Holiday Happenings

Check out our big day-by-day list of hol­i­day con­certs, tree light­ings and oth­er events.

The Fox Chase tree light­ing on Decem­ber 1, 2012, Phil­adelphia, Pa. (Maria Pouch­nikova)



Thursday, Dec. 6

Hol­i­day Wreath Mak­ing

 PHS Mead­ow­brook Farm, 1633 Wash­ing­ton Lane, Mead­ow­brook. Dur­ing this hands-on ses­sion par­ti­cipants will dec­or­ate an ever­green wreath with nat­ur­al ma­ter­i­als, pinecones, seed pods and bows. You may bring ele­ments to cus­tom­ize your own wreath. 6 to 8 p.m. In­form­a­tion: mead­ow­brook­ 

Tree Light­ing and Pho­tos with Santa Holmes­burg Com­munity Cen­ter, Dit­man and Rhawn streets. 7 p.m. Pho­tos with Santa will be taken at 6 p.m. Re­fresh­ments served. Sponsored by MARC and the Holmes­burg Re­cre­ation Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil. 

“White Christ­mas” Per­form­ances McBride Hall, St. Kath­er­ine of Si­ena Par­ish, 9700 Frank­ford Ave. Per­formed by the Si­ena Play­ers. 7:30 p.m. Con­tin­ues Dec. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. $10 in ad­vance, $12 at the door. 215-284-8680. 

Ten Thou­sand Vil­lages 8331 Ger­man­town Ave. Shop for hand­made hol­i­day gifts sold by this fair-trade or­gan­iz­a­tion and 15 per­cent of your pur­chase price will be donated to the Phil­adelphia In­ter­faith Hos­pit­al­ity Net­work. 5 to 9 p.m.

Fri­day, Dec. 7

Drama Present­a­tion Second Baptist Church, Frank­ford, 1801 Mead­ow St. “Take Me to the King” will be presen­ted by the SBC Drama Min­istry. A free-will of­fer­ing will be ac­cep­ted. 7 p.m. Also on Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. 215-533-6222.

“White Christ­mas” Per­form­ances Mitchell Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 800 Tom­lin­son Road, Bryn Athyn. Presen­ted by Academy of the New Church sec­ond­ary schools. 8 p.m. Con­tin­ues Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Tick­ets $15, $12 for high school and col­lege stu­dents. Call for tick­ets. 267-502-4810 or vis­it www.anc­ 

HOL­I­DAY POPS 2012! Hol­i­day con­cert with Peter Nero and the Philly POPS Kim­mel Cen­ter, 300 S. Broad St., fea­tur­ing vo­cal­ist Capath­ia Jen­kins, the POPS Fest­iv­al Chor­us, The Phil­adelphia Boys Choir and more. 8 p.m. Tick­ets $105 to $33. Con­tin­ues through Dec. 22 with some con­certs at 3 p.m. and oth­ers at 8 p.m. 215-893-1999 or www.philly­

Sat­urday, Dec. 8

Break­fast with Santa Brides­burg Pres­by­teri­an Church, 2770 Pratt St. $5 per per­son. 9:30 a.m. Call for tick­ets. 215-870-3819. 

Craft Bazaar Frank­lin Towne Charter Ele­ment­ary School gym, 4259 Rich­mond St. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 267-847-0218.

Christ­mas Fest­iv­al, Chinese Auc­tion and Bake Sale St. Leo Con­vent, Tulip Street and Un­ruh Av­en­ue. Takes place fol­low­ing the 5 p.m. Mass. Con­tin­ues Dec. 9 after the 8, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Masses.

Hol­i­day Stop & Shop Be­ne­fit Nor­com Com­munity cen­ter, 10980 Nor­com Road. Fea­tures 40-plus vendors, food, Chinese auc­tion and gift wrap­ping. 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Be­ne­fits Ovari­an Can­cer Re­search Fund. 

