Allison-Antrim Museum Welcomes Dr. Edward Steers to Discuss Abraham Lincoln’s Impact

Allison-Antrim Museum Welcomes Dr. Edward Steers to Discuss Abraham Lincoln’s Impact

On Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7 pm, Allison-Antrim Museum (AAMI), 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA, will hold the first fall monthly speaker meeting in the Barn. AAMI welcomes back Dr. Edward Steers, Jr., whose PowerPoint presentation is “Lincoln’s Image and Influence in the U.S. and Around the World.” Our 16th president has exercised more influence through his image and legacy than anyone else to hold that office. In all corners of the world, from Tokyo to London, Lincoln’s image is ever present. Please join us as Dr. Steers examines Lincoln’s legacy through the ages.

Steers is one of the leading Lincoln scholars in the country and has written over 60 articles in various magazines and historical journals including Civil War Times, North & South, Civil War History (Kent State), the Lincoln Herald, Louisiana Life, Civil War Regiments, and the Columbiad. In addition, he has written major articles for several newspapers including The Washington Times, The Newark Sunday Herald, and the Allentown Morning Call. Steers has appeared frequently on The History Channel, C -Span, and the Today Show. Steers is the author of more than 10 books on Lincoln and the Lincoln assassination, including the critically acclaimed Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Before Steers retired in 1994, he joined the staff of the National Institutes of Health, as a molecular biologist, and collaborated with Christian B. Anfinsen (Nobel Prize winner in 1972) until 1984 when he was appointed Deputy Science Director for intramural research in the National Institute Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases.

The public is welcome and there is no admission fee for the speaker’s meeting, but donations are greatly appreciated, and will be credited toward Allison-Antrim Museum’s annual speakers’ series.

For more information, please visit:, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9010. Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc. is open regularly Tuesday to Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Benefit at Penn National Golf Supports Effort to Stop PA Power Line Project

Benefit at Penn National Golf Supports Effort to Stop PA Power Line Project

Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to Penn National Golf Center on September 15, 4 PM to 9 PM, for the music of Stable Shakers and the messages of citizens, leaders, and officials, talking about the proposed 29-mile, 230 kV-electric line project. The outdoor concert is being held just off Orchard Drive in Fayetteville at Penn National Golf Course’s driving range. Food trucks will be onsite, and Penn National will have free mini golf for the kids. Tickets are $20 at the gate.

Hailing from the very farmlands that are impacted by the power line project, Stable Shakers guitarist and songwriter Spencer Pheil realized the sacrifice of Franklin County. With five to seven, 13.5-story towers proposed to mark each mile of the project, Pheil’s concern spurred him to join forces with the local group standing up and speaking out about the damaging consequences of such a project. Working with Penn National Golf Course Community, Pheil thought delivering the message with the self-described “twang jazz” sounds of Stable Shakers would go a long way to building a stronger awareness of the project and solidify the importance of saving the county’s land and lifestyle. Also performing at the benefit is blues rock band Ding.

The high-power line project also impacts York County PA and Washington and Harford Counties, MD. Not a redundancy project or one to provide electric to citizens and businesses without power, it is a market efficiency project that will implement eminent domain, if approved, to acquire land from property owners in Franklin and York Counties PA and Washington and Harford Counties, MD with the intent of trying to provide an unguaranteed cost-saving to electric users in northern VA, Baltimore, and Washington DC.

Stop PA Power Lines Benefit is fun with a purpose. Anyone unable to attend and wanting to find out more about the project impacts, can visit or can donate at GoFundMe.



Bring Your Dog To Fido’s First Friday

Bring Your Dog To Fido’s First Friday

The Downtown Business Council (DBC) and Council for the Arts of Chambersburg present the September First Friday celebration, “Fido’s First Friday”, sponsored by Noelker & Hull, on Friday September 7th from 5-8 pm in downtown Chambersburg.  For more information, call (717) 658-4372 or find the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg and the Council for the Arts-Chambersburg on Facebook.  Artists interested in participating should call 717-816-7568.

