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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 GreencastleArtisansInThePark.com. or find us at...

Mainstreet Waynesboro’s Annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday Oct. 3

The summer season will officially be over in a few weeks, but that’s also the time when a little friendly competition will be heating up in downtown Waynesboro. Mad Anthony’s Chili Cook-Off serves as one of the highlights of Mainstreet Waynesboro’s annual Market Day celebration, scheduled this year from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3. Organizers say they know one of the reasons why the event continues to grow each year. “We offer one of the largest cash prizes for this type of event in the entire four-state region,” said Scott Hershberger, Mainstreet Waynesboro’s director of economic development. “First prize is $500, second is $250, and third place wins $100. Those payouts draw an impressive number of participants.” This year’s chili cook-off will again have entrants compete against each other in two separate categories. One will feature “professional” chefs who are representing restaurants or other businesses where their product can be purchased while the “non-professional” category will include anyone who just enjoys making chili in the comfort of their own kitchen at home. During the Market Day event, the chili cook-off will be set up in the parking lot located west of M&T Bank on Center Square. A panel of judges will select first, second and third place winners in each category based on aroma, consistency and taste of the chili. Those winners will also be given trophies. From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., visitors can sample chili entries for a small fee before voting for their favorite. The chili with the most votes will win the “People’s Choice” award and a gift card. Prizes will...

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 AT 7PM FRANKENWEENIE WILL BE ON THE BIG SCREEN AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE DOWNTOWN CHAMBERSBURG

(Chambersburg, PA)  Bring your family and friends and come enjoy Frankenweenie on the Capitol Theatre’s Big Screen Friday, September 4, 2015 at 7:00pm. Check out the new surround sound systems! All movie tickets are $5.00.  Popcorn, candy, soda and bottled water will also be sold in the concession area.  The 1927 historic theatre is located at 159 S. Main St. in Downtown Chambersburg, PA. The Box Office is open Monday – Friday from 11:00am – 4:30pm and one hour before the movie starts (717) 263-0202. Movie trailer for this and other movies at http://www.thecapitoltheatre.org/movies.html.   DETAILS: FRANKENWEENIE (2012) Walt Disney Pictures  Rated PG Runtime:  90 minutes Directed by Tim Burton This film is a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous. Cast includes:  Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Atticus...

A Celebration of Wine, Art and Music Returning to Downtown Waynesboro September 12

It’s no secret that downtown Waynesboro’s “Destination ARTS!” initiative provides people with an opportunity to experience the arts in a variety of ways, both visual (paintings, photography, sculptures, etc.) and performing (live music, theater, dancing, etc.). But, on one Saturday last September, a group of volunteers arranged for “bottled art” to be brought to town, and after the new idea proved to be successful, they’ve decided to do it again. The second annual “Waynesboro Wine Walk” is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, September 12. As part of the event, four independent winemakers will be bringing more than 20 different types of wine to the art galleries located in the downtown district. Locally produced flavors such as “Nectarine,” “Mountain Blend” and “Dandelion” will be available to sample between the hours of 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. There will be no charge to taste the wine, but participants must be at least 21 years old. “We were very impressed with the turnout and response that our inaugural event received last year,” said Deb Hollen, chairperson of the Waynesboro Wine Walk. “It truly serves as a celebration of the high level of talent that exists in this community, from the artists who have beautiful work hanging on the walls of the galleries to the musicians making music on the sidewalks to the winemakers who are thrilled to have an opportunity to share their products with the public.” This year’s line-up of winemakers includes first-time participants Michael Scott and James “Z” Zrimsek, as well as returning favorites Warren Frusher and Jason and Bonnie Kauffman. The Kauffmans, who have been making their “Der Volks...

Destination INNOVATION to focus on the past, present, and future of Waynesboro area’s innovation and invention – opening August 28

WAYNESBORO.  On Friday, August 28, something new and exciting will come to downtown Waynesboro. Destination INNOVATION will explore the past, present and future of the area’s creativity, imagination, and design as it relates to technology. Located in the Wayne Building at 90 West Main Street, the initial presentation will be open to the public over two weekends, from Friday, August 28 to Sunday, September 6. Destination INNOVATION will feature demonstrations and interactive displays of 3D printing, robotics, electric vehicles, drones, a ShopBot CNC Router, solar panels and other technologies, as well as examples of work being manufactured by active local industries and historical displays illustrating the area’s rich innovative past, including companies such as Geiser, Frick, Landis and Grove. The exhibits will be educational, providing an opportunity for the general public of all ages to view technologies which are currently in the news. Sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro (AAGW), the concept is continuation of the successful economic development and revitalization initiative that is Destination ARTS! That project started in July of 2013 with seven “pop-up” art galleries and live music every weekend. At the time, there were nearly 20 empty buildings within a two-block radius on Main Street. Two years later, all seven of those temporary gallery spaces are filled, most of the other empty buildings are occupied, and downtown Waynesboro is experiencing a resurgence. There are now five permanent galleries/art venues in Waynesboro, and free live music, artist demonstrations and special events are presented multiple times every weekend, all year long. “We want Waynesboro to be the place where people come to share their inspiration,...