Lunch with Santa Em­manuel Re­sur­rec­tion Epis­copal Church, 8201 Frank­ford Ave. $5. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 215-624-8520. 

Winter Bazaar Ta­cony Academy Charter School, 1330 Rhawn St. Fea­tures vendors, food, raffles, games and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 215-439-4857. 

Win­ter­fest Ta­cony Branch Lib­rary, 6742 Tor­res­dale Ave. Noon to 3 p.m. Meet Santa from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Vic­tori­an car­ol­ers per­form at 12:30 p.m. Fea­tures oth­er hol­i­day fest­iv­it­ies and activ­it­ies. 215-685-8755.

“Winter Tid­ings: Works cel­eb­rat­ing the winter sol­stice” at the Phil­adelphia Mu­seum of Art, 2600 Ben­jamin Frank­lin Park­way. Per­form­ances by stu­dents from the Curtis In­sti­tute of Mu­sic at 1:30, 2:15, 3 p.m. in Gal­lery 204, the me­di­ev­al cloister. Free with mu­seum ad­mis­sion ($23.50 adults, $21.50 seni­ors, $17.50 youths/stu­dents, $3.50 chil­dren.) Vis­it www.phil­amu­ or 215-763-8100.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Christ­mas Bazaar St. Jos­aphat Ukrain­i­an Cath­ol­ic Church, school gym, 4521 Long­shore Ave. Tables $10 or two for $15. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 215-402-7111. 

Con­cert for the Ad­vent Sea­son St. Cecil­ia Church, 535 Rhawn St. Mu­sica Con­cor­dia, an ecu­men­ic­al choir of 30 voices, will per­form hymns, chants and more. A free-will of­fer­ing will be ac­cep­ted. 4 p.m. Tick­ets are not re­quired. 

Ser­vice of Nine Les­sons and Car­ols St. Mark’s Church, Frank­ford, 4442 Frank­ford Ave. Caril­lon re­cit­al at 1:30 p.m. Or­gan pre­lude at 1:45 p.m. A re­cep­tion fol­lows the ser­vice. Guest choir is from Church of the Good Samar­it­an (Epis­copal) in Paoli. 215-535-0635. 

“The Light of Christ­mas” Cal­vary Me­mori­al Church, 7200 Roosevelt Blvd. Fea­tures the sanc­tu­ary choir and pa­geant. Free. Nurs­ery avail­able for chil­dren age 4 and young­er. 6 p.m. Also Dec. 16 at the same time. 

Skate with Santa and Friends at Blue Cross River­Rink, Colum­bus Boulevard and Mar­ket Street. Saint Nick will ar­rive at 2 p.m. aboard the Spir­it of Phil­adelphia ship. Santa will skate for two ses­sions: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Kids can take a photo with Santa and tell him their Christ­mas wish lists. Ad­mis­sion $9, skate rent­al $4, park­ing $12. No re­ser­va­tions are re­quired. 

Monday, Dec. 10

Christ­mas & Grief Talk Ma­ter Dol­orosa Church, Paul and Ru­an streets. The Rev. Joseph Leg­giere will give a talk on Get­ting through Christ­mas after the loss of a loved one. There will be time for ques­tions. Park­ing is avail­able across from the church. 7 p.m. 215-535-4036. 

“Fol­low the Star: World Nativ­it­ies” Ex­hib­i­tion Glen­cairn Mu­seum, 1001 Cathed­ral Road, Bryn Athyn. Monday through Sat­urday, through Jan. 6. Closed Dec. 17, 18, 24 and 25. Free. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Dona­tions ac­cep­ted. Oth­er pro­grams are also tak­ing place. Call for in­form­a­tion. 267-502-2600. 

Pet por­traits with Santa Santa set, Ne­sham­iny Mall, 4200 Ne­sham­iny Blvd., Ben­s­alem, 6 p.m. to close, dogs and cats only. Re­peats, 6 p.m. to close, Dec. 17. 


