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Community Foundation launches ‘Summer for Lancaster’

Workers from Atomic set up an “interactive pergola” in Ewell Plaza in the 100 block of North Queen Street of Lancaster on Thursday, June 14, 2024. (Photo: Anna Smucker)

The next phase of the Lancaster County Community Foundation’s centennial celebration is getting under way.

On Thursday, workers from the Rock Lititz event production company Atomic were in Ewell Plaza to assemble an “interactive pergola,” a colorful public art installation with long flowing streamers that people can walk through.

It is a visual anchor for “Summer for Lancaster,” a partnership between the foundation, the city of Lancaster, Atomic and the Steinman Institute for Civic Engagement.

Through August, the foundation will be taking part in Lancaster’s First Friday, Music Friday and other community events, hosting concerts, artisans’ markets and pop-up events in Ewell Plaza and Binns Park across the street. For more information and a schedule, click here.

(Photos: Anna Smucker)

“Summer for Lancaster creates a chance to think about what want Lancaster County to be and what legacy we can leave for future generations,” foundation Executive Vice President Tracy Cutler said.

Established 100 years ago in 1924, the foundation has dubbed 2024 “one year to change the next 100.” It is donating more than $1 million to nonprofits in four categories through its “Shaping Tomorrow” grant initiative: Grants in the arts and health categories were awarded this spring, while those for “Our Planet” (the environment) and “Next Generation” (education and youth development) are coming in the fall.