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Creatures of the Night: Family Owl Walk

WAYNESBORO – An owl walk along the hiking trails of Renfrew Park in Waynesboro will be held on Thursday, November 5, at 6:00 p.m. This fall excursion, led by Renfrew Institute staff member and naturalist, Lori Schlosser, is geared toward families and children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. The activity is free (donations accepted), but registration is required and limited to 60. Spaces fill up quickly for this popular excursion, so anyone wishing to join the walk should register soon. For more information or to register, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or email to: Just before the walk, Schlosser will present a brief introduction to owls and a preview of various owl calls at Renfrew’s visitors center. Following the introduction, Schlosser will lead the group along trails in the park. During several stops, the group will pause to sit and call various owls, including the great horned owl, the barred owl and the screech owl. Schlosser said patience is required when trying to call owls. “If the calls are too loud, you can scare them off,” she said. Participants must sit quietly for short periods of time to watch for owl flight and listen for owl reply calls. After the program, Schlosser hopes participants will attempt to call owls on their own. “They could go to places on their own, maybe in their backyard or along a road at the edge of a woods.” Those attending should dress appropriately for the weather, as the walk may last up to an hour. Flashlights are permitted; however, participants will be asked to turn them off during...


There’s something for everyone with the wide variety of $5.00 Movies coming to the big screen amidst the beautiful and nostalgic setting of the 1927 historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg, PA. Capitol Theatre Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization and your support and patronage of the facility and events is greatly appreciated.   Capitol Theatre is the place to be for great movies… Whether you are: –              Looking for a little fun around Halloween –              Taking in a film with your family or out-of-town guests during Thanksgiving or Christmas –              Hanging out with your friends –              Spending time with your grandchildren –              Going on a date night –              Distracting your children while one of you Christmas shops   To add to your experience: –              Immerse yourself into one or more of the movies listed below with the help of our new surround sound system. –              Make meal time quick and easy with pizza available one hour before select movies as noted below. –              Sip on a glass of wine or a bottle of beer, also available for select movies. –              Visit the concession area for popcorn, candy, soda and water. –              All food and beverages are available at an extra charge.   OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER 2015 MOVIE SCHEDULE:   Friday – October 30, 2015 – Pizza: 5:00pm   Movie: 6:00pm Hotel Transylvania   Rated:  PG Genre:  Family Animation Runtime:  91 min Release Year:  2012 Cast:  Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi Synopsis:  Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from...

What is Flat Ben up to?

Flat Ben, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s tourism ambassador, is getting antsy with this chillier weather and he needs some help seeing the sights! Ben, who was focused on learning about history during the Spring into History event in April, now wants to learn more about the local food, crafts and meet more members of the community during AppleFest in Chambersburg on October 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Why not take Ben with you on your travels and show the Visitors Bureau what our cartoon friend is up to? Please tag any pictures you post with #flatben and we’ll look out for it.   Flat Ben and His Different Looks Since his arrival in spring, Flat Ben has also changed his look several times. Click on the links below to print your own version of Flat Ben’s different looks. Flat Ben in his Halloween outfit: Flat Ben getting ready to go to bed: Flat Ben trying his hand at painting: Flat Ben farming:

Fall is Fabulous in Franklin County!

It’s that time of year when the leaves start to change color, the weather gets chillier and the scarves and sweaters get pulled out. From crisp apples to corn mazes, from family-owned pumpkin patches to festivals centered on the community, fall is fabulous in Franklin County! On October 17, check out Chambersburg AppleFest in the downtown area. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy art, food, crafts, music, kid’s activities and rides! With a focus on apples, an important and delicious product of Franklin County, visitors can find unique items and delicious treats. Stoner’s Dairy Farm in Mercersburg will run through November 1 from noon to 10pm on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The farm features a 5 acre corn maze, petting zoo, play area, hayride and delicious treats for sale. Need a pumpkin for Halloween? No problem. Stoner’s has mums, pumpkins and other fall decorative items available for purchase. For the adventurous one, try the corn cannon and shoot corn cobs to hit targets to get your name on the Wall of Fame! From cars to scarecrows, try your luck at hitting your targets in a nearby field on the property. The Tayamentasachta Apple Festival is scheduled this year for October 10 at the Tayamentasachta Environmental Center in Greencastle. Famous at the festival are the apple dumplings, which are made each year by volunteers with the Environmental Education Advisory Committee, who sponsors the festival. The sale of the dumplings supports environmental education programming at the center. The event also includes other apple items for sale including homemade apple butter. The event also includes pumpkin decorating,...

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...