Tues­day, Dec. 11


“Listen­ing with an Ad­vent Ear” Pro­gram Moth­er Bon­iface Spir­itu­al­ity Cen­ter, 3501 Solly Ave. The people of the Ad­vent scrip­tures, the songs and pray­ers will come alive dur­ing the pro­gram. 7 to 9 p.m. $15, in­cludes re­fresh­ments. Also Dec. 12, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Re­gister. 267-350-1830/1831. 

Story Time for Chil­dren Tor­res­dale lib­rary branch, 3079 Holme Ave., hol­i­day-themed story time for chil­dren ages 2 to 5. Chil­dren must be ac­com­pan­ied by adults. 2:30 p.m. 215-685-0494.

Frank­ford Friends School Choir per­forms at noon at Liberty Place, 1625 Chest­nut St.

“Oh! What Fun” Com­edy Vari­ety Show Act II Play­house, 56 E. But­ler Ave., Am­bler.  Hos­ted by Tony Braith­waite and in­cludes hol­i­day-themed im­pro­visa­tion of “It’s Your Won­der­ful Life!” Con­tin­ues through Dec. 30. $22-33 with dis­counts for sub­scribers, seni­ors and stu­dents. Vis­it or call 215-654-0200.

Wed­nes­day, Dec. 12

Christ­mas Cel­eb­ra­tion and Tree Light­ing Glen Fo­erd on the Delaware, 5001 Grant Ave. Fea­tures tours of the man­sion, mu­sic in the art gal­lery and en­ter­tain­ment for all. 4 to 7:30 p.m. Non-mem­bers $5, mem­bers and stu­dents un­der age 18 $4. No charge for chil­dren un­der age 3. Car­ol­ing and tree light­ing are free for all and takes place at 7 p.m. 215-632-5330. 

Hol­i­day Re­cit­al and Open House Ta­cony Lib­rary, 6742 Tor­res­dale Ave. The North­east High School Se­lect Choir will en­ter­tain. Free hol­i­day re­fresh­ments. 6:15 p.m. 215-685-8755. 

Meet Santa! Holmes­burg Branch Lib­rary, 7810 Frank­ford Ave. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a cam­era. En­joy hol­i­day crafts and cook­ies. Santa will read stor­ies at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of Holmes­burg Lib­rary. 215-685-8756. 

Movie Af­ter­noon St. Leo Con­vent, Tulip Street and Un­ruh Av­en­ue. “White Christ­mas” will be shown at 1 p.m.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry! stroller tour of the Phil­adelphia Mu­seum of Art, 2600 Ben­jamin Frank­lin Park­way, 11 a.m. For par­ents and care­givers with young chil­dren. Mu­seum edu­cat­ors lead tour of them­at­ic works. Meet at Len­fest Hall/West Lobby.  Free with reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion to the mu­seum. Vis­it www.phil­amu­ or call 215-763-8100.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Cairn­wood by Candle­light 1005 Cathed­ral Road, Bryn Athyn. Fea­tures a jazz trio, tours, a dis­play of Vic­tori­an gowns, yu­letide desserts and more. $20. 7:30 p.m. Pre­ferred park­ing $5. 215-947-2004,    www.cairn­

Fri­day, Dec. 14

“Mur­ray the Elf and the Case of the Miss­ing Mistle­toe” Act II Play­house, 56 E. But­ler Ave., Am­bler. A new chil­dren’s com­edy writ­ten and dir­ec­ted by Bill D’Agostino. Con­tin­ues through Dec. 23. $12 for adults or $8 for kids. Vis­it or call 215-654-0200.

Cel­eb­rate Ha­nukkah Phil­adelphia Mu­seum of Art, 2600 Ben­jamin Frank­lin Park­way, with the drums and brass of West Phil­adelphia Or­ches­tra, 5 to 8:45 p.m. Free with reg­u­lar mu­seum ad­mis­sion. Vis­it www.phil­amu­ or call 215-763-8100.

