Grand Opening Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center Set For Small Business Saturday

Grand Opening Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center Set For Small Business Saturday

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) invites the public to the November 24th grand opening of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, named for its location at the intersection of the two historic Routes 11 and 30 in downtown Chambersburg. The grand opening coincides with Small Business Saturday 2018 and is a day-long event from 10 AM to 7 PM. It includes walking tours, book signings, speakers, musical entertainment, and tours of the facility. At 5 PM and 6 PM, FCVB will host a live performance of 300 Years of American History, including 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg. Visitors can enjoy the performance from inside the 11/30 Visitors Center with an indoor light show or enjoy a radio-style broadcast outdoors where an exterior light show will accompany the story.

The 11/30 Visitors Center is strategically located at these two main travel arteries of Chambersburg, the county seat of Franklin County, and establishes a gateway to explore Franklin County PA. It will feature five different exhibits, changing themes every eight weeks. The grand opening exhibits are Remembering World War 1, Artisans of Franklin County, Stone Arch and Covered Bridges of Franklin County, On The Move in Franklin County, and Fresh Foods of Franklin County. Along with the exhibits, FCVB will associate an itinerary to each theme for visitors to explore the five main communities of Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro plus areas in between or “around the bend” such as Fort Loudon, Mont Alto, Fayetteville, or Rouzerville.

FCVB coincided the Grand Opening of the 11/30 Visitors Center with Small Business Saturday because small town flavor is one of the draws for the half-million visitors to the county annually. FCVB is supporting several shopping giveaways and activities in Chambersburg, Greencaste, and Waynesboro. The retail and hospitality sector of Franklin County supports more than 15,000 jobs and is the core of more than $300 million of visitor spending annually.

FCVB purchased the 10,000-sq.ft. brick and marble building at 15 South Main Street in December 2016. The property, constructed in 1865, served as a bank throughout its existence. Historically known as the First National Bank of Chambersburg and in later years, Unitas Bank and Sovereign Bank, it last functioned in May 2015 as Santander Bank. With $1.6 million in renovations, FCVB transformed the property to the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center to tell stories of history and humanity and share the county’s healthy fresh foods, inspiring art, architecture, and entertainment. The two main vaults of the bank remain intact. One will host videos of the county and the other will hold the itineraries to help launch visitors throughout Franklin County.

Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center Grand Opening Schedule: November 24 – 10 AM to 7 PM

10 AM to 10:45 AM – Brussel Café – Coffee & Waffle Cake

10:15 AM– 10:50 AM – Walking Tour departs for Downtown Walk of History

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Mike Marotte presents: “World War I Touches Franklin County”

12:15 PM – 12:50 PM – Walking Tour departs for Downtown Walk of History

1 PM – 2:30 PM – Ted Alexander presents: “The American Civil War in Franklin County”

2:15 PM – 2:50 PM – Walking Tour departs for Downtown Walk of History

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM– Ghost Pit Presents  “Spirits of 15 South Main”

5 PM – Franklin County: 300 Years of American History, including 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg

6 PM – Franklin County: 300 Years of American History, including 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg

Exhibit viewing, video presentations, and building tours from 10:30 AM to 4 PM. Musical entertainment will be provided by semi-finalists and finalists of Franklin County’s musical contest A Cappella & Unplugged.

Franklin County: 300 Years of American History, including 1864 Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg is a variation of the annual light show. Visitors can enjoy the presentation from inside or outdoors. Two show are provided for visitors to enjoy both experiences.

Waynesboro’s Destination Arts is a great opportunity for fall fun this October

Waynesboro’s Destination Arts is a great opportunity for fall fun this October

Make a trip to Destination Arts in Waynesboro this October, featuring art exhibits, pottery making, photography displays, and thunder gourd making. The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro is the innovator of Destination Arts, an effort launched in July 2013 to support downtown revitalization by filling empty storefronts with art galleries. Five years later, the project is part of Waynesboro’s identity and offers five gallery locations—42 West Gallery, Ceramics Art Studio, Gallery 35 East, Gallery 50, and Walnut Street Studios.

