The Hershey Bears are battling to stay alive in the first round of the playoffs. Down three games to one against in-state rival Wilkes-Barre, the Bears return home for Game 4 on Wednesday, April 22. I could never figure out why the Bears' regular-season games sell out so frequently and the teams playoff games (more exciting, and usually better hockey) feature half-empty stands, at least in the early rounds. So go see those Bears on Wednesday! Good seats are still available, and there's even a promotion that night (a free ticket for NASCAR Weekend at Pocono Raceway).
Also on Wednesday, and probably appealing to an entirely different crowd: Dolly Parton brings her Backwoods Barbie Tour to the Hershey Theatre. This one is a sell-out, sorry...but you can always hang around the back door after the show if you'd like to score an autograph!
It's Biergarten time at the Hershey Gardens! This year's event takes place on Sunday, April 27 from 1-4 p.m., rain or shine, and features live music, beer tasting from some of the region's best craft brewers, and plenty of activities. Each attendee also gets a commemorative pilsner glass. It's best to call for reservations (717-298-2208), since the Gardens limits the tickets sold at the door.
Although Hersheypark has been open for private parties the last couple of weekends, the park will not open to the public for the season until May 2, and the new Fahrenheit coaster is not expected to open before May 24. Adjust your countdown clocks accordingly.
And finally, if you live in Central PA and enjoy all things Hershey, the upcoming weekend may be a good one to visit and take advantage of all the activities that get overrun with tourists in the summer: take a ride on Hershey Trolleyworks; visit the Museum or ZooAmerica; wander through Chocolate World without feeling like a pinball; play a round of golf at Spring Creek; have a drink at the Iberian Lounge; linger over dinner at a Hershey restaurant.