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June 2014 News

from Mary & Alan
at the Carlisle House

Freezing June in Carlisle?

Let's face it. No hot sunny June day is complete without ice-cream! And Carlisle is definitely the place to be for ice-cream in multiple sizes, flavors, and locations! "At The Dining Table" this month features the hot places where the cool people flock to get even cooler!

June is also the month when the first Carlisle Events brand-specific auto shows of the year start with the Ford Mustang's 50th Birthday at the Carlisle Ford Nationals, and then the Carlisle GM Nationals.

Later in the month we see what we affectionately call "the Invasion of the Bunheads" with the start of the first Summer Intensive Program at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Ballet-dancers from all over the world will descend on the premier independent Ballet School in the United States for "Ballet Boot Camp" under the watchful eyes of world-renowned Founding Director Marcia Dale Weary and Associate Artistic Director Darla Hoover.

Ice-cream? Autos? Dance?

Waffle Cone with Coffee Chocolate Chip & Salted Caramel, and a bowl of Peanut Butter Marshmallow & Cherry Chocolate Chip at Leo's Homemade Ice Cream

The 2014-2015 Dickinson Sports Season

Yes we know it's only June and the sports field looks empty, but we also know that you Dickinson Sports Fans don't want to miss out on rooms here for the new season starting in August!

So don't delay! Spring into Fall action and check your game dates at DickinsonAthletics.com and make your Red Devil Reservations now! If the Schedules are not on-line yet, keep checking! Remember there is NO BETTER WAY to start your sports day than with one of our fabulous breakfast quiches featuring produce from the Dickinson College Farm!

Thank you to our reviewers!

We are delighted that we have once again been awarded the TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence, and that we have also achieved the Silver Level as a TripAdvisor GreenLeader for our environmental practices.
Link to TripAdvisor.com.

We could not have achieved this status without the consistently good reviews from our guests, but although they are good, there has been one particular subject which has often been mentioned, the slightly increased street noise levels in the front of our building.

On Tuesday June 3, we installed new Anderson double-pane windows for the front rooms in our 1826 home, which are designed to meet the standards set by the Carlisle Historic Architectural Review Board, but which will also reduce street noise, AND benefit our guests from an environmental standpoint. This is part of our continuing program with which we try to enhance your experience here.

Once again, thank you for your great reviews and for your suggestions. Onward and Upward! As the saying goes...

Area Events - June 2014 and onward!

Saturday June 7
28th Foundry Day in Boiling Springs
Every year on the first Saturday in June, the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Boiling Springs Civic Association organize the Foundry Day Arts & Crafts Festival in Boiling Springs. This JURIED Festival has a national reputation for featuring the original works of the finest artists and craftsmen in Pennsylvania. It runs from 9am to 4pm, whatever the weather, taking over the streets alongside the historic and picturesque Children's Lake. Find more information at: the YBCrafts.org website

Carlisle GM Nationals - 2 rooms available!
Friday June 20 through Sunday June 22 at Carlisle Fairgrounds. One of the most diverse of General Motors events, this is the place to be each June. Organized by year, make and model, the National Parts Depot showfield will be loaded with top quality restored classics, original muscle cars and modified high-performance new models. Buckle up for autocross action, indoor displays of concepts, customs, performance and historic vehicles, NHRA drag racing, industry guests, activities for the kids special prizes throughout the weekend.
Full information at the Carlisle Events website

Sunday June 15, 12 noon to 9pm
19th Annual Bluegrass on the Grass
Nine hours of free great Bluegrass music in Carlisle on the Dickinson campus featuring Big Country Bluegrass, Vickie Vaughn Band, Jake Krack & Bing Brothers, Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line, The Dismembered Tennesseans, and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Saturday June 21, 6-8pm
Live Music on our block at the Castlerigg Wine Shop
featuring guitarist Dan Dropkin!

