The snowfences are up around the Hersheypark entertainment complex, and that can only mean one thing: it's antique auto time in Hershey!
The AACA National Fall Meet takes place in Hershey every October, bringing thousands of vintage cars and upwards of 250,000 car buffs to town.
This year, the Fall Meet runs from October 8-11, but we start seeing antique autos tooling around town for a couple weeks before the event begins. It's exciting for me — even more so for my car-crazy preschooler — to see all the beautifully restored cars driving the streets of Hershey. And we don't mind so much that the roads and restaurants are crowded the first week of October.
If you're coming to Hershey this weekend, well...join the crowd!
If you live in Hershey, this may be a good weekend to visit out-of-town relatives.
Hershey will almost certainly host its biggest crowd this season as four big events move into town. And the demographics are interesting -- could there BE four more divergent audiences?
Quilters have already converged upon the Hershey Lodge for Quilt Odyssey 2008. The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Avril Lavigne will entertain a sell-out crowd at Hersheypark Stadium this evening. Brad Paisley will play GIANT Center tomorrow, along with Jewel, Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough. And 3 Doors Down is at the Stadium on Sunday night, with Staind.
All four crowds will be filling local restaurants, hotels and roadways -- and they'll be rubbing elbows at Hersheypark and Chocolate World, too. It might be fun to see how all those people look rubbing elbows, too. If I didn't mind the crowds.
Alex's Lemonade Stand began as a young cancer patient's effort to raise money for cancer research, and has evolved into a nationwide network of "lemonade stands," all raising money to fund pediatric cancer research.
This year's event in Hershey takes place on Saturday, June 7 at the Hershey Rec Center/Cocoa Castle, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This Alex's Lemonade Stand is a "Grand Stand Event" sponsored by Country Time Lemonade, and honors local cancer survivor Emma Johnson. This is a wonderful family event, with plenty of activities for children -- and all for a worthy cause -- so make plans now to visit the Rec Center on Saturday!
If you're not able to attend Saturday's event, it's possible to contribute to the cause directly by visiting Emma's FirstGiving page.
The Memorial Day weekend has officially started here in Hershey: the traffic is heavy; the rides are running at Hersheypark; the Rec Center's outdoor pool is filled and ready; and the hanging baskets and flags were in place on the lampposts downtown this morning.
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.
Around Hershey, petunia flower boxes and hanging baskets have debuted for
the season at the MHS Alumni Memorial Grove, and plenty of homeowners
and local businesses have planted their annual beds. Every day, I drive down Chocolate Avenue and check to see whether the hanging baskets are up yet. It's that time of year, and the baskets and fresh American flags should be installed on their summer posts any day now. Of course, when they appear, you'll be the first to know -- and I'll add a few details about the history of those hanging baskets and the foundation that sponsors them.
Because we have children, we try not to miss this annual event. For the kids, the Animal Open House and opportunity to go on the floor for the pre-show event is just as exciting as the show itself.
And even MORE exciting (is that possible?!?) for train fanatics like my two-year-old and me is the arrival of the circus train and the parade of the animals from the tracks to the GIANT Center. This year, the circus train is scheduled to arrive near ZooAmerica on Park Boulevard on Monday, May 19 in the early afternoon. It's not widely publicized -- and the arrival time is subject to change -- but if you have some time next Monday, it's a great event!
It's a good weekend to be a sports fan in Hershey. If you can tear yourself away from The Masters television coverage, there are two excellent opportunities to see pure sports at a more local level.
On Saturday morning, Hershey Little League will hold its opening ceremonies beginning at 9:00 a.m. at North Field. The event is open to the public, and the first games of the new season will follow. Go treat yourself to baseball the way it once was -- free of steroids and multi-million-dollar contracts, just the crack (OK, the "ping") of the bat and the sounds of happy families enjoying the day.
If you're looking for more sports fun, catch some Hershey Bears hockey at the GIANT Center on Saturday and Sunday evening as the team wraps up its regular season. A playoff spot is on the line, so you'll see a hungry team playing hard and finishing its checks. No prima donnas here!
According to an article in the Patriot-News, Hershey Trust President/CEO Robert Vowler is retiring after more than 10 years at the helm.
Of course, this is big news in our small community. But the news will quickly spread beyond Derry Township's borders as well. The Hershey Trust maintains a 79% voting control of The Hershey Company board, and Vowler was prominently mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article (dated Feb, 23, 2008) about CEO Richard Lenny's sudden departure from his position at The Hershey Company last year.
And "The Trust," as it's called around town, is also woven through the fabric of Hershey. Aside from its management of the several billion dollars that have grown from Milton S. Hershey's original bequest, The Trust and its board have ties to: The Hershey Company; the Milton Hershey School; Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company (HERCO, which controls The Hotel Hershey, the Hershey Lodge, Hersheypark, ZooAmerica, the Hershey Bears, the Hershey Country Club and more); the M.S. Hershey Foundation (a non-profit that runs the Hershey Gardens, the Hershey Theatre, the Hershey Museum and the Hershey Community Archives). In a community of fewer than 30,000 residents, any change at The Trust generates more than just a ripple.
It will be interesting to follow the news on this change, and even more fascinating to hear the speculation around Hershey...
Hershey is one of the best places in the world to live and work. And if you appreciate Hershey like I do, a group of civic-minded students at the Penn State College of Medicine is making it easy for you to give some love back to the town.
They've gathered local business and community leaders behind their idea to clean up the town on April 19. The clean-up is registered as part of the Great PA Clean-Up, sponsored by PennDOT.
If you have a few hours free on the morning of April 19, please check out the Kiss Hershey Back site for information on how you can help. Or call 717-531-8604 for additional details.