History

Lancaster Summer Arts Festival

A Brief History

A Summer Arts Festival was the dream of Robert Vaux Roop of Quarryville. In the summer of 1963, an art exhibit had to be canceled in Lancaster and many of the artists had nowhere to display their works. Some of these artists were friends of Mr. Roop, so he invited them to come to Quarryville for a “spur of the moment” exhibition. He was able to get space for a temporary gallery in the Quarryville Elementary School. This first show had 87 paintings. Mr. Roop also invited some musician friends to perform during the hours the exhibit was open. He did all the organizing and work for the art show for two years. By the third year, he was getting help and support from a number of local art enthusiasts, including Caroline Steinman Nunan. A Committee was formed and the fledgling festival came to Lancaster and expanded beyond the exhibit of paintings and sculpture.

In the early years of the Festival, downtown banks sponsored concerts in Penn Square. Some of the world-renown artists who have appeared in Lancaster through Summer Arts are: Andre Watts, Van Cliburn, Ferrante and Teischer, Fred Waring and The Young Pennsylvanians, Count Basie, Temperance Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans, The Folger Consort, William Windom, The Four Freshmen, Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain, Lars Lubovitch Modern Dance Troop, Margaret Whiting, The Canadian Brass, Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, Brandford Marsalis, Herbie Mann, T.S. Monk, The Limelighters, and The American Wind Symphony.

The Festival has continued to grow each year, with just about every arts group in Lancaster included at some point. Especially noteworthy for their contributions to the Festival are The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, The Lancaster Pops Orchestra, Ballet Theater of Lancaster, Opera Lancaster, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania Academy of Music, The Lancaster Conservatory of Music, The American Guild of Organists, The Demuth Foundation, The Lancaster Museum of Art, and Echo Valley Art Association.

Some of the most beautiful locations in Lancaster are used for Festival events. Steinman Park on West King Street hosts the Noontime Classics Series (Tuesdays and Fridays), the Jazz Series (Tuesday evenings), while Zoetropolis Art House hosts the Film Series (Monday evenings). For many years, Musser Park, at the corner of North Lime and East Chestnut Streets, is home to the Children’s Series (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am) and to the Evening Portico Concerts (Thursday evenings). Now the Children’s Series is held at the YWCA, with their large spaces and air conditioned rooms!  And of course, Long’s Park is the site of the annual Patriotic Concert, featuring the 1812 Overture with cannons and fireworks.

The Summer Arts Festival began 50 years ago with one art exhibit. Currently, the Season includes over 40 events – shows, concerts, series, recitals and special performances. All these events are an integral part of summertime in Lancaster, and embody the goals of the Festival as asserted in our Mission Statement: “To provide the opportunity in Lancaster County for everyone to experience high quality programs in performing and visual arts, utilizing local and nationally known artists, with all such programs to be presented free of charge.”

Highlights

Following is a list of highlights from Summer Arts programs, 1963 to the present.

1963

  • Founder of Festival – Robert Vaux Roop.
  • Art Show, Quarryville, PA for two weeks.
  • Various music performances presented each night for the run of the show.

1964

  • Same format as 1963.
  • Henry Marshall joined the committee.

1965

  • Same format.
  • Carrie Steinman Nunan joined committee.

1966

  • Festival moved to Lancaster.
  • National Art Show.
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in Long’s Park.
  • Conestoga Chapter, PA State Guild of Craftsmen Show.

1967

  • Great expansion of programs.
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in Long’s Park.
  • All-day Jazz Festival, featuring Clark Terry of NBC’s “Tonight Show” orchestra, Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, and Bobby Troup. Held at the Tennis Club.
  • Actors Company of Pennsylvania presents “Red Carnations” in The Stevens House courtyard.
  • Rose Flower Show by Men’s Garden Club.
  • Conestoga Chapter, PA State Guild of Craftsmen Show.

1968

  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra has become a tradition in Long’s Park.
  • Jazz Festival.
  • Conestoga Chapter, PA State Guild of Craftsmen Show.
  • Other Events Held At Early Festivals: Over the years, there also were Photo Shows, Organ Concerts, Children’s Art shows, National Juried Art Shows, Art Alley Shows, Sale of Young Artist’s work, etc.