As leaves begin to turn the second week of October and peak at the end of the month, it is an excellent time to enjoy the art destinations, cafes, and restaurants of downtown Waynesboro. Waynesboro, also an Appalachian Trail Community, is part of the South Mountain, which is the eastern terminus of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The beauty is a source of inspiration to artists near and far.

For a “hands on” art experience, consider a class from the Ceramic Arts Studio. October 21 is a chance to make a pinch pot, monster candy dish, using a combination of slab and sculpture in a two-hour class from 2 PM to 4 PM at the 13 South Church Street studio. October 26 offers more fun at Corks & Clay, 7 PM to 9 PM, with a chance to make a Thanksgiving pumpkin platter.

For a more visual experience, enjoy the Fall Art Show at Gallery 50 on West Main Street, featuring regional and local artists Vicki Favilla, Sarah Higgins, Rebecca Grace Jones, Michelle Briddle, and Jan Heath. A Civil War photography exhibit is on display at Gallery 35, on East Main Street. Works exhibited are by Rodney Clark, Noel Kline, and Andy Smetzer and showcase Civil War re-enactments at Gettysburg and Waynesboro.

Music lovers will enjoy the October 17 open mic night at 46 West Main Street from 7 PM to 9 PM at Music Makers. Open mic nights, held alternate Wednesdays, embrace all musical styles.

Other Destination Arts highlights of October include a thunder gourd making demonstration on October 10, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. A thunder gourd, as the name implies, makes a sound like thunder when shaken. Artist Denny Bingaman will show how it is made. Another demonstration by Bingaman, set for October 24, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, shows dyeing and patina-coloring of metal jewelry. Both demonstrations are at 42 West Arts on West Main Street in Waynesboro.


Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide Connects Foodies to Great Food in Franklin County

Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide Connects Foodies to Great Food in Franklin County

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) showcases fresh food and great dining in Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide. Franklin County has an abundance of freshness to share. The county ranks second in vegetable production in the state, is home to the Chambersburg peach, and yields  850 million pounds of milk annually. With such a variety of fresh foods, foodies love Franklin County.

Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide features healthy eating stories; all-American and international flavors of Franklin County; a spotlight on local breweries, wineries, and distilleries; listings of farm stands, farmers markets, and honey producers plus a guide to local restaurants. The publication is a great way to plan a “foodie tour” of Franklin County and take home some of the fresh foods from farmers markets, cheese makers, and creameries to enjoy a little longer. It even throws in a few favorite recipes and ways to eat more plant-based meals.

Food is an essential part of every trip, and Franklin County food is a reason to visit. Plan ahead by checking out the publication online here. Or, contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 to receive a printed publication.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the trails of history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more…plan a visit soon at or by contacting 866.646.8060.

Renfrew Mueum’s Oktoberfest Set October 6 at Main Street Park

Renfrew Mueum’s Oktoberfest Set October 6 at Main Street Park

Renfrew Museum and Park is set to host an outdoor beer garden for our third annual Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest will be held on October 6 in the Main Street Park, 25 East Main Street, Waynesboro.   Doors open at 3 pm and the event will be held from 4 pm to 9 pm.

Oktoberfest is Renfrew’s largest fundraiser of the year and the last two years we have hosted sell out crowds.  This year the Main Street Park will allow us to welcome even more guests to our fundraiser.  Guest must be at least 21 years of age to enter and guests will be carded at the door.  Tickets are on sale and are $40 per person until September 15 and will be September 16 the price will go up to $50 per person.  The first 250 people to purchase tickets will receive a 2018 commemorative Oktoberfest beer mug.

A beautifully decorated wagon will deliver the kegs to the front of the Main Street Park at 4 pm where Mayor Richard Starliper will tap the keg, it will be carried into the venue and Oktoberfest will kick off its evening of fun and entertainment.   Guests are asked to use the main street entrance where you will be greeted by staff and volunteers to check in, receive your wristbands and a commemorative mug if you are one of the first 250 people to purchase tickets

A buffet style dinner consisting of German Fare and a specially crafted beer will be offered in addition to live entertainment performed by the Die Shippensburg Blaskapelle German Band.  Auctions will run throughout the evening and games of heads and tails will be played.  Guests will be invited to partake in signing popular songs such as Sweet Caroline and Country Roads.  Dining tables will be set up under a tent and high-top tables will be set around so that guests can walk around and stop to socialize during the evening.