Home for the Hol­i­days — With First Per­son Arts StorySlam com­pet­i­tion, Gal­lery 176, Phil­adelphia Mu­seum of Art, 3600 Ben­jamin Frank­lin Park­way, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free with reg­u­lar mu­seum ad­mis­sion ad­mis­sion. Vis­it www.phil­amu­ or call 215-763-8100 for in­form­a­tion.

Han­del’s “Mes­si­ah” Cathed­ral Ba­silica of Sts. Peter and Paul, 1723 Race St., with the Ama Deus En­semble with so­loists, a chor­us and a Baroque or­ches­tra, 7 p.m. $25 adults, $20 seni­ors, $10 stu­dents. Vis­it         cathed­ral­philac­on­

Sat­urday, Dec. 15

Christ­mas Bazaar and In­door Flea Mar­ket Peter Bressi North­east Seni­or Cen­ter, 4744 Frank­ford Ave. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 215-831-2926. 

Hol­i­day Con­cert with the Penn Sirens, East­ern State Pen­it­en­tiary, 2027 Fair­mount Ave. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with mu­seum ad­mis­sion ($13.75 for adults, $11.75 for seni­ors, $9.75 for stu­dents and youth). Vis­it www.east­ern­ or call 215-236-3300.

Lunch with Santa Row­land Com­munity Cen­ter, 400 Myrtle Ave., Chel­ten­ham. The an­nu­al lunch is hos­ted by the East Chel­ten­ham Com­munity Coun­cil. Tick­ets must be pur­chased in ad­vance. $3. 11:30 a.m. 215-663-0505.

“The Nutcrack­er”  Set­tle­ment Mu­sic School’s Kar­don-North­east branch, 3745 Clar­en­don Ave. Ad­mis­sion is free. 11 a.m. 215-320-2620, www.sms­  

Tuck­er’s Tales Pup­pet Theatre Ta­cony Lib­rary, 6742 Tor­res­dale Ave. En­joy “Jingle Bell the Cat,” a hol­i­day ver­sion of Aesop’s fable “Belling the Cat.” 2 p.m. 215-685-8755. 

Sunday, Dec. 16

Hol­i­day Craft Mar­ket and com­munity cel­eb­ra­tion, St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frank­ford Ave. Loc­al crafts for sale. The cel­eb­ra­tion will fo­cus on the new mur­als in Frank­ford, im­prove­ments to the 4600 block of Frank­ford Ave. and the rain garden at Wom­rath Park. 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hos­ted by the Frank­ford Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Corp., Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones-Sanc­hez (D-7th dist.), Fly­ing Kite Me­dia and Philly Swap.

TubaChrist­mas Kim­mel Cen­ter’s Com­mon­wealth Plaza, 350 S. Broad St. More than 100 re­gion­al tuba, sousa­phone and eu­phoni­um play­ers join to­geth­er to per­form hol­i­day clas­sics. Free. 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. 215-790-5800,                           www.tubachrist­

“Se­lec­tions from The Nutcrack­er” The Cent­ral Lib­rary, 1901 Vine St., Free. 2 p.m. 215-686-5322.

Thursday, Dec. 20

A dis­cus­sion of Charles Dick­ens’ story A Christ­mas Car­ol, The Cent­ral Lib­rary, 1901 Vine St., Free, but re­gis­tra­tion is re­quired. Vis­it ht­tp://flp­car­ol.event­ to re­serve a space. 6:30 p.m. 215-686-5322.

The Phil­adelphia Or­ches­tra’s “Glori­ous Sound of Christ­mas,” con­cert, Kim­mel Cen­ter’s Ve­r­i­zon Hall, 300 S. Broad St. 7 p.m. Con­tin­ues through Dec. 22. Per­form­ances are based on the lush “Phil­adelphia Sound” on the or­ches­tra’s best-selling 1986 al­bum of time­less hol­i­day clas­sics. $40 to $119. Vis­it        or call 215-893-1999.

