Episode 17: White Chimneys’ Jessica Meyer – June 30th, 2021

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On Episode 17 of Lancaster Connects, we talk to Jessica Meyer from White Chimneys to discuss the history of her property, the second oldest building in Lancaster county. We also dive into their 300th anniversary event that’s happening July 3rd.

You’ll also get a 🇺🇸 4th of July Lancaster History Nugget from Uncharted Lancaster‘s Adam Zurn.

There’s also:

  • 🎟️ Our weekly local events roundup
  • 🥡 Our food truck alert – which food trucks will be where and when
  • 🤝 How you can help the Lancaster Community
  • 🐺 Our Pet of the Week
  • 🍔 Our $25 Gift Card Giveaway for local Lancaster restaurants
  • 🛌 And a tip on how to Sleep Better.

🍔🍗 Are you hungry for some good eats from a local Lancaster Restaurant? Fill out the form below to enter for your chance to win one of two gift cards to a local restaurant!

😴 This show is sponsored by Gardner’s Mattress & More in Lancaster, PA!

Get your FREE copy of Ben McClure and Jeff Giagnocavo’s book – “Sleep Better”: https://gardnersmattressandmore.com/sleep-better/

This Week’s Guest:

👉 White Chimneys

🐺 Meet Wilma, Our Pet Of The Week from Charlies Crusaders Pet Rescue!

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Wilma is an adult hound mix.

Her foster parents call her “P”  because she loves anything that starts with the letter “p” (peanut butter, pepperoni, provolone)!

She’s the last of the “Flinstone” liter. All of her brothers and sisters have found their forever homes. She loves her current foster brother who gives her confidence and guidance, so she’d love a home with a male dog.

She can be nervous since she lived on the streets for many years and prefers a quiet home with no young children. She currently lives with a cat and doesn’t bother with him much, in fact most of the time pretends like he’s not even there!

Wilma loves to follow her foster mom around and cuddles up with her on the couch. It takes her longer to get used to men but with patience and time she will do it! She’s crate trained…and views her crate as her safe place. She’s also house trained and knows when it’s time to go outside to go to the bathroom.

She needs a person who is patient and will take the time to get to know who she is. If that’s you, she promises in return endless love and lots of licks.

Wilma needs a 6ft solid fence for her yard and you must own your home.

Learn more about how to adopt Bella on Charlie’s Crusader’s Website: http://www.charliescrusaders.org/

Events Around Lancaster This Week:

  • Michael W. Smith @ American Music Theatre: July 1, 7:30pm
    • American Music Theatre welcomes multi-platinum artist, best-selling author, and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith.
    • Smith is one of the best-selling and most influential artists in Contemporary Christian music, and has achieved considerable success in the mainstream music industry.
    • Tickets: $59.
    • Location: 2425 Lincoln Hwy East, Lancaster, PA 17605
    • Website: https://AMTShows.com
  • Lititz Springs Park, 4th of July Celebration: July 2 & 3
    • July 2, FREE to attend: Friday night concert features local favorite Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods at the Beck Memorial Band Shell for a concert beginning at 7 p.m. Food vendors will be on hand Friday night and donations will be collected to offset the entertainment and event costs.
    • Queen of the Candles ceremony during the intermission of the concert.
    • Traditional candle lighting down the stream and around the park grounds will also take place on Friday night.
    • July 3, online tickets required: No tickets will be sold at the gate. The festivities are pre-sale tickets only.
    • The gates to Lititz Springs Park open at noon on July 3rd.
    • The Baby Parade kicks off festivities at 12:30 p.m.. Opening Ceremonies at the Band Shell will begin at 1 p.m. That will include the singing of the National Anthem, the National Bell Ringing, and a performance by the New Holland Community Band. Local band Nearly York will perform in the afternoon followed by the Air National Guard Band.
    • The headlining band, Light Up the Moon, starts around 7 p.m. FUN 101.3’s Ronnie Ramone will return to the field stage to host a dance party to get the crowd excited for fireworks. It all caps off with a pyro-musical spectacular from Celebration Fireworks around 9:30 p.m. with fireworks set to music.
    • Tickets/More Info: https://www.lititz4thofjuly.com
    • Location: 24 N Broad St, Lititz, PA
  • Events – Fireworks Extravaganza @ Clipper Magazine Stadium: July 3, 6pm-10pm
    • Grab some food, watch some live music, play lawn games like cornhole, frisbee and more – at the stadium for Free.
    • Fireworks in the evening.
    • Location: 650 N Prince St. in Lancaster
    • Website: https://www.lancasterbarnstormers.com/
  • Events – 4th of July Celebration @ Star Barn Village, July 3, 2pm-10pm
    • Enjoy some food, handmade ice cream, festivities, and fireworks at The Star Barn Village.
    • Tickets purchased online for vehicles with up to 8 passengers are $25 per vehicle – $40 for 9-15 passengers, and $100 for oversized vehicles with 16-23. Prices are a little more if you purchase at the gate.
    • Some of the highlights and activities include: self-guided tours around the village, areas to relax with the family, a museum, art gallery, petting zoo, yard games, live music – Tons of fun for the family!
    • You can also buy pony rides, cook s’mores in one of their many fire pits, purchase beer/wine, take a wagon ride and much more!
    • Location: Brittany’s Hope, 1160 N. Market St., Elizabethtown.
    • Tickets/More Info: https://stonegablesestate.com/
  • Marietta Fireworks: July 3, 5pm
    • Parking at War Memorial Park on East Walnut Street or Community Bible Church, 331 Anderson Ferry Road, Marietta.
    • Entertainment and family activities begin at 5 p.m. at the church.
  • Mountville Fireworks: July 3, 8pm-10:30pm
    • Location: Froelich Park, 350 W. Main St., Mountville, PA
  • 46th Anniversary Grand Demolition Derby Plus Spectacular Fireworks Display @ Buck Sports Park: July 3, 7pm-11pm
    • Will have a “Cash Bash” demolition derby, kids Power Wheels derby and fireworks display.
    • Admission is adults $15, children (5-12) $6 and under 5 free
    • Location: 900 Lancaster Pike, Quarryville, PA
    • More Info: https://www.buckmotorsports.com/tickets.html
  • Ephrata Fireworks @ Lincoln Heights Outdoor Recreation Area: July 4, 9:30 pm
    • Location: 130 S Academy Dr. Ephrata, PA
  • East Petersburg Independence Day Celebration @ East Petersburg Community Park: July 4, 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • New Holland Summer Arts Association – Music and Fireworks: July 4, 7pm-10pm
    • Come celebrate Independence Day in New Holland – The New Holland Concert Band will kick off the show at 7pm with a fireworks show immediately after.
    • Rain date for the show is 07/05/21
    • Website: https://NewHollandSummerArts.com/Schedule-Of-Shows
    • Location: 401 E. Jackson Street, New Holland, PA.

      Lancaster’s Food Truck Scene For This Week:

      • White Chimney’s 300th Anniversary: July 3, Noon-9pm
        • If you listened to our interview with Jessica from White Chimneys, you already know about their 300th Anniversary on Saturday, July 3 from 12:00pm – 9:00pm.
        • This is THE event to be at on 4th of July weekend. Lancaster Connects is proud to be a sponsor of the event.
        • They’ll be honoring 3 centuries of history, there will be live music, speakers, reenactments, fireworks and more! Food and refreshments will be available for purchase during daytime hours.
        • The event is free to attend.
        • Food At Event: Amish BBQ, Sweet Shinanigans Cupcakery, Rita’s, Roaming Libations & Sabatino’s
        • They’ll also have a Presidential Dinner for $80. The dinner will be prepared by Alexander Catering and will feature food from the 3 different centuries of White Chimney’s existance.
        • Location: 5117 Lincoln Highway, Gap, PA.
        • Website: https://whitechimneys.com/
      • Food Trucks & Music @ Nissley Vineyards: July 2 & 3, 7:30pm-10pm
        • Gather some good friends and come celebrate summer outdoors at Nissley Vineyards on July 2 & 3 for their ongoing summer event – Summerfest.
        • There will be plenty of wine, beer, wine slushies and food along with live music performed from 7:30-10 on Friday and Saturday
        • Join us on the lawn of winery and experience one of the area’s best known and most popular music venues.
        • On Friday – Kirk Wise Duo is playing and on Saturday – you’ll hear Josh Squared.
        • Food Trucks: Philly Hoagie Co. is there both days and Grappling Crab – who we highlighted a few episodes back – will be there on Saturday only.
        • General Admission tickets are $10 and include parking and access to the concert.
        • Website: https://nissleywine.com/
        • Location: 140 Vintage Drive, Bainbridge, PA
      • Food Trucks and Fireworks In Harrisburg, July 4, 3pm-9pm
        • Head up to Harrisburg for their Food Trucks and Fireworks event from 3-9pm at Riverfront Park. By the
        • looks of it, they are going to have every food truck in the county there.The event will feature 30+ food trucks, live music, a wine garden, kids activities and the largest fireworks display in Central PA. The PHFA fireworks display will begin at 9:15pm and can be viewed from miles of space along Riverfront Park, City Island and more locations throughout the City.
        • Free kids activities include balloon animals, patriotic craft, caricatures and 6-9pm visit from Captain America and Wonder Woman.
        • Street parking is free for the holiday and parking on City Island is $5. Parking at the Market Square Garage is $10 from 10am-12am courtesy of Park Harrisburg.
        • Food Trucks: Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Sarah’s Creamery, Stock’s On 2nd, Foltz’s, The Nacho Depot, Schnader’s Concessions, Island Noodles, Bubble WOW Waffles, Philadelphia Hoagie On The Roll, Piper Belles BBQ, Sugar Whipped Bakery, Coco Bongos NY, ShreddRRz, Get Rollin Gourmet Eggrolls, Stacey’s Orangeade, Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels, Farm Show Milkshakes, Dough Heads Waffles, Mamma’s Meltz, Shorty’s Funnel Cakes, Hadez Food Truck, Bricker’s Fries, Dough & Co., WOW Wagon, Rapid Sandwiches & More, Fuego Latino, Derby Dash Kettle Corn, Kona Ice, Chef De Crepe, Bucky’s Festival Foods, Bucky’s Ice Cream, Grappling Crab Shack, Bake My Daay Cafe, and Nippon Hibachi Express
        • Location: Riverfront Park, North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA
        • More Info On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecityofhbg/

