Visit Yorkfest this Weekend

“City Alive” by Brenda Wintermyer, 2016 Yorkfest featured artist

“City Alive” by Brenda Wintermyer, 2016 Yorkfest featured artist

Celebrate the last days of summer at York’s annual summer arts festival weekend: Yorkfest.  Saturday, August 27th  (10am-5pm) and Sunday, August 28th (10am-4pm) offers free family entertainment, art activities and food.  Attend a community jazz concert in the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, featuring music by Jeff Stabley and Friends and Extremity.

This year there will be several new additions to Yorkfest. Prime Art Supply Co. is hosting a ChalkWalk along Market Street. Watch talented artists create their murals in person. Creative York is a non-profit learning center that provides opportunities for students to explore their creativity through art. They will host a variety of activities at the Creative York Family Pavilion. Enjoy interactive community art projects as well as a petting zoo. The Parliament Arts Organization will host a unique display in which ten talented artists will each transform a junk car into a work of art.

Apartments near downtown York PA

Experience Past & Future in York, PA

Powder Mill’s beautiful garden apartments may be located in a quiet country setting, but we are near downtown York, a city with rich history interwoven with vibrant arts and culture, creative dining and unique shopping.

Did you know that York is the birthplace of our nation’s Articles of Confederation and the place where the phrase “The United States of America” was first coined? Three centuries of American history have shaped our county into an incredible preservation of revolutionary times. York’s many museums offer an opportunity learn about a time in which America was new, inhabited by immigrant pioneers and Revolutionary War soldiers. The Agricultural and Industrial Museum highlights York’s industrial contribution to World War II, while the Bonham House allows visitors to experience what life was like for an upper middle class family during the 19th and 20th century.

For a peek at York’s future, spend a day in downtown York. A full calendar of events highlights three separate unique districts. The Market District centers on Central Market, with over 125 years of history and 50+ vendors showcasing farm fresh, local offerings. Interested in the arts? The Royal Square is an emerging art district, home to local artists and galleries, cafes and special events. Completing the trifecta is the WeCo business district, home to a variety of restaurants, shops and even an independent film house/art gallery.

Come experience the past and future in this diverse and ever changing city we call home.

Kids Only Yard Sale at York Township Park

Just Kids Yard Sale

Is your family looking for “new to you” toys and games? York Township is holding their Kids Only Yard Sale on Saturday, April 11th from 8:00am to 12:00pm. All items are be child related and may include books, videos, toys, clothing, video games and more.

Call York Township Recreation 717-741-3861 x.129 for more information.

Little Free Library pops up in downtown York at the Friends Meetinghouse

York’s Little Free Library on the Friends Meetinghouse property is the 5983rd in the world.

If you drive by the York Friends Meetinghouse often, you might have noticed a new addition to the gardens on the building’s right-hand side. About the size of a large birdhouse, it houses a few dozen books for readers from early elementary school all the way through adults.

How do you borrow a book? Just unlatch the unlocked glass door and take one home. When you’re finished, bring it back — or leave a different title in its place.

Welcome to a Little Free Library.

Begun in 2009 in Wisconsin, the nonprofit aims “to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide,” all the while building a sense of community.

In the fall of 2012, when West Manchester Township resident Pat Long saw a Little Free Library during a trip to Wisconsin, she decided to bring the idea to York. On June 8, York became host to the 5983rd Little Free Library worldwide. (See others in southcentral Pennsylvania on a map.)

“It’s basically just an idea that was started by some people who thought it would be a  community-building thing to put up these little boxes and have people share books,” Long said.

little-free-library-yorkThe York Friends Meetinghouse can be seen in the background along the 100 block of West Philadelphia Street in the city.

Since the meetinghouse gets more foot traffic than her home, Long, a Friends Meetinghouse member, asked to install the library there. She opted for the pre-assembled library for sale through, although more handy folks can make their own, Long said.

As a volunteer at the Red Land Community Library, Long used some of the unsold items from a recent used book sale to stock the nook. She also set up a box inside the meetinghouse where members can donate books. But Long hopes the library stands on its own as people borrow and return books.

“Hopefully it will be self sufficient and self sustaining,” she said. “Maybe other people in the city will put up their own.”