The Art Alliance of Greater Waynesboro announces Kathyrn Gratton as the organization’s new Executive Director, Gratton will coordinate community outreach, oversee the two artistic spaces that operate under the AAGW, and promote programs that align with Destination Arts.

Art Alliance of Greater Waynesboro Board President Elena Kehoe stated “Kathyrn has shown tremendous dedication to the tri-state business community through her professional and volunteer experiences.

Kathyrn Gratton is a lifelong resident of Greencastle, PA. She has 8 years of nonprofit leadership experience, and also currently serves as the Chairperson for the local SCORE Chapter and as a Bold Futures Mentor for Girls Inc. of Washington County. She also teaches entrepreneurship and marketing to small businesses as a Certified Small Business Mentor.

Since 2012, The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro has worked to encourage a thriving arts culture in the Greater Waynesboro community. The goal of the organization is to bring together area artists, musicians, arts organizations, businesses, government, and arts lovers to foster better communication and cooperation in support of the arts. A strong arts community is key to improved quality of life and vibrant economic development. As part of Waynesboro’s Destination ARTS! effort, Waynesboro offers Gallery 50: 50 W. Main Street, 42 West Arts Co-Op: at 42 W. Main Street, Gallery 35 East: at 35 E. Main Street, Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro at 13 S. Church Street, Walnut Street Studios at 117 Walnut Street, and the Music Makers throughout downtown Waynesboro.

The upcoming Destination ARTS! demonstration and class schedule for mixed media is

Jan. 31, 2018– Oil Painting Class with Donna Bingaman. 12–3 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 01, 2018– Oil Painting Demo with Marjorie Tressler. 1–4 p.m. at Gallery 50
Feb. 02, 2018– Opening Reception 5-8 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 03, 2018– Children’s Valentine Heart 10am- Noon at Ceramic Arts Center
Feb. 03, 2018– Oil Painting Demo with Donna Bingaman.
12–2 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 03, 2018– Book Binding Demo with Pamela Soaring Raven
1-3 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 05, 2018– Painting Class with Marjorie Tressler. 1–4 p.m. at Gallery 50

Connect with the Art Alliance of Greater Waynesboro and upcoming Destination ARTS! activities at artsalliancegw.org/

Join South Mountain Partnership For Power of the Partnership Annual Breakfast

Join South Mountain Partnership For Power of the Partnership Annual Breakfast

The 7th-annual South Mountain Partnership‘s Power of the Partnership breakfast is slated for January 26, 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM, at Bongiorno Conference Center in Carlisle . It is a celebration of the South Mountain region, encompassing the South Mountain and Michaux Forest landscape of Franklin, Adams, Cumberland, and a small portion of York Counties. The region encompasses four state parks–Mont Alto, Caldeonia, Pine Grove, and King’s Gap– and such communities as Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Gettysburg, and Carlisle The mountain greenway is a special mix of heritage, culture, nature, and recreation and contributes a distinct character, attracting residents and visitors to the landscape.

South Mountain Partnership invites individuals, businesses, municipalities, and non-profits:

  • Celebrate our collective accomplishments in 2017, and look forward to what’s to come in 2018;
  • Connect with the Partnership as a whole and get an understanding of how the Partnership works and where we are going;
  • Network with folks in the region who are making a difference;
  • Hear about projects that have received funding through the 2016 South Mountain Mini-Grant Program.

Cost is $10 for a full-breakfast. Register here.

The South Mountain Partnership is a regional, landscape conservation project in south-central Pennsylvania. Launched in 2006, the Partnership operates as a public-private partnership between Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. It has grown into an alliance of citizens, businesses, non-profits, academic institutions, and local, state and federal government agencies and officials collaborating to envision and secure a sustainable future for the South Mountain landscape. This landscape is home to many. Together, the Partnership strives to collaborate in sustaining the South Mountain landscape.

Renfrew Institute Sponsors “What Cassini Told Us About Saturn”

Renfrew Institute Sponsors “What Cassini Told Us About Saturn”

Dr. Larry Marschall, professor of physics, emeritus, at Gettysburg College, will present “What Cassini Told Us About Saturn” on Thursday, February 1 at 7 p.m. in the Visitors Center at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro. The program is free and open to the public.

