Annual Kite Fly Event Saturday, April 9

Annual Kite Fly Event Saturday, April 9

Ethan Russell-eagle kite resizeAnnual Kite Fly Event Saturday, April 9

WAYNESBORO—April is National Kite Month, and Renfrew Institute’s Fun Fly provides a great way to join in the fun. The 22nd annual kite flying event is set for Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the meadow behind the museum house at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro. The event is open to all ages and there is no fee for flying. Participants should bring their own kites.

Brothers George and Sam Adams of Chambersburg return for their fifth year as “kite masters” and will offer free individual instruction and demonstrations of kite flying techniques.

In addition, they will lead a kite-making workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. “We hope kids and adults stop by and build their own kite,” Sam Adams said. “Making your own kite is fun, and these small handmade kites really fly well.” There is a $1 donation to cover materials.

The Adams brothers have many years of experience with kites. “Like most kids, we flew kites in the spring, and we have continued to enjoy it as adults,” Sam said.

George’s interest in kites includes building models and working kites based on early precursors to aircraft, such as the Wright Brothers’ early gliders. Using historic photos or vintage plans, he constructs large models.

The Fun Fly, sponsored by Renfrew Institute, is underwritten in part by a grant from Buchanan Auto Park, and by Today’s Horizon Fund contributors, The Nora Roberts Foundation, APX Enclosures, Inc., and The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support is provided by Renfrew Museum and Park.

Parking is available behind the visitors center, with additional parking in the lower lot off Welty Road. For more information, please call the institute at 717-762-0373 or visit <> .


Enjoy IceFest 2016 & Shake Off The Jonas’ Blues

IceFest 2016 Map

Downtown Chambersburg is ready for the 14th annual IceFest. No need to get stuck in the throes of winter. Get out of the house and enjoy 80 ice sculptures, beginning Thursday, January 28 and running through Sunday, January 31. Live carving by DiMartino Ice is set for Thursday and Friday evening when the giant throne is transformed from clear blocks of ice into the coolest place to have a picture taken. It is an amazing transformation done with chain saws, drills, and blowers.  Downtown Chambersburg glistens with beautifully lit ice sculptures. Twinkling lights fill the trees along the Main Street. It is magical.

Everything kicks off Thursday, January 28, at 5 PM on Memorial Square with an Opening Ceremony and the traditional IceFest Cake. Enjoy a piece of cakes and view live sculpture carving. Take a trip down the double-wide slide on South Main Street, open until 8 PM.  Race a friend!

On Friday evening from 5 PM to 8 PM, carving of the giant sculptures continues, plus the double-wide ice slide is open again. The Snowfall Ball at Central Presbyterian is back for the 7th year, beginning with a dance lesson on the Cha Cha and Foxtrot at 5:30 PM, followed by open dance from 6 PM to 10 PM with a spotlight dance at 8:30 PM.  Watch glass blowing by Glass Routes on North Main Street in the parking area near King Street Church, plus enjoy the glass blowing exhibition at the new location of Council for the Arts, 81 North Main Street.

Saturday starts with The All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Trinity Episcopal Church on South Second Street, 8 AM-11 AM.  At 10 AM, the Ice Slide and Glass Blowing get under way at 10 AM and both go on until 8 PM.  Icing on the Cake, a cake-decorating contest with professional, amateur and student competitions begins at 10 AM and runs until 4 PM. This year’s theme is Super Heroes. Help select the People’s Choice by casting one-dollar votes. Winners announced at 4 PM. Then, everyone gets to eat the cakes.

ArtFest is a long-standing part of IceFest, and it has a new location for 2016 at 102 South Main. Artists share their time and talent in this annual fundraiser to benefit For the Kids of Chambersburg. A canvas is provided, and artists bring their own paints and easels. Space is limited to about 35 artists. It is a fantastic chance to see art come to life. Enjoy music by Joe Blues and ice carving by artist Danny Kissel. Artists begin painting at 8 AM, doors open at  9 AM, artists wrap up their work by 4 PM, and the auction begins at 4:30 PM.

At 11 AM is the centerpiece of Saturday–the Chili Cook-Off–in the large, heated tent just north of the square. Amateur and professionals face-off for the best chili.  Watch out for Dr. Orange’s variety; it is so hot, it has a disclaimer. Plus, anyone attending the chili cook-off can enter the Hot Pepper Eating Contest for a chance to win $100. Voxology, a central Pennsylvania group, will play its custom Americana sounds during the chili cook-off. The Polar Dunk Plunge is noon on Courthouse Plaza, a chilly fundraiser to support Relay For Life and Leadership Franklin County. At 4:30 PM, slip back inside the big, heated tent for this year’s Frozen FlickThe Avengers. Admission is free. Coloring books and crayons are being collected for donation to Heroes for Little Heroes, an organization that takes toys to children in hospitals throughout the year. It is a great family activity.

