Have a hopping good time in Gettysburg
April 7th is First Friday in Gettysburg, and the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants
Association (GARMA) has a ‘hopping’ good time planned for all. Our Easter Bunny will be waiting to greet you on the porch of the Gettysburg Hotel to prepare you for your walk along the Bunny Trail.
When you meet the bunny you’ll be given an egg (filled with candy or an instant prize), a bag to collect eggs, and a list of all participating businesses who will also be giving out filled eggs. There will be one egg given by the bunny containing a Grand Prize for an overnight stay for two at the Wyndham, complimentary breakfast, and tickets to the Gateway Movie Theater.
Now that’s something to hop up and down about.
The following weekend History Meets the Arts will be held at the Gettysburg Fire
Department Friday and Saturday, April 14-15. This annual historical arts show and sale, started in 1989, is presented by Lord Nelson’s Gallery. Admission is free.
If you’re craving more Gettysburg, I highly recommend a visit to Gettysburg Foundation’s new virtual reality experience, ‘Ticket to The Past’, housed in the historic Gettysburg Lincoln Train Station. My first foray into the working world was at the train station with the Gettysburg Travel Council, now Destination Gettysburg. I’ve seen the Lincoln Train Station go through many changes inside and out. The latest metamorphosis of the Train Station is by far the greatest.
From the moment I sat down and adjusted my ‘virtual viewer’, I knew that my journey back to Gettysburg in July 1863 was going to be educational and inspirational. I didn’t know how much of an integral role the Train Station played in our town’s history during and after the battle, outside of trains passing through and making stops for passengers.
If it’s laughter you’re looking for, then get your tickets now to see unscripted fun
provided by Gettysburg Community Theatre’s Improv Troupe on April 1st . You never know what’s going to happen, what’s going to be said, or who might be pulled from the audience to participate. As a member of the Improv Troupe, I can tell you that we never know what scenarios will be thrown at us by our crazy, creative leader, Karen Land. Sometimes we even crack ourselves up!
And if it’s great music you’re after, there are so many GARMA members that host great local musical acts. Check out websites and Facebook pages for Reid’s Winery and Cider House on Baltimore St., Ploughman Cider Taproom at 14 Lincoln Square, The Gettysburger on Carlisle St., and Garryowen Irish Pub on Chambersburg St. to see who is playing where.
There’s always fun to be had in Gettysburg. Sometimes it’s just right under your nose and you didn’t even know it.
Shop, eat, drink, laugh, and be entertained with our GARMA members. Visit
www.gettysburgretailmerchants.com for a complete listing of members.
Jennie Dillon is the President of GARMA and owner of Artworks on York St.