      Community Events:

      • Volunteer @ Lititz Springs Park – 4th of July Celebration
        • Get tickets to Lititz Springs Park 4th Of July Celebration when you volunteer to help at the event.
        • They have a wide range of volunteer opportunities like: fencing set up, greeters, donation collectors, parking attendants and many more.
        • Check out all of their available volunteer slots: https://www.lititz4thofjuly.com/
      • Blood Cancer Support Group – Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, July 6, 7pm-8:30pm
        • This is for family and friends who have been touched by a diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, or myelodysplastic syndrome. Meetings provide support, education, and resources in an informal setting. If you or someone you know could get value from this group, please pass on the details.
        • It runs in collaboration with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
        • Location: 2102 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA
        • More Info: https://forms.lghealth.org/services/events/
      • Youth Conservation School

      Additional Links:

      • Gardner’s Mattress And More is running their Double Dealzzz special – a great way to pick your own discounts and maximize your savings when buying a new mattress.
        • Click here to learn more about this opportunity to customize your own savings!
        • You can also visit Gardner’s Mattress And More At: 830 Plaza Blvd Suite 2, Lancaster, PA 17601
      • Check out Adam Zurn’s website, Uncharted Lancaster: https://unchartedlancaster.com
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      Episode Transcript (Click Here To Open/Close)

      Jeff Giagnocavo 0:00
      On Episode 17 of Lancaster Connects we’re joined by Jessica Meyer from White Chimneys who will tell us about their history and their tricentennial celebration on Saturday July 3rd.

      Ben McClure 0:09
      We’ll also have our local events rundown, our food truck alert, how you can help your local community and a local history nugget.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 0:16
      We’ll also give you a tip on how to sleep better, our pet of the week and your chance to win one of two $25 gift cards to a local Lancaster restaurant. That’s all coming up on Episode 17 of Lancaster Connects.

      Ben McClure 0:28
      So how can you support the local Lancaster community?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 0:32
      That’s what this show is all about.

      Ben McClure 0:50
      All right, coming to you from the Dream Room at Gardner’s Mattress & More, Lancaster Connects is brought to you by the Sleep Better book. We’ll mail you a copy. Just go to GardnersMattressAndMore.com/Sleep-Better. It’s right there on your screen.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:04
      Yep, well, I’m the one that mails it.

      Ben McClure 1:07
      You are! You lick the stamp and put it on.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:10
      Lick the stamp? I mean, younger watchers are like what the heck are they doing to their stamps?

      Ben McClure 1:15
      Right? Okay, you self sticky the stamp.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:19
      Now we print our own stamps.

      Ben McClure 1:20
      We do. We’re like high tech here.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:22
      Need to figure out how to print our own money.

      Ben McClure 1:24
      Ah, yeah, that’s probably not something we need to have on camera.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:29
      It’s alright. The Secret Service doesn’t watch this. Totally fine. So what do you do this weekend?

      Ben McClure 1:39
      So my wife was out of town, Lindsay, she, she went to the Maryland, theChesapeake Bay, Eastern Shore with a couple friends.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:52
      Like the whole geographical regions south of us.

      Ben McClure 1:55
      She went to the whole thing.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:56
      Been there for this. You’d had a hard time explaining otherwise,

      Ben McClure 1:59
      You know, I’m 43 years old. And I’ve been to the Maryland Eastern Shore one time. You know, like my family and growing up, we always went to the Jersey Shore and that direction.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 2:09
      So your Jersey people.

      Ben McClure 2:12
      So she was down there. She had a good time with friends. But that left dad with the kids. So Saturday afternoon we went mini golfing. We went out to dinner and then took in the Barnstormer’s game on Saturday night.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 2:24
      Nice.

      Ben McClure 2:24
      Barnstormers won.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 2:26
      It’s always good when your team wins.

      Ben McClure 2:29
      The kids had fun. It was a long game. We didn’t stay for the whole thing. It was almost 10 o’clock and still home in the seventh inning. So we we took off but, still a good time. There were a lot of people at the ballpark. And they always do some fun things they had…you know how they do things between the innings right? One of the new things was for a local golf outfitter called “Pull the Pin” and they did a marshmallow drive. So instead of hitting like a golf ball, contestants get up there and hit marshmallows and they kind of just dribbled because they they weren’t hit very well, but they were marshmallows. I thought it was fun. Like oh that how far can a marshmallow go? But I’m telling you, what did you do?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 3:12
      Well, I think I beat you on the food. Got some pictures to share. I did some cheese steaks on our griddle in the backyard.

      Ben McClure 3:21
      I’d agree.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 3:24
      So yeah, I do the mushroom. I like mushroom which is okay.

      Ben McClure 3:28
      You get mushrooms and onion?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 3:29
      Mushroom and white onion is the best cheese steaks as far as I’m concerned. You know if you’re a cheese steak person, you’re looking at these pictures and you’re like, demerit points for bad rolls. And I agree. But after three stops at my local places for Amorosa Rolls, I just gave up. Like the the shaved ribeye in the backseat was saying I need to get cooked, it’s getting a little warm here.

      Ben McClure 3:55
      So anything that’s not an Amoroso Roll is a bad roll?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 3:59
      Immediate deduction.

      Ben McClure 4:00
      Yeah, okay.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 4:01
      Immediate demerit for sure. Yeah, and I screwed up. So this picture right here is before I you know, I put the roll on and I forgot to take this picture.

      Ben McClure 4:14
      So this is the meat pile here?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 4:17
      Yep, before you put the bun on.

      Ben McClure 4:19
      What cheese was on the bun?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 4:22
      Well, cheese was on the bun.

      Ben McClure 4:24
      But there was cheese on top?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 4:25
      Provolone.

      Ben McClure 4:26
      Provolone.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 4:26
      Yep. I know, you’re a man of the cheese.

      Ben McClure 4:31
      Yeah. Oh, yeah.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 4:32
      Soon not to be, maybe?

      Ben McClure 4:33
      Well, yeah, I’m figuring it out. I’ve officially found out that I’m allergic to either gluten or dairy or potentially both. But you know, if I would lose cheese, I would cry.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 4:46
      I get your cheese.

      Ben McClure 4:47
      Yeah, you can buy cheese.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 4:49
      So if you’re wondering, there’s the finished product. Looks pretty good and tasted damn good too. If you’re wondering what the proscuitto is, that’s a little hack. That I made up. I’ve seen pepperoni cheese steaks before, maybe you’ve had them if you’re watching, listening, you know, I’m not a not liking the big pepperoni slices. I don’t like those at all. I know, it’s probably the same thing as the little ones on your pizza, but whatever. We’re all free to decide what we like and don’t like. So but I love proscuitto. So I just started putting it on the bottom or on the top in this case on the bottom of the bun, though, because it holds the grease all together and it doesn’t blow out the bottom.

      Ben McClure 5:32
      Yeah, yeah. See, I was I was wondering if the Amorosa Rolls were for the purpose of trying to keep the bun together like [Inaudible].

      Jeff Giagnocavo 5:39
      The Amoroso Rolls are good but they’re not miracle workers. Right?

      Ben McClure 5:42
      Right.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 5:42
      Okay, they don’t defy laws of grease.

      Ben McClure 5:44
      So it’s it’s the taste of the roll.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 5:46
      Yeah, it’s the taste and like the kind of the hard roll crunchiness but the soft goodness inside, but all of that is still susceptible to moisture in the proscuitto. It kind of holds it all together and does a really good job. You know, what else is a great vessel? And I’ve said this before on the other side here, our office resides behind the Dream Room. What have I said is a great modern vessel of cooking?

      Ben McClure 6:09
      Oh, the airfryer.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 6:10
      No, no dude.

      Ben McClure 6:13
      We’re not on the same wave length.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 6:15
      Sugar Bowl Bowlies in Lancaster and Millersville. Ben blew his whole budget in college.

      Ben McClure 6:20
      Yeah, I went to college with like $1,000 in 1996 and blew it all on used CDs and cheese steaks from Bowlies. I came home at Thanksgiving break and I had like a bank account of zero.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 6:35
      Nice but yeah, Sugar Bowl Bowlies, if you’ve ever been a Sugar Bowl bowl, you know what we’re talking about. So I pack a lot of goodness in that in that vessel of dough. So anyway.

      Ben McClure 6:48
      Who have we got coming up?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 6:49
      Enough of these two clowns. So we’ve got coming up, we’ve got Jessica Meyer from White Chimneys. If you got your Sunday paper this week, you saw a whole spread on them. So they are going to tell us about their history and their tricentennial celebration on Saturday, July 3rd, but of course we’re gonna tell you all about what they’ve got going on.

      Ben McClure 7:11
      We’re going to talk about what’s going on in and around Lancaster. The whole thing is everything Lancaster right? We’re gonna have a quick tip on how to Sleep Better and what food trucks will be where and when there’ll be where they are.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 7:26
      Talking about how you can help your neighbors by joining the Lancaster Connects community.

      Ben McClure 7:42
      We got a local history nugget for July 4th from our resident history expert Adam Zurn. He’s from Uncharted Lancaster and he’s also on the board of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County. Adam is very passionate about Lancaster County.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 7:56
      Adam is what you call in the business a “good get”.

      Ben McClure 7:59
      Yes.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 8:00
      Yes, he is a good get and we enjoy having him here on the show. We hope he joins us for many more. You can let us know if you like Adam. I mean honestly, we might be a little hurt if Adam gets more love than us here but that’s okay. It’s all about putting out a good show for you.

      Ben McClure 8:13
      Adam dresses up. Maybe we need to dress up, maybe we need costumes.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 8:16
      Yeah. We have our pet of the week and our weekly restaurant giftcard giveaway.

