The February rotating exhibit at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S Ridge Ave, Greencastle, PA is its collection of the Brumbaugh Pennsylvania Governors’ Signatures. It will open on Saturday, February 9 and close March 9. The total collection is a sizeable assemblage of about 80 different documents of Pennsylvania governors’ signatures. The core group of 41 signatures in the collection was given to AAMI when the museum opened in August 1998 by the late Dr. Thomas Brumbaugh. It is a collection that he started in his youth and to which he continued to add “missing” signatures. AAMI believes this rare, educational, and historic collection is the largest collection of Pennsylvania governors’ signatures outside the number of signatures in possession of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To officials’ knowledge, no other small, local museum or historical organization has such a collection or has focused on this topic.
From the Colonial era to the present, there have been 112 terms of office and 102 men who have served as governor of Pennsylvania. The figure of 102 does not include the only woman, Hannah Penn, wife of William, who assumed the duties of proprietor of the colony while William endured a lengthy illness before his death. Eight men served two different terms and one man served three different terms of office.
The exhibit is comprised of at least one primary document with the signature of each of the 50 men from the collection. Of local interest, are the signatures of William Findlay and Joseph Heister from Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. The signature of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas McKean, is also part of the exhibit. He was Delaware’s delegate to the 1776 Continental Congress, in Philadelphia.
The documents contain the governors’ signatures while in office, as well as outside their terms of office. The collection will be complemented by copies of illustrations, portraits, or photographs of each of the 50 men. As an accompaniment during the tour, visitors will be provided with a notebook containing historical sketches of each man’s service to Pennsylvania.
There is no admission fee but donations are welcomed and accepted. For more information please visit the museum’s website at www.greencastlemuseum.org, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9010.
Owls are in the spotlight during a program on Project SNOWStorm and Project OwlNet on Tuesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. in the visitors center at Renfrew Park. The program is sponsored by Renfrew Institute, and admission is free.
As reports of increasing numbers of snowy owl sightings emerged across Pennsylvania and other northern states in the winter of 2013–14, a team of researchers gathered to learn more about these owls, calling their effort Project SNOWstorm.
Steve Huy is a co-founder of Project SNOWstorm, and co-director of Project Owlnet, a long term study of saw-whet owls based at the Lambs Knoll station in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains.
Project SNOWstorm uses innovative science to track and understand snowy owls, and to engage people in their conservation through outreach and education.
Huy began banding snowy owls for future identification several years ago. Some of the owls are fitted with solar-powered transmitters that provide insight into their activities for several years, including data on latitude, longitude and altitude.
Researchers have discovered that some owls are “home-bodies,” rarely traveling more than a quarter-mile. Other owls travel hundreds of miles in just a few weeks, moving from islands along the Atlantic coast to Pennsylvania farm country, and then back to the coast.
The owls are given nicknames, some of which reflect where they were originally tagged. Stella, Pettibone, Baltimore, Pickford, and Island Beach are just a few of the owls whose movements are tracked by Project SNOWStorm.
On Saturday, February 23, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, working in conjunction with the Western Maryland African American Association, welcomes Dr. Arnold Hence with his collection of images of Hallowed Grounds, a collection of civil rights and African-American historic sites. The presentation will be held from 1 PM to 3 PM in the second floor Great Room of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center. FCVB will give a virtual tour of more than a dozen significant African-American and Underground Railroad sites of Franklin County from 10 AM to Noon.
Dr. Arnold T. Hence has been “taking” pictures since the 8th grade when his mom gave him an old Polaroid camera, and “making” pictures for the past fifteen years. His photographic interests have been shaped by his life experiences. Dr. Hence retired as Executive Vice President of Forsyth Technical Community in January 2010 after serving 36 years in higher education. Since retiring he devotes more time and energy to photography, with one of his pictures having won a first place and judges’ choice award at the Dixie Classic Fair in Winston Salem, NC. While he has “bags and albums” full of pictures from the “pre-digital” era, his photographic interests for the past several years have included a growing civil rights and historic sites collection, landscapes, weddings, special events, and classic cars.. He is a former juried member of the Winston Salem Craft Guild and former Board member of The Associated Artists of Winston Salem. He has had solo exhibitions at The International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, NC and the Apple Gallery in Danbury, NC.
After leaving high school in the 11th grade, he joined the U.S. Army where he served for seven years specializing in radar and computer repair. Following his discharge from the Army he did stints as a salesman, auto mechanic, electronics technician and part time musician to support his family. He once played at the famed Apollo theater behind legendary blues singer Al Green, early in his career. In 1972 he was one of nine people selected from the across the United States by the late Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor to receive a Graduate Fellowship to the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education without having a baccalaureate degree based on life experience. He has since earned Master’s and doctoral degrees in education from Rutgers University.
Born in Jackson, Michigan he was raised in Minneapolis, MN. His other hobbies include boating, music, and writing. He and his wife Anna, have two children and three grandchildren. Dr. Hence is also an ordained minister
Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore African American history in celebration of Black History Month and throughout the year.
Open your home and heart to one of the pets of the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter.
Muriel is a 2-year-old lop-eared rabbit who was surrendered to the shelter because her owner could no longer care for her. She is a sweet bunny that will need to be spayed before she gets adopted, but she is looking for someone who has done their rabbit research and knows what it means to own one. Could you be right for Muriel?
Hank was brought into the shelter in a trap and we found out he was already neutered and quite a nice boy. No one came to claim him, so now this 7-year-old fellow is looking for a home. Hank really loves attention and kitty treats! He will make someone a wonderful companion.
Franklin County offers many pet-friendly festivals and recreation opportunities throughout the year.