The Chambersburg Heritage Center, located on the square in the 1915 marble bank building, is open Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM.  It is a beautiful building and a good place to warm up while checking out Franklin County history.  It offers a children’s activity room, walking tour brochures, information about the area, and admission is free.

The Foundry, on the corner of South Main and Queen Streets, is Chambersburg’s new art cooperative. For IceFest 2016, the Foundry is offering open studio time–no fees. Bring an art project and work in the studio during IceFest. It is open on Thursday and Friday from 2 PM to 8:30 PM, Saturday from 9 AM to 8:30 PM, and Sunday from noon to 7:30 PM. Live music on Friday is provided by Evan Crider and on Saturday by Tresa Paul. On exhibit is local artist Alex Swisher, and everyone is invited to participate in a coloring wall with artwork by Nashville artist Valentina Ramos.

Chambersburg’s downtown merchants are welcoming visitors with all types of specials. Duck inside the boutique shops of downtown, warm up, and shop a little. Many merchants have IceFest specials.

Food vendors are arranged around the square, and downtown has a number of restaurants–Molly’s Restaurant , Checkos, Texas Lunch, Cafe d’italia, Main Street Deli, and Bistro 71 to name a few. So, there is the chance to grab and go or sit down to relax and enjoy a meal.

Sunday is the final day of IceFest 2016. The ice slide on South Main and Kids Fun Zone in Chambers Fort Park, just off North Main, open at noon. The Kids Zone has lots of free fun for the kids, including a scavenger hunt, hockey skills demo, and even a little football fun. New this year is the “Run Your Ice Off” 5K. Fee is $25 and race begins at 1:30 PM at Fort Chambers Park.

Throughout IceFest, the Franklin County Old Jail is displaying the 2016 IceFest Art Contest. The theme is “The Hidden History of Franklin County.” The exhibit will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM.  The entry fee to the exhibit is $1, and all entry fees will be given as prize money to the first, second, and third place projects.

IceFest is a community event, bringing many organizations and civic groups together to create an experience with something for everyone. IceFest is guaranteed to be a great moment in Franklin County. It will shake loose those mid-winter blues.

Mainstreet Waynesboro Preparing for Biggest Market Day Ever on Saturday, October 3

Mainstreet Waynesboro Preparing for Biggest Market Day Ever on Saturday, October 3

Market Day 2014Mainstreet Waynesboro’s Market Day is always the organization’s biggest event of the year, but staff members say this year’s celebration will literally be the “biggest one ever.”

“We will have well more than 100 food, craft and specialty vendors set up in spaces on Main Street between Potomac Street and Clayton Avenue,” said Suzie Moyer, MSW’s administrative assistant. “There will be plenty of edible options for people to enjoy, and they can get started on their holiday shopping as well.”

Moyer says this will be the first year that Market Day extends past Broad Street and reaches Clayton Avenue. The newfound space will be the site of Saint Andrew School’s “KidZone,” which will feature multiple bounce houses, GolfZilla, a train ride, new games and activities for children young and old, kid-friendly food and popular games that have previously been included as part of the school’s Oktoberfest.

“Saint Andrew is proud to provide the primary kid-focused attraction at Market Day this year,” said Jen Dennis, the school’s director of development. “Our name has changed, but the fun and excitement is even better.”

This year’s Market Day is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3. In addition to the vendors and the KidZone, the event will feature live music, dancing and Mad Anthony’s Chili Cook-Off, a friendly competition pitting professional and amateur chefs against each other in an attempt to find out who makes the best chili in town. A team of chili-tasting judges has been assembled, and members of the community can sample the different recipes before voting on a “People’s Choice” award winner.

A “Beer Garden” will also be included as an attraction during Market Day in the parking lot of Susquehanna Bank. Back by popular demand, a “garden” was featured as part of the annual event in 2010 and 2011.

Items expected to be offered by the craft vendors include pottery, clothing, candles, soaps, woodwork, glass, jewelry, blankets, gourmet pet treats, quilts, home decor and furniture, knitted accessories and much more.

In addition to craft vendors, many businesses on Main Street will have sidewalk sales and event-day specials, offering everything from shoes, antiques, games and books to chocolates, coffee and more.

For those arriving early, Trinity United Church of Christ is having a pancake breakfast beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Free health screenings will be provided by the Waynesboro Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Musicians playing throughout the day include Brad Munn, Drew Adams Project and Center of Gravity. The Tri-State Jitterbugs retro-swing dancers are also scheduled to perform on Center Square at 1:30 p.m.

