April is Spring Into History Month

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) sets April 2018 as Spring Into History Month, expanding the day-long ramble into a month-long opportunity to take in Native American artifacts, frontier forts, stops on the Underground Railroad, and sites of Civil War invasions. It also offers a chance to explore genealogy and the Franklin County Military Trail of History. With 70 Pennsylvania designated history sites and nationally designated historic districts in the downtowns of Chambersburg, Greencastle and Mercersburg, Franklin County has plenty of history to fill the month.

For Spring Into History Month, Franklin County history partners are planning:

• April 6-8, and April 20-22 – The Old Jail in Chambersburg is hosting an escape room in the 1880 cell block.
April 7, 10 AM – 4 PM – Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum Opening Day in Waynesboro
April 12, 7 PM – Gloria Swift, retired curator of the Ford’s Theater Museum, presents “Secrets Revealed! Museum Objects Tell All!” at Allison Antrim Museum in Greencastle
April 14, 4 PM – 9 PM – Opening Day at Renfrew Museum in Waynesboro
April 14, 9 AM – 2 PM – Preserving Our Heritage Archives & Museum in South Mountain Open House with special discounts on local history books.
April 20 & April 27, 1 PM – 3 PM – Intro to Genealogy at the Old Jail in Chambersburg
With a full-month to search out and discover history, FCVB is adding a Spring Into History Scavenger Hunt as a fun way to encourage visitors and residents to explore Franklin County history. Not too difficult, the hunt requires only 20 correct answers from a list of 60 clues to win a Spring Into History keepsake, campfire mug. Also new is History Rocks, #historyrocksfcvb. Local libraries of Franklin County will be hosting rock-painting sessions where young and young-at-heart can paint a Franklin County history rock. FCVB will host a rock hiding and finding event on April 21.

Flat Ben, Franklin County’s version of Flat Stanley, is returning to ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com for 2018. Download him, color him, and photograph him at favorite Franklin County sites. Share his pix with #FlatBen

Creative Writing Contest

Creative Writing Contest

February 13 @ 8:00 am – March 31 @ 11:00 pm
Free to attend!

The Write Cup & Studio U have announced a Creative Writing Contest running until March 31, 2018! The grand prize winner receives a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card and runner-up, a journal and pen set from the Write Cup & Studio U!
In 2,000 words or less, write a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction based upon the photo above. Please keep the writing PG-13.
Entries will be judged upon their creativity in using the photo prompt. Send submissions to thewritecup@gmail.com with the subject heading “Creative Writing Contest” or hand in person at The Write Cup Coffee Bar and Studio U at 29 Center Square in Greencastle.

Get a Totem Pole Subscription & SAVE!

Get a Totem Pole Subscription & SAVE!

Save on the great moments at Totem Pole with a season subscription. A Fixed Subscription and a Flex Subscription are offered.  Check out the 2018 Performance Season here. 

Fixed Subscription
A fixed subscription series allows you to have the same seats for each show for a fixed series of dates. These packages are not available for Preview performances or the Bonus Show. All of our fixed subscribers are given the opportunity to renew their same seats for the following year. If we do not receive a renewal request by our deadline, the seats are released and become available to those that request upgrades.

Flex Subscription
Flex subscriptions allow you to choose any date for any show. You will receive the best available seating for the performance date that you choose. These packages are not available for Preview performances or the Bonus Show. Flex subscribers cannot be renewed into the same seats for the following season.

  • Top Tier subscription price is $171.00
  • Subscribers save 10% off regular ticket prices.
  • 25% Discount on single tickets purchased to regular subscription shows.
  • 30% Discount on all junior tickets.
  • Save $10 on your tickets to A Christmas Carol and lock-in your seats! (Unlimited number of tickets for purchase to A Christmas Carol for Totem Pole subscribers one month prior to going on sale to the general public.)
  • ALL ticket handling fees waived.
  • Same seats for all regular subscription shows.
  • NO CHARGE for exchanging tickets.

