CTA Update

CTA Update

As the Franklin County Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Program continues to grow, fifteen trained CTAs toured sites in Waynesboro and Mercersburg. “The tour was a way of familiarizing CTAs with the assets of Franklin County,” said Doug Harmon. “Reading the manual and taking part in the four-hour training is an important start, but getting out, seeing, and experiencing the great assets of the county helps our CTAs have an extra-level of understanding.”

Harmon said he reached out to the 44 trained and nationally certified ambassadors to see what areas of Franklin County they wanted to explore in the initial familiarization tour. Waynesboro and Mercersburg topped the list.

The CTAs began their tour with an opportunity to visit the Waynesboro Country Club for lunch, and then headed to Renfrew Museum & Park for a tour of the Nicodemus House and overview of the historic grounds. The house is the 1818 Royer farmstead, owned by Emma and Edgar Nicodeumus. It was willed to the Borough of Waynesboro when Emma passed away in the 1970s.

In Mercersburg, the CTAs toured the 20,000-sq.ft. Mercersburg Inn. Formerly called Prospect, the inn was built in 1908 and offers pure turn-of-the20th-century elegance in its 17 bedrooms and suites. The final stop of the tour was the James Buchanan Birthplace State Park. The park includes a 600-ton, pyramid-shaped memorial to 15th President James Buchanan, which is surrounded by 18-acres of greenery, a trout stream, and natural vistas. The park is the site of the cabin, where Buchanan was born in 1791.

The tour also gave an opportunity for CTAs to showcase their sites and communities. The touring CTAs wrapped up the day with a chance to meet members of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce at a mixer held at the Waynesboro Country Club.

In addition to the familiarization tour, CTAs are supporting the 1864 Burning of Chambersburg on July 21 by conducting civil war walking tours of downtown Chambersburg.

The July class of CTA, being held at Penn National Golf Course Community, has 21 enrolled, which will bring the total trained to 65.

CTA training is a nationwide training certification that helps communities know the value of their destination by providing information about history, culture, art, recreation, and outdoors. The program’s goal is to bring consistency, positivity, and pride to the people visitors meet in the community. It could be an event planner, a waitress, a real estate agent, a front desk person, or a docent of a heritage site. The program is a good way to expand awareness of community, quality of life, and tourism assets.

CTA provides a way to network, support pride in community, stay in the know on local happenings, gain knowledge of local history and culture, and develop leadership qualities. Contact Doug Harmon, CTA director, to learn more or enroll in an upcoming class.

Continue Celebrating at Destination ARTS! – July 6-July 11

Continue Celebrating at Destination ARTS! – July 6-July 11

Continue celebrating after July 4th with a trip to Waynesboro to experience Destination ARTS! It is an amazing array of creative and stimulating art, music, and self-expression.

All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Special activities and performances are indicated below. For more information, please visit the website at www.artsalliancegw.org. Musical performances at Music Makers 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.

July 6, 2018 – Live Music Fridays: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. FRANK’n’BOB are an acoustic duo, known for stretching the boundaries of what an acoustic guitar can do. Often characterized as Piedmont blues highlighted with San Francisco improv, the genre is fingerstyle guitar (or finger picking) accented by soaring overlays. It’s all rock and roll, but one can hear anything from Ella Fitzgerald to Chet Atkins, ragtime to psychedelia, or blues to ballads at one of their performances. The skill and passion these gentlemen have for music is evident by the energy level at the venue as their show unfolds. Listeners frequently comment about the high energy level and the good feeling vibe everyone has at a FRANK’n’BOB event.
You can expect a wide variety of music including Little Feat, Bob Dylan, J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton, Rev. Gary Davis, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Hot Tuna, Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and that’s just the first set. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 717-655-2500 or visit www.artsalliancegw.org.

July 6, 2018 – Wine Down Fridays: 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. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the co-op at 717-762-8394.

July 7, 2018 – Oil Painting Demo: 12 to 2 p.m. 42 West Arts Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Donna Bingaman as she demonstrates techniques in oil painting. For more info, call 717-762-8394.

July 9, 2018 – Painting Class: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Gallery 35 East – 35 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Marjorie Tressler for a painting class for artists of ability Levels. Classes are for novice to advanced/professional artists seeking to improve style and technique in oil, acrylic and drawing. $65 for six classes. Continuous Monday classes, join anytime. Call 717-762-6791 or email marjorietressler@comcast.net.

