Common and Unusual Thanksgiving Traditions in the US

Enjoy these Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and family.

Enjoy these Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and family.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving celebration, we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest Thanksgiving traditions practiced across the country every year, as well as some not so common ones you might want to try out.

Everyone has a big Thanksgiving feast every year, and it’s almost always centered around the Thanksgiving turkey. The way Americans eat is always evolving, so if you have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or allergic relatives, use Thanksgiving as a way to stretch your cooking skills.

Many people use Thanksgiving as a chance to volunteer at homeless shelters and foodbanks. If you’re looking for something to do as a family on Thanksgiving that will enrich your children, or just yourself, try it out!

Don’t forget the ceremonial breaking of the wishbone. Two people pull on opposite ends of the wishbone from the turkey and whoever gets the bigger half makes a wish. This is especially fun for kids. Before dessert, try taking a walk around the block or tossing a ball around to digest a little before digging in. This gives you a chance to spend quality time with family.

If you have relatives who live far away, you can still include them in the Thanksgiving conversation and games by setting up a Skype session or Google Hangout. If you’ve never done this before, this year is a great time to enlist the technological skills of younger relatives.

Thanksgiving is all about traditions, but it’s never too late to start a new one!

How to Test Drive a Car

Tips for your next test drive.

Tips for your next test drive.

Taking a car on a test drive seems like a pretty simple thing, but there are things you can do to get as much information about the car as you can from your short spin around the block. Here are some tips on how to test drive a car.

You should always schedule your test drive in advance so you know they’ll have the car you want to test drive, or one close to it. This also gives you a chance to get in and out more quickly and gives you more time to drive a few different cars for comparison.

If you have family or someone you drive regularly, bring them with you to see how they like the ride. The vehicle you choose needs to work for everyone who rides in it. Check the amount of cargo space, seat comfort, how easily accessible the controls are, and test out any other features that are especially important to you.

Actually driving the car is a chance to find out a lot about the vehicle. Pay attention to the ride quality, and try out the navigation system if there is one, connect your mobile device through Bluetooth or Apple CarPlay/Android Auto if they’re available, and listen to how noisy the cabin is.

Make sure visibility is ideal for you. If you have trouble seeing or you’re not comfortable with how much you can see, try another vehicle. Make sure you have enough power to quickly merge into traffic, can turn easily, and won’t have trouble parking it.

It’s a lot to think about, so if you need to, ask your salesperson if you can extend the drive a little, and never be afraid to ask questions about features you aren’t familiar with.

2017 Nissan Titan

2017 Nissan Titan

2017 Nissan Titan

The market for full-size trucks is crowded, which makes it difficult for specific models to stand out from the rest. However, Nissan has been able to do just that with this year’s Nissan Titan. Here is what makes the 2017 Nissan Titan such a unique vehicle.
The first thing that many people notice about the new Titan is that the comfort of the interior of the vehicle rivals that of many luxury sedans. With leather seats and plenty of space, drivers can carry passengers around with no concern about comfort.

 

As for the technology in the truck, one of the most unique features is the remote-start button that also allows you to control the climate of your vehicle from a distance so that you never have to get into a truck that’s too hot or too cold. Drivers are also treated to an intuitively designed console that features a touchscreen that allows you to sync your smartphone.

 

With the new Titan, you will also never be in danger. Featuring the Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield Technologies, blind spot warnings, and six airbags, the driver and passengers are always safe.

 

Explore the powerful new Nissan Titan today to see what makes it the perfect truck for you.

2017 Nissan Armada

2017 Nissan Armada

2017 Nissan Armada

In the market for full-size SUVs, there aren’t many options that are able to match the style and luxury of the 2017 Nissan Armada. If you want a vehicle that can be taken on long road trips and daily outings, explore the new Nissan Armada today.

 

The first thing that most people notice when they get into the new Armada is the luxurious interior. Plastic has been outlawed inside of the Armada, and there is available leather seating. For audio lovers, there is a 13-speaker Bose® sound system that captures the nuances of all types of music. There are still three rows of seating in the cabin, which allows for plenty of leg and headroom.

 

The exterior of the car is sleek and stylish, complimented by 20-inch wheels and a sunroof for those nice days. Under the hood, there is plenty of power. The Armada’s 5.6-liter V8 engine is capable of hauling up to 8,500 pounds, and it features 390 horsepower, which allows it to reach 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. Not bad for a vehicle that weighs three tons.

 

The new Nissan Armada is available in three trims: the SV, the SL, and Platinum.

August Lititz Events: Something for Everyone

Check out these August Lititz events.

Check out these August Lititz events.

In Lititz, Pennsylvania, there are tons of events coming up before school starts, ensuring that you can end your summer with a blast. Here are just a few August Lititz events to consider:

 

  • Lititz Lions’ Car Cruise, Aug. 17 – More than 200 vehicles will be on display, and there will also be music and food available.
  • Movie in the Park, Aug. 19 – There will be a free screening of “Shaun the Sheep Movie” in Lititz Spring Park, with refreshments available.
  • Mela Community Festival, Aug. 20 – This unifying event is open to the entire community and will include delicious Indian food and much more.
  • UZRC Car and Motorcycle Cruise, Aug. 31 – This annual car and motorcycle cruise is free to the public, and you can register your vehicle by calling 717-626-2071, ext. 1006.
  • Lititz Farmers Market – And of course, don’t forget that the local farmers market is open every Saturday, until sometime in October.

