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.



Franklin County Awards Tourism & Quality of Life Grants

Franklin County Awards Tourism & Quality of Life Grants

The Franklin County Commissioners awarded grants for the Tourism and Quality of Life Enhancement Grant Program during their meeting yesterday. Franklin County established this grant program to support the county’s tourism efforts and develop the county’s quality of life related assets. Funds for the program are from the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund and the Hotel Tax. The purpose of this grant program is to enhance the tourism experience, retain and increase visitation and overnight stays within Franklin County, improve the county as a destination market for leisure travel, and to provide bike and walking trails which benefit the community and enhance the quality of life for county residents.

Seven projects were awarded funding for the 2017 round. The projects include: Greene Township, $100,000 for Phase 1 of the Conococheague Trail project; the Coyle Free Library, $50,000 for the restoration of the cornice work during the renovation of the library; Totem Pole Playhouse, $35,000 to improve the stormwater drainage on site and to increase the restroom capacity at the facility; Franklin County Historical Society, $35,000 for the design and installation of a climate control system for the archival storage areas; Capitol Theatre, $20,000 for the replacement of wiring, electric controls and lighting fixture; Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park, $6,000 for installation of a low voltage LED lighting system to illuminate the kiosks and the Trail of Service and the planting of trees and shrubbery in the park; and Healthy Franklin County, $4,000 for the creation of a walking/running routes webpage and booklet.



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 2017 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 2018.

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.



Stay On The Move in Franklin County With the New FCVB Rec Guide

Stay On The Move in Franklin County With the New FCVB Rec Guide

Franklin County Visitors Bureau announces the release of its newest publication On the Move in Franklin County, featuring year-long recreation for the whole family.

The guide, available in print and in the publications sections of the website, features year-long fun including skydiving, golfing, visiting the local environmental centers, fly-fishing, tennis, yoga, hydrotherapy floats, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, swimming and much more!

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Cumberland Valley, Franklin County compliments four-seasons of outdoor enjoyment. It is home to two national trails— the Appalachian Trail and the Tuscarora Trail, four PA State Parks and the lands of two state forests. Topping off the plentiful state and national trail options are more than three dozen municipal and local recreation areas throughout Franklin County. Whether seeking a family-friendly day of connecting with nature, taking to a quiet trail or meeting an intense outdoor challenge, Franklin County is the spot.

The guide’s release, in late November, is done in perfect time to highlight some of the winter highlights of the region during the colder months, including the beautiful hiking trails.

Franklin County contains all or part of four state parks, including Mont Alto State Park and Caledonia State Park, which are the oldest existing parks in the state. These parks are at the heart of the Pennsylvania conservation efforts and the forest lands are tied to Joseph Trimble Rothrock, the first Pennsylvania Forestry Commissioner, who was an advocate for conservation and helped found the Mont Alto Forestry School, now Penn State Mont Alto.

Other local parks and forests that have beautiful views for hiking includes Buchanan Birthplace State Park, where a large monument for Mercersburg-native and former President James Buchanan stands as well as nearly 19 acres of forest. Enjoy ice-skating, ice fishing and cross-country skiing on the lake at Cowans Gap State Park in the snowy months.

Michaux State Forest in the east, Buchanan State Forest in the west and Tuscarora State Forest in central Franklin County, all have a wide variety of beautiful trees to see while hiking and enjoying nature in all seasons.

Winter is a great time to hit the trails of Whitetail Resort on skis, snowboards or even by snow tube! The resort, located in Two Top Mountain in the Tuscarora Mountains in Mercersburg, has 23 different trails from beginner hills to more advanced trails. Whitetail has gone through several renovations over the years, including longer trails, lighting on terrain for night skiing, halfpipe, a terrain park and snow tubing park with 10 lanes.

On the Move joins the seven yearly specialty publications that the Franklin County Visitors Bureau produces in their mission to promote the county, including the Franklin County Visitors Guide, Military Trail of History Guide, Fresh Food & Dining Guide, Franklin County Wedding & Event Planner and more!