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  • 12
    Sep

    Andrew Abaria: Yogi with Music Behind His Mission

    Through his music, yoga instruction and personal development retreats, Andrew Abaria uplifts and empowers individuals around the world. He helps others get outside of their comfort zones and reach their greatest potential. Over the course of Andrew’s spiritual, artistic and business journeys, he has found heightened awareness of the world around him, given back to […]

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  • 12
    Sep

    More Than Insurance, McConkey Ensures Support for the York Community

    They are the people who help ensure that businesses and lives are protected from the unexpected. They are the individuals whom businesses have been turning to for support when decisions about protection count. When it comes to making York a better place for people to live in and work in, the employees of McConkey Insurance […]

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  • 21
    Aug

    The Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Providing a Positive Community for Young Athletes

    Founded by Don McClanen, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a nonprofit organization that has been uniting the power of faith and athletics for more than 60 years. FCA provides a community for athletes around the world to join together in their love for Jesus Christ. The organization has grown immensely since its inception […]

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  • 26
    Jul

    The York Fringe Festival: Bringing Wild, Cool and Artsy Vibes to York

    Wild, unique, whimsical, outrageous, comical and artistic. The York Fringe Festival, presented by YRK Creative, is all of that and more — shaking up the downtown York live entertainment and arts scene from Wednesday, August 22, through Sunday, August 26. For the first time ever, the York Fringe Festival will be held in tandem with […]

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  • 25
    Jul

    ‘Learning Is Doing’: York College of Pennsylvania Redefines Standard of ‘Learning’

    Engaging by doing … from day one, young adults discover learning without limits. Challenged to confront real-world problems that blend theory and practical applications, students at York College of Pennsylvania find that project-based learning can give them the knowledge and connections to grow as professionals. At York College — led by the Center for Community […]

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  • 18
    Jul

    The York City Derby Dames: Not Your Grandma’s Roller Derby

    A sharp, loud whistle sounds off and roller skates hit the skating rink floor with forceful impact as skaters build momentum and rush forward in a counterclockwise formation around the rink. The screech of wheels abruptly breaking and teammates cheering and encouraging one another echoes throughout Roller ‘R’ Way Family Skating Center in York. This […]

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  • 16
    Jul

    Foster’s Flower Shop: Delivering Style and Vibrancy with Floral Arrangements

    Take a stroll down North Beaver Street in downtown York past White Rose Bar & Grill and Central Market, and you’ll come across one of the chicest flower shops that York City has to offer. Your senses will be flooded with the sweetest of aromas and vibrant pops of colors as you walk over the […]

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  • 13
    Jul

    Pop Knot: Your Wedding Created for You

    You’ve heard of pop-up shops, pop-up food markets and even pop-up art installments … but what about a pop-up wedding? Think about all the glamour of a regular wedding and all the ease of a quick courthouse ceremony molded into one intimate, stress-free occasion. Pop Knot is a wedding-planning service created by sister businesses that […]

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  • 09
    Jul

    Weight Loss by Living the BeBalanced Life

    At age 43, Paget Keller Rhee was experiencing early menopause. At age 45, she struggled with depression, gained weight and believed she was not the person she ultimately wanted to be. In the midst of these challenges, Paget discovered that quick-fix diet and weight loss solutions would not — and could not — replace the […]

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  • 12
    Jun

    Redeux Vintage & Handmade Marketplace: A Trendsetter’s Daydream

    Walking into Redeux Vintage & Handmade Marketplace is like stepping into your super cool aunt’s big city apartment that you’re always swooning over, your chic best friend’s walk-in closet you’re dying to raid or your grandpa’s locked-up storage unit. It’s a 8,000-square-foot vintage gold mine — but think less jam-packed trunk diving and more aesthetic, […]

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  • 05
    Jun

    CONTACT Helpline: The Over-the-Phone Organization That Does It All

    Ever wonder what people did before a quick Google search on their smartphones was a thing? How did they get answers to questions such as “Where do I go to renew my birth certificate?” or “Where’s a daycare center in my area?” Probably the CONTACT Helpline. Since 1970, highly trained volunteers have been answering the […]

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  • 24
    May

    Bringing Joy and Meaning Through Art: Kayode Malomo’s Story

    Art has played a significant part of downtown York’s culture — from the Murals of York that tell the stories of the city’s history to the local galleries featuring the artwork of emerging young artists and art veterans. As the downtown art scene advances and grows, it continues to be a hub for creatives who […]

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  • 22
    May

    Cornerstone Academy Inspires Change in Youth by Seeing Potential Through Students’ Eyes

    Every Thursday, Cornerstone’s “Morning Meeting” without a rap song, written and guided by Zachary Zortman, is met with a room full of disappointed kids. As the behavioral specialist at Cornerstone Academy, Zachary knows that what is most effective in helping the children he works with is finding what motivates and inspires them — and meeting […]