      Ben McClure 8:23
      Remember, this show is also available as a podcast you can get all the links at LancasterConnects.com. Please like and share the video leave a comment. tell a friend about the show the more people that know about the show, the better for us in the community.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 8:39
      That’s right and information that we share is on our show notes with every episode that we emailed out it’s on LancasterConnects.com and we highlight more events on the show notes than we highlight here on the show. So you’re looking for something to do around Lancaster and the handful that we highlight don’t quite scratch that itch. Go to the episode there’ll be more you can find the show notes by going to LancasterConnects.com by clicking on the page for this episode, which is Episode 17. And you can also subscribe to get our weekly email just enter the giveaway which is what you’re also doing when you go to LancasterConnects.com and in that box you’ll subscribe for the weekly email update and get all of our show info. You can check the box if you want to be part of the Lancaster Connects community to give back to your community with time to volunteer efforts. And of course this show is available as podcast. You can find those links directly at LancasterConnects.com or just type Lancaster Connects into your favorite podcast platform and search for it. And as Ben said just a moment ago, sharing is caring. Don’t forget to like and share this video. It really helps us out with the social media algorithms to kind of bring you the great cream, that we create, to the top.

      Ben McClure 9:56
      Yeah, that’s a good coffee reference.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 9:59
      I don’t have any creamer in my coffee, I am just trying to get rid of that.

      Ben McClure 10:02
      There you go. That’s probably a good thing.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 10:03
      Yeah, yeah.

      Ben McClure 10:05
      Alright. So one thing to mention as we get into our events, the White Chimney’s event that’s going to be this weekend, July 3, we’ll be talking with them in a little bit. So stay tuned for some events that they’ve got going on. We’ve got some great July 4th events that we are covering in today’s events rundown. But, again, just to mention Jessica from White Chimneys, she’s got a huge event happening this weekend. Jeff teased it a little earlier with the Lancaster newspaper article, if you get the Sunday paper. It’s a big article on that. There’s the White Chimney’s house right there. So we’ll be getting more into that during her interview, and also in the food truck rundown. They’ll have fireworks, tons of food, dancing reenactments, and tons more. Stay tuned for that or visit WhiteChimneys.com for more information.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 11:02
      All right. Tis the season for fireworks. So first one, we’re just going to go through it.

      Ben McClure 11:13
      So you get the long one this time.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 11:14
      I do, yeah. That’s all right. So from July 2nd to July 3rd, that’s two days, Lititz will be having their Fourth of July celebration at Lititz Springs Park Friday. July 3rd there’ll be Queen of the Candle ceremony during the intermission of the concert around 8:30pm. The traditional candle lighting down the street and around the park grounds will also take place on Friday night this year. Friday night concert features the favorite local band Flaming Dick and the Hot Rods at Beck Memorial Bandshell for a concert beginning at 7pm. Food vendors are on hand Friday night and donations will be collected to offset the entertainment and event costs. The July 2nd concert in the park is a free night for all to attend. No pre-registration is required and there is no capacity limit on the Friday night event either. For the July 3rd festivities, no tickets are going to be sold at the gate. The festivities are presale tickets only. So on July 3rd, the gates open to Lititz Spring Park at noon. The Baby Parade kicks off the festivities at 12:30pm. Opening Ceremonies at the Bandshell will begin at 1:00 and that will include the singing of the National Anthem, the National Bell ringing and a performance by the New Holland Community Band. Local band Nearly York will perform in the afternoon, followed by the Air National Guard Band. Headlining band Light Up the Moon starts at 7pm. Fun 101.3s, Ronnie Ramon will return to the field stage to host the dance party to get the crowd excited for fireworks and it all caps off with a pyromusical spectacular from Celebration Fireworks around 9:30pm with the fireworks set to music, and remember to attend on the 3rd, you must pre purchase tickets online and that can be found at LititzFourthOfJuly.com. Food vendors are on site. And that’s what you need to know. That’s my list.

      Ben McClure 13:04
      That was a big one. Are you done?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 13:06
      Well, the sheet says when I’m done. Don’t you give me back talk, man. So seriously, if you want to go to that sounds like the second is the free day. The 3rd, you have to purchase tickets, so don’t be disappointed. We told you so right? We told you to pre purchase tickets online at LititzFourthOfJuly.com.

      Ben McClure 13:28
      You know living in Lititz for the last five years or so I’ve been to some of the Lititz Fourth of July festivities and they’re fantastic. They put on a really great Fourth of July parade.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 13:42
      Last year, wasn’t that voted like greatest city?

      Ben McClure 13:45
      Yeah, like top 10 or something like that.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 13:48
      And on that note, the Baby Parade. Like did they have the the men and women of 40 Parade? The parade of the elders? Just wondering. Do we only celebrate people when they’re babies?

      Ben McClure 14:04
      It seems like it, apparently I guess. Babies and veterans right as they should be celebrated. Right. Alright. So we’ve got Clipper Magazine Stadium. We’ve got some fireworks events there on Saturday, July 3 from 6pm to 10pm. At Clipper Magazine Stadium, you can grab food, watch some live music, play lawn games like cornhole, frisbee and more at the stadium for free. To cap it off, the fireworks in the evening at the Barnstormer’s stadium. Clipper Magazine Stadium is located at 650 North Prince Street in Lancaster and you can get more information on this event at LancasterBarnstormers.com.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 14:40
      That’s right. I don’t think anybody knows the address of Clipper Stadium. They all know where and everybody has their own little way to get there.

      Ben McClure 14:48
      That’s true.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 14:48
      Like I get there off the Harrisburg Pike. Prince street might as well be like Wall Street for me because I get there off Harrisburg Pike.

      Ben McClure 14:56
      Well, you know, coming from Lititz down into Lancaster City, I went off of Prince Street for parking So, yeah.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 15:06
      On July 3, notice how many times Ben says he was in Lititz.

      Ben McClure 15:11
      Once an episode.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 15:12
      He’s one of those Lititz folks people.

      Ben McClure 15:14
      Yeah, it is. But yeah.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 15:18
      Anyway, Ben’s a good one. He’s a good egg even if he does live in Lititz. On July 3rd, enjoy some food and homemade ice cream, festivities and fireworks at the Star Barn Village. It’ll run from 10-2, tickets purchased online. For vehicles with up to eight passengers are $25 a vehicle, $40 for nine to 15 passengers and $100 for oversize vehicles with 16 to 23 passengers.

      Ben McClure 15:46
      What a clown car?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 15:47
      What, like Kate and Jon Gosling got back together and they’re bringing all their kids?

      Ben McClure 15:52
      They must have!

      Jeff Giagnocavo 15:54
      For 16 they must have had like four in another marriage that since failed. And they got I don’t know. I want to see the vehicles that come.

      Ben McClure 16:04
      Right, like stretch Hummers.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 16:05
      Like what had to happen for people to get over on the Star Barn that the great volunteers I’m sure at the Star Barn Village that you know we really have to address this.

      Ben McClure 16:14
      Right.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 16:14
      These people are cramming 17 people inside a minivan. What’s is going on here? I mean, really! Anyway.

      Ben McClure 16:26
      So the Gardner’s delivery truck could show up and we have a bunch of people in the back.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 16:32
      [Inaudible] a real problem with that one. But yeah, anyway, hey, listen. So Star Barn Village, 10 – 2, you need to purchase tickets online for vehicles, rates commensurate with the number of people you’ve crammed inside. We’ll get you the website here in a second. Some of the highlights of these activities which apparently are so great that people cram a bunch of people into cars, are self-guided tours around the village areas to relax with the family, a museumrt , an art gallery and a petting zoo. That figures it out, petting a little goats is always fun. Also, yard games, live music and tons of fun for the family. You can also buy pony rides and cooks S’mores on one of the many fire pits, purchase beer and wine and take wagon ride and so much more. So they got a lot going on Star Barn Village. Kudos to you. I always know the Star Barn was something that our local community rallied around years ago to save and I remember when that was all the hot topic of things and so Star Barn Village is great. The entrance for the event is at Brittany’s Hope, 1160 North Market Street in Elizabethtown and for more info and tickets to figure out what you need to pay for for the car and the commensurate passengers you’re going to have go to StoneGableEstate.com to get tickets and please you know, please pay the right price alright? If you’re gonna cram all your kids and their friends or neighbors friends kids in the car, you know please pass the hat and get the right money. Star Born Village would deserve it for putting on a great event.

      Ben McClure 17:55
      Do pets count? Maybe take a couple dogs?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 17:58
      I don’t think so. They have their own pets with the petting zoo.

      Ben McClure 18:01
      If you have a buggy, you roll up in a buggy with a couple of horses the horses count alright?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 18:06
      Go to StoneGableEstate.com for everything there on Star Barn.

