Tiny World in Shippensburg is a Must-See & Do for the Holidays

Tiny World in Shippensburg is a Must-See & Do for the Holidays

Be a kid again; enjoy the wonder of Tiny World in Shippensburg this holiday season. This tiny town has everything that life-sized towns have, including town hall, schoolhouse, church, fire station, shops of Main Street, Victorian houses, log homes, general store, train depot, and gas station. More than twenty structures make Tiny World a great place to spark the imaginations of young and old.

During the holiday season, Tiny World transforms to a winter wonderland as the sun sets. Open Monday through Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM  until 10 PM and Sunday 5 PM  to 9 PM, Tiny World is an easy drive off Route 11 on Rice Road in Shippensburg and will remain decorated for the holidays through the first week of January.

In 1985, Ernest Helm retired and devoted his energy to creating “Tiny World.” The first structure was a Victorian-style “cat house” for the enjoyment of felines who roamed his property. It wasn’t long before an entire town took shape, and a retired man’s hobby become a roadside attraction.

Today, Helm’s daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Wendell Myers, are Tiny World’s caretakers. Everything is as authentic as possible. Although the small structures can be seen throughout the year, a holiday visit is extra special.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Tiny World also appreciates contributions of lights and decorations to keep the town well-adorned for future holiday seasons.

Tiny Town is just one of many places–large and small–to explore in Franklin County for holiday fun.



Christmas Eve Service at Historic Letterkenny Chapel

Christmas Eve Service at Historic Letterkenny Chapel

The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area will sponsor this year’s Annual Christmas Eve Service at the Historic Letterkenny Chapel on Monday, December 24, 2018 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 an area wide congregation as a military and community chapel.

The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Paul B. Baker, Pastor Emeritus of King Street Church in Chambersburg. He is a graduate of Huntington University in Indiana, and received his Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. He was awarded an honorary Doctors Degree by Huntington University in recognition of his personal witness and outstanding contributions to his church and his community.

He and his wife, June, reside in Chambersburg and are the parents of one son, Jeff.

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.

For further information, please contact Paul Cullinane 717-263-2838

Arts Alliance of Waynesboro Offers Holiday Fun

Arts Alliance of Waynesboro Offers Holiday Fun

The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro & Frederick Classical Ensemble teamed up to bring Second Shepherd Christmas Play to Waynesboro. The Second Shepherds’ Play is a famous miracle play, dating back to Medieval times. It is also called The Second Shepherds’ Pageant. This comedy with a Christmas message is sure to delight audiences of all ages with the hilarious antics of its quirky characters, as well as its Christmas songs. Be prepared to join a sing-along at the end of the play. Two Nights to See the Show–December 22nd Show & December 23rd Show at the Faith United Methodist Church, 104 North Potomac Street in Waynesboro. Tickets available at here.

Also, Live Music FRIDAYS! 5:30-8pm on Dec 14- Nick Andrew Staver, Dec 21- Mountain Air, and Dec 28- The Loose Screws. Plus, enjoy Sunday Songs with Bill Mullarky Dec 30th 2-3:30pm

Be sure to visit the galleries of downtown Waynesboro to finish holiday shopping. Use Amazon Smiles and select the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro as your favorite nonprofit.

Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Presents ‘Homegrown’ Nutcracker

Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Presents ‘Homegrown’ Nutcracker

It’s the 20th Anniversary Year for the Chambersburg Ballet Theatre (CBT) School, located in Chambersburg’s historic Capitol Theatre, and its regional performing company, The Chambersburg Ballet. As the School has grown and developed over the past two decades, this will be the first time in its history that the Chambersburg Ballet is able to produce its annual Nutcracker performances completely with dancers trained at the CBT School. This includes all leading male roles, as well as the difficult and challenging role of the Sugarplum Fairy. These roles traditionally have cost several thousand dollars or more for a single performance run. To have a completely “homegrown” cast is a landmark achievement for any regional ballet company, especially in a small city such as Chambersburg. The role of the Nutcracker Prince will be performed by Cole Nissely, who is also a pre-med student at Shippensburg University, and the role of the Snow King by Andre McFarlane, an art student at Hagerstown Community College. Chambersburg Ballet Resident Artist Marina Addlesberger will portray the Sugarplum Fairy. CBT School and Chambersburg Ballet Founder and Artistic Director Lavinia Reid is the production’s
The twenty-two member company was chosen by audition in September, and almost immediately began preparations for The Nutcracker, which will be the first of three performance runs during ts 2018-19 Performance Season.
The Chambersburg Ballet’s Nutcracker performances this year will take place on Saturday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m., with a Sunday, December 16th Matinee at 3:00 p.m. . Performances will take place on the main stage of the historic Capitol Theatre, 159 South Main St., Chambersburg. Performances will honor the memory of Lillian Miller, a long-time supporter of the company who spent long hours sitting and sewing costumes in the Ballet’s waiting area. Lillian was like a grandmother to the young dancers, and a friend to all. It will be a fitting tribute to this selfless volunteer for the Chambersburg Ballet, in their first year with all “homegrown” performers, to honor someone who so selflessly gave of herself to help the CBT School and Chambersburg Ballet grow and flourish. Tickets for the Chamberburg’s Nutcracker are available at the Capitol Theatre Box office, (717)263-0202, or online at: www.thecapitoltheatre.org . For more information about the Chambersburg Ballet, visit: www.chambersburgballet.org or on Facebook.
Nicodemus Center For Ceramic Studies Holds Annual Pottery Sale at Penn State Mont Alto

