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Sizzlin Summer 2002

Sizzlin' Summer Wet Hot American Fun

Eating Ocean City A Highly Opinionated Culinary Tour of Maryland's Beloved Trailer Park by the Sea | By Michelle Gienow

New Clay Rising Or, Shooting for the Gun-Shy | By Anna Ditkoff

Working Skiffs Overlooked as a Kayaking Destination, Baltimore and the Bay Make for Excellent Native Paddling | By Van Smith

Baywatch Traversing the Waters of the Chesapeake With Those Who Keep it Safe | By Bret McCabe

On Top of the World, Looking Down on Crustaceans 360 Degrees of Baltimore From the Trade Center's Reopened Acme | By Natalie Davis

Tricky Wickets The Hard-hitting World of Six-Wicket Croquet | By Brennen Jensen

Spiritualized Seeking an Enlightened Escape From the Blues at Bon Secours | By Afefe Tyehimba

Get Your Drink On A City Paper Sampler of Cool Summertime, Uh, Refreshment

Summer Rentals Our Critics Pick Hot Blasts of Seasonal Cinema

Freon Flux On the Lost Pleasures of a Grindhouse in Summer | By Ian Grey

Posted 5/22/2002


Pennsylvania Visitors Guide, (800) 847-4872,

Pennsylvania Wine Association, Sinking Spring, (877) 472-9463,

Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, 1004 Main St., Stroudsburg, (800) 762-6667,


Amish Country Homestead Plain and Fancy Farm, 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand, (717) 768-8400, Take a tour of an Amish house, hop on a bus for a trip around the farm, and watch the film Jacob's Choice--a strange hybrid of Sophie's Choice and Jacob's Ladder. No, not really.

Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., Pittsburgh, (412) 237-8300, Was Andy Warhol an artistic genius or a purveyor of pop-culture trash? Or both? You be the judge at this museum that houses more than 4,000 of his works.

Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700, Not a museum about the river, but rather of still lifes, illustrations, landscape paintings, and other works, with an emphasis on local heroes the Wyeths. Exhibits this summer include A Summer Idyll: Landscapes of the Brandywine Valley (June 1-Sept. 2).

Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, Allenwood, (570) 538-1869, More than 40 species of reptiles and amphibians live here, and their home is open to visitors.

Crayola Factory at Two Rivers Landing, 30 Centre Square, Easton, (610) 515-8000, $6.50-$8. If you've ever wondered how those crayons are made, you can find out here.

Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, 2249 Route 30 East, Lancaster, (717) 291-1888, If you're not Amish, you might find an amusement park in the middle of Pennsylvania Dutch country a bit incongruous. If you are Amish, you might find it downright offensive. In any case, Dutch Wonderland has lots of rides, shows, games, and gardens.

Fallingwater, Mill Run, (724) 329-8501. Call ahead for a guided tour of this amazing Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, which both blends in with and reflects its natural surroundings.

Farm Vacations, (888) 856-6622, Farming is no vacation for people who make a living by doing it, but it can be for you via a stay on a Pennsylvania farm.

Franklin Institute Science Center Museum, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, (215) 448-1200, Founded in 1824 to honor America's coolest Revolutionary figure, the Franklin (as in Benjamin) Institute offers hands-on science exhibits.

Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, (717) 334-1124. See where the Civil War's most famous battle took place, and where the dead are buried.

Hershey Park, Hershey, (800) 437-7439, Some folks love Hershey's simple all-American chocolate; some folks can't stand its sweetness. But everyone loves Hershey Park--that is, everyone who loves theme-park rides and entertainment. Don't miss Hershey's Chocolate World, the visitors center for Hershey Food Corp., which makes that wonderful/horrible chocolate.

Houdini Museum, 1433 N. Main Ave., Scranton, (717) 342-5555. If John Edward channeled Harry Houdini, he probably wouldn't like the message he got. Besides escaping from seemingly inescapable contraptions, Harry Houdini spent his life debunking mystics. This museum tells you all about how he did both.

James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, (215) 340-9800, Most people don't realize that author James Michener had a connection to the visual arts. (Many wish he had no connection to the literary arts, but that's another story.) The famous writer of doorstop novels was an avid art supporter who dreamed of a museum displaying regional works from his native Bucks County, Pa., area. The James A. Michener Art Museum, established in 1988, is his dream fulfilled. Among the shows up this summer is the fifth annual Bucks County invitational exhibit, to July 7.

Johnstown Inclined Plane, 711 Edgehill Drive, Johnstown, (814) 536-1816, The "steepest vehicular inclined plane in the world" was built in 1891 to lift people up and out of flood-prone Johnstown. Today you can ride it just for the history and the fun of it.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 260 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, (215) 790-5800. If you're desperate for a reason to feel good about modern architecture, Philadelphia's breathtaking Kimmel Center should do the trick. This magnificent structure, which houses two performance spaces--Verizon Hall (home of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and the smaller Perelman Theater--is well worth a visit even if you're not going to a show. Stop in for a meal at the Kimmel Center Restaurant, a drink in the rooftop garden, or just to look around.

Knoebels Amusement Park, Elysburg, (717) 672-2572, Unlike those newfangled theme parks, old and old-fashioned Knoebels charges no exorbitant admission fee. Instead its 50-plus rides, including the Grand Carousel and the 1947 Phoenix wooden roller coaster, are pay-as-you-go.

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000,, $2-$12. Thousands of plant varieties fill Longwood's gardens, meadows, and woodlands.

Masonic Temple Tour, 1 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, (215) 988-1900,, free. This 45-minute guided tour visits, as you probably already guessed, Masonic temples in Philly.