      Ben McClure 18:09
      So all this info about these events and others we haven’t read out will be available on the website at LancasterConnects.com. Find the show notes by clicking on the page for this episode, Episode 17 and get our weekly email just enter our giveaway at LancasterConnects.com to subscribe to our weekly email update with all of our show info. And remember this show is a podcast available as a podcast find links to LancasterConnects.com and don’t forget to like share this video or leave a comment for a friend about this show.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 18:50
      Hopefully the producers got the mute button. It’s not COVID, coffee went down the wrong pipe. Oh my face is red as the screen, my God. Oh I really tried to hold that in. We’re okay, producers are in my ear like you want to take a break now we’re good. Let the people see our blood sweat and tears for them on this show. But my goodness look at my face it’s coming down. It was a heavy chartreuse it’s now more like normal time but no it’s not COVID it was just coffee going down the wrong pipe in the throat, my goodness. Yeah. It’s out now you’re not you know, it’s yeah, it’s out. Sorry man. Anyway. My notes are telling me I have a Sleep Better segment for you. Put the coffee down. So I said, I’m the one that mails the books. That’s true. So Sleep Better, we’ll mail you a copy, right in the mail, send you a free book chock full of great tips. This tip is about really kind of aligning your time to go to sleep. So think about a 90 minute increments, right? So, you know, please start at about four and a half hours. We’re at this point in society where people were not sleeping as a badge of honor. And it’s actually really terrible for you, like, diet, exercise, and sleep are the three pillars of a healthy life. Okay? So no one really like, pops their chest out and is proud to say, “Oh, I ate 17 cheese steaks this weekend”, I mean, it’s just like, you know, not even me. Okay? No one says, “Oh, I didn’t, you know, I didn’t exercise for 17 years”. No one’s proud like that. But people for some reason they wear this, like, “Oh, I don’t sleep” as a badge of honor, don’t be that person. It’s not good for you, it’s really not healthy. And actually, I would say if you want to improve your diet and exercise, the first thing you need to do is improve your sleep. Because only a restful night’s sleep is going to help you be able to keep some weight off, have energy to exercise, stick with your diet plans, etc. So if you think about sleeping 90 minute increments, so four and a half at the absolute minimum, you know, then you’re going six hours, seven and a half, and then eight and a half hour. So the old adage of eight hours of sleep a night isn’t necessarily true. That 90 minutes aligns with your natural body rhythms, your your circadian cycles and your REM sleep cycles. So when you can either advance or delay your alarm clock or when you go to bed and those 90 minute intervals, I’m kind of doing the, you’re watching this, I’m moving my hands to give you the four and a half to eight and a half hour cycle, okay of sleep. That’s what you want to do. And you want to kind of line up your alarm clock when you go to bed with those 90 minute intervals and you will sleep better I know when I’ve gone off of that. And I’ve focused on it. I know when I’m not on it. I just don’t sleep as well. All right. So that’s what I have for you with the Sleep Better tip. If you want to get the book, go to GardnersMattressAndMore.com. It’s right on our homepage. But if you want to get right to the Sleep Better book page, you’ll go GardnersMattressAndMore.com/Sleep-Better and that page right there will get you the book, and we will take good care of you get that out in the mail to you straight away. The other thing we’d like to do here is, you know, we don’t like to tell you what to do as far as how to save money, we you know, maybe this version of the sale isn’t scratching your itch for what you need as far as a great package or a great deal. So we came up with double deals and a double deals is about discounts. You can maximize your savings. You know, folks have things like adjustable beds, their mattresses more now, maybe they don’t need an adjustable bed savings package. Maybe they do. Maybe you have a platform that maybe you have an antique bed, maybe you need just a mattress, there’s all kinds of things that make your purchase unique to you. And double deals is a series of discounts that are lined up so you can pick the savings to maximize for your purchase. If you want to find out more about double deals, you can simply just go to GardnersMattressAndMore.com/Sales and that’ll get you right to our sales page, see all the events going on. And whenever we have vendor savings, like right now with temperpedic, we combined vendor savings with double deals because if the vendor is gonna save us money, we’re gonna save you that money as well and still offer our double deals program. So really try to approach that with a layer of transparency and respect for you and what you need, as opposed to just saying, here’s the sale, take it or leave it. We have a great program for you. Alright.

      Ben McClure 23:44
      Good information.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 23:46
      I think so.

      Ben McClure 23:49
      I was just having a conversation with my brother this morning. He went to the beach camping and he’s got three young kids under like five years old and a newborn. Well, a one year old. And he told me he woke up multiple times, like camping with the newborn and that 90 minute increment thing that goes out the window with with babies, right? But you know, I know it works. I get six, that’s like my thing. I do six and it works. Absolutely works. And I know if I get less than that, or more than that then I’m off. So, alroght, moving along.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 24:23
      I can tell you got six because you’re on on like Donkey Kong.

      Ben McClure 24:29
      That’s right. So earlier we had an opportunity to catch up with Jessica Meyer. We mentioned her earlier in the show. She’s from White Chimneys, and she’s going to tell us about their history with the home and their tricentennial celebration on Saturday, July 3rd.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 24:47
      Well, this is an exciting guest because I’m gonna say this guest has our premiere event for Fourth of July weekend. Jessica Meyer, welcome to the show, from White Chimneys. So not only is this a fantastic wedding and entertainment events venue, but it’s your home. And you keep the heartbeat of what you do at White Chimneys alive with every event. So, welcome to the show. Really excited to have you here. Since a lot of folks might not even know about White Chimneys and what you do. I do know it’s the second oldest building in the county, and you’ve got a big event coming up, why don’t you tell our listeners all about that.

      Jessica Meyer 25:34
      Wonderful, thank you so much for having me on the show. Today, we are honored to represent a very amazing, timely piece of American history as well as Pennsylvania. The beginnings of white chimneys, of course, are notable for William Penn having met the natives on the hill, he had a very novel idea of becoming friends with them. Nowadays, it’s pretty much what we think we should have done anyway, back then. And it’s just an amazing place where truly the the birth of America started here. And this was the vision of the colonies. It was prior to the formation of Lancaster County, Lancaster County was not a county until 1729. So it’s it’s a wonderful place.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 26:28
      I mean, I was on the website last night kind of checking things out in my preparations for today’s show. And so there’s a there’s a I mean, there’s just a trauma. I’ve got two pages of history here of timeline. So it pops up over the 300 years. And you’re celebrating this 300 day anniversary a year late. I’m assuming that was COVID related, right?

      Jessica Meyer 26:54
      That’s correct.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 26:55
      Will actually be a 301 years but what we’re going to 300 sounds so much more fun. right? So, but as far as the history goes, like let’s kind of highlight you know, we talked about William Penn, if you got any more nuggets there the Civil War. We’ve got some presidents some generals, President Monroe, General Lafayette, why don’t you tell our listeners and watchers about that history right here in the in the backyard of Lancaster County?

      Jessica Meyer 27:21
      Certainly. So as let’s talk about the event, first of all, as we thought about, we have a very major celebration coming up. And how are we going to do this, and I don’t want this to be just about white chimneys. We chose the Fourth of July weekend, because it’s a celebration of our country, as well as what white chimneys roll has been through three centuries of American history. So beginning with William Penn, these were the colonies he had, I won’t bore you with all the nuances of Pennsylvania history, but he had a very unique vision at that time. He was a Quaker, which means he was religiously persecuted for his beliefs and how he wished to practice his faith. And he but he was over a governor here in Pennsylvania, Lord Baltimore, it was to ourselves. And as the story goes, he went back to the King of England and he said, Hello, King. Why are we putting our people in prison for their religious beliefs, tell them to come to the new world. And here in the new world, they can practice their faith. So he began to this was became known as his holy experiment. And from his holy experiment, you could make an application and get a piece of William Penn’s land. This was known as a pen grant. Pen Grant Rode. Yeah, you may know they’re in Willow Street. But that is how William Penn’s lands and portions of Pennsylvania would have originally been divided up. And it was due to their their religious beliefs that they could have a place to worship. From there. He did travel out here to the to the little town of gap, where is that that at that time was known as gap in the hills. It was a naturally occurring landmark, where you could meet with the natives and do some trading, you could be safe. There was a cabin that was built, and this was credited to Francis Jones. Francis Jones was, of course from England as well, and a Quaker, and immigration records show that he would have immigrated to Philadelphia in 1711. So by 1711, they were already west of the city traveling out to the gap area and becoming established here. The date on the house is 1720 because there’s a plaque on the house that was granted when the property was listed as an easement with the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County. So we know that yes, there were ongoings here in gap prior to 1720. But 1720 is the date On the original stone part of the house, that that would have been the first cabin, the first edition. Through the years, many subsequent additions, based on what occupation that generation had at that time. Eventually, the granddaughter of Francis Jones, married Henry slaymaker. So it officially became owned by slay makers in the year 1779. The slay makers then boast nine generations, 200 years, it was sold out of the slaymaker family in the year 2000. So, major part of all of those centuries.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 30:42
      Wow, wow. So across those years, we passed some pretty significant milestones. How did the How did the homestead the the property? What was the involvement in the Civil War?

      Jessica Meyer 30:58
      So in the civil war time period, Amos was a was a judge here in Lancaster city, we do know that this, of course, being north of the Mason Dixon line, there was probably some underground railroad routes, also to the property north of us. But from that standpoint, the you know, I don’t necessarily believe there were actually battles fought right here. That was a little more west of us, of course, there were more Revolutionary War documentation with Valley Forge, and then of course, General Lafayette. So general Lafayette was 18 in 1776. And it became known as George Washington’s best friend. And he had he had means he had money. So he was able to support the troops. And it’s, of course, said without the support of general Lafayette and the French, we may not have won the war, I guess, against Britain at that time. So 50 years later, after 1776, President Monroe, invited general Lafayette, who was so alive to make a sort of victory tour. And that is a well documented trip where he did multi states, all the way down to Louisiana as well. And he did stop and stay here at White chimneys in that year 1825 for the the anniversary.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 32:30
      Very, very interesting. So your family has since come to own the property. What was what was your family’s goal in acquiring the property? And when when did you? When did you get it?

      Jessica Meyer 32:44
      So we purchased the property in 2006. And I have a love of history and still from my father, kind of a long story. When I was a little girl, he worked at latinus Valley farm museum. And back in the 80s, you could take your kids to work with you. So we literally got to go to Atlantis Valley farm museum I, I knew every building every display and I really was captured by the vision there Atlantis Valley, where you had buildings from the 1800s buildings from the 1700s. And as we realized what the the history that white chimneys had to offer, it is all right here in one place, and we wouldn’t have to move buildings into one location like like, had been done Atlantis Valley. So we have evolved much, much more from 2006 we never imagined that we would be able to host events and have so many visitors and so much of a an amazing response, a way to really keep the property alive. We had purchased it with the idea that we would simply live here and raise children and we have horses and sort of a you know, just a gentleman’s farm and, and, you know, ride ride into the sunset and live happily ever after. Two years later, we constantly Yeah, we constantly had people pulling in the driveway, they would ask could they take their pictures? Oh, could we have a wedding in the barn? And we did a pumpkin patch. We did a hay ride. And all of these things kind of grew to the point where we needed some infrastructure. We needed extra bathrooms we needed some of those modern day amenities to to host crowds of people.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 34:38
      Yeah, yeah. So I’m in preparation for this for your big anniversary event or tricentennial which is a mouthful. It’s 300 years worth of history but in the in preparation for the event. I guess you’ve got some some video for us. That you recorded just yesterday. Yes, a little bit about that.