1969

  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, featuring John Darrenkamp and Dr. Mary Vyner at LongPark.
  • PA Dutch Jazz Festival, featuring Dave Brubeck, Red Nevo, and Bobby Troup at Williamson Field, Franklin & Marshall College.
  • Lancaster Opera Workshop performing “The Medium” and “Trial By Jury” at the Green Room Theater, F & M.
  • Actors Company of Pennsylvania presenting “Anne of the Thousand Days”, the Green Room.
  • Pennsylvania Ballet at the Fulton Opera House.
  • Lancaster Pops Orchestra founded and plays first concert of LSAF in Long’s Park.

1970

  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra with Cyril Ritchard in “Peter and the Wolf” at Long’s Park.
  • Buddy Rich’s Orchestra in Long’s Park.
  • Actors Company of Pennsylvania presenting “Lovers” in Long’s Park.
  • Lancaster Opera Workshop performing “Hansel and Gretel” at Fulton Opera House.

1971

  • Pittsburgh Ballet starring Alexander Filipov at the Fulton Opera House.
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Louis Vyner conducting in Long’s Park.
  • Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company performing Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”.
  • Bob Troxell’s “Big, Big Jazz Band in the first of their annual appearances.
  • “Evening On Broadway” by the Franklin Concert Group of Philadelphia.

1972

  • First year of a three-day residency of the American Wind Symphony from Pittsburgh, Robert Austin Boudreau, Director.
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra at Long’s Park, featuring Opera Workshop guest stars.
  • “Four For Broadway” from Philadelphia at Long’s Park.
  • Luis Rivera Spanish Dance Company at Lyte Auditorium, Millersville University.
  • Lancaster Opera Workshop presenting “The Student Prince”.
  • Fulton Repertory Theatre in “Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines”.
  • John Darrenkamp concert at Long’s Park.

1973

  • Van Cliburn at Penn Square, sponsored by Commonwealth Bank, which received the Esquire Magazine award that year for promoting the arts.
  • Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company presenting the “Barber of Seville” at Fulton Opera House.
  • Pittsburgh Ballet at the Fulton Opera House.
  • American Wind Symphony’s second residency concluding with a concert at Long’s Park with fireworks.
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra at Long’s Park.
  • Actors Company of Pennsylvania in “Shalam Aleicham” at Lancaster Country Day School.

1974

  • Bolshoi String Ensemble at the Fulton Opera House.
  • Third annual residency by the American Wind Symphony, Robert Boudreau, Director.
  • John Darrenkamp in the Lancaster Opera Workshop’s “Carmen” at the Fulton Opera House.
  • The Spurrlows, sponsored by Sperry-New Holland at Long’s Park.
  • Fred Waring and his Young Pennsylvanians in Penn Square, sponsored by Commonwealth Bank.
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in Long’s Park.
  • First performance of the Regional Symphony Orchestra, Louis Vyner, conductor, Long’s Park.

1975

  • Hartford Ballet at the Fulton Opera House.
  • “An Evening with Romberg”, the Sigmund Romberg Concert Orchestra, John Raitt, soloist at the Fulton Opera House.
  • Regional Symphony Orchestra, sponsored by National Central Bank.
  • Mummers Bands from Philadelphia in Penn Square.
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Gloria Whitney, piano soloist in Long’s Park.

1976

  • Fourth American Wind Symphony in Long’s Park with fireworks.
  • University of California Concert Band, sponsored by Fulton Bank at Long’s park.
  • The Nashville Brass at the Fulton Opera House.
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Fulton Opera House.
  • Regional Symphony Orchestra, sponsored by national Central Bank at Long’s Park.
  • Cincinnati Ballet at the Fulton Opera House.

1977

  • Glenn Miller Orchestra, sponsored by Commonwealth Bank at Penn Square.
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Andre Watts, piano virtuoso, at Long’s Park.
  • Ferrante and Teischer at the Fulton Opera House.
  • Pittsburgh Ballet at the Fulton Opera House.
  • First Recital for LSAF by Lancaster Chapter, American Guild of Organists.
  • First Block Award Concert in downtown Lancaster.

