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Road Trip to Mt. Hope Estate and Winery

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 13, 2017 4:47 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, December 13, 2017:

Call it the holiday edition of the Smart Talk Road Trip.  For Wednesday's program, Smart Talk broadcast live from Mount Hope Estate and Winery, located on Route 72 between Manheim and Lebanon -- just off Exit 266 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

With less than two weeks before Christmas, the show focuses on the holiday with an eye toward, traditions and customs.  

The National Christmas Center Family Attraction and Museum in Paradise, Lancaster County has one of the largest collections of Christmas decorations, antiques and memorabilia on the East Coast.  Jim Morrison, who sports a long white beard, is the owner and founder of the museum.  We'll talk with him about collecting all things Christmas.  The museum has announced it will close in the new year and we'll explore why.

Central Pennsylvania has many holiday customs taken from the Pennsylvania Dutch or Germans.  Patrick Donmoyer, Director of the Pennsylvania German Heritage Center at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania joins us to talk about Belsnickel, second Christmas and other customs and culture.

Finally, Mount Hope Estate and Winery is decorated for the holidays.  There are very few places in the region as beautiful at this time of year.  Smart Talk features a conversation about the estate and its history.

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