Shining the Spotlight on Lancaster’s Sight & Sound Theatres
If you’re new to Lancaster County, you may not know that the area is home to several world-class performing arts venues. We highlighted Lancaster City’s historic Fulton Theatre earlier this year, which brings hit Broadway shows and award-winning stage plays to local audiences.
Sight & Sound Theatres, with its flagship location just outside Lancaster near Strasburg, PA—a second theatre is located in Branson, MO—is different. The company is dedicated to producing original shows based on stories from the Bible—on an epic scale that enthralls audiences.
Today’s post shares what you should know about Sight & Sound Theatres before you go. With each unique show, Sight & Sound offers an experience you won’t find anywhere else, and having a little background on the venue—and its own amazing history—will help you appreciate witnessing the Bible come to life on stage all the more. (more…)
Retiring in the Next 5 Years? These Are 5 Big Priorities for Your To-Do List
Sitting in traffic again on the way to the office, you sigh at the mile-long line of cars idling in front of you, bright red brake lights as far as the eye can see. You’re so over this treadmill lifestyle of journeying to work every single weekday—the same thing you’ve done for decades.
Suddenly, a ray of hope breaks through like sunshine through the rain clouds. You happily remember a reassuring fact: you won’t have to do this for much longer—the end is in sight. (Well, not the end of that car line, but that’s another issue.) You’re eligible to retire within the next five years!
If this is you, congratulations! What a great feeling! Of course, just as you plan ahead for any new adventure, there are some necessary preparations to make before you celebrate that last day at work. These are five of the biggest things to think about and begin working on as you wind down your career years. (more…)
Have Questions About Long-Term Care in PA? These Resources Can Help
As you begin to explore your options for a vibrant retirement here in Lancaster County, PA (aka, the best place in the USA to retire), there are many exciting things to think about. From the fun activities you’ll get involved in now that you have the time, to checking out the fantastic local restaurant scene, you have much to look forward to.
Of course, there is also a serious side to retirement preparation, too, which involves planning ahead for your own potential future care needs. Long-term care planning can seem daunting, and you likely have a lot of questions. The good news is, you’re not alone—far from it, in fact.
Pennsylvania has a multitude of strong resources that you can consult for knowledge about your long-term care options—including us here at Explore Retirement Living for questions specifically related to retiring well in the Lancaster area. Today’s post shares what you need to know. (more…)
What to Ask as You Consider Retirement Communities for Active Adults
While you’ll find an amazing number of retirement community types these days, it’s true that many people still have the misconception that all of them are the same—and not in a good way.
Thoughts of being stuck in a hospital-like atmosphere where sad people spend most of their hours cooped up in small shared rooms (never with a roommate they like, either) or confined to bed still come to mind for a majority of folks facing retirement.
Luckily, nothing could be further from the truth in 2019—especially for retirees who don’t have current regular care needs and are looking to downsize in order to maximize their free time and enjoyment of life. Independent living communities, like the Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) and Life Plan Communities we serve here at Explore Retirement Living offer comfortable and innovative housing options and fun things to do for active adults every day. And they expect and encourage residents to come and go as they please!
But how do you determine whether retirement community living is right for you? (more…)
Great Retirement Jobs for Seniors in Lancaster County and Beyond
For as long as you can remember, you’ve worked in some capacity. Maybe you started with chores on the family farm as a child, or if you grew up in town, perhaps you ran errands for neighbors or shoveled snow off the sidewalks in winter to earn some pocket change. You then worked in a full-time job or career throughout your adult life, probably also while you were raising a family. It was a lot of work, but it was fulfilling, too.
Now, in retirement, you may have found yourself technically “unemployed” for the first time in your life, and you’re realizing it just doesn’t feel right—you have too much time on your hands or maybe you enjoy having that extra spending money to put toward your favorite hobbies or buy little gifts for the grandkids. Whatever your reasoning, working in retirement can be an enjoyable and fulfilling endeavor. And here in Lancaster County, there are many opportunities to keep busy while earning a nice little paycheck to go along with the effort.