Thursday June 26 through Sunday July 6
Carlisle Summerfair

With events on all of the ten days of this festival, the 37th Annual Summerfair brings fun for the whole family! With a free concert from local group "Cheap Sneakers", to the historic re-enactment for the 250th anniversary of the "Return of the Captives" organized by HistoricCarlisle.com, and from the "side-splitting shenanigans" of "Once Upon a Mattress" at the Carlisle Theatre (which brings a whole new level to the "Princess and the Pea"), to the 5k and 10k runs, to the Tractor Twang Country Line Dance, and the July 4th "Star Burst Over Carlisle Fireworks Show" you just have to be here for the greatest summer celebration in Central Pennsylvania!

Of course, everybody loves the fireworks, but for us, the real high spot of the Summerfair is the free performance on Sunday July 6th by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra on the Rush Campus of Dickinson College. An evening of great music, including a medley of the Official Music of the United States Armed Services, usually ends with a spectacular rendition of the Cannons and Bells of the 1812 Overture! What a great finale to Summerfair!

Details of Carlisle's great summer celebration can be found at the Carlisle Summerfair website.

The Whitaker Center in Harrisburg
In July and August there are some great performances coming up at the Whitaker Center. You may particularly enjoy these three!

Thursday July 10, 7:30
The Bacon Brothers - Michael & Kevin (yes, that one!) and their band perform their music described as "laden with the brothers’ trademark gritty rock and a touch of Philly soul, hearkening back to those roots in the City of Brotherly Love, when life was less complicated and music filled the air". See them on youtube at this link
Friday August 8, 8:00
The Mavericks, once described as the "most interesting band in the world" are back. The country-steeped garage band with a Cuban American lead singer that had emerged from Miami in 1989 with their sultry debut that was equal parts innocence, intensity, and vintage influences has reunited in 2012 after an eight-year hiatus, once more making their genre-defying soul music. See them on youtube at this link
Wednesday August 13, 7:30
Indigo Girls - needing no introduction at all, we are thrilled that Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are back in our area with an amazing concert. Seriously, if you have never seen them live, this is a great opportunity! See them on youtube at this link

At the Dining Table

8 Cool reasons to (re-)visit Carlisle!

From ice-cream, through frozen yoghurt, to traditional frozen custard we have them all in the coolest town in South Central PA - Carlisle!

So here is a list of all our favorite places to go when the urge for coolth is upon us....

Leo's Homemade Ice-cream at 816 West High Street makes their own unique flavors including almond joy, candied ginger, and even corn bread) as well as the traditional tastes. See the top photograph on this page!

Massey's Frozen Custard at 600 West High Street is a tradition in Carlisle since 1949. As well as frozen custard they also have two or three soft-serve flavors.

Brusters Real Ice-cream at 220 Penrose Place offers flavors such as Key Lime Pie, Summer Peach, Black Raspberry, and Banana Peanut Butter. They also serve Nathan's Famous all beef Hot Dogs in case you believe that ice-cream is only for really hot days. (Hint: It isn't!)

Trattoria Piatto at 22 West Pomfret Street makes their own gelati and sorbets. OK. This is not a traditional ice-cream shop, but nevertheless it's well worth considering!.

Helena's Chocolate Cafe and Creperie at 36 West High Street also provides Piatto's Gelati so you can indulge well before Piatto opens at 4pm!!

Carlisle Creamery at 1779 West Trindle Road specializes in the 32 flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream and also offers hot dogs and other snacks.

The Meadows Original Frozen Custard at 1075 Harrisburg Pike serve cups, cones, sundaes, shakes and frosts, Arctic Swirls and Italian Ice.

Carlisle Rita's at 500 South Hanover Street covers the whole gamut of frozen delights with Italian Ice all the way through Gelati and Frozen Custard to Milkshakes and Mistos.

For the websites of the Carlisle area's fine restaurants, please visit our Dining page at thecarlislehouse.com

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Tel: 717-249-0350
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