There are lots of things to see and do around Hanover in June as the borough celebrates the 250th anniversary of the founding of Hanover and the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hanover.
This weekend alone there are three major events worth checking out.
This weekend, from Friday through Sunday, the Cordorus Blast Festival in the Park will be held at 1066 Blooming Grove Rd., Codorus State Park. This is the 12th anniversary of the bash and official expect it to be larger than last year’s festival, which more than 78,000 people attended. All proceeds will be used for the Codorus Blast, as well as given back to the park. There will be live music, food, games, and other entertainment.
On Friday, the second annual Summer Solstice fundraising event at the Guthrie Memorial Library will be held at 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. on the rooftop of the library. The Swingin’ Seven jazz band will provide music for dancing and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Warehouse Gourmet, along with their locally brewed beer. There will also be a cash bar, tables for lounging and spectacular views. The Summer Solstice Celebration is one of the library’s two major annual fundraising events, which help to support programs and services like the Summer Reading Club, free computers and Wi-Fi, children’s story times and the library’s collection. During the evening there will be a silent and live auction. Tickets are $40 per person and are on sale now at the library’s main desk and at Warehouse Gourmet. The library is located at 2 Library Place, Hanover, and can be reached by calling 717-632-5183.
Another event on Friday is the P. Buckley Moss Unveiling at 6 p.m. at the Warehime-Myers Mansion, 305 Baltimore Street. Moss has been called one of “America’s most prized living artists” and she will sign copies of her work at the unveiling. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. she will be at Martin’s Gallery on Baltimore Street for a signing. The gallery is the only one in the area to carry Moss’s work and it will be selling a new, original painting Moss created specifically for the 250th anniversary of Hanover’s founding. The painting, called “Sestercentennial, Hanover, PA” features three historic buildings from the city.
On June 27, a Civil War Panel Discussion will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the library with several local historians present. This will be a general discussion of the Civil War in the Hanover area, with an extended question and answer session. Later that evening a Summer Block Party will be held in Wirt Park at 7 p.m., featuring music, food, drinks and entertainment. This is the kick-off party to the main events happening over the weekend and throughout the week to celebrate the 150/250 anniversaries.
On June 28 at 6 p.m. the Hanover Country Club, 200 Water St, Abbottstown will host the Gala with The Pixies Three in concert. Tickets are $75 each. The next day there will be a parade in downtown Hanover at 10 a.m., followed by downtown entertainment from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The Hanover Symphony Orchestra will provide music and members of Pixies Three will hold a meet-and-greet with fans. Downtown will be blocked off until 4 p.m. for these events.
Also in downtown that day the Art Gallery in Hanover will showcase Hanover themed art that has been submitted by community members, including paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures. A reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Later that evening it’s back to Wirt Park for a Summer Concert, which will feature live performances by Winter House Band, Cledus Snow Mother Truckers, Pale Barn Ghosts, Violet Hour, Jason Weinberg and an acoustic set from Boxcar Social. Music starts at 7 p.m.
For more Hanover 150/250 events, visit hanover150250.com.
List compiled by Evening Sun reporter Angel Haney.