Chambersburg’s Courthouse Plaza will be the center of activity for Fido’s First Friday, with music by Tresa Day and Soleil, and Dog Contests that will include Best Dressed, Cutest Face and “Animal’s Got Talent”. First Friday participants are encouraged to sign up their dog that evening and compete for prizes, with contests starting at 6:30. Also on the Courthouse Plaza will be a kids’ craft table and a Protection for Paws display.

Kindly Canines of Chambersburg will bring therapy dogs and information about their program to Fido’s First Friday. This group is an all-volunteer group of handlers with kind, gentle dogs that “make life a little better for people of all ages and needs”. Pet-related businesses will be featured as well: Perky Paws, Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, Vintage Hounds Grooming Salon and Paw Spa Grooming. Also represented will be Operation Save a Vet, Save a Pet; Community Uniting and Boy Scout Troop 128.

On the Northwest (Square One) quadrant of the Square, Creatures Great and Small will entertain visitors with a Small Animals Petting Zoo.

Other activities continue throughout downtown.  First Friday participants are encouraged to stop by the Foundry, 100 South Main Street to see the exhibit “Dream It, Draw It: Whimsical Animals by Carrie Dietrich”; and Council for the Arts, 81 North Main Street, to meet and view the artwork of Cindy Haden Baker, Jean Frey and Janette Koons in their exhibit “A Brush with Nature”. Well-behaved dogs are welcome!

Helping Little Hands Rock and Ride Benefit

Helping Little Hands Rock and Ride Benefit

With Labor Day Weekend 2018 on hand, Franklin County Visitors Bureau recommends checking out Helping Little Hands Rock and Ride Benefit, set for August 31 and September 1. It is an annual fundraiser for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, organized by Back Road Riders, a group of cyclists with incredible heart. The two-day event, held at the Greencastle American Legion Picnic Grounds on Williamson Road in Greencastle, brings together bikers and music enthusiasts to support this worthwhile cause.

The centerpiece of the event is a motorcycle ride, where all makes and models of motorcycles and cars are welcome to join. Riders meet at M&S Harley Davidson on Falling Spring Road in Chambersburg and can register from 9:00-10:45 AM. Kick stands go up at 11 AM sharp.

Riders are welcome to come the evening of Friday, August 31, to the Greencastle American Legion Grounds to camp. Gates open at 4 PM and music begins at 7:30 PM. Slated for Friday are rock and metal bands Shadow Rising, Time Bomb, and Gun Metal Gray. Food, fun, vendors and auctions make it a great evening. Tickets are $5 for ages 15 and under and $15 for 16 and older. Tickets, purchased on Friday, also give entry on Saturday, September 1. After the Saturday morning ride, bands start at noon at the American Legion Picnic Grounds in Greencastle. The line-up includes acoustic bands Smileyfoot and Dave Front Chasing The Day. Also appearing are Nothingmen, Colt Wilbur, Rabid Assain, Monkey Foo—Tribute to Foo Fighter, Ghose of War, and Adrian Blitzer. Helping Little Hands Rock and Ride Benefit is rain or shine, and everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and pop-ups.

Helping Little Hands Rock and Ride Benefit was started by Barry Sheeder after his daughter had a resistant staph infection in 2011. Out of his appreciation to the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and his affection for children in need, the event has raised $30,000 to date.