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents CHICKS WITH HITS TOUR featuring TERRI CLARK, PAM TILLIS & SUZY BOGGUSS, Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Reserved tickets are $65, $55 & $45 and are now on sale. A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more. Reserved tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at www.luhrscenter.com.
Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Terri Clark got her start by playing for tips at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, a legendary honky-tonk bar across the alley from Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. With over 5 million albums sold, critically acclaimed international tours, and hit singles such as “Better Things To Do,” “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me,” “Girls Lie Too,” “Northern Girl,” and “I Just Wanna Be Mad,”
Terri has solidified her place in the history books of country music. In September 2018 Terri was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. The three-time JUNO Award winner also holds the honor of being the only Canadian female member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry. She has been named CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year five times and has taken home eight CCMA Fan’s Choice Awards. In total, Terri has had the honor of receiving 19 CCMA Awards. In 2016, Country Gold with Terri Clark debuted. The internationally syndicated Westwood One radio show airs on more than 145 stations across the USA and Canada and in November 2017 Terri was nominated for a CMA Award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year and in 2018 Terri received an ACM Award nomination for National On-Air Personality of the Year. Terri’s latest album was released this past fall. www.terriclark.com.
As the child of country music royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. Pam Tillis has always insisted on writing and cutting songs that speak from the soul. With six number ones and 14 top ten singles, Pam knows all about breaking the platinum barrier. With more than 30 singles charting on US Billboard charts and selling more than seven million copies of her studio albums, Pam’s critical acclaim has not diminished. Sony Records It’s All Relative (a tribute to Mel Tillis) was USA Today’s #4 country album of the year and most recently Pam has released three albums from her own record label Stellar Cat Records landing her a #1 on the European ECMA Chart. Pam is a 15-time CMA nominee and two-time winner, a nine-time Academy of Country Music Award nominee, a two-time Grammy award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, an American Music Award’s nominee. Most recently, a two time IBMA nominee and one time winner. As a songwriter, Pam’s songs have been recorded by respected names throughout all genres of music, including Chaka Khan, Juice Newton, Dan Seals, Gloria Gaynor, Conway Twitty and Highway 101. She is currently a reoccurring guest on the TV show Nashville, performed an extended run on Broadway in New York in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and is a proud member of The Grand Ole Opry. Pam Tillis’ star continues to shine brightly in the third decade of her career. More at www.pamtillis.com.
During the creative explosion that was country music in the 1990s Suzy Bogguss sold four million records with sparkling radio hits like “Outbound Plane”, “Someday Soon”, “Letting Go”, and “Drive South”. But you can’t peg Suzy that easily. In the midst of her country popularity she took time off to make a duets album with the legendary Chet Atkins. In 2003 she made an album of modern swing music with Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel. An album of original music in 2007 landed her at number four on the jazz charts. Her folk music roots show through in her frequent appearances on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, in the Grammy she earned for her work on Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster, and in her critically acclaimed album and book project from 2011, American Folk Songbook. In 2014 she released Lucky, a collection of songs written by Merle Haggard and interpreted through Suzy’s crystal vocals from the female point of view. Her latest offering, Aces Redux, is a re-recording of her platinum selling album Aces produced by Suzy with fresh arrangements and her signature sparkling vocals. So yes, you can call her a country singer if you want, but really that’s just the beginning. Learn more at www.suzybogguss.com.
For additional information about Chicks with Hits featuring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis & Suzy Bogguss or other performances within the 2019 Luhrs Center lineup, please call the Luhrs Center box office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.
Bundle up and enjoy the 17th Annual IceFest in Downtown Chambersburg, one of the largest winter festivals in Pennsylvania. The 17th Annual IceFest is proudly presented by M&T Bank. This year’s festival will kick off at 5pm on Thursday, January 31 and run through Sunday, February 3 and will include 25+ tons of ice plus events that are sure to please almost everyone!
“IceFest comes at the perfect time–at the end of January when everyone is missing the fun of last month’s holidays and thinking about how long winter is,” stated Janet Pollard of the Franklin county Visitor’s Bureau. “But, with a giant ice slide, amazing ice sculptures, a variety of events, twinkling lights, lots of good food and great shopping—winter is fun!”
To kick-off the festivities, a ribbon cutting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 31 next to the new 11/30 Visitors’ Center on the square. You can view all of the single block sculpture and enjoy live carving by the DiMartino Ice Company from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday night. All of the amazing ice sculptures are sponsored by local businesses.
In addition to the ice sculptures, live ice carvings and FREE double-wide ice slide, this year’s IceFest has a few surprises for you! We have re-invented our Chili Cook-off. It is now the Chili-Q and will include BBQ as well as chili. We’ve moved our Live Carve-Off to a “pre-event” on Wednesday night at the GearHouse Brewing Company. Other events held during IceFest include the Snowfall Ball, Icing on the Cake, the Polar Dunk Plunge, Frozen Flicks, the Kids’ Zone, Run Your Ice Off 5K, live glass blowing and much more. See the full schedule at www.icefestpa.com or go to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/icefestpa.
Chambersburg’s IceFest has become a regional destination event that people look forward to annually. Visitors come from Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and the tri-state area. IceFest is an important community fundraiser for three local nonprofits: Chambersburg Council for the Arts, the Downtown Business Council and Downtown Chambersburg Inc. The Borough of Chambersburg assists these three organizations with coordination of the event along with many volunteers from the local community.
“IceFest gives us a chance to showcase our beautiful downtown and gives our downtown businesses an opportunity to increase their sales during a typically slow season” says Sam Thrush, president of Downtown Chambersburg Inc.
For more information, visit www.icefestpa.com.
Be sure to check out the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center and warm up, join a paranormal investigation, check out on-display art, participate in Acappella & Unplugged Open Mic, or take a chance on a raffle for a beautiful quilt. Details here.