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  • 17
    May

    York Never Misses a Chance to Celebrate: It’s World Whiskey Day

    Good company and good drinks. What else do you need for the perfect night in York? Make an afternoon of it, too, because it’s World Whiskey Day! And you’ll find a bar in every corner of our county serving up the water of life. Is whiskey not usually your drink of choice? Let the following […]

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  • 17
    May

    York’s Burger Week: All the Delicious Details

    “You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.” —Charles Kuralt You can find your way through York City this week the same way! Consider York’s Burger Week (BW) your navigation system across the city’s best restaurants from May 19–26. We interviewed a few spots about their […]

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  • 09
    May

    York Flea: Vintage, Handmades, and Music in the City

    Picture your ideal Saturday in York City. The white pear trees that line Market Street are in full bloom. The smell of Central Market’s many lunch options seeps around the corner. And down Cherry Lane, there’s the York Flea: tent after tent of the most unique vintage and handmade vendors in South-Central Pennsylvania, accompanied by […]

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  • 08
    May

    Trails and Tails 5K: Furry Friends for Family Wellness

    Nature and four-legged friends? They already have our attention. Cori Strathmeyer, race director for Trails and Tails 5K and other marathons in the area, wanted to combine her passion for park trails, wellness and planning races with one of her greatest loves — dogs. By putting everything together, the first annual Trails and Tails 5K […]

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  • 03
    May

    Heirloom Plants Star at Horn Farm Center Sale

    When we think of heirlooms, jewelry, china and antiques often come to mind. The plant kingdom has its heirlooms, too, and at the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education, you’ll get to discover — or rediscover — the beauty of heirloom plants at the farm’s Heirloom Plant Sale, Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to […]

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  • 02
    May

    Others See a Grim Reality; Cornerstone Sees Resiliency and Hope

    On the day we spoke to Dawn Squire, she was on her way to sign a lease for two buildings — the mere beginning of the Cornerstone Baptist Church’s dive into its dream of providing housing for the homeless and highly transient students of York City. Dawn, president of Cornerstone’s advisory committee for the youth […]

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  • 27
    Apr

    Young York County Musicians Take the Stage Together 

    For the first time ever, the York Junior Symphony Orchestra (YJSO) and York Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO) will be combining their musical talents for an afternoon of celebration, Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m., at The Pullo Center. The orchestras feature students from all over York County. YJSO includes students from grades 6 through 8 and […]

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  • 25
    Apr

    A Space for York County Youth to Grow

    A gym. A boxing ring. A safe haven for youth. Stick-N-Move Boxing was born in 2009 in the heart of downtown York. For Antwoine Dorm, what started as a job helping children at Bell Family Shelter and a boxing hobby grew into much more than he could have ever imagined. Antwoine saw the need for […]

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  • 20
    Apr

    eARTh Day Treasures

    What better way to honor Mother Earth than with recycling? How about celebrating recycling by turning recycled items into art? The York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) proves that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure” by inviting York County high school students to participate in an art contest involving recycled and “trashed” materials each […]

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  • 13
    Apr

    Give Back to Community When You Give Local York: Friday, May 4

    Every year, hundreds of York County nonprofits offer time, money, manpower, and other crucial resources in service to the York community. As a way to give back to these impactful York nonprofits, the first-ever Give Local York hosted by the York Federal Fellows Alumni Association will take place Friday, May 4. The main focus of […]

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  • 06
    Apr

    Downtown First Awards: Honoring Those Who Give Back to York

    Downtown Inc will recognize businesses, organizations and individuals who put Downtown York first through their commitments of time, advocacy and resources during the 18th Annual Downtown First Awards sponsored by The Glatfelter Agency. This year’s Downtown First Awards will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 12, at Logos Academy, 250 W. King St., York. […]

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  • 23
    Mar

    Easter Fun in York County

    This year, Easter happens to fall on April Fools’ Day, and it’s right around the corner — no joke. If you’re still trying to figure out your Easter plans, mark your calendars for a few Easter-themed events happening in York. Spring Mani Mixer: Friday, March 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Need a new manicure for Easter? Want […]

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  • 16
    Feb

    Rockin’ the Roots of American Music: Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival

    The artists and the artistry, the rockin’ and the rhythms, the sounds from the sax and soul: Discover the ultimate live music experience in Central Pennsylvania with the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, March 9–11. More than a music festival, this event brings together more than 60 artists from across the world for a celebration […]

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  • 14
    Feb

    Restaurant Week: Exploring the Flavors of Downtown York Cuisine

    Foodies and savory seekers alike, you’ll be in for a treat. Satisfy your taste buds with a variety of flavors that downtown York restaurants have to offer during the 8th Annual Restaurant Week. Between February 24 and March 3, you have the opportunity to visit York’s best restaurants, market stands, bars, cafes, and pop-ups, and […]

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  • 09
    Feb

    Expressions of Love: Valentine Heart Sandwich Cookies

    A certain amount of sweetness reigns during the month of February. Next to jewelry-store surprises and long-stemmed roses, what could be more special than an expression of love of the edible kind? Cookies, it seems, are a way to reach anyone’s heart — a task easily achieved with Valentine Heart Sandwich Cookies. These cookies are inspired […]

