Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a proclamation celebrating LGBT+ Pride Month June 2018 and Gettysburg Mayor Ted Streeter provided a welcome statement for the 2nd Annual Gettysburg Pride Fest brochure the beginning of this month. At least 100 LGBT+ and straight allies came downtown May 31-June 3, to celebrate diversity, love, friendship, and creativity. We enjoyed seeing our town filled with rainbow pride flags from dozens of sponsors in Gettysburg. Thank you and congratulations to all for making Gettysburg open and welcome to all! Save the dates for next year May 31-June 2, 2019. www.GettysburgPride.org.

Music and Flavor

At the beautiful view of Hauser Estate Winery on the hill in Biglerville, local musicians will be performing for guests as they enjoy local wine and friends. From 1-4 p.m. on June 24, July 29 and Aug.26 will be Neil and Shannon, while local favorite Brian Colgan performs 1-4 p.m. on July 15 and Aug. 19, and The Willys perform 7-10 p.m. on July 21. Downtown at Hauser 19 on the Square, local musicians Lisa Cadigan and Matt from Pomona's Trio will perform on July 7 between 7-10 p.m. and Phipps and Friends performs there July 14 between 7-10 p.m.

Creative youth

Chris from Waldo's, the hip place for teens and young adults, was kind enough to give a tour to theater camp students and me the other day. Some really great learning, volunteer, performance, and other artistic opportunities are there. Check them out if you haven't found them yet. They are in basement of Lark on the square and have another entrance via Race Horse Alley.

Literary arts

Mick Bennett's new novel "Beat the Blues" from Unsolicited Press releases June 21. Featuring cover art by local artist Tom Rooney, "Beat the Blues" is a love story spanning four decades.

Katie Kline, a hip, introspective 18-year old, spins classic blues records. She becomes a crusading Village Voice reporter. Ronny Hopkins, rebellious and blunt, loves everything about his next-door neighbor. He becomes a lifelong lifeguard. Neither knows a Polaroid photo will launch them on a tempestuous, romantic odyssey stretching from the Kent State shootings to the first iPhone. Derailed by regret, resentment, and stand-ins, 20 years pass before a reunion offers them hope. Old and new love letters, dog napping, zany fisticuffs, tattooed millennials, and renewed passion have them scrambling for one last chance.

"Beat the Blues" is Mick's fourth novel published by Unsolicited Press.

A reading will be held July 28, 4-6 p.m. in the upstairs of The Parrot, 35 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg.


Reminder to all local artists, musicians, and the businesses that support them, to please send me your information for this Arts Beat column. Deadline is the first Wednesday of each month for printing the fourth Wednesday of each month. Thank you and get out there and support the arts in your town as it truly does help to inspire, engage, entertain, and enrich everything in our communities. Chad@GetttysburgCommunityTheatre.org

Chad-Alan Carr is the founding executive and artistic director of Gettysburg Community Theatre.

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