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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...

First Friday, October 2nd in Downtown Chambersburg!

The Downtown Business Council and Council for the Arts of Chambersburg will present an “Authors and Artists First Friday” from 5-8pm on Friday October 2nd, with sponsorship from Fitzgerald Auto Mall.  For more details, call 717-263-8529 or check the Facebook page of the Downtown Business Council. Artists and authors interested in participating should call 717-816-7568. Downtown businesses will welcome local authors at October’s First Friday, with writers and illustrators on-site to sign books, give readings and answer questions about their creative process.   From historical fiction to science fiction, children’s books, poetry and a nature journal, the evening’s selections will be a diverse and entertaining mix. First Friday participants can complete a “scavenger hunt” quiz along the authors’ trail to win a $50 gift certificate to their choice of participating business downtown. Participating authors (in alphabetical order, with their First Friday locations) include: Joseph Allen’s (Vape House, 133 North Main) recently published collection of free-verse poetry “A Celebration of Venus” is also available at Amazon, in paperback as well as Kindle versions. Described as ‘An essential collection of free verse poetry’, “A Celebration of Venus” offers both dark and uplifting themes. Waynesboro author Karen Day (Franklin County Visitors Bureau, 37 South Main) currently has two books in print, published under her pen name, KJ McCall. A suspense novel “Set Apart”, published in 2010, ventures into the future (or at least it was when she wrote it) to offer a dark and possible picture of National Health Care.  Her second novel, “Eighteen in 1942”, is World War II-era historical fiction inspired by a shocking true event. Born in the mountains of...

PETER FRAMPTON RAW, An Acoustic Tour, Saturday, October 17, 2015

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents PETER FRAMPTON RAW, An Acoustic Tour, Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8 p.m.  Reserved tickets are $70, $65, $60 & $45 and are now on sale.  A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at   Peter Frampton is back on the road, this time performing an acoustic only set for the first time ever. Gordon Kennedy, Frampton’s longtime collaborator and co-producer of his GRAMMY Award-winning album Fingerprints, will join him on tour as well as an added special guest, Frampton’s son, singer and guitarist Julian Frampton.   Frampton notes, “This is a first for me and I’m very excited about doing a whole show acoustically.  I couldn’t do it without the help of my writing partner of fifteen years, Gordon Kennedy who will be joining me for these shows. I see this show being me performing the songs just as I wrote them on acoustic guitar or piano. I have done a lot of shows including 2 or 3 acoustic solo pieces and always enjoy the way it draws the audience and myself closer together.” (more) Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry...

Greencastle Shopkeepers Annual Special Events Day, Saturday, October 3, 2015

Join the Greencastle Shopkeepers for their Annual Special Events Day, Saturday, October 3, 2015. Kick-off for the event begins with First Friday, October 2, 2015, in Greencastle from 5pm to 8pm.  Look for the banner on Center Square on Friday evening for a map and locations. This shopping event will be filled with activities, discounts, door prizes and refreshments. All participating shops will be open Saturday October 3, 2015 from 10 until 5. With any purchase a coupon book can be obtained from one of the seven shopkeepers. In addition to the discount coupons, the book includes one ticket for a grand prize drawing worth $140 in purchases. All promotions in the coupon book are valid for two weeks, and expire at close of business on October 17, 2015. Crown Vetch will offer 20% off storewide and 10% off all furniture.  Owner Lynn Caffarelli will be sharing decorating tips. Inner Beauty is offering 20% off one new fall item, excluding Brighton, scarves, purses and jewelry. Sip cider and nibble gingersnaps while shopping for the perfect outfit with the help of JoAnn Eyer, owner. Joyful Arts Studio will be offering wine glass painting from 5 to 8pm on Friday October 2, and 10 to 4:30pm on Saturday October 3, 2015. Anyone can learn to paint on glass. The most freeing part of painting on glass is if you don’t like it you simply wash it off and start again.  The make-it take-it wine glass painting cost is $8 for one glass and $15 for a pair. No preregistration is required, just show up! A large selection of glasses are available...

Mainstreet Waynesboro Preparing for Biggest Market Day Ever on Saturday, October 3

Mainstreet Waynesboro’s Market Day is always the organization’s biggest event of the year, but staff members say this year’s celebration will literally be the “biggest one ever.” “We will have well more than 100 food, craft and specialty vendors set up in spaces on Main Street between Potomac Street and Clayton Avenue,” said Suzie Moyer, MSW’s administrative assistant. “There will be plenty of edible options for people to enjoy, and they can get started on their holiday shopping as well.” Moyer says this will be the first year that Market Day extends past Broad Street and reaches Clayton Avenue. The newfound space will be the site of Saint Andrew School’s “KidZone,” which will feature multiple bounce houses, GolfZilla, a train ride, new games and activities for children young and old, kid-friendly food and popular games that have previously been included as part of the school’s Oktoberfest. “Saint Andrew is proud to provide the primary kid-focused attraction at Market Day this year,” said Jen Dennis, the school’s director of development. “Our name has changed, but the fun and excitement is even better.” This year’s Market Day is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3. In addition to the vendors and the KidZone, the event will feature live music, dancing and Mad Anthony’s Chili Cook-Off, a friendly competition pitting professional and amateur chefs against each other in an attempt to find out who makes the best chili in town. A team of chili-tasting judges has been assembled, and members of the community can sample the different recipes before voting on a “People’s Choice” award winner. A “Beer...

