Gracie's Gossip/Churchtown BB/Lancaster area, PA
Posted on: March 19, 2015 at 6:18 pm, in

Last weekend we braced the cold and wind and attended the King Street Irish Parade and Block Party. If you think Lancaster is all Amish/Mennonite and “only farmland with no nite life or party fun,” you are amazingly mistaken. Although the festival was outdoors and gated, two great Irish food and music venues were easily accessible and we hopped in and out of both. Crowded, but not overly so, all the venues offered fine Irish Beer, a good assortment of Irish and not so Irish music, and lots of delicious comfort food. See video clip for examples of the fun.  This weekend, just a few blocks from King Street’s Seisiun, is yet another Irish parade, this one to support Lancaster City Mounted Police.  Weather permitting, we’re headed to Lancaster again this Sunday…if you can make it, join us; we’ll spring for your admission. It’s our way to say, “We Love Lancaster.”  View POUR website for details.

Irish Potatoes Recipe

Posted on: March 9, 2015 at 10:02 pm, in

Happy March!

Our heritage is a typical “Heinz 57” variety American. However, if, like us, you have any Irish blood in you, you know it!  And we do.  We both can recite “Irish Uncle, Irish Grandmother, or Irish Auntie” stories from our pasts.  And best of all, we remember the special Irish “goodies” that magically appeared on our tables in March!   Jim tells everyone about his grandmother wrapping her Irish Soda Bread up in a “Tea Towel” and storing it that way until it was all gone.  Chris remembers her mother making  Corn Beef and Cabbage and Irish Stew.  And, of course, growing up in the Philadelphia, famous for candy manufacturing, the delicious cinnamon covered “Irish Potato” candy was available for sale pretty much everywhere. See this month’s article,   A Philadelphia Tradition to read about Irish Potatoes.   So, if you have a hankering for Soda Bread, Irish Potatoes, and/or Irish Coffee, and an Irish Breakfast (or a facsimile thereof on the breakfast), come and spend a night with us this March. There will be a little pot of gold for you to take home with you.


Posted on: March 8, 2015 at 8:53 pm, in

A great weekend to start thinking about Spring flowers,gardening, and a quiet, uncomplicated, relaxing getaway!  Perfect time to find a unique piece of furniture or antique.  Decorate your house with Primitive or Country right out of Lancaster County without inflated prices and all for a good cause.   Saturday, March 14th The Largest Mud Sale in Pennsylvania!  Gordonville Firehouse Auction/Mud Sale for 2015 will include: Antique Furniture, Bird Houses, Quilts, Crafts, Amish Made Furniture, New and Antique, Horses, Buggies, Yard Equipment, Bicycles, Building Equipment, all new at good prices.  View You Tube Link   Read our welcome to find out why Mud Sales are so important, and how the Amish Community helps support our local fire companies.