Fri­day, Dec. 21

Flower Ar­ran­ging Class Max My­ers Play­ground, 1601 Heller­man St. Fea­tures hol­i­day-themed ar­range­ments. $5. 7 p.m. Re­gister. 215-685-1242,                      pam­s­petals1@ya­ 

Sunday, Dec. 23

Han­del’s “Mes­si­ah” per­formed by The Phil­adelphia Or­ches­tra, the Kim­mel Cen­ter’s Ve­r­i­zon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., with con­duct­or Paul Good­win, 2 p.m. $29 to $124. Vis­it or 215-893-1999.

Monday, Dec. 24

Christ­mas Eve Ser­vice West­min­ster May­fair Pres­by­teri­an Church, Brous and Har­bison av­en­ues. Park­ing avail­able in the church park­ing lot. The com­munity is in­vited. 7 p.m. 215-535-6540. 

Pub­lic Skat­ing Ses­sions The Blue Cross River­Rink, Colum­bus Boulevard and Mar­ket Street. Ses­sions will be held today and again on Dec. 25 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., 3 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Ad­mis­sion, $9, skate rent­al $4, park­ing $12.


ldquo;A Christ­mas Car­ol” Wal­nut Street Theatre, 825 Wal­nut St., A mu­sic­al ad­ap­tion of Charles Dick­ens’ clas­sic nov­el, suit­able for kids in kinder­garten through 9th grades and their adult friends. Con­tin­ues through Dec. 22. The Dec. 12 per­form­a­ce will be ASL in­ter­preted and Au­dio De­scribed. Tick­ets $10-16. Mat­in­ee per­form­ances. 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787.

Look at some en­chanted scenes  

Phil­adelphia has many hol­i­day tra­di­tions, but few are as en­chant­ing and nos­tal­gic as the En­chanted Co­lo­ni­al Vil­lage on dis­play now through Jan. 6 at the Please Touch Mu­seum in West Fair­mount Park, 4231 Av­en­ue of the Re­pub­lic.

The ex­pans­ive ex­hib­it is a 3/4-size ar­range­ment of sea­son­al scenes in a co­lo­ni­al ham­let. It in­cludes a toy­maker’s shop, black­smith’s shop, school­house, tail­or’s shop, wig­maker’s shop, watch­maker’s shop, fam­ily din­ner scene and a group of car­ol­ers, among oth­er dis­plays, each fea­tur­ing mech­an­ic­ally an­im­ated dolls.

De­signed by Phil­adelphi­an Thomas Comer­ford and built by the Ger­man toy­maker Chris­ti­an Hof­mann, the vil­lage de­b­uted at Lit Broth­ers de­part­ment store, Eighth and Mar­ket streets, in the early 1960s and was open to store pat­rons from Thanks­giv­ing through New Year’s Eve an­nu­ally un­til the store’s de­mise in the mid-1970s.

In 2000, Please Touch Mu­seum bought the ex­hib­it and com­mis­sioned a res­tor­a­tion. Today, 10 of the ori­gin­al 18 scenes sur­vive. Self-guided tours are in­cluded with mu­seum ad­mis­sion ($16 for chil­dren and adults).

En­joy dec­or­ated Fair­mount Houses

Fans of Co­lo­ni­al and Fed­er­al ar­chi­tec­ture may tour the Charms of Fair­mount Park His­tor­ic Houses, which will be dec­or­ated in their full hol­i­day re­galia and open to the pub­lic on Dec. 8 and 9.

As a group, the houses rank among the na­tion’s most sig­ni­fic­ant ex­amples of 18th and 19th cen­tury do­mest­ic ar­chi­tec­ture, each fea­tur­ing peri­od fur­nish­ings in­clud­ing some ori­gin­al pieces. The res­id­ences in­clude Mount Pleas­ant (built in 1765), Laurel Hill (circa 1767), Lem­on Hill (1800), Wood­ford (late 1750s) and Or­m­is­ton (1798).