1978

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band, sponsored by Fulton Bank in Penn Square.
  • Fred Waring and his Young Pennsylvanians, sponsored by Commonwealth Bank in Penn Square.
  • Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Fulton Opera House.
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Andre Watts, pianist, at Long’s Park. Presentation of first “Young Composer’s Award to Margaret Ann Griebling, 17 of Akron, Ohio.
  • Peter Nero, jazz pianist plays at Fulton Opera House.

1979

  • Count Basie and His Orchestra, sponsored by Fulton Bank in Penn Square.
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra with Andre Watts, pianist.
  • The New Brubeck Quartet at the Fulton Opera House.
  • Ferrante and Teischer, sponsored by Commonwealth National Bank in Penn Square.
  • Mini Festival of Arts in Lancaster Square.
  • Bobby Troup hosts “Salute to the Performing Arts” at Fulton Bank in Penn Square.
  • U.S. Army Jazz Band in Lancaster Square.
  • “Through the Eye of the Camera I”, competitive photo show at St. Paul’s U.C.C. Church.

1980

  • Music of America, sponsored by Hamilton Bank in Lancaster Square.
  • The New Christy Minstrels, sponsored by Commonwealth Bank in Penn Square.
  • Lancaster County Folk Music Festival, sponsored by American Bank and Trust Company in Lancaster Square.
  • Lancaster County Library begins Children’s Series.
  • Philadelphia Mummers Bands, sponsored by Fulton Bank at Long’s Park.
  • “Poland On Parade” at Fulton Opera House.
  • Antique Doll and Toy Show, Community Gallery.
  • “Through the Eye of the Camera II, photo show at St. James Parish House.
  • Soviet Émigré Orchestra at Fulton Opera House.
  • “This Living Hand”, The Life of John Keats, performed by Mark Stevenson at the Fulton.

1981

  • First Musser Park Civic Association “Old Fashioned Fourth of July” with patriotic concert by The New Holland Band.
  • Steinman Park opens on West King Street. Noontime concert series initiated.
  • Lancaster County Library starts Film series.
  • First joint Lancaster Bankers Community Concert, The Lettermen in Long’s Park.
  • Bob Troxell’s Big, Big Jazz Band performs at several block party street dances throughout city.
  • The Austrian National Choir, sponsored by Hamilton Technology in Lancaster Square.
  • Lars Lubovitch Dance Company at the Fulton Opera House.
  • Margaret Whiting in Concert at the Fulton Opera House.
  • First Patron Party at “Killashandra”, featuring the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.
  • “Through the eye of the Camera III, photo show at St. James Parish House.

1982

  • Lancaster Bankers Community Concert, Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass at Long’s Park.
  • Maryland Pacesetters Steel Orchestra, sponsored by Hamilton Technology in Lancaster Square.
  • Beginning of Steinman Park Evening Series with The Rittenhouse String Quartet and Susquehanna Brass Quintet.
  • First “Photographic Visions” juried show at the Iris Club.
  • First “Lancaster Nights – Lighted Sites” tour of downtown Lancaster by the Historic Lancaster Walking Tour.
  • Lancaster Library Children’s and Film Series continue.
  • Patron Party moves to Conestoga House, featuring Peabody Ragtime Ensemble.

1983

  • Steinman Park Evening Series continues with The Folger Consort, Gloria Whitney Trio, Philadelphia Trio and the Manchester String Quartet.
  • First Flower Show, “Mrs. Demuth’s Flower Garden, based on the works of Charles Demuth.
  • Lancaster Square Celebration, featuring Slim Pickin’s Band and Peabody Ragtime Ensemble.
  • Noontime “Brown Bag Varieties” in Lancaster Square.
  • Long’s Park programs: U.S. Marine Corps Band and The Association (Bankers Concert).
  • Patron Party at Conestoga House, “The Brass Menagerie”.

