If you’re looking for something fun, educational, and full of delicious food to do this summer, look no further than the many ethnic festivals in Pennsylvania. Celebrating a wide range of cultures and traditions, these festivals reflect the diversity of our great state.
Three festivals are going on just this weekend, so you have to decide fast! The Mother of Divine Grace Italian Festival in Philadelphia, the Erie Pangryi Greek Festival in Erie, and the PDCD Italian StrEAT festival will all take place from July 8th to the 9th or 10th.
The weekend after that, the Berks Celtic Festival, day-long festival featuring live entertainment and authentic food, is coming up in Sinking Spring. Then check out the Himalayan Festival in Harrisburg, where you can watch Himalayan artists and musicians compete in a variety of contests from beauty pageants to film competitions.
The Hanover Dutch Festival will take place on July 29 and feature more than 300 vendors. A few festivals will take place in September too, like the Cambria City Ethnic Festival for East European culture, the Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival, and the Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival.
For more information about Pennsylvania’s many summer festivals or to find your perfect road trip car, give us a call at H&H Cadillac today.
At H&H Chevrolet, we’re proud to serve some of the most historic, friendly towns in the Cumberland Valley area of south-central Pennsylvania. Located in Shippensburg, we serve the surrounding area including Shippensburg, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, and Carlisle.
Shippensburg is a borough in the Cumberland Valley and one of the oldest communities in Pennsylvania. This small town is home to Shippensburg University and a wealth of places to eat and things to do. Shippensburg was recognized as one of the best small towns in the US in Norman Crampton’s 100 Best Small Towns in America, ranked #27.
Chambersburg survived Confederate burning in the 1800s and its historic buildings still stand today, like the Old Jail built in 1818. Chambersburg is the perfect place to visit to learn about local history, see a live show at the Capitol Theater, or head to Tuscarora Mountain Winery for a wine tasting.
If you don’t live in Gettysburg, the first thing that probably comes to mind when you think about it are the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. And those are great reasons to visit this historic town, but there are plenty of other things to do too! Besides history, there are farmers markets, Reid’s Winery, and the Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve.
Carlisle is home to Dickinson College and a thriving local artist community, from performers to brewers to antiquers. It also has a great hiking and outdoors scene, so if you’d rather spend your time in nature, visit the Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center, the LeTort Spring Run and Nature Trail, or the gardens at Cameron/Masland Mansion.
Now that summer is around the corner, it’s the perfect time to hit the trails. There are a number of great locations in the area to visit, each of which offers a range of trails for both beginners and more advanced adventurers. For instance, you can learn more about the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail by reading on.
According to the Visit Cumberland website, one of the top places to hike in PA is the Appalachian Trail. This intense hike covers over 46 miles in the Cumberland Valley, and it’s actually one of the midway points for the extensive 2,189-mile trail. The Appalachian Trail is known for its difficulty—taking many people 6 months to traverse in total. However, the small portion that spreads across the Cumberland Valley is great for those looking for a weekend trip.
The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail is also popular. This 11-mile hike is perfect for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. It connects Newville and Shippensburg, making it ideal for those who are new to hiking.
Check out the Pole Steeple Trail as well. This 0.75-mile trail is very difficult due to its steep conditions. Made from a quartzite outcrops, the Pole Steeple Trail is deceivingly short, one reason experienced hikers fall in love with the location. You also get great views of Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
Looking for a car to take you on your next adventure? Stop by H&H Chevrolet today.
Enjoy Gettysburg in the fall.
There’s nothing quite like Gettysburg in the fall. The history, the haunted locales, the perfect weather, and the local apple cider all culminate into the perfect autumn destination, so that it’s no wonder October is one of Gettysburg’s busiest seasons!
Gettysburg in autumn is like a storybook fall. During this time of year, you can expect to see exquisitely colorful foliage lining the avenues and the parks. Local apple orchards are bursting with fruit, and the Gettysburg markets offer pies, apple butter, and cider. The weather is often crisp and sunny, with highs in the 60s and chilly nights that welcome warm sweaters and hot coco.
Fall is a great time to visit the Battlefield of Gettysburg whose 6,000 acres can be toured comfortable via bike or horseback in the cool weather. Families will enjoy going a little farther north to the Fields of Adventure, where kids and adults alike will have fun doing fall classics like tractor rides, pumpkin picking and a corn maze.
Like any town with a history, Gettysburg has its fair share of ghost stories. For the more daring visitors, spend an evening taking a haunted tour to learn about the spirits that still dwell on these old streets. After all, what better time to get spooked than right before Halloween?