July 9, 2018 – Painting Class: 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery 35 East – 35 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Marjorie Tressler for a painting class for artists of ability Levels. Classes are for novice to advanced/professional artists seeking to improve style and technique in oil, acrylic and drawing. $65 for six classes. Continuous Monday classes, join anytime. Call 717-762-6791 or email marjorietressler@comcast.net.

July 9, 2018 – Artisans Connection: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Gallery 35 East – 35 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Artisans Connection gatherings are for artists/artisans of all genres, who share ideas and information, news on latest projects, collaborate, and connect. For more information contact Marjorie Tressler at marjorietressler@comcast.net or call 240-310-6698.

July 10, 2018 – Instagram for Business: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Is your business missing out on connecting with this audience? Join us as the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, Score Mentors, and Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc. partner together to offer an introductory course for businesses looking to expand their marketing by using Instagram. The course will be taught by local Certified SCORE Mentors & Executive Director of the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, Kathyrn Gratton. The course will focus on answering how to setup an Instagram account for business, best practices, and integrating Instagram with Facebook. The class is $15. For more information, call 717-655-2500 or visit www.artsalliancegw.org.

July 10, 2018 – Wizard Gnome at Penn State Mont Alto: 7 to 9 p.m. at Ceramic Arts Center – Penn State Mont Alto Pottery Studio, Mont Alto, PA. It’s never too early to get into the spirit of Waynesboro’s Wizard Festival happening August 3-4. Come create your own whimsical Wizard Gnome during this 2-hour session with Carolyn Baker will guide students step-by-step. For more information contact Mary Ashe-Mahr at waynesboroceramics@gmail.com or call 717-404-3190 or visit www.ceramics-nccs.org.

July Featured Potter at Ceramic Arts Center: Lexi Shockey. Lexi first became interested in pottery when she took an Introduction to Wheel throwing class in 2016 and has been in love with clay ever since. Her style uses a technique called slip-trailing to bring life to her work.
July Featured Artist at Gallery 35 East: Sue Downin. Gallery 35 East featured artist of the month for July is Photographer, Sue Downin. Sue began to study photography at Hagerstown Community College in 2008 and has taken all the classes offered there. Sue is also a member of the Adams County Arts Council, Franklin County Arts Alliance, Antietam Photographic Society, and Strawberry Nature Preserve (which serves as an inspiration to help her capture the beauty of nature).
July Visiting Artist at Gallery 35 East: Linda Barnhart. Linda only began seriously painting in 2005 following encouragement from her daughter. Previously a self-taught artist, her daughter began tutoring her while she taught a university studio course, she has continued to master her craft seeking instruction from fellow Gallery 35 artist, Marjorie Tressler’s classes. While her first love is oil paint, she enjoys mixing in other mediums such as acrylic and encaustic. Her work will be on display July 6th-14th.
July Featured Artist at 42 West Arts: Jean Frey. 42 West Arts featured guest artist of the month for July is Jean Frey. Jean works primarily in oil paint and pastel, but also enjoys sketching and draws in charcoal, pen, and ink. Her painting subjects are everyday scenes and objects that she hopes to give viewers a new light to admire them in. A reception is planned for July 13th from 5:30-8pm with light refreshments, snacks, wine, and music from Earthsong Ensemble.
July All Artists’ Show at 42 West Arts: A Splash of Color. All of the members of 42 West Arts will showcase pieces in this show. The show will include all related art in various forms from Donna Bingaman, Denny Bingaman, Jennifer Caldwell, Pamela Nelson, Ed Beard, And Smetzer, Pat Beard, and Steve Semiatin.

Destination Waynesboro for Destination ARTS!

Destination Waynesboro for Destination ARTS!

Explore Waynesboro PA with these Destination ARTS! activities. All events are free unless otherwise indicated.

Musical performances at Music Makers 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.

June 13, 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 will benefit from Bingaman’s personal instruction and 40 years of experience. Each class is $15. For more info, call 717-762-8394.

June 13, 2018 – Metal Leaf Demo: 12 to 3 p.m. 42 West Arts Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Denny Bingaman, wildlife photographer and artist, demonstrates clay sculpting. Watch a free demonstration while enjoying the beautiful artwork and artisan crafts in the gallery.

