
For details on that event, call Cynthia Hartman at 717-927-9396.


Meanwhile, remember my recent post about York County’s radio history?
Well, on Sunday, Oct. 10, the Pennsylvania Music Expo, hosted by the Keystone Record Collectors, will take place at the Continental Inn, 2285 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster.
The event bills itself as a shopping bonanza of CDs, records, DVDs and music memorabilia, but something new this year is that radio air personalities who worked at Central Pennsylvania radio stations from the 1950s to the 1980s are being invited to attend at a “meet and greet” event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Act 1 Lounge, directly across from the showroom floor at the Continental Inn.
Phil Schwartz, the group’s special projects coordinator, said, “We are looking forward to reuniting and thanking as many of our “Pilots of the airwaves” as possible.
Philadelphia’s “first rock-and-roll artist,” Charlie Grace is also scheduled to appear, as is LinDee Rochelle, who recently wrote a book titled “Blast From Your Past! Rock-n-Roll Radio DJs Who ROCKED Your World! 1954-1979, Volume I.”
Admission is free to the Pennsylvania Music Expo, which is held the second Sunday of each month. For details, call 717-898-1246, visit or check them out on Facebook at
Any readers of this blog interested in attending? I know I have some former radio folks!!

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