Take The Road Less Traveled As Cindy Ross Presents “The World Is Our Classroom”

Take The Road Less Traveled As Cindy Ross Presents “The World Is Our Classroom”

Join the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and author Cindy Ross in taking the “road less traveled” on  Saturday, April 27, 1 to 3 PM, at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center. Ross, travel writer and author of The World is Our Classroom, is a modern adventurer, who with husband Todd, consciously chose to connect their children with the knowledge, culture, and beauty of the world around them. She will share her world travels and inspire families and individuals to take advantage of the opportunities close to home to shape an education. The world around is an every-day opportunity to live a fuller, bigger life.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) celebrates April as Spring-into-History month. Franklin County was the American frontier, a vital part of Pennsylvania’s breadbasket, and the gateway and retreat of the Gettysburg Campaign. It offers three hundred years of American history and culture, the beauty of the Tuscarora and South Mountains, the two oldest state parks in PA, plus 36 local parks and three environmental centers.

A visit to Franklin County is taking the “road less traveled–” to see and do in four-seasons of beauty, explore trails of history, refresh with a reflective walk, peddle an invigorating climb, or taste plenty of local foods and spirits. “The World is Our Classroom is a perfect fit for Franklin County because it inspires everyone to take a fresh look and see the wonder around them,” said Janet Pollard, FCVB executive director.

The event, held in the second floor Great Room of the new Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, is free and open to the public. A post-presentation walking tour of downtown Chambersburg is also being offered at no charge. Register for the presentation and walking tour here.

The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce will be organizing a 2019 Great American Cleanup of PA Event.

“Keep Greencastle Green” will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Bags, gloves, and vests will be provided by PennDot, and Mountainview Reclamation Landfill will offer disposal for the event.

The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to participate.  Community and civic associations, schools and youth groups, families and friends, business employees, hunting and fishing clubs, conservation organizations, sports teams, and others can organize their members and participate in the “Keep Greencastle Green” event.  Participants so far include Maugans Avenue Sprint, Jay Reece Prepaid Boost Mobile, RE/MAX Elite Services, Crossroads Church, and Mayor Ben Thomas.

The Great American Cleanup of PA is a program of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and is held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup; the country’s largest community improvement program that engages more than 4 million volunteers and participants from more than 20,000 communities across the country to take local action to create positive change and lasting impact.

During the 2018 Great American Cleanup 108,638 volunteers were instrumental in cleaning up 6.6 million pounds of trash during 5,362 events held across the state.

Current 2019 supporters include: Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, Mahantango, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority and Republic Services.

For more information and to register, volunteers must send an email to jenny@greencastlepachamber.org  or call  the Chamber Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 717-597-4610.

Earth Day Celebrations in Franklin County PA

Earth Day Celebrations in Franklin County PA

Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to Franklin County for a weekend of Earth Day Celebrations on April 27-28. Renfrew Park in Waynesboro kicks off the celebration with its annual Reuse/Recycle Yard Sale, 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday April 27. Recycle worn-out athletic shoes, used eyeglasses and cell phones, plus free paper shredding. The Earth Celebration Day & Festival of Art, organized by Renfrew Institute, gets underway at 11 AM with music, exhibits by local hiking, watershed, and conservation groups as well as activities for children. The backdrop is the beautiful 107-acre park, historically known as the Royer Farmstead. In addition to the historic farmhouse and farm buildings, Renfrew Park includes areas for picnicking, walking, and fishing in season. Enjoy lunch in the park with pizza, hot dogs, and bake sale.

On Sunday, April 28,Fulton Farm for Sustainability, on the campus of Wilson College, launches Franklin County’s newest Earth Day Celebration from 10 AM to 2 PM. This first-time event is organized by Concerned Citizens of Franklin County PA, The Citizens Climate Lobby, Community Uniting and The Franklin County Coalition for Progress. The event is for Earth lovers of all ages and is focusing on exhibits that enhance appreciation of the Earth. The event will include tours of Fulton Farm, environmental story-telling, musical performances, face-painting, scavenger hunt, a vegan-cooking demonstration, and exhibits to showcase ways to incorporate better environmental practices into daily life.