      Jessica Meyer 34:59
      Yes, they So, let’s actually let’s go back to 1807. So where does the name white chimneys come from? And at that time, that generation had nine children and one of them Hannah slaymaker was an artist and it is said that she they had recently put on the the the view you see there that end is the east side. That was 1807 that was the one you’re looking at and the video there. And it is said that she looked up and exclaimed to her mother, how beautiful the white chimneys are glistening in the sunlight. So the property the name stock, it has, you know, just wonderful charm. And as we are preparing for this through the weeks, well let’s let’s powerwash this, let’s fix that window. Let’s do this. And it’s been one thing after the next so of course I got the idea this week. We need to paint the chimneys it needs a new coat of paint. So indeed, we had a lift here and yesterday’s weather was just absolutely amazing. And I went up on that lift and look at the views it is spectacular.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 36:08
      So a little known fact about me, I spent a couple years in in the roofing and construction business actually doing copper work and historical restoration so I’m very familiar with that equipments. A lot of fun. Yeah, I would hang off of some cranes and the harnesses and actually did a couple projects downtown Lancaster over the years that I did that. Yeah, being on that equipment was a lot of fun. You sound like me, like, Hey, we’re just gonna do this this week. I mean, this morning, I just will talk about an upcoming episode. But I’ll tease it now. We just put together three wonderful massage chairs this morning, when we recorded this episode, so yeah, like, hey, we’re just going to do that. Let’s get it done because it’s the right thing to do. And for your for your event, yeah, if we are going to be called White Chimneys, we need glistening white chimneys.

      Jessica Meyer 36:59
      That’s correct. We actually [Inaudible].

      Jeff Giagnocavo 37:02
      We were looking at the pictures that have been up on the screen just then. And again, like if you hit the website, you obviously see it and get it. But to see it from this angle really, really is really interesting.

      Jessica Meyer 37:17
      We’ll be finishing those on Monday because of course, we couldn’t quite get the the angle that we need to. So now that you told me what you used to do, you’re welcome to join us on Monday, because we have the cat that’s faced you see the rounded one, the cap that’s facing west is the problem. So we have to regroup on Monday before the event. Yeah.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 37:40
      Yeah, I know exactly the angle you’re talking about. I will respectfully decline, but I feel your pain. So we’ve talked about the venue, you do a lot of events, you do weddings, and again, you do live there. So I like how you said that as we, in our little pre-wrap session before we jumped on, you keep the heartbeat of the event going, you know, another past life of mine, I had a DJing business. So I saw the backside of entertainment venues. And it’s interesting, to say the least, you know, by and large, it’s four walls in a big room. And then it’s made into what you as the customer envision with the host right? But I love how you say you keep the heartbeat going. And I seems like you got some recognition for that. So you’ve got this great venue, you did a wedding, you were on a wedding show, which I admittedly don’t watch. Just kind of not my thing. But that’s okay. The show for weddings. You were on season 11. Tell us about that.

      Jessica Meyer 38:44
      Yes. That was of course quite interesting. Two weeks prior to their wedding. The bride sent me an email and said, “Oh, would you mind if there’s media and TV crew? Would you sign a release?” And I said, “Well, sure. What are you talking about?” And of course, I had not heard of the show either. Because I don’t spend a lot of time watching reality TV, I have my own reality to live. So I immediately, you know, looked up the show. And I said, “Oh my word. This is going to be quite the event.”And I might be a little bit competitive. So I said, “Well, we have to be the winning couple, we have to help our couple be you know, to win this episode.” So as it all worked out, we’ll fast forward. It took I mean, it was 18 months because they, for the the premise of the show is you have four weddings, four friends or four co-workers, and they all go to each other’s weddings, and then they all rate them. And obviously that takes some time. So it was about 18 months until they filmed the wedding. And then they actually announced who was the winner and our couple was the winning couple for that episode.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 39:59
      Congratulations and this is the show on the screen now.

      Jessica Meyer 40:02
      So much fun.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 40:02
      This is the winning couple? What were their names? Do you recall their names I guess?

      Jessica Meyer 40:03
      They are [Inaudible] Yes. [Inaudible] Jamie and they they actually just had a baby a year or two ago. So we get to follow all of them. The interesting thing about this couple as you see we have a little modern flair there. So White Chimneys has that charm where you have the historic formality, elegance, but you never know what’s going to be under the shirts. There’s always a little something, a surprise for someone.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 40:38
      Yeah, yeah. Well, cool. So looking here, your venue, you actually offer events and weddings and things below market rate? Am I understanding that right? Is that correct?

      Jessica Meyer 41:01
      I would I would say so. I feel like I know, the other venues that are in the area, and what the price structure is. And I think what I want to bring is that…

      Jeff Giagnocavo 41:13
      Yeah, what’s your thinking and reasoning there?

      Jessica Meyer 41:17
      I want to be accessible to my community. And that’s the heartbeat that we’re talking about, that White Chimneys remains a place where everyone can feel like they have a part of it. This this is a real part of history that that lives on here today. Many, I could run it as a corporate structure. I call them cookie cutter weddings, nothing against country clubs. But in my opinion, you guess what kind of food you get to eat at the country club, and whose alcohol Are you drinking. So we really highlight the ability to customize and individualize every single wedding. For instance, we grow many herbs in the garden, we have rosemary, lavender time, sage, mint, we meet with each couple, that’s actually a separate business that we have. But we do all their bar planning and accents with herbs. Another way that we keep the agricultural side of the property alive. Our price structure is a set. Yes. And we will have some some samples of the the herbs on the on July 3 as well. The price for a Saturday is 7200. In 2022, you do obtain a discount if you choose a Friday or a Sunday little non traditional day. But from their standpoint, the price is structured as a base fee that you can come and use the property for the entire day. Other items are what I would call all a cart, I do have linens, I have napkins, they can rent all that from us, they can use our coordinators. And by the time we’re done with the conversation, they usually realize that having everything right there at their fingertips becomes much more conducive, and they can really enjoy their day. You have pictures there of the of the new bridal suite that we had added last year. In that’s French Rococo design. We that was a nod to general Lafayette so that the ladies Can I talked about the modern day infrastructure. We really needed an expanded space for the brides but there you see we have five make up stations…

      Jeff Giagnocavo 43:33
      I recall putting my tux on at the event. You know, you go to the event where you’re having the reception, you get dressed there, then you go to the church and then you come back. I think I got dressed in a storage closet. My wife I think had something se akin to the like, you know, the size of the Dream Room here at the store. Right? You know, I think our decor here was even nicer than that. That’s just gorgeous.

      Jessica Meyer 43:33
      Thank you. Thank you.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 43:33
      So the benches and the mirrors for makeup. Wow. Kudos to you. Yeah, that’s great.

      Jessica Meyer 44:03
      We pretty much we really, really wanted, but and also being historically accurate, accurate, we did some French styling and designing. So that it’s a nod to General Lafayette maybe one day I’ll name it, you know, the Antoinette Suite or something? Well, it’s it’s always always growing.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 44:29
      I think the thing that I’m picking up is you said heartbeat I’m gonna keep coming back to that. I mean, it really is there it shows and, you know, a room like that to be able to prepare for the single biggest day in somebody’s life. You know, I’ve got a friend I’m communicating with right now back and forth. He’s getting married in a few weeks. I just messaged him the other day I said, Dude, just remember, this is your day. And I’m going to tell you and probably everybody else has told you it goes by in a flash and in your case, I mean, it seems like you really take that care with the with the event, whether it’s a wedding, anniversary party, a birthday party, whatever. You take the care to make sure you set it up for success. That’s what I’m picking up. So that’s great. Absolutely. Absolutely.

      Jessica Meyer 45:18
      When we started having, you know, just general public drive in here in 2008, and they would ask to do things I would call myself definitely a problem solver. And as I saw things happening that we didn’t flow we had you know, mothers that were upset and running around and quick changing their clothes and it just became You know what, I can fix that I can do that for you. And we were able to grow with our our visitors and and clients and really allow them to have a much memorablel experience and an ability to never forget their day.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 46:07
      Well, very good. Let’s talk about this party 300 years in the making. All right. You’re opening a free to the public, which I know I read about and it you know I’m seeing it now on the screen and it just I don’t know I didn’t connect the dots so a free event no less, open to the public. So what’s the event schedule that stands out for you? What are you most excited about to bring forth in the nine hours that you’re going to be having this 300 year anniversary gala?

      Jessica Meyer 46:41
      Well for myself, personally, I do love music. I don’t think I’m going to be able to sit in one spot very much on that day and enjoy a lot of the music but there’s the map lovely. So this was also a labor of love. We’ve been working on the past couple of weeks. One of my children Micah actually drew the carriage house there so we got input from all the children and how we wanted to portray the property as well as the event. My “what am I most excited for”? I have to say probably the 1700s era. We are actually we have The Rockford Hearth Cookers coming and we will be cooking in the the walk in fireplace of the 1700s part. So guests will be able to walk into the manor house you see on the map there and view the the cookers who I told are also going to be sampling whatever they’re cooking. They will then walk to the south up into the the front portion of the house which is where I reside. My father is in the rear portion. And in the the front portion we were there’s a room that was known as the ballroom and we have a hammer dulcimer player, as well as a harpist, and they will be there throughout the day. After that they the guests will walk out the front door and then obviously peruse the other areas. The East lawn you on the right side there, you’ll see we have a civil war, the 69th Irish regiment who is moving in for the whole weekend. They’re arriving on Friday, they will be set up with their tents in the front yard lawn. And I believe they will be there through Monday as well. And then the rest of the festivities will be…

      Jeff Giagnocavo 48:27
      They’re gonna be camping in those tents all weekend?

      Jessica Meyer 48:30
      Yes, yes. That is…

      Jeff Giagnocavo 48:32
      Very nice.

