One of the fun things about holidays is all of the community celebrations.  Carlisle seems to be particularly fond of the Fourth of July, as Carlisle Summerfair is a ten day event full of (mostly) free activities for the community to enjoy.  This is the first year that I've attended any of the events, and so far, I'm loving them!
I missed the parade, ice cream social and concert downtown Friday evening, but I've heard they were fantastic.  I did, however, catch the fireworks display on Saturday night.  I was pretty impressed with the show, which featured some fireworks I had never seen before.  My favorite was the one that exploded into little streams which sparkled the whole way down back to the ground.  They were so pretty!

Yesterday I packed up my blanket and attended the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra concert at Dickinson College.  I had seen HSO as a kid, but didn't really remember what to expect.  The lawn was packed with people of all ages - from the little kids up past their bedtimes to the grandparents trying to keep them entertained.  There was also a nice mix of students from the college, ballerinas attending the Carlisle Youth Ballet and families young and old.  I even saw some dogs - no one was left out of the fun!

The show was geared towards the mixed crowd and included classical pieces that many would recognize (like the Olympic Theme and songs from The Sound of Music) as well as some fun songs mixed in.  There was a silly song that the Maestro sang to the crowd, a group sing-along to Take Me Out to the Ballgame, a song featuring a typewriter and a song that required group participation in doing "the wave."  One of the last songs of the night was a medley of the songs from all five branches of the US Armed Forces, where servicemen (and women) were asked to stand for recognition when their particular division song was played.  It was a beautiful evening and the performance was wonderful.  If you missed last night's performance, you can see HSO tomorrow evening in Negley Park.

If you haven't attended any Summerfair events, it's not too late.  Fun activities are planned through Sunday, July 7, so be sure to check the calendar!  As for me, I think I'll be trying swing dancing tonight!