1984

  • Steinman Park Noontime and Evening Series continue: Wes Fisher’s Salon Orchestra, Bel Canto Singers, The Sounds of Brass, Dr. Mary Vyner.
  • Second Flower Show, “A Portrait of Summers Past”.
  • Johanna Ezell one-woman show, “Emily Dickinson: “A Poet For Today” at the Library.
  • First LSAF “Gaelic Gathering” in Lancaster Square with the Ulster Scottish Pipe Band and Irish Heritage Step Dancers.
  • Patron Party at Conestoga House, Harlem Blues and Jazz Band.

1985

  • “Jazz Ambassadors” of the U.S. Army Field Band in Lancaster Square.
  • Flower Painting Show at Demuth Gallery.
  • Temperance Hill Station concert at Buchanan Park.
  • “For the Love of Jazz”, Bankers Concert in Buchanan Park.
  • Concert Band of Lancaster formed by Don Trostle, first concert in Lancaster Square.
  • Steinman Park Noontime and Evening: Dr. Karl Moyer, Lancaster Woodwind Quintet, Keystone Brass Quintet, Susquehanna Brass, Lancaster Opera Workshop.
  • “Quilters” show at Fulton Opera House.
  • Gary Puckett and the Union Brass, Bankers Concert in Long’s Park.
  • Patron Party, featuring The Top Brass.

1986

  • Library Children’s and Film Series continue.
  • Craft Demonstrations at Market Square Craft Center.
  • Steinman Park Noontime and Evening: Peter Brown, organist, Aubusson Trio, Lancaster, Chamber Ensemble, Dr, Mary Vyner, Lancaster Opera Workshop.
  • First Invitational Photography Exhibit at the Community Gallery.
  • The Electric Brigade, U.S. Naval Academy in Lancaster Square.
  • The Ink Spots in the Bankers Concert at McCaskey High School.
  • Patron Party featuring The Johnston Fantastic Symphony Steel Orchestra.

1987

  • Third Flower Show, “A Day In the Country” at Rockford Plantation.
  • Conestoga House Gardens open for tours.
  • First Auscultation Brass concert.
  • Carl Garray and Tomio, Life-Sized Puppets at the Bankers Concert in Long’s Park.
  • Patron Party featuring The Chestnut Brass Company.

1988 25th Anniversary Celebrated

  • First Summer Arts Fan (this has become a rare collector’s item).
  • “Dancing Under The Stars with Buddy Morrow and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, fundraising event at Rockford Plantation.
    Second “Gaelic Gathering” in Lancaster Square with the Ulster Scottish Pipe Band, Irish Lads Band and Emerald Isle Step Dancers.
  • The Limelighters in Penn Square, sponsored by Commonwealth Bank.
  • Fourth Flower Show, “America” at Rockford Plantation.
  • Musser Park “Happening” with Salsamba Jazz Combo.
  • American Wind Symphony in Long’s Park and at the Patron Party.
  • Worship Service at First Reformed Church with the American Wind Symphony.
  • The Canadian Brass at the Bankers Concert in Long’s Park closes the 25th Anniversary Celebration.

1989

  • American Music Student Abroad Band and Choir in Long’s Park.
  • Fifth Flower Show, “Wish You Were Here” at Rockford Plantation.
  • Celebration of Cultures in Lancaster Square.
  • Roaring 20’s Party with Doc Scantlin’s Imperial Palms Orchestra in Long’s Park.
  • Jazz Concert with Herbie Mann in Penn Square.
  • Patron Party featuring the Johnston Fantastic Symphony Steel Orchestra.

1990

  • Lancaster Pops and The Entertainers in Lancaster Square.
  • Next Generation Concert Series at F&M: Chen Kim, violin, New York Trio, Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello, Awadagin Pratt, piano.
  • First Jazz Sunday: Jazz Worship Service at First Methodist Church, Cresthil by Hilton
  • Concert with Reuel Ryman Group, and The Four Freshmen at Long’s Park.
  • Patron Party with Doc Scantlin’s Imperial Palms Orchestra.

1991

  • Children’s Art Exhibit at “Mr. Books” Bookstore.
  • “Country Comes to Town”, day-long celebration of country and folk music, Lancaster Square.
  • Jazz Sunday: jazz worship, Airmen of Note and Branford Marsalis at Long’s park.
  • Patron Party with Mozart on Fifth.