Today’s post gives you some general ideas about new paths you might take as a worker in retirement. After all, there is no need to only pursue work related to your former profession or acquired skillsets—now is the time to try something new that you know you will enjoy! (more…)
What’s on Stage at the Fulton Theatre in 2019?
If you’re well-acquainted with the attractions and institutions that make Lancaster, PA a unique place to visit, play, and live, you’re likely familiar with the Fulton Theatre – the city’s fantastically historic yet fully modern performing arts venue. If not, it’s time to meet the “Grand Old Lady of Prince Street” in today’s post!
Home to the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, as well as a regional destination for well-produced popular musicals and stage plays, the Fulton first came to life in 1852 as a community center for meetings, lectures, concerts, and theatrical performances. Though it’s had a few reincarnations over the years, including a stint in the mid-20th century as a movie house, today’s Fulton Theatre is one of the best live performance stages in perhaps the entire USA. (It is, after all, reportedly the oldest working theater in the nation.)
Feeling like a show? The current 2018-2019 season is chock full of familiar favorites within the Mainstage Series, as well as family-friendly delights in the Eichmann Family Series and critically acclaimed works in the Studio Series. Get your tickets today for the best seats in the house! (more…)
Lancaster County’s Restaurant Scene: So Much More than Smorgasbords!
For people who love to eat, Lancaster County has long been a destination. World famous among visitors to the area for endless buffets and delicious PA Dutch specialties and desserts, there weren’t always many options available for “fancy” dining, as “plain” food was the profitable tourist draw. However, Lancaster City and its surrounding towns have recently been building a serious restaurant scene to rival much larger metropolitan regions.
This restaurant revolution has been somewhat quiet, and unless you’re a local, you may not have realized just how many great new eateries have opened in the last decade. Here at the end of the 2010s, you can now find everything from authentic tacos and Thai cuisine to wine bars and Southern-style barbeque. And while the scene has expanded most rapidly in downtown Lancaster (a robust 79% growth trend since 2008), every section of Lancaster County has welcomed new dining establishments.
So, what are some of your best bets that don’t involve all-you-can-eat mashed potatoes and buttered noodles? (more…)
Holiday Attractions in Lancaster and Beyond
They say there’s no place like home for the holidays, and if you’re coming home to Lancaster County this season, you’ll find an amazing array of holiday-themed attractions and events to help you catch that holly jolly spirit. From light displays to festive train excursions and living history experiences, you’re bound to find some holiday fun to delight you and your family!
Read on for some of the best local attractions and holiday happenings throughout Lancaster County and the surrounding region. There are also tons of one-time events like shopping bazaars and food fairs taking place throughout the month of December, but we’re highlighting ongoing opportunities for seasonal excitement so you can plan ahead. (more…)
Top 8 Things that Make Lancaster PA Unique
Lancaster County and the central City of Lancaster it surrounds are places like no other.
A unique history that includes a (very short) stint as the capital of the United States in its earliest days, as well as a deep-rooted agricultural tradition, thanks to some of the most fertile farmland in North America, make this place special.
Lancaster is home to a large Plain sect population, as well, and the humbleness of these people make it so most non-locals might not discover our uniqueness on their own. In that spirit, today we’re doing a little bragging about sets the Lancaster region apart to show why it makes such a great place to call home. (more…)
It’s Official: Lancaster is the Best Place to Retire in the USA
We have long known it to be true, but U.S. News and World Report just confirmed it – Lancaster is the #1 place in the entire country to retire in 2019!
Up from 2nd place in this year’s rankings, Lancaster gets great marks for housing affordability, and especially its healthcare resources. Other factors considered to determine scoring were things like happiness, desirability, retiree taxes, and the job market in the local area. Survey data was collected from individuals in two age groups: pre-retirees who were 45-59 and people over 60 and examined the largest 100 metropolitan areas in the United States.
To celebrate our “win” this year, we’re taking a closer look at how Lancaster shines in some of the most significant areas that these rankings considered, specifically healthcare access, value/affordability, and overall quality of life. (more…)