10 of Lancaster County’s greatest 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 stay 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 components of 2020 have been. However we did have enjoyable alongside the best way, didn’t we?

Lancaster venues went all in, cramming in exhibits rescheduled from 2020 together with new occasions in 2021, to the purpose the place there have been occasions that, when you have been to squint, it would even resemble the halcyon days of 2019. New venues equivalent to Mickey’s Black Field and the Lititz Shirt Manufacturing facility popped up as Lancaster metropolis continues to really feel the obvious area left by the Chameleon Membership when it closed its Water Road 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 record or not, when you 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 explicit 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 a beautiful 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 providers in 2022.



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Inventive Works of Lancaster’s 24 Hour Performs

Probably the most 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 jot down, rehearse and carry out new quick performs within the span of a day, however this yr, almost 40 Lancaster artists managed to create completely inside 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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NRBQ at Phantom Energy

If you happen to have been one of many 60 or so people who did the good factor and acquired 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 virtually 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 live shows 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 equivalent to Laddie Moran, PINK I, Suge, Keisha Finnie, Kaya Hobbs, Sir Dominique Jordan and an entire lot extra. There’s no signal but if it will likely be an annual occasion or not, however with how rapidly it offered out, indicators are pointing in the direction of the affirmative.



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Tuck Ryan home present in July

Do you keep 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 every kind rushed to triumphantly maintain exhibits 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 lounge in July that includes Jake Sherman and Ajay. It was an exquisite 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 straightforward favourite. Folks 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 colleges. The music and vibes have been stellar, and it was a enjoyable, pleased competitors. And, after all, the most effective half have been the boat names, together with Sail Earnhardt Jr. and Neither Type Nor Perform.

‘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 eager to be. Her true ardour? Baking pies. “Love Track” singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics for the musical, and the lyrics have been considerate and intelligent. Total, the musical was partaking and humorous (but in addition downright devastating at occasions). 

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 stated in an interview with LNP|LancasterOnline earlier this yr that this present featured what was seemingly the most-talented forged she has labored with. After seeing the present, it is easy to agree. The very best half, arguably, was towards the tip when the orchestra began to play their model of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s music “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo.” My grandpa, whom I do not typically 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 linked to my distant household in a method I wasn’t anticipating.

Mountain Goats live performance

It is nonetheless laborious to imagine that probably the greatest, 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 occasions — however everybody masked up and stored them on all through the present. Darnielle was simply as magical in individual as he was by means of recordings. (Shoutout to Kevin for the introduction to this band; it was life-changing).

Block Social gathering exterior Thistle Finch/Burley Bar

Thistle Finch/Burley Bar hosted a block get together on Charlotte Road over the summer time with music, drinks, meals and different actions. The drinks have been low cost and the meals was good, however there is a extra sentimental motive this occasion is on this record: It is one of many first occasions that my new companion and I have been in a position to 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 have been​ lifted, and one of many first occasions this yr that the town felt like a group once more.