1992

  • Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Coronet Band in Long’s Park.
  • Country Freedom Band at Long’s Park.
  • Jazz Sunday: Navy Commodores and Ramsey Lewis Quintet at Long’s Park.
  • Patron Party featuring The Steel Bandits.

1993

  • New LSAF logo introduced.
  • First grant received from the Lancaster County Foundation to fund the new Musser Park Children’s Series.
  • First Musser Park Children’s Series: Ballet theater, Steven Courtney, Co-Motion Theater, Hole-In-The-Wall Puppets, Bajacu & Citlalli Dancers.
  • 30th Anniversary Concert with fireworks, the American Wind Symphony in Long’s Park.
  • Singing Boys of Pennsylvania at Long’s Park.
  • Summer-long season of concerts started by Long Park Amphitheater Association.
  • Jazz Sunday with Gary Burton.
  • Patron Party returns to “Killashandra” for American Wind Symphony concert.

1994

  • First Summer Arts Choir Concert at First Presbyterian Church.
  • “Jazz Under The Stars” improvisational event at North Museum Planetarium, featuring The Reese Project jazz group, performing to a light and star show.
  • Wild Cat Regiment Band at Buchanan Park.
  • Second Musser Park Children’s Series: Ballet Theater, Hole-In-The-Wall Puppets, Co-Motion Theater, Steven Courtney, Bobby Pleis, juggler, Lancaster Opera Company performing “Little Red Riding Hood”.
  • Third “Gaelic Gathering” in Lancaster Square with the Ulster Scottish Pipe Band, Irish Lads Band and Emerald Isle Step Dancers.
  • Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Trial By Jury” performed in the ceremonial chambers of the Lancaster County Courthouse by the Lancaster Opera Company.
  • Mellon Jazz Sunday featuring T.S. Monk.
  • Patron Party at Conestoga House with the New Eagle Jazz Band.

1995

  • Art Show at Border’s Book Store joins regular list of art openings.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series continues: seven programs including Lancaster Opera Company with “The Little Goose Girl”.
  • “An Artist’s Vision” show at PA Academy of Music.
  • Second LSAF Choir Concert at First Presbyterian.
  • “Casey At The Bat” opera at Stumpf Field performed by the Lancaster Opera Company.
  • Wild Cat Band returns to Buchanan Park as part of a day-long Civil War Encampment.
  • Mellon Jazz Sunday with Nnenna Freelon at Long’s Park.
  • Patron Party featuring Whiskey Tango.

1996

  • LSAF web site initiated.
  • First Series of Garden Lectures by the Master Gardeners at Rockford Plantation.
  • Third LSAF Choir Concert at Church of the Apostles.
  • High Tea with mystery writer Neal Albert in Steinman Park.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series with LOC performing “Cheering Up A Princess”.
  • “Lancaster Nights – Lighted Sites” Walking Tour goes to the top of the Greist Building for the first time to allow Lancastrians an arial view of the night-time city.
  • Line Dancing in Lancaster Square with the “Midnight Rodeo Show”.
  • “Beatlemania” in Long’s Park.
  • “High John Da Conqueror” Musical in Lancaster Square.
  • Patron Party with Erda Jones Chandler.

1997

  • First poster/t-shirt student contest at PSAD produces a green & gold “Sunburst” design.
  • New style Festival brochure introduced.
  • LSAF provides over half of the events for Lancaster City’s 250th summer-long birthday Celebration.
  • Lancaster Museum of Art initiates evening jazz series on Musser Park Portico.
  • Master Gardeners Lectures moves to Conestoga House gardens.
  • Lancaster Museum of Art hosts “First National Juried Exhibition”.
  • Fourth LSAF Choir Concert at Church of the Apostles.
  • Aberdeen Concert Band from Scotland in Lancaster Square.
  • Lancaster Conservatory of Music recital in Steinman Park.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series: LOC in “My House Is Too Small”.
  • Patron Party with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.