      Jessica Meyer 48:32
      Yeah, maybe that’s a great retirement. It’s obviously a lot of retired folks. And and others too. But you know, rather than going to the beach or or wherever people go on vacation, they go camping and they they go in and full garb and uniform.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 48:51
      I’ll be camping that weekend as well. I’m going to talk with a family about breaking away to come to the event but I have a little different version of camping. My idea of camping is air conditioning. I have a wonderful, amazing bed in my camper. But good luck to the folks sleeping on the ground in the tents. I respect them immensely for that version of camping. Yes. So the food I saw some food scrolling by I’m interested to know about Amish barbecue.

      Jessica Meyer 49:21
      Amish barbecue. So interestingly enough, here in our community, the Amish barbecues have really become popular as a way of benefit auction as a way for local fire companies who we know are many of them are of all volunteers and the Amish who also don’t subscribe to traditional health insurance when they have large accidents and large hospital bills. They do not have coverage. So Amish BBQ has become a way for the our local playing community. And remember these are the folks who also came here in the various Early 1700s with William Penn with anyone else a Protestant faith that was being persecuted and and they are very, very vital part of Lancaster County history. So still practicing their faith today. They they need a way to embrace modern day medical care and have a way to pay for their surgeries. So, Amish barbecue has become a wonderful way the local community can can raise money for their own personal needs and medical funds.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 50:35
      Alright, so is there I get that I mean, and I’m very familiar with the with the plainclothes community, the Amish community my my grandparents have. I’m Italian light as I like to say my grandfather on the paternal side married a Mennonite lady, my grandmother, and then my maternal side of the family, German Mennonite as well. So I’m familiar with all of it. You know, when I was a young kid, I had aunts and uncles that had the hair bonnets and the couple uncle’s dress more in playing like gray slacks, gray coats, black slacks, like more plain clothes. So is there any Is there any certain delicacy or food type that’s specific to the barbecue? Or is there more is a more just this word, Amish barbecue is more about the event and and the food is what you would expect? Or is there kind of something special you could share there? Sure.

      Jessica Meyer 51:33
      There’s definitely a smoky flavor. There’s not a particular seasoning that they use. But what’s always interesting about it, it’s a meal. So it’s not you don’t just get the the piece of meat. You get the Whoopie Pie that goes with it and usually a little pepper cabbage or cole slaw. So from from that standpoint…

      Jeff Giagnocavo 51:53
      The guy that site here normally, he would have like just lost his mind on Whoopie Pies for sure.

      Jessica Meyer 51:58
      Yes. So definitely there is an image where, to me it’s a lovely, flavorful, smoky piece of meat, no spices that is that’s not the Amish culture at all, but a flavorful smoked piece of chicken and you get all the sides you get the fixings. I also want to point out that this Amish barbecue farm beside us is owned by Mervyn King. He purchased this 80 acre lot of ground in 1998. And this was the original the last chunk of farmland that was sold off of the White Chimney’s property. Sally Slaymaker owned it at the time. And in 1998 she placed this 80 acres with Lancaster Farmland Trust. Well, a very timely article just last week about the Lancaster Farmland Trust. But I have invited them to attend as well on the third. But that farmland that Amish barbecue that’s participating and having a stand is the last original chunk of ground from White Chimneys, and is also part of is also preserved part of Lancaster Farmland Trust.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 53:09
      Very, very interesting. Well, that’s great to know that we’re still preserving some of the farmland around us. I say if you get out on Oregon Pike to Harrisburg Pike, and you get out of that quadrant, if you will, and you really start driving 10-15 minutes, there is a lot of farmland around here. But we do need to be good stewards of it. We do need to preserve it. We are really fortunate to live in the area we live in. You brought up a couple things. And then I’ve got a question about your presidential dinner coming up. Cause I want to have our listeners know about that. But, you know, we touched on fire companies about raising money for them. We actually had Lafayette Fire Company on the show handful episodes ago. So they obviously are named after General Lafayette as well. And they do a lot of volunteer work. So anybody listening, if you have the opportunity to help those help your local fire company out with a fundraiser, a cleanup event, you know, whatever, whenever they put the call out, make sure if you have the time and you can donate or both do it because you never know when you might need their services. Or your neighbor might or your family member might just a little aside as we touched on it. So Jessica, this presidential dinner tell us about tell us about that and if tickets are still available or not.

      Jessica Meyer 54:30
      Yes, absolutely. In addition to the presidential dinner, I will mentioned we do have the presence of two food trucks. Obviously, this is a full day and a long day and we wanted to make sure that we had some refreshments and services available. So we do have two food trucks coming here out of Chester County. They will be down in the West pasture area and that is for purchase at well. The presidential dinner. Our idea was to showcase us foods that would have been traditional in various centuries and have a more upscale opportunity where a carving station or whatnot. We do have the menu posted online. And as once you obtain your dinner, you are free to sit in the garden or you may sit in the air conditioned tobacco barn, which I don’t know what the weather’s going to be next week but we do have air conditioning available for those who wish to do that. The caterer that we have obtained for this portion of the dinner is Alexandra catering. He who has done some weddings with us in the past, and we are looking forward to an expanded relationship with them. I like the the personal chef concept, because it’s very once again customizable if we have brides and grooms with specific palates, or presentations. We’ve done beer, wings and pizza stations at weddings, in addition to the French chefs with lamb and lobster, filet mignon, fresh oyster trucks. We really love to showcase…

      Jeff Giagnocavo 56:05
      I need to get on the invite list for one of your wedding guests for sure.

      Jessica Meyer 56:09
      Yes.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 56:11
      We’re gonna celebrate, oh, boy, I’m going to flub this now, 19 years this summer? No, yeah, 19 this summer. So I hope as much as I’m digging the property, I hope I never have to use it again for a wedding. That would not be the plan at this moment, at this moment in life with my wonderful bride. So just to clarify, presidential dinner is part of the tricentennial anniversary gala, right? Like tickets are $80 if you if you want to really like kind of throw down on a nice experience, a high class dinner with some amazing scenery. The barn looks amazing. Go to WhiteChimneys.com and get the tickets there. Just as a little aside, so I’m into cigars. Would you ever host a big cigar event on your property?

      Unknown Speaker 57:10
      Absolutely, I mean, how much more appropriate than the tobacco barn which was used to, you know, of course house tobacco, it didn’t house animals.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 57:20
      Right? Yeah, there was a thing here called Drew Estates as a big time. cigar company, Jonathan Drew, little scrappy upstart years ago went up against the big players in the game. Really an amazing story of business success. If you or anybody listening would care to research it. I’m sure you can just jump on Wikipedia and look up Drew Estates and Jonathan Drew, and maybe on YouTube, you’ll find info but he does these events now called Barn Smokers. I’m actually going to one in October down in Kentucky. But there was one in Lancaster on a tobacco farm. Three years ago, I think three summers ago. It was really cool. We got to meet meet the family that grew the tobacco. They kind of gave a lesson on the tobacco. But yeah, that’s really neat. I’m going to try to make a connection there for you if I can, because there was about 300 people. Yes. Yeah. It was a fun event.

      Jessica Meyer 58:21
      While that picture is on the screen, I want to point out this picture was from 1963. I just found it recently penciled on the back. And if you look, you can see the main fountain there immediately above it. That is the tobacco bar that we now have for the the weddings and events. Right above that sits what was the old dairy barn we now have horses, it’s all a question. But if you looked pan to the left up in that upper left corner, that is another tobacco barn, which I didn’t know was there in the 1960s. And it does not exist today. This really speaks I mean, the White Chimney’s property did have many, many acres. And one of the things one of the cash crops was tobacco farming, which the Amish still use today. So certainly I know that Mervyn King beside us that has stow farms, tobacco there. I posted some milk events for them as well. They have raw milk business and cheeses and yogurts as part of the their Gap View market stand. And we definitely have a heart for agriculture and doing all we can to spread that news and preserve that.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 59:36
      Very good. So as we wrap up, how can our audience support this anniversary event? I mean, obviously, you’re a business. But, you know, businesses also can take up the charge of preserving history. And that’s what you’re doing. And I think that’s important, whether it’s a nonprofit that does it or a private citizen or in your case, a mix of both private citizens and somebody in business, how can theysupport this anniversary? Looks like you’ve got a few sponsorship things that are available?

      Jessica Meyer 1:00:08
      Yes, absolutely. And just interesting that you mentioned that, that has been one of the challenges because one of the one of the things with our local township when we got permission to have the business is that when they needed it to remain a residence, and yet, so because we are supposed to live here, we can’t always get grant money, because we’re not a nonprofit, and and we’re supposed to live here. So it really has created, you know, if anyone has any ideas, I’m open to conversations about how we continue to maintain a residence portion and yet still preserve this property. Speaking of July 3, we have speakers, we have musicians, all of them do have a fee associated with them. Some of the smaller speakers are $200-$400, William Penn, I need a sponsor for William Penn, he is $700 and the larger musicians need a little more to cover them. For instance, Drew Nugent is in the $2600 range. Anyone who wishes to help sponsor these musicians, obviously, the money is going directly to them, it’s not going to me or my family personally, in the future, we we have lots of garden areas. And we’ve often we often look for businesses to help sponsor various areas of the garden. And of course, they could have a sign that the signage there that would say, you know, the lily pond built by so and so or maintained, maintained by you know, this florist or whatnot. Lots of conversations and opportunities.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:01:52
      Well, wonderful. And then beyond, you know, we’re gonna help out a little bit there. Normally, we reserve our donations for charity, but I’m really digging what what you’re doing. So we’ll help out a little bit with that. Beyond the event, how else can the audience support what you’re doing? They’re preserving history, offering an amazing, you know, really experience right here in our backyard, how can they support you beyond that?

