Play ball! Allison-Antrim Museum’s summer exhibition highlights the career of Franklin County’s own Nellie Fox, Major League baseball player. Jacob Nelson “Nellie” Fox (December 25, 1927 – December 1, 1975) lived in and grew up in St. Thomas, Franklin County, PA. He played for the St. Thomas American Legion baseball team. Nellie did not finish high school because at the age of 16, Connie Mack signed him to play for the Philadelphia Athletics minor league team. Included in the exhibit is the letter that Connie Mack wrote to Nellie’s mother Mae Fox.
Fox played for the Athletics for three years – 1947 through 1949; the Chicago White Sox – 1950 through 1963; and finished his playing career (1964 and 1965) with the Houston Colt .45s, which then changed its name in 1965 to the Houston Astros. Nellie’s Chicago uniform number “2” was retired upon his retirement from baseball.
In 1957, only one Gold Glove was awarded per position, between the National and American Leagues. Fox was selected to receive that “one” second baseman Gold Glove in 1957, for “superior individual fielding performance.” In 1958, Gold Glove awards began to be given within each major league. Nellie won two more Gold Gloves as second baseman in 1959 and 1960 and became the first, second baseman to win more than once from either league and the 1960 Gold Glove dubbed him the first, second baseman to win “three.” In 1959, he led the White Sox to the 1959 World Series and because of his performance that season, Nellie was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. Fox was the third-most difficult hitter to strike out in Major League Baseball history. In 19 seasons, he only had 216 strikeouts. To date (2018), Fox holds the Chicago White Sox record of playing the most consecutive games, i.e. 798, which at his retirement, is the sixth most in the history of the Major Leagues. Nellie’s spectacular career led him to be selected for 13 All-Star Teams.
In 1975, Nellie Fox was diagnosed with cancer and died December 1, 1975. Jacob Nelson “Nellie” Fox was inducted into the Hall of Fame in August 1997. Joanne Fox, Nellie’s wife, received the award and upon accepting it said, “He played with all his heart, all his passion, and with every ounce of his being — that was the best way he could show his appreciation to all those who helped him learn the game that became his life.”
This exhibition has been made possible through the generosity of Joanne Fox, Fayetteville, PA and Justin Mayhue, Hagerstown, MD. The exhibit includes memorabilia from Chicago and Houston, game-used bats, a game-worn cap, many photographs including Nellie with Yogi Berre and Brooks Robinson, baseball cards, a 1961 Chicago White Sox team-signed ball, a letter from Nellie to Joanne while he was serving during the Korean War, and much more. In addition to Nellie Fox memorabilia, is Early Wynn’s May 25, 1954 ball and glove, noting Wynn’s 23rd, two-hit game, while playing for the Indians and a game-used Minnie Minosa bat. Wynn and Minosa were teammates with Fox in Chicago.
There’s no admission charge to the Museum but donations are accepted. The Museum is open regularly Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm. For more information, please visit: www.greencastlemuseum.org, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9010.
The public is invited to participate in the 15th Annual Tim & Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race/Walk on July 14 to help raise scholarship funds for Chambersburg high school seniors.Held annually, the race honors the memory of Tim and Susan Cook who died tragically in a car accident in 2002. Funds raised are donated to the Tim and Susan Cook Memorial Scholarship fund at Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS).Tim and Susan were both graduates of CASHS, and remained involved with the school and their community. Tim was a mathematics teacher and girls’ cross country and track coach, and Susan was an administrative assistant at Shippensburg University.
The scholarships funded by this race are awarded by the Chambersburg Area School District Foundation each May and keep the Cooks’ spirit alive by contributing to the continued education of local high school graduates.
The pre-registration deadline is June 25, and the race-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. at CASHS upper concession stand. The women’s and girls’ race/walk begins at 8 a.m. followed by the men’s and boys’ race/walk at 8:30 a.m. Both races begin at Chambersburg Area Middle School and end at CASHS.Pre-registration for the race is $15 without a T-shirt and $20 with a T-shirt on or before June 25. After this date, registration is $18 without a T-shirt and $22 with a T-shirt while supplies last.
Register online here. Download the registration form here. Or contact Robin Harmon at 717-264-7101, ext. 205 or email@example.com for more information about the race or scholarships.
Totem Pole Playhouse, America’s beloved summer theatre, located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA, will present the Tony Award-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ (more…)
Explore Waynesboro PA with these Destination ARTS! activities. All events are free unless otherwise indicated.
