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The Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania Order of the Eastern Star’s 124th

“The Light of Hope” Session to Convene at York Expo Center June 18-20

York, PA (15 June 2018) — Sisters and brothers of the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania Order of the Eastern Star (OES) are expected to convene at the York Expo Center's Utz Arena, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, from Monday-Wednesday, June 18-20, for its 124th “The Light of Hope” Session. More than 950 delegates are expected to attend, bringing an estimated $950,494 in economic impact to the county.

The Session includes:

  • Report
  • Elections
  • Installations
  • An off-site trip to Sight & Sound Theater and Shady Maple Smorgasbord (Tuesday, June 19)

Additional events leading up to the Session will take place Saturday-Sunday, June 16-17, including but not limited to:

  • Saturday, June 16
    • Past Grand Matrons & Past Grand Patrons Dinner at Out Door Country Club
    • “Celtic Kind of Night” entertainment at York Expo Center
  • Sunday, June 17
    • Divine Worship Service, Communion, and Necrology at York Expo Center
    • Deputy Grand Matrons 2017-2018 Luncheon at Wyndham Garden
    • “A Military Ball” Grand Banquet at York Expo Center

The headquarters for the “The Light of Hope” Session is at Homewood Suites, 200 Masonic Drive, York.

“York County is the perfect setting for the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania Order of Eastern Star’s 124th Session,” said Laura Gurreri, Acting President of the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). “Here, we’re able to provide exceptional meeting facilities, from the York Expo Center’s Utz Arena to our outstanding restaurants and hotels; plus, we’re conveniently located, which is helpful for the in-state and out-of-state visitors attending this year’s Session. The York County CVB has been able to provide top-of-the-line support every step of the way during the Session’s planning process, from finding the venues to simplifying the room reservation process.”

The York County CVB’s event planning resume ranges from the 2018-19 Pennsylvania Bus Association Annual Marketplace to the 2016 Pennsylvania Bar Exam. To learn more about our event planning services, visit or contact Sales Manager Patrick Bourque at

The OES is a Masonic appendant body open to both men and women. To learn more about the Pennsylvania Grand Chapter, visit

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About York County Convention & Visitors Bureau

The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau's Mission is to maximize tourism expenditures and their economic impact in York County, PA, through comprehensive tourism sales and marketing programs. The York County CVB's Vision is for a York County where tourism is recognized for the value of its economic impact and its role in raising the profile of York County as a sought-after destination. For more information on the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, call 1-888-858-9675 or visit