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Middletown Area Historical Society’s “Music on the Swatara’’

The corner of Ann and Union streets in Middletown used to be filled with music periodically. At the Liberty Band Hall, an old wooden building that looks like a church, the Liberty Band, renown for its music and uniforms – tall bear skin hats and golden braids – performed and rehearsed in the early to mid-1900s.

The band purchased the hall, formerly a church in Oberlin that band members moved piecemeal by horse and wagon, for $130 in 1916.

The band disbanded in 1966. But music returned to the site – outside this time, at the neighboring Swatara Ferry House Landing – on Friday, July 18, when the Middletown Area Historical Society presented “Music on the Swatara,’’ a concert featuring the band Strange Foke.

Food, vendors and face painting were featured during the free concert.

See who was there to listen!


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:22

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"DAY OF FUN": Middletown church to host new community festival

jacksonphoto7 23 14To Cortez Jackson, Middletown is in a metamorphosis – as more students from neighboring Penn State Harrisburg’s growing campus are moving into town, the community is changing.

So Jackson and the church he attends, Grace and Mercy Church at 501 Ann St., are throwing a community festival that he hopes will attract a variety of people from different religions, different races and different ages.

The first-ever “Day of Fun’’ will be held on the church grounds from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. Food, music and vendors will be featured, followed by a gospel music show inside the church from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Jackson is hoping the event will draw people from outside the church, not just fellow church members.

“Middletown is growing – it’s changing, so why can’t the community grow along with it?’’ asked Jackson. “I want the community to come out and have a good time.’’
Vendors will sell jewelry and other items in an area that will be “like a yard sale,’’ as Jackson describes it.

Chicken and fish dinners, ice cream and other food will be on sale. There also will be face painting for kids and a disc jockey playing music.

Afterward, a number of gospel performers from Harrisburg, Steelton, Lancaster, Philadelphia and Maryland will perform, including Patin Brown, the Gospel Harmonizers, Heaven Sent Warriors for God and others. The music will include a variety of gospel music, from old-time gospel to gospel rap. The concert is free, though guests will be asked to make a donation if they choose.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 20:45

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23 Years Ago: 07/23/14

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23 YEARS AGO - Rotary Installation – The Middletown Rotary Club had its installation of officers, Thursday, June 27 at the Elks building, Middletown. Pictured from left are incoming president Robert Bitner, Al Reidinger, past district governor, and outgoing president Leon Calabrese.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 20:35

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23 Years Ago - 7/16/14


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23 YEARS AGO - Rescue Girls – The Middletown Rescue Club Girls’ Softball team stands proud as the National Division Champions and runner-up League Champs in the Metro-East Softball League. From left, front row: Dana Lindsey, Jamie Rosenberg, Kristie Cary, Rachel White, Becky Wagner, Karin Poley. Back Row: Michelle Hoerner, Beth Burger, Deanna Wealand, coach J.J. Frank, scorekeeper Gail Hossler, manager Don Hossler, coach Andy Burger, Ashley Wilsbach, Amy Frank, and Amy Hossler. Missing from photo are coach Harry Devine, scorekeeper Louis Rosenberg and player Megan Devine.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 20:40

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OUT AND ABOUT: Seven Sorrows BVM Church Community Festival and Car Show

Carnivals developed from the traditional outdoor festivals of Europe that noted changes in the seasons, or religious holidays, and date back hundreds of years. The carnival that is the Seven Sorrows BVM Church Community Festival and Car Show isn’t nearly that old – this summer was the 12th annual event – but it’s certainly a lot of fun.

 From polka music to spinning rides, halupki to homemade funnel cakes, bingo to ball tosses for fish, the festival crammed all kinds of fun into three nights from Thursday, July 10 through Saturday, July 12 at the church on Race Street. A flea market, a basket raffle, a craft show and a car show at East Water and Vine streets were among the attractions.

 See who was having fun!


Photos by Noelle Barrett


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 20:36

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