There are so many events, we could hardly keep track of them all! But here's an attempt to list *most* of the fun events around Hershey for the upcoming weekend. It's the final weekend to enjoy our town before the AACA Eastern Region Fall Meet brings tens of thousands of visitors to Hershey, so get out there and have fun!
Friday, September 30
It’s the final scheduled evening for Jazz on the Veranda at the Hotel Hershey. Fretwork is the featured artist at this relaxing event, which takes place on the Hotel’s front veranda from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Paula Deen appears at the Hershey Theatre at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are still available at the theatre box office: 717-534-3405
Saturday, October 1
Inaugural Chocolate Tour bike ride (with 5-, 25-, 30- and 65-mile rides) and six-mile run/walk event to support cancer research. Sign-ups and registration begin near 30 Hope Dr. at 7:30 a.m. The ride and run/walk will impact traffic, according to the Derry Township Police Department: Although the run will follow the pedestrian/bicycle trail it will cross Centerview Rd, University Dr, and Bullfrog Valley Rd. Motorists traveling in the area during that time should expect heavier than normal pedestrian traffic and possible short delays.
Hershey Gardens presents "Go Dutch: Take Your Spring Bulbs to a New Level" with horticulturalist George Weigel at 10:00 a.m. This program will show you how to take your bulb use to a new level and introduce you to some of the best under-used bulbs. Plus, learn how to force bulbs for indoor color in winter The program is $20 for non-members, $10 for members
The annual Hershey Soup Cook-Off runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hershey Fire Company. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 10 and under.
Picasso’s Place Grand Opening. This interactive art school opens its doors to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with art projects benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network. Location: 513 W. Chocolate Ave, Suite 100.
ZooAmerica is offering the adult version of its popular ZooCamp. Wild Workshop at ZooAmerica runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for adults ages 18 and over. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about endangered species, experience hands-on animal encounters, enjoy a guided tour of ZooAmerica and the Animal Health Center, build a birdhouse, dissect owl pellets, watch a skunk paint works of art and more! The workshop comes complete with a T-shirt and catered lunch, and is offered for $85 (members) and $95 (non-members). Call 717-534-3900 for details.
Hershey hosts the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins at the Bears' preseason home opener: at the GIANT Center, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Hershey Homecoming Dance begins at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 2
Hershey Gardens Gardenfest, a free community day, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friends of the Hershey Library presents the program “Our Changing Climate” at 2:00 p.m.: “You are the Future!” is the message Dr. Exhaustus delivers to children in this kid-friendly and interactive program. For details, contact the library at 717-533-6555.
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Hersheypark announced today that its 12th coaster will debut in 2012. SKYRUSH is a mega/hyper coaster from Intamin, and will be the tallest (at 200 feet), fastest (at 75mph+/-) and longest (nearly 3600') rollercoaster at Hersheypark.
Coming with the new coaster—a renovation to the former Sunken Gardens area of Hersheypark, which will now include a scenic observation path lined by globe streetlights and landscaping.
Here are some Skyrush facts to get your heart racing:
Hersheypark's 2012 ride—rumored to be "SkyRush," an Intamin coaster—will be unveiled at 12:12 p.m. in Comet Hollow today. If you can't be there, be sure to follow @InsideHershey on Twitter for live coverage of the event!
There's something for just about everyone on the entertainment schedule this summer in Hershey! Here's a list of the performances and events that have been announced so far:
May 29, 2011 — The Go-Go’s at The Hershey Theatre
June 15, 2011 — Josh Groban at the GIANT Center
June 19, 2011 — Tony Orlando at the Hersheypark Amphitheatre
June 20, 2011 — The Monkees (minus Michael Nesmith) at The Hershey Theatre
June 21, 2011 — WWE Smackdown at the GIANT Center
June 26, 2011 — Tanya Tucker at the Hersheypark Amphitheatre
July 3, 2011 — Cody Simpson at the Hersheypark Amphitheatre
July 3, 2011 — Def Leppard and Heart at Hersheypark Stadium
July 7, 2011 — Keith Urban and Jake Owen at the GIANT Center
July 10, 2011 — Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow at Hersheypark Stadium
July 10, 2011 — Burton Cummings of The Guess Who at the Hersheypark Amphitheatre
July 13, 2011 — Motley Crue and Poison with New York Dolls at Hersheypark Stadium
July 14, 2011 — The Wiggles at the Hershey Theatre
July 17, 2011 — Miranda Cosgrove at the Hersheypark Amphitheatre
July 26, 2011 — Far East Tour, featuring Lil Wayne, Keri Hilson, Lloyd and Rick Ross at The Star Pavilion
July 30, 2011 — New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys with Matthew Morrison at Hersheypark Stadium
July 31, 2011 — Bonnie Dune (featuring Cory Monteith) at the Hersheypark Amphitheatre
August 13, 2011 — The Honda Civic Tour, featuring blink-182 and My Chemical Romance, at The Star Pavilion