Over the last two years Oktoberfest has raised over $22,000 for Renfrew Museum and Park and we are hoping the outdoor venue will encourage more people to come out and celebrate with us.   Tickets may be purchased online using this link:

Auction items have started coming in and Renfrew is in the process of seeking out additional donations for Oktoberfest.  If you are interested in donating please contact the office.

For event and ticket information please call the Visitors Center 717-762-4723 or visit


September 29 Is Busy Day in Mercersburg PA

September 29 Is Busy Day in Mercersburg PA

Historic Mercersburg in southwest Franklin Count is the place to be on September 29! Enjoy Mercersburg Townfest and the Mercersburgl Beer & Wine Festival. Townfest is a street festival throughout the downtown with art, craft, and food vendors plus children’s activities. The festival, 9 AM to 3 PM does not have an entry fee and is a tradition for 39 years.

Adults, 21 and older,  can enjoy the Mercersburg Beer & Wine Festival  at the Mercersburg Lions Club Park at 405 S. Park Ave. in Mercersburg. Gates for regular admission open at 1 PM and close at 5 PM. With more than five wineries and 25+ breweries, featuring 50 craft beers, it is a great afternoon to spread out and enjoy some great samplings, food, and entertainment.

There are NO infants, toddlers, children or teens allowed. NO strollers, pets, coolers, picnic baskets, food or drinks permitted through the gate. Only 21 years and above allowed. Please bring federal or state ID; it is required for entry. Advance tickets are $30 and tickets at the gate are $35. Tickets includes free commemorative sample glass, unlimited responsible access to all beers, three samples from each vintner or winery, live music, access to purchase glasses or bottles of wine, plus free parking or free shuttle service. Designated driver tickets are $30 and also receive the commemorative sample glass but do not have on-site access to beer and wine. Two non-alcoholic coupons are included.

Online pre-event ticket purchasers will have first access to the FREE Saferide Shuttle! Reservations for the shuttle are REQUIRED. No reservation will be accepted without online purchase of tickets for the event. This is the FREE Shuttle schedule (subject to change):

· 12:00pm – The Orchard’s in Chambersburg, PA (back lot – 4:30pm return)

· 1:00pm – Dilly’s in Chambersburg, PA (side lot near RT30 – 5:30pm return)

· 12:15pm and 1:15pm – the John Allison Public House in Greencastle, PA (back left lot – bus 1 4:30pm return, bus 2 5:30pm return)

· 12:15pm – Saunderosa Park in Mercersburg, PA (5:30pm return)

· 12:15pm – Cancun Cantina West – Hagerstown, MD (back lot – 5:30pm return)

· All shuttle times subject to change.

Both the Mercersburg Townfest and Beer and Wine Festival arehosted by the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce. For more on Mercersburg Townfest, please visit  Purchase tickets on Eventbrite for the Mercersburg Beer & Wine Festival here.


Shippensburg Swing Band Host Halloween Dinner Dance

Shippensburg Swing Band Host Halloween Dinner Dance

The Shippensburg Swing Band will host the annual “Halloween Dinner Dance” on Friday October 26, 2018 at Premier Events, 429 East Orange Street. The dinner is a full buffet from salad to dessert and starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by dancing, live & silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, and a costume contest. Live music for dancing will be provided by the Shippensburg Swing Band.

The Shippensburg Swing Band, under the direction of Vicki Baker, is a swing band located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.  Our musicians hail from Shippensburg, Newville, Chambersburg, Waynesboro, and other surrounding towns. It is part of a three-band organization:  the Shippensburg Band, the Shippensburg Blaskapelle German Band and the Shippensburg Swing Band. The music selections span from the 1930s through the 1950s, concentrating on the 30s and 40s styles of music.

Tickets for dinner and dancing are $35 per individual and $65 per couple. Tickets can be purchased online at or calling Tom at 717-377-2809.  For a “dancing only” option, tickets are $10 at the door starting at 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from the dance, auction, and raffle goes towards providing music scholarships for local high school musicians. The Shippensburg Band is a 501c-3 non-profit organization.