Harrisburg’s Hidden Celtic Music Scene

I spent the latter part of my last post lamenting how Irish pubs and St. Patrick’s Day events don’t play enough Irish music.  It looks like I may have spoken too soon. Last night I drove up to Harrisburg to go out with a buddy of mine from home who lives down there.  Harrisburg’s an

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Countdown to Parade Season….

For most Americans, Christmas is the only holiday celebrated seasonally.   Starting on Thanksgiving break (or the day after Halloween if you grew up in my house) Christmas parties, bar crawls, cookies, and carols are the norm for a whole month and a half. We don’t do this for Valentine’s Day (thank God), only dress in

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Lake Placid: More Than Just a Ski Trip

“You’re going to wait for the buzzer to go off.  Walk outside and get into the  black Suburban.  It’ll take you up the mountain to your destination.”  Those were my instructions as I got ready to go bobsledding at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, New York.  If I hadn’t paid $65.00, in a very

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New Years Resolutions

I’ll admit to it, I’m one of those weirdos who writes up a list of New Year’s resolutions every year.  This year is no exception except I’ve decided to make a list of new places/experiences I’d like to complete and hope that by publicizing it here, I’ll be forced to comply.   Let me know you

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Heading North

I’m gearing up for a Brothwell family “winter-fun” trip to Lake Placid this weekend and hoping global warming doesn’t royally screw up our plans. I love the idea of a ski trip.   I like the whole ski-town atmosphere.  I like winter sports, and I love bar hopping in the snow.  Unfortunately I do not downhill

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Philly Irish Bar Crawl

This past fall, three college friends and I got tickets to Dropkick Murphy’s “Sham Rock N’ Roll  Tour”, a mini Irish musical festival with Dropkick as the headlining act.   The concert was on a Sunday night at 5:00 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia.   Never ones to go to a show sober (especially an Irish

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Secret Service in Philly

For the last three years, my friends in Manayunk have hosted a University of Scranton Christmas party the Friday before Christmas break and every year for the last three years that same group takes the ride into Philly on Saturday to see the band Secret Service perform at Finnegan’s Wake. If you’re from the Philly

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Christmas Recovery

I’m in hardcore Christmas recovery mode at the moment. Christmas in NEPA means a three day onslaught of deserts, kielbasa, and booze with little to no room to rest in between, which while fun, seems to be harder and harder to bounce back from every year. Aside from the post holiday grossness I’m currently feeling

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