Ad­mis­sion costs $5 per per­son per site and is free for chil­dren un­der 12. The houses are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Hosts will greet vis­it­ors at each loc­a­tion to lead tours and dis­cuss the unique his­tory, design and the them­at­ic hol­i­day dec­or­a­tions of each house. Guests at each loc­a­tion will also re­ceive a free Amer­ic­an Re­cipe Card fea­tur­ing an im­age of the house as well as a tra­di­tion­al re­cipe.

Folks hop­ing for a sim­il­ar, but sweeter and much smal­ler ex­per­i­ence can take a side trip to The Shops at Liberty Place, 16th and Chest­nut streets, to view 10 de­li­ciously mag­ni­fi­cent ginger­bread houses craf­ted by Phil­adelphia chefs and modeled after the same Fair­mount Park sites. The dis­play is open through Dec. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Light up the tree at Glen Fo­erd

North­east res­id­ents look­ing for a tra­di­tion­al and af­ford­able Christ­mas ex­per­i­ence closer to home may plan a vis­it to Tor­res­dale’s Glen Fo­erd on the Delaware on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 12, for the site’s an­nu­al tree-light­ing and cel­eb­ra­tion.

The 18-acre es­tate at Grant Av­en­ue and State Road fea­tures a 30,000-square-foot Ed­war­d­i­an coun­try house that harkens to Amer­ica’s Gil­ded Age at the turn of the 20th cen­tury. The Christ­mas cel­eb­ra­tion will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

This year’s dec­or­a­tions are in­spired by a re­cently-dis­covered wa­ter­col­or paint­ing by early 20th cen­tury Phil­adelphi­an Vi­ol­et Oakley, who coun­ted Glen Fo­erd mat­ri­arch Florence Fo­er­der­er Ton­ner among her pat­rons. Much of Ton­ner’s vast art col­lec­tion re­mains on dis­play in the man­sion’s second-floor gal­lery.

Vis­it­ors will also en­joy the sights and sounds of the sea­son, in­clud­ing Nutcrack­er baller­inas, mu­sic in the gal­lery and chil­dren’s activ­it­ies. The even­ing will con­clude out­side with car­ol­ing and the tree light­ing.

Ad­mis­sion costs $5 for adults or $4 for youths. There is no charge to at­tend the car­ol­ing and tree light­ing only, which be­gin at 7 p.m.

Cel­eb­rate a mile­stone ‘Nutcrack­er’

The Pennsylvania Bal­let’s an­nu­al pro­duc­tion of George Bal­anchine’s “The Nutcrack­er”  is an­oth­er Phil­adelphia hol­i­day tra­di­tion, as well as a birth­right of sorts for the re­gion’s many youth dance troupes. Each year, dozens of loc­al chil­dren vie for coveted en­semble roles and to grace the le­gendary Academy of Mu­sic stage along­side the bal­let’s el­eg­ant prin­cip­al per­formers. The show is cel­eb­rat­ing its 25th an­niversary this year.

The nar­rat­ive fol­lows Mar­ie and her Prince on their jour­ney to the won­drous Land of Sweets, through a dazzling party scene, a har­row­ing battle, a glisten­ing forest covered in snow and in­to the Sug­ar­plum Fairy’s king­dom. The pro­duc­tion fea­tures Tchaikovsky’s clas­sic score, spec­tac­u­lar sets and col­or­ful cos­tumes. In ad­di­tion to the loc­al dance stu­dents, mem­bers of the Phil­adelphia Boys Choir add to the show’s ho­met­own fla­vor.

Per­form­ances be­gin on Sat­urday, Dec. 8, and con­tin­ue through Sunday, Dec. 30, at the Academy of Mu­sic, 240 S. Broad St. Tick­ets range in price from $15 to $135 and are avail­able via www.pabal­ or 215-893-1999.