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents 42ND STREET, Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents 42nd STREET, Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  Reserved tickets are $65, $59 & $49 and are now on sale.  A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at   The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET will appear at the Luhrs Center with a sparkling new production on October 8.  42nd STREET is directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award® winning Best Revival. 42nd STREET is the song and dance fable of Broadway, with an American Dream story and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.” With book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, 42nd STREET is based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie and tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady.  When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. The original production of 42nd STREET was produced in 1980 on Broadway by David Merrick and featured direction and dances by Gower Champion.  It played on Broadway for 3,486 performances, winning 1981 Tony Awards® for...

250th Black Boys Rebellion Photo Contest

  FORT LOUDOUN >> Capture the excitement at historic Fort Loudoun in the next few weeks and visitors could land themselves $100 cash. This year, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau is partnering with Fort Loudoun Historical Society to bring together the 250th Black Boys Rebellion Photo Contest during this historic weekend! From Sept. 8 through Sept. 30, photographers can submit their photographs of Fort Loudoun, including landscape, wildlife, scenery and re-enactment events during the 250th Black Boys Rebellion event that runs from September 25 through September 27. The top prize chosen by the judges will receive $100 and 2 honorable mentions will be given a Franklin County goody basket filled with the best of the county! Winners will be announced October 5. Forms are available online or at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s office at 37 South Main Street Suite 100 Chambersburg, PA 17201. Those entering the contest can submit their entries and forms via email at with “Fort Loudoun Photo Contest Entry” in the subject line or at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s offices. For additional questions, please call the visitors bureau at 717-552-2977.   Entry Form available here: fort loudoun photo contest...

James Smith: In His Own Words

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau is excited for the 250th Anniversary of the Black Boys Rebellion at Fort Loudoun! During the weekend of September 25-27, visitors can experience what life was like on the frontier in the 18th Century and watch as Colonists rebel against the British before the Revolutionary War. Just as the Franklin County Visitors Bureau has been able to bring county namesake Benjamin Franklin into the 21st century as an ambassador of Franklin County, it is extending the circle of history to include James Smith, the leader of the rebellion 250 years ago. Recently, Lauren Cappuccio of the FCVB staff “interviewed” Mr. Smith and here is the story of his life from Indian captivity to Fort Loudoun Rebellion and the Constitutional Convention. “Looking back at everything I have done, I cannot find one thing I would have done differently. Legally and effectively, despite what the British will tell you, we have fought back against their illegal behavior that has contributed to the deaths of so many innocents at the hand of the native tribes. I saw first-hand the torture of British soldiers being burned alive at Fort Duquesne in 1755 when I was taken captive by one of the Iroquois tribes. After several years of living with them and learning some of their Indian style of warfare, I escaped. General Braddock’s campaign was a failure and I watched the men die as a result. After I was able to escape, around 1763, I was able to start a life along the Conococheague frontier, including getting married and having seven children. I led a militia unit I called the...

The Greencastle Artisans in the Park festival September 12th and 13th

GREENCASTLE ARTISANS IN THE PARK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ART AND MUSIC GREENCASTLE, PA – The Greencastle Artisans in the Park festival being held September 12th and 13th at the Jerome King Playground will showcase the talent of many local artists and musicians.  Unique art objects and handcrafted creations, many from repurposed materials, will be for sale during the 2-day event. The festival hours are from 10am until 4pm both days. There will be fun for everyone with shopping, food, and kids’ activities planned including a visit from Shaggy Mountain petting zoo. Highline Restaurant and Railway Lounge will sponsor a craft beer tasting on Saturday from 11am until 3pm.  Sunday morning at 10am, the Greencastle Presbyterian Church welcomes people and pets of all faith to a special blessing of the pets.  Gifts will be given to each pet with free coffee and donuts for their owners before the service. The musical line-up for the weekend includes Kerensa Gray, Mountain Ride, Wings that Buzz, Basswood, The Negley Brothers and Cassi Raye. Folks are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to relax at the band shell and listen to the music.  There is no cost for admission. The festival will be spread throughout the southern section of the playground where the band shell is located.  Street parking is available with overflow at nearby Lumber Direct. For more information, visit or find us at...