Nicodemus Center For Ceramic Studies Holds Annual Pottery Sale at Penn State Mont Alto

Nicodemus Center For Ceramic Studies Holds Annual Pottery Sale at Penn State Mont Alto

The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies (NCCS) will hold their 15th annual holiday pottery sale on Thursday, November 29th from 1-8 pm,  Friday, November 30th  from 10 am – 4pm, and Saturday, December 1st from 10 am – 2 pm. in the center’s Mont Alto pottery studio, room 008, next to the commuter’s lounge, in the General Studies building on the Penn State Mont Alto campus.

The sale will include a variety of wheel-thrown, slab and hand-built stoneware bowls, mugs, cups, pitchers, teapots, flowerpots, vases, plates, jars, platters, trays, and tiles, created by Ceramic Arts Center and Mont Alto guild members. The cost for most of the sale items will range from $10 to $30.

In addition to the pottery sale, the 2018 John Bell Reproduction will also be available to purchase. The year’s reproduction is a Jar, made of red earthenware clay, in a limited edition of 60. The cost is $60.00, plus tax for NCCS members and $68.00, plus tax for non-members. Orders may be placed on-line at and are available for pick up on November 29th  from 12-8 pm, November  30th  from 10 am -4 pm and December 1st , from 10 am to 2 pm.

Bell was born in Hagerstown, Md., in 1800. The oldest of 10 children, he was trained by his father, Peter Bell, and influenced by Hagerstown’s large and active community of immigrant potters. Before the birth of his son in 1828, Bell moved to Waynesboro, Pa., along with his wife, Elizabeth, and established a successful pottery shop, John Bell and Sons, on South Potomac Street.

The Ceramic Arts Center (CAC) of Waynesboro houses many of the artifacts in Bell’s pottery shop and parts of his kiln, which were recovered from the 1994 excavation conducted by James Smith, the former executive director.

The annual John Bell Reproduction is a fundraiser for the NCCS as it continues to promote the history of American folk art, with emphasis on the region’s rich historic pottery tradition.

This event is free and is opened to the public, with parking available on the campus’ lower parking lot.

Along with the holiday pottery sale at Penn State Mont Alto, pottery is always available for sale at the Ceramic Arts Center, 13 S. Church Street in Waynesboro on Fridays, 5 to 8 pm, Saturdays, 10 to 4 pm and Sundays, 1 to 4 pm.

For more information about the pottery sale and other on-going events, visit their website at, or send an email to Mary Ashe-Mahr at or 717-372-7906.


Conococheague Institute Celebrates Christmas at Rock Hill Farm

Conococheague Institute Celebrates Christmas at Rock Hill Farm

Enjoy a Conococheague Christmas at Conococheague Institute, 12995 Bain Road in Mercersburg on December 8. The 30-acres Rock Hill Farm brings a frontier Christmas to life. Experience 18th and 19th-century houses decorated for the holiday with hand-made decorations, using natural objects grown and harvested from within the site. Visitors will be treated to tours of the historic houses and glimpse the colonial lifestyle.

The Rock Hill Farm s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes two historic house museums with outbuildings, a research library, two relocated historic log structures, a replica Eastern Woodland Indian village, walking trails with access to a pioneer cemetery, and several historic gardens.

Renfrew Museum Celebrates Christmas on the Farm with A Hometown Holiday

Renfrew Museum Celebrates Christmas on the Farm with A Hometown Holiday

Hometown Holiday is the theme for this year’s Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum and Park on December 7 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 8 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, and December 9 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Christmas on the Farm is a yearly event at Renfrew Museum and Park.   Our Hometown Holiday theme was chosen to celebrate this year’s Bicentennial, celebrating 200 years since the Borough of Waynesboro was formed.

The Museum House will be decorated with Waynesboro holiday memorabilia and collectibles provided by local community members.  Model train layouts from Quincy Village Model Railroad Club and the Waynesboro Model Railroad Club will be in the Visitors Center.  A variety of musical groups will perform throughout the three days.  A full schedule of musical performances will be on Renfrew’s website by December 1.