Please note that a majority of our subscribers renew their subscriptions retaining their same seats, especially seats on the center aisle and/or close to the stage. 

The 68th season of Totem Pole is on sale now. Details at totempoleplayhouse.org or contact the box office at 888-805-7056 or locally at 717-352-2164.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy “myATstory” Contest”

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy “myATstory” Contest”

NowMarch 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Share Your A.T. Adventure

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is one of the most inspiring endeavors in American history. But the aspect that truly makes the A.T. special is the community of hikers and supporters that keep the spirit of the Trail alive through their adventures, their generosity, and perhaps most of all,
their stories.

We want to know how the A.T. has impacted your life.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is accepting submissions for our myATstory Contest.

We know that great stories can be told in a wide variety of ways, so we are leaving the type of creation up to you. Whether it be a video, an essay, a painting, a podcast, or a song — let your creativity run wild!

Franklin County Visitors Bureau joins Certified Tourism Ambassador Program and hires CTA Director

Franklin County Visitors Bureau joins Certified Tourism Ambassador Program and hires CTA Director

Tourism in Franklin County is growing. As Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) moves closer to creating the 11/30 Center in downtown Chambersburg, it is joining the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) program. The CTA program empowers communities, residents, organizations and businesses to better serve visitors with consistent, quality information. To develop the program in Franklin County, FCVB hired Doug Harmon as CTA Director.

“I am so pleased to be part of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau,” said Harmon. “I am a native of Franklin County, PA and love the opportunity to help promote local events, festivals, entertainment, dining and lodging to explore Franklin County.”

Harmon said the benefits of the CTA Program are numerous. Each builds on the other and leads to a benefits cycle, which includes enhancing the visitor experience. In turn, the CTA program builds a positive destination image, increases community economic impact and then continues the cycle.

The CTA Program is a nationwide certification, customized to each destination. In Franklin County, the CTA curriculum will highlight the county’s natural, historic, and cultural assets. Visitors ask questions. The CTA program prepares people to give the best answers. In turn, visitors have a positive experience. It creates a Franklin County brand, gives quality service, and grows the tourism industry. Annually, Franklin County secures more than $326 million in visitors spending.

The initial hiring of a dedicated CTA Program director was funded with a Regional Capacity Building Grant, which is made by possible by the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Environmental Protection Agency, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Franklin County Visitors Bureau was part of the South Mountain Collaborative and received a Regional Capacity Building Grant for $20,000. Capacity Building grants help to build civic engagement and social understanding of conservation and environmental respect in all aspects of community life with a diverse spectrum of partners.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau now joins over 17,000 workers and volunteers in the network of CTA programs.

The 11/30 Center makes securing, housing, and training a county-wide corps of these interpretive volunteers achievable. In addition to the space to house the volunteers, the 11/30 Center provides the necessary space to house the volunteers but provides a visual and interactive platform for docents to launch tours and enthuse visitors into planning itineraries one-on-one. The center will host a wide range of tours on a weekly and monthly basis, using interactive exhibits, library, and mobile promotional materials. In addition, the second level of the property is a space that can be used for other special events to complement special events, presentations, book signings and more.
This dynamic center will also be handicap accessible enabling all to access displays, exhibits and event space.

Becoming a partner with the Visitors Bureau will then lead to great experiences, Harmon said.

“The value of the initial visit or purchase, with a positive experience and image, will then continue the cycle of growth,” he said. “The CTA program will help us to better serve visitors and grow tourism throughout the county.”

The CTA initiative involves a seven-month development process,. FCVB begins the process on October 25 with a series of focus groups, a subject matter expert panel, and an extensive online/print survey of front-line and management personnel. This extensive research will help FCVB and CTA to summarize perceptions of the current service level in Franklin County, ascertain needs, and obtain your thoughts and opinions.

If you are interested in finding out more about the CTA program, please contact Doug Harmon at dharmon@explorefranklincountypa.com

Franklin County Visitors Bureau was awarded a Regional Capacity Building Grant by the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network.