Christmas Eve at Letterkenny Chapel

Christmas Eve at Letterkenny Chapel

The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area will sponsor this year’s Annual Christmas Eve Service at the Historic Letterkenny Chapel on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 6 pm at the Chapel, located at the Letterkenny Army Depot, 2171 Carbaugh Avenue, Chambersburg.

The service will be patterned after the traditional Christmas Eve services held from 1960-1995 when the Chapel served its congregation as a military chapel.

Letterkenny Chapel has been an important focal point for spiritual nurture and support since it was built in 1945. The chapel was built during WWII by Italian prisoners-of-war.

The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Ronnie B Tucker, Sr., a certified Dean in the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education. A native of Arkansas, he holds B.A. and Masters Degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Arkansas; a PhD in Public Administration from Mississippi State University; and a Doctorate in Theology from New World Bible Institute. Formerly an Associate Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University, he is the Academic Coach/Counselor at Penn State University. He is the author of a book and numerous articles on Affirmative Action and a specialist on the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

He and his wife Lenore are the parents of two children and have three grandchildren.

John Brink will be the soloist for the service, and Stephanie Salisbury will be the pianist.

The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area oversees the ministries of the Letterkenny Chapel in conjunction with the Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park.

Franklin County Awards Tourism & Quality of Life Grants

Franklin County Awards Tourism & Quality of Life Grants

he Franklin County Commissioners awarded grants for the Tourism and Quality of Life Enhancement Grant Program during their meeting yesterday. Franklin County established this grant program to support the county’s tourism efforts and develop the county’s quality of life related assets. Funds for the program are from the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund and the Hotel Tax. The purpose of this grant program is to enhance the tourism experience, retain and increase visitation and overnight stays within Franklin County, improve the county as a destination market for leisure travel, and to provide bike and walking trails which benefit the community and enhance the quality of life for county residents.

Seven projects were awarded funding for the 2017 round. The projects include: Greene Township, $100,000 for Phase 1 of the Conococheague Trail project; the Coyle Free Library, $50,000 for the restoration of the cornice work during the renovation of the library; Totem Pole Playhouse, $35,000 to improve the stormwater drainage on site and to increase the restroom capacity at the facility; Franklin County Historical Society, $35,000 for the design and installation of a climate control system for the archival storage areas; Capitol Theatre, $20,000 for the replacement of wiring, electric controls and lighting fixture; Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park, $6,000 for installation of a low voltage LED lighting system to illuminate the kiosks and the Trail of Service and the planting of trees and shrubbery in the park; and Healthy Franklin County, $4,000 for the creation of a walking/running routes webpage and booklet.

Tiny World in Shippensburg is a Must-See & Do for the Holidays

Tiny World in Shippensburg is a Must-See & Do for the Holidays

Be a kid again; enjoy the wonder of Tiny World in Shippensburg this holiday season. This tiny town has everything that life-sized towns have, including town hall, schoolhouse, church, fire station, shops of Main Street, Victorian houses, log homes, general store, train depot, and gas station. More than twenty structures make Tiny World a great place to spark the imaginations of young and old.

During the 2017 holiday season, Tiny World transforms to a winter wonderland as the sun sets. Open Monday through Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM  until 10 PM and Sunday 5 PM  to 9 PM, Tiny World is an easy drive off Route 11 on Rice Road in Shippensburg and will remain decorated for the holidays through the first week of January 2018.

In 1985, Ernest Helm retired and devoted his energy to creating “Tiny World.” The first structure was a Victorian-style “cat house” for the enjoyment of felines who roamed his property. It wasn’t long before an entire town took shape, and a retired man’s hobby become a roadside attraction.

Today, Helm’s daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Wendell Myers, are Tiny World’s caretakers. Everything is as authentic as possible. Although the small structures can be seen throughout the year, a holiday visit is extra special.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Tiny World also appreciates contributions of lights and decorations to keep the town well-adorned for future holiday seasons.

Tiny Town is just one of many places–large and small–to explore in Franklin County for holiday fun.

Stay On The Move in Franklin County With the New FCVB Rec Guide

Stay On The Move in Franklin County With the New FCVB Rec Guide

Franklin County Visitors Bureau announces the release of its newest publication On the Move in Franklin County, featuring year-long recreation for the whole family.

The guide, available in print and in the publications sections of the website, features year-long fun including skydiving, golfing, visiting the local environmental centers, fly-fishing, tennis, yoga, hydrotherapy floats, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, swimming and much more!

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Cumberland Valley, Franklin County compliments four-seasons of outdoor enjoyment. It is home to two national trails— the Appalachian Trail and the Tuscarora Trail, four PA State Parks and the lands of two state forests. Topping off the plentiful state and national trail options are more than three dozen municipal and local recreation areas throughout Franklin County. Whether seeking a family-friendly day of connecting with nature, taking to a quiet trail or meeting an intense outdoor challenge, Franklin County is the spot.

