For reasons out of my control, I've had the chance to attend the Downtown Summer Lunch Series this year. Having worked in either Harrisburg or Lancaster, I was always bummed that I wasn't in town over lunch to attend.
If the first two weeks of this year's series is any indication, I had good reason to be bummed. On May 24, Elizabethtown College's Birdfeeder food truck served up sandwiches and french fries, and last Thursday the Pita Pit served its sandwiches. Weather has been great, and entertainment -- provided by high school students and a Tim Rinard with his acoustic guitar playing covers of hit songs.
A function of the Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce, the series is held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday until July 26 on the southeast quadrant of Center Square (right by Game Traders). The lunch series features a local restaurant that sells some of its food. Local groups and artists, including some student groups from local schools, provide entertainment (shameless plug: My son Nat will be playing trombone this Thursday as part of a student group from Bear Creek School).
Admission is free, although if you want to eat you'll have to pony up and buy something. But it won't cost you a cent if you want to sit under the umbrellas on the square and listen to the music. Every week, you'll have a free chance to win a fruit basket donated by
the Masonic Village Farm Market. The catch is that you have to be
present to win!
If you're in town on Thursdays through the end of July, I strongly encourage you to come out and support the downtown (unfortunately, I have a job interview out of town this Thursday and won't be here). I'd also recommend splurging after lunch and getting some ice cream from J's Sweet Treats Ice Cream Parlor, located just around the corner on East High Street. It was well worth the extra cash and calories!
Here's the schedule for the rest of the 21st annual Downtown Summer Lunch Series:
June 7 -- Lunch: Ella's Place (former E-town Diner). Entertainment: Students from Bear Creek School.
June 14 -- Lunch: Papa John's. Entertainment: M&K Duo.
June 21 -- Lunch: Hoss's Steak & Sea House. Entertainment: Dave Wilson.
June 28 -- Lunch: Pizza Hut. Entertainment: Derek Sandstrom Jazz Sax.
July 5 -- Lunch: Elizabethtown Family Moose Center 596. Entertainment: Voxology.
July 12 -- Lunch: Darrenkamp's. Entertainment: Saxology.
July 19 -- Lunch: Giant. Entertainment: Jay Smar.
July 26 -- Lunch: Three Loaves Cafe. Entertainment: Fire in the Glen.