Marschall will discuss the dramatic end of the historic Cassini spacecraft mission to Saturn, and what astronomers learned from the nearly two decades the Cassini was in orbit. 

Before the Cassini mission, scientists had only minimal knowledge of Saturn’s complicated ring system, moons, and the planet’s magnetosphere.

The first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, Cassini provided the first up-close study of the system of Saturn’s rings and moons. Many discoveries were made via Cassini’s findings that changed the way scientists will approach future space exploration.

Marschall will talk about what was learned from the 20 years of Cassini’s mission, and why it was necessary for the Cassini mission to end with a dramatic and fiery descent into Saturn’s atmosphere. 

A professor of astronomy and physics for many years, Marschall was a visiting research scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and at Yale University Observatory. He wrote The Supernova Story, published by Princeton University Press, and is a contributing editor for Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine and for several other professional journals. Marschall has a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D in astronomy and astrophysics from University of Chicago. 

A question-and-answer session will follow Marschall’s presentation. Weather permitting, the Tri-State Astronomers club will set up telescopes for sky viewing after the program.

This program was arranged in cooperation with the Tri-State Astronomers. It is underwritten in part by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company, with additional support from Renfrew Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Alma W. Oyer; APX Enclosures, Inc.; The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin; and the The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation. Facility support is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

Parking is available behind the Visitor Center with additional parking in the lower lot off Welty Rd. For more information, call the institute at 762-0373 or email to: info@renfrewinstitute.org. 

CAPITOL THEATRE OFFERS EXCITING JANUARY SHOWS

CAPITOL THEATRE OFFERS EXCITING JANUARY SHOWS

There won’t be a dull moment at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg this Winter! Check out these tremendous shows coming to the stage in January! Watch videos, learn more and buy tickets on our web site at https://www.thecapitoltheatre.org/shows-movies-events/live-shows/ or Call the Box Office at (717) 263-0202 M-F 11:00am – 4:00pm. Tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour before show time. The beautiful and historic Capitol Theatre located at 159 S. Main St. in Downtown Chambersburg, PA continues its 90th Anniversary season with these shows and more! Like the events on facebook and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/pg/capitoltheatrecenter/events/ .

THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7pm $35, 30, 20
Group Discount available for 10 or more
Wine & Beer available for purchase when the doors open at 6pm
– The Capitol Theatre audience will take a stroll down memory lane as they relive, or experience for the first time, the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown, The Spinners, The O’Jays and many more! In the 1960’s, some of the most iconic names in music history were discovered in the Motor City of Detroit, which ushered a worldwide craze that transformed into 1970’s soul. The Magic of Motown is a celebration of these artists, their music and timeless style. This dynamic and driving tribute spans more than a decade of Motown and soul classics – every one of these songs among the most recognizable and culture-defining songs in pop music history. The show features stylishly-costumed, smoothly choreographed performances, the hallmark sounds of Detroit Motown and Philadelphia soul, backed by a seven-piece band. Includes a moving tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvGn3-5g1jY

TAPESTRY – TRIBUTE TO CAROLE KING Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 7pm $35, 30, 20
Group Discount available for 10 or more
Wine and Beer available for purchase when the doors open at 6pm
-This show is some kind of wonderful and beautifully and faithfully recreates the glorious sound of a Carole King concert, which will leave the Capitol Theatre audience with memories of the great music she wrote and recorded, including “You’ve Got a Friend”, Natural Woman”, “It’s Too Late”, “So Far Away”, “I Feel the Earth Move” and “Beautiful” – the title song of the mega-hit Broadway musical about the life and times of one of America’s most prolific, honored, and revered singer-songwriters. Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King stars national touring Jeannie Austin on piano and vocals with her back-up singers and live band. Carole King is without question the most successful and revered female singer-songwriter in pop music history. More than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by over 1000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles – from “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for the Shirelles to “Take Good Care of My Baby: and “Run to Him” (#1 and #2 hits for Bobby Vee in 1961), “Crying in the Rain” (The Everly Brothers, #6 in 1962), “The Loco-Motion” (Little Eva, #1 in 1962), “Up on the Roof” (The Drifters, #5 in 1962), “One Fine Day” (The Chiffons, #5 in 1963), I’m Into Something Good” (Herman’s Hermits, #13 in 1964), “Just Once in My Life” (written with Phil Spector for The Righteous Brothers, #9 in 1965), and “Don’t Bring Me Down” (The Animals, #12 in 1966). It was her 1971 album “Tapestry” that took King to the pinnacle, winning all 3 of the key Grammy Awards – record, song and album of the year as well as best female vocalist honors for King. With more than 25 million units sold, Tapestry remained the best-selling album by a femal artist for a quarter century, and King went on to amass three other platinum and seven gold albums.
https://youtu.be/gRaMi5C2jPw

