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.

Submissions for Capitol Theatre’s Franklin County Young Playwrights Festival to open Oct. 2

Submissions for Capitol Theatre’s Franklin County Young Playwrights Festival to open Oct. 2

The Inaugural Franklin County Young Playwrights Festival, scheduled for April 2018, will open the submission process Oct. 2, 2017.

This event, the first playwriting festival in Franklin County for young writers, will be held at the historic Capitol Theatre on April 22, 2018 and will feature 8 to 10 fully-realized performances of original stage work written by school-age students. Plays have a 10-minute run-time limit.

As part of the Festival, authors of the plays will be paired with an experienced director and will be involved in all aspects of producing their play. The authors can also act in their own play.

Submissions are open to all students in Franklin County from Kindergarten to 12th grade regardless of how or where they attend school. (Some other areas outside of Franklin County are eligible to submit plays. Call the number below to see what locations are eligible to participate.) There is no restriction to the theme or plot of plays, but language must be school appropriate.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 3 plays, Grand Prize and Audience Choice Awards.

Submissions for the Festival will close Friday, December 15, 2017.

To submit a play, go to www.thecapitoltheatre.org and click on the “YPF Submission Icon” on the home page. Scripts may be submitted only online.

For more information, contact the Capitol Theatre at 717-263- 0202 x203.