Nicodemus Center For Ceramic Studies Holds Annual Pottery Sale at Penn State Mont Alto

The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies (NCCS) will hold their 15th annual holiday pottery sale on Thursday, November 29th from 1-8 pm,  Friday, November 30th  from 10 am – 4pm, and Saturday, December 1st from 10 am – 2 pm. in the center’s Mont Alto pottery studio, room 008, next to the commuter’s lounge, in the General Studies building on the Penn State Mont Alto campus.

The sale will include a variety of wheel-thrown, slab and hand-built stoneware bowls, mugs, cups, pitchers, teapots, flowerpots, vases, plates, jars, platters, trays, and tiles, created by Ceramic Arts Center and Mont Alto guild members. The cost for most of the sale items will range from $10 to $30.

In addition to the pottery sale, the 2018 John Bell Reproduction will also be available to purchase. The year’s reproduction is a Jar, made of red earthenware clay, in a limited edition of 60. The cost is $60.00, plus tax for NCCS members and $68.00, plus tax for non-members. Orders may be placed on-line at www.ceramics-nccs.org and are available for pick up on November 29th  from 12-8 pm, November  30th  from 10 am -4 pm and December 1st , from 10 am to 2 pm.

Bell was born in Hagerstown, Md., in 1800. The oldest of 10 children, he was trained by his father, Peter Bell, and influenced by Hagerstown’s large and active community of immigrant potters. Before the birth of his son in 1828, Bell moved to Waynesboro, Pa., along with his wife, Elizabeth, and established a successful pottery shop, John Bell and Sons, on South Potomac Street.

The Ceramic Arts Center (CAC) of Waynesboro houses many of the artifacts in Bell’s pottery shop and parts of his kiln, which were recovered from the 1994 excavation conducted by James Smith, the former executive director.

The annual John Bell Reproduction is a fundraiser for the NCCS as it continues to promote the history of American folk art, with emphasis on the region’s rich historic pottery tradition.

This event is free and is opened to the public, with parking available on the campus’ lower parking lot.

Along with the holiday pottery sale at Penn State Mont Alto, pottery is always available for sale at the Ceramic Arts Center, 13 S. Church Street in Waynesboro on Fridays, 5 to 8 pm, Saturdays, 10 to 4 pm and Sundays, 1 to 4 pm.

For more information about the pottery sale and other on-going events, visit their website at www.ceramics-nccs.org, or send an email to Mary Ashe-Mahr at waynesboroceramics@gmail.com or 717-372-7906.


Conococheague Institute Celebrates Christmas at Rock Hill Farm

Conococheague Institute Celebrates Christmas at Rock Hill Farm

Enjoy a Conococheague Christmas at Conococheague Institute, 12995 Bain Road in Mercersburg on December 8, 2018 from 1 PM to 4 PM. The 30-acres Rock Hill Farm brings an old time Christmas to life and is free event. Experience 18th and 19th-century houses decorated for the holiday with hand-made decorations, using natural objects grown and harvested from within the site. Visitors will be treated to tours of the historic houses and glimpse the colonial lifestyle.

Visitors will be treated to tours of the historic houses, live music and light refreshments. Children will have the opportunity to make ornaments and sew their own take-home item on vintage hand-cranked sewing machines courtesy of Lori Sutton.

Living historians from the W.S. Hancock Society will demonstrate hearth cooking in the newly rebuilt 19th century Negley Log House and re-create a Federal Period inn in the Piper House.

Unique holiday gifts including locally made handcrafts, wooden toys and books by local authors will be available in the Welsh Barrens Visitor Center gift Shop. Pam Knepper from Hummingbrook Farm will be spinning alpaca wool and selling handmade items in the parlor of the Davis-Chambers House.

For further information, call 717-328-3467 or email info@cimlg.org. Check www.cimlg.org/visit.html for the full calendar of events.

The Rock Hill Farm s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes two historic house museums with outbuildings, a research library, two relocated historic log structures, a replica Eastern Woodland Indian village, walking trails with access to a pioneer cemetery, and several historic gardens.