As part of Waynesboro’s ongoing Destination ARTS! initiative, five curated galleries will be open during the event.

Lead sponsor of the 2015 Market Day is McLaughlin’s Heating Oils & LP Gas. Mainstreet’s list of ongoing membership sponsors includes Alma W. Oyer, American Legion Post 15, Stephen and Maxine Beck, Ronald and Christine McKinney, Dick and Jean Rose, M&T Bank, Susquehanna Bank and Waynesboro Fraternal Order of Eagles.

The Greencastle Artisans in the Park festival September 12th and 13th


GREENCASTLE, PA – The Greencastle Artisans in the Park festival being held September 12th and 13th at the Jerome King Playground will showcase the talent of many local artists and musicians.  Unique art objects and handcrafted creations, many from repurposed materials, will be for sale during the 2-day event. The festival hours are from 10am until 4pm both days.

There will be fun for everyone with shopping, food, and kids’ activities planned including a visit from Shaggy Mountain petting zoo. Highline Restaurant and Railway Lounge will sponsor a craft beer tasting on Saturday from 11am until 3pm.  Sunday morning at 10am, the Greencastle Presbyterian Church welcomes people and pets of all faith to a special blessing of the pets.  Gifts will be given to each pet with free coffee and donuts for their owners before the service.

The musical line-up for the weekend includes Kerensa Gray, Mountain Ride, Wings that Buzz, Basswood, The Negley Brothers and Cassi Raye. Folks are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to relax at the band shell and listen to the music.  There is no cost for admission.

The festival will be spread throughout the southern section of the playground where the band shell is located.  Street parking is available with overflow at nearby Lumber Direct.

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Mainstreet Waynesboro’s Annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday Oct. 3

The summer season will officially be over in a few weeks, but that’s also the time when a little friendly competition will be heating up in downtown Waynesboro.

Mad Anthony’s Chili Cook-Off serves as one of the highlights of Mainstreet Waynesboro’s annual Market Day celebration, scheduled this year from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3. Organizers say they know one of the reasons why the event continues to grow each year.

“We offer one of the largest cash prizes for this type of event in the entire four-state region,” said Scott Hershberger, Mainstreet Waynesboro’s director of economic development. “First prize is $500, second is $250, and third place wins $100. Those payouts draw an impressive number of participants.”

This year’s chili cook-off will again have entrants compete against each other in two separate categories. One will feature “professional” chefs who are representing restaurants or other businesses where their product can be purchased while the “non-professional” category will include anyone who just enjoys making chili in the comfort of their own kitchen at home.

During the Market Day event, the chili cook-off will be set up in the parking lot located west of M&T Bank on Center Square. A panel of judges will select first, second and third place winners in each category based on aroma, consistency and taste of the chili. Those winners will also be given trophies.

From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., visitors can sample chili entries for a small fee before voting for their favorite. The chili with the most votes will win the “People’s Choice” award and a gift card.

Prizes will also be awarded in the categories of “Mayor’s Choice” and “Best Table Decoration.”

Hershberger said that the annual contest has been dubbed “Mad Anthony’s” in honor of Revolutionary War general, Anthony Wayne, whom the town of Waynesboro is named after.

“Since General Wayne was known for his fiery personality, we think he would approve.”

Sheree Green of Christine’s Café took home the top prize in the “professional” category at last year’s cook-off while 13-year-old Sean Schock won “First Place” in the “non-professional” category. Both are expected to return to defend their titles this year.

The entry fee for the cook-off is $25, and it includes a free t-shirt. The deadline to enter is Friday, September 25. Entry forms are available at or anyone interested can call the office of Mainstreet Waynesboro at 717-762-0397 or send an e-mail to


Other attractions planned as part of Market Day include craft vendors, food, live music, entertainment, sidewalk sales and a KidZone at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School.


(Chambersburg, PA)  Bring your family and friends and come enjoy Frankenweenie on the Capitol Theatre’s Big Screen

Friday, September 4, 2015 at 7:00pm. Check out the new surround sound systems! All movie tickets are $5.00.  Popcorn, candy, soda and bottled water will also be sold in the concession area.  The 1927 historic theatre is located at 159 S. Main St. in Downtown Chambersburg, PA. The Box Office is open Monday – Friday from 11:00am – 4:30pm and one hour before the movie starts (717) 263-0202. Movie trailer for this and other movies at



FRANKENWEENIE (2012) Walt Disney Pictures  Rated PG Runtime:  90 minutes

Directed by Tim Burton

This film is a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

Cast includes:  Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Atticus Shaffer