An artist proof by Landis Whitsel, Christmas Past, was donated by Jeff Mace for this year’s raffle to support Renfrew.  An artist proof is one of the first ten prints from an original, signed by the artist.  Artist proofs are printed prior to a larger run of the print.

In addition, Mr. Mace provided historical photographs depicting Christmas scenes from the mid 1900’s.  Many of these pictures were taken by Sylvester Snyder, a noted amateur photographer in the area for many decades.  Mr. Mace’s collection also includes other seasonal memorabilia, including antique calendar.

David George graciously loaned Renfrew many items from his Waynesboro collection to help decorate the house.   The antique fruit dryer is one of the unique pieces of his collection that you’ll see as enter the Museum House through the kitchen.

Admission to Christmas on the Farm includes a Museum House tour along with entertainment in the Wagon Shed Room and the model train displays and refreshments in the Visitors Center.  Admission is $8.00 adults, $7.00 seniors, $5.00 ages 7-18, and Kids 6 and under and Renfrew Members are free.

For additional information on Christmas on the Farm please call 717-762-4723 or visit

Toto 40 Trips Around the Sun Tour Lands at Luhrs Center

Toto 40 Trips Around the Sun Tour Lands at Luhrs Center

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents TOTO: 40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN TOUR, Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Reserved tickets are $75, $65 & $55 and are now on sale. VIP packages are available. 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

Historically, few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO. As individuals, the band members’ performances can be heard on an astonishing 5,000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums. Among these recordings, NARAS applauded the collected works with 225 GRAMMY nominations. Band members were South Park characters, while Family Guy did an entire episode around one of their hits, and recently Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell scored their honeymoon video to “Africa.”

As a band, TOTO has sold over 40 million albums, and today continues to be a worldwide arena draw staging standing room only events across the globe. With over 39 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical
credibility. Their repertoire continues to be current through high profile usage on both broadcast television and in films. They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70s bands that has endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoying a multi-generational fan base.

It is not an exaggeration to estimate that 95% of the world’s population has heard a performance by a member of TOTO. The list of those they individually collaborated with reads like a who’s who of Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, alongside the biggest names in music. The band took a page from their heroes, The Beatles, playbook and created a collective that features multiple singers, songwriters, producers, and multi-instrumentalists.

The band is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year with the “40 Trips Around The Sun” tour.

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre offers a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers.

Remembering Veterans in Franklin County

Remembering Veterans in Franklin County

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) invites the public to remember veterans throughout Franklin County this November. Waynesboro, in southeast Franklin County, is honoring local veterans with Hometown Heroes banners throughout the downtown. The banner initiative pays tribute to the contributions of Waynesboro area veterans.

The November 2nd First Friday in downtown Chambersburg is dedicated to remembering and honoring veterans. Brussels Café, 55 North Main, commemorates service men and women with a remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. U.S. Army Retired Colonel Doug Mastriano, author of Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne and Argonne: A New History of America’s Greatest Battle will be discussing his work and signing books throughout the evening. Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne received the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Award in 2015.

Allison-Antrim Museum, on Ridge Avenue in Greencastle, is commemorating the end of the Great War with a fall exhibit from its collection of uniform items and photographs of native sons. In addition, WWI recruiting posters, trench art, souvenirs, Prussian helmets, rifle bayonets, a slide show of WWI photographs from France and Germany are on exhibit through November 23, 2018. Allison-Antrim Museum is open regularly Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm.

On November 24, as part of the grand opening of the Franklin County 11/30 Center, 15 South Main Street, local historian Mike Marotte will tell the story of WWI and its ending through the original source letters of a local resident. In addition, a feature exhibit of the new center will remember the impacts of WWI in Franklin County.

In November and throughout the year, visitors to Franklin County are invited to explore the Franklin County Military Trail of History. In Franklin County and throughout the country the local stories are the national contributions. The Military Trail guidebook is available online here or by contacting FCVB at 866.646.8060.

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.