1998

  • First newspaper calendar of events supplement.
  • T-shirt contest at PSAD produces “Three Artistic Instruments” design, which can be used not only on shirts but on printed materials and fans.
  • Kenmay Academy Concert Band from Scotland at First Reformed Church.
  • Evening Portico Series in Musser Park: HeartSounds, Imani Edu-Tainers, Connie Rainis, Lancaster Pops, Lancaster Opera Company, Auscultation Brass.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series: LOC with “Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing”.
  • Patron Party with the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble.

1999

  • All art show openings become “First Night of the Arts” with food and music at each venue.
  • First Boscov’s “Kick-Off” Party with entertainment and the giant ice cream sundae.
  • Garden lecture series continues.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series: LOC production of “The Toy Shop”.
  • Evening Portico Concerts continue.
  • Patron Party with Joe Augustine, jazz pianist.

2000

  • All series continue: Master Gardeners lectures, Steinman Park Noontime Concerts, Musser Park Evening Portico Concerts.
  • “First Night of the Arts” and Boscov’s “Kick-Off” continue.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series features: The Mountain Women, national champion storytellers and LOC in “Hansel and Gretel”.
  • Patron Party with Big Tubba Mista in “Swing Under the Stars”.

2001

  • “First Night of the Arts” expands to include nine separate shows and events. It will adopted by the city to become “First Friday”, with art gallery openings and special events each month throughout the year.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series: LOC reprises “Little Red Riding Hood, Terri Mastrobuono and Carol Lynn Bauer create a combined theater/visual arts program with “A Tarantella of Tales”.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series receives 8th Lancaster county Foundation grant.
  • Patron Party: Mama Jama, “A Night in the Islands”.

2002

  • “First Night of the Arts” features the 40th Annual Open Award Art Show, 20th Photographic Visions Show, “Lovingly Charlie” exhibit at Demuth Gallery, “Lancaster County Impressions at the Strasburg gallery of the Lancaster County Art Association.
  • “Two for One” ticket for two Patron Events: PA Academy of Music “Fasola” Concert at Conestoga House and “Let’s Go To The Movies!” Party at Zoetropolis Theater.
  • Film Series goes silent with “Nosferatu” and “Metropolis”, music by The Reese Project.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series: LOC presenting Semour Barab’s “Chanticleer”, Ballet Theater dancing “The Little Prince” and “Krakus and the Dragon” by the Mock Turtle Marionette Theater.
  • “Gaelic Gathering” returns after an eight year absence, featuring The Coel Neamh Pipe Band, Celtic Band “Wyndfall”.

2003

  • Suk Shuglie presents “Of Land and Sea” exhibit at her gallery. This show joins the Open Award Art Show, Photographic Visions, Demuth Gallery Show and others.
  • “Music Naturally” Summer Institute of the PA Academy of Music presents young artists as part of the Steinman Park Noontime Concerts.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series: LOC with “Dinosaurs and Friends” and Ballet Theater Performing “Alice In Wonderland”.
  • Patron Party again offers two special events: Pennsylvania Academy of Music Festival Showcase at Conestoga House and “Paradise in Lancaster” Garden Show and concert by The Trinidad-Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra.
  • 40th Anniversary Celebration in Penn Square with “Cornell Gunter’s Coasters”.

2004

  • Film series leaves Zoetropolis Theater for new location at the Vine Street Garage, featuring the Landmark films “Whale Rider” and “Rabbit Proof Fence”.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series: Terri Mastrobuono and her acting students from the Fulton present “Commedia del Arte”.
  • American Wind Symphony returns for the Patron Party at the home of Carrie Hill.

2005

  • Musser Park Children’s Series: “Kids and Cultures” performs for first time, Ballet Theater in “Peter and the Wolf”, “The Ocarina Project” by Tom & Laurie Reese as part of “Jazz for Kids”.
  • First “Top of the Garage” concert at the Vine Street Garage, featuring the “Inca Campers” Band.
  • Crispus Attucks presents “Classical Music for Urban Kids” with Dr. Maria Corley.
  • “An Old Fashioned Lawn Party and Barbeque at Martic Heights Farm” is the Patron Party with the favorite Peabody Ragtime Ensemble.