MARK NIZER – 4D Entertainer and World Class Juggler Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 4pm The perfect way to end IceFest $23, 20, 15
Group Discount available for 10 or more.
– The only live 4D show in the World!
Entertainment Magazine states, “Without a doubt the hottest juggler on the entertainment market, Mark Nizer is simply incredible.” Don’t miss the combination of original comedy, world class juggling, movement, music and technology that promises a spellbinding evening. Nizer has opened for dozens of major Hollywood personalities and performed in dozens of major venues around the world. Imagine a concert experience that incorporates light, sound, and color to create a multidimensional 4D visual feast for the eyes. Throw in world-class juggling, a good dose of outrageous humor, and some unexpected technology and you have Mark Nizer’s unique, one-of-a-kind show that has been described by Performance Magazine as “nothing less than brilliant.” The fun begins from the moment Nizer takes the stage. While most performers ask people to turn off their cell phones, Nizer asks his audience to turn ON their phones. With the help of his virtual assistant, Siri Nizer (of iPhone fame), he then uses the devices as an interactive lighting element.
Great for the entire family! At the show, 4D glasses will be available while supplies last through the generosity of The Toy Box in Downtown Chambersburg. Special glasses not needed to enjoy the show!
https://youtu.be/AdG_7BxCqkM

Renfrew Institute Sets Ukrainian Egg Workshop

Renfrew Institute Sets Ukrainian Egg Workshop

Renfrew Institute is sponsoring a Ukrainian Egg workshop on Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the visitors center at Renfrew Park. The program is limited to ten participants age 15 and up.

Participants will learn to create an exquisite “pysanka,” an intricately decorated egg, using age-old techniques of the traditional Ukrainian folk craft.

Holly Olszewski will lead the workshop with hands-on guidance. Olszewski has taught the craft for many years after learning it from a friend in Connecticut.

“My friend Tamara asked me if I’d like to learn the traditional craft of making Ukrainian eggs,” Olszewski said. “The techniques she taught me had been passed down through her mother and grandmother. I like traditions, and making these eggs became a tradition in my family, too.”

The process requires pure beeswax and special dyes. Olszewski has samples of traditional design elements, but also encourages each person to create a unique design meaningful to them.

“I love these eggs because the elements used on them are full of symbolism,” Olszewski said. “Even the colors are symbolic.”

Eggs have been decorated for centuries in the Ukraine and other parts of Eastern Europe with intricate and brightly colored designs. Ancient motifs like the “tree of life” and Christian symbols are popular. In addition, images from nature, like plants, animals and insects are often featured.

With her husband, Jack, Olszewski operates Mother Earth’s Creations, buying and selling crystals, fossils, shark teeth, geodes and other semi-precious stones.

The cost of the workshop is $25 for members of Renfrew Institute and $30 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, email info@renfrewinstitute.org or call 717-762-0373.

This program is underwritten in part by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company, with additional support from Renfrew Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: Today’s Horizon Fund Contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Alma W. Oyer; APX Enclosures, Inc.; The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin; and the The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation. Facility support is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

Parking is available behind the Visitor Center with additional parking in the lower lot off Welty Rd. For more information, visit www.renfrewinstitute.org or call the institute at 717-762-0373.