Celebrate National Tea Month with Tea House, Herbal Teas & More

Celebrate National Tea Month with Tea House, Herbal Teas & More

January is National Tea Month and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau asks visitors to celebrate in Franklin County this month of new beginnings with delicious tea and relaxation.

Step back in time and relax at TranquilaTEA in Waynesboro. This tea house and gift shop is designed in the traditional tea room atmosphere, where people can reacquaint themselves with family and friends in an environment where one can tune out the hustle and bustle of the outside world. A mother-daughter team runs this shop, specializing in lunch specials, private parties, fresh baked goods and loose-leaf tea.

Kristtany Tea Room & Gifts, located at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary campus in Scotland, hosts delicious full teas with many different types of teas and delicious handmade scones. Make sure to give them a call to schedule a time for one of their delicious full teas or Wednesday and Friday for a walk-in tea experience.

Teas can be used to help make herbal remedies as well as taste delicious and Gardens by Grace in downtown Chambersburg has among the most options to choose from. Specializing in certified organic black tea, green tea, white tea, red tea and wild-harvested herbs, Gardens by Grace hopes to treat a wide variety of disorders. Qualified herbalists can treat many different conditions including skin problems, heart and circulation issues, hormonal disorders and common conditions such as arthritis, insomnia, stress, migraines and headaches.

Drinking tea is one of many ways to help in relaxation and a great way to start healthy eating habits. Alternative Choices in Greencastle has natural products to achieve health and balance, including organic foods, supplements, aromatherapy, herbs, teas, organic health and beauty products, products for pets and more! For those eating healthier or wanting to go gluten-free, this store is the place to stock up.

As the new year approaches and resolutions are made, check out “On the Move in Franklin County,” one of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s newest publications. This publication focuses on healthy choices that can be made for a healthy life including a healthy mind and body through exercise. It is available at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s office or online at http://www.issuu.com/fcvb or on http://www.ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com.

Kick Off 2018 with Destination ARTS! in downtown Waynesboro

Kick Off 2018 with Destination ARTS! in downtown Waynesboro

Destinations ARTS! is off to a strong start for the new year. All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Special activities and performances are indicated below. For more information, please visit www.artsalliancegw.org or contact artsalliancegw@gmail.com. 

Musical performances at Destination ARTS! 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.

Jan. 3, 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 benefits from Bingaman’s personal instruction and 40 years of experience. Each class is $15. For more info, call 717-762-8394.  

Jan. 3, 2018 – Writer’s Forum: 6:30 p.m. Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, 45 E Main St, Waynesboro, PA. Writers of all genres are welcome to join the monthly Writers Forum, meeting on the second-floor classroom of the library. The theme this month is the trials and tribulations and joys of aging. For information on how to join the group, please contact Jerry Kowallis at 717-352-8059 or gk6684@netscape.net.

The Writers Forum meets on the first Wednesday of each month to share contributions that usually pertain to a selected subject. After the initial ‘round and round’ contributors can share works on other subjects—be it prose, memoirs, or storytelling. Visitors are welcome, as well as ideas for future meetings.

Jan. 4, 2018 – Oil Painting Demonstration: 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery 50 – 50 W. Main St, Waynesboro, PA. Gallery 50 Curator and Director Marjorie Tressler will be conducting an oil painting demonstration featuring a large landscape. While there, visitors should check our Winter White display with Samantha the Snow Queen and artwork featuring winter scenes. 

Jan. 5, 2018 – Musical Demonstration: 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. While there, enjoy pieces from January’s featured artist, Terry Lynn Benson, which include oil paintings, photographs, and photo & document restoration work. Wine and light refreshments served. For more information, contact the co-op at 717-762-8394.

Jan. 5, 2018 – Live Music Friday: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Popular singer/songwriter Jon Ingels will be performing his blend of bluegrass, rock, and blues music. Wine and light refreshments served. For more information, visit www.artsalliancegw.org or call 717-655-2500.

Jon Ingels is a singer/songwriter from Waynesboro, PA and has written songs and performed with several local groups, including the Boro Boogie Pickers. Ingles’ lyrical content is a mixture of storytelling and geographic imagery backed by folk chord patterns, simple melodies, and blues-driven rhythm. 

Jan. 6, 2018 – Rock ’N Swap: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Free admission for shoppers to this big indoor musical yard sale! Shop for instruments, amps, audio/visual equipment, CDs, records and other musical goodness! Have just a couple items to swap or sell? No registration needed, just stop by with them. More info: contact Jonathan Ingels at 717-762-7131.

Jan. 6, 2018 – Book Binding Demonstration: 1 to 3 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Pamela Soaring Raven demonstrates the basic techniques of book binding, including the use of templates, sewing with waxed linen thread, preparing the text block, creating a solid case cover, and putting the text block and cover together. For more information, contact the co-op at 717-762-8394.

Jan. 7, 2018 – Drum Circle: 2 to 3:30 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Enjoy the rhythm and fun of a drum circle with Patric Schlee. No experience necessary. Bring your own drums or use one of the co-op’s. For more information, contact the co-op at 717-762-8394.

Jan. 8, 2018 – Painting Class: 12 to 3 p.m. Gallery 50 – 50 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Marjorie Tressler for a painting class for artists of all ability levels. $65 for 6 classes, which you attend at your own flexibility. For more info, contact Marjorie at 717-762-6791 or at marjorietressler@comcast.net.

Jan. 8, 2018 – Songwriters Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Participants encouraged to write a song, lyrics, or instrumental piece to share, using the chosen prompt for the month. This month the prompt is “That Butt, Though.” The prompt is a starting point for your song. It may be used as the song title, a lyric, or simply as inspiration for your song. All genres welcome. For more info, contact Jonathan Ingels at jkingels@gmail.com or 717-762-7131.

Holiday Fun Continues in Franklin County With The Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Open Houses

Holiday Fun Continues in Franklin County With The Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Open Houses

There is still a chance to enjoy the holiday open houses at the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club (CVMRRC), named for the Cumberland Valley Railroad which began operations in Chambersburg during 1837. Open from noon to 4 PM on Saturday, December 30, and Sundays, January 7 and January 14, the varied train display has ten gauges of trains and more than 55 trains running the rails.

Freight hobbyists, families, young and old can enjoy the imagination and creativity shown in the many displays. Displays include Jurassic Park, the beautiful countryside of Pennsylvania, an oil refinery, biker’s hangout, Bedrock quarry with Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, Ninja Turtles, Paddington Bear, a lumber yard, plus Batman and Star Wars. Showcased are an operating Lego layout plus Thomas the Train with friends Lady, James, Gordon, Percy, Jeremy, Emily, Donald, Douglas, Hank, and Rosie.

Visitors are challenged to find Smokey Bear in the forest. Other hidden characters are Bugs, Daffy, Tasmanian Devil, plus Tom and Jerry. Admission to the open houses are free. Children receive coloring pages, and adults can enjoy complimentary train magazines.

The Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club is a membership organization, whose members share an interest in trains, train collecting, and train displays. Over the years, CVMRRC collected 3,700 pieces of rolling stock. In addition to the open house location at 440 Nelson Street in Chambersburg, CVMRRC maintains a display at Texas Lunch on Lincoln Way West and maintains the authentic boxcar at Norlo Park along Route 30 in Chambersburg. A special holiday display at Black Rose Antiques in the Chambersburg Mall can be viewed until mid-January.

A New Year Is A Chance To Enjoy The New Season of Chambersburg Community Theatre

Chambersburg Community Theatre is a fixture of the Capitol Theatre and downtown Chambersburg, providing a place to nuture and share talent for more than 60 years. The 2018 season of Chambersburg Community Theatre (CCT) begins with Luxury Cruise, running from February 23 through March 4, followed by Theatre A Go-Go’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar from March 23-25, and from May 11 through May 20 is Rodger & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

2018 STAGE Camp will be Shrek The Muscial Jr. STAGE stands for Summer Theatre Arts Group Experience and is sponsored annually by the Chambersburg Community Theatre. Campers learn theatre production from auditions to rehearsals and the final performance. About 5 dozen campers, age 8 to 18 from the tri-state area, participate in STAGE Camp.

The new season is also the inaugural season for new managing director, Kelly Kozlowsk. Kozlowski succeeds Sally Herritt, who led the organization for 25 years. Kozlowski is no stranger to CCT. She served as choreographer for STAGE Camp productions as well as performed onstage.

Check out the dates and times for the 2018 season. CCT Shows are performed on the stage of the Capitol Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online or by contacting the Capitol Theatre Box Office at (717) 263-0202. Adult tickets are $21; students, 13 years to college with ID are $16; and children, age 12 & under are $11.

The 2018 Shows


Evening Performances: Feb 23 & 24, Mar 2 & 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Matinees:  Feb 25 & Mar 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Three very different couples come together on this world cruise with some laughs, tears, and fun.

Purchase Luxury Cruise tickets here.


March 23-25, 2018

A Theatre A Go-Go Production In Association with Totem Pole Playhouse and CCT in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar


Evening Performances:  May 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Matinees:  May 13 & 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Oklahoma! Is Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration and set the standards of musical theatre. It is a young love story, set in Oklahoma territory, just after the turn of the twentieth century.

Purchase Oklahoma! tickers here.


Christmas Eve at Letterkenny Chapel

Christmas Eve at Letterkenny Chapel

The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area will sponsor this year’s Annual Christmas Eve Service at the Historic Letterkenny Chapel on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 6 pm at the Chapel, located at the Letterkenny Army Depot, 2171 Carbaugh Avenue, Chambersburg.

The service will be patterned after the traditional Christmas Eve services held from 1960-1995 when the Chapel served its congregation as a military chapel.

Letterkenny Chapel has been an important focal point for spiritual nurture and support since it was built in 1945. The chapel was built during WWII by Italian prisoners-of-war.

The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Ronnie B Tucker, Sr., a certified Dean in the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education. A native of Arkansas, he holds B.A. and Masters Degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Arkansas; a PhD in Public Administration from Mississippi State University; and a Doctorate in Theology from New World Bible Institute. Formerly an Associate Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University, he is the Academic Coach/Counselor at Penn State University. He is the author of a book and numerous articles on Affirmative Action and a specialist on the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

He and his wife Lenore are the parents of two children and have three grandchildren.

John Brink will be the soloist for the service, and Stephanie Salisbury will be the pianist.

The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area oversees the ministries of the Letterkenny Chapel in conjunction with the Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park.