Learn about the Battlefield of Gettysburg
H&H Chevrolet is proud to call Gettysburg, Pennsylvania its home. Years ago, this historic city was also home to one of the biggest battles in American history. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought between the Union and the Confederacy from July 1st to July 3rd in 1863. It resulted in the largest amount of casualties of the entire Civil War. Many agree, however, that this battle was the turning point of the war. Today, the Battlefield of Gettysburg serves as a 6,000-acre Civil War military park that honors the thousands of soldiers that fought and gave their lives in this battle.
Learning about this significant battle is an important way to get more strongly acquainted with the country’s heritage. Conveniently, a visitor to the Battlefield of Gettysburg will find that there are multiple ways to tour the park and learn about this historic event. Choose from bus tours, carriage tours, segway tours or horseback tours.
Many different guided tours are available, and Civil War enthusiasts are happy to teach visitors everything they know. Before your schedule your tour, stop by the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center for a basic introduction to the battle and its significance in the war. The Visitors Center also displays a gigantic, 360-degree view of Pickett’s Charge, a must-see for all visitors.
Tips for buying used – what to look for
Buying a used car is a great investment, often getting you the most bang for your buck. However, there are some important tips and tricks to keep in mind when researching, budgeting, and paying. Read on to see some of these tips for buying used.
According to KBB.com, you need to start with budgeting and research. Find out how much you can spend (subtract expenses from income), and be sure to account for taxes, title fees, registration, insurance, and fuel. It’s also important to research which car is right for you. Want a four-door or two-door sedan? Coupe? Hatchback or minivan? Look at what critics and customers have to say.
Next, find out the value of your current car. KBB.com is a great source for finding the value of a trade-in vehicle, and it can even tell you what to expect from a dealership versus retail value. Keep in mind that vehicle condition has a major impact on value. Sometimes we see what we want to see in our old cars—it’s fair to be a little more flexible with your trade-in.
Test drive the used car. You should never skip this step. Test driving can reveal things like engine noises and handling issues. It can also let you know if you really enjoy driving the car. Are there many blind spots? Do you like the feel behind the wheel? Could you drive this car every day for many years?
Finally, work with a salesman to get the best deal. When getting a used car, you’ll deal with three separate transactions—trade-in car, the car you’re buying, and financing. Spend time with the car salesman working out the best deal for you. And at H & H Chevy Cadillac, we are here to help you!
Furry Fun Days Sponsored Event
Community is important to H & H Chevrolet, which is why we try to support it anyway we can. We are happy to report that were able to recently sponsor two cool local events!
We were very happy to be a sponsor for Shippensburg’s annual doggie carnival, 11th Furry Fun Days. Held at Bubba’s Happy Tails Dog Park, the carnival featured lots of good eats, for dogs and their humans, as well as cool games and agility demonstrations by specially-trained canines. The event also made it possible for shelter pets to find a loving family to take them home.
H & H Chevrolet also sponsored the 2016 Solstice Arts Festival this year. The amount of inspired and skilled creativity displayed at the event was truly astounding. Artisans, musicians and artists from the region gathered to show off their work. Live pottery and drum circles were just some of the attractions found at the festival.
Since 1932, the community around our dealership has trusted us to help them find their next vehicle. Sponsoring these kinds of events is our way of giving back.
Proud neighbors of Shippensburg University
Education is important to us here at H & H Chevrolet, which is why we are proud to have such a wonderful college as Shippensburg University in the neighborhood. The school has an average enrollment of 7,000 students, with the current student body featuring international students from 15 other countries, and for good reason. This school has a lot to offer!
Shippensburg University was founded back in 1871. These days, SU is going strong and that has everything to do with the commitments they have made to be the best. First of all, unlike a lot of universities out there, classes at Shippensburg are taught by a faculty member, not graduate assistants. There’s a more than favorable student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1. Not to mention, almost every faculty member on campus has achieved a terminal degree in their field.
Shippensburg University is often cited by various publications as being one of the top schools in the country. In fact, US News & Report named the school as one of the best in the Northeast.
Enjoy local parks near Shippensburg, PA.
There are so many great local parks to explore and enjoy here in Shippensburg, PA. With a holiday weekend coming up, it is the perfect time to spend a beautiful summer day at a park. Here is a list of the top four parks in the area!
Our list includes Shippensburg Township Park, South Hampton Park, North Newton Park, and Rails to Trails. Which parks did we miss that you would like to see included on our list?
We included these parks because they cover all of the great things that you look for in a park. Between these four parks, you have beautiful pavilions to enjoy a nice picnic lunch in the shade. There are amazing playgrounds with fun things for kids to enjoy. There are sports fields to play great games on with friends, whether you enjoy football, volleyball, basketball, or baseball. And don’t forget about great hiking trails to explore the great outdoors!
Whether your family wants to soak up the sun, enjoy a meal, play outside, or go on a walk, you will find something fun to do at these local parks.