June 13, 2018 – Open Mic Night: 7 to 9 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268. The Arts Alliance is pleased to once again present Open Mic Night at Music Makers. Local musicians are invited to participate in a session facilitated by Jonathan Ingles. All musical styles and spectators are welcome. A sound system, microphone, and electric stage piano will be provided. Contact 717-655-2500 for more information.

June 14, 2018 Wheel Throwing Class: Walnut Street Studios – 117 Walnut St., Waynesboro, PA. The basics of wheel throwing will be taught including wedging, centering, throwing, & glazing. The course is $225 and includes tool set, 25lbs of clay, firings, & instruction. More information can be found at www.walnutstreetstudios.com (this is part of a series of workshops)

June 15, 2018 – Live Music Fridays: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. David Dishneau & Brian Lutz will perform in this split set show. Enjoy David as he performs music influenced by the likes of John Hartford, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits. Lutz performs a variety of energetic acoustic songs, including covers and originals. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 717-655-2500 or visit www.artsalliancegw.org.

June 15, 2018 – Wine Down Fridays: 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. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the co-op at 717-762-8394.

June 16, 2018 – Oil Painting Demo: 12 to 2 p.m. 42 West Arts Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Donna Bingaman as she demonstrates techniques in oil painting. For more info, call 717-762-8394.

June 16, 2018 – Painting Glass Demo: 1 to 3 p.m. 42 West Arts Co-Op – 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Steve Semiatin will be demonstrating techniques for painting on glass. For more info, call 717-762-8394.

June 18, 2018 – Painting Class: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Gallery 35 East – 35 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Marjorie Tressler for a painting class for artists of ability Levels. Classes are for novice to advanced/professional artists seeking to improve style and technique in oil, acrylic and drawing. $65 for six classes. Continuous Monday classes, join anytime. Call 717-762-6791 or email marjorietressler@comcast.net.

June 18-22, 2018 – Comprehensive Handbuilding Class: 10 to 12 p.m. at Penn State Mont Alto Campus –Mont Alto, PA. A comprehensive handbuilding workshop will be held at our Penn State Mont Alto studio from Jun 18-22. Throughout this course Carolyn Baker will guide students in the fine art of handbuilding by sing a variety of techniques, including pinch pots, coil, slab, and sculpture. All creations will be made form durable stoneware clay. For more information contact Mary Ashe-Mahr at waynesboroceramics@gmail.com or call 717-404-3190, or visit www.ceramics-nccs.org.

June 18, 2018 – Painting Class: 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery 35 East – 35 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Marjorie Tressler for a painting class for artists of ability Levels. Classes are for novice to advanced/professional artists seeking to improve style and technique in oil, acrylic and drawing. $65 for six classes. Continuous Monday classes, join anytime. Call 717-762-6791 or email marjorietressler@comcast.net. 

June 19, 2018 Wheel Throwing Class: Walnut Street Studios – 117 Walnut St., Waynesboro, PA. The basics of wheel throwing will be taught including wedging, centering, throwing, & glazing. The course is $225 and includes tool set, 25lbs of clay, firings, & instruction. More information can be found at www.walnutstreetstudios.com  (this is part of a series of workshops)

June 19-21, 2018 – STEAM Kid’s Class: 5 to 8 p.m. Music Makers – 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. The Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro & BEACON House, Inc. present our Summer STEAMWorks Series with 3D Design & Printing. We live in a 3-dimensional world, so it is time we design and print in one as well! In this week-long course, you’ll learn the basics of 3D design and the technology used to make your design a reality. Discover how a 3D printer works and print your very own 3D design! For ages 11 to 15 years old. $85/kid for 3 nights from 5pm to 8pm and only 20 spots available. For more info, visit www.artsalliancegw.org.

June Featured Potter at Ceramic Arts Center: Clara Hayward. Clara enjoys the functionality of wheel thrown pottery while adding the whimsy of organic nonobjective glaze decoration.

June Featured Artist at Gallery 35 East: Virginia Hair. Gallery 35 East featured artist of the month for June is Artist, Virginia Hair. Virginia is one of the area’s best-known artist and is a member of Gallery 35 East. Her artwork seen and purchased at Gallery 35 East.