2006

  • Musser Park Children’s Series: Bravura Brass and “Bellzapoppin” join series, Ballet Theater presents excerpts from “Coppelia”.
  • Film Series and Noontime Concerts continue.
  • “Improv for Everyone” with jazz singer Amy Banks at Crispus Attucks.
  • Patron Party with the American Wind Symphony.
  • Fourth of July Gala Concert in Binn’s Park by the American Wind Symphony.

2007

  • Tuesday Evening Jazz Series in Steinman Park begins.
  • “Everything is Speaking, Hear its Story” with folk storyteller Nick Peterson at Crispus Attucks.
  • “Top of Garage” concert with Vinegar Creek Band.
  • Walking Tour returns with “Lancaster Nights – Lighted Sites”.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series: Ballet Theater dancing “The Wizard of Oz” and Terri Mastrobuono in “The Adventures of Giuffa”.
  • Patron Party returns to Conestoga House for the Mitchell-Ruff Duo.

2008

  • 25th Anniversary Photographic Visions Show at PCAD.
  • Film Series continues with blockbusters: “The Illusionist” and “Ratatouille”.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series: Ballet Theater in “Chippolino”, Clem Bowen – storyteller.
  • American Wind Symphony, directed by Robert Austin Boudreau in a three-day residency with performances at the new Steinman Theater at PAM, Brightside Baptist Church and Musser Park.
  • Garage Jazz Concert moves to Musser Park, featuring The Elastic Band.
  • Patriotic Concert in Long’s Park with the 257th Army Band, “The Nation’s Own” Band.

2009

  • First Friday: all art shows open. Garage concert becomes part of 47th Open Award Show with Trixi & the Matrix.
  • 26th Photographic Visions Show and PCAD Undergraduate Art Show.
  • Film Series includes: “Bella”, “Broken English”, “The Painted Vail”, “Mamma Mia”.
  • Musser Park Children’s Series: Ballet Theater in “Snow White”, Marie Wenger, storyteller.
  • 40th Anniversary Recital of the American Guild of Organists.
  • Patron Party featuring: Laurie Antonioli and The Reese Project.
  • Tuesday Jazz in Steinman Park expanded to June and July.
  • Patriotic Concert in Long’s Park: the 257th Army Band returns.

2010

  • Art Shows, AGO Recital and Tuesday Jazz Series continue.
  • Film Series: “The Incredible Hulk”, Everything is Illuminated”, “Walk the Line”, “Moulin Rouge”.
  • Children’s Series moves to YWCA: Lancaster School of Ballet in Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo” and Bravura Brass in “Splish! Splash!”.
  • Thursday Evening Classical Concerts in Musser Park: Auscultation Brass, cellist Laurie Reese in “An Evening with Beethoven”, Voices of Cecilia Women’s Chorus.
  • Patron Party with the ever-popular Peabody Ragtime Ensemble.

2011

  • Art Shows, AGO Recital, Steinman Park Noontime Series and Tuesday Jazz Series continue.
  • Children’s Series continues at YWCA: Lancaster School of Ballet in “Carnival of the Animals”, Bravura Brass in “One World, Many Songs”, Tom & Laurie Reese in “Jazz for Kids”, Kinetcis Dance Theatre in “Not Your Mother’s Goose”
  • Thursday Evening Classical Concert at YWCA: Auscultation Brass.
  • Patron Party with the Reese Project in “Lawn Bolling” – a performance of Claude Bolling’s Suites for Flute & Cello.

2012

  • Art Shows, AGO Recital, Steinman Park Noontime Series and Tuesday Jazz Series continue.
  • Children’s Series at YWCA: Lancaster School of Ballet in “Firelies”, Kinetcis Dance Theatre in “Dancing Through the Decades”. Bravura Brass in “Dreams, A Musical Adventure”, Prof. Horn’s “Punch & Judy Show” & Tom & Laurie Reese in “Jazz for Kids”.
  • Special Events: Auscultation Brass, The Reese Project in “Jazz Under the Stars”, Neil Alexander in Concert: “One Hundred Years of Spring”, Pianist Ya-Ting Chang & Violinist Peter Sirotin performed on the Horowitz Steinway.
  • Membership Concert with the Brandywine Harp Ensemble.