August 14, 2011 — Tim McGraw with Luke Bryan and The Band Perry at Hersheypark Stadium
August 15, 2011 — Maroon 5 and Train with Gavin DeGraw at The Star Pavilion
August 16, 2011 — Journey with Foreigner and Night Ranger at Hersheypark Stadium
August 18-21, 2011 — Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam at the GIANT Center
August 21, 2011 — Selena Gomez & The Scene with Allstar Weekend at The Star Pavilion
August 24-28, 2011 — Cathy Rigby in Peter Pan at The Hershey Theatre
NOTE: Hersheypark offers a special discounted admission price of just $34.95 to concert goers when using a Park ticket the day before, day of, or the day after the concert. Concertgoers may purchase one Hersheypark ticket during one of the three days. Just present your concert ticket at the Hersheypark Front Gate on one of the three days to receive the discount, or purchase your Hersheypark tickets at Giant Center Box Office when you purchase your concert tickets. Available for summer concerts held at Hersheypark Stadium, Star Pavilion, Giant Center, and Hershey Theatre during the Hersheypark summer public operating season (May-September)
Most summertime visitors to Hershey have one destination in mind: Hersheypark. But there's so much more to Hershey than the amusement park! Here are some tips for making the most of your visit to our community, with a few tips for accommodations, dining and other attractions. To get the latest news and event information about Hershey, follow us on Facebook.
In addition to operating Hersheypark, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts runs the luxurious Hotel Hershey and the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.
If you want to be pampered on vacation, the Hotel Hershey is the obvious choice. With its acclaimed Chocolate Spa and a recent $75 million dollar expansion (featuring new cottage-style accommodations and a brand-new outdoor pool), the hotel is a destination itself. Room rates during the summer start at $400, but there are often special packages offered and the room rate includes a number of perks, including complimentary admission to the Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story museum, local shuttle service, access to golf and kids’ activities and more.
The Hershey Lodge offers family rooms starting at $300 in summer, with many of the same perks as the Hotel Hershey, in a slightly less luxurious setting. Hershey bar characters roam the lobby and family-friendly activities abound.
There are plenty of alternative accommodations in the Hershey area, including many newer suite hotels. We like the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott, just a few miles north of Hersheypark on Route 39. Within a half-mile, you’ll also find a Quality Inn & Suites and a Country Inn & Suites. A Hampton Inn & Suites is located on East Chocolate Avenue, and another suite hotel is planned for the downtown.
If you’re not planning to bring the kids, there are some impressive bed & breakfast accommodations in the surrounding area as well. The Annville Inn and The Inn at Westwynd Farm come highly recommended.
Hersheypark Tickets and the Free Preview Evening
If you plan on spending more than two days at Hersheypark, consider a season pass. It will pay for itself —not only does it cover your admission to the park, it also gives you free parking, a 15% discount off food and merchandise in the park and a coupon book with excellent deals (10% off purchases at Hershey’s Chocolate World, for example). If your time is more limited and you've purchased one-day tickets, make sure you get to Hersheypark for the Free Preview Evening : the evening before your full day at the park, you can get in a couple hours before closing for free, and it's well worth the trip. Crowds are lighter, and you have the chance to get a feel for the layout of the park.
Making the Most of Your Day at Hersheypark
If you plan to try the waterpark attractions in the new Boardwalk theme area, a good advice is to wear your swimwear under your clothes and be at the main gate right at opening time (10 a.m.) Then get to the Boardwalk (on the far end of the park, in the shadow of the Ferris Wheel) as fast as you can and send one person to get a big locker there—they go quickly, and they're essential if you want to stow your swimming suits and enjoy the rest of the park after the Boardwalk. Another person should go to the wave pool area and claim lounge chairs for the family—lounge chairs are very hard to come by after 10:30.
Now you can enjoy the park!
If you like big water rides, do the Vortex and the Whirlwind at the Boardwalk first to avoid hour+ waits later in the day. Then enjoy East Coast Waterworks. The wave pool, where your lounge chairs are located, is a fairly central location and a good place to relax with a drink and a snack mid-morning.
By noon, the Boardwalk is elbow-to-elbow people and the rides have long waits. That's a great time to change, stow your swimsuits in your locker and head out to see the rest of the park. The rides around Midway America (just outside The Boardwalk) should have short lines just after noon. If you're getting hungry, a great recommendation is the Sidewinder food court area. There are several good food stands there—a favorite is Mixed Grille, where you can actually find healthy food, and it's made from scratch. But there's a good burger stand, a sausage concession, a smoothie place and an ice cream place there, as well as a Subway, and it's a nice shaded area that tends to stay quiet.