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  • 12
    Jan

    Coats of Friendship: A Story of Warming Hearts and Individuals Throughout York County

    It’s January, and we’re just now starting to feel the effects of winter and are bundling up in our coats and scarves to brace the cold. Many of us may not stop to think about those less fortunate who don’t own a coat or gloves to keep them warm and protected from the harsh cold. […]

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  • 05
    Jan

    CelebrateARTS in York County, Jan. 13–20

    Where can you participate in a silent disco scene, witness a mighty Wurlitzer organ demonstration, break out some hip-hop dance moves, and explore some wizardry and history? It all happens in York for CelebrateARTS Week, Jan. 13–20, a free community cultural celebration presented by the Cultural Alliance of York County. Through the generosity of sponsors […]

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  • 15
    Dec

    Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Guide

    Story and photography by Tonisha Price and Kirsten McWilliams for YRK Magazine Christmas Eve is almost here. For those procrastinators who still have last-minute Christmas shopping to do, don’t stress. If you find yourself stumped about what to get for a family member or friend in these remaining days to Christmas, discover some last-minute gift ideas […]

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  • 26
    Nov

    Celebrate with Taste: National Cake Day

    The Fall Harvest Trifle is a neat spin on the traditional cake recipe. Its soft layers of fluffy pumpkin cake, sweet vanilla custard, and cinnamon sautéed apples topped with whipped cream would be the perfect treat to make for family and friends this holiday season. In honor of National Cake Day this Nov. 26, give […]

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  • 22
    Nov

    Join in #GivingTuesday in York, Tuesday, Nov. 28

    #GivingTuesday is a nationwide event that encourages people around the country to give back on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Founded in 2012 by the people at 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in New York City, #GivingTuesday is a day that has brought people together around the value of making a return for all that […]

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  • 21
    Nov

    Celebrate with Taste: National Stuffing Day

    With Thanksgiving only two days away, you’re likely thinking about or are already well on your way to preparing your Thanksgiving dinner feast. And what could be more closely associated with Thanksgiving than stuffing? The National Day Calendar proudly proclaims Nov. 21 as National Stuffing Day. Although the origins of this holiday are obscure, the […]

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  • 17
    Nov

    Shop Small in Downtown York

    Story and photos by Kirsten McWilliams Shop small in downtown York where you can find great deals and exclusive item offerings for Black Friday, Nov. 24, and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. Below are some of the many places in downtown York you can visit for holiday gift items you can find only from York’s […]

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  • 10
    Nov

    Holiday Events in York, Pennsylvania

    No matter how many festivals and events York hosts during the spring, summer and fall, holiday events in York, Pennsylvania, can’t be overlooked. From seasonal musical performances to unique holiday shopping experiences and traditions such as Light Up York, York is home to more gifts than anything you could physically buy. Perhaps the best gift […]

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  • 03
    Nov

    Arts Destinations of Downtown York

    Downtown York’s arts community continues to grow with dynamic artists and equally dynamic arts destinations to explore. Additionally, organizations such as the Cultural Alliance of York County, Creative York, York College, the Appell Center for the Performing Arts and many others offer art-enriching activities and public programs throughout the year. Below are just a few […]

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  • 25
    Oct

    Chef George Sheffer: Fueling the Cuisine of York, PA

    To experience the flavor of downtown York, you don’t need to look any farther than the city’s emerging restaurant scene. We asked the chefs from our Autumn 2017 edition cover story to give us their thoughts on cooking for and serving in York’s culinary community. This week, we introduce you to Executive Chef George Sheffer […]

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  • 19
    Oct

    Chef Taylor Davis: Fueling the Cuisine of York, PA

    To experience the flavor of downtown York, you don’t need to look any farther than the city’s emerging restaurant scene. We asked the chefs from our Autumn 2017 edition cover story to give us their thoughts on cooking for and serving in York’s culinary community. This week, we introduce you to Chef Taylor Davis of […]

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  • 12
    Oct

    Chef Hamir Patel: Fueling the Cuisine of York, PA

    To experience the flavor of downtown York, you don’t need to look any farther than the city’s emerging restaurant scene. The chefs of York are embracing more cultural cuisines and pairing culinary innovation with farm-to-table cultivation. We asked the chefs from our Autumn 2017 edition cover story to give us their thoughts on cooking for […]

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  • 06
    Oct

    Executive Chef Abby Shelley: Fueling the Cuisine of York, PA

    To experience the flavor of downtown York, you don’t need to look any farther than the city’s emerging restaurant scene. The chefs of York are embracing more cultural cuisines and pairing culinary innovation with farm-to-table cultivation. We asked the chefs from our Autumn 2017 edition cover story to give us their thoughts on cooking for […]

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  • 03
    Oct

    Welcome to the new YRK Magazine website!

    The members of our YRK team are proud to unveil this dynamic web presence complementing the redesign of YRK Magazine that launched earlier this year. As you explore our site, you’ll discover a few new features to enhance your YRK digital experience with us: Every story from each new issue of the magazine presented in […]

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