The guide’s release, in late November, is done in perfect time to highlight some of the winter highlights of the region during the colder months, including the beautiful hiking trails.

Franklin County contains all or part of four state parks, including Mont Alto State Park and Caledonia State Park, which are the oldest existing parks in the state. These parks are at the heart of the Pennsylvania conservation efforts and the forest lands are tied to Joseph Trimble Rothrock, the first Pennsylvania Forestry Commissioner, who was an advocate for conservation and helped found the Mont Alto Forestry School, now Penn State Mont Alto.

Other local parks and forests that have beautiful views for hiking includes Buchanan Birthplace State Park, where a large monument for Mercersburg-native and former President James Buchanan stands as well as nearly 19 acres of forest. Enjoy ice-skating, ice fishing and cross-country skiing on the lake at Cowans Gap State Park in the snowy months.

Michaux State Forest in the east, Buchanan State Forest in the west and Tuscarora State Forest in central Franklin County, all have a wide variety of beautiful trees to see while hiking and enjoying nature in all seasons.

Winter is a great time to hit the trails of Whitetail Resort on skis, snowboards or even by snow tube! The resort, located in Two Top Mountain in the Tuscarora Mountains in Mercersburg, has 23 different trails from beginner hills to more advanced trails. Whitetail has gone through several renovations over the years, including longer trails, lighting on terrain for night skiing, halfpipe, a terrain park and snow tubing park with 10 lanes.

On the Move joins the seven yearly specialty publications that the Franklin County Visitors Bureau produces in their mission to promote the county, including the Franklin County Visitors Guide, Military Trail of History Guide, Fresh Food & Dining Guide, Franklin County Wedding & Event Planner and more!

Greencastle Celebrates Heritage Christmas

Greencastle Celebrates Heritage Christmas

Visitors can enjoy holiday fun at Greencastle’s Heritage Christmas, December 1, 8, and 15, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Each Friday includes horse and carriage rides through downtown, cookie decorating, luminaries, carolers, holiday window displays, and a variety of music on the square. Enjoy a holiday train display at the 1909 Highline Train Station on South Jefferson Street. Children can bring their Letters to Santa to post in the special mailbox on the square. It is three consecutive Fridays of family fun in Greencastle PA.

On the first Friday of Heritage Christmas, December 1, Allison Antrim Museum is holding a Christmas open house from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The 1860 museum house, situated on the original land tract owned by town founder John Allison, is decorated as a Civil War era home. Della Robbia fruit arrangements in the Victorian concrete urns and transom of the front door welcomes guests. Roping on the banister, fresh magnolia and boxwood greens, and cedar tree decorated with dried fruit, gilded walnuts, Marzipan fruit candies, gingerbread cookies, antique candle holders, and Civil War flags will take visitors back to a much simpler time. Vintage toys, period furnishings, and an 1800s one-horse sleigh are on display throughout the museum house.

In the German Bank Barn, enjoy the display of 1930s vintage boyhood toys. Susan Shaffer, of Joyful Arts Studio in downtown Greencastle, will lead guests during a come-and-go evening of painting a take-home Christmas ornament. Reservations can be made here or by calling 717- 658-2177.

Residents of the Greencastle area hold an annual “Light It Up” decorating contest. Visitors can enjoy the twinkling handiwork of local residents as Greencastle and the surrounding Antrim Township sparkle for the holidays. Be part of selecting the winner by casting a $1 vote from December 8 to 18. Proceeds benefit the Greencastle Food Pantry.

Sun & Shopping in Downtown Waynesboro on December 1, 2 & 3

Sun & Shopping in Downtown Waynesboro on December 1, 2 & 3

The 2016 pop-up shops were so popular that they are returning for holiday shopping in 2017. The second annual Mainstreet Waynesboro Holiday Pop-Up Shops will be held in three locations this year: 37-39 W. Main St., 30 W. Main and 22 W. Main St. Featured vendors include Scentsy, two LuLaRoe experts, Tastefully Simple, Biser Farms, Artisan Cheese, Magic Moon Mavis Studio Jewelry, Wildtree Organic, Bar-B-Que Beast, Tupperware, Cosmic Karma bags and jewelry, Younique, Dot Dot Smile children’s dresses, Blue Lemonade ceramics, Pink Zebra, Sugar Hollow Farms Alpaca and maybe even a few surprises.

Santa and Mrs. Claus also will be stopping by downtown Waynesboro for the second straight year thanks to M&T Bank, Waynesboro Hospital and North Mountain Structures. Sana’s Workshop will be set up at Main Street Park and the Clauses will be greeting children of all ages on NDec. 1 from 5-8 p.m.,Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 3 from noon to 5 p.m.

Also, be on the lookout for the seasonally-clad Bill Kohler from Mainstreet Waynesboro and Amy Stine from the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro handing out Downtown Dollars to shoppers during the pop-up shop hours.

Check out all the fun!