Another tip: Take a break in the heat of the afternoon and head to the adjacent (and air-conditioned) Hershey's Chocolate World. It's just outside the main gate of Hersheypark, but it's easy to get a handstamp for a quick return to the rides. Chocolate World has recently reconfigured almost everything in the building—there’s the chocolate tour ride, a revamped merchandise area, a fairly good 3-D show, a chocolate-tasting experience, the "Factory Works" (kids get to "work" on a Kiss assembly line) and a Create Your Own Chocolate Bar attraction. It's worth spending at least an hour or two here. The milkshakes in the food court area are excellent and there are often new products and other surprises to be found around the central garden area.
Once you've returned to the park, don't forget to take in the shows. It's a nice break from the crowds and the entertainment value is excellent, whether you choose the aquatheater or one of the music/dance productions.
But Wait, There's More...Now How Much Would You Pay?
If you're in Hershey for more than a day and you want to see some other attractions, there are countless options nearby:
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The community of Hershey traditionally celebrates Mr. Hershey's birthday each year on September 13. This year, guests of the Hershey Story museum will receive cupcakes and Hershey bars, beginning at 11:00 a.m. that day. A celebratory concert on the historic Aeolian-Skinner organ will be offered at the Hershey Theatre at noon on September 13 as well.
We're celebrating Mr. Hershey's legacy here, as well as on the Inside Hershey Facebook page. Feel free to join in with your own Hershey memories! As part of the celebration, here are 100 facts about Milton S. Hershey and the town that bears his name:
Mr. Hershey’s Background
Mr. Hershey’s Early Business Ventures
The Famous Chocolate Factory
And Speaking of Reese’s...
The Town of Hershey
Those Kiss-Shaped Streetlights
The Cuban Connection
Who Was Mrs. Hershey?
The Milton Hershey School
Hershey’s Chocolate World
The Hotel Hershey
The Spa At The Hotel Hershey
Hershey Country Club
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The formal gardens at The Hotel Hershey are a joy to wander around on a sultry summer evening. Before the Hotel even existed, these gardens were here, built to beautify the town reservoirs. The reservoirs are still a highlight of the formal gardens today.
From the plaque at the hotel:
"In 1914, the Hershey Water Company broke ground for new water reservoirs to serve the growing community. True to Milton Hershey's style, the reservoirs were landscaped to become a focal point of a new picnic area, Highland Park, completed in April 1915. The reservoirs, bordered by a concrete balustrade, gazebos and wooden pergolas, looked like decorative reflecting pools. In fact, the reservoirs are thirty feet deep and hold one million gallons of water.
"The beds that hold today's formal gardens were laid out following the construction of the Highland reservoirs. The grounds were extensively landscaped with flowerbeds and hundreds of rose bushes cascading down the slopes of Highland Park. These gardens were restored beginning in the summer of 1990. The present gazebos were rebuilt, walkways repaired and circulating fountains were installed in the reservoirs."
The Hershey Company today announced that as part of its strategic supply chain assessment it has reached a tentative labor agreement with the union representing employees at its 19 East Chocolate Avenue and West Hershey facilities located in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
If the agreement is approved by the employees, Hershey's Board of Directors will be asked to review and approve a significant modernization project to expand the Company's West Hershey manufacturing facility into one of the world's largest and most advanced chocolate-making facilities. Current production in the 19 East Chocolate Avenue plant, as well as a portion of the workforce, would be relocated to the West Hershey facility. Additionally, the company would continue to occupy a portion of the older 19 East Chocolate Avenue facility as administrative offices.
As Hershey fans well know, The Hershey Company ceased being a bean-to-bar chocolate company a few years ago: beans are no longer stored in the Hershey cocoa silos, and the scent of chocolate in the air isn't from roasting cocoa beans. Now the company is proposing to shutter the main factory on East Chocolate Avenue, Mr. Hershey's original factory.
UPDATE: This from the Associated Press story on the Hershey news:
Company spokesman Kirk Saville says the changes would mean the loss of 500 to 660 jobs. He says union rejection of the proposal will force Hershey to consider shifting work to other locations in the United States.
What are your thoughts on this?
While you're celebrating, please take a moment to
remember all those who have served our country in the Armed Forces as
well as those currently serving. And consider taking part in the annual parade to honor our nation's heroes, which returns to Hershey this
year after 20 years—the parade will take place on Monday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m.
The parade will begin at the Recreation Center, turn right onto Cocoa Avenue, turn left onto Elm Avenue, right to Ridge Avenue to Chocolate. The parade will turn onto Cocoa Avenue and end at the Recreation Center. The parade will conclude with a special ceremony at the township's War Memorial at the Recreation Center.
Everyone is invited to march along with Hershey's veterans and community groups. Organizers of the parade are also looking for volunteers this year—if you'd like to lend a hand on May 31, please contact the Derry Township Rec Center for details: 533-7138.