Musical performances at Music Makers are supported in part by the Arts for All Partnership, a collaboration between the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Cultural Enrichment Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
June 13, 2018 – Oil Painting Class: 12 to 3 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Donna Bingaman at her weekly painting class every Wednesday while Patric Schlee provides ambient music designed to inspire! Students will benefit from Bingaman’s personal instruction and 40 years of experience. Each class is $15. For more info, call 717-762-8394.
June 13, 2018 – Metal Leaf Demo: 12 to 3 p.m. 42 West Arts Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Denny Bingaman, wildlife photographer and artist, demonstrates clay sculpting. Watch a free demonstration while enjoying the beautiful artwork and artisan crafts in the gallery.
June 13, 2018 – Open Mic Night: 7 to 9 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268. The Arts Alliance is pleased to once again present Open Mic Night at Music Makers. Local musicians are invited to participate in a session facilitated by Jonathan Ingles. All musical styles and spectators are welcome. A sound system, microphone, and electric stage piano will be provided. Contact 717-655-2500 for more information.
June 14, 2018 – Wheel Throwing Class: Walnut Street Studios – 117 Walnut St., Waynesboro, PA. The basics of wheel throwing will be taught including wedging, centering, throwing, & glazing. The course is $225 and includes tool set, 25lbs of clay, firings, & instruction. More information can be found at www.walnutstreetstudios.com (this is part of a series of workshops)
June 15, 2018 – Live Music Fridays: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. David Dishneau & Brian Lutz will perform in this split set show. Enjoy David as he performs music influenced by the likes of John Hartford, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits. Lutz performs a variety of energetic acoustic songs, including covers and originals. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 717-655-2500 or visit www.artsalliancegw.org.
June 15, 2018 – Wine Down Fridays: 5:30 to 8 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Patric Schlee will entertain visitors with a variety of musical instruments, including the didgeridoo, flute, and drums. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the co-op at 717-762-8394.
June 16, 2018 – Oil Painting Demo: 12 to 2 p.m. 42 West Arts Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Donna Bingaman as she demonstrates techniques in oil painting. For more info, call 717-762-8394.
June 16, 2018 – Painting Glass Demo: 1 to 3 p.m. 42 West Arts Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Steve Semiatin will be demonstrating techniques for painting on glass. For more info, call 717-762-8394.
June 18, 2018 – Painting Class: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Gallery 35 East – 35 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Marjorie Tressler for a painting class for artists of ability Levels. Classes are for novice to advanced/professional artists seeking to improve style and technique in oil, acrylic and drawing. $65 for six classes. Continuous Monday classes, join anytime. Call 717-762-6791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 18-22, 2018 – Comprehensive Handbuilding Class: 10 to 12 p.m. at Penn State Mont Alto Campus –Mont Alto, PA. A comprehensive handbuilding workshop will be held at our Penn State Mont Alto studio from Jun 18-22. Throughout this course Carolyn Baker will guide students in the fine art of handbuilding by sing a variety of techniques, including pinch pots, coil, slab, and sculpture. All creations will be made form durable stoneware clay. For more information contact Mary Ashe-Mahr at email@example.com or call 717-404-3190, or visit www.ceramics-nccs.org.
June 18, 2018 – Painting Class: 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery 35 East – 35 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Marjorie Tressler for a painting class for artists of ability Levels. Classes are for novice to advanced/professional artists seeking to improve style and technique in oil, acrylic and drawing. $65 for six classes. Continuous Monday classes, join anytime. Call 717-762-6791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 19, 2018 – Wheel Throwing Class: Walnut Street Studios – 117 Walnut St., Waynesboro, PA. The basics of wheel throwing will be taught including wedging, centering, throwing, & glazing. The course is $225 and includes tool set, 25lbs of clay, firings, & instruction. More information can be found at www.walnutstreetstudios.com (this is part of a series of workshops)
June 19-21, 2018 – STEAM Kid’s Class: 5 to 8 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro & BEACON House, Inc. present our Summer STEAMWorks Series with 3D Design & Printing. We live in a 3-dimensional world, so it is time we design and print in one as well! In this week-long course, you’ll learn the basics of 3D design and the technology used to make your design a reality. Discover how a 3D printer works and print your very own 3D design! For ages 11 to 15 years old. $85/kid for 3 nights from 5pm to 8pm and only 20 spots available. For more info, visit www.artsalliancegw.org.
