The Bloggers

Have you ever thought of blogging? Do you have a passion for Lancaster County food, outdoors, or another unique aspect of Lancaster? Why not become a guest blogger? We are interested in hearing from people that live in, work in, or just love to visit Lancaster County, PA. If you qualify and feel you have some great stories to share, email Kristen May at kmay@padutchcountry.com.

Meet our bloggers:

Dana DeRose

Dana DeRose

Dana moved to Lancaster 3 years ago and loves exploring all that the area has to offer. Dana enjoys taking dance lessons, being creative, and experiencing the local music scene with her husband Mark. She can usually be found anywhere her husband’s band (The Dreadnought Brigade) is playing or in one of downtown Lancaster’s many amazing restaurants. Dana feels fortunate to live in such a vibrant town with so many things to see and experience!

Sarah Long

Sarah

Sarah grew up in Philly and moved to Lancaster permanently after meeting her husband. Sarah loves being outside, and is enjoying viewing Lancaster from a new-comers perspective. She finds joy in little wonders, taking her son for a stroll downtown, and is always up for eating some grub. Sarah’s learning that despite what people say, Lancaster County DOES have things to do at night, you just have to know where to look! She is often teased for being the youngest member on staff, as the Director of Marketing. If you’re familiar with Lancaster County at all, and have been to Central Market, you may run into her father-in-law, as he’s the owner of Long’s Horseradish!

Shawn Marie Mann

Shawn Marie Mann

Shawn Marie is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania Dutch Country and comes from a family which still speaks Pennsylvania German at reunions. She loves traveling in and around Lancaster County discovering wonderful places for families to visit. In addition to writing for the PA Dutch Country Blog, Shawn Marie also shares everything you need to know about visiting Hersheypark and Dutch Wonderland on her website www.amusementparkmom.com.

Marah Harbeson

Marah Harbeson

Marah is the writer and creator of The Red Velvet Blog (www.theredvelvetblog.com). Marah created the blog a few years ago to document her cooking and eating adventures as a home cook and self-proclaimed foodie in Lancaster County. The blog includes recipes, travel insights and local restaurant reviews. Aside from writing about food, Marah is also a stay at home mom and shares her love of food with her husband and Bernese MountainDog. If not eating, you can find Marah golfing with her husband or enjoying a long walk with her family.

Nick Mohler

Nick Mohler

Nick is the current program director of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen where he manages their five fine craft fairs and festivals including MakersFest in downtown Lancaster. He is also the lead organizer for Lancaster ArtWalk. A graduate of Frostburg State University in printmaking, he works and lives in Lancaster with his wife, two sons and frisky dingo.

Christina Gallagher

Christina Gallagher

Christina is the Director of Marketing at St. Anne’s Retirement Community. Originally from North of Boston, Massachusetts she settled in Lancaster after graduating from Messiah College in 2006. She is a member of the Junior League, Rotary Club, and Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. She is an amateur photographer, and also enjoys horseback riding, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband Ted, and son Carter.

Kristen May

Kristen May

When Kristen moved to Lancaster to attend college over 10 years ago, she knew that Lancaster would be her new permanent home. Today she lives in Lancaster city with her lively 4 year old daughter. From skydiving and zip lining to hot air balloon and motorcycle riding, Kristen enjoys all the thrills that life offers. Kristen loves Lancaster and feels lucky to be able to promote Lancaster as the Marketing Coordinator.

Dave May

Dave May

Dave is a long time Lancaster City resident and Lancaster history enthusiast who loves farm-to-table cooking and home-brewing. By day he is a manger at Quality Bicycle Products where he is the ACE (Advocacy, Community, & Environment) sponsor. By night he is a singer and multi-instrumentalist for local music scene favorites The Pig Merchants and Canyon.

Kathleen Frankford

Kathleen Frankford

Kathleen is the President of the PA Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is passionate about Lancaster County and all it has to offer. The loves of her life are her husband, her children, and her 2 dogs.

Adrian Whicker

Adrian Whicker

Adrian fancies himself as North Carolina’s Ambassador to South Central Pennsylvania and an honorary citizen of Lancaster County. He has been visiting Lancaster County since 1976 at the tender age of three. He estimates he’s visited the area somewhere between 50 and 60 times. He luckily married someone who shares his love for the PA Dutch Country. Adrian is friends with several Amish families in Lancaster County. Among his favorite things to do while visiting are enjoying Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, driving the back-roads of the county and taking in the views, and taking advantage of no sales tax on clothing. Adrian’s dream is to move to Lancaster County ASAP or at least retire there.

Brian Evans

Brian Evans

Brian is a father of three boys, and enjoys documenting his excursions with photographs as he makes his way through Lancaster County (and beyond).

Emily Long

Emily Long

Emily is a Lancaster County native, singer/songwriter, and all around music lover. She works as an Online PR Specialist at Web Talent Marketing and, on the side, works at her family’s business, Long’s Horseradish, at Lancaster Central Market. To learn more about Emily, visit her website at EmilyLongMusic.com.

Brad Igou

Brad Igou

Brad grew up in Lancaster City. While a sociology-anthropology major in college, he lived and worked with an Amish family for three months as part of an independent study. Returning to Lancaster in 1987, he secured a position with Amish Country Tours and is now president and a co-owner of the company. During Brad’s tenure, he has overseen the renovation of the Amish Country Homestead and its “Heritage Site” designation, as well as being involved in all aspects of the critically acclaimed “Jacob’s Choice” in the Amish Experience Theater at Plain & Fancy Farm. Brad has developed popular theme tours for student and adult groups, as well as the Heritage designated Amish Visit-in-Person Tour. As Editor-in-Chief, Brad is responsible for the publishing of Amish Country News, and for over 25 years has written 100’s of articles about Lancaster County for the magazine. In 1999, his compilation of Amish writings titled The Amish in Their Own Words was published.

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