Sa­vor chocol­ate plus a train trip 

A train ride through the Pennsylvania coun­tryside and chocol­ate will be the key in­gredi­ents to a sweet and pic­tur­esque hol­i­day cel­eb­ra­tion: Amtrak’s new Christ­mas in Her­shey pack­age. The prices will not suit all budgets, however.

Trav­el­ers can buy dis­coun­ted tick­ets on Amtrak’s Key­stone Ser­vice and along with an overnight stay in The Sweetest Place on Earth with vis­its to Her­shey­park Christ­mas Candylane, Her­shey Gar­dens and The Her­shey Story’s Mu­seum Ex­per­i­ence. Pack­ages in­clude ac­com­mod­a­tions at The Hotel Her­shey or Her­shey Lodge, shuttle ser­vice to and from the train sta­tion and the park, along with ad­mis­sion to the park, mu­seum and gar­dens.

The Key­stone Ser­vice con­nects New York City with Har­ris­burg via Phil­adelphia. Riders can board at the Corn­wells Heights park and ride or 30th Street Sta­tion. The route tra­verses Down­town Phil­adelphia, the Main Line sub­urbs and rus­tic Chester and Lan­caster counties. So hope for snow.

Riders will re­ceive 40 per­cent off their second tick­et after pur­chas­ing the first at full price. The lodging and tour por­tion costs $289 per room for the Her­shey Lodge or $389 for the Hotel Her­shey. Vis­it www.pat­rips­by­ for in­form­a­tion.


Al­mond Bis­cotti

3 ¼ cups all pur­pose flour

2 ½ tea­spoons bak­ing powder

½ cup but­ter, softened

1 cup white sug­ar

3 eggs

2 teaspooons lem­on zest

1 tea­spoon al­mond ex­tract

½ cup toasted al­monds finely chopped


Pre­heat oven to 375 de­grees. Lightly grease two bak­ing sheets and set aside. 


Com­bine the flour and bak­ing powder in a bowl and set aside. In an­oth­er bowl, cream the but­ter and sug­ar un­til light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, stir in the lem­on zest and the al­mond ex­tract. Mix in the flour mix­ture, then the chopped al­monds. You might need to use a dough hook for the mix­er.

Di­vide the dough in­to 2 halves. Shape each por­tion in­to a log about 10 inches long by 3 inches wide. Place the loaves onto the pre­pared cook­ie sheets about 4 inches apart, and flat­ten slightly. Bake in oven for about 20 to 25 minutes un­til tops are light brown and not soft to the touch any­more. Cool on bak­ing sheets for about 15 to 20 minutes. Cut baked loaves di­ag­on­ally in­to ½ inch thick slices, lay on sides on cook­ie sheets then bake for about 5 minutes more to crisp them up. Turn them to the oth­er side and bake about an­oth­er 5 minutes to crisp that up, too. 

Cool com­pletely on wire rack. Store in air­tight con­tain­er.

Pep­per­mint Cheese­cake

2 cups chocol­ate cook­ie crushed

2 ta­ble­spoons sug­ar

1/4 cup but­ter melted

1 1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup sug­ar

3 eggs

1 ta­ble­spoon flour

2 tea­spoons vanilla

1/4 tea­spoon pep­per­mint ex­tract

3 (8 oz.) pack­ages cream cheese, softened

2 ta­ble­spoons but­ter, softened

2/3 cup crushed candy canes

Com­bine the first 3 in­gredi­ents and press in­to bot­tom of a 9” spring­form pan. Beat sour cream, sug­ar, eggs, flour, vanilla, and the ex­tract un­til smooth. Beat in the cream cheese and the but­ter, stir in the crushed candy. Pour onto crust, and bake on low­est rack in oven for about 50 to 60 minutes or un­til firm. Cool com­pletely in re­fri­ger­at­or, re­move from pan and serve.

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