Tuesday, February 19, 2013

We knew Lititz was cool . . .

     . . . now it's official. We beat out 923 other towns in the contest sponsored by Budget Travel. So what is it about Lititz that makes it so cool?

Wilbur Chocolate – Wilbur Buds are the very best chocolate candy available.

Sturgis Pretzels – Hand-made pretzels. Think it's easy to twist a pretzel? Stop by the factory and give it a try.

Unique shops – Within a five block area over 70 shops, with products ranging from antiques to unique foods, display not only their wares, but also a “Miracle On 34th Street” attitude. If one doesn't have what you want, the proprietor will suggest a competitor who just might be able to satisfy your request.

Outdoor Farmers' Market – From spring through fall over 20 booths display the finest local produce. You can be sure that everything is fresh.

4th of July Celebration – 2012 marked the 195th consecutive celebration of our nation's birth with a parade, daylong performances in beautiful Lititz Springs Park, and a fireworks display.

Fire and Ice – With over 40 ice sculptures lining the streets, February 15 through 18 marked the annual Fire and Ice celebration. Seventeen local chefs competed for votes from the 1,200 people who attended the chili cookoff. Every vote was a one dollar contribution to the favorite charity of the competing organization. The winner of the cookoff received a trophy and bragging rights for the next year.

Second Friday – On the second Friday evening of each month the local shops and restaurants hand out samples while musicians, magicians and other entertainers perform along the streets. It's an evening of camaraderie for everyone.

Restaurants – Ranging from small tea rooms and sandwich shops to pubs and fine dining facilities, Lititz restaurants can satisfy any taste.

History – Lititz was founded by the Moravian Church in 1740, and the present church building dates to 1787. Lititz is also home to the nation's oldest girls' boarding and day school, Linden Hall, which was founded in 1746.
     But in my humble opinion, the most important factor in Lititz's coolness is the determination of its residents to maintain a swinging, vibrant small town atmosphere.

     And it works.



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