The Monkees 50th Anniversary Tour Coming to Shippensburg, Pa!

The Monkees 50th Anniversary Tour Coming to Shippensburg, Pa!



The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents THE MONKEES – GOOD TIMES: THE 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR, Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 18, 2016) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents THE MONKEES – GOOD TIMES: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at 8 p.m. Reserved tickets are $69, $65, $59 & $49 and are now on sale. A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more. Visit or call the Luhrs Center box office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) to purchase reserved tickets or log on to the Luhrs Center website (more…)


Totem Pole Playhouse, Pennsylvania’s premiere summer theatre, located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA, has announced their 2016 Sunday Concert Series featuring the musical talents of four local arts organizations. The free concerts are scheduled for select Sunday evenings June through early August.

Carlisle Theatre Company will kick off the series on Sunday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. The hour-long concert will feature the musical talents of members of the Carlisle Theatre Company, an all ages community theater group which is based at the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center in Carlisle, PA. Carlisle Theatre Company is currently in rehearsals for “Anything Goes,” on stage June 30-July 3. For more information visit

Chambersburg Community Theatre, Inc., presents the second concert in the series on Sunday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. Based in the historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg, PA, the community theater group will next hold auditions for “The Uninvited” on July 10-11 in preparation for performances Sept. 9-18. For more information, visit

Third in the Sunday Concert Series is Gettysburg Community Theatre on July 17 at 7:30 p.m. The community theater company based in Gettysburg, PA, offers a variety of performing and theatrical educational opportunities for all ages. “1776” will be onstage at Gettysburg Community Theatre July 15-31. For more information, visit

The Cumberland Valley School of Music wraps up the 2016 concert series on Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Based in Chambersburg, PA, the school offers musical education and performance opportunities to students of all ages throughout Franklin County and Hagerstown, MD. For more information about ensembles, classes and recitals, visit

Each of the 2016 Sunday Concerts begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts an hour. Performances are free and held under the tent located on the west lawn of Totem Pole Playhouse in beautiful Caledonia State Park. Free will offerings will be collected to support the arts organization on stage at each concert. In case of rain, concerts will be held inside Totem Pole Playhouse. For more information on the Sunday Concert Series, visit or call (717) 352-2164.

Renfrew Institute partners with Waynesboro YMCA in Summer Day Camp programs

Renfrew Institute and the Waynesboro YMCA are partnering to offer fun and educational summer programming within the YMCA’s Summer Day Camp.

“We are excited to join with the Y in offering our Renfrew Camps this summer,” said Pam Rowland, the institute’s director of cultural studies. “The six camps will run from June 14 through July 19, and are only open to YMCA Summer Day Camp participants.”

The new camps are for kids completing grades 4 through 8. They include three heritage crafts, a gardening experience, an archaeological dig, and guided trail hikes through Renfrew Park.

The fee for each camp varies, and is in addition to the fee for the YMCA Summer Day Camp.

Heritage craft camps:

Felting Wool
Tuesday, June 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Campers will learn to needle felt and wet felt wool, and will handcraft a “soap scrubby” and an ornament. With the skill of felting, you can transform wool (even old sweaters!) into hats, slippers, scarves, or stuffed toys for kids or pets. The instructor is Beth Skroban. Class is limited to 10. Fee is $20, and pre-registration is required by June 7.

Tuesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 23 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Campers will learn basic weaving skills, gain an understanding of basket construction, and hand weave a functional and unique basket to take home. The instructor is Sue Matson. Class is limited to 10. Fee is $20 plus $9 materials fee, and pre-registration is required by June 10.

Leather Work
Tuesday, June 28 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Create a handmade leather project using the time-honored tools of the leather-working trade. Campers will also learn about the historic tannery that existed at Renfrew 200 years ago. The instructor is Ed Beard. Class is limited to 10. Fee is $20, and pre-registration is required by June 21.

Digging Up the Past: Archaeological Excavation at Stoner Farm
Tuesday, July 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Rain date: Thursday, July 7)
Campers will join the crew working on the ongoing excavations conducted by Little Antietam Creek, Inc. around the 18th–19th century David Stoner House and farm, not far from Renfrew Park. They will learn about excavation (digging), screening (finding artifacts), recording and artifact identification. The instructor is archaeologist Scott Parker. Class is limited to 10. Fee is $20, and pre-registration is required by June 28.

Can You Dig It?
Tuesday, July 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Rain date: Thursday, July 14) Campers learn the meaning of the traditional Pennsylvania German 4-square garden design during hands-on gardening tasks like planting salad greens and watering with dipper gourds and watering bells. They will make a colonial-era craft and also take home a pot of flowers. The instructor is Doris Goldman. Fee is $10, and pre-registration is required by July 5.

Hiking Renfrew: Discovering park trails and hidden wonders!
Tuesday, July 19 from 9:00–11:00 a.m. (Rain date: Thursday, July 21)
Campers hike the trails of Renfrew Park and learn about the natural world as they explore some of the less-travelled trails like Great Blue Heron, Edmajoda, Salty Grimes and more, stopping along the way for nature related activities. The instructor is Pam Rowland. Fee is $5 and pre-registration is required by July 12.