Celebrating Earth Day is just one way to discover Franklin County PA. The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro.

Spring Pottery Sale & EarthDay Festival of Art

Spring Pottery Sale & EarthDay Festival of Art

The 14th Annual Cumberland Valley Pottery Festival, sponsored by the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies (NCCS) and underwritten by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts,  will feature two pottery events beginning with the Spring Pottery Sale on April 23rd and 24th  on the Penn State Mont Alto campus and Earth Celebration Day & Festival of Art 2018 at Renfrew Institute on April 27th..

The schedule of events include:

  • April 23rd and 24h – Spring Pottery Sale at the Penn State Mont Alto studio 10 am – 2 p.m., near the Communter’s Lounge – Room 008 in the General Studies Building. Guildmember’s beautiful, handcrafted pottery will be sold.


  • April 27th – Earth Celebration Day at Renfrew Institute from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Join us behind the Museum as we sell beautiful hand-crafted herb pots, essential oil necklaces, host a free children’s activity and sell guild member’s second’s pottery.
  • Tickets will be sold for a beautifully bowl, created by Ben Culburtson. 2.00 a ticket/3 for 5.00.
    Tickets may be purchase at the Ceramic Center on Fridays 5-8, Saturdays 10-4 and Sunday 1-4

This is an excellent time to visit and enjoy the beautiful arts in Waynesboro, Pa. The events are free and open to the public.

For more information – visit the NCCS website at www.ceramics-nccs.org

Stories of the Mountain Spring into History Tour on April 13

Stories of the Mountain Spring into History Tour on April 13

This event is rescheduled and updated from April 13.

Your invited to explore South Mountain in Stories of the Mountain Spring into History Tour on August 24, 9 AM to 4:30 PM. South Mountain holds centuries of history and lore. The mountain forests fed the iron ore industry, sheltered escaping enslaved, saw the strife of Civil War and was reborn through Pennsylvania’s conservation movement. Life on the mountain is the story of small communities across America. Visit a general store museum, a site where John Brown taught Sunday school, learn how Pennsylvania led the conservation movement, and hear eerie stories of the silvery lady of Pond Bank.

The tour departs Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center at 9 AM and begins with a comparison of two Franklin County iron ore works—Caledonia Ironworks and Mont Alto Ironworks. Learn about the ore process, layout of the ironworks, and the people who worked at the furnace. Stop at Preserving Our Heritage Museum, housed in a one-room schoolhouse, and visit a relocated 1930 – 1950 general store. Travel across the South Mountain and see the landscape that gave fresh air and hope to thousands of tuberculosis patients. Visit the new home of the Mont Alto Historical Society. Step back to 1812 and visit the Royer farmhouse at Renfrew Park. Continue up the mountain to Monterey Pass Battlefield where 10,000 Union and Confederate troops fought along the mountain ridge in a blinding thunderstorm during the late hours of July 4 and early hours of July 5, 1863, part of the retreat from Gettysburg.

Single tickets are $30/ person or two tickets for $50. Bring a friend and save!  Sign up here.. Tour fee includes lunch at Founder’s Grille with a pristine view of South Mountain. Parking information provided here.

Spring Into History Conococheague Settlement Frontier & Colonial Tour

Spring Into History Conococheague Settlement Frontier & Colonial Tour

Step back 300 years and explore the earliest settlements of Franklin with the Franklin County Visitors Bureau Spring Into History Frontier & Colonial Tour on April 6, 9 AM to 4 PM. Participants will meet at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center to begin the tour with a brief overview of early Franklin County and early America. The tour takes in sites of frontier settlement and raids by the native tribes. Living history portrayers at Conococheague Institute and Fort Loudoun. Learn about these early residents of the Cumberland Valley. Glimpse their lifestyle, culture, customs, and challenges.

Single tickets are $50/ person or two tickets for $75. Bring a friend and save! Lunch is included along with several historical items and information pieces. Payments can be mailed to Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB), 15 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201 or dropped at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center. For those preferring to register online, the event is live on Eventbrite and can be accessed here. (Eventbrite includes a processing fee.)

Experience a new awareness of American history and gain respect for the frontier settlers in the Spring into History Conococheague Settlement Frontier & Colonial Tour.