      Jessica Meyer 1:02:21
      Come and have your family reunion here, and spread the news and bring your family and take your pictures and make memories. It’s it’s an amazing, amazing way to keep history alive. Anyone that has any other interest in supporting specific projects, we have differences, the chimneys, we have rest and restoration work that we’re always working on. And we always look to the future. What what are we going to restore next? What are we going to repair? And we’re open to any conversations and assistance there.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:03:04
      Yeah, and and I mean, again, we have a bunch of different types of folks that listen to our show, watch our show, all different walks of life, different skill sets, different knowledge bases. You know, let’s see if we can’t help White Chimneys out. I mean, it is interesting, you know, so the local municipality wants it as a residence to preserve the history. You know, we can’t get grants because it is a residence like Jessica’s Venn Diagram is his residents…business…history. And we got to make them come together, right? So you can have some assistance for as big as the property is. So if anybody has any ideas there, certainly reach out WhiteChimneys.com. And I’m sure Jessica would love to hear your thoughts on any kinds of ideas there. But kudos to you for taking it up. I mean, obviously, it’s a it is an endeavor, but, you know, business isn’t always easy. I know that as a fellow business owner, the last year certainly wasn’t easy on you, I’m sure. So what we’re gonna do, I think I understood you have a small brand sponsorship, it kind of dovetails in with what we do weekly with give backs anyway. So we’re gonna donate $100 to the event to cover that so I’ll get that check out in the mail to you today.

      Jessica Meyer 1:04:26
      Thank you so much.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:04:28
      Oh, you’re welcome. Yep, you’re welcome. And boy, I really wish you nothing but success on this event. I hope it goes just so well. The weather I’m sure will cooperate. And best of luck to you. This is great. Thanks for being on the show. Jessica Meyer with us you can go to you can go to WhiteChimneys.com to learn more. Be sure to check out their anniversary event that is coming up July 3 this weekend. From 12 to 9. Jessica, thanks. Really great to have you, thank you.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:05:03
      Well, that was great to hear from Jessica and talk with her really an amazing property. I’m thinking y’all should go out there this weekend, if you get the time and check it out. I’m going to try to break away from camping this weekend with my family, see if we can’t make our way there. But really is a neat property and neat venue, a neat historical aspect and think about the fact that you know what, I talked with her about it, right? Like they live there. They have this historical property, and then they also have business right. So their life while it may seem as easy because they’re, you know, their family was able to afford a beautiful property like that. You know, listen, as a business owner, things are never always as easy as they may appear. So if you can go support them just by getting to know the property and then let’s say six months from now, your company has the need to arrange a party or an event and you think of White Chimneys. That would be a tremendous way to help out not only your company, somebody you know, that needs a good event referral, but also help out White Chimneys. So help them celebrate the 300th anniversary this weekend. Looks like they’re putting on just a fantastic event for for the community.

      Ben McClure 1:06:14
      So a little bit more about that event. They’ve got some food trucks. It’s time for a food truck rundown. There’s the siren. So the first food truck alert.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:06:30
      We want to pause a minute take a sip of coffee and put up a blockade. Okay, I sip coffee.

      Ben McClure 1:06:37
      Alright, so if you just listen to the interview with Jessica from White Chimneys, you’ll already know about their 300th anniversary celebration and that is on Saturday, July 3 from noon until 9pm. This is the event to be at on the July 4th weekend. Lancaster Connects is proud to be a sponsor of the event. There’ll be honoring three centuries of history there will be live music speakers, reenactments, fireworks, and more. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase during daytime hours. The event is free to attend food at the event. We’ve got Amish BBQ, Sweet Shenanigans Cupcakery, Rita’s Roaming Libations and Sabatina’s. They’ll also have a presidential dinner for $80. The dinner will be prepared by Alexander Catering will feature food from the three different centuries of white chimneys existence. That’s pretty cool. Their location is 5117 Lincoln Highway in Gap and more information on the event and them at WhiteChimneys.com

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:07:46
      Three centuries of food that sounds pretty amazing. Food Truck event number two is at Nissley Vineyards. Gather some good friends and come celebrate summer outdoors at Nissley Vineyards. On July 2nd and 3rd, for their ongoing summer event, Summerfest, there’ll be plenty of wine, beer, wine slushies and food along with live music performed from 7:30 to 10 on Saturday and Sunday. Join us on the lawn of the winery and experience one of the area’s best known and most popular music venues on Friday, the Kirk Wise Duo is playing and on Saturday you’re here with Josh Squared. guessing there’s two Joshes. For the food trucks that’ll be there they’ll be Philly Hoagie Company. There’ll be there both days. Grappling Crab who we highlighted a few episodes back, they will be there on Saturday only. General admission tickets are $10 and include parking and access to the concert. Get more details and your tickets NissleyWine.com and the location is 140 Vintage Drive in Bainbridge PA. When I said wine slushies, I think my mother shuddered. She just loves wine but I have never seen her drink a wine slushy. But I bet she will now.

      Ben McClure 1:09:03
      Yeah, right.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:09:04
      Sorry, Kathy.

      Ben McClure 1:09:07
      Have you seen the list of food trucks for this next one?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:09:10
      No, but I know you’re reading it.

      Ben McClure 1:09:11
      I know I’m gonna butcher some of these. So, tune in right?

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:09:16
      Yeah, well, you’re on. You got your six hours of sleep so get crackin’ on on it.

      Ben McClure 1:09:20
      On July 4th, you can head up to Harrisburg, just down the road, for their Food Trucks and Fireworks event from 3pm to 9pm at Riverfront Park. By the looks of it, they are going to have every food truck in the county there. The event will feature 30 food trucks more than 34 drugs live music, a wine garden kids activities and the largest fireworks display in central PA. The PHFA fireworks display will begin at 9:15 and can be viewed from miles of space can be viewed from miles of space along Riverfront Park. I thought it was that you can view them from space.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:09:55
      Possibly, depends on your definition of space.

      Ben McClure 1:09:58
      It’s true. So they can be viewed from along river from Park City Island and more locations throughout the city. Free activities include balloon animals, patriotic craft characters, and from 6 to 9, visit from Captain America and Wonder Woman…THE Captain America…wow! Street parking is free for the holiday and parking on City Island is $5. Parking at Market Square garage is $10 from 10am to 12am, courtesy of Park Harrisburg. Now, the food trucks, there’s a ton. Sherry’s Crab Cakes, Sara’s Creamery, the Nacho Depot, Schneider’s Concessions, Island Noodles, Philadelphia Hoagie, Piper Bells Barbecue, Sugar Whipped Bakery, Coco Bongos, New York Shredzers, Get Rolling Gourmet Egg Rolls, Stacy’s Orangade, Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels, Farmshow Milkshakes, Dough Heads Waffles, Mama’s Melts, Shorty’s Funnel Cakes. Hattie’s Food Truck, Bricker’s Fries, Dough and Co., Wow Wagon, Rabid Sandwiches and More, Fuego Latino, Derby Dash Kettle Corn, Kona Ice, Chef de Crepe, Buckie’s Festival Foods, Buckie’s Ice Cream, Grappling Crab Shack, Bake My Day Cafe and Nipon Hibachi Express.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:11:38
      So you nailed Nipon Hibachi Express.

      Ben McClure 1:11:42
      Riverfront Park North Front Street Harrisburg PA more info on Facebook @TheCityOfHPG.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:11:53
      I think this show should just morph into the show that Ben tries to pronounce.

      Ben McClure 1:12:01
      I’d watch.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:12:03
      I think that’s what it should pile coffee down my throat in the wrong way. Basically struck myself out in doing so. Anyway, if that’s not what you want, and you want more food trucks, food truck owners, this is how you have to help us out. All right, our viewers want to know where your food trucks are each week. So if you own a food truck, we’d love to hear from you. We’ll tell our viewers where you’ll be so that they can support you fill out the contact form at LancasterConnects.com in that comments box tell us all about your menu where you’ll be and when. And we want you to do that because our folks love to learn about new food trucks and they want to know how tasty your food is what kind of food you offer. So just go to LancasterConnects.com and fill out that contact form and don’t forget to like and share this video in the show. Leave a comment tell a friend it really does help us. But if you’d like to listen to the show, podcasts are great too. And we’re on all the podcast platforms where maybe you’re on your favorite one just search for Lancaster Connects or you can find your new favorite podcast link by going to LancasterConnects.com and seeing what we’ve got there. But right now we’ve got a history nugget. Adam Zurn has our July 4 themed Lancaster local history nugget. Adam is the owner of Uncharted Lancaster and also on the board of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County. So, welcome Adam to the show.