June Featured Potter at Ceramic Arts Center: Clara Hayward. Clara enjoys the functionality of wheel thrown pottery while adding the whimsy of organic nonobjective glaze decoration.
June Featured Artist at Gallery 35 East: Virginia Hair. Gallery 35 East featured artist of the month for June is Artist, Virginia Hair. Virginia is one of the area’s best-known artist and is a member of Gallery 35 East. Her artwork seen and purchased at Gallery 35 East.
June Visiting Artist at Gallery 35 East: Janie Moltrup. Janie Moltrup retired from the U.S. Senate Photographic Studio in 2004. She is currently working as a freelance photographer out of her studio located in Smithsburg, MD. Janie’s clients range from individuals to corporations. She continues to photograph private events, corporate meetings and social gatherings, and individual and family portraits. Janie has a line of “fine art images” available featuring her more artistic photographic images. Her work will be on display June 1st– 17th
June Show at 42 West Arts: A Splash of Color. All of the members of 42 West Arts will showcase pieces in this show.
June Art Reception: Be Dot Gallery Artists. Gallery 50 will host an art reception to unveil the new look of the gallery on June 29th from 5:30-8pm. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while browsing the new show on display in the gallery.
Fort Loudoun Historical Society invites all to Colonial Day at Fort Loudoun on Saturday June 16th, 9am to 3pm. Fort Loudoun was a provincial fort built in 1756 by the Colony of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian war and served as an important supply depot in the line of forts along the Forbes Road. It was the site of the Cherokee Council with Colonel Henry Bouquet in 1758 and site of James Smith’s Black Boys Rebellion in 1765 which was depicted in the 1939 Film “Allegheny Uprising” starring John Wayne.
The event, sponsored by Fort Loudoun Historical Society, is free and family friendly. Smell the campfires and hearth cooking, see log hewing and blacksmithing, and hear the tales of the 18th century frontier. Demonstrations will be happening all day; fort repair by the Kittatinny Associators, blacksmithing by Mark Heckman, open hearth cooking by Rich Fox, axe throwing by Rob Schmelzlen, colonial farming and livestock by Dale Zimmerman, fiber arts by Bev Sanders, Native American Culture by Deb “Turtle” Swartz, and 18th Century medicine by Dr. Lee Davis. Three lectures on topics related to Fort Loudoun:
- 10 AM – History of Fort Loudoun by Andrew Newman
- 11 AM – Native American Dress & Customs by Deb “Turtle” Swartz
- 1 PM – Indian Raids on the Frontier by Calvin Bricker
For kids only, there will be a scavenger hunt and other activities. Children complete tasks, receive an award and compete for a chance to the win the grand prize drawing held at the Patton House at 3 PM.
Food, snacks, drinks and merchandise available for purchase from gift shop in the Patton House.
The Fort Loudoun Historical Society, a 501c3 tasked with managing and interpreting the fort site, is in the process of rebuilding the fort and making improvements. It is launching a “Buy a Log” campaign to help close the gap on funding the project. Be part of the fort’s future.
Bob O’Connor will make a presentation entitled Harriet Lane -The First Lady of Washington at Renfrew Museum and Park on Sunday, June 10 at 2 pm. The 45-minute program will consist of the history of Harriet Lane and her ties to the Pennsylvania area and her impact in Washington. Lane was the niece of James Buchanan who served as the 15th President of the United States. Since Buchanan wasn’t married Lane served as the official hostess for the White House during his Presidential term.
O’Connor, who lives in Charles Town, WV, is an historian who travels and shares his passion for history. While serving as Director of Tourism in Washington County, Maryland O’Connor became involved in touring historical sites such as Antietam Battlefield and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. He shares Civil War history with groups of all ages and travels cross country to make presentations.
O’Connor’s interest in history was sparked on a 1958 trip to Galesburg, IL where he attended the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Carl Sandburg was the featured speaker. O’Connor worked full-time and part-time as a newspaper reporter, and at various jobs — many that required writing press releases, news articles, or reports. He published his first article when he was in 7th grade – in an Illinois Historical Society for junior high students.
The Harriet Lane presentation is free to the public and will take place in the Wagon Shed Room located inside the Visitors Center. O’Connor will have his books for sale. To learn more about O’Connor please visit his webpage at www.boboconnorbooks.com. For a complete listing of Renfrew Museum and Park’s calendar of events please visit www.renfrewmuseum.org.