June Visiting Artist at Gallery 35 East: Janie Moltrup. Janie Moltrup retired from the U.S. Senate Photographic Studio in 2004. She is currently working as a freelance photographer out of her studio located in Smithsburg, MD. Janie’s clients range from individuals to corporations. She continues to photograph private events, corporate meetings and social gatherings, and individual and family portraits. Janie has a line of “fine art images” available featuring her more artistic photographic images. Her work will be on display June 1st– 17th

June Show at 42 West Arts: A Splash of Color. All of the members of 42 West Arts will showcase pieces in this show.

June Art Reception: Be Dot Gallery Artists. Gallery 50 will host an art reception to unveil the new look of the gallery on June 29th from 5:30-8pm. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while browsing the new show on display in the gallery.

Fort Loudoun Colonial Days

Fort Loudoun Colonial Days

Fort Loudoun Historical Society invites all to Colonial Day at Fort Loudoun on Saturday June 16th, 9am to 3pm. Fort Loudoun was a provincial fort built in 1756 by the Colony of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian war and served as an important supply depot in the line of forts along the Forbes Road.  It was the site of the Cherokee Council with Colonel Henry Bouquet in 1758 and site of James Smith’s Black Boys Rebellion in 1765 which was depicted in the 1939 Film “Allegheny Uprising” starring John Wayne.

The event, sponsored by Fort Loudoun Historical Society, is free and family friendly.  Smell the campfires and hearth cooking, see log hewing and blacksmithing, and hear the tales of the 18th century frontier.  Demonstrations will be happening all day; fort repair by the Kittatinny Associators, blacksmithing by Mark Heckman, open hearth cooking by Rich Fox, axe throwing by Rob Schmelzlen, colonial farming and livestock by Dale Zimmerman, fiber arts by Bev Sanders, Native American Culture by Deb “Turtle” Swartz, and 18th Century medicine by Dr. Lee Davis.  Three lectures on topics related to Fort Loudoun:

  • 10 AM – History of Fort Loudoun by Andrew Newman
  • 11 AM – Native American Dress & Customs by Deb “Turtle” Swartz
  • 1 PM – Indian Raids on the Frontier by Calvin Bricker

For kids only, there will be a scavenger hunt and other activities. Children complete tasks, receive an award and compete for a chance to the win the grand prize drawing held at the Patton House at 3 PM.

Food, snacks, drinks and merchandise available for purchase from gift shop in the Patton House.

The Fort Loudoun Historical Society, a 501c3 tasked with managing and interpreting the fort site, is in the process of rebuilding the fort and making improvements.  It is launching a “Buy a Log” campaign to help close the gap on funding the project.  Be part of the fort’s future.

Renfrew Museum Host Harriet Lane Presentation With Bob O’Connor

Renfrew Museum Host Harriet Lane Presentation With Bob O’Connor

Bob O’Connor will make a presentation entitled Harriet Lane -The First Lady of Washington at Renfrew Museum and Park on Sunday, June 10 at 2 pm. The 45-minute program will consist of the history of Harriet Lane and her ties to the Pennsylvania area and her impact in Washington. Lane was the niece of James Buchanan who served as the 15th President of the United States. Since Buchanan wasn’t married Lane served as the official hostess for the White House during his Presidential term.

O’Connor, who lives in Charles Town, WV, is an historian who travels and shares his passion for history. While serving as Director of Tourism in Washington County, Maryland O’Connor became involved in touring historical sites such as Antietam Battlefield and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. He shares Civil War history with groups of all ages and travels cross country to make presentations.

O’Connor’s interest in history was sparked on a 1958 trip to Galesburg, IL where he attended the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Carl Sandburg was the featured speaker. O’Connor worked full-time and part-time as a newspaper reporter, and at various jobs — many that required writing press releases, news articles, or reports. He published his first article when he was in 7th grade – in an Illinois Historical Society for junior high students.

The Harriet Lane presentation is free to the public and will take place in the Wagon Shed Room located inside the Visitors Center. O’Connor will have his books for sale. To learn more about O’Connor please visit his webpage at www.boboconnorbooks.com. For a complete listing of Renfrew Museum and Park’s calendar of events please visit www.renfrewmuseum.org.