New Shows On Sale at Luhrs Performing Arts Center

New Shows On Sale at Luhrs Performing Arts Center

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announces the addition of 15 new events to the 2018-2019 lineup. Tickets to the new events go on sale to the public on Monday, August 27 at 10 am. A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more for most events. Reserved tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or purchase online at

The new events include:
Ballroom Dance Lessons – Mondays, October 15, 22 & 29; November 5, 12 & 19, 2018, 5:30 & 6:30 pm
$35 per person for the six-class course

Cirque Mechanics: 42 FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels – Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 7:30 pm; $49, $39 & $29

The Sound of Music – Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:30 pm; $75, $65 & $55

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna – Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:30 pm; $49, $39 & $29

Mnozil Brass: Cirque – Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:30 pm; $35, $25 & $20

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater – Sunday, February 17, 2019, 1:00 & 4:00 pm; $45, $35 & $25

The Temptations and The Four Tops – Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:30 pm $85, $75 & $65

The Irish Tenors – Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:30 pm; $55, $45 & $35

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers – Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:30 pm;  $45 & $35

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show – Saturday, March 23, 2019, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm ; $45, $25 & $15

In The Mood: 25th Silver Celebration Tour – Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3:00 pm  $32 & $25

Luhrs Circle of Friends Gala – Friday, April 5, 2019, 6:00-7:30 pm;Donation of $500+ per couple

*Kinky Boots – Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:00 pm; $75, $65 & $55

*Rock of Ages: 10th Anniversary Tour – Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:30 pm; $75, $65 & $55

The Drifters, The Platters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters – Friday, April 26, 2019, 7:30 pm; $45 & $35

*New this year, the Luhrs Center is offering a Broadway Series package.  Purchase the entire Broadway Series (including The Sound of Music, Kinky Boots and Rock of Ages) and receive a 15% discount on your purchase.

Performance descriptions, along with photos, videos and more, can be found at

For additional information about these events or other performances within the 2018-2019 Luhrs Center lineup, please call the Luhrs Center box office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.



Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies Loans John Bell Pottery to Renfrew Museum

Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies Loans John Bell Pottery to Renfrew Museum

The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies in Mont Alto has permanently loaned Renfrew Museum fifty-nine pieces of pottery that include John Bell along with pottery from Daniel Baker, Jacob Heart, Peter Bell, Jacob Kimmler, Upton M. Bell, and a few pieces that are not marked.  The new acquisition has been arranged and is displayed in the Changing Gallery room of the Museum House.    All cases in the Changing Gallery are filled with beautiful pottery that have ties to Waynesboro or the local area.

Mary Ashe-Mahr, Director of the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studios approached Dade Royer, Renfrew’s Executive Director, and offered the permanent loan.  Renfrew jumped at the opportunity to expand our current collection.  “The collection on loan from the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies is an incredible addition to our Bell Family and Cumberland/Shenandoah Valley pottery exhibit.  We are excited about this partnership with another great Waynesboro non-profit.” said Dade Royer.

The pottery collection contains unique pieces including earthenware, stoneware, crocks, bowls, jugs, a funnel, hanging flower pot, bed pan, pitchers, a pie plate, and a bowl from the Snow Hill Cloister.  One of the most unique pieces in the donation is a small faux stoneware crock; slip decorated with cobalt hatching on everted rim and cobalt floral pattern on the exterior of the crock.  Beneath the rim in cobalt is printed April 22, 1858 Waynesboro, PA.  The crock is stamped John Bell/Waynesboro on the exterior below the rim.  The piece is signed JWB in cobalt.

Another Bell piece that is worth a look is the lead-glazed earthenware vegetable dish.  The eight-sided lead glazed earthenware vegetable dish with applied handles, slab made, decorated with four sprigged hunters with dogs and two sprigged eagles and sponged manganese on the rim, foot and handles.  It is stamped John Bell on the side panel below the handle.

The Visitors Center houses the largest public collection of Bell, Shenandoah, and Cumberland Valley in the nation and we are grateful to add an additional fifty-nine pieces.  Renfrew is exploring the possibility of relocating the collection to the Visitors Center so all the pottery is housed in a central location.  The latest collection takes our extensive pottery collection to over 300 pieces.

The collection showcases a variety of Bell pottery along with other local potters who learned the craft locally around Waynesboro, PA.  The new display will be kept in the changing gallery until a permanent pottery case is built and installed in the Visitors Center.