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Learn Ballroom Dancing at Allison-Antrim Museum: Class Begins September 30

A new four-week session of Beginner Ballroom Classes in the barn at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle will begin on Wednesday, September 30, from 7 to 9 pm.  The rhythms that will be studied are the Fox Trot, Waltz, and Tango.  All rhythms will be taught at the bronze beginner level, with basic steps always reviewed during the first class.

The fee is $40/person for the four-week session, prepaid the first class.  Checks may be made out to AAMI (Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc.).  If the session is extended beyond four weeks, the per-class cost will be $10/person.  Please wear shoes with solid soles that glide easily on the floor.  The barn’s floor is wood and provides the best possible surface for dancing.

A new Intermediate Silver Level Ballroom Class will begin Tuesday evening, September 29, from 7 to 9 pm, with Fox Trot, Waltz, and Tango rhythms also being taught.  Students will learn how step combinations common to one rhythm can also be adapted in another dance rhythm.

The proceeds from the ballroom classes help cover the overhead costs of the barn.  For more information, visit www.greencastlemuseum.org, on Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or by calling 717-597-9325.



22nd Annual Renfrew Pumpkin Festival

The 22nd annual Renfrew Pumpkin Festival will be held Saturday, October 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro, rain or shine.

The festival includes a full day of activities and fun for all ages, including live bluegrass music by Little Sister Band, pumpkin carving, games and other activities during the festival, which is a joint fund-raiser for Renfrew Institute and Renfrew Museum.

The ever-popular trebuchet will run throughout the day. Trebuchets—giant catapult devices—have their origins in the middle ages.

“Trebuchets like ours hurl pumpkins, and are great fun,” said Maxine Beck, festival co-chair. “Our trebuchet was constructed by volunteers who researched the devices thoroughly to create an authentic working model. A horn is blown just before each pumpkin is launched, and spectators love to see how far they fly.”

The corn toss game, pumpkin bowling, and pumpkin ping-pong are fun for all ages. Kids will enjoy face painting, and a “corn kernel station” provides a sandbox-like activity with a pool full of dried corn kernels. Tractor-drawn hayrides and photo board setups add to the fun for all.

The scarecrow-making workshop is always popular. Participants are encouraged to bring their own long-sleeve shirts and pants. Some clothes will be provided, but may run out during the event. Scarecrow clothing donations are welcome.

“Used clothing in sizes from children’s large to adult small is best for making the scarecrows,” said Beck. Straw and instructions are also provided.

A full lunch is included in the price of admission—soup, fresh bread, cider and sliced apples. A choice of homemade soups is offered, traditional ham and bean and vegetarian vegetable.

Hot dogs, soda and coffee will be sold separately. In addition, a bake sale offers a variety of homemade goodies.

Pumpkins will be available for purchase, priced by size. A team of pumpkin artists will be on hand to help guests carve their pumpkins during the festival. Safe carving tools and adult supervision will be provided. Decorative Indian corn bundles will also be sold.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children age 3 and under. Cash or credit cards accepted. Renfrew Museum will hold an “open house” for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., included with admission to the festival.

Sponsorship support provided by M & T Bank.

Parking is available adjacent to the Visitor’s Center barn, with some additional parking in Renfrew’s lower lot off Welty Road. A golf cart will shuttle those who need assistance from the parking area to the festival grounds.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Franklin Co. Commissioners and Washington Township Supervisors are sponsoring free personal document shredding in the Washington Township Office Parking Lot (beside the Welty Road entrance to Renfrew Park). There is a limit of 10 bags or boxes per person, and the following items cannot be processed: newspapers, 3-ring binders, carbon paper, film, metal, cardboard, trash or heavy plastics.

For more information about the Pumpkin Festival, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or the museum at 717-762-4723. Details also available at www.renfrewinstitute.org, www.renfrewmuseum.org, and on Facebook at www.facebook/renfrewpark.

CUTLINE: Children love to pick out their favorite pumpkins during Renfrew Pumpkin Festival. The event is scheduled this year for Saturday, October 17 from 11 am to 4 pm.








Student Life in Franklin County

Submitted by Colleen Hoover


I have attended school in the Franklin County area since I was three years old. Starting with pre-school at a local church in Waynesboro, PA to attending middle school and high school in Chambersburg, undertaking dual enrollment classes at Wilson College (while still in high school) to ending my long journey by achieving my Bachelors of Business at Shippensburg University.

There are so many countless opportunities that lie within the area, especially for someone like me that did not want to move away from home while going to college. Even if you aren’t eligible for the college life yet, the school districts around the region are one-of-a-kind. The Chambersburg Area Senior High School or otherwise known as CASHS is where I have made all my memories as a young teen. Other great schools are Greencastle, Waynesboro and Mercersburg Academy.

The colleges that surround Franklin County would be Penn State Mon Alto, Wilson College and Shippensburg University. Some of the smaller and further distance ones would be Harrisburg Area Community College and Hagerstown Community College. All of which are great options and so many to choose from. We are in such a great location with many of these schools right at our fingertips.

As I finish out my last year of college at Shippensburg University, I look back on the many years I have spent here in this beautiful town and realize all the wonderful memories I have made. I also come to appreciate all the knowledge I have gained without moving hundreds of miles away to achieve it.

Trail Riding in Franklin County

Submitted by Colleen Hoover

Riding in Franklin County’s majestic mountains on the back of a horse is absolutely breath taking. Franklin County has many options for riding one of the most popular is Caledonia State Park: Michaux Forest which is part of the Appalachian Trail.  A few other locations such as Steel House Hollow in which you can see across several valleys and Tea Berry trail (a part of South Mountain).

Located close to Franklin County is Gettysburg which gives a historical riding experience.  It’s just magical being able to ride right through Pickets Charge, Devils Den and close to the Eisenhower farm.   Another option is Rail-for-trails which was created to have a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines. This is a very popular riding trail.  There are many versatile trails in Franklin County for you to choose from.

My family and I have ridden in many other locations but Franklin County is one of our favorites simply because of the beautiful mountain trials and scenery.

The Towns

Submitted by Tim Latsbaugh

I grew up in Chambersburg, and love coming back to see friends, family and exploring what Franklin County has to offer. I cannot think of a better place to have lived while growing up. The people are friendly, the scenery is among the best you’ll find anywhere, and there is a lot to do.

I think a great attribute of the area is the vibrancy and personality of each season, and the area takes full advantage of each one with fairs, festivals, or by just taking in what nature delivers. I now live in a place that just blurs fall, winter and spring into a one long, year-round summer, so I really look forward to my visits. Regardless of the season, Franklin County brings it on. Spring in Franklin County has arguably one of the greenest backdrops I’ve ever seen. Summer is like a good chili – nice and hot, but still enjoyable – and I try not to miss the fireflies in June. Fall could be my favorite – the changing leaves, the smells, the little places to duck in and watch a Steelers game with other Steelers fans, and a few Ravens.  Winter is winter. I love visiting in the winter, and always hope for a snow. It keeps my driving skills in check, and I always know I can see the snow disappear in my rear view mirror when our visit ends as we head back home to a place that stays much too warm for snow, but seems to be perfect for mosquitoes.








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