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Saturday, May 21, 2022

The City of Carlisle Historical Marker

Over the last 12 years we've been following the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Trail all through our great state and documenting them on the blog. Millions of people walk or drive by these markers every year and never give them a second thought. They're a great source of historic information and we're trying to bring some much needed attention to them. 

While following the Historical Marker Trail through Cumberland County we came upon the CARLISLE historical marker located at the intersection of Walnut Bottom Road and Bicentennial Drive. You can pull over on the side of the street to photograph it for your waymarking records. There are a lot of other markers nearby, so follow the trail to find them. 
The City of Carlisle Historical Marker in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania


Founded in 1751 as the seat of Cumberland County. Historic old frontier town. Supplied a contingent for the first regiment of the Continental Army in 1775. March against the Whiskey Rebels began here, 1794.

By: 1947 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. 

If you're interested in following the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Trail and/or interested in waymarking them you can find additional information in our Historical Markers section right here on the Pennsylvania and Beyond Travel Blog.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Hairspray at the Hershey Theatre

Hairspray at the Hershey Theatre

Last week we went to the Hershey Theatre to see the hit show Hairspray. Every year we go down to see 4-6 shows and always enjoy them. We pre-order our tickets online to save time and always get our preferred seating. The tickets are digital and they scan my phone once we arrive to see the show.

Parking is free via 2 main parking lots near the theater. However, I do recommend that you try to arrive least 30 minutes before show time. It can take awhile to get through the line and go through security. They will ask you to open up bags, backpacks, etc. You have to walk through a metal detector and then they go over you again with a hand wand. Be prepared.
Hairspray at the Hershey Theatre

Hairspray the Broadway Musical is based off the book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Music and Arrangements by Marc Shaiman. Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. The show is based on the NewLine Cinema film written and directed by John Waters. 

Here's a few cast members:

Niki Metcalf as Tracy Turnblad
Andrew Levitt as Edna Turnblad
Christopher Swan as Wilbur Turnblad
Billy Dawnson as Corny Collins
Will Savarese as Link Larkin
Sandie Lee as Motormouth Maybelle
Jamonte D. Bruten as Seaweed J. Stubbs
Hairspray at the Hershey Theatre

The show was approximately 2 1/2 hours in length with a 15-20 minutes intermission. During the intermission you can get up to stretch your legs, use the restroom, or pick up a light snack and beverage. We got Margaritas which were really good in a souvenir take-home cup. Just be warned...prices are what you would expect to pay at a theatre! 
Hairspray at the Hershey Theatre

Cellphones have to be turned off during the performance. You're not permitted to take photographs, video, etc. during the performance. They recommend no talking, including whispering during the show. If you have any issues, there are volunteers and staff members nearby that you can go to. Don't confront theater go'ers on your own who are breaking the rules. 
Hershey Theatre in Hershey Pennsylvania

The show as hysterical, better than I thought it would be. My favorite character was Edna Turnblad played by Andrew Levitt who is known for the drag queen roles that he has played. He's a fantastic actor and very funny! The story line is entertaining, and the music and dancing was well done. We really enjoyed the show and are looking forward to July when we'll be seeing Anastasia coming to the theatre July 26th through the 31st, 2022. Tickets are available now!