Important Note: Transportation to any of these events is available by making arrangements with JOC.

Lancaster Downtowners
October–December, 2017
Downtowner Programs and Get-Togethers

Note: Persons on the Downtowner email list will receive reminders of these programs closer to the time. We will ask for an RSVP via email if you plan to attend.

If you do not have email, please Call Program Committee Chair, Rod Houser, at 717-606-2541 if you plan to attend one of these events.

October Events

Friday, October 13, 9 am. Commonwealth on Queen, 301 North Queen Street

      Friday Breakfast Bunch

We like Commonwealth on Queen, but the last time we were there for lunch it was so loud for our 70+ year old ears. So why not try breakfast? That’s what we’re going to do for Friday the 13th of October and Friday the 27th.

Wednesday, October 18, 9:20 am, Queen Street Transit Center, 225 N. Queen Street

    RRTA to Ephrata: Cloisters and downtown Ephrata lunch

Time for another fall outing using RRTA to an outlying community. We will arrive in Ephrata in time for a mid-morning tour of the Ephrata Cloisters, then check out a downtown Ephrata eatery before catching the 1:30 bus back to Lancaster.

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 am, A. C. Moore Parking Lot, Lancaster Shopping Center

Field Trip to African Museum of History and Culture

Registration is closed for this trip but if you missed the first round, you may want to check with Susan Leinberger,, for last minute availability of seats.

Friday, October 27, 9 am. Commonwealth on Queen, 301 North Queen Street

      Friday Breakfast Bunch

Our second breakfast of the month at Commonwealth on Queen.

November Events

Thursday, November 9, 11:30 am. Mayser Gymnasium, Franklin and Marshall and Gypsy Kitchen in the Refectory at Lancaster Theological Seminary

      Thursday Lunch Bunch and Common Hour at F&M

We switch back to lunch for November and combine lunch at Gypsy Kitchen with Common Hour at F&M. The Common Hour topic for November 9 is “Captive Whales and Dolphins: Life Beyond Concrete Tanks” presented by Lori Marino, Ph.D. President of the Whale Sanctuary Project. Following Dr. Marino’s talk we’ll walk across College Avenue for lunch at Gypsy Kitchen, about 12:45. Join us for the talk, for lunch or hopefully for both.

Monday, November 13, 6:30 pm., Fourth Floor Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince Street

Annual Meeting—Program Updates and Original Plays for Lancaster Downtowners

This is the one event that most all members of Downtowners try to attend. We go all out with a wonderful spread of heavy hors d’ oeuvres catered by Gina Fraser. Gina has wowed us for at least the past five years.

After the board brings us up to date on exciting things that have been happening with our organization, we will be entertained with two or three short original plays written by our own Downtowner, Will Horst. The skits will feature hypothetical conversations between retirees like ourselves and their younger children or next of kin. Following each episode, you will have opportunity for discussion with other Downtowners.

Tuesday, November 28, 11:30 am. Community Mennonite Church, 328 W. Orange Street

      Aging in Place is OK up to a Point, but Then What?

Lancaster Downtowners and other organizations like ours in the village movement are committed to helping you age in place as long as possible but there may be a need for other options at some point. Downtowner Ellen Berfond has made arrangements with Lancaster Office of Aging to provide a speaker, Kristen Jones, to look at this topic and share some ideas on how we may want to prepare. Bring a bag lunch for this presentation and discussion. Drinks will be provided

December Events

Tuesday, December 12, 6 pm. 551 West. 551 West King Street

      Holiday Celebration

When you have a good thing going, why look for something different. This is the third year we will have our celebration at 551 West. Details on menu and program will be forth coming. But put the date on your calendar now.

Ongoing Events

      Downtown Morning Walks

A regular walking group meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, generally at the Unitarian Church, corner of West Chestnut and Pine Streets. Contact Pat Coller, or Kathleen Ramey, for current time and meeting place if you’d like to join the group.

      Walks in Lancaster County Park

Meet Celica Milovanovic at the Rockford Plantation parking lot for Sunday afternoon walks. Walks will be announced via email.

Yoga for Downtowners

The Lancaster Downtowners yoga class meets twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Yoga on Orange, 129 East Orange Street, 4th floor. The fee for those attending on both days is $8.00 per session. The fee for those attending either Tuesday or Thursday is $10.00 a session. Contact Emily Booker ( Please join us.