 

Learn more about some of these great events or share your experiences with us by coming into Lancaster Nissan of Lancaster, PA.

Things to Do in Elizabethtown this August

Enjoy some of these great things to do in Elizabethtown this August.

Enjoy some of these great things to do in Elizabethtown this August.

There are plenty of things to do in Elizabethtown, PA, regardless of what you are looking for. You can visit one of the many restaurants, museums, or trails in the area, or you can simply enjoy the cool August air in the city. There’s truly something for everyone.

According to the town planner, there are many featured events in August. Starting on August 1, you can take a 45-minute sight-seeing tour of the Pride of Susquehanna. This beloved riverboat is even more enjoyable in the late summer and early fall, a true spectacle for many. You can also take a Landscape Study Group at the Susquehanna Art Museum (1401 N 3rd Street) on the same day in nearby Harrisburg.

The 14th Annual Senators Family Run/Walk for Epilepsy is on Saturday, August 6, from 8:00am to 12:00pm; epilepsy can be a debilitating seizure disorder that often limits an individual’s lifestyle. The event will be held at Metro Bank Park, City Island, where you can run a 5k or walk two miles. The 5k begins at Carousel Pavilion at 8:00am, while the walk starts at 9:30am.

Finally, stop by the Lucky Ducks Bar and Grille on August 28 for a local charity event. This celebration supports the Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey, and it will begin at 2:00pm. There will be food, drinks, a DJ, and a duck derby race in the afternoon. All proceeds benefit patient services, research, equipment, and education.

Learn more about all of these great events by coming in to Lancaster Nissan of Lancaster, PA.

Schedule Your Test Drive

Schedule your test drive online.

Schedule your test drive online.

There is so much that you can do from the ease of your home. You can order food and have it delivered directly to your door. You can do all of your Christmas shopping from your couch, and never have to face the crowds at the mall.

You can also schedule your test drive. We all live very busy lives, and anything that we can make easier for you, we will! This includes our schedule test drive button. Click, schedule, and show up.

It is as easy as one-two-three. So what are you waiting for! Click on the button today, schedule your appointment for when works best for you, and show up for your test drive.

We are very excited to see you soon and we invite you to join the family of Lancaster Nissan of Lancaster, PA.

History of Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Learn the history of Lancaster, PA.

Learn the history of Lancaster, PA.

The history of Lancaster, Pennsylvania is rich and varied, dating back to the earliest parts of modern American history. It was originally called Hickory Town, but was renamed after the English city of Lancaster. The city was laid out by James Hamilton in 1734 and incorporated as a borough in 1742 and as a city in 1818.

During the Revolutionary War, Lancaster was actually the capital of the United States for one day—September 27, 1777—when the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia on their way to York, Pennsylvania.

Lancaster can also claim to be home to the first paved road in the country, the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike, which is part of U.S. Route 30 today. Several notable early Americans called Lancaster home including Thaddeus Stevens, Robert Fulton, and President James Buchanan’s Wheatland estate is located here.

As America was expanding, Lancaster played an important role by producing the famous Conestoga wagon that many pioneers used to settle the American frontier. In 1803, Lancaster native Andrew Ellicott also helped train Meriwether Lewis in surveying techniques before Lewis headed out on the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Today, Lancaster is a great place to live, work, and visit and celebrates its rich history and culture every day.

Lancaster County Festivals and Fairs in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

List of Lancaster County Festivals

List of Lancaster County Festivals

Lancaster County is home to a host of fairs and festivals throughout the summer. From Renaissance Fairs to Independence Day celebrations, there are Lancaster County festivals and fairs for everyone.

Celebrate Lancaster, the annual celebration of cultural diversity in Lancaster, will take place on June 24 and will feature music, food vendors, drinks, and fireworks.

The Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction will also take place on June 24 and 25 in Bird-in-Hand, which raises money for the town’s fire company, and a similar event will happen in Refton.

July will see the Terre Hill Days Festival in Terre Hill from the 14th to the 17th, and on Saturday the 16th a Home and Craft Fair will be held in Landisville. The same day, the North Museum of Nature and Science will hold the STEAM Carnivale in Lancaster, which aims to inspire kids with both science and art.

The Renaissance Fair will go on from August into October, and the Reading Fair in Reading will happen over a week in August from the 7th to the 13th. These are just a few of this summer’s Lancaster County events, so no matter when you’re here, you’ll find something fun to do!

Things to Do in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

List of Things to do in Lancaster

List of Things to do in Lancaster

Lancaster County is best known for its huge Amish population, but there are a lot of things to do here besides buy cheese in Amish Country (not that Amish Country cheese isn’t worth the trip). Whether you live here or you’re planning to visit, check out these fun things to do in Lancaster.

The American Music Theater is a wonderful place to go when you’re in the area. This year, you can catch the American Music Theater Crooners Show, in which singers perform hits from iconic crooners. The Fulton Theater is another interesting spot to visit—restored from the 1800s, it hosts a variety of performances, including dance troupes.

If you have kids, you have to spend some time at Dutch Wonderland, a family amusement park, or the Caribbean Indoor Water Park. Then there’s Central Market, the best place around to buy food—the produce is super fresh and everything is grown naturally. A market may not seem like a tourist stop, but visitors and residents alike can spend whole days eating their way through the place.

And if you’re interested, take some time to learn about the Mennonite culture at the Mennonite Information Center and the Amish Farm and House Tour.