Mattress Factory Museum, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, (412) 231-3169, The artists-in-residence here create experimental works in room-size environments, then put them on display.

Penn's Cave, Centre Hall, (814) 364-1664, If you've seen one commercial cavern you've seen them all. Except this one, which is filled with water. A boat takes you through.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, (215) 763-8100, A wide range of art is on permanent display here; temporary exhibits include The Plot Thickens: Narrative in British Printmaking, 1700-1900 (to June 23) and Munakata Shiko: Japanese Master of the Modern Print (July 27-Nov. 10).

Phillips Mushroom Place Museum, 1011 Kaolin Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-6082,, free. Pennsylvania is proud to be the fungus capital of the world, and this museum's displays and slide show fill you in on the history of mushrooms, how they grow, and how they are used.

Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine, 19th and Oak streets, Ashland, (570) 875-3850. The people who pioneered this coal mine did so long ago, but you can pretend you're one of them as you visit what is now a tourist attraction.

Pride of the Susquehanna, Harrisburg, (717) 234-6500, You don't have to be on the Mississippi to take a riverboat cruise. The Pride of the Susquehanna paddles out from Harrisburg and gives you a view of that historic capital city along the way. Special trips include two fireworks dinner cruises (July 12 and Sept. 2).

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, (215) 752-7070, Stage shows, children's activities, and water rides, all with a Sesame Street theme, which means you may meet Big Bird and friends along the way.

Strasburg Railroad, Strasburg, (717) 687-7522, Take a ride on the Reading--oops, wrong Pennsylvania railroad. Take a ride on the Strasburg, the nation's oldest short line, as it chugs through Amish farmland. Then shop and/or eat at the station when your trip is done.

Valley Forge National Historic Park, Valley Forge, (610) 783-1077. Hop on a bus or take a self-guided walking or driving tour of the encampment where the Continental Army trained in 1777-'78 for its battles against the British. Sites include monuments, forts, and Gen. George Washington's headquarters.

Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania, Elm, (717) 626-4617, The good folks who operate this 25-acre sanctuary for wolves are happy to show you around, but only if you call first and make an appointment.

Yuengling Brewery, Fifth and Mahantongo streets, Pottsville, (717) 622-4141, America's oldest brewery is not in Milwaukee, way far away--it's close by, in Pottsville, Pa. And you can take a tour or visit the museum.


Adams County Irish Festival, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. July 20-21, Gettysburg Moose Park, Gettysburg, (717) 632-8627, $5, children and parking are free. Irish music, dancing, and artwork, plus the food and beer that help fuel all three.

Elfreth's Alley Tricentennial Celebration, May 31-June 2, Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, (215) 574-0560, The rest of the world scoffs at U.S. "history," which only goes back a few centuries. But Americans take great pride in their short past, and for three days the nation's oldest residential street is celebrating its 300th anniversary with a street fair, house tours, and a reunion of former residents and their descendants.

Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Food and Wine Festival, June 29-30, Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony, (800) 255-7625, Kitchens from across Pennsylvania and a couple dozen wineries serve up their edibles and potables, plus there's art and live music.

Kutztown German Festival, June 29-July 7, Kutztown, (888) 674-6136. Is this a German festival presented by Kutztown, or a festival of Kutztown Germans? Either way, the annual week-long event has crafts, food, music, and dancing galore.

Pennsylvania Music Expo, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 9, July 14, and Aug. 11, Lancaster Catholic High School, 650 Juliet Ave., Lancaster, (717) 898-1246. Record and CD collectors gather each year for this big event hosted by Keystone Record Collectors.

State Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 26-27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 28, Alumni Center, Franklin and Marshal College, Lancaster, (215) 579-5997. Juried members of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen show off their creations at this annual event, which includes demonstrations and entertainment.


Blue Knob Golf Club, Claysburg, (814) 239-5111. Take your game to new heights on Pennsylvania's second-highest mountain peak.

Carr's Recreation Park, Morgantown, (610) 286-4040. Mountain biking, inline skating, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboating.

Gateway Stable, 949 Merrybell Lane, Kennett Square, (610) 444-1255, Go galloping through the scenic Brandywine Valley.

Kittatinny Canoes, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2338, And Tyler too. Plus canoe, kayak, tube, and raft rentals on the Delaware River.

Philadelphia Phillies, Veterans Stadium, 3551 Broad St., Philadelphia, (215) 685-1500, If you're one of those baseball purists who hate interleague play, well, it's apparently here to stay, so you may as well make the best of it. One way to do that is to catch an Orioles-Phillies game at the Vet June 14-16.


Choo Choo Barn and the Shops of Traintown, Strasburg, (717) 687-7911, Train memorabilia and gifts for railroad enthusiasts.

Fetishes Boutique, 704 S. Fifth St., Philadelphia, (215) 829-4986, From really big (size 6XL) to really small (XS), Fetishes has it all for your erotica fashion needs, plus sex toys, books, and videos.

Green Dragon Farmers Market and Auction, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays, 955 N. State St., Ephrata, (717) 738-1117, This weekly buying and bidding bonanza runs all summer long.

Kitchen Kettle Village, Intercourse, (800) 732-3538, If shopping for Pennsylvania Dutch goods is what you want, you can do a whole lot of that at Kitchen Kettle Village's 30-plus stores. And there are two eateries where you can rest and fill up when you're done.

Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, 6019 Chambersburg Road, Orrtanna, (717) 352-3792. You might think Mister Ed would sell items that look like horses, but you would think wrong. This Mister Ed, Ed Gotwalt, offers elephantine gifts. And as the name suggests, looking but not purchasing is welcome.

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