      Adam Zurn 1:13:30
      Hi, Ben. Hi, Jeff. Thanks for having me here. It’s great to be back. Greetings. My name is Adam Zurn, founder of Uncharted Lancaster and I’m here today with your local history nugget. With the approaching holiday I wanted to share two Lancaster related Independence Day stories. Now ask any elementary student when the Declaration of Independence was signed, and they’ll quickly tell you July 4, 1776. Interestingly, news of the documents actual adoption did not reach Lancaster for several days. Remember, this is a time before 24 hour news cable. Finally, on July 8, four days later, the proclamation was formally read in front of the courthouse at Penn Square. Now arguably the man most instrumental was securing that independence was George Washington. Washington visited Lancaster five times during his life. The first was on June 4, 1773. Records indicate that while here, Washington visited the Dimuth Tobacco Shop, the oldest tobacco shop in the entire country, and made a purchase and likely met proprietor Johannes Dimuth. However, Washington’s most famous visit was on July 4, 1791. Washington now in his first term as president was touring southern and eastern states. He came to Lancaster via York on Sunday, July 3. to visit his old friend and military aid, adjunct general Edward Hand at Rock Hill. Hand and other Lancaster dignitaries met Washington at Wright’s Ferry, now Columbia to escort the president to Lancaster. The President’s coach arrived at the edge of the city at around 6pm. As was Washington’s habit, he exited his coach and entered Lancaster on horseback wearing his traditional blue and buff uniform. The President was greeted with ringing church bells, cheering crowds, waving flags and firing cannons. Washington’s spent the night at the White Swan Hotel, located where the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square now sits today. The following morning, Washington walked the streets of Lancaster and enjoyed afternoon tea with Edward Hand and his wife at Rock Ford, which you can still visit today. Washington then spent the evening at an elaborate dinner held in his honor at the courthouse where 15 toasts were made, the final one being to the illustrious President of the United States. Earlier next morning, Washington continued his journey to Philadelphia. Interesting side note, partially being on Washington’s early departure, everywhere he went people were constantly greeting him with with parades and bands and firing cannons. And he actually found it really difficult to get anywhere and very time consuming. So we had a habit of of telling folks he was going to leave at nine and then leave at five in the morning or he’d be in town at six and get there at five just so he didn’t have to deal with the crowds and all the hoopla you know, involved with all of that. But that’s been your local history nugget. You know, you can find me online at Uncharted Lancaster to learn more fascinating local history. Back to you, Ben and Jeff.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:16:54
      Well, Adam, that was really pretty incredible little rundown a local history. To see Washington, you know, I actually thought I’m gonna go a little bit off script here. If that’s our I’m gonna surprise Ben and our producers, producer like, oh, boy, what’s going on now. So I just looked up on my phone. So we all know, we’re celebrating this weekend, the birth, you know, our Declaration of Independence, the birth of our nation. So to say, I just looked up because I kind of was in my head, a couple of dates. Our Constitution was ratified June 21 1788. So 1776 to 1788, 12 years, folks like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Hancock, others, really kind of looked to frame what our nation would be. And, you know, they may be imperfect men, they were men of their time. And what they gave us in the Constitution, I think, is really what we more should be celebrating this weekend than anything. Because it does represent freedom, it does represent liberty, it does represent happiness. And I hope you all can enjoy that. What it stands for and what it means for our nation, what it means for us. I joined us, as you would say, in September of 19, as a US citizen. Some of you may know if you know me, personally. Hi, Mom, watching this show. You know, me personally, I was born in Canada, I moved to Reims town when I was 10. So, you know, 32 of my 42 years on this earth have been here in the United States, and formalize that September 2019, I would urge you to look up the oath of allegiance that anybody would take at a naturalization ceremony. And think about that this weekend. Because think about that. In light of how you give back to your community, how you give back to those around you, it’s really kind of one of the one of the reasons why we do this show, because we believe so much in supporting the community that does support us. So yeah, I mean, that’s, that’s what this weekend’s about it is about the birth of our nation, but it also took 12 years, nearly 12 years, 12 full years, to kind of bring forth the protections, the liberties, the freedoms that we have today. And I think this weekend, this year in 2021, it’s kind of a really nice little touch to celebrate those freedoms that we have. And so, absolutely, so yeah, sorry for going off script there, everybody, but I thought I thought it made sense in light of what Adam shared there. And we always love Adam. Adam brings a lot of passion to the show and for what he does, so check him out at Uncharted lancaster.com Yeah, Uncharted Lancaster is full of fun, Lancaster themed adventures.

      Ben McClure 1:19:41
      It’s really neat. Yeah, really neat. What he’s put together there.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:19:44
      You want me to talk about Wilma?

      Ben McClure 1:19:46
      Yeah, I mean, I’d be happy to rock paper scissors.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:19:51
      Well, you know the other way of thought about I’m going to try to set I’m going to sell the mclr family a dog here, one of these one of these one of these weeks.

      Ben McClure 1:19:59
      So on that note, Julian, kind of not in tears, but he’s like, comes to me on Saturday afternoon. And he’s like, Dad, two years ago, you and mom said we’d get a dog. You know, he almost like said the date like that’s, you know, pleading two years ago. Well, I buddy, we’ll put on a list of things to do not that we don’t want a dog. It’s just like, life is crazy. We have a rabbit now, who is awesome. So you know, there’s there’s a dynamic there between another pet and a rabbit. But the rabbit stays, you know, and the dogs are not awesome for rabbits. I mean, let’s just I get it, you know, we dog sat a year ago, and that those Facebook memories from a year ago just came up and saw them. We were reminded, oh, yeah, that was fun. So yeah, you know, I don’t know, think you have to sell us on a dog specifically, it’s probably something that will happen at some point. But it’s just a matter of making sure that we always have the next excuse, like, oh, yeah, we’re going on vacation in a month. We can’t we can’t get it done before then. And then something else.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:21:01
      Well, but in all honesty, folks, I mean, you know what Ben just said, you know, the new dog coming into your home is is stressful for the dog. It’s stressful for you and your family. It’s it’s new. I say all of this in a positive way. Those are things to consider, right? Like getting a dog around the holidays is really one of the worst times to get a dog. A lot of them fall through no fault of their own just because there’s so much new stuff going on. People in and out of the house. They don’t know who’s meant to be there and who’s not. So think about that. But this week, Wilma, not to be confused with Wilma from the Flintstones. There’s mama Wilma, she is an adult hound mix. Her foster parents call her “P” because she loves anything that starts with the letter P like peanut butter, pepperoni, provolone. prosciutto, she’d love that. She’s the last of the Flintstone litter. All of her brothers and sisters have found their forever home. She loves her current foster brother who gives her confidence and guidance so she’d love a home with a male dog. She can be nervous and she lived on the streets and for many years, and prefers a quiet home with no young children. She currently lives with a cat and doesn’t bother with a much. In fact, most of the time pretends like he’s not even there. Wilma loves to follow her foster mom around and cuddles up with her on the couch and it takes her longer to get used to man but with patience and time she’ll do it. She’s crate trained views her crate as her safe place. She’s also house trained and knows when it’s time to go outside to go to the bathroom. She needs a person who’s patient and will take the time to get to know who she is. If that’s you. She promises in return endless love and lots of licks. Wilma needs a six foot solid fence for her yard and you must own your home. Learn more about how to adopt Wilma on Charlie’s Crusaders website at CharliesCrusaders.org. Like we kind of have a rule in our house. We won’t we won’t foster puppies. Because we don’t have to first and foremost there’s always people willing to foster them. They quickly get adopted. Puppies bring are great. Obviously every dog has to start somewhere. But folks, I’ll wrap up with this when you rescue a dog like Wilma, you not only save , you Wilma, you save the next dog because that next dog gets a spot in the organization or rescue where it once was, as opposed to being euthanized. And that’s just the sobering reality of it. So if you like Wilma, and you think she’s a fit or know somebody that might be a fit for check out Charlie’s Crusaders at CharliesCrusaders.org.

      Ben McClure 1:24:08
      Well done. Wilma looks great. Looks like she’d be great addition to any family. All right. So the Lancaster Connects community segment is next. Have you got a worthwhile cause that you can make excellent use of the members of the Lancaster Connects community. I’m speaking to nonprofits and charitable organizations. We’d like to encourage volunteers to volunteer their time and direct them to you. That’s what the Lancaster Connects community is all about. Whether you have a good cause that needs volunteers, or you want to donate your time to help out in the community. We want to hear from you. If you’d like to volunteer your time. If you are a listener and like to volunteer your time, enter our free giveaway at LancasterConnects.com and check the box on that form confirming you’d like to volunteer and imagine the difference We could make to the Lancaster Connects community if we gave if he gave just one hour of our time. If you have a good cause that can use some volunteers and we can promote for you on our show. please get in touch with the contact form at LancasterConnects.com. And of course remember this is available as a podcast and all those links are at LancasterConnects.com. And please like and share this video and this episode.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:25:29
      Yes, sharing is caring. It is it is. So we’ve got some Lancaster Connects community events for you. So these are opportunities for you to volunteer for you to help out in the community. You can volunteer at Lititz Springs Park Fourth of July celebration. You get tickets to this celebration when you volunteer to help with the event. So that’s a nice little benefit. They have a wide range of volunteer opportunities like fencing setup, greeters, donation collectors, parking attendants and many more. Check out all of their available volunteer slots at LititzFourthOfJuly.com and register to help.

      Ben McClure 1:26:09
      There’s a blood cancer support group on Tuesday July 6, from 7 to 8:30pm. This is for family and friends who have been touched by a diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma. Meetings provide support education that support education and resources in an informal setting. If you or someone you know could get value from this group, please pass along the details. It runs in collaboration with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And this is at the Barshinger Cancer Institute which is located at 2102 Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster. Right off Rowers Hill Road in Harrisburg Pike. You can get more information at LGHealthEvents.org.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:27:05
      And there are a few spots left for Lancaster County’s Youth Conservation school students aged 14 to 16 are encouraged to apply for this exciting opportunity to learn about local wildlife participate in environmental conservation and explore the outdoors. Sounds like a great event to get teenagers off the computer and out in nature this summer. For more information, visit LancasterConservation.org and click the education tab. There’s only a few spots left. So if you’re interested in make sure you act fast and again, that looks like a great opportunity for teenagers learn about wildlife, environmental conservation and just get outside. Go to LancasterConservation.org and click the education tab.

      Ben McClure 1:27:49
      So once again if you have a good cause that we can promote or you need people to volunteer your their time we’ll put the word out for you on our show. please get in touch with the contact form are with us on the contact form at LancasterConnects.com. And again, this shows a podcast find the links at LancasterConnects.com. And please like and share this video. Sharing is caring. In the homestretch baby.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:28:24
      Speaking of sharing, we had some gift card winners. So this is neat because we go out we buy these gift cards we’ve yet to actually ask for one although I think that would be totally fair for the restaurants that we highlight but that’s okay. We’ve gotten by them and then we give them away so you can enter to win LancasterConnects.com for that gift card giveaway. This week’s winners were Diane Foose from Duncannon and Nichelle Roy from Willow Street. We have them as our winners this week. So you can enter for a chance to win one of two local restaurant gift cards at LancasterConnects.com. And there’s the picture There’s our one of our winners from I believe it was last week. Amy Hoffman I believe was her last night I know it’s Amy Amy Hoffman winner from two weeks ago Episode 15. Episodes fly right by but there’s Amy she was very happy to win and she had some very kind words to share about the show. So Amy, thank you for sharing kind words about the show. We appreciate it we’re happy you won. And if you want to win go to LancasterConnects.com to enter the giveaway. Join the Lancaster Connects Community to volunteer and subscribe to our emails and get all the goodness that is Lancaster Connects to help our community be an even better place to live than it already is.

      Ben McClure 1:29:43
      Well done.

      Jeff Giagnocavo 1:29:44
      I think that is the wrap for Episode 17. Thanks for tuning in everybody. Have a great week. Happy Fourth of July.

      Georgia 1:30:09
      Get Super Cereal

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