Pennsylvania vacations in Lancaster County and the town of Ephrata offer an endless array of attractions that the whole family can enjoy.

This area is bustling with events, festivals, and fairs year-round. Here are just a few of the Lancaster, PA events and activities you can enjoy while staying at the HistoricSmithton Inn, listed by season:

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"All Winter" Happenings:
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Snow Geese Migration at the Middle Creek Wildlife Preserve (mid-Feburary to late-March)  This annual migration pretty much defines "awesome".  Think about tens of thousands of geese, swooping through the cold winter sky in what looks like a sychnorized dance performed for the many onlookers who come to observe the spectacle.

Here's an article from the Lancaster Intelligencer about the 2012 migration:  http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/594434_Migrating-flocks-of-snow-geese-and-their-fans-return-to-Middle-Creek.html

And here's some cool video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3XoYXoqQJ4

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Moses
at Sight and Sound Theater
(Premiering March 8th)

More info:  http://www.sight-sound.com/WebSite/shows.do?showCD=MOS#m1 
And here's a cool video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVEw02NCvRA


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Winter Special Events, Theater, Concerts -
(in Date order by start date):
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Honky Tonk Angels at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater (December 30 - February 8) 
http://dutchapple.com/content/honky_tonk_angels.asp
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New Holland Quilt Auction:
  (Tuesday, January 21)  Held every-other month, this is a fantastic way to buy a special, hand-sewn quilt at wholesale prices.  Or, it's fun to just go and watch the action.  http://www.hometownequiltauction.com/index.php

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James McMurtry
at the Ephrata Main Theater:  (Thursday, February 6)  Click here for tickets:
http://ephratamain.com/index.php/concerts-events

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Murder at Mt. Hope
at the Mt. Hope Winery:  (February 7 - March 29)  
http://www.parenfaire.com/murdermystery/main.php

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Weekend Comedy
at the Rainbow Dinner Theater:  (January 24 - March 22)
https://www.rainbowdinnertheatre.com/forms/shows/buy-tickets-weekend-comedy.php

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The Wizard of Oz
at the Sharadin Bigler Theatre (Ephrata): (February 7 - Feburary 23)  
http://www.ephrataperformingartscenter.com/productions/wizard-of-oz-2014.php

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Arsenic and Old Lace
at the Fulton Theatre: (January 28 - February 16) 
http://www.thefulton.org/shows/arsenic-and-old-lace/ 

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Caught in the Net
at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater (February 3 - March 22) 
http://dutchapple.com/content/caught_net.asp

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Lititz Fire and Ice Festival
(February 14 - February 17)  The festival combines ice sculputures with a Chili Cookoff to create some serious winter fun in the charming town of Lititz.  Now in its 8th year, this festival is always a blast. 
Check our their facebook page for details:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lititz-Fire-Ice-Festival/157549177625616

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Lancaster Roots & Blues
- A Festival of Music:  (February 21 - 22)   
http://lancasterrootsandblues.com/

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Winterfest
at Stoudts Brewery(February 22)   
http://www.stoudtsbeer.com/events.html

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Bart Township Mud Sale
at the Bart Township Fire Company(March 1, starts promptly at 8:30 am)   
http://www.bart51.com/mudsales.php

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Tour de Tanks
at the Mason Dixon Wine Trail(March 1 - March 31)   
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-tour-de-tanks-tickets-9323991309

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Tinsley Ellis
at the Ephrata Main Theater:  (Sunday, March 7)  Click here for tickets:  
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/519258

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Gordonville Mud Sale
at the Gordonville Fire Company(March 8)   
http://www.gordonvillefc.com/

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American Quilt Society Quilt Show and Contest
at the Lancaster County Convention Center(March 12-15) 
http://aqsshows.com/AQSLancaster/homefeature/lancaster-2014/

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Young Frankenstein
at the Fulton Theatre:  (March 11 - 30) 
http://www.thefulton.org/shows/young-frankenstein/

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Penryn Mud Sale at the Penryn Fire Company(March 14 - 15)   
http://www.penrynfire.com/mudsale.htm

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Bart Township Mud Sale
at the Bart Township Fire Company(March 15)   
http://www.bart51.com/mudsales.php

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Airville Mud Sale at the Airvile Volunteer Fire Company(March 15)   
http://avfc55.com/

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New Holland Quilt Auction:
  (Tuesday, March 18)  Held every-other month, this is a fantastic way to buy a special, hand-sewn quilt at wholesale prices.  Or, it's fun to just go and watch the action. 
http://www.hometownequiltauction.com/index.php

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest  at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center (March 20 - April 5)
http://www.ephrataperformingartscenter.com/productions/one-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest-2014.php

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West Earl Fire Company Annual Auction
at the West Earl Fire Company (March 22) 
http://www.westearlfire.org/custom.html?id=7687

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Gap Mud Sale
at the Gap Fire Company (March 21 - 22) 
http://www.gapfire.org/sale.php

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater (March 27 - May 11) 
http://dutchapple.com/content/seven_brides.asp

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Anybody for Murder
at the Rainbow Dinner Theater:  (March 29 - May 24)
https://www.rainbowdinnertheatre.com/forms/shows/buy-tickets-anybody-for-murder.php

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