What are Bret Micheals, Taylor Swift and other celebrities native to central Pa. doing during quarantine?

Celebrities. They’re just like you and me. By which we mean they’re stuck at home and can’t go out except maybe to the grocery store.

But a number of well-known actors, musicians and other performers have taken the down time provided by the coronavirus quarantine to try to entertain people on social media, reach out to those in need of help, give to a worthy cause or just be a little silly.

We thought we’d take a look at what some of the more notable celebs from the central Pennsylvania area have been doing since the coronavirus quarantine started. Here’s a quick rundown of what some notable one-time residents of the Harrisburg/Lancaster area have been up to:

Bret Michaels

The Poison frontman has been an active presence on various social media and his official website throughout the quarantine, most notably his “Rosebush Sessions” acoustic sessions he’s been providing via Youtube. You can also find him frequently posting on Twitter and Instagram as well.

And while it was filmed before the quarantine started, a number of folks “in the know” (i.e. bookies) suspect that Michaels might be the giant banana that appears on the latest season of “The Masked Singer.” Hopefully we’ll find out for certain soon.

Taylor Swift

The pop music superstar and onetime Reading resident will take part in “One World: Together at Home,” a fundraising event organized by Lady Gaga to benefit the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Solidarity Response Fund. Co-hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon, the event will be broadcast on NBC, ABC, and CBS at 8 p.m. on April 18. Other featured performers include Shawn Mendes, Camilla Cabello, Alicia Keys, Usher, and Pharell Williams.

Taylor Kinney

The “Vampire Diaries and “Chicago Fire” star (and Lady Gaga’s former beau) was spotted in Lancaster at the end of March helping Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse serve takeout meals.The Neffsville, Lancaster County, native is an investor in Zoetropolis, which is a movie theater, restaurant and distillery.

The actor has also been posting regularly to his Instagram account and recently put up a thank you video to first responders.

Jonathan Groff

The “Mindhunter” and “Frozen” star — and Ronks native — recently took part in a virtual cast reunion of the musical “Hamilton” on John Krasinski’s YouTube show “Some Good News” (the segment starts at the 8:30 minute mark).

The segment was a treat for a 9-year-old girl who missed seeing a theatrical production of “Hamilton” because of a nationwide theater shutdown. Groff played King George III in the original Broadway production of “Hamilton.”

Groff also was seen in the Instagram feed of actress Remy Zaken during what one assumes was a virtual reunion of the cast from the 2006 Broadway musical “Spring Awakening”. Groff played the lead role of Melchior in the musical.

Groff also joined his “Frozen” co-stars to appear on a March 31, episode of “Stars in the House,” a daily online Broadway fundraiser for The Actors Fund.

Christian Pulisic

Hershey native and soccer star was sidelined in early January due to an the injury to his adductor muscle. Despite the injury, however, he has kept busy during the pandemic, most notably “winning” the Toosie Slide Challenge, a social media trend wherein the user attempts to do a dance inspired by a Drake song.

Pulisic went one better, doing a fancy bit of juggling with a soccer ball. The viral video was enough to get a nod of approval from former Penn Stater Saquon Barkley.

Pulisic is also taking time to do some charity work, as seen in the tweet below:

Johnny Weir

The Olympian figure skater, who was born in Coatesville and grew up in Quarryville near Lancaster, will take part in a special, livestream “Blades for the Brave” fundraiser event that will also feature Dorothy Hamill, Michelle Kwan, Scott Hamilton and other famous figure skaters. The event will begin at 8 p.m. April 17 and will benefit Americares COVID-19 response.

Weir is also taking the time to learn some new social media skills, signing up on the popular TikTok app:

Ben Gallaher

The country music singer and Camp Hill native will release his latest single, “Alone Together,” on April 17. Although Gallaher said via press release that the song was written a year ago, long before the coronavirus began, the title along seems a fitting commentary on isolation.

“There’s nothing like connecting and interacting with fans via live shows, but considering our new norm, one thing we can still do is release music and cheer each other up by consuming it,” Gallaher said in the press release.

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