Franklin County Favorites Recipe Contest

Franklin County Favorites Recipe Contest Do you Have The Best Peach, Tomato or Apple Recipe in Franklin County? FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. In line with eating Franklin County Fresh, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau has announced a search for the best locally-grown recipes that feature three well-known products, peaches, tomatoes and apples, in a brand new publication.   Chambersburg peaches are known for their juicy and irresistible taste, while the tomato is a big part of the farming season with taste-testing as their season draws near. Apples in the nearby orchards are delicious way to start the fall.   In an effort to continue eating fresh in Franklin County, this publication, The Franklin County Fresh Food & Dining Guide is slated to be released in fall of 2015. As part of this book, which will provide resources to visitors and residents with local farms, fresh food and stories about local restaurants and businesses, the visitors bureau is looking to feature local recipes.   From delicious peach cobbler with homemade Franklin County ice cream, to fresh-chopped salsa or apple dumplings, The Franklin County Visitors Bureau is looking for the best recipes to share with the public. The recipes submitted must have at least once of the ingredients featured in the dish but may have all ingredients if the recipe calls for it.   Submissions, including a photograph of the finished recipe, will be accepted by email to lcappuccio@explorefranklincountypa.com and by mailing or dropping them off in-person to 37 South Main Street Suite 100 in Chambersburg.   Voting for the public’s favorite recipes will be held on the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s...

Renfrew Institute’s 24th annual Jazz Festival Sunday, August 30, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

WAYNESBORO—Renfrew Institute’s 24th annual Jazz Festival is scheduled for Sunday, August 30, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the lawn behind the Renfrew Museum house in Waynesboro, Pa. The concert is free to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted. This year’s concert will feature saxophonist Steve Grossman, singer JD Walter, guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Duylinh Nguyen, and drummer Steve Johns. Steve Grossman is a legendary tenor saxophonist who has lived as an expatriate for many years, and splits his time between Europe and New York City. His absence from the U.S. jazz scene has only increased his mystique. He is still best known for being hand-picked by Miles Davis to replace Wayne Shorter in his great quintet in 1969—Grossman was just 18 years old at the time.  With Davis, Grossman is featured on six seminal albums from the early ‘70s, including Miles Davis Live at the Fillmore East, A Tribute to Jack Johnson, and Live Evil. He has also recorded six albums with Elvin Jones, four albums with the group “Stone Alliance,” and at least 24 albums as a leader. His appearance in Waynesboro is a rare opportunity to see this legendary musician perform live.  JD Walter is a jazz “singer’s singer,” known as a purist and an innovator. Respected and lauded by the great musicians of the contemporary circuit, JD has shared the stage with many legendary artists including: Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Tom Harrell, Eddie Gomez, Bob Dorough, Nicholas Payton, Jean-Michel Pilc, Bill Evans, Mark Murphy, Greg Hutchinson, Ari Hoenig, Randy Brecker, Tim Warfield, Orrin Evans, Robin Eubanks, Eric Revis, Billy Drummond, and Don Bradon.  Walter...

Pop A Cork for the Capitol fundraiser for Capitol Theatre Center Chambersburg

Gather your favorite people together and come chill out at the 7th Annual Pop A Cork for the Capitol event being held rain or shine outside and inside the Capitol Theatre Center in downtown Chambersburg, PA on Saturday August 15, 2015 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.   The event features:  eight Pennsylvania wineries, live entertainment, delicious food, unique quality vendors, great raffle items and more! You will also be showing your support by helping to raise money for the Capitol Theatre Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located at 159 S. Main St. in downtown Chambersburg, PA. 8 WINERIES: The intimate setting of Pop A Cork for the Capitol provides a great opportunity to chat with each of the winery staff members about what’s new with each of them!  Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle and a wine check is available.  Beer and non-alcoholic beverages will also be sold. -Greenhouse Winery  http://www.greenhousewinery.com/  NEW Winery to the Event this year! -Allegro Winery and Vineyards  http://allegrowines.com/ featuring a new white Sangria-style wine named “Tango”.  Plus, Harmony, Punk, Suite & Fusion, 2014 Steel Chardonnay, 2014 Riesling, 2013 Merlot Chambourcin will be available. -High Rock Winery  http://www.highrockwinery.net  featuring best sellers such as: Black Lab, a concord and black raspberry blend; Punch, a blend of two white grapes and a red grape; and Sweet Niagara. -Benigna’s Creek  http://www.bcwinery.com/ featuring their Sunshine Wine which won a double gold medal this year in the PA Wine Competition. -Adams County Winery  http://www.adamscountywinery.com/ -Tuscarora Mountain Winery  http://tuscaroramtwinery.com/wines/ -Naylor Wine Cellars  http://www.naylorwine.com/ -Sand Castle Winery  http://www.sandcastlewinery.com OUTSIDE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: 12:15 to 2:00 pm  Kerensa Gray...

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