To sign up for the camps, visit the member services desk at the Waynesboro YMCA, or contact Zach for more information by calling 717-762-6012, or emailing to:

In addition to the programs with the YMCA, the institute offers summer youth programs for younger children. For more information, call 717-762-0373 or email to: Brochure available at



6th ANNUAL BLUES, BREWS & BARBECUE  @ The Capitol Theatre May 7 Rain or Shine

6th ANNUAL BLUES, BREWS & BARBECUE @ The Capitol Theatre May 7 Rain or Shine


Join the growing number of the 21+ crowd who put this annual fundraising event for the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg at the top of their list of fun spring things to do in Franklin County, PA.  The back lot at the Capitol Theatre is the place to be…rain or shine…on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 1:00pm-7:00pm. Gather your friends and bring your lawn chairs and simply chill out or get up and dance with the music of live bands, sip some craft specialty and domestic brews (or wine) and grab some finger lickin’ barbecue to keep your hunger at bay. Proceeds benefit Capitol Theatre Center Foundation, a 501 (c)3 cultural arts organization. Capitol Theatre Center is located at 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, in Franklin County, PA. (717) 263-0202.


Randy McAllister

*1:00pm – 2:30pm Grammy nominated blues/roots artist, singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Randy McAllister and the Scrappiest Band in the Motherland – from East Texas. Learn more at: Media contact: Dean (214) 536-5149


Kelly Bell Band 2

*3:00pm – 4:30pm Voted best Blues Band in the Mid-Atlantic for 12 years, theKelly Bell Band – from Baltimore, MD.  Learn more at:  EPK

Media contact: Ari Nisman and (732) 818-9600


Eric Steckel 2

*5:00pm – 6:30 Authentic blues soul and powerful player hailed by many as one of the next best things on the rock and blues scene, Eric Steckel – from Lehigh Valley, PA.  Learn more at:  Media contact:  Eric Steckel (904) 316-1572

*band times are approximate


Dogfish Head, Troegs, Neshaminy Creek, Ithaca Brewing, Roy Pitz, Deschutes, Leinenkugel, New Belgium and Miller Lite provided by ACE Distributing, plus Bud Light, Yuengling and more. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.


On the menu, to complement the blues and the brews, will be the tasty, lip smacking barbecue by award winning Ribbins BBQ of Chambersburg, PA -Media contact: and crowd favorite Hempen Hill BBQ of Hagerstown, MD – Media contact: Enjoy North Carolina style pulled pork sandwiches, thin sliced pit beef sandwiches, smoked jumbo chicken wings, slow smoked baby back ribs, smoked mac & cheese, creamy coleslaw and a whole lot more!


Everyone MUST show ID to consume alcohol. All ages require admission fee.

No pets please. (Service pets only.) No coolers/containers or outside food or beverages. Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs. The cost for Blues, Brews and Barbecue is either: $10.00 including: entry into event, entertainment, and a souvenir glass (while supplies last) OR $7.00 for a Designated Driver including: entry into event, entertainment. Food and beverages sold separately. Attendees will also be able to enjoy small games of chance. Blues, Brews and Barbecue tickets are available in advance or at the door. Advance tickets for Blues, Brews and Barbecue can be purchased online at or by calling the Capitol Theatre Box Office at (717) 263-0202. The Box Office is located inside the main entrance to Capitol Theatre at 159 S. Main St. in Chambersburg, PA and is open Monday – Friday from 11am – 4:30pm.

Blues, Brews & Barbecue takes place outside in the Capitol Theatre Center Back Lot accessed through the main front entrance of Capitol Theatre Center under the big marquee at 159 S. Main St. in downtown, Chambersburg, PA. Rain or Shine. Directions and other Capitol Theatre Center event info are available at For places to stay and more to see and do in Franklin County, PA visit:


Diamond Sponsor:   Orrstown Bank

Gold Sponsors:   Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Shipley Energy, Madison Settlement Services, Chambersburg Hearing Center, GDC and F&M Trust

Silver Sponsors: Shetter Insurance Agency, Valley Agency, Smith Elliott kearns & Company, LLC and Boyer & Ritter LLC

CASHS Annual Art Exhibit on View April 30-May 12


Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) Art Department presents its 2016 Annual Art Exhibit April 30 – May 12, with open hours 10am-4pm daily at the school’s front lobby, 511 South Sixth Street, Chambersburg.

The Annual Exhibit will highlight eight seniors who are are currently enrolled in AP Studio/Portfolio Art and have taken art classes for four years at CASHS.  As members of the National Art Honor Society, their entire portfolios will be displayed, showing evidence of the growth, style, and individuality of these students.  Artwork by the 15+ juniors who are new members of the National Art Honor Society, will also be shown, and the remaining space will be filled with as much artwork as possible from students from grades 9-12.

In addition to paintings, photography, 3D sculptural pieces, works from Clay 1 and Clay 2 ceramics students will be displayed. In a new aspect to the annual show, teachers and staff have been invited to showcase their creative endeavors!

“Our students work very hard,” says CASHS Art Teacher Holly Strayer.  “It is so exciting to see all of their efforts on display for their peers, friends, family, and the community to view.  It is always one of our favorite times of the year here at CASHS.  We hope that everyone is able to attend!“

For more information contact Holly Baker Strayer at (717) 377-9891 or