10 of Lancaster County’s finest leisure moments in 2021, from Sickman’s Mill boat constructing to ‘Marionette Land’ | Leisure

In 2021, leisure was what we made from it.

The yr started with waning enthusiasm for all issues Zoomable, a post-vaccine scramble for as many reside occasions as potential after which a dip proper again once more on the finish of the yr, with 2022 simply as a lot in query as elements of 2020 had been. However we did have enjoyable alongside the best way, didn’t we?

Lancaster venues went all in, cramming in reveals rescheduled from 2020 together with new occasions in 2021, to the purpose the place there have been instances that, if you happen to had been to squint, it’d even resemble the halcyon days of 2019. New venues reminiscent of Mickey’s Black Field and the Lititz Shirt Manufacturing facility popped up as Lancaster metropolis continues to really feel the obtrusive area left by the Chameleon Membership when it closed its Water Avenue doorways in 2020.

Leisure is inherently a distraction from the “actual world,” and when that world is feeling extra “actual” than ever, it helped to have folks there to place smiles on our faces. Whether or not you’re on this listing or not, if you happen to acted, sang, carried out, danced, reenacted, or in any other case carried out for an viewers of a number of in 2021, we salute you.

Beneath are only a few highlights, in no specific order, from a yr of leisure in Lancaster County, from leisure reporters Kevin Stairiker and Mickayla Miller.


Kevin’s picks 


 “Marionette Land” premiere at Zoetropolis

2021 was a yr of victorious highs and unlucky lows for the Lancaster Marionette Theatre. Alexander Monelli’s movie “Marionette Land,” about proprietor Robert Brock and his theater, had a packed premiere at Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse that ended with an exquisite impromptu a cappella efficiency by Brock. Sadly, the yr additionally introduced the information that the Lancaster landmark has closed its doorways for good. “Marionette Land” involves streaming companies in 2022.



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Inventive Works of Lancaster’s 24 Hour Performs

One of the fascinating digital occasions of the yr was the Inventive Works of Lancaster’s “24 Hour Performs.” Normally the entire gamers would collect in individual to write down, rehearse and carry out new brief performs within the span of a day, however this yr, practically 40 Lancaster artists managed to create solely throughout the area of on-line video calls. After untold quantities of digital performances all through 2020, watching this unfold was a delight.



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On the finish of yet one more lengthy, digital assembly, Josh Dorsheimer needed to step exterior to decompress.

NRBQ at Phantom Energy

In case you had been one of many 60 or so people who did the sensible factor and purchased a ticket to see NRBQ at Phantom Energy this November, kudos. The band, led by deranged piano genius Terry Adams for the reason that mid-’60s, placed on a clinic within the type of an nearly three hour, setlist-less set with no warning and charmed the socks off of everybody fortunate sufficient to be there.



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The 108 Expertise

The return of in-person concert events gave like-minded creators the possibility to unite and share levels like by no means earlier than. Take the 108 Expertise in October, hosted by CJ Brown, which introduced collectively musicians and artists reminiscent of Laddie Moran, PINK I, Suge, Keisha Finnie, Kaya Hobbs, Sir Dominique Jordan and a complete lot extra. There’s no signal but if it will likely be an annual occasion or not, however with how shortly it bought out, indicators are pointing in the direction of the affirmative.



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Tuck Ryan home present in July

Do you bear in mind the summer time of 2021? In fact you do. It was proper after the primary wave of vaccines got here out, and venues of all types rushed to triumphantly maintain reveals once more. What I had most missed within the live performance vacuum was already a uncommon beast in Lancaster metropolis – a home present. Tuck Ryan, previously ubiquitous Lancaster musician who now lives in Philadelphia, held roughly 15 folks in his home for a live performance in his front room in July that includes Jake Sherman and Ajay. It was a ravishing expertise feeling music that shut once more; right here’s to hoping it comes again quickly, once more.



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Mickayla’s picks


Boat constructing at Sickman’s Mill

This Music For Everybody fundraiser was a simple favourite. Individuals in groups crafted boats from donated supplies to race them down the Pequea Creek at Sickman’s Mill. Music For Everybody used the proceeds to assist fund its nonprofit group, which will get music programming to children in faculties. The music and vibes had been stellar, and it was a enjoyable, comfortable competitors. And, in fact, the perfect half had been the boat names, together with Sail Earnhardt Jr. and Neither Kind Nor Operate.

‘Waitress’ at Hershey Theatre

Hershey Theatre’s displaying of the touring Broadway musical “Waitress” was stunning. It adopted the journey of Jenna (Jisel Soleil Ayon), who was in an abusive relationship and was pregnant, regardless of not desirous to be. Her true ardour? Baking pies. “Love Music” singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics for the musical, and the lyrics had been considerate and intelligent. General, the musical was partaking and humorous (but additionally downright devastating at instances). 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra cowl at AMT’s Christmas Present ‘Winter Wonderland’

Musical director and mastermind behind all-things Christmas at American Music Theatre, Andrea McCormick mentioned in an interview with LNP|LancasterOnline earlier this yr that this present featured what was doubtless the most-talented solid she has labored with. After seeing the present, it is simple to agree. One of the best half, arguably, was towards the top when the orchestra began to play their model of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s tune “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo.” My grandpa, whom I do not usually get to see, and my late mother, each love TSO, although I’ve by no means had the chance to see a efficiency from the orchestra myself. In a crowded theater in Lancaster, I felt related to my distant household in a manner I wasn’t anticipating.

Mountain Goats live performance

It is nonetheless laborious to consider that the most effective, most prolific writers in music, John Darnielle, of the Mountain Goats, performed in Lancaster of all locations. Not to mention Tellus360. The sold-out live performance was intimate and shut — scary for pandemic instances — however everybody masked up and saved them on all through the present. Darnielle was simply as magical in individual as he was by way of recordings. (Shoutout to Kevin for the introduction to this band; it was life-changing).

Block Occasion exterior Thistle Finch/Burley Bar

Thistle Finch/Burley Bar hosted a block celebration on Charlotte Avenue over the summer time with music, drinks, meals and different actions. The drinks had been low-cost and the meals was good, however there is a extra sentimental purpose this occasion is on this listing: It is one of many first instances that my new accomplice and I had been capable of have fun collectively as a pair. The air exterior was sticky scorching, and when a water balloon battle began throughout a musical efficiency, the molten-feeling blacktop steamed with glee. It was one of many first occasions after pandemic restrictions had been​ lifted